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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.
2018 All Star Baseball Games
WHC's All Star games are scheduled for Saturday, May 26th at Western Regional Park.
Check the game schedule to see when your All Stars are playing! Click here for a printable version.
During our All Star games on Saturday, May 26th, the Oriole Advocates will again be collecting at Western Regional Park from 9:30am - 11:30am for their Cardboard to Leather program (C2L). The program takes good, used baseball and softball equipment and provides it to underprivileged youth in developing countries.
Click here for the All Star Day flier.
For more information about the Cardboard to Leather program, go to www.orioleadvocates.org
2018 Howard Cup Baseball Tournament
The will be held on July 6th-8th.
This tournament is intended for rec all-star teams ONLY. Full-Time and Part-Time Travel teams are NOT eligible for this tournament.
8U - $400 (8U limited to 8 teams)
10U - $450 (10U limited to 12 teams)
12U - $450 (12U limited to 12 teams)
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