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Bringing the neighborhood together through sports is what Howard Palmetto Baseball & Softball Association (HPBSA) has been all about since 1962, nearly 58 years.

We play at the best baseball facilities in our area: Coral Reef, Evelyn Greer, and Suniland Parks. Moms and Dads who played years ago now have their kids involved coaching or volunteering. Coaches who retired when their kids grew into adults are now back on the field with their grandchildren. We are now the largest recreational T-Ball league in South Florida!

Divisions start at T-ball and go to the high school level, covering ages 4 to 17. We are a recreational baseball league, which means that everyone who signs up will be placed on a team. Every player bats and everyone plays the majority of innings in each game. Your kids are never too old to start!

Over 200 volunteers, coaches and division leaders make Howard Palmetto a place where friendships between kids and parents from all walks of life are made. Registration typically opens in October for the upcoming season. Practices and games start in January and end in May. For more information email us at info@howardpalmetto.com.


Baseball Age Groups for 2020

All divisions will be decided by the age of your child on September 1st, 2019.

5 & Under - T-Ball Division (Kindergarten and younger)
7 & Under - Atom Division (Coach Pitch - 1st and 2nd Graders and only those Kindergarten age kids who attend Evaluation Day and are judged as ready to safely play Coach Pitch)
9 & Under - Bantam Division (Kid Pitch - 3rd and 4th Graders)
11 & Under - Midget Division (5th and 6th Graders with some possible 7th Graders who are beginning players)
12 & Up - Juvenile (7th, 8th and 9th Graders and older players who are not on high school teams)

 

Parents of players born between 9/1/13 – 8/31/14 have the choice to either play in the T-Ball or Atom (Coach Pitch) divisions.  Only those Kindergarten age kids who attend Evaluation Day and are judged as ready to safely play Coach Pitch will be permitted to play in the Atom division.


New Softball Program for 2020!

Howard Palmetto has teamed up with Perrine Softball and the Village of Palmetto Bay to promote a consolidated softball program at Palmetto Bay Park.  The Village of Palmetto Bay has established, and will run, a recreational girls' softball program starting this season.  The registration link and more information will be available by mid-October.  The program will be available for girls ages 6 to 14.


FAQ for New Players

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions for parents who are considering signing their son or daughter up to play for the first time:

Q: When are practices?
A: In the T-Ball division, practices are set by each Manager by working with parents to find the best day/time that works for most people.  Not everyone will be able to make each practice, but Managers will try to do their best to find a time that works.  Typically, practice is one weekday after school.  In other divisions, practice fields are assigned by request up to two weeks in advance.  Typically teams practice one weekday and one weekend.

Q: When are games?
A: In the T-Ball division, games are played mostly on Saturday mornings between 8:45am and 12pm.  In other divisions, there are typically two games per week.  One weekday game and one weekend game.  Games start in late January and run through the end of May.

Q: What do I get when I register my son or daughter to play?
A: A full uniform, team practice equipment (balls, bases), player trophies, FREE league-wide events (Opening Picnic, Movie Night), umpires, the priceless experience of playing team sports in a safe, fun and competitive environment on some of the best fields in South Florida right in your backyard.

Q: What equipment with my son or daughter need?
A: Players will need a glove, rubber bottom cleats and a helmet with facemask.  A bat is not mandatory since players may share bats.  For softball, we encourage girls to purchase a facemask for use in the field.

 


2020 T-Ball Titans League

The Howard Palmetto Baseball & Softball Association T-Ball Titans League off­ers boys and girls ages 5 and under (Kindergarten and Pre-K) a chance to play a team sport from January through early May.  Games are played on Saturday mornings on some of the best baseball facilities in South Florida at either Coral Reef, Evelyn Greer or Suniland Parks.  Players can join as a group (limit of 11) or individually to be paired up with a team. See why Howard Palmetto is now the largest recreational T-ball league in South Florida!

Registration deadline: December 28th

Cost: $200

 

Register Here:  http://howardpalmetto.com/

Howard Palmetto T-ball is an excellent, family-friendly experience for new and returning ballplayers.  Games are only three innings long; no score is kept, and each child gets to hit and play in the field.  Practice is set by each Manager and is typically held after school hours during the weekday no more than once a week.  Coaches are expected to treat each child and parent fairly, provide a positive influence for kids, and most importantly ensure the kids have a fun baseball experience.

Over the course of the season there will be league picnics, a special Miami Marlins game for Howard Palmetto families and a clinic with the University of Miami Baseball team.

Equipment: Participants will need a glove, rubber bottom cleats and a helmet with facemask.  A bat is not mandatory since players may share bats. 

Included in the registration fee: A full uniform, team practice equipment (balls, bases, tees), player trophies and leaguewide events.

Each team will need parent volunteers to serve as Manager, Assistant Coach (up to 3) and Team Parent.  Managers and Coaches must pass a background check and will receive tips on how to run practices, what skills to focus on and the expectations of gameday.  Please contact T-Ball Commissioner Ethan Shapiro at 305-523-9495 or tball@howardpalmetto.com if you would like to manage your child’s team or should you have any other questions about the league.

  • Lewis Brinson throws the first pitch at T-Ball Opening Day
  • 10U 2019 Softball Champions