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Welcome to WHC Youth Baseball/Softball League
Western Howard County Youth Baseball & Softball League (WHCYBSL) is an all-volunteer organization managed by a Board of Directors. Along with our parent-volunteer partners, we aspire to provide children with the opportunity to have positive baseball and softball experiences and strive to be the preferred youth sports program in Howard County.
We offer baseball and softball in the spring and fall emphasizing core values such as self-esteem, teamwork, fairness, fun and sportsmanship to all our players while learning the rules of the game.
Spring 2018 Baseball & Softball Registration Now Open!
It may be cold outside but we’re already thinking about spring!
Spring Baseball & Softball seasons run from early April thru mid-June based on playoff schedules.
Schedule for all divisions EXCEPT T-BALL include a weeknight game, a Saturday game and one practice per week. Additional practices may be scheduled as a make-up for a postponed practice due to weather or field conditions. Weeknight games start at 5:45pm in April and 6pm in May and June.
T-Ball plays one game per week on Saturdays and has one practice per week.
All practices days, times and locations are subject to coaches’ and field availability.
Every effort is made to fulfill parent/player requests for specific team placement and to place players on teams that practice at a field near where players live.
Baseball age groups 11/12, 13/14 and 15/18 and all Softball teams play in the Alliance league comprised of other Howard County leagues. Travel to other parts of Howard County may be required.
Registration is through Howard County Rec & Parks. Registration links are below.
All players registered by March 15, 2018 are guaranteed a spring 2018 roster spot. Players registering after the deadline will be placed on a waitlist, and placed on a spring 2018 roster based on availability. Registration after March 1, 2018 will include a late fee of $15.
T-Ball (4-6 year olds, coed) - $100
Baseball & Softball 6+ - $180
Not available through online registration – must call or mail your form for discount
$20 for the first sibling; $40 for additional
Registration fees include uniform jersey and hats or visor (for softball).
Players are required to provide their own baseball pants (grey), gloves and protective gear (cup/jock strap).
Players may use their own helmets, bats, cleats however please click here for Age Group Specific Rules prior to purchasing equipment.
We’re always looking for coaches! If you’re interested in coaching your son or daughter’s team, please contact their Age Group Coordinator.
If you have any questions regarding any of our programs, please feel free to send us an email.
Baseball/T-Ball REGISTRATION LINKS
RP5981.701 - WHC Spring Tee Ball – 4-6
RP5981.711 - WHC Spring Rec Baseball - 6-8
RP5981.721 - WHC Spring Rec Baseball – 9-10
RP5981.731 – WHC Spring Rec Baseball – 11-12
RP5981.741 - WHC Spring Rec Baseball – 13-14
RP5981.751 - WHC Spring Rec Baseball – 15-18
Softball REGISTRATION LINKS
RP5982.701 - WHC Spring Rec Softball – 6-8
RP5982.711 - WHC Spring Rec Softball – 9-10
RP5982.721 – WHC Spring Rec Softball – 11-12
RP5982.731 - WHC Spring Rec Softball – 13-14
RP5982.741 - WHC Spring Rec Softball – 15-18
2018 BASEBALL Bat Rules
The WHCYBSL Board of Directors have reviewed the new guidelines made by USA Baseball for age groups 12U and below for the spring 2018 season.
The purpose of the new guidelines is to standardize the performance of all bats in the younger age groups, much like the BBCOR standards that were instilled a few years ago in the older age groups. More information regarding the USA guidelines can be found here https://usabat.com/faq/
Based on the fact that the new USA guidelines are not related to safety issues, WHCYBSL will not adopt the new guidelines until the Spring of 2019.
Other notes in regards to the change:
- In addition to the current bat rules which can be found in the Western Howard County Youth Baseball Coaches' Guide under each individual age group, players will also be allowed to use USA approved bats in 2018 with the following restrictions -
- Tee Ball and 6-8 leagues CANNOT use bats with a barrel size greater then 2 ¼ inches even if they are USA stamped. USA stamped bats that are 2 ¼ inches will be allowed.
WHC Baseball age groups 12 and up play in the Howard County Alliance. The bat rules for each age group in the Alliance is as follows:
11/12: it shall not be more than 34” in length; nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. All bats not made of a single piece of wood must have either a Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) stamp or a USSSA 1.15 stamp.
13/14: it shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, All bats not made of a single piece of wood must have either a Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) stamp or a USSSA 1.15 stamp. If the bat is using a USSSA 1.15 stamp, the bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than eight ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 32 inch bat cannot weigh less than 24 ounces). The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.
15/18: it shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-Iong bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces). All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.
Wooden bats are permitted in league play
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Click here for our 2018 Sponsorship form.
WHC Renegades 11U Team Looking for Additional Players
The WHC Renegades 11U team is looking for 1-2 additional players to complete its roster. Anyone with interest should contact Coach Brendan Clary via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (202) 579-5670.
WHC Renegades 12U Black Team Looking for Additional Players
The WHC Renegades 12U Black team is looking for 1-2 additional players for the upcoming Spring season
and our trip to Cooperstown in August. Anyone with interest should contact Coach John LaFountain via
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHC Renegades 15U Team Looking for Additional Players
The WHC Renegades 15U Black team is looking for 1-2 additional players to complete its roster. Catching experience is desired but not necessary. Anyone with interest should contact Coach Russ Snyder via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (240) 517-7717.