The Hopkins Babe Ruth is a community-based baseball program for players age 13-15 (age levels are per a player’s age as of May 1st of the current year). Players must reside in or attend schools in Hopkins School District #270 (some restrictions apply for travel teams)
For those not familiar with HBA, it provides three different levels of non-school affiliated competitive baseball options for players age 13 to 15 (generally grades 7 through 9, respectively). April 30 is the date used to determine a player’s age. Players may play with their age group or their grade (i.e an 8th grader whose birth date is May 5th can play with 13 year olds or 14 year olds).
Please note that HBA is made up of four different Little League “feeder” leagues as follows:
Big Willow (http://www.bigwillow.org/);
Glen Lake Mighty Mites (http://www.glmightymites.com/);
Golden Valley Little League (http://www.eteamz.com/GoldenValleyLL/); and,
Hopkins Area Little League (“HALL”) - http://www.hopkinslittleleague.com/.
The three HBA playing level options in order of increasing competition are as follows:
1) “House” level - This level forms the base for our league in that 13 year olds play in the Preps division against other HBA teams as well as teams from other programs comprised of 13 year olds. 14 and 15 year olds play in the Majors division against other HBA teams as well as teams from other programs comprised of 14 and 15 year olds. In addition, all House players are eligible to compete for playing on “Tournament” teams as discussed below.
2) “Tournament” level - There are two levels of tournament teams – 13A, 14/15A. Tournament teams are made up of players from our house teams. All of the Tournament teams’ games are played in MBL or Gopher State tournaments. They are played on 3 weekends we keep open on the house league schedules. Depending on tournament results, these team might qualify for the single A state tournaments.
3) “Travel” level - There are 6 travel teams – two for each age: 13AA, 13AAA, 14AA, 14AAA, 15 AA and 15AAA. Travel teams play at the AA or AAA level against other league’s AA or AAA teams.
Note that each increasing level of competition requires additional time, commitment, and financial resources on the part of both the player and parent. Each player’s ability to compete is based primarily on two factors: a) Skill level as determined by the try-out process; and b) Choice as determined by each player. For instance, many players choose to simply play at the House level and forgo attempting to play at the Tournament or Travel level – some players have extracurricular activities/schedules that do not allow them to commit to either Tournament or Travel play.
Hopkins Baseball Association
Hopkins, MN 55343
You give 100 percent in the first half of the game, and if that isn't enough in the second half you give what's left.
A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.
Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up.
House League: League Play
Travel Teams: League and tournament play
Tournament Teams: Tournaments only
Fall Ball Play
HBA uses fields owned by the City of Minnetonka, the City of Hopkins, and the Hopkins School District. The six available fields are as follows:
Guilliams (G) – Guilliams is HBA’s premier, exclusive field on Minnetonka Blvd.
Eisenhower (IKE) – Eisenhower Field is a School District field adjacent to the elementary school.
West Junior High (WJH) – West Junior High Field is a School District field adjacent to the junior high school.
North Junior High (NJH) - North Junior High Field is a School District field adjacent to the junior high school.
Big Willow (BW) – Big Willow is a City of Minnetonka field.
Varsity (V) – Varsity is a School District field that is located on the north side of the High School.