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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what age division my child should play in?

The divisions are broken down as follows:

  • Jr. Tee Ball…4yr
  • Tee Ball…5-6yr
  • Rookie…7-8yr
  • Minor…9-10yr
  • Major…11-12yr

**Ages are based on their age as of 04/30 of the current year.

When does my team practice/play games?

Currently game days & times are as follows:

  • Girls Softball…Friday (5:30 – 7:00 p.m.) & Sat (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Jr. Tee Ball…Tues (5:30 – 6:30 p.m.) & Sat (11:00 a.m. – 12 noon)
  • Tee Ball…Tuesdays & Thursdays (5:30* – ~7:00 p.m.)
  • Rookie… Tuesdays & Thursdays (5:30* – ~7:00 p.m.)
  • Minor…Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (5:30* – ~7:30 p.m.)
  • Major…Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (5:30* – ~7:30 p.m.)
  • Babe Ruth…Varies

NOTE – most coaches hold practices between the times stated. Some coaches may slightly alter practice times based on the teams needs.

*NOTE – GAMES START @ 5:30 p.m., so on game days, it will be necessary to arrive at the park by 5:00 p.m.

**NOTE – 3 “SPECIAL EVENT SATURDAYS” that we ask all participants to be available for:

  1. Saturday, May 11, 2019 – OPENING DAY
  2. Saturday, June 22, 2019 – ALL STAR GAME & MAKE UP PHOTOS
  3. Saturday, July 27, 2019 – Championship Saturday (Photos & trophies distributed to all teams on this day, in addition to championship games)

When does the season begin?

Coaches Draft/Team Selection should happen by the end of March.

  • Players should be informed of their teams no later than the 1st week of
  • April.
  • Practices are expected to begin April 15, 2019 (weather permitting)
  • Opening Day is Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • Picture Day is May 11, 2019
  • Opening Day games are expected to begin between 11 a.m – 12 noon.
  • Not all teams Play on opening day. Coaches will be contacted.

When does the season end?

Closing/Championship Day is Saturday, July 27, 2019.

All Players should plan to be available for the playoffs that occur the weeks of July 15 and July 22.

Where does my team practice/play games?

Our home field is Shoesmith Park located between 48th & 49th Street, just west of Dorchester. Over the past few years, to enhance our players experience, we have begun adding games with “outside” teams all the way down to our Tee Ball aged division. In those special instances, we will communicate with the coach to determine if a coach is able to have his team available for either the special time or location that the game requires. These games are NOT mandatory, but are to provide our players with more opportunities to play baseball/softball.

Other area fields that are sometimes utilized are:

  • Washington Park (located just south of 52nd Street and west of Cottage Grove).
  • Nichols Park (located behind the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club at 54th Street).
  • Armstrong Park (located at 44th & St. Lawrence).
  • Mandrake Park (located at 39th & Cottage Grove).
  • Ellis Park (located at 37th & Cottage Grove).
  • Cornell Playlot (located at 48th & Cornell)

What does my player need?

All players should have a baseball glove and athletic shoes. Cleats are no required. METAL cleats are NOT ALLOWED.

All players will receive a complete uniform for games, but should have weather appropriate attire for practice days.

All Boys in Rookie or older divisions MUST HAVE A PROTECTIVE CUP & SUPPORTER.

How is my child selected for his/her team?

Once registration has ended, the coaches for each division get together and select their team in a “draft”. Each Coach is entitled to keep 5 players from the previous years team, but players above that limit go back into the general pool of players. From there, coaches select based on player evaluations provided to the league from either a.) their previous coach; or b.) from one of our player evaluations. Players who do not have a player evaluation on file shall be selected randomly by the coaches.

What if I want my child to play with another specific child or on a specific team?

While we cannot guarantee placement of any player on any specific team (with the exception that coaches are entitled to select their own child(ren), we do make note of “requests” and try to accommodate them as best we can. Please make sure to email your request to info@hpklegends.org.

Implementation of USABat Standard Begins on January 1, 2018

Implementation of USABat Standard Began on January 1, 2018

USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S., in conjunction with participating national member organizations (NMOs) announced the decision to adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats. Informed by the research of leading scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee, and supported by its NMOs, — including the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball — USA Baseball has concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.

The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), which will apply to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play, will be implemented on January 1, 2018, allowing the bat manufacturers sufficient time to bring these bats to the marketplace.

The Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. have approved the use of the 2 5/8 inch barrel bats for local league play and tournament play beginning in January 2018 and coinciding with the new USA Bat standard.

Similar to the NCAA and NFHS BBCOR standard, which helped to eliminate discrepancies with different length bats and thus provide a more direct measure of bat performance, the new USA Baseball bat standard will allow youth baseball organizations in the United States to reach their goal of establishing a wood-like standard, a standard that will provide for the long-term integrity of the game.

It is important to note there will be no immediate change to youth baseball organizations’ bat rules. All bats, currently accepted for the respective leagues, remain permissible through December 31, 2017. Each participating national member organization will incorporate the new standard into their rules for the 2018 season and will begin, with this announcement, to inform their membership of the USABat standard.

Frequently Asked Questions about the USABat standard:

Which national member organizations are implementing this new standard?

To date, the following organizations are participating (in alphabetical order): American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.

Why the change to a wood-like standard?

USA Baseball’s national member organizations believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. The new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so young players can use bats made with light-weight materials.

Why not just use wood bats?

Wood is a scarce resource. The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood, where its performance will be limited to the highest performing wood.

How is the USABat standard different from the BBCOR standard used by the NCAA and NFHS?

Both the USA Baseball and NCAA bat performance tests are based on the coefficient of restitution from a bat-ball impact. The scale of results is different, however, since they use different test balls and test speeds. The testing difference is necessary to address the various levels of play in the respective age groups.

Why is USA Baseball involved?

The national member organizations asked USA Baseball as the national governing body to take the lead in this process to establish a new standard. Many other national governing bodies set and enforce standards for the equipment in their respective sports. To that end, USA Baseball established a Bat Study Committee of leading scientists and conducted theoretical modeling, field testing and lab testing. The committee shared its findings with the national member organizations, who then endorsed the new USABat standard.

Who were the scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee?

Alan Nathan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois

Dan Russell, Ph.D. Professor of Acoustics at Penn State University

Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. Research Director of American Sports Medicine Institute

Why wait until 2018?

The implementation date of 2018 will allow bat manufacturers sufficient time to conduct the appropriate research, design, testing, manufacturing and shipping needed to get new bats into retail outlets. This date also allows the participating national member organizations adequate time to educate their memberships of the USABat standard.

Is my current bat good for league play?

Yes. Current league-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017.

Is safety the reason for the change?

No. Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports for youth participants.

How will I know which bat to buy?

All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations.

For more questions or information not addressed, please email info@hpklegends.org.

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2019 Registration is now open

Welcome to all of our players and parents to the start of a terrific new season of Legends baseball and softball! We are excited to have everyone participate in the thrills of excellent athletic competition and good old fashion fun.

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Legends Baseball League (HPK Legends) is gearing up for our 41st season of baseball. HPK Legends is a non-profit organization that provides fun, competitive and instruction-based baseball to the children of Hyde Park-Kenwood and its surrounding communities.