FAQ & Info

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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is HYAA?
2. How long has HYAA been in existence?
3. What are HYAA’s priorities in working with children?
4. What other sports does HYAA offer?
5. Does HYAA work with families that cannot afford the registration fee?
6. How many employees does HYAA have?
7. How is HYAA managed?
8. How is HYAA funded?
9. Where does HYAA hold its games/practices?
10. Does HYAA hold tryouts?

1. What is HYAA?

Hillsborough Youth Athletic Association is a nonprofit entity organized for the purpose of operating a youth baseball and softball programs in the Hillsborough area.

2. How long has HYAA been in existence?

While HYAA was incorporated in the 1976, the present day organization is the legacy of a youth baseball program which began in the late 1960s and has grown to include Softball.

3. What are HYAA’s priorities in working with children?

We believe that team games like baseball and softball are a fun way to teach values such as teamwork, sportsmanship, doing your best, encouraging others, respecting each other and one’s opponent, and winning or losing with dignity. Every child is important to us. We have an opportunity, through our coaches and volunteers, to make a meaningful, positive, and long-lasting impact on a child.

4. What other sports does HYAA offer?

HYAA only administers a youth baseball and softball program which is open to boys and girls.

5. Does HYAA work with families that cannot afford the registration fee?

Yes. We offer a scholarship (i.e., no fee) to any child that requires it. We do not turn any child away because of affordability issues. A parent only needs to ask.

6. How many employees does HYAA have?

There are no employees. HYAA is run exclusively by a group of volunteers. There is no paid staff.

7. How is HYAA managed?

A volunteer Board of Directors, generally consisting of between 18 and 24 individuals, directs the activities of HYAA. Board members are elected to serve three year terms. The Board elects a President, Vice President/President Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary. To be eligible for Board membership, an individual must have a child play for HYAA and/or volunteer in some capacity for HYAA for a period of at least one season before being nominated for Board membership. Proposed Board members are nominated and voted on each September.

8. How is HYAA funded?

HYAA is funded through a variety of sources. Among them are the registration fees for players, local businesses which sponsor our teams, and revenue from concessions and t-shirt sales. We also have one major fundraiser each year. Major expenses include uniforms, field maintenance, umpires, equipment, concessions, and insurance.

9. Where does HYAA hold its games/practices?

See the Field Locations page.

10. Does HYAA hold tryouts?

No. T-ball (4-5) and MP30 (6) teams are randomly formed. For the other divisions, we do conduct evaluations of all players. Our goal is to achieve as much parity as possible among our teams. We strive to ensure, through the evaluation and placement of players, that each team has at least two capable pitchers and a catcher. After those positions are filled, players are drafted by the coaches in a supervised fashion to round out the rosters.

Information Everyone Needs to Know

Commissioner

Each division is run by a Commissioner. The commissioner is the primary point of contact for coaches and parents. It is the Commissioner’s responsibility to operate the division fairly, safely and in the best interest of the children. Commissioners are selected by and have the support of the Board of Directors. Issues involving the League Commissioners should come to the President.

Equipment

All T-ball equipment is provided except for a glove. This includes bats, helmets and catching helmet. Gloves should be made of leather and safe. Cleats are not required. Batting helmets and catcher equipment is provided in all other divisions. Bats are not provided beyond t-ball.

Spring Ball

  • Registration opens in December.
  • Pre-season practices are twice per week (1 weekday and Saturday). Regular season consists of a Saturday practice and 1 or 2 games during the week. Regular season ends in late May.
  • Regular Season tournaments (not including T-ball, MP30) start in late-May and run into early June. Format of the tournament is determined by # of teams.

Fall Ball

Fall Ball is a more relaxed season where the focus is on skill development. Players participate in whichever division they would age into for spring. This is an opportunity for players moving between divisions to get a feel for what the spring season will be like without all the pressures they may feel in spring.

  • Registration typically opens in early August
  • Player Evaluations are not held for any age group. 13 year olds are traditionally allowed to participate in the Schley age group.
  • Pre-season practices are limited. There will be 2-3 practices before the first game in Fall because the season is much shorter (only 6-7 weeks). Practices are typically held during the week and games typically are played on Saturdays.
HYAA Activities By Month
Board Meetings 1 per month. (None in December)
January
Spring Registration (walk-in)
February
Player Evaluations
Team Drafts
March
Spring Practice Begins
April
Opening Day / Picture Day
Annual Food Drive
May
Regular Season Tournaments Begin
All Star Teams Form
July
All-Star Travel Ball All-Star Teams compete in tournaments on several weekends.
August
Fall Ball Registration Opens On-Line
Fall Ball Registration Walk-In
September
Annual Meeting Board Officers and Commissioners seated.
Fall Ball Practice Starts
Fall Ball Games Start
October
Fall Ball Ends
November
Spring Planning & Marketing Begins
December
Christmas Parade 1st Saturday
Spring Registration Opens On-Line