Hopkinton Little League Evaluation Information and Schedule
Annual Evaluations for the 2018 Hopkinton Little League season will be held September 22-24.
Each year, HLL conducts evaluations (formerly referred to as "tryouts") to ensure we place children in the appropriate league and create balanced teams based on their abilities. Every child who wants to play baseball or softball will be placed on a team. Safety is always our primary concern!
All boys born on or before 8/31/10 and girls born on or before 12/31/08 must attend an evaluation, as detailed below. Please check the date of birth ranges below to determine your child's evaluation time slot to ensure you come at the correct time. Your child needs to attend one time slot only.
Preregistration is NOT required for evaluations. Just show up at the appropriate time and sign in at the registration table near the Dog House.
Each evaluation takes no more than 20 minutes. Players cycle through 4 stations: hitting, infielding, outfielding and pitching. Each player must bring their own glove. There will be bats and helmets available for those that don't have them.
These evaluations are managed by independent evaluators from local baseball instructional centers/AAU teams. The results from these sessions are used in conjunction with coach evaluations made at the end of the prior season.
Friday September 2
- Carrigan Park
5:00 – 6:00 10U Softball (Date of birth 1/1/07-12/31/08)
6:00 - 7:00 12U Softball (DOB 1/1/05-12/31/06)
Saturday September 23rd
- EMC Park
9:00 – 9:45 8 Year Old Baseball (DOB 9/1/09-8/31/10)
9:45 – 10:30 9 Year Old Baseball (DOB 9/1/08-8/31/09)
10:30 – 11:15 10 Year Old Baseball (DOB 9/1/07-8/31/08)
11:15 – 12:00 11 Year Old Baseball (DOB 9/1/06-8/31/07)
12:00 – 12:45 12 Year Old Baseball (DOB 5/1/05-8/31/06)
1:00 – 1:30 8 Year Old Baseball (DOB 9/1/09-8/31/10)
1:30 – 2:00 9 Year Old Baseball (DOB 9/1/08-8/31/09)
2:00 – 2:30 10 Year Old Baseball (DOB 9/1/07-8/31/08)
2:30 – 3:00 11 Year Old Baseball (DOB 9/1/06-8/31/07)
3:00 – 3:30 12 Year Old Baseball (DOB 5/1/05-8/31/06)
Sunday September 2
th - EMC Park
11:00 – 11:30 10U Softball (DOB 1/1/07-12/31/08)
11:30 - 12:00 12U Softball (DOB 1/1/05-12/31/06)
Sunday September 2
th - EMC Park
12:00 – 12:45 8/9 Year Old Baseball (DOB 9/1/08-8/31/10)
12:45 – 1:30 10/11/12 Year Old Baseball (DOB 5/1/05-8/31/08)
In order for players to "move up" a league in baseball, attendance is mandatory
"Move up" = Each league comprises a combination of 2 age groups. For example, AAA comprises 9 and 10 year olds and Quad A comprises 10 and 11 year olds. A 10 year old who would like to be considered to play in Quad A MUST attend an evaluation.
Girls born after 12/31/08 may attend the 10U tryout if they would like to be considered for 10U.
Trying out does NOT mean you are registered. Online registration will open in October. League placements will be announced in March.
Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018.
Thanks to everyone who came out for the field clean-up day on Saturday and helped out with the fields. The turnout was tremendous and we were really able to prep the fields prior to the first practices later next week. There were tons of kids, moms, dads, siblings, all putting in a great effort.
For those who missed it, we may schedule a mini opening day "prep" session later in April, to do some painting and finishing touches before the parade. Ron Shamus (our Fields Director) will hold a brief clinic on how to line the fields and batters box for anyone who is interested.
On Monday, Oct 26 at 7pm, there is a special town meeting at the high school. While the primary item on the agenda is the new Center School, there is also an Article on the agenda that I would request your support.
Parks & Rec has a proposal to build an athletic facility at Fruit St. While it will benefit a number of groups, one of the primary functions will be to house an indoor batting & pitching cage area for Little League baseball and softball. This will serve as a great resource for our teams and players who want to practice indoors. Currently teams and coaches need to go to facilities at MetroWest, Milford and Westboro and pay $$ to rent a cage for 30 min. This will bring the opportunity to pitch and hit for the kids virtually year round.
I ask that you come out and attend the meeting and support Article 8 for the Fruit St. Athletic Facility. If it passes on Monday, then it would go on the ballot for the special election in early November.
Hopkinton will host Holliston in the FOX25 GameDay Game of the Week for Week Five. It was a record-setting week as almost 30,000 fans cast their vote for this week's game. Hopkinton enters the matchup 2-2 and looking to upset the undefeated Panthers of Holliston, who beat Westwood on the road last Friday night.
Thanks for your support!
Hello All HLL families,
While not directly a baseball or softball event, in the spirit of supporting the greater HOP athletic community, please take a look at the note below that was passed along from one of our HLL families.
There is a big game this Friday night against Holliston High School! Please vote for Hopkinton vs. Holliston for a chance to be entered in Fox25 News High School Game of the Week!! It is very quick. Ms. Stickney passed along this suggestion. She coaches cheerleading at the high school. We're currently tied with Billerica/North Andover.