Big Changes Coming Soon
Herriman Baseball is working on some Really Big changes for the upcoming 2017 Spring Season. Stay Tuned for more information. Check the website often, this will be the first line of communication to you.
Many years ago, city leagues were unresponsive to the desires of advanced players to form teams and stay together, year after year, to become great. In response to this need, private leagues popped up that allowed for the creation of teams who were not only allowed, but encouraged, to stay together and become great. In fact, they were so focused on providing the most competitive experience that they initially limited their team enrollment to a very few of the best teams. They turned many teams away that were not quite where they needed to be to help the other teams get better. The level of competition was UNBELIEVABLE!
Fast forward 10-15 years. The private league moved its focus from providing the highest level of competition to making money. Several divisions of "Super League" teams were formed in every age group. The cost of the league climbed to over $2000 per team per season. To keep some teams in the League, the private league has even allowed younger teams to play up into older divisions. This was unheard of as recently as last year. When the older teams see the divisions released, they became frustrated that they have to play younger teams.
Further, the desire to make money drove the League to use fields without lights that require 9 year old kids to check out of school twice a week to play youth baseball games on fields that were often not prepared with umpires that were late because the start time was 4:00 PM.
Now to today. After much hard work, and a one year pilot program in the Riverton Youth Baseball League, an alternative has been formed Where "city league" used to be a four letter word for those seeking to play highly competitive baseball, it is now again becoming a great option.
Here is how it is laid out:
The Cal Ripken city leagues of Lone Peak, Saratoga Springs, South Jordan, Herriman, Riverton, and Copper Hills have unified to provide a Southern California patterned Travel Ball experience for advanced baseball players from the south end of the Salt Lake Valley and Utah County. A total of 9 teams from all of those leagues combined will sign up at their home field in one year increments (8u, 9U, 10u, 11u, 12u etc). The home team is determined by what town at least 50% of the team's roster lives. Each team will play the other 8 teams in each age group one time at their home field and then travel to the other team's home field for the other game. Basically, a high school home and away format. Finish awards will be given to the winner of the end of the year tournament for each age group. No awards will be given for league play. We want to focus league play on development of competitive players, not make each game a do-or-die.
What about the kids in the middle (American or A Division) - the kid who may currently be a bit more skilled than the rec ball kid, but maybe does not want to make baseball his whole life like the super league-type of kid? We have the state ran National in-tact league for that. In this league, locals from Hunter/Cyprus, Granger, Murray, Meuler Park, Central City, Brighton, South East Valley, Rose Park, Crown Colony, Lone Peak, Saratoga Springs, Copper Hills, Herriman, and Riverton allow teams to sign up that are pre-formed and allows them to play together all season long and provides an all-star experience for them at the end. These teams are based on 100% kids that live in the boundary of the league where they play. There will be an additional fee to play in this league and will require travel to other cities.
What about the rec ball kids (National or B Division) - Herriman Youth Baseball will ALWAYS provide a quality league for the rec ball kid. In fact, they are the lion share of all registration in our league. We will not turn away one kid that wants to sign up. This league is the traditional draft process with league championship award given at the end. There are all-stars and all the bells and whistles that we all remember from our youth. The rec program will always be the point of emphasis to get kids to learn, develop, and learn to love the game of baseball.
Herriman Baseball’s decision to join in the Cal Ripken format was based on many factors but the ultimate goal is to provide a competitive, fun, and rewarding youth sports program. We feel that joining in with the program that Riverton has spearheaded will provide this goal. The WBA league Herriman was part of has been disbanded and our partner, Bingham, is joining us in this decision.
Many of you are going to have many questions and we will do our very best to answer those questions. We will put as much information on our website, herrimanbaseball.com, and we will be holding in person parent meetings, dates TBD, at the Herriman City Hall building.
We would like to thank Dr. David Gatti, Riverton Baseball President for his contribution to this document. Most of the information contained here came from his post on Facebook and he has graciously given us authorization to use this information.
If you have questions or would like to discuss any of the details further we are happy to answer as best we can.
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