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Bat rule update for Baseball
by posted 12/15/2017

Coaches and Parents,

Bat rule update for Baseball - Rookie, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget divisions only.

Liberty and Senior Bat rules will not be impacted by new USA BASEBALL STAMPS.  Same Liberty and Senior 2017 rules apply, which can be found on website.

(NEW STANDARDS)

HPBA is going to allow BOTH the new USA Baseball bats (regardless of barrel diameter), and grandfather 2 ¼” USSSA 1.15 BPF bats.

BIG BARREL USSSA 1.15 BPF bat that over 2 ¼” in diameter are still not approved.

As some of you may know, USA Baseball has changed their bat standard for the upcoming season. These changes go into effect for all Little League starting January 1, 2018. All bats must be marked with the USA Baseball stamp. These bats are not limited to the 2 ¼” diameter standards that Hamlin Park has adhered to in the past.

Hamlin Park Baseball Association is not affiliated with Little League. We do not need to adhere to their rules. However, we understand that the supply of the bats on the market is now primarily in the new USA Baseball standard.

Rick Dooley

HPBA Commissioner

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2018 Returning Player & Sibling Registration Dates
by posted 11/01/2017

Below are important dates for returning players and siblings of returning players for when registration will open for 2018 season.

 

Returning Player Registration - Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 12:0AM - Sunday, November 26, 2017.  There are limited spaces in each division which will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Many divisions have more returning players than available spots...do not wait to complete your registration.

 

Sibling Player Registration - Monday, November 27, 2017 - Sunday, December 3, 2017.  The number of spaces is based on availability in each division.

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2018 New Player Registration Dates and Information
by posted 11/01/2017

Below is the timeline and required steps to complete the 2018 HPBA Lottery Registration Process. 

All new players MUST complete ALL of these steps in order to try to get an available spot for the 2018 season.

Also, any returning players or siblings of returning player who did not get an available spot in the Returning Player Registration MUST complete ALL of these steps in order to try to get an available spot for the 2018 season.

Online Lottery Pre-Registration - December 9, 2017-January 7, 2018

All candidates must complete the online pre-registration form by selecting the big, red "Register Now" button during the open registration period listed above.  All players will be placed on the wait lis until the lottery process is complete.  All baseball and softball divisions have remaining open spots so do not be discouraged by the wait list status.

Lottery Ticket Distribution - January 9-10, 2018; TIME TBD

All families who completed the online pre-registration form must get a lottery ticket on one of the three nights listed above.  Lottery tickets will be distributed in the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse.  You must be pre-registered in order to get a lottery ticket.  If you fail to get a lottery ticket for any reason you will be eliminated from consideration for an open spot in the 2018 season.

Lottery Number Drawing - January 10, 2018

Lottery numbers will be drawn and posted in the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse by 5PM.  All available spots in each baseball and softball division will be filled.  In addition, all players who do not get an open spot will be drawn to develop the ongoing, prioritized wait list order.

Final In-Person Registration - January 11, 2018; TIME TBD

All selected lottery numbers must attend the final in-person registration in the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse during the times listed above.  Wait times will vary based what time you attend.  You must bring your lottery ticket, a copy of the player's birth certificate for age verification and a form of payment for your registration fee.  If you fail to attend the final in-person registration, your confirmed spot will be forfeited to the next player on the wait list. 

In addition, all families on the wait list must attend during this time to confirm their interest in remaining on the wait list.  You must bring your lottery ticket and the player's birth certificate for age verification.  Failure to attend will forfeit your wait list spot

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