In conjunction with USA Baseball and its other participating national member organizations (AABC, AAU, Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken, Dixie, Little League, and Pony), HCTB has adopted the new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat). Effective January 1, 2018, with the exception of -3 (BBCOR certified), all other minus factor bats (-5, -7, -9, etc.), must be USABat certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for 12U and under HCTB league play. Minus factor bats -5, -7, -9, etc. used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 12U and under HCTB league play in 2018.
For the 2017 Fall season, HCTB will still follow the 2017 Spring bats rules but will also allow the new USABat stamp bats for the 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 (13 year old players only; 14 year old players need to use BBCOR) divisions.
Other notes in regards to the change:
Players will be allowed to use 2 ¼” or 2 5/8” barrel diameter, as long as it bears the new USABat stamp, in the 8U to 13U divisions in 2018.
Bats with the new USABat stamp will be available for purchase on September 1, 2017.
USABat, BPF 1.15 stamp, and BBCOR will be allowed in the 13U division for 2018 only. In 2019, 13U will be USABat and BBCOR only.
BBCOR will continue to be the only bats allowed for 14U and older in 2018.
NEXT BOARD MEMBER & AGE GROUP DIRECTOR MEETING: TBD
NEXT GENERAL MEETING: TBD
Location: William N. McFaul Activities Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road , Bel Air, MD 21014
Important Dates for the 2017 Season:
March 1st: Final day to register team in HCTB
March 1st: HCTB/UCBF Spring Classic Tournament Registration Deadline (Rosters and Fees due)
March 16th: Spring Classic Live Tournament Draw @ The Greene Turtle
2017 Upper Chesapeake Baseball Festival Tournaments Site, click on Tournaments or click here: UCBF Tournament Site
The Harford County Travel Baseball League is a distinguished baseball organization which operates in association with Harford County Parks and Recreation Councils. Our league facilitates, manages, and promotes regional youth baseball in Harford County and its surrounding region. HCTB’s goal during its more than 25 years of service has been to provide a league which permits the development of youth baseball players at the highest skill levels, while providing a home for those teams and players who wish to make a greater commitment the game of baseball. Baseball programs in the Upper Chesapeake Region interested in pursuing these same goals are welcomed and encouraged by HCTB to register and participate.
HCTB provides leagues for age group play from 8U to 14U, as well as 15-16U and 17-19U. Well known for the quality of play and dedication to consistent management, our Age Group Commissioners make the commitment each season to prepare a schedule that permits flexibility for member teams to pursue tournament play, as well as a generous number of league games (the season runs from the beginning of April to the end of June each year).
Which brings us to our regionally celebrated and wildly successful Upper Chesapeake Baseball Festival http://www.leaguelineup.com/ucbf which holds biannual baseball tournaments named the Spring and Summer Classics (in March and June). HCTB is committed to hosting the highest quality tournaments and to making participation a positive and memorable experience for all teams.
Our commitment to providing the most effective and beneficial baseball league has led to many cooperative relationships with other local and national organizations such as Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball, Little League, MABA, BCML, MMTA and other independent baseball organizations. This commitment allows HCTB the flexibility to seek out cooperative efforts when it will benefit our member teams. Teams from HCTB have won state and regional titles and participate in national tournaments each year. Harford County provides the Host Team for the Ripken World Series annually hosted here in Harford County, Maryland.
As the President of HCTB, it is incumbent upon me to give special thanks to Perry Gentry and the late Jim Harding for all of the many years of volunteer service which these men donated to the game of baseball and the creation and development of HCTB. The foundation of this organization which these men have built for the youth of our Region is sturdy. It has permitted great success in our past and gives us inspiration for the future of HCTB. A truism which has been said many times by baseball enthusiasts over the years is that baseball is a reflection of life itself. So many life lessons are the basis for our game. For the hundreds of volunteers and thousands of youth for which these gentlemen have given the opportunity to play ball and learn about life, and on behalf of HCTB, thank you Perry and Jim.
As always, I am available to answer any questions which you may have about our league and/or baseball in general. Please feel free to contact me at the email address below.
Select "Handouts" or "League Rules" on the menu to the left to download a copy of our rules. Please make sure you have a copy of them with you at the field for all games. If you have any questions regarding them, don't hesitate to email us at HCTB Baseball to get answers - remember, every discussion regarding protests or disputes will start with "What do the rules say?" ;-)
Rainout Policies and Notes
The home team coach is responsible for assessing their field and initially determining its suitability for play. This should be done no later than 3 hours prior to game time.
If unplayable, the home team coach should investigate if the game can be moved to another field, including the opposing team's field, or rescheduled to another time or date.
HCUA must be notified 2 hours prior to game time of any changes - start time, location, or postponement. Failure to provide notification at least 2 hours prior to game time may make the teams liable for a 1/2 fee cancellation fee! HCUA contact: Chris Coccagna, email@example.com, 443-655-5853
After arrival, the Umpire has ultimate authority for determining if a field is suitable for play, and their judgement is final. Cancellation fees may be assessed if in their judgement a good faith field assessment was not perfomed by the coach in a timely manner beforehand.
Your Division Age Group Director and HCUA should be notified of all rescheduled games as soon as possible.