Hamlin Park Baseball Association (HPBA) is a not-for profit organization that provides competitive youth baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls in the city of Chicago, IL. The goal of the Hamlin Park Baseball Association is to teach players how

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HPBA has tryout-based baseball and softball travel teams for our 8-14 year old players for baseball and 9-14 year old players for softball. These teams play in tournaments and/or leagues in and around the Chicago area, and in some cases, out of state tournaments. The goal of the travel program is to provide the more dedicated, committed and talented baseball/softball players at HPBA the opportunity to improve their skills by facing some of the more talented teams in the Midwest.

A player’s age on May 1st determines his or her eligibility for the HPBA Baseball travel teams and January 1st for HPBA Softball travel teams.

 

Baseball Travel Programs

Program Features Purple/White Travel Program Grey Travel Program
Ages 8U - 14U* 10U - 13U*
House Baseball Required Optional
Team Practices Once per week beginning mid-February Once per week beginning mid-January
Travel League MSBL or comparable MSBL or comparable
Travel Tournaments 3-4, max 2 out of state 4-6, 3-4 out of state (2 max over 90 miles from Hamlin Park)
Total Travel Games 30-35 50-60
Team Try-Out/Selection 8U-9U mid/late January; 
10U-14U late July/early August
Late July/early August
Head Coach Parent/Volunteer Team discretion to hire a paid coach per budget
Electronic Registration and
Birth Certificate Required
Yes, 8U-9U by February 1; 10U-13U by November 1 Yes, by October 1
Cost (Per Player) $1,330 - $1,850** $2,000 - $2,565**

* Age as of May 1 of the coming season.  No "play-ups" allowed.

** Fees vary across the different age levels.  Any additional fees will be known in advance of player selection.  Note that these fees are in addition to any HPBA House League fees a player may incur.

 

Softball Travel Programs

Program Features Purple Travel Program Grey Travel Program
Ages* 9U - 14U 12U - 14U
House Softball Required Optional
Team Practices Once per week beginning mid-January Once per week beginning mid-January
Travel League ASA or comparable ASA or comparable
Travel Tournaments 3-5 regional, 0 out of state 3-5 regional, 1-2 possible out of state
Total Travel Games 25-35 30-40
Team Try-Out/Selection 9U mid/late January;  10U-14U late July/ early August  Late August/early September 
Head Coach Parent/Volunteer Parent/Volunteer 
Electronic Registration and Birth Certificate Required 9U by February 1; 10U-14U by November 1 by November 1
Cost (Per Player)** 9U $775
10U-13U $1330
$1330

* Age as of January 1 of the coming season.

** Fees vary across the different age levels. Any additional fees will be known in advance of player selection. Note that these fees are in addition to any HPBA House League fees a player may incur.