Hudson Cliffs Baseball League
Registration for the 2017 Season is Now Open!
Click HERE to register online.
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 and fosters a love for the game in a fun, positive, and inclusive environment. The HCBL is made possible by parent volunteers in conjunction with the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood. Each team consists of approximately 12 players (depending on age division) 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!
The HCBL is a parent-volunteer-driven league that needs your help to continue thriving! 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.
2017 AGE DIVISIONS
Each team consists of approximately 12 players, depending on age division, with up to 3 coaches (typically parent/guardian volunteers) per team.
The HCBL is a coed league.
LIL' SLUGGERS: Born in 2012 & 2013 - 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 2010 & 2011 - 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 2008 & 2009 - 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 2005 and 2007 - 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.
TEENAGERS (BORN IN 2004 OR EARLIER) WE ARE LOOKING FOR TEENS WHO ARE INTERSTED IN VOLUNTEERING AS COACHES IN TRAINING. EMAIL LEAGUE DIRECTOR, JON ZEFTEL, AT JZEFTEL@YWASHHTS.ORG WITH INQUIRIES.
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 2017 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
The 2017 season of Hudson Cliffs Baseball League will run from March 2017 through June 2017.
League Dates (subject to change)
March 5 - 12:45pm - Y of Washington Heights (54 Nagle Ave) Mandatory Player Assessment Day for Coach-Pitch and Kid-Pitch ONLY (More specific arrival times are TBA)
March 9 - 6:00-8:00pm - Y of Washington Heights - Mandatory Orientation for Coaches and Assistant Coaches
March 26 - 3:00-4:00pm - Y of Washington Heights - Parent/Guardian Information Session
April 2 - Opening Day at the Dyckman Fields!
April 9 - Normal day of play
NO PLAY - APRIL 16 - Easter Sunday
April 23 - Normal day of play
April 30 - Normal day of play
May 7 - Normal day of play
May 14 - Normal day of play - HCBL Carnival!
May 21 - Normal day of play/Photo Day
NO PLAY - MAY 28 - Memorial Day
June 4 - Normal day of play/Photo Day Rain Date
June 11 - Normal day of play/Kid-Pitch Playoffs Round 1
- June 18 - Last day of play/Kid-Pitch Championship/End-of-season trophy banquet, bagels, and BBQ!
June 24th is our league rain-date.
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.
$185 for members of the YM/YWHA of Washington Heights
$205 for those in the community without a membership to the YM/YWHA
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.
Financial Assistance is available for qualifying families. Please complete the Financial Assitance Application and submit to HudsonCliffsBaseball@ywashhts.org prior to March 29 at 5pm in order to be considered (note, the league may be sold out by then, so act soon).
More information email Jon Zeftel at