Hudson Cliffs Baseball League
ABOUT THE HUDSON CLIFFS BASEBALL LEAGUE:
The Hudson Cliffs Baseball League is a community program for children of all ability levels that develops young peoples’ baseball skills. We foster a love for the game in a fun, positive, and inclusive environment. Our co-ed league is made possible by parent volunteers.
The HCBL is a parent-volunteer-driven league that needs your help to continue thriving! Each team consists of approximately 12 players and 2–3 volunteer coaches. If you do not feel moved to become a coach, assistant coach, grounds crew member, or team parent, it is our profound hope that you volunteer your time in whatever way you find meaningful over the course of the season. Your child’s team relies on the support of ALL parents/guardians to properly run drills and games. Adult caregivers providing their time in service of the league will ensure an enriching experience for all participants. Remember: the HCBL is your community baseball league! As an HCBL parent or guardian, you have the following volunteer opportunities:
- Coach and Asst. Coach*: Prepare weekly game lineups; weekly communication with parents on team; help facilitate practice>
- Team Parent: Organize weekly snacks; assist in distribution of team uniforms; other tasks as needed
- Grounds Crew*: Assist Y staff in prepping the fields before arrival of teams
*Coaches and Assistant Coaches receive official HCBL t-shirts and hats.
Teenagers (born in 2006 or earlier): We are looking for teens who are interested in volunteering as Coaches in Training.
Anyone interested in volunteering should email Michael Bradley at ().
2018 AGE DIVISIONS
Each team consists of approximately 12 players, depending on age division, with up to 3 coaches (typically parent/guardian volunteers) per team.
LIL' SLUGGERS: Born in 2014 & 2015 - 60-minute weekly intro to the joy of running the bases, swinging the bat, and having your mom or dad as coach!
T-BALL: Born in 2012 & 2013 - Children learn basic gameplay skills and how to hit off of a tee before completing the day with non-competitive scrimmage.
COACH-PITCH: Born in 2010 & 2011 - Children learn slightly more advanced game play skills and practice hitting baseballs thrown by parent-volunteers before completing the day with a non-competitive scrimmage.
KID-PITCH*: Born between 2007 and 2009 - Children learn rules of game, practice fundamentals, and hit balls thrown by peers before completing day with a scored, 6-inning baseball game. Season ends with 2-week play-off.
Please note: We do not move children up age divisions, regardless of skill level. No exceptions. We may move children down age divisions if parent/guardian requests and the move is in best interest of all participants.
The Dyckman Fields, located at the western-most end of Dyckman Street adjacent to the Hudson River and next-door to La Marina Restaurant.
The HCBL meets on Sundays only. All Sundays include practice and games.
SCHEDULE FOR THE 2019 SEASON*
Lil' Sluggers - 9am-10am (exact location within the Dyckman Fields is TBD)
T-Ball - 9am-10:15am at fields 3 and 4
Coach-Pitch - 9:30am-11:45am at fields 1 and 2
Kid-Pitch - 10:30am-1:30pm at fields 3 and 4
*This schedule is subject to change when league dates are announced in January
LEAGUE DATES (subject to change)
The 2019 season of Hudson Cliffs Baseball League will run from April 2019 through June 2019.
- Late March (Date TBD) - Assesment Day for Coach-Pitch (2:30-4p) and Kid-Pitch (1-2:30p)
- April 7 - Opening Day at the Dyckman Fields!
- April 14 - Normal day of play
NO PLAY - April 21 - Holiday Break
- April 28 - Normal day of play
- May 5 - Normal day of play/Photo Day
- May 12 - Normal day of play
- May 19 - Normal day of play
NO PLAY - MAY 26 - Memorial Day
- June 2 - Normal day of play/Photo Day Rain Date
- June 9 - Normal day of play
- June 16 - Normal day of play/Kid-Pitch Playoffs Round 1
- June 23 - Last day of play/Kid-Pitch Championship/End-of-season trophy banquet, bagels, and BBQ!
SPECIAL NEEDS INCLUSION
The HCBL is an inclusive baseball league. We welcome children with mild to moderate developmental and autism spectrum disorders. Our integrated programs reflect our desire to be inclusive whenever possible and to cater to the needs of each individual child. By adapting the experienced offered throughout the HCBL, we focus on providing everyone a caring, safe, and engaging environment. To ensure that each child's needs are properly met, we conduct an intake interview with each player with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) prior to the season. You'll have an opportunity to share information about your child's diagnosis and the accommodations he/she needs, at the time of registraiton.
$210 for members of the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
$230 for those in the community without a membership to the Y
The league provides full uniform (team socks, pants, shirt, and hat), all baseball equipment, fields, professional staff, trophies for all participants, a mid-season Carnival, and a bagel breakfast and BBQ the last week of the season!
Refunds will not be provided. Full payment required in order to participate.
More information email Michael Bradley