BASEBALL - Ages 4-1/2 to 17: Welcome
HYAA Baseball Program Overview
HYAA's Mission is to provide athletic experiences that will help our young people grow into healthier and happier adults.
HYAA's baseball program is exciting for players and spectators and is the area's most comprehensive and largest youth recreational baseball program. Over 600 youth (baseball and softball) are anticipated for our spring 2014 program.
Our seasons are generally 12 weeks long (approx 10 games) and are scheduled with every attempt to have kids outside playing ball and enjoying our traditionally mild climate as soon and as often as possible. T-ballers practice once per week and play games once per week. Above t-ball the kids practice once per week and (generally) play two games per week.
HYAA Baseball is recreational and instructional in general nature but allows kids to advance their skill level and compete against similar talent over time. Our program is designed for a broad spectrum of abilities; from novice to gifted. Unlike many organizations that limit or discourage novice or developing players, our organization welcomes everyone.
As we strive to offer more options for our members and keep up with market demand, our program has three components:
- Traditional recreational baseball – The foundation of our program that offers children of all ages and skill levels the ability to play baseball in a fun, competitively balanced, professionally run program.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME
Our programs are open to all youth of Huntersville and surrounding areas. Registration fees will be reduced or waived for those with financial challenges. We want everyone to play! HYAA is 100% volunteer organization. We need Administrators, Coaches, Directors and Board Members to make this organization a success. We welcome and need your involvement.
Cal Ripken Baseball
Babe Ruth Baseball
HYAA Baseball is organized with two-year age groups. See main menu item "Divisions" for detailed description of each age group. The Divisions are as follows:
T-ball - ages 5 & 6
Rookie (Machine Pitch) - Boys ages 7 & 8
Minor (Kid Pitch) - Boys ages 9 &10
Major - Boys ages 11 & 12
Babe Ruth - Boys ages 13,14 & 15
Babe Ruth - Boys ages 16,17&18
HYAA uses a player evaluation process (skills day and prior season coach's evaluation) and then a draft to create teams. HYAA's goal is to create a system of team parity, where teams are generally balanced. Parity creates exciting baseball and enhances the enjoyment of the players and spectators.
HYAA owns no baseball facilities. In all cases, HYAA rents fields from the Town of Huntersville, Charlotte Mecklenburg School System and other private facilities. See "Locations" for field descriptions and directions. The charges associated with facilities are a sizable portion of the participant registration fee. Huntersville and North Mecklenburg has experienced a tremendous growth in population that far exceeds the growth of baseball fields in the area. For these reasons, we appreciate your support and understanding at the limitations of baseball facilities.
HYAA provides uniforms for the players including hat, jersey, pants, and socks. Belts are provided for all levels except Tball. Our uniforms are widely regarded as the best around and always have the added touch of "names on the back."
HYAA provides basic baseball equipment such as catcher’s gear, baseballs, and hitting tees. The cost of these items is provided by a portion of the registration fees. Participants should provide a glove, bat, helmet and athletic shoes (soft cleats).
BASEBALL MANAGEMENT TEAM
HYAA Baseball’s team is comprised of a Director, age group Commissioners, League Coordinators and Coaches.
See "HYAA Contact" for the current management team and their contact information.