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, HBL 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 kids 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.
This process described below will be for players who will be league-age 9U-14U during the 2015 season. In addition, there are also guidelines by which managers are selected for these teams. Evaluation sessions are scheduled for September 13th/14th and September 20th /21st. It is recommend that you register for & participate in two (2) sessions.
All residents of Hillsborough who will be between the ages of 9 & 14 on April 30, 2015 are eligible to participate. Prior participation in HBL is not required. Addiitonally, all players must be in good financial standing with HBL with all financial responsibilities met or have had arrangements made for it.
All players selected to play on a HBL- sponsored tournament travel team must also register and play on a Spring In-town League and play in a minimum of 75% of his/her In-Town Recreation Team's games to be eligible for summer play. Registration for the Spring In-town teams will be available in late fall. All players on a HBL- sponsored travel team must register by November 1, 2014. Any player on a HBL- sponsored tournament travel team who does not register and participate on 2015 HBL Spring In-Town League will be removed from the tournament team.
You must pre-register for a session; walk-ups will not be allowed.
The Tournament Team evaluation process will take place over the course of two weekends. It will consist of an evaluation from a professional 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.
All players wishing to be considered for a Tournament Team should plan to register for and participate in two (2) evaluation sessions. 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 who wish to have their pitching and/or catching skills evaluated must state that at registration. Players not doing so at registration will not be evaluated for those positions.
If a player cannot attend his/her scheduled session(s), parents/guardians should email the Director of Travel & Tournament Teams (
) as soon as possible prior to his/her scheduled session(s). All absences are subject to the approval of the STT Committee &/or Board of Directors. Failure to obtain approval for an absence may result in a player's elimination from consideration.
After evaluations have been completed, the STT Committee will review the player rankings and begin the manager selection process of all Gold-team eligible candidates (see Manager selection for more info).. Once managers have been selected by the committee and approved by the BOD, the formation of the Gold teams will be completed and players will be notified of their selection status. If there are enough players remaining to form a Maroon team, the process will be repeated.
Conduct During Evaluation:
Parents are not allowed to provide instructions of any kind 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.
Dress Code for Evaluation :
We expect that every prospective player attend the evaluation dressed in baseball pants w/belt, tucked t-shirts, cleats and baseball cap. Players will be provided at the tryout with a shirt to be worn during the tryout. Additionally, no equipment for use during the evaluation will be provided by the HBL.
At most levels, HBL will form 2 tournament teams. Teams will be grouped using the player's skill assessment from the evaluation period. After the evaluations have been completed, the Top 9 players according to the evaluation ranking, are guaranteed a spot on the Gold roster if they choose to accept it. The manager will then be given 2+ discretionary picks (3+ for 13/14U) to fill out the roster. If there are enough remaining players to form a Maroon team, the process stated above will be repeated.
Please be advised that 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, will make sure the players get opportunities to become a better player. That said, playing time & position assignment are at the full discretion of the manager. 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 tournament teams.
In order to be considered for manager of a 2015 tournament team, an application must be submitted prior to September 10, 2014. This deadline will be strictly adhered to. To be considered, a candidate :
- Must be in good standing from a disciplinary standpoint
- Must be in good financial standing with HBL with all financial responsibilities met or have had arrangements made for it
- Must attend the Evaluations and submit an evaluation for each player
- Does not have to be a current manager in HBL
- Must have their Rutgers Safety Certification
- Must complete online Babe Ruth Coaching Certification
The BOD will review all applications and choose a manager after the Top 9 players are identified from the tryout for each team at each age level. If there are multiple candidates whose player finished in the Top 9, an interview with the STT Committee will be conducted. (Click here for the Manager Application)
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. As stated above, to be eligible for Summer Tournament play you must participate in a minimum of 75% 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 the Tournament Team Director 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 does not relieve you of your portion of the financial costs. Please understand we do this to be fair to some other family that may have been available to commit.
All "A" teams will be expected to enter the District 10 Tournament at their respective age level; it is optional for all "B-Level" teams. In addition, all "B-Level" teams will be required to participate in the HBL's Summer B Tournament
Participation in the Hillsborough Summer Tournament Committee is required of each team regardless of classification. A minimum of one parent per team must commit to being a member of Tournament Committee. Participation in this committee will satisfy work-bond requriements.
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.
A $100 non-refundable deposit fee will be charged to all players accepting a roster spot. This fee must be paid within 24 hours of notification of your child's placement on, and acceptance of, a roster spot. $40 will go towards tournament team evaluation fees; the remainder will be applied towards your team's other expenses that will be incurred (e.g. winter gym fees, tournament fees, etc...) during the season.
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