Junior Giants is a free, non-competitive and coed baseball program for youth each summer that builds good sportsmanship, good nutrition, and the skills to be a good athlete. The program is open to Rancho Cordova youth ages 5-13 and offers equipment, uniforms, program incentives and training for coaches.
Introducing Junior Giants at Home, a FREE virtual season that brings the fun of the field to your home! During the four-week sessions, Junior Giants are introduced to the fundamentals of the game along with important lessons in health, education, and character development. The program is open to Rancho Cordova youth ages 5-13.
Junior Giants at Home includes:
- Live, age-specific sessions twice per week
- Sessions led by Junior Giants AmeriCorps Ambassadors
- Skills and drills videos made especially for Junior Giants by Giants Manager, Gabe Kapler and his coaching staff
- 25-35 minute team-style sessions
Twenty-two teams and more than 350 children participated in this year’s program! Children participated in an eight-week season that ran from June through August that included baseball games, skate night, and end of season BBQ. The children were able to earn incentives such as backpacks, notebooks, water bottles and other items for participating in the program.
Following the season in September, fourteen teams attended the Junior Giants Festival at AT&T Park. The teams that attended had to have each child complete six hours of reading during the Junior Giants program. During the Junior Giants Festival, the children were able to run the bases, participate in a wiffle ball game, and even received a free book to take home as a memento.
In 2018, the Rancho Cordova PAL Junior Giants League was awarded “Diamond” status. This designation is awarded to leagues for achieving the highest marks in player retention, cost efficiency, and parent satisfaction survey. There are 88 Junior Giants Leagues throughout Oregon, California and Nevada, and Rancho Cordova PAL is only one of 13 leagues to be awarded Diamond status.
Hall of Fame
In April 2021, PAL Executive Director Officer Jose De La Cruz was inducted into the Junior Giants Hall of fame for his outstanding contributions to the Junior Giants program. The Junior Giants Hall of Fame honors outstanding past contributions, recognizes current achievements, and showcases the leagues, coaches, and lead organizers who have helped to build the Junior Giants program over the years. The individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame have given their time, energy, and undying enthusiasm to make the Junior Giants program what it is today. Officer De La Cruz shares this honor with baseball greats Dusty Baker, Willie McCovey, Noah Lowry, and Willie Mayes. We are proud to have Officer De La Cruz leading our team!