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.
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.