Last Updated: October 11, 2017

ABOUT HYAL


The Hazlet Youth Athletic League (HYAL) is a 501c3 non-profit youth sports program serving the children of the
Township of Hazlet from the ages of 5 through 16. 
 
HYAL was formed in 1957 by a group of families to provide the children with a safe and fun environment to play Baseball.
Over time we have added a number of other sports in the pursuit of helping the children become well rounded
adults by learning teamwork, sense of community, discipline and hard work.
We currently have programs for children in Baseball, Softball, Football, Cheerleading, boys and girls Basketball and Wrestling. 
The Hazlet Hawks Program is a building block for Hazlet Middle School and Raritan High School sports and will continue to be for years to come.

      We offer:  

  • Organized Babe Ruth Recreation Baseball/Softball program
  • USABL/Babe Ruth Travel Baseball program
  • AYF Football program
  • AYC Cheer program
  • Boys and Girls Recreation Basketball Leagues
  • Boys and Girls Mid-Monmouth and Central Jersey Travel Basketball Leagues
  • Wrestling program that has teams in two leagues
    • The Mid-Jersey league which is a 6th grade and under program, we place a Varsity and J.V. teams in this league
    • The Jersey Shore Junior Wrestling League, which is an 8th grade and under league.

HYAL Membership is open to players residing in the Township of Hazlet.
Our program operates from registration fees we collect from participant families, fund raisers and donations from local businesses.
The HYAL does not receive a monetary budget or financial allowance from the Hazlet Township Board of Education,
Hazlet Township Property Taxes, Hazlet Township Recreation or the Township of Hazlet.
Each year HYAL also provides eight scholarships to High School Graduates who have participated in our sports programs.
Our Board Members, Sports Commissioners, Snack Bar Commissioners, Team Managers, and Coaches are all VOLUNTEERS
who provide a safe and fun environment to teach good sportsmanship and respect for their fellow players and
help the children learn the rules and strategies of their sport.

Please join us at a Membership meeting as all are welcome and we are always in need of volunteers. 
Our kids are our future; together we can make a difference for all the children if we all volunteer a little time. 
More hands make for lighter work.
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August 2017 Newsletter


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August 2017 Newsletter 

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Baseball & Softball

What an exciting month it has been for our travel teams.  Our travel teams have been competing in the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth District Tournaments and the results have been outstanding.  Our 8U boys played their best and advanced to the District finals.  Our 9U and 10U teams both won their respective Districts, so for the first time (as far back as anyone can recall) we had back to back District Champions.  Our 10U team progressed through the state championship round and qualified to play in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament playing teams from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and New York.  The experience they have gained will serve them well in the future. Our 7U team competed in districts for teh first time and gained valuable experience that will serve them well as they progress.  Our 7U team also won the USABL Summer League finals and were crowned Champions!  We also had a 12U team that competed in Districts even though we did not have a 12U travel team this season.  A special thank you to Anthony Campanella for coaching that team without having a child on it.  In the last newsletter we mentioned surveys for the completed Rec Baseball & Softball Season.  The responses to date provided great insights to some things we already knew and some things that we need to focus on.  The top five items are:  1) Condition of our bathrooms, 2) Teaching the children the game, 3) Costs, 4) Coaches and 5) Communication.  We are still formulating the plans but we are addressing some issue immediately.  First we will be having clinics on Saturdays during September and October with certified professional coaches.  We have finalized the Softball dates and will be completing the Baseball dates shortly. The clinics will be free to all players who participated in the spring and will have a nominal cost for those Hazlet residents who did not.  The clinics will focus on the fundamentals of the game (pitching, hitting, fielding and knowledge) both in group and individual settings. We encourage all to attend and especially encourage our current and future coaches to attend.  If you're interested in playing fall ball in addition to the clinics our friends in Aberdeen/Matawan are having a fall season and all HYAL players are welcome there.  Secondly we are exploring ways to help offset costs and will be creating a committee to help find creative solutions to alleviate the financial burden for our families.  We will be advertising that committee, for those interested in participating, in the coming weeks.  As always I encourage you to speak with Tony Taddeo (Softball) and Keith Gabloff (Baseball) regarding our programs and getting involved.

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Basketball & Wrestling

The Basketball & Wrestling Commissioners are currently finalizing their budgets for the 2017-2018 seasons.  The registration dates will be Wednesday, September 13th, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday, September 16th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, Tuesday, September 19th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and late registration will be Saturday, September 30th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.  The locations and registration fees will be announced as we get closer to the dates.  

Should you have any questions on Rec Basketball you can contact Jim Ryan, Travel Basketball you can contact Dave Csordos and Wrestling you can contact Jim Erven.

 

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Football & Cheer 

Well July 24th has arrived meaning one thing - the 2017 Football & Cheer season have started.  Many exciting things are coming up.  As we continue to grow out our home field we have ordered new bleachers for our spectators to sit on.  Work has begun on the pouring of concrete to get ready for the bleachers to be bolted onto.  The bleachers will require assembly so we need your help.  Scott Goldsberry, our football commissioner, will be having work duty on Saturday's to help assemble the bleachers.  Please contact Scott directly to get dates and times if you are interested in helping.  Our new cheer and football uniforms have been ordered and our online stores are up and running for all of your apparel needs.  This year we have two sites for all your Hazlet Hawks Apparel.  Both sites have great merchandise but I recommend visiting both before ordering as all sales are final.  Also since there is a few week period from the time of order to delivery we suggest you order soon so you wll have the items for the start of the season.  The sites are:https://365teamsports.com/fan/hazlet_hawks_football_2017/ and   https://www.agpestores.com//pricelessprintsnj/groupproducts.php?prodgroup_id=16760&prodgroupbypass=true  Our friendship game will be on Sunday, August 20th at Croydon Hall versus the Middletown Eagles. The official start of the season is Sunday, August 27th and we are awaiting the finalized schedule from Jersey Shore AYF.   Any questions please contact Christine Garboski for Cheer or Scott Goldsberry for Football.

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HYAL News

We are excited for the upcoming seasons and we continue to look for ways to improve our organization.  We have received a commitment from Hazlet Township to help replace the old wood fence around the football field with a new chain link one.  We are currently working on the lights to be replaced on the West Field.  We continue to recommend the Amazon Smiles program as it provides the HYAL with a donation from Amazon based upon the goods and services purchased by our members.  There is no cost to you to do this. All you need to do is click the link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-3658718) and choose the HYAL.  Once that is done you can shop the same way you have in the past with Amazon but instead of going to www.amazon.com you go to www.smile.amazon.com  .  The HYAL will receive 0.5% of the total purchase price.  Also one of our largest supporters, BCB Bank, has a "Pay it forward" program with the HYAL. We encourage you or your business to open an account with BCB Bayshore Bank. You can designate your account as part of the "Pay it Forward Program" to our 501C3. If you already have an account with them, you can designate it with HYAL for this reward program. Once we have 20 supporters, we will be eligible for BCB to contribute .20% of the cumulative balance totals, on a quarterly basis. NO DONATIONS ARE WITHDRAWN FROM YOUR ACCOUNT. ALL INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL. WE ALSO DO NOT KNOW WHO PARTICIPATES UNLESS YOU CHOOSE TO TELL US. We are also looking at new ways of offsetting registration fees for next year and will be rolling out several initiatives that our families can take advantage of.  The HYAL is also searching for a caretaker of the complex.  Ideally, we are looking for someone who is retired looking for something to do a few hours a day.  The hourly rate will be discussed.  If interested please contact Seb Burtone directly.  One thing that does not get discussed enough is how and why our organization was formed.  The HYAL was formed by Hazlet residents with the sole purpose of providing the children of Hazlet a safe, fun environment to learn a sport and interact with their neighbors.  Our by-laws state that we can only accept children from Hazlet.  We have, from time to time, taken a child or two from another town but only under extreme circumstances.  We are proud of our heritage and continue to hold true to our beliefs that we are here for the children of Hazlet.  Please attend the General Meetings (4th Monday of each month) to tell us how we are doing.  Speak with the various commissioners about getting involved.  This is our organization and it takes a village to help create a positive experience for all the children of Hazlet!

 


 

 

July 2017 Newsletter

 

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Baseball & Softball
 

The 2017 Rec Baseball & Softball season has come to an end.  As we look back on the season we look to see what we could have done differently or changes that can be made for next season.  To help facilitate this we will be sending an online survey to all families that participated this season.  The purpose of the survey is to get feedback on coaches, our facility and our program as a whole.  We look forward to sharing the results in the next newsletter.  As most of you are aware Mother Nature wreaked havoc on us but if it were not for the dedication and perseverance of our commissioners, Keith Gabloff & Tony Taddeo, we would have been in serious trouble.  I want to spend a few minutes thanking Keith & Tony for all that they do for our program and the children of Hazlet.  Both of them spend endless hours at the complex to make the experience a positive one for all the children.  I would also like to thank Sue Ryan, our Snack Bar Commissioner, for her never ending support!  I also want to thank everyone that came out to our year end celebration on June 11th.  It was a great day and the children had a ball!!  As most of you may be aware we will not have Fall Ball for a variety of reasons this year but are in the process of planning on having weekly clinics on Saturday’s during the fall.  We are currently putting concept into action.  We have commitments from Division 1 College Baseball Coaches and are seeking similar level coaches on the Softball side to have clinics that will focus on Pitching, Fielding and Hitting during the offseason.  These clinics will be free for all players who participated in the spring programs and will be available to all other Hazlet children for a nominal fee if they would like to attend.  More information will be distributed as it becomes available.  For those interested in playing fall ball our friends in Aberdeen/Matawan will be having a fall season and will gladly accept HYAL players.  We will get more information and distribute as soon as possible.  On the travel side we would like to congratulate our 10U team for winning back to back USABL championships.  Our teams will be participating in the Cal Ripken Districts with the ultimate goal of becoming state champions.  We wish them well.  We will also be reinstituting our Steering Committees and will be looking for members to help create a better playing experience moving forward. 

 

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Football & Cheer 

Before you know it July 24th will be here which means one thing:  Football & Cheer practice begin.  We have had positive responses so far and expect to have a minimum of 6 football teams and 2 competitive cheer squads.  These numbers do not include Flag.  If your child is 5 or 6 years old and are still interested in playing flag football or cheering for flag please contact Scott Goldsberry or Christine Garboski.  The coaches for each team/squad will be presented by the commissioners during our July board meeting for approvals.  At this point no coaches have been approved so there are many rumors out there.  Don’t believe them until it is officially announced. 

 

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Basketball & Wrestling

The Basketball & Wrestling Commissioners are beginning the arduous process of creating their budgets for the 2017-2018 seasons as well as set registration dates, season start dates, end of year events and determine the amount of gym time we will have for the upcoming year.  In 2017 we attempted to have the High School only league again but fell a few players short.  We have high expectations for next year as we had a significant amount of interest from our 8th graders and a large freshman group.  If anyone is interested RHS Varsity Wrestling Coach Nucci is having his annual Wrestling Camp July 10th to July 14th.  For more information please contact Tricia Sheldrick.  Should you have any questions on Rec Basketball you can contact Jim Ryan, Travel Basketball you can contact Dave Csordos and Wrestling you can contact Jim Erven.

 

 

HYAL News

We have spent a great deal of time evaluating what we as an organization need to do to improve our programs and complex.  We have decided that in 2017 we will be changing the lights on the West Field this summer.  To put the project into perspective the overall cost will be in excess of $90,000.  We believe that this is not only a modernization project but also a safety one. The lights on the West Field are over 25 years old and sit on wood risers.  This project should be completed by late 2017.  We are also looking at new fundraising efforts in order to pay for these improvements.  One such measure places no additional burden on our families and utilizes major corporate donations.  Amazon has rolled out AmazonSmile which allows their customers to pick the HYAL as a recipient of their donations.  There is no additional cost to you the consumer.  All you need to do is click the link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-3658718) and choose the HYAL.  Once that is done you can shop the same way you have in the past with Amazon but instead of going to www.amazon.com you go to www.smile.amazon.com  .  The HYAL will receive 0.5% of the total purchase price.  We are also looking at new ways of offsetting registration fees for next year and will be rolling out several initiatives that our families can take advantage of.  The HYAL is also searching for a caretaker of the complex.  Ideally, we are looking for someone who is retired looking for something to do a few hours a day.  The hourly rate will be discussed.  If interested please contact Seb Burtone directly.  We are excited about the future but need your help.  Please attend the General Meetings (4th Monday of each month) to tell us how we are doing.  Speak with the various commissioners about getting involved.  This is our organization and it takes a village to help create a positive experience for all the children of Hazlet!

 

Happy Independence Day to All!!

  

 

Please note that all contact information for our commissioners and board members can be found on our website at www.hazlethawks.com under the Executive Board/Contact Info.