Posted: Tuesday, August 18th
This past Sunday we wrapped up what could only be described as a unique summer baseball season. From the time we announced the postponement of the season back in early April until late June, we were not sure we would have a season to talk about. At times, even during the season, it felt like we were going day by day with regard as to whether the season would continue. Thankfully, with the help and commitment of many individuals we were able to complete our season. I would like to thank all the players, coaches, volunteers, and parents who did their part to make the summer season a success. While we experienced some hiccups along the way, I feel as though the season was a success, as we provided over 200 kids the opportunity to play baseball and another 70 the opportunity to play softball. As the last few weeks of the season passed, increasingly we were asked if we would consider continuing playing into the fall. Historically, HYBS has not offered a fall baseball season. This year, however, we realize the benefits of playing into the fall may be more numerous than ever before. With this in mind, HYBS would like to announce plans to run a fall baseball season. We are still working on the final details, but we do have some information to present.
Our plan calls for a fall season scheduled to run the week following Labor Day until Columbus Day weekend. Each team, except for T-ball teams, will be scheduled for 2 games per week. Tentatively we plan on having those in the Rookie and Minor Divisions play 1 or 2 weeknight games per week, starting at 5:30pm and possibly 1 weekend game per week, starting between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Those with two weeknight games will not have a weekend game. Those in the Major Division will play 2 weeknight games per week, starting at 5:00pm. The T-Ball Division will play weekends only. Practices will be optional and at coaches' discretion. Final schedules will be determined based on the final number of teams created and are subject to change. As scheduling becomes more clear, we will notify those who have registered. Those registering for the Babe Ruth Division will play in the 495 League and will receive more scheduling information from their Division Director.
As it stands now, we are operating under Phase 3, Step 1, guidelines for Youth and Amateur Sports as set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and updated on August 13, 2020. These guidelines include mandatory face coverings for all players and coaches who are not actively playing in the field or on base. Those in the designated dugout areas and those at bat are required to wear face coverings. All spectators are required to wear face coverings unless 6 feet of distance can be maintained. Those unable or unwilling to adhere to these policies, as well as any other policies created by HYBS, the Town of Hudson, or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, cannot participate.
In the end, the viability of a fall season will depend on the interest level of the baseball community. If the desire is there, as shown through registrations, we will do all we can to play a season.
Registration for Fall Baseball is now open on www.HYBS.org. You may register your child for the same division they played during the summer or, if you feel as though your child is ready to move to the next division, you may register your child for the higher division. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
T-Ball - $50.00
Rookie - $95.00
Minor - $95.00
Major - $95.00
Babe Ruth - $120.00
As was true during the summer, none of this is possible without volunteers; division directors, head coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, and others. If you are interested in coaching, you may register as a coach thru the HYBS site, much the same way you registered your child. If you would like to volunteer in other capacities, whether in terms of donating your time or providing a good or service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HYBS VP of Baseball