The Hampden Youth Baseball Association (HYBA) offers supervised baseball programs for Hampden Township youth ages 5 through 19. We are delighted that our association had grown to include 39 teams and nearly 450 baseball players during the 2017 Spring season. In addition to our regular spring baseball season, the HYBA also provides opportunities for our players to participate in post season tournaments, travel baseball and fall baseball programs. The HYBA was incorporated in 1967 and its Instructional, Minor, and Major League programs have been playing under the charter of Little League Baseball since 2002.For Little League ages (5-12), practices will begin approximately April 1, depending on weather and field conditions. Games will begin in mid-April and run through June 11.Tee Ball, Instructional & Minor Leagues play Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday. Junior & Major Leagues play Monday, Wednesday & Friday. 13 Year Olds, Teeners and American Legion could play any day, but predominantly weeknights. These seasons may begin and run later than what is listed above.
Our Board of Directors are committed to provide a positive environment for all HYBA players regardless of age or ability. We ask our coaches and adult volunteers to act as role models and teachers. While we strive to develop our players’ baseball skills and to produce competitive programs, these objectives are secondary to good sportsmanship, integrity, and enjoyment of the game. We measure our success in terms of the number of players who return to play our sport each year!
Thanks to the ongoing support of our Township Commissioners, our sponsors, and our volunteers, the HYBA has emerged as a leader in youth baseball in Central Pennsylvania. Our Township Recreation Department actively supports HYBA programs and helps us to maintain some of the finest baseball facilities in the region. With our wonderful combination of committed young players, community support, and volunteer spirit, our association will build upon the tradition of Hampden Youth Baseball for years to come!
HYBA baseball programs continue to provide positive experiences for our players. The HYBA Board of Directors calls on all adult members to build on the positive examples you have set for our players through continued emphasis on respect, responsibility, and sportsmanship. In support of this effort, the HYBA Code of Conduct provides guiding principles for participating in youth baseball programs. Please click here to review the HYBA Code of Conduct which is a permanent part of our playing rules.
HYBA requires background checks for volunteers. To help ensure the ongoing protection of our players under regulations of the Little League Child Protection Program, the HYBA will continue to conduct mandatory criminal background checks on volunteers who have regular contact with our players.
Coaching volunteers must provide government issued photo identification and complete a Little League Volunteer Application. HYBA will cover any fees associated with background checks.
In addition, recent changes in legislation (HB 1276 or Act 15) require that all volunteers who come in contact with youth are required to obtain background checks. The Act (effective July 1, 2015) provides for a waiver of fees for criminal record checks conducted for volunteers who are required by the Act to obtain them. If you would like to volunteer you will need to obtain these certifications as soon as possible. You may complete the process online to receive some of your results immediately. Regardless of other background checks that you may have completed, ALL prospective volunteers must obtain the following certifications at this time (note that upon completion your background certifications will be valid for sixty months):
- Complete a “Report of Criminal History” from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP); and
- Complete a “Child Abuse History” certification from the Department of Human Services.
- If the volunteer has NOT been a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the entirety of the previous 10 years, a fingerprint based federal criminal history (FBI) submitted through a PA Department of Human Services (DHS) authorized agent is required.
Instructions to complete the background check process can be found here.
HYBA Mailing Address: HYBA Post Office Box 321 Enola, PA 17025
HYBA Email Address: [email protected]
Salem Park: 430 Salem Church Road Mechanicsburg, PA 17050