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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.
Registration Open for the 2018 Fall Ball Season
Registration deadline is September 2
Continue to fine tune your baseball skills with WHC Fall Baseball!
The fall schedule consists of one practice per week (specific night depends on coach/team placement) and games to be held on Sunday. All players receive a team jersey and hat. Baseball players are required to provide/wear gray baseball pants, cleats and a glove. The season begins on September 9 and ends on October 28. Game locations are primarily at Western Regional Park, but are also held at other Howard County locations.
Click here for 6-8 yrs (RP5981.101)
Click here for 9-10 yrs (RP5981.111)
Click here for 11-12 yrs (RP5981.121)
Click here for 13-14 yrs (RP5981.131)
Click here for 15-18 yrs (RP5981.511)
Fall Fast Pitch Softball
Continue to fine tune your softball skills with WHC Fall Fast Pitch Softball!
The fall schedule consists of one practice per week (specific night depends on coach/team placement) and games to be held on Saturday. All players receive a team jersey, hat and socks. Softball players provide their own pants (color determined by coach), cleats and a glove. Bats and softball helmets are provided in the team equipment; a personal bat/helmet are optional. The season starts on September 9 and ends on October 28. Game locations are primarily at Western Regional Park.
Click here for 6-8 yrs (RP5982.101)
Click here for 9-10 yrs (RP5982.111)
Click here for 11-12 yrs (RP5982.121)
Click here for 13-14 yrs (RP5982.131)
Click here for 15-18 yrs (RP5982.141)
WHC 13U Brawl In the Fall
Rising 13U Baseball Tournament at Blandair Regional Park
October 13-14, 2018
$750/team Limited spots available
WESTERN HOWARD COUNTY (WHC) YOUTH BASEBALL invites teams and coaches to a tournament held primarily at the new Blandair Regional Park, site of the beautiful, regulation, 60/90 artificial turf fields. A few games may be scheduled at the equally beautiful Western Regional Park (WRP) as well.
The Tournament consists of only one age group, 13U teams.
The Tournament is a seeding format (potentially Friday night and Saturday followed by a single elimination format on Sunday) and will have a three (3) game minimum.
Games may start on Friday October 12th (for local teams and at WRP) and continue through Sunday afternoon. Approximately 75% of all games will be played at Blandair Regional Park.
Payment must be received to secure a team's place in the tournament. Registering online only saves priority on the waiting list. The first 8 teams to pay are guaranteed spots. We will limit the field to 12 teams unless special arrangements are made.
More information can be found at www.whcsports.com under the Tournament menu.
Checks should be made out to: Western Howard County Travel Baseball and be mailed to:
Tournament Director, WHC
16408 Old Frederick Road
Mt. Airy, Maryland 21771
Email Darrin Stolba at email@example.com or text/call 301-651-3050 for more information.
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