Registration is now opened for Hillsborough Baseball League (HBL) 2017 Spring season (Hillsborough, NJ)
 
 
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General Information for All Leagues
  • The 2012 Spring season will begin with practices in mid-March (weather permitting).  The first games begin on or around April 9th and Opening Day is tentatively set for April 14th.  The season concludes on or around the weekend prior to the last day of school.  
  • Each team's schedule will vary from week to week -- a typical week may have two games or practices during the week and one over the weekend.  Schedules will be posted on the website soon after teams are formed.
  • Games during the week will start at 5:45pm or 6:00pm depending on the time of the year.
  • Games will be played at the Willow Road Baseball Complex or various school / municipal fields across Hillsborough.  The Babe Ruth Junior and Senior leagues will also play at the Montgomery Baseball complex.  The Babe Ruth Graduate league will play at various locations in Somerset and Hunterdon county.
  • Registration fees for 2012 include an increase of $25 from last year, however, it is the first increase in five years.  The cost per-player is based on the league that the player is registered for, as follows:
    • Tee Ball:  Farm and Colonial -- $145
    • Minors:  Pioneer, Rookie, International and Cactus -- $170
    • Majors & Babe Ruth:  Pacific, Gulf, Junior, Senior and Graduate -- $200
    • Buddy League -- $35  (no increase in fee)
  • Families with multiple players will receive a $50 discount for the 2nd and each additional player registered.
  • A late registration fee of $25 will be added to registrations submitted after 12/15/2011.
  • A $50 work-bond payment is required at the time of registration.  This work-bond fee will be refunded upon completion of a qualifying work-bond volunteer duty.  Opportunities to complete your work-bond volunteer duty will be posted in VolunteerSpot.  Please check the HBL website in  February 2012 for sign up opportunities. 
  • Teams will be formed in January and managers will notify players in February.
  • We will not allow players who have not paid to participate in league practices or games.  If the cost of the program is prohibitive for your family, please contact  Fred Versaci ( ) to make confidential financial arrangements.
  • All Tournament Team players that were placed on a team during the fall of 2011 must register and participate in a 2012 Spring In-town League.  For these players, the registration must be submitted by December 1, 2011.

Click on the Register Now link on the right-hand column of the home page to register for the 2012 Spring  Season.  The 2012 Spring Season early registration ends December 15, 2011 and late registration ends December 31, 2011.  Players wishing to register after 1/1/2012 will be placed on a team only if roster-sizes permits.  To avoid late fees, please register by 12/15/2011.


PLEASE NOTE -- Team Managers are needed at every age level.  Please consider volunteering to be a team manager.  Team manager is a qualifying work-bond duty.





2012 Leagues

NOTE:  age / league requirements listed below for each league are not negotiable.  The league does not offer a baseball program for players who are younger than 5 (age as of May 1, 2012).  Players are not allowed to skip leagues.

2012 Baseball Division Age Chart

Farm League  --  Players who are 5 years old on May 1, 2012.
  • Tee-ball for the entire season.
  • The purpose of the Farm League is to introduce children to basic baseball fundamentals.  Managers and coaches of all teams are encouraged to work together to provide proper instruction and guidance while promoting teamwork and fun.  
  • All games will be preceded by 30 minutes of team practice.  The two teams will divide the field and create stations to work on skills (throwing, hitting, running, catching) with their teams.  Upon completion, a two inning scrimmage will be played.  All play shall terminate approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from the start of practice.


Colonial League -- Players who are 6 years old on May 1, 2012 or who played in the Farm League in 2011
  • Tee-ball for most of the season.  Some coach-pitch is introduced in the latter portion of the season.
  • The purpose of the Colonial League is to continue to develop the basic understanding of baseball fundamentals.  Managers and coaches of all teams are encouraged to work together to provide proper instruction and guidance while promoting teamwork and fun.  
  • All games will be preceded by 20-30 minutes of team practice.  The two teams will divide the field and create stations to work on skills (throwing, hitting, running, catching) with their teams.  Upon completion, a three inning scrimmage will be played.  

Pioneer League -- Players who are 7 years old on May 1, 2012 or who played in the Colonial League in 2011
  • Primarily Coach-pitch (some players may still occasionally need the tee).
  • The focus of the Pioneer League is to stress baseball fundamentals,  learning the rules and  playing correctly (for example, avoid taking advantage of the other players’ inability)


Rookie League --  Players who are 8 years old on May 1, 2012 or who played in the Pioneer League in 2011
  • Player pitch / coach pitch -- players pitch to each batter, but a coach will come in to pitch to the batter after four called balls.
  • Still not a competitive league -- no scores or standings are kept.  The focus of the league should still be on teaching baseball skills and rules to the players.


International League -- Players who are 9 years old on May 1, 2012 or who played in the Rookie League in 2011
  • The first year of competitive baseball -- the drafting of teams is based on the skill levels of the players.
  • Even though the International League (and all older leagues) are competitive, good sportsmanship and a focus on learning baseball skills / rules is maintained.
  • The International League introduces some additional baseball rules such as limited stealing of bases.

Cactus League --  Players who are 10 years old on May 1, 2012 or who played in the International League in 2011
  • The last year on the the smaller (46' mound / 60' base paths) field.


Gulf Coast League -- Players who are 10, 11 or 12  years old on May 1, 2012 or who played in the Cactus League in 2011.  ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS -- players must have played in the Gulf Coast League in 2011 or be drafted onto a Gulf League team for 2012.  Any 11 or 12 year olds not returning to Gulf Coast or drafted onto a Gulf Coast League team will be placed in the Pacific Coast League.

Pacific Coast League -- Players who are 11 or 12  years old on May 1, 2012 or who played in the Cactus League in 2011
  • Gulf and Pacific are played on an Intermediate-sized field (50' pitchers mound / 70' base paths) with all baseball rules (leading / stealing / balks)
  • The Gulf Coast League has a limited number of teams -- the intention of the league is to provide a more competitive level of play for players with above-average skills.


Junior League -- Players who are 13 years old on May 1, 2012.
  • Played on a Full-sized baseball field (60' pitchers mound / 90' base paths)
  • Full baseball rules.
  • This league will also include Montgomery Baseball League teams.  Games will be played in Hillsborough and Montgomery.


Senior League -- Players who are 14 or 15 years old on May 1, 2012 or who played in the Junior League in 2011.
 
  • Played on a Full-sized baseball field (60' pitchers mound / 90' base paths)
  • Full baseball rules.
  • This league will also include Montgomery Baseball League teams.  Games will be played in Hillsborough and Montgomery.

 


Graduate League -- Players who are 16 - 18 years old (born prior to May 1, 1996 and on or after January 1, 1993) 

The Graduate League refers to Hillsborough Teams for players 16+ who play in the multi-town Somerset / Hunterdon Babe Ruth League.  Hillsborough traditionally fielded 2 teams in this age group, but with the addition of 16 year olds in 2011, 3 teams were formed.  More information can be found on the Somerset / Hunterdon Babe Ruth League website.




Buddy League -- The Buddy League (formerly the Challenger or Bambino League) 

The Hillsborough Baseball League believes that every child should be given the opportunity to participate in the game of baseball.  The Buddy League is for players ages 5-20 with physical, emotional or mental challenges which preclude them from participating in the other HBL Leagues. This League makes allowance for a volunteer buddy as-needed to help the player swing a bat, round the bases, catch a ball, etc. The Buddy League is designed so that everyone has the opportunity to have fun playing baseball.

Is the Buddy League the right league for my child?
 
Placement of players in the Buddy League is the decision of each individual player's parents.  If you would like to speak to someone about the appropriateness of this league for your child, please contact Fred Versaci  .  He can also put you in touch with the parents of a current or former participants in the Buddy League.


When / where / how much?
 
In past years the Buddy League games were played only on Saturday afternoons at the Willow Road Baseball Complex on field #7 and practices during 2011 season where on Thursday nights.  The final schedule for 2012 will be based on the number of participants who register and the number of teams formed.  The cost of the Buddy Program is $35 per player.