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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December 2018 Newsletter

 

December 2018 

 

HYAL News

Where has 2018 gone?  As we reflect on the year we have many accomplishments that we are extremely proud of.  Most recently our D8 Hazlet Hawks Cheerleaders took 2nd place at the American Youth Cheer (AYC) National Championships for their respective division.  This squad of cheerleaders and coaches worked tirelessly for months to achieve all that they did.  What is even more remarkable is that they competed against squads that come from towns much larger than Hazlet and they still achieved all that they did.  Small Town Big Heart!!  Our Travel Baseball, Softball, Basketball and Wrestling programs won a significant amount of tournaments during their respective seasons and the future continues to look bright.  Our Football teams and Cheer Squads continue to improve year over year and we look forward to continued successes.  As we plan for 2019 we must first close 2018 by wishing those volunteers who have sacrificed much and given of themselves to our board, programs and more importantly the children of Hazlet a fond farewell.  Leaving our board this year are Annette Dente and Venus Chionchio from our Cheer program, Keith Gabloff from Baseball, Tricia Sheldrick as Recording Secretary, Danny Kane as Trustee and Paul D'Iorio as Trustee.  These individuals spent countless hours teaching our children, planning for their seasons and working at our complex more than we can ever repay them.  We want them to know that they will be missed sorely and hope they still find time to help when the call is made!  We also have two current board members who will be vacating their commissioner roles but will continue to provide guidance, support and help as Trustees.  They are Christine Goldsberry - Football Snack Bar Commissioner and Tony Taddeo - Softball Commissioner.  We are also welcoming a new member to the board as a Trustee and that individual is Michael Rehfeld.  Michael has been involved with the HYAL for a few years now, has been attending our General Membership meetings monthly and is now joining the board.  We look forward to Michael's involvement and fresh ideas.  We the HYAL are very proud of our history and look forward to the future.  While we may only have the children during their youth we get extreme pleasure in seeing the fruits of our labor by watching our HYAL alumni perform for the Raritan Rockets.  We, the HYAL, are one of the primary feeder programs to the Rockets where many of our HYAL alumni have achieved many successes on the fields, the courts and matts as Rockets and we continue look forward to the days our HYAL players become Rockets.  Now comes the call for help.  We are a volunteer only program and we are only as good as our volunteers.  We currently have openings for the following roles - Baseball Commissioner, Softball Commissioner, Cheer Commissioner and Football Snack Bar Commissioner.  These positions are critical for the advancement of the programs and need individuals who can provide thoughts and insight to help make the experience better for the children of Hazlet.  If interested in learning more please email Seb Burtone at sburtonehyal@gmail.com.  Beyond the individuals on the board we need to hear from you our coaches and members about things that we can improve upon.  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 your organization and it takes a village to help create a positive experience for all the children of Hazlet!

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.

 

Baseball & Softball

We have started the process of planning for the 2019 Rec Baseball & Softball season. We are currently working on the budgets for the season and creating a calendar for registrations, picture day, parades and celebrations.  As always we are looking forward to a great season.  As mentioned earlier we have created a program to help defer the costs for registrations.  This will be accomplished by allowing you the opportunity to get sign sponsors for our fields. For each sign sponsor you will receive a $100 reduction in registration costs for a child.  If you get 2 sponsors for a child then your registration is essentially free.  In 2020 and beyond if the sign sponsor continues with their sponsorship then you will receive a $50 credit for each sign towards registration.  It should be noted that sign sponsors can be any business, real estate agent, doctor, attorney, etc. but not just Hazlet businesses.  In 2018 we had teams play at the HYAL from all of New Jersey, many parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.  It should be noted that since we are a 501c3 the advertiser can use the cost of the sponsorship as a tax deduction.  We will be creating a form that you can use to approach business owners shortly.  We are finalizing the registration dates and will be announcing them within the next few weeks. Any questions please reach let us know.

 

 

Did you know???

The HYAL is a self funded organization and all members are volunteers.  We are always looking for sign sponsors to help fundraise so we can lower costs of the registrations while still being able to improve the complex.  During 2018 we made some significant improvements to the complex such as newer lights on the West Baseball Field and a new press box on the Football Field.  We are also looking to implement steering committees again for the various sports which allows new ideas to be discussed.  Stay tuned for upcoming meetings.  If you have any questions please contact Seb Burtone at sburtonehyal@gmail.com.     

 

Football & Cheer 

The 2018 season was extremely successful to say the least.  As mentioned earlier our D8 Hazlet Hawks Cheerleaders placed 2nd at the National Championship for their respective division.  On the Football side we produced very competitive teams and the improvement has been considerable year over year.  Our home field is proving to be a huge success and will only improve over time.  It is with regret to announce that our Cheer Commissioners, Annette Dente & Venus Chionchio, have decided to step down.  Under Annette and Venus' guidance our cheer program has a bright future and we expect that to continue.  We are currently seeking a new Cheer Commissioner, so if you are interested in learning more about the roles and responsibilities please email Seb Burtone at sburtonehyal@gmail.com. Any questions for Football please contact Scott Goldsberry and in the interim myself, Seb Burtone, for Cheer.

 

Basketball & Wrestling

The Basketball & Wrestling seasons are beginning.  Our Rec Basketball teams are in the proces of being drafted and all players will be contacted.  We expect the season to begin no later than the third week of January.  We are still in dire need of coaches for the Boys 8's and Girls 12's.  If you are interested please contact Jim Ryan at jr1hoops@aol.com.  Our Wrestling program has had a few tournaments to date and will be ramping up in the New Year.  We have also had interest to begin a Girls Wrestling program which we are working through some of the details.  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.

 

 

Upcoming Events/Important Dates

Monday, January 28, 2019 - General Membership Meeting - HYAL Clubhouse 8:15 pm
Friday, February 8, 2019 - Pocketbook Fundraiser & Gift Auction - Bayshore Catholic Center
February 25, 2019 - General Membership Meeting - HYAL Clubhouse 8:15 pm
March 25, 2019 - General Membership Meeting - HYAL Clubhouse 8:15 pm

 

 

Fundraiser Activity
We will be hosting a Ladies Night Pocketbook Fundraiser & Gift Auction on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Bayshore Catholic Center.  $40 Donation includes 15 Bingo sheets - 3 per game – One Sheet of Auction Tickets - Coffee & Desserts.  Any questions please contact Karen Bachmann by email - kar.bach.kb@gmail.com

 
 

March 2018 Cheer Update

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January 2018 Newsletter

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November 2017 Newsletter

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August 2017 Newsletter

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July 2017 Newsletter

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