The Hillsborough Baseball League (HBL) is committed to providing an excellent learning environment for all Hillsborough children who want to play baseball. The league sponsors Spring, Summer & Fall recreational In-town leagues in support of that purpose. Further, the league has an expanding in-season and off-season development program to provide our kids, parents, & coaches the tools to help our parents/coaches become better teachers and our kid’s better players.
The Tournament & Travel Team Program is a competitive program that combines the higher level players from our In-town leagues. The purpose of this program is to provide the players with a higher level of instruction and play while preparing them to represent HBL in the Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth District, State, Regional, & National Tournaments as well as other locally-sponsored tournaments.
The process of putting our Travel Teams together for the 2012 season has been revamped and will begin in the fall of 2011. This process will be for players who will be league age 9U-14U
during the 2012 season. In addition, there are also changes to the process by which managers are selected for these teams.
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play who is selected to play on a HBL- sponsored tournament travel team must also register and play on a
Spring In-town League. Registration for the Spring In-towns teams will be available in late fall. All players on a HBL- sponsored travel team must register by December 1, 2011
Any, player on a HBL- sponsored tournament travel team who does not register and
participate on 2012 HBL Spring In-Town League will be removed from the tournament team.
The 2012 Tournament Team tryout process will take place over the course of two weekends. It will consist of an evaluation from an independent and knowledgeable baseball instructor/coach in conjunction with evaluations from the prospective Tournament Team Managers, as well as final review by the Tournament Team Committee.
Players should plan to register and participate in two (2) tryout sessions. If a player cannot make two sessions, they should contact their age level coordinator as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that the second session will be used to refine the evaluator’s skills assessment. Not participating in two sessions may have a negative impact on your player’s chance of making a team. Each session will be 2 hours and consist of hitting and fielding drills. Players will also have the option of having their pitching and catching skills evaluated.
Tryout sessions are scheduled for October 1st, 2nd, 8th, & 9th.
You are to register for two sessions.
Conduct during Tryout:
Parents are not allowed to provide instructions to their child during the actual tryout as it may be unsettling to the other children who are trying to stay focused. You will receive one warning and then be asked to wait in the parking lot. This will be strictly enforced.
Tryout Dress Code:
It is recommend that you have your child dressed in baseball pants w/belt, tucked t-shirts, cleats and baseball cap. Not to mention some fell it is somewhat disrespectful to the process to show up in street clothes. Player are absolutely NOT permitted to wear All-Star uniforms from prior seasons.
At most levels, HBL will form 2 tournament teams. At the 8U level, teams will be split via draft into equal teams during the spring in-town league season. Teams 9U and above will be split using a different set of metrics. Teams will be grouped using the player skill assessment from the evaluation period.
Tournament teams are formed for the purpose of competitive play. Our managers understand that we are still in the business of youth baseball development and to the best of their ability make sure our kids get opportunities to get better. With that in mind, playing time & position is at the full discretion of the manager and we ask that you have a conversation with your child as to what this means and what could happen prior to joining a tournament team.
If you feel your player requires more development over the summer, we encourage you to consider our In-town summer baseball program as an alternative to the summer tournament teams.
In order to be considered for manager of a 2012 tournament team, an application must be submitted prior to September 23, 2011.
This deadline will be strictly adhered to. All applicants must be at their age-level tryouts to be considered and submit evaluations of the players. The BOD will review all applications and choose a manager after the top 8 or 9 players are identified from the tryout for each team at each age level.
Teams forming in the fall are strongly encouraged to begin team practice Mid-December or January. Practices will continue through the In-Town League Season and the team will be participating in a Weekend league that may require some travel. All players will be encouraged to participate in these activities as frequently as possible. However the travel/tournament team’s activities should not take precedence over In-town league activities. In addition, to be eligible for Summer Tournament play you must participate in a minimum of 50% of your In-town team’s games.
Summer Tournament team participation requires a significant commitment, particularly the entire months of June and July. For families who plan on vacationing during that time, we ask that you speak with your age group coordinator prior to entering the selection process to ensure this is right for your family. Being selected to a team and then being unavailable for extended number of games will severely impact your eligibility. Please understand we do this to be fair to some other family that may have been available to commit.
All tournament & travel team fees are at the expense of the parents/guardians of the players on the respective teams. Given these teams will be formed in the fall allowing those teams to schedule indoor Winter Practice as well as additional tournaments, and /or Weekend Leagues, please expect the fees to be in the $500 - $600
range. This number may increase depending upon the number of games, practices, and tournaments on the team’s schedule. Special payment arrangements due to financial hardships will be considered and should be discussed with the HBL President.
Please direct all questions to
. Thank you.