Harford County Travel Baseball League


The league for premier youth baseball teams in Northern Maryland! We hope you enjoy your visit...

2018 Fall Baseball Registration Is Open

July 2, 2018

Please see the link to the right to register your team for Fall baseball.

Registration will close on August 17th.

Games will begin Sunday September 9th and end on November 4th.

Please see the Fall Baseball information page for more details.

USA Bat Decertification

May 4, 2018

Effective immediately, 30" Easton Ghost X (-10) 2 5/8" (YBB18GX10 & LL18GHX) has been decertified by USA Baseball and is no longer approved for HCTB league play.

Any questions regarding returns, refunds or warranty claims for the Easton Ghost X 30/20 should be directed to Easton via email at ghostreturn@easton.com or at 1-844-531-7079. 





HCTB Meetings

NEXT GENERAL MEETING: FEB 21st from 7:30-9:00PM.  Doors will open at 7:00PM.

LOCATION:  Humagala's Restaurant (16 Bel Air South Parkway, Bel Air, MD 21015)

Meeting is open to any Travel Manager or Travel Coordinator registered or interested in playing in HCTB in the Spring.  Nobody under the age of 21 will be admitted due to the location of the meeting.

Meeting Agenda (click here)


2018 Spring Registration Is Now Open!

November 1, 2018

The 2018 Spring Registration Is Now Open!

Please see the link on the top right of the home page or under the "Online Forms" section on the menu on the left.

The teams shown under each division have either registered or alerted an HCTB official of their intent to play in HCTB for the 2018 season.

Please feel free to contact me or your AGD with any questions about the league.


Perry Martinelli

HCTB President

New Bat Rules for 2018

August 25, 2017

The HCTB Board of Directors have reviewed the new guidelines made by USA Baseball for age groups 12U and below for the spring 2018 season. The USA Baseball Press Release can be viewed at http://web.usabaseball.com/article.jsp?ymd=20150807&content_id=141742668

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.

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.

Important Dates

Important Dates for the 2018 Season:


March 1st:  Final day to register team in HCTB

March 1st: HCTB/UCBF Spring Classic Tournament Registration Deadline (Rosters and Fees due) 


April 7-8: HCTB/UCBF Spring Classic Tournament www.leaguelineup.com/ucbf


April 13th: League Fees due


April 14th: 8U-13U HCTB Spring Season Starts


May (TBD): 14U Season Season Starts


May 7th: League Rosters due (8u-14u)


May-June (TBD): 16-19 Spring Season Starts


June 1st:  HCTB/UCBF Summer Classic Tournament Registration Deadline (Rosters and Fees Due)  


June 1st:  Team Rosters due (15-19)


June 2-3: End of HCTB 8u-14u Regular Season Play 


June 9-10: 8U-13U Championship Tournaments


June (TBD): 14U Championship Tournament


June-July (TBD): 16-19 Championship Tournament


June 30-July 1: HCTB UCBF Summer Classic Invitational  www.leaguelineup.com/ucbf


July 1st: Fall Registration Opens


August 17th: Fall Team Registration Closes


September 9th:  Fall Season Starts


September 10th: Fall Registration Fees Due


November 4th: Fall Season Ends


UCBF Tournament Information

2018 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.

Sincerely for the game,

Perry Martinelli
HCTB President
Email HCTB Baseball

HCTB Rules

League Rules

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, ccdiihoops@gmail.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.