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    Welcome to Hopkins Baseball Association

    Welcome to Hopkinsbaseball.com, the official communication and information link for ages 13-15 in the Hopkins Baseball Community.

    This site seeks to enhance the personal growth and development of everyone involved in baseball, OFF and ON the field, including, but not limited to the players, coaches, parents, spectators and officials.

    When they say "play ball", that is what they mean - Play hard and have fun.


    Coaches Wanted for the 2018 Season

    The 2018 HBA season isn't as far away as you might think.  HBA Clinics start in January and tryouts are in March.  In order to have our coaches identified to prior to the HBA Clinics we will being the interview process by collecting applications in October and conducting the actual interviews in November.  The selection committee will then propose to the Board at the December Meeting nominations for vote.

    If you have, or know of anyone interested in coaching a Travel Team, Tournament Team or House Team please contact HBA Travel Director, Chris Johnson at 612-518-3047.


    2018 Bat Rule will follow USA Baseball Regulations/MBL Bat Demo Day

    Published 2017-10-06 to the MBL/MBT Website
     

    2018 Bat Rule: As promised, MBL/MBT conducted a meeting  with the community Travel and Tournament Directors on 10/3/17 to get feedback, answer questions & address concerns in order to make the best decision regarding the bat rule for 2018 & other issues. 

    The outcome of the meeting was to move forward with ONLY allowing USA Baseball regulated bats during the upcoming 2018 MBL/MBT seasons.  These bats are hitting the market now and you can find a listing of approved bats and other FAQ's by clicking here: https://usabat.com/

    MBL Bat Demo Day: Also, in an effort to help you make the best bat purchase decision for your son, MBL will be partnering with Starters Sports Training to host a Bat Demo Day for MBL players on Nov. 11, 2017 at the Starter's facility in Shakopee.   More specifics will be coming soon, but please put the date on your calendar if you would like the chance for your son to have a hands on experience with these bats before making your purchase. 

    Your patience in this matter has been appreciated!

     

    NOTE: There will be other bat demo opportunities I'm sure that are more local to HBA players.

    Confirmed 2018 Bat Rules

    MBL/MBT will be going with the new bat change starting with the 2018 season.

    MBL/MBT will be allowing the USA stamped bat only for the 9-14 ages. The 15’s will be able to use the USA stamped bat and also the BBCOR stamped bat that the 15’s and up has used the past few years. Please see below.

    Bat Rules for 2018:

    • 9-13U Bats must be 2 1/4" unlimited weight differential or bats must be between 2 1/2" and 2 3/4"and have a –10 differential or less; -11 differential will not be allowed (i.e. 30” – 20.0 oz.) (USA stamped bat).
    • 14-U 14/15A Bats must be 2 3/4" or smaller with a -5 Differential or less. (USA stamped bat).
    • 15-U Bats must be 2 5/8”or smaller with a –3 or less. (USA stamped bat or the BBCOR stamped bat).
    • 14-U 14/15A can use either -3 or -5 bats. (-3 bats can be USA stamped bat or the BBCOR stamped bat, -5 bat must be USA stamped bat).


    We're Hiring Field Setup Crew Members

    Teenagers, are you looking to make some extra spending money?  We have just the job for you.  We need field setup crew members to set up the field prior to games.  The schedule is flexible in that you select the games you are available to do the set up.  The work is pretty simple and takes around and hour.  Daily tasks include removing tarps from fields, dragging/raking infield dirt, chalking the batters box/baselines, emptying the trash cans and light bathroom cleaning/stocking.  We also have bathroom deep cleaning shifts that pay a little extra. 

    Please contact Mike Vargas if you are interested in joining the team or learning more. 

    Mike Vargas

    Field Coordinator

    Phone: 763-807-9536

    Volunteer Opportunities

    We are constantly looking for help on both a short term and long term basis.  Please contact any board member if you are interested in helping out.  Current needs:

    • Board Members
    • Prep/Majors Coaches
    • Spring Field Clean Up Help

    HMBR YouTube Channel

    This is the link to our YouTube Channel

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    2017 HBA Tournament Successes

    Tournament Team Result
    GSTC 14AA Champions!
    GSTC 15AAA 4th Place
    GSTC 13AA 3rd Place
    GSTC 13A 4th Place
    Lakeville Invite 13AA Champions
    Gopher State Spring Classic 14AA Champions
    Edina Classic 13AA Champions
    Woodbury Invitational 14AA Champions
    StLPk Slugfest 13AAA Champions
    StLPk Slugfest 13AA Champions
    Lakeville Invite 15AAA Runner Up
    Edina Classic 14AAA Runner Up
    Bloomington 14AAA Runner Up
    East Ridge 14/15A Runner Up
    Jordan 14/15A Runner Up
    StLPk Slugfest 14/15A Consolation Championship