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Why West Hartford Youth Baseball League?

 

West Hartford Youth Baseball League (WHYBL), is proud to be the longest running and most experienced youth baseball league in West Hartford...providing memorable experiences for young baseball players and families for 70 years
WHYBL prioritizes increasing and sustaining love for the game of baseball by emphasizing baseball and athletic skill development, all while providing an environment that embodies and celebrates sportsmanship and teamwork. 
The information below is intended to provide a general overview of our league, and to help you further understand how WHYBL has made postive impacts on thousands of young baseball players over the last several decades.  Items in bold/italics are just a few characteristics that differentiate WHYBL from other potential options in town.  Our Board members are always happy to discuss the league with you or answer any questions you might have.  
  • WHYBL is honored to be affiliated with Cal Ripken Baseball, the youth division of Babe Ruth League  https://www.baberuthleague.org/  
  • WHYBL takes tremendous pride in being able to offer something for all boys and girls (ages 4 to 12), at all levels of ability and experience, and at all times throughout the year.  Our offerings include:

    • Very popular Spring, Summer and Fall recreational leagues
    • A competitive Summer Travel/District program (known as one of the best in CT)
    • Offseason options that include Winter workouts, camps and events in our dedicated indoor baseball facility - - available at little or no cost to our players
  • Our league's format and coaching experience helps provide top-notch instruction and baseball development for our players.  WHYBL offers full local divisions/leagues for both 46/60 and 50/70 formats, providing our players opportunities to progress, grow and learn all throughout their years playing with us.  For more information on formats, please see Age Group/Playing Divisions descriptions.

  • All coaches must be Cal Ripken Baseball Certified.  As part of the Babe Ruth Coaching Education Program, this extensive certification course helps coaches provide the best possible experience for players, prepare for the season and coach baseball the Ripken Way. This course was developed solely for coaches affiliated with Babe Ruth League and Cal Ripken Baseball and contains content provided by coaching experts at Cal Ripken Baseball not found anywhere else.

  • Age cutoff is April 30th. This allows for most kids to play their Spring season at their current age.  Other local leagues have a cutoff date of August 31.

    • Example: if your child turns 13 on August 29, 2019 (or any time between 4/30 and 8/31) they would still be considered a 12 year old in our league during their 2019 Spring season.  In other local leagues however, due to the 8/31 cutoff date, they would be considered 13 years of age during their 2019 Spring season.
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  • WHYBL has formed strategic partnerships with area businesses to invest in our young players.

    • Perry Brothers Baseball -- offers professional training and clinics in our baseball facility to our players at a discounted rate, if desired

    • WIP Fitness -- offers free youth exercise and agility programs for our Major League division players, promoting the importance of fitness and health in our young athletes

    • Dick’s Sporting Goods offers significant discounts on sports equipment and apparel

  • WHYBL distributes quality uniform jerseys and hats to our players they can keep.  Many wear these jerseys and hats proudly throughout the year to have fun with their friends and players from other teams!  Kids also really enjoy that our Minor League team names and hats are replicas of real professional Minor League teams.

  • WHYBL distributes quality uniform jerseys and hats to our players they can keep.  Many wear these jerseys and hats proudly throughout the year to have fun with their friends and players from other teams!  Kids also really enjoy that our Minor League team names and hats are replicas of real professional Minor League teams.

  • Games are held at popular West Hartford local parks (Eisenhower, Fern, Beachland and Wolcott Parks).  Kids love playing night games under the lights at Wolcott Park! 

  • Our league holds mid-season All Star games for both Minor and Major Leagues, along with a 12 year-old skills competition…a player and fan favorite every year. 

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WHYBL knows that the key to delivering positive and memorable experiences is staying connected with our players and families.   We have evolved and improved as an organization throughout the years through surveys and direct feedback as we continue to focus on what’s best for the kids, families and the great sport of baseball in West Harford today.  Please feel free to reach out to any of our Board members at any time with ideas and feedback.