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Frequently Asked Questions for HPBA:

When or how do I sign up a player?
  • Returning Player registration begins in mid to late November and occurs online. Siblings of returning players may also signup during this time.
  • New Player registration begins in December and ends early January. 
  • Hamlin uses a lottery-based registration system to eliminated overnight, waiting-in-line. Players interested in joining the league are asked to pre-register online.  Families receive a lottery number at Hamlin Park’s Field House and return with a birth certificate and payment if their lottery number is drawn.  
What is the duration of the season?
  • Regular season baseball & softball runs from mid April through mid August. Season specific details are found within the Baseball and Softball tabs. 
Where and when are games played?
  • The majority of games are played from 10 am - 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday at Hamlin Park (near Barry & Damen).  Games can be scheduled from 5:30 - 10 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday depending on the age of the players.  Liberty Division and Senior Division games may also be played at Northeastern Illinois University (near Foster & Kimball).
Where and when do teams practice?
  • Coaches are responsible for scheduling where and when their team practices. Coaches usually begin contacting their players with specific practice information by mid-March.
What gear does HPBA provide to play baseball/softball?
  • HPBA gives every player a full uniform including hat, shirt, belt, pants and socks.  Each team is given bats & helmets.  Players must supply their own glove and boys must wear a protective cup.  It’s often recommend that players wear cleats.
  • Players may use their own helmet & bat but these items must meet HPBA’s safety standards found in the Rules & Regulations Guide, as determined by each division.
Why is the age cut-off May 1st for baseball and January 1st for softball?
  • HPBA follows the age cut-off dates set by Little League Baseball and Little League Softball.
Can my child play-up?
  • You may fill out a request to play-up for your child. As noted on the form, there must be space available in the upper division.  All play-up requests are reviewed after Open Registration has been completed.
What age can my daughter begin playing at Hamlin?
  • HPBA offers t-ball as a co-ed division for both boys and girls age 5-6 yrs old.  Dedicated, fast pitch softball teams begin at age 7 yrs old.
Who are the coaches?
  • HPBA house coaches are volunteer parents. Coach selection typically happens in the Fall (prior to registration).  Each team has one head coach and 3 assistant coaches (4 in Rookie).  Please contact if you’re interested in coaching.
Why do the coaches wear purple shirts?
  • HPBA gives coaches a purple shirt to signify their role and responsibility to their team. Additionally, all coaches must successfully pass a background check. Only coaches wearing their shirt on game day are allowed access to the players.
How can I become a sponsor?
  • It's easy!  Fill out the sponsorship form for the level you are interested in sponsoring.  HPBA will then follow up with you on the details.
  • Please contact if you have any questions about becoming a sponsor.

Why are sponsors important?
  • HPBA is a non-profit, 501c3 organization. We rely on our community and corporate sponsors as a means to bring down each individual player cost and to help ensure HPBA stays a neighborhood, park district program. 
How is financial aid determined?
  • Contact the league Treasurer at for financial aid questions.