Harford County Travel Baseball League
Rule Update: Tournament Play During Season
HCTB Managers and Program Chairpersons,
As your teams start reviewing what tournaments you are looking to participate in for the 2019 season, I want to fill you in on a policy change the HCTB Board has approved starting in the Spring.
All 8U-14U teams are expected to play their entire HCTB schedule, as written. We will not write schedules around tournaments during the regular season. HCTB will make every effort to accommodate tournament schedule requests but can NOT guarantee all requests can or will be honored. Any team that forfeits games due to entering outside tournaments during the regular season will not be allowed to participate in the end of season tournament and runs the risk of removal from the league.
For 2019, the official regular season for 13U and under will start April 13th and end on June 1st. The 8U-13U tournament will be held June 8-9. This will allow for 7 weeks of league play before the end of year tournament. The official 14U regular season will start May 11th and end on June 22nd. The 14U tournament will be June 29-30. This will allow for 6 weeks of league play for 14U. May 25-26th will be an official off weekend for 8U-14U.
Over the past few seasons, bye weeks requests have reached unacceptable levels that have created scheduling issues for the AGDs. It is unfair to the other teams in the division that want to play the regular scheduled games and who abide by the rules.
Important Dates for the 2019 Season:
March 1st: Final day to register team in HCTB
March 1st: HCTB/UCBF Spring Classic Tournament Registration Deadline (Rosters and Fees due)
April 6-7: HCTB/UCBF Spring Classic Tournament www.leaguelineup.com/ucbf
April 15th: League Fees due
April 13th: 8U-13U HCTB Spring Season Starts
May 11th: 14U Season Season Starts
May 6th: 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 1-2: End of HCTB 8u-14u Regular Season Play
June 8-9: 8U-13U Championship Tournaments
June 22-23: HCTB UCBF Summer Classic Invitational www.leaguelineup.com/ucbf
June 29-30: 14U Championship Tournament
July (TBD): 16-19 Championship Tournament
July 1st: Fall Registration Opens
August 18th: Fall Team Registration Closes
September 8th: Fall Season Starts
September 9th: Fall Registration Fees Due
November 3rd: 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,
Email HCTB Baseball
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, email@example.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.