Q: What are the different youth baseball leagues in West Hartford?
There are two different youth baseball leagues in West Hartford. Our league, the West Hartford Youth Baseball League (WHYBL) was founded in 1949 and West Hartford Little League (WHLL) was founded in 2003.
Q: What are the affiliations of the two leagues?
WHYBL is affiliated with Cal Ripken Baseball which is the youth baseball division of Babe Ruth League Inc. and based on the principals of Hall of Fame player Cal Ripken. WHLL is affiliated with Little League International in Williamsport, PA.
Q: How do I decide which league to sign my child up for?
It is your decision and we are happy to answer any questions you have to help you decide between the two leagues. While WHLL is certainly a fine league, we at WHYBL believe our league is a better choice because of our affiliation with Ripken Baseball, the fact that all of our coaches are trained and certified, and that we have served thousands of kids since 1949.
Q: How can I make sure my child plays with kids he knows?
WHYBL has always embraced the idea that kids enjoy playing with their friends. Our registration form provides a place to note “buddy requests” and we work hard to honor those requests wherever possible. Also, our teams in the Training and Instructional League divisions are usually organized by elementary school which usually means your child with know at least a few kids on his or her team.
Q: What is the purpose of the Major and Minor League assessments?
The assessment is the method we use to determine which 10-11 year olds should play in the Majors and which should play in the Minors. We also use the assessment day to evaluate 9 year olds to provide team balance in the Minors and 8 year olds who request to play up in the Minors. The assessment lasts ½ hour and is designed to provide instruction and evaluate your child’s skills. Most 10 year olds will be assigned to the Minors and most 8 year olds will be assigned to Instructional. All 10-12 year olds who are not already assigned to the Majors, all 9 year olds, and all 8 year olds wishing to play up must attend the assessment, unless they receive an exemption from the League President.
Q: Do you offer Travel Baseball?
We offer one of the most competitive Summer Travel Baseball programs in Connecticut. Our teams have consistently beaten WHLL in head-to-head competition. In 2016, we will offer teams at 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U 60 foot, and 12U 70 foot. We take tremendous pride in the success of our Travel teams. Many of our alumni go on to play baseball in High School and College. In 2015, WHYBL alumni played baseball at Conard, Hall, Northwest Catholic, Kingswood Oxford, Westminster, and Watkinson.
Q: I have heard that WHYBL is the “competitive” league?
WHYBL is founded on the principles of sportsmanship and making each child grow to be the best child he or she can. For that reason, the league begins with the Training Division where the emphasis is on learning and a feeling of accomplishment without any scoring or records. As players get older, we gradually introduce scorekeeping and umpires, but even at the Major League level, the emphasis is on learning the game and having fun. At the same time, we do not think that competition is a bad word. We take tremendous pride in our Travel teams and the level of competition at our Major League level. We believe that the best baseball in town and in this area is played in our league. As in life, the joy of winning and the disappointment of losing can be important life lessons for your child.
Q: I have heard that WHYBL does not allow players to play multiple sports. Is that true?
While we recommend one sport per season, we do not prohibit players from playing multiple sports. Many of our players also play lacrosse or travel soccer and our coaches do their best to work with the family regarding scheduling.
Q: How can I get more involved?
We need volunteers at all levels. We need coaches and scorekeepers at all levels. We also need help at our Wolcott Park Concession Stand, field maintenance, fundraising, website, marketing, and help with registration. Moms we especially need you! Please contact Parent Coordinator Joel Salomons for more information on volunteer opportunities.
Q: Who do I contact for more information and questions?
Contact League President Glynn Baron at email@example.com
You may also contact the league vice presidents as well:
Majors, Bryant Piccioli -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Minors, Joel Salomons -- email@example.com
Instructional, Rob Hanawalt -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Training, Scott Reynolds -- email@example.com