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Frequently Asked Questions for HPBA

When or how do I sign up a player?

What is the duration of the season?

Where and when are games played?

Where and when do teams practice?

After registration, how do I change my coach preference?

What gear does HPBA provide to play baseball/softball?

Why is the age cut-off May 1st for baseball and January 1st for softball?

Can my child play-up?

What age can my daughter begin playing at Hamlin?

Who are the coaches and what do coaching responsibilities entail?

Why do the coaches wear purple shirts?

How can I become a sponsor?

Why are sponsors important?

How is financial aid determined?

 

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 (no birth certificate required) and return with a birth certificate and payment if their lottery number is drawn a few days later. Players who's number is not drawn in the lottery are automatically placed on a waitlist.

 
What is the duration of the season?

  • Baseball Rookie: begins end of April and finishes before the 4th of July
  • Baseball All Other Divisions: begins end of April and finishes by August 1st
  • Softball All Divisions: begins end of April and finishes before the 4th of July 
  • All divisions participate in the Hamlin Park Classic Tournament the last week of the season.
  • Season specific details are found within the Baseball and Softball tabs. 
  • The League takes a break for the 4th of July.

 
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 typically try to secure practice space in Lakeview and/or surrounding neighborhoods. Typically teams do not practice at Hamlin Park.
  • Coaches usually begin contacting their players with specific practice information by mid-March.
  • Typically house teams (non-travel) practice one time a week and have one to two games a week depending on the division. Frequency of practice is left up to the coach's discretion. 

 

After registration, how do I change my coach preference?

  • Log into the HPBA website. Click the link in the upper right hand corner that says my "My Account". Find your child's name and click on the "2020 Registration History" (not his/her name or the little calendar icon). About half way down you will see where to change the coach pref. 

 

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 (baseball and softball), 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 and what do coaching responsibilities entail?

  • 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. Coaches must complete a three part approval process which includes a background check.
  • Coaches are required to schedule at least one practice a week, be present for most games and attend a league coaches meeting once a month.

 
Why do the coaches wear purple shirts?

  • HPBA gives coaches a purple shirt to signify their role and responsibility to their team. Only coaches wearing their shirt on game day are allowed on the field, in the dug out and are able to communicate with the umpire.

 
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.