The HYBA Junior League offers continued instructional level play for our 8 year-old and experienced 7 year-old players. This league provides a transition to Minor League play and introduces pitching by the players. In Junior League games the pitching duties are shared by players and coaches - batting tees are not used in games. In addition, Junior League teams will have potential opportunities to play some games on larger fields with expanded rules.
To assist in forming Junior League teams with a balanced range of playing abilities, and to ensure that an appropriate skill level has been attained to ensure the safety of 7 year-olds desiring to play with 8 year-olds, brief skills evaluations are conducted for 8 year-olds and returning 7 year-olds. Special requests for children to play with specific coaches or teams cannot be honored at the Junior League level.
Salem Park Field 9 is the primary Junior League field, although some games will also be scheduled on Fields 4 and 5. When possible, some games will be played on Minor League fields pending field availability and sufficient development by the players.
Practices will begin approximately April 1, depending on weather and field conditions. Junior Leagues play Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.