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Junior Pirates

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The Junior Pirates Program, formally known as Rookie Ball, started 25 years ago as a cooperative effort between Citiparks and the Pittsburgh Pirates. It is a fun through fundamentals starter program to introduce the basics of baseball to youth ages 4-8 through a series of five stations.

With over 2,500 participants at 20 sites throughout the city, it is one of the most successful and prized programs now operated and organized through the BIG League program.

All Junior Pirate participants are honored at PNC Park on Junior Pirates Day and given tickets to that day's game, all courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Junior Pirates Sites
  • Arlington Recreation Center
  • Banksville
  • Beechview
  • Brighton Heights
  • Brookline
  • BUMP Yes
  • Carnegie
  • Chadwick
  • Cobra
  • Elliott
  • Magee Recreation Center
  • Morningside
  • Northview
  • Paulson Recreation Center
  • Phillips Recreation Center
  • Sacred Heart
  • Salvation Army
  • Sheraden
  • Squirrel Hill
  • WHAA
  • Westwood/Oakwood

For more information on the Junior Pirates program, or to find the nearest Junior Pirates site, please contact CitiParks at 412-488-8585. If you are a Junior Pirates team member and would like to attend Junior Pirates Day at PNC Park, contact the Pirates at 1-800-BUY-BUCS.