Baseball Overview

Ages 5-14

Baseball Overview

Welcome to Boys Baseball!  The H.V.A.A. Baseball Program focuses on fundamental skill development, creating lasting friendships, sportsmanship based fun, and preparing players for a future in Baseball. We offer several divisions of play determined by age and skill level. All effort is made to place players in the most appropriate division for a successful season. The season length and games (dates shown in table below are approximate only) will be finalized once the number of teams for each division is determined. Spring season baseball ages are determined by the age your child is as of May 1st that year.

H.V.A.A. Baseball subscribes to the Little League, ENYTB, and Wasaren league rules of play, and participates through the ENYTB and Wasaren Leagues for ages 13-18 and Little League for ages 6-13. This program is to create an interest in baseball within the communities of H.V.A.A. and the Hoosic Valley School District, and provide a consistent structure and foundational development of boys through the program in order to prepare them for scholastic Baseball at the Hoosic Valley School District. This program has been and will continue to be developed with involvment from those coaches at the Modified, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels in conjunction with volunteers from the H.V.A.A. coaching ranks. Our intent is educate them on rules of play, strategy, sportsmanship and most importantly, love of the game. As with class sizes at HVCSD, the levels of enrollment for any age group can change from year to year. In the event that there are not enough boys at a given level, H.V.A.A. coaches in cooperation with the Baseball Chair, may elect to play against neighboring community organizations such as Brunswick, Greenwich, Hoosick Falls, etc. Athletic Associations, at their or our facilities, to enrich the competition and reinforce their skills progression.

Divisions or Levels of Play

Division Age Season Games Type Opponents
Co-Ed Tee Ball 5-6 4/1-6/30 9-12 Tee Hitting House teams
Pony 6-8 4/1-6/30 9-12 Coach/Player Pitch Generally house teams, rarely inter-league play
Minors 8-11 4/1-6/30 9-12 Player Pitch Generally house teams, some inter-league play
Majors 11-13 4/1-6/30 9-12 Player Pitch Generally house teams, some inter-league play
Senior League 13-16 6/1-7/31 12-20 Player Pitch High School Level ENYTB and Wasaren League Opponents

 

Season

The H.V.A.A. Opening Day Parade and Opening Ceremony kick-off the season. Players and parents should expect a minimum of one (1) practice and one (1) game per week for the duration of the season. At the Senior League level practices and games can vary, but try to follow a consistent schedule.

Post-Season Play - All Star Teams and Travel Softball including Fall Ball

H.V.A.A. subscribes to the Little League, ENYTB, and Wasaren rules of play, and participates through the ENYTB league during the fall season at ages 13-18. Age of the player and player eligibility is determined on May 1st of the upcoming year. At the Little League level All-star teams can consist of players from the H.V.A.A. house league in the 8U, 10U and 13U ranks, Currently, we do not recruit outside of the H.V.A.A. or the Hoosic Valley School District.

Fields

For all divisions, practice fields are typically at Chapko-Lewis or occasionally at Hoosic Valley Central School field behind the Stewarts. Because of the limited number of fields, the various divisions will play on alternating days during the week, or scheduled throughout the day on weekends. Typically, weekend games are scheduled in the morning.

Clinics

Various clinics are held within H.V.A.A. in cooperation with the Hoosic Valley Central Schools Boys Baseball Program. Specific skill oriented practice clinics may be offered throughout the year and may require additional fees. Please check with the clinic organizer or H.V.A.A. Baseballl Chair for additional information.

Coaches

The Baseball Program is seeking dedicated parent and community volunteers interested in supporting the progression of Boys Baseball in Hoosic Valley. Prospective coaches should be eager to develop player skills, team unity, sportsmanlike attitude, and a love of the game in all players. Our coaches typically find the experience very enjoyable and rewarding and many return to coach again. When selected to coach, if you have a child participating in the Association in that sport, that child will be the first player placed on your team. A pre-season coaching clinic will be held for both new and returning coaches and all coaches will be required to attend an H.V.A.A. coaching clinic. If you are interested in applying as a head or assistant coach, please indicate when you register your child, or, you can contact the H.V.A.A. Chair for that sport, listed in the Officer Contacts section of the website.

HVAA Baseball - Organizational Chart

Registration Fees

Fees for the H.V.A.A. Baseball program are $70 per child, per season* for our Pony, Minor and Major Divisions.  To complete your registration, you must register online and submit applicable fees. Please note: it is much more convenient for our registration team if you pay by credit card.

Senior League Fees are specific to age, and can be found on the Senior League page.  Currently, fees for Senior League players are submitted directly to the H.V.A.A. Baseball Chair. 

* $35 per child, per season if completed during the Early-Bird registration period. For more information, please see the registration page.

Refunds

H.V.A.A. does not currently offer refunds

Important Notes:

All baseball players participating in baseball activities with H.V.A.A. will be required to wear a batting helmet that has been league approved. H.V.A.A. provides batting helmets, but parents purchasing batting helmets for their sons must comply with this rule. No exceptions. Any questions or concerns please contact the Baseball Chair.