Divisions and Teams

TBall (Co-ed)

 The primary goal of the T-Ball division is to teach young players the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment. The T-Ball division is for 4 and 5 year olds (following established age scales) utilizing a batting Tee. To prevent sporting competition to take precedence over learning, neither game score nor inning outs are kept in T-Ball. All players bat once per inning regardless of the score or number of outs. All players play defense each inning regardless of score or number of outs.

 

MP-30 (Co-ed)

 The primary goal of the Machine Pitch-30 division is to continue teaching baseball fundamentals and building player confidence. Machine Pitch-30 is a division for 6 and 7 year olds (following established age scales) utilizing a pitching machine. The pitching machine is used to control pitches and increase the amount of action at the plate and on the field. Fear of being hit by a pitch is diminished, making the game safer and improving the playing confidence and ability of all participants. Use of the machine removes the boredom, which is often the result of players advancing beyond the Tee, but not quite ready for the Rookie 40 mph pitching or speed of play.

 

Rookie (Co-ed)

 The primary goal of the Rookie division is to continue teaching baseball fundamentals and building player confidence. Rookie is a division for 7 and 8 year olds (following established age scales) utilizing a pitching machine. The pitching machine is used to control pitches and increase the amount of action at the plate and on the field. Fear of being hit by a pitch is diminished, making the game safer and improving the playing confidence and ability of all participants. Use of the machine removes the boredom, which is often the result of either overpowering or inadequate pitching.

 

Exchange (Co-ed)

 The primary goal of the Exchange division is to further build and refine fundamental skills while introducing pitching and basic game strategy. Exchange is a division for 9 and 10 year olds (following established age scales) introducing player or “kid” pitching. All Games are called by official umpires.

 

Schley (Co-ed)

 The primary goal of the Schley division is to further hone baseball skills and proficiencies in a positive team environment. Schley is a division for 11 and 12 year olds (following established age scales). The game is played on a 70 foot diamond, and all games are called by official umpires.

 

Diamond (Co-ed)

The primary goal of the Diamond division is to introduce ball players to regulation-rules baseball, adding open base stealing, lead-offs, dropped 3rd strike, and other standard rules of middle school and high school age play. This division is for 13 to 15 year olds (following established age scales). The game is played on a 75 foot diamond, 54 foot pitching mound, and is officiated by umpires.

 

6-8 Softball (Girls)

 The primary goal of the 6-8 Softball division is to continue teaching softball fundamentals and building player confidence. 6-8 Softball is a division for 6-8 year olds (following established age scales) utilizing a pitching machine. The pitching machine is used to control pitches and increase the amount of action at the plate and on the field. Fear of being hit by a pitch is diminished, making the game safer and improving the playing confidence and ability of all participants. Use of the machine removes the boredom, which is often the result of either overpowering or inadequate pitching.

 

9-10 Softball (Girls)

 The primary goal of the 10U Softball division is to further hone softball skills and proficiencies in a positive team environment. 9-10 is a division for 9 and 10 year olds (following established age scales). The game is played on a 60 foot diamond, and all games are called by official umpires. The fall division may elect not to use official umpires.

 

11-12 Softball (Girls)

 The primary goal of the 12U Softball division is to further hone softball skills and proficiencies in a positive team environment. The 11-12 division is for 11- and 12-year-olds (following established age scales). The game is played on a 60-foot diamond, and all games are called by official umpires. The fall division may elect not to use official umpires.

 

World Series teams

In some recreational divisions, a World Series is played after the end of the regular season. Players are selected to participate at the coaches discretion and based on player availability. Coaches are asked to choose players based on criteria exhibited during the season including: effort, attendance, attitude, and ability. A player may not participate on both a World Series team and an All-Star team.

 

All-Star teams

Recreational divisions may form a All-Star team at the end of the season. The All-Star teams play travel tournaments throughout the summer. To be eligible for All-Stars, players must participate in a regular season recreational team. Tryouts for the All-Star teams are held near the middle of the spring recreational season. A player may not participate on both a World Series team and an All-Star team. For more information about the All-Star teams, see the All-Star Teams Page.

 

Hawks teams

Hawks is a division focusing on a higher level of competitive baseball. Hawks teams play travel tournaments throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Players in this division must be selected by the approved coaching staff each fall and spring. Players are typically selected by open tryouts, but tryouts are only held when a new team is being formed or an existing team has open positions. Hawks players do not participate in the recreational divisions. The Hawks teams have rigorous training and travel demands. They practice several days a week and participate in many competitive tournaments throughout the season. For more information about the Hawks teams, see the HYAA Hawks Page.

A note for players new to baseball

Every year, we have a few “older” players who join HYAA for their first baseball experience. Don’t let a player’s inexperience be a deterrent to joining. Our coaches are committed to teaching. As long as a player is willing to jump in and work hard, they will succeed. It works especially well in the Fall season, since the Fall season is even more focused on learning than the Spring season. The Fall season is also when players move up to new age groups, so typically about half of the players on a team are encountering new rules and a bigger field.