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2021 Spring: 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds

VP, Training Division - Jeff Vanags (whybl.stories@gmail.com)

Division Description:

  • Eligible: Boys and Girls ages 4, 5 and 6 (age on April 30th, 2021)
  • The Training League uses softer/safer baseballs and is a mix of using batting tees and coach pitch.
  • Focus in this division will be on introducing baseball as a sport to our youngest players and developing basic baseball skills through fun drills and games.
  • Players will have access to FREE 1-hour optional pre-season "pop-up" clinics (circumstances permitting).
  • Coaches are Ripken Certified and trained on player safety.
  • Players receive a uniform jersey and hat they can keep!

Teams

  • Teams are created primarily based on the school the player attends, with the goal of balancing the skill level of the teams. We will also do our best to accommodate buddy requests during the team selection process - please note these in the registration system.
  • Players will be called or emailed with team assignments in mid-April.

The Season

  • Teams practice once/week and play one game on Saturday (occasionally on Sunday).
  • The season will begin early May and will end by early June.
  • The season will end with our annual Training League Jamboree...a player favorite as all kids get together for fun games and drills, using the skills they learned during the season!

 

We recognize that some families, especially during these times, could be experiencing financial challenges. WHYBL wants to ensure all kids to have the opportunity to play baseball. Please reach out to Rob Hanawalt (Whybl@hotmail.com) to inquire about available financial assistance.

For details on our refund policy or alternative payment methods, please visit our 2021 Registration and Refund Details page.

Base Cost: $65.00

Opened: 12/01/2020

Open to:
born between: 05/01/2014 and 12/31/2016

2021 Spring: 7 and 8 Year Olds

VP, Instructional Division - Patrick Sharkey (bluessharkey@gmail.com)
 

Division Description

  • Eligible: Boys and girls ages 7 and 8 (age on 4/30/2021)
  • The Instructional League is a machine pitch league using regular baseballs.
  • Machines at this age are used to build batter confidence (no walks, safer and more strikes), minimize wear on young throwing arms, and to keep games going at a good pace.
  • Focus in the Instructional League is teaching basic baseball fundamentals, rules of play and teamwork concepts.
  • Players will have access to FREE weekly pre-season indoor clinics (circumstances permitting).
  • All coaches are Ripken Certified and trained on player safety.
  • All players will receive a jersey and hat they can keep.

Teams

  • Teams are created primarily based on the school the player attends, with the goal of balancing the skill level of the teams. We will also do our best to accommodate buddy requests during the team selection process - please note these in the registration system.
  • Players will be called or emailed with team assignment beginning early April.

The Season

  • One practice per week once teams are formed in the beginning in April.
  • Regular Season, Late April – Early June: One practice on weekdays and typically 2 games on weekends.
  • All teams will play in a season-ending playoff tournament.
  • Season will end by early June.

8-Year-Olds in the Minors

  • Eight year old players who wish to “play up” to the Minors Division (player pitch) should register for the Instructional League and inform the VP, Instructional Division Patrick Sharkey (bluessharkey@gmail.com) and VP, Minors Division (Mike Davidson, (uconn3xwin@gmail.com) of the player's interest.
  • Each Minor League team will have no more than one 8-year-old assigned to it. 8-year-old players will be approved to play in the Minors based on demonstrated ability. Safety and experience of our players is a priority.
  • Interested players will be required to attend a player’s skills assessment, tentatively scheduled for March 20, 2021.

 

We recognize that some families, especially during these times, could be experiencing financial challenges. WHYBL wants to ensure all kids to have the opportunity to play baseball. Please reach out to Rob Hanawalt (Whybl@hotmail.com) to inquire about available financial assistance.

For details on our refund policy or alternative payment methods, please visit our 2021 Registration Details page.

Base Cost: $85.00

Opened: 12/01/2020

Open to:
born between: 05/01/2012 and 04/30/2014

2021 Spring: 9 and 10 Year Olds

VP, Minor League - Mike Davidson (uconn3xwin@gmail.com)

Division Description

  • Eligible: Boys and Girls ages 9 and 10 (age on 4/30/2021)
  • Minor League games are played on the 46/60 diamond, feature player/kid pitching, and are umpired. Focus in the Minors is more in-depth instruction on fundamentals and team play, while allowing for a little more competition.
  • Players will have access to FREE weekly offseason/pre-season indoor clinics and practices (circumstances permitting).
  • All players will receive a uniform jersey and hat they can keep.
  • Coaches are experienced, Ripken-certified and trained on Player safety.

Teams

  • Players in the Minors will be assigned to teams by the end of March based on a combination of the skills assessment, school, and 2019 team (if applicable) in an effort to balance the skill level of all teams.
  • All 9 and 10-year-olds will be required to attend a player’s skills assessment, tentatively scheduled for March 20. 2021. For 9-year-olds, the skills assessment will be used to help us balance the Minor League teams by skill level and to determine team assignments.  For 10-year-olds, the assessment will be used to identify two highly-skilled 10-year-olds per team to play in the Majors Division. These selections are based on performance during the assessment, past play and coach’s feedback/input. If you believe your child could be selected, but prefer to have your player continue in the Minors for their 10-year-old season, please contact Major League Vice President Jeremy Sauer (whyblmajors@gmail.com).

The Season

  • Teams will practice twice a week in April and once a week when the regular season starts in late April.
  • There will be two games per weekend, one Saturday and one Sunday.
  • All teams will play in a season-ending playoff tournament.
  • Season will end in early June unless inclement weather dictates otherwise.

 

We recognize that some families, especially during these times, could be experiencing financial challenges. WHYBL wants to ensure all kids to have the opportunity to play baseball. Please reach out to Rob Hanawalt (Whybl@hotmail.com) to inquire about available financial assistance.

For details on our refund policy or alternative payment methods, please visit our 2021 Registration Details page.

Early bird rate below expires 2/15. Siblings receive and extra $25 discount!

Base Cost: $150.00

Opened: 12/01/2020

Open to:
born between: 05/01/2010 and 04/30/2012

2021 Spring: 11 and 12 Year Olds (Not on 2019 Major League Roster)


 

  • Eligible: Boys and Girls ages 11 and 12 (age on 4/30/2021) who were not on a Spring 2019 WHYBL Majors roster
  • All players will be required to attend a skills assessment in March. 
  • Following the skills assessment, all 11-year-olds will be assigned to either the Major League or Minor League, based on the results of the assessment. All 12-year-olds will be assigned to the Majors unless otherwise requested by the family.
  • Players will be called or emailed with team assignment by mid-March.
  • Players will have access to FREE weekly offseason/pre-season indoor clinics and practices (circumstances permitting).
  • All players will receive a uniform jersey and hat they can keep.
  • Coaches are experienced, Ripken-certified and trained on Player safety.

 

Playing in the Majors:

  • The Major League is WHYBL's most competitive division and games are played on the 50/70 diamond (larger/transitional field…a “stepping stone” to the regulation high school-sized diamond). Division will be made up of all 12-year-olds, many 11-year-olds and a few 10-year-olds.
  • Focus is teaching and experiencing "real" MLB rules and concepts (leading, stealing pick offs, balks, etc).
  • Teams will practice twice/week in March and April and then once/week when the regular season begins in late April.
  • Games are scheduled 2 to 3 times a week.
  • All teams play in a season-ending playoff tournament.
  • Season will end in early June unless inclement weather dictates otherwise.

Playing in the Minors:

  • Teams will be constructed based on a combination of the skills assessment, school, and prior WHYBL team (if applicable) to best balance the skill level of all teams. Division is typically made up of all 9-year-olds, most 10-year-olds and many/some 11-year-olds.
  • Minor League games are played on the standard youth 46/60 diamond, feature player pitching, and are umpired. Focus in the Minors is more in-depth instruction on fundamentals and team play, while allowing for a little more competition.
  • Teams typically practice twice a week in March/April and once a week when the regular season starts in late April.
  • Games are scheduled twice a week on weekends
  • All teams play in a season-ending playoff tournament.
  • Season will end in early June unless inclement weather dictates otherwise.

Please contact Major League Vice President Jeremy Sauer (whyblmajors@gmail.com) with any questions about the Majors or Minor League VP Mike Davidson (uconn3xwin@gmail.com) with any questions about the Minors.

 

We recognize that some families, especially during these times, could be experiencing financial challenges. WHYBL wants to ensure all kids to have the opportunity to play baseball. Please reach out to Rob Hanawalt Whybl@hotmail.com to inquire about available financial assistance.

For details on our refund policy or alternative payment methods, please visit our 2021 Registration Details page.

 

Early Bird registration fee below expires 2/15. Siblings also receive an extra $25 discount!

Base Cost: $175.00

Opened: 12/01/2020

Open to:
born between: 05/01/2008 and 04/30/2010

2021 Spring: Returning Major League Players and Major League Legacies (Ages 11-12)

2020 Spring: Returning Major League players (players ages 11 or 12 on a Majors roster during the Spring 2019 season) and Major League legacies (ages 10 to 12)
 

  • Returning Major League players will be assigned to the team on which they played in 2019.
  • Major League legacies who are brothers or sisters of returning Majors players or a Major League Manager's child will be assigned to the appropriate team.
  • Players will have access to FREE weekly offseason/pre-season indoor clinics and practices (circumstances permitting).
  • All players will receive a uniform jersey and hat they can keep.
  • Coaches are experienced, Ripken-certified and trained on Player safety.

Please contact Major League Vice President Jeremy Sauer (whyblmajors@gmail.com) with any questions about the Majors.

 

We recognize that some families, especially during these times, could be experiencing financial challenges. WHYBL wants to ensure all kids to have the opportunity to play baseball. Please reach out to Rob Hanawalt Whybl@hotmail.com to inquire about available financial assistance.

For details on our refund policy or alternative payment methods, please visit our 2021 Registration Details page.

 

Early Bird registration fee below expires 2/15. Siblings also receive an extra $25 discount!

Base Cost: $175.00

Opened: 12/01/2020

Open to:
born between: 05/01/2008 and 04/30/2011

Winter Clinics: 7 and 8 Year Olds - Sundays 2/28 and 3/7; 9-10am

A maximum of 12 players and 4 coaches will be allowed in the facility at one time, leaving room to socially distance during drills. Players will be spilt into 3 groups of 4 and will remain in the groups for the session. Each session will have 3 stations (hitting, fielding, throwing), one for each group. Groups will rotate every 15-20 minutes. This format could change as we monitor and observe over time.

Please read confirmation email for safety protocols and expectations!

Please contact Instructional League Vice President Pat Sharkey (bluessharkey@gmail.com) with any questions. 

Opened: 01/27/2021

Open to:
born between: 05/01/2012 and 04/30/2014

NOTE: This program is currently only accepting waitlisted registrations. Register for the current waitlist by clicking the Join Waitlist button below.

Winter Clinics: 7 and 8 Year Olds - Sundays 2/28 and 3/7; 10:15-11:15am