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Transition to Big Diamond Baseball

Summary of Big Diamond options offered by West Hartford Amateur Baseball Association



Fall Ball:

  • 13U – Transitional Players – First time Big Diamond Players.
  • 14U – First Year Completed Big Diamond Players.
  • 15U – Second Year Big Diamond Players.
  • 16U – High School Level Players.
  • Each age group is limited to 24 players.
  • Each age group will meet once a week and once on weekends.
  • Runs early September – mid October.


Spring Recreational Baseball

  • Alumni League
  • 13-16 year old players
  • Play at Sedgwick, KP, KO JV Field and Hall JV Field.
  • League President Rich Demorias


Spring Travel Baseball

  • Thunder: 14U Travel team.
  • Lightning: 13U Travel team.
  • Lightning Hybrid: Players are assigned to Hybrid and Alumni team. Play games for both. Based on numbers.
  • Tryout is required.
  • Practices start first week of April.
  • 12-14 game schedule.
  • Season ends late May.

Contact Rick Sanford        


Summer Recreational Baseball

  • 13U-15U
  • Member of Central CT Babe Ruth League
  • Goal is to provide high quality, competitive baseball without having to sacrifice summer vacation and other summer activities.
  • Season begins around June 1st and ends around July 7th.
  • League President, Bob Reale



Summer Travel Baseball

  • Farmington Bank/Vantis Life
  • 3 divisions – ages as of April 30th.
    • 19U
    • 15U
    • 13U – Thunder & Lightning play in this division. Tryouts are required.
    • Home games are usually at Conard and Hall.
    • Season starts early June and ends mid to late July.
    • Tryouts for all 3 divisions are held in late May.
    • 15-20 games.
    • Highly competitive baseball, serious time commitment.
    • League President, Matt Celio mattcelio@comcast.net


Winter Workouts

  • Program is designed for Middle School and High School players.
  • Coaches are current and former WHABA and American Legion coaches.
  • A great way to keep in baseball shape and prepare for Spring tryouts.
  • Typical schedule is
    • Wednesdays 3-4pm at FSA in Farmington for fielding and throwing.
    • Saturdays – Hitting time slots are assigned to players. Sessions are held at WHABA Hitting building at 90 Day St., Newington.
    • Pitching Bullpens: Start in February and are usually Monday or Tuesday nights or Sunday morning depending on the Conard basketball schedule.


West Hartford American Legion Post 96 Baseball

  • Competitive Summer League competing in State American Legion League. All teams play in League and Non Legion Tournaments. June 1 – Mid August.  
  • 13U Division – new summer 2021
  • 15U (Prep Legion)
  • 17U (Junior Legion)
  • 19U (Senior Legion)
  • Wood bats are used for 15U, 17U and 19U. Composite bats are used for 13U
  • Players are evaluated on Spring High School season and previous summer experience.
  • Season begins June 1 or as soon as High School seasons end.
  • General Manager: John Cotter,  , 860-978-2869
  • Website:   www.ctlegionbball.com