The Dunham Boys Baseball Organization is a community-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes baseball instruction, competition, and sportsmanship for 250 boys ages 4 to 18 years old. The DBBO tradition dates back to 1968 and is based at the Chicago Park District Dunham Park. The organization relies 100% on its parent volunteers to coach and to operate the league. The baseball season runs from April to July. Dunham Boys Baseball Organization is a chartered member of Little League International.
Pre-season Baseball Clinics
These FREE Sunday clinics are hosted and operated by the DBBO from January to March. The clinics are tailored to players of all ages and skill levels with the intent to get everyone ready for the season with focus on fundamentals: throwing, fielding, and batting.
Bring your mitt and bat, wear comfortable clothes, a protective cup, and gym shoes. Clinics are held in the Dunham main gym, no spikes.
Thinking of coaching during the season? This is a great time to see what it’s like to coach kids your son’s age. Beat cabin fever; it may be snowing outside, but we’re heating it up in the gym!
Boys of summer get ready for three months of baseball. We start in late March with a team organizational meeting and practices. Games begin around May 1st and continue through mid-July. Each team, Rookie level and above, plays 14-16 games over 2+ months, typically one game during the week and one each Saturday. T-ball plays most games on Saturdays. There are generally no games held over Memorial Day or Fourth of July weekends.
| Special Events
During the season, you can expect to get to know all members of the DBBO during our special events.
· Diamond Clean-Up Day
All our players benefit from good fields. For clean-up day, prepare to get dirty. Wear clothes and work shoes that are likely to get muddy. Bring the kids to pick up garbage; dads bring a shovel and a rake to get the dugouts and fields ready. Are you handy or a tradesman? We can use help with bench repairs and painting.
· Cookie Dough Fundraiser
Previous cookie dough fundraisers funded the installation of the new dugouts and canopies and new helmets for each team.
· Opening Day
The official season begins with Opening Day ceremonies. Wear your uniforms, bring your camera. Expect the National Anthem, first pitch by local community leaders, and hot dogs at concessions.
· Stadium Day
A fun time for the family at the stadium. In 2019, we will have a special day at the University of Illinois at Chicago and their first-class facilities
· Moms and Dads Softball Game
Here’s a chance to finally show off their skills! Come cheer on moms and dads in this special softball game and see how they play.
· Major League Outing
Our annual outing to see how the pros play the game, either White Sox or Cubs game. Limited group tickets are available for purchase.
· Picnic Day
A fun-filled day for the family. Championship games begin early in the morning, followed by trophies and awards, home run derby and raffles.
May 1st is the cutoff for determining age for each division.
· T-ball 6U – for players 4-6 years old
· Rookie 8U – for players 7-8 years old
· Pee Wee 10U – for players 9-10 years old
· Midget 12U – for players 11-12 years old
· Pony 14U – for players 13-14 years old
· Colt 16U – for players 15-18 years old (players graduating from high school ineligible)
Uniforms and Equipment
The DBBO membership fee includes a team shirt, socks, and a team hat. The league provides each team with helmets, game and practice balls, tees and bases, and catcher's gear. Each player must provide their own pants, rubber cleat shoes, protective cup, mitt and bat. Metal spikes are prohibited for all divisions 12U and under.
There is always a need for dependable volunteers. It takes the skill, effort, and time of many individuals to make a league run, keeping in mind that the beneficiaries of your work are the children of this community. We recognize that everyone can volunteer at different levels of commitment and can offer various skills.
All volunteers are required to fill out a volunteer form and are subject to background checks.
Our league needs help with:
· Score keeping
· Bench supervision
· Diamond set up and take down
· Equipment management
· Grounds maintenance
· Picnic Day set up and supervision
· Raffle planning and preparation
All parents are encouraged to volunteer. Think about what you can do and offer your help!
All players who play on the DBBO house teams are eligible to participate in travel baseball. The games are typically played locally in the Chicago area. There is no long-distance travel, other than tournaments that are scheduled by each individual coach and team. The travel teams available are 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, and 14U.
Each travel team typically schedules its own tournaments (2-3) and conducts tryouts in its own way. Email us at email@example.com if interested.