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Following an unusually long offseason, the West Hartford Youth Baseball League (WHYBL) kicked off its 71st season last week at Wolcott Park. Foodshare President & CEO, Jason Jakubowski (and longtime WHYBL coach) was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.


by posted 07/06/2020
WHYBL ALUMS RECOGNIZED AT Conard

Today we are featuring WHYBL alumni that attended Conard High School that have achieved various distinctions as athletes and citizens through their high school careers. We are proud to call these alumni part of our league family and wish them the best at they take the next step.

 

Athlete WHYBL Majors Team Awards & Distinctions
Ryan Farley Talcott Transmissions 2 sport award; indoor track & baseball; baseball co-captain; will play baseball at ECSU next year.
Jack Tousignant Keating Insurance 2 sport award; football & lacrosse
Peter Simplicio AC Petersen Farms 3 sport award; football, basketball & lacrosse; Lance Corporal Lawrence R. Philippon Memorial Award

by posted 06/10/2020
WHYBL Alums recognized at Hall

Today we are featuring WHYBL alumni that attended William H. Hall High School that have achieved various distinctions as athletes and citizens through their high school careers. We are proud to call these alumni part of our league family and wish them the best at they take the next step.

Athlete WHYBL Majors Team Awards & Distinctions
Liam Stone K of C 2 sport award, basebal & hockey captain, all conference hockey, Lance Corporal Lawrence R. Philippon Memorial Award
William Fox K of C 2 sport award; basketball & baseball; will play baseball at Endicott College next year.
Gabe Salomons Venora Electric Carey Award awarded to the most outstanding athlete in the senior class. Captain of the football team. Earned All Conference honors in 2018 and 2019. Earned CCC All Academic honors. He will continue his football career next year at the University of Rhode Island.
Brandon Wolmer Venora Electric 2 sport award; Cross country & baseball
Patrick McGann Connors Insurance 2 sport award; football & basketball

by posted 06/09/2020
Celebrating our WHYBL Alums as HS Seniors

WHYBL wants to take the opportunity this week to share the achievements of many of its former alumni who have recently been recognized with athletic awards at the conclusion of their Senior year of high school. We have received word of the Conard and Hall athletes who received awards last week and you will be hearing about those over the next couple of days.

While not all these gifted young athletes continued with baseball, we are extremely proud of the leadership, hard work, teamwork, and sportsmanship they have continued to exhibit since completing their youth baseball careers. Please stay tuned to our social media accounts as we send out special messages of congratulations.

If any WHYBL friends are aware of other senior year achievements of other WHYBL alums, especially if they attend high schools other than Hall or Conard, we would love to hear from you too. Also, if you’re aware of any alum celebrating other senior achievements outside of athletics we would be happy to celebrate those as well. Please submit information to .


by posted 06/08/2020
2020 Summer Baseball Registration - OPEN

Thank you to all that responded to our recent survey. Results for this age group were overwhelmingly in favor of having a baseball experience this summer, with many comments around easing our kids back into sports with modified formats and lighter schedules.  With that, we are happy to announce the opening of 2020 WHYBL Summer League baseball registration! 

Today the state announced Phase 2 of CT Reopening Plan includes youth sports, and baseball activities can begin under certain safety guidelines on 6/17.  There is still significant work and coordination to do with West Hartford officials, so as of now we are planning to have a 6 to 8-week season between the official re-opening date and August 9th.

Based on survey results and discussions with other baseball programs in WH and CT, WHYBL will be offering the following recreational divisions this summer:

  • 8-year-olds : Due to the limited survey responses in this age group, format is TBD. This could be a “regular” format with a practice and a game or two/week, or a modified format involving drills, inter-squad scrimmages and baseball fun.  Depending on interest and numbers, 8-year-olds may be in their own age group or mixed in with the 9- and 10-year-olds; WHYBL uniforms and hats; $80
  • Ages 9 and 10 (as of 4/30): Kid pitch; played on the 46/60 diamond; 1 or 2 games and 1 practice per week; some games under the lights at Wolcott Park; WHYBL uniforms and hats; $80
  • Ages 11 and 12 (as of 4/30: Kid pitch; played on the 50/70 diamond; 1 or 2 games and 1 practice per week; traditional college-themed uniforms; some games under the lights at Wolcott Park; All-Star game and Skills competition for all 12-year-old players; $100

***Please keep in mind the registration window will be much shorter than normal this season.*** 

Our #1 goal this summer is to provide the children in our community with an opportunity to reenergize their love for sports, teammates and baseballWe aim for them to have fun with the friends they have missed over the last several months, while learning the game they love - all in an environment that is positive, flexible, and safe. However, this will not be without its challenges and risk. While we are going to do everything we can to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, the fact of the matter is that baseball will look a little different this year as we implement the appropriate safety and social distancing measures. Within the registration process you will be asked to sign a waiver with COVID-19-specific language for both WHYBL and the Babe Ruth League, Inc.

Given the limited contact and natural distancing between players on the field, baseball seems to be a good sport to welcome kids back to our parks and youth programs.  However, we certainly recognize things will not be back to “normal,” as we knew it. We have been working diligently with our state and local officials, as well as with other WH baseball leagues (WHLL, WHABA) to ensure the safety of our players, coaches, umpires, and families during the upcoming season.  This includes a proposed plan to maximize health and safety, including social distancing during practices and games, staggered and abbreviated game and practice times, roster limits, sanitation standards for players and coaches, and sterilization procedures for equipment.   Attached to this email is the current working draft of this plan being reviewed by the town. We’ll continue working with the town, state and other local leagues on these extra-precautionary measures leading up to, and throughout, the season.

If any reason our program is canceled prior to or during the season, refunds will be administered as follows:

  • Before uniforms are ordered = 100% refund
  • After uniforms are ordered but before season begins = 50% refund
  • After season begins but before midway point of season = 25% refund

We can’t wait to see your sons and daughters back out on the field this summer. It’s been a long time coming! Here at WHYBL, we are ALL IN. Our Board, our coaches, and our volunteers are prepared and committed to providing a safe and engaging outlet for your children this summer and beyond. We look forward to seeing you all on the field in just a few short weeks!


by posted 06/07/2020

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