LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL/SOFTBALL
Hope Softball Camp:
Hope College Softball is hosting fall clinic on Saturday, 9/23 for players 7th through 12th grade. Information is available on the camp website.
Registration for Little League for the spring of 2017 is now closed.
Schedules for the 2017 season are posted in the Files and Links section on the left.
NEW BAT UPDATE COMING FOR 2018 BASEBALL: Please read if you are planning on purchasing a bat this year!
In 2018 Little League International is updating the bat rule for ALL divisions of BASEBALL. All bats for 2018 and beyond will need to have a USABat stamp in order to be used in play at all levels. These bats will not be available to purchase until the fall of 2017. Any bats currently in use for baseball will not be able to be used after 2017 regardless of BBCOR or any other standard.
Medical Release Form:
A Medical Release Form needs to be filled out and turned in to your players coach by the second practice. Hard copies of the form will be available from the coaches as well as at the March players clinic.
Hamilton Little League Sponsor Form:
If you know of a business that would be willing to sponsor a team, please see the Sponsor Form in the Files and Links section on the left.
Little League Levels and Dates:
Below is a brief description of the levels of participation and approximate start dates:
Players are introduced to the basic rules of the game. Teams will bat one time through the batting order each inning. Players are assigned teams based on geographic area whenever possible. Each team will play an 8 game schedule with no post season play. T-Ball is combined girls and boys for all 5 and 6 year old players.
Players are introduced to hitting off the pitching machine and fielding the balls that are hit. Players are assigned teams based on geographic area whenever possible. Each team will play a 12 game schedule. This is for all 1st and 2nd Grade (7 and 8 year old) players.
Players become familiar with hitting off live pitching and fielding balls hit to them. This level is live pitch and stealing of bases will be introduced. Teams will play a 12 game schedule, followed by a league tournament. An all-star team will be chosen by the league coaches following the regular season and the all-start team will play in some area tournaments. This level is for 3rd and 4th Grade (9 and 10 year old) players.
Players continue to develop in hitting, fielding, and base running. Teams will play approximately 12 games. An all-star team will be chosen by the league coaches following the regular season and the all-star team will play in some area tournaments. This level is for 5th and 6th Grade (11 and 12 year old) players.
Players who have reached this level will play on a regulation size field (ie. high school distances for pitching and base running). Players are beginning to be prepared for High School baseball/softball. Teams will play a 12-16 game schedule against various area teams (Holland for Baseball). An all-star team will be chosen by the league coaches following the regular season and this team will play in some area tournaments. This level is for 7th and 8th Grade (13 and 14 year old) players.
The Challenger Division of Little League is a program for developmentally and physically challenged youth, helping them to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. Challenger Division participants have the opportunity to experience the joys of pulling together as a team, being cheered, and earning awards for their achievements.
Players will be placed in the above divisions based on their age.
Boys 12 and Over: Age as of April 30, 2017
Boys 11 and Under: Age as of August 31, 2017
Girls: Age as of Dec 31, 2016
Practices for Minor 1 and above will begin in April.
Minor 1 and above Baseball will begin playing games the end of April.
Minor 1 and above Softball will begin playing games the first week in May.
T-ball will begin practices in mid-May and will begin playing games the beginning of June.
All-star teams will be formed in June and will play in a few tournaments in July.
Remind101 Hamilton Little League notifications
Hamilton Little League will be using Remind101 for updates on Little League happenings including cancellations. Follow the instructions on the HLL Updates Remind101 PDF that is posted in the files section below. Cancellations will be made at 4:30 pm only if the field conditions warrant, it is evident that weather will not allow play, or the host team cancels. Otherwise we'll be playing ball and it will be a game time decision by the coaches.