Summer Ball

Updated Tuesday May 22, 2018 by Sean O'Bannon.

Hello HWLL Parents and Players –

As we head into the final 4 weeks of our season, we begin to set our sight on HWLL Summer Baseball. Summer baseball is a fun continuation of our Spring Season. Our mission is to provide summer baseball to any and all HWLL kids who want to play. The purpose of this email is to get a quick, informal head count of both players and volunteer coaches.  For those of you new to Summer Ball, here’s a brief summary:

For our District Teams (A Teams) - Winning, along with instruction and fun, are the objectives. Managers from the Major, Minor and American Farm teams evaluate players and teams are established. We will put each team in a minimum of 2 tournaments. The teams are:

12A, a.k.a. Williamsport - Comprised of 12 or 13 players who compete in tournaments in the hopes of making it to Williamsport, PA and the Little League World Weries. Competition level – HIGH. Commitment Level – HIGH (6 days a week).  For more information, click the link on our home page.

12B - Comprised of 12 or 13 players who compete in Jimmy Fund Tournament and one other. Competition level – Moderate. Commitment Level – Moderate (3-4 days a week)

11A - Comprised of 12 or 13 players of baseball 11 year olds who compete in tournaments in the hopes of making it to the State Finals. Competition level – HIGH. Commitment Level – HIGH (5 days a week). A second tournament is available to be played

11B - Comprised of 12 or 13 players who compete in HWLL Tournament and one other. Competition level – Moderate. Commitment Level – Moderate (3-4 days a week)

10A - Comprised of 12 or 13 players of baseball 10 year olds who compete in tournaments in the hopes of making it to the State Finals. Competition level – HIGH. Commitment Level – HIGH (5 days a week). A second tournament – Stan Brown, for example, is also planned

10B - Comprised of 12 or 13 players who compete in HWLL Tournament and one other. Competition level – Moderate. Commitment Level – Moderate (3-4 days a week)

9A - Comprised of 12 to 14 players of baseball 9 year olds who compete in tournaments in the hopes of winning Jimmy Fund District Tournament. Competition level – Moderate. Commitment Level – Moderate (3-4 days a week). A second tournament – Stan Brown, for example is also planned

9B - Comprised of 12 or 13 players who compete in HWLL Tournament and one other. Competition level – Light. Commitment Level – Moderate (3-4 days a week)

8A - Comprised of 12 to 14 players of baseball 8 year olds who compete in tournaments in the hopes of winning Jimmy Fund District Tournament. Competition level – Moderate. Commitment Level – Moderate (3-4 days a week). A second tournament – Stan Brown, for example is also planned

8B - Comprised of 12 or 13 players who compete in HWLL Tournament and one other. Competition level – Light. Commitment Level – Light (3 days a week)

Tournament Dates:
Williamsport District 15
     o 12………………Start June 27. end July 13
     o 11 yr olds...…….Start June 27, end July 10
     o 10 yr olds……....Start June 27, end July 10

Jimmy Fund – Starts about July 14 and runs for about 2 weeks
HW Invitational – Starts about July 9 and runs for about 2 weeks
Stan Brown – Starts July 27, end August 12

Sandlot Ball – an impromptu summer extension that needs to be managed and run by volunteers – Launched 7 years ago, it’s for those baseball hungry 6-8 year olds moving up from T Ball or through the Farm programs. It’s run by parents who want to get kids on the field to continue their play. Some years, the Sandlot play is very successful with up to 20 kids playing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, etc. evenings. Sometimes it never really gets going and fizzles out. It’s successful when there are willing parents to make it happen.

On the note of willing parents, most summers, we have plenty of kids that want to continue to play baseball. However, there is often a shortage of volunteer coaches. There is no problem finding coaches for the A teams; the struggle is with the B teams. Your kids need your service. Even if you did not coach this season, you can volunteer to coach in the summer. If you can create a fun environment for kids, you’re qualified.

Softball Players – if you want to play summer baseball, you are welcome to play on a summer baseball team. These teams are Co-Ed!! Don’t let your softball season end in the 1st week of June – keep it going.

What does it cost?

12A - $200
All others - $150
You get a cool hat and jersey; all tournament fees are covered.

If you have any questions, please contact your Manager, coaches, league directors or any of us on the HWLL Board.

What do we need?
Please reply to this email with:

My child, John/Jane Doe, is definitely playing summer ball
                                          is interested in playing summer ball
                                          is not playing summer ball

I, John/Jane Doe Sr, will coach/manage

Also, to date, our calendar sales are good.  If you want to buy some, sell some or share with family and friends, please share the below hyperlink as an easy buying option:

Calendar Raffle Tickets

Lastly, the American Farm Jamboree is this Saturday night (5/26) at Patton Park. It's always a ton of fun for the kids. Come out and check it out!

Thank you!

HWLL Board of Directors