News and Announcements
As we know, the issue of mask wearing is personal to many and there are a wide range of personal opinions about best practices related to personal safety during the pandemic. More specific to HYBSA, we’ve had a great deal of communication with families trying to make the decision that is best for their families this past year. Admittedly, with the news yesterday HYBSA was hesitant to change its approach around mask wearing but with other youth groups aligning with the state order, including the MIAA, HYBSA will do the same. Since this ordeal started, we have aligned our approach with guidance from the state and will continue to do so now. That said, HYBSA fully supports any players individual decision to wear a mask, recognizing that the elimination of a state mandate does not override individual decision making. Also, if a HYBSA team is playing a team from another town, HYBSA players need to have a mask with them in case an issue emerges where youth organizations have different requirements. In these instances, coaches will work together to arrive at a reasonable resolution that satisfies the requirements of both leagues. Otherwise, the language below accurately summarizes the guidance provided by the Governor and the EEC that went into effect today and HYBSA is adopting it:
For all youth sports, facial coverings are no longer required for youths 18 and under. This includes on the field, in the dugout, in huddles and in conferences. Coaches need to continue to wear facial coverings when they cannot consistently maintain social distancing. This means in huddles, in the dugout and during conferences. They will not need to wear them in the coaches’ boxes as long as they stay 6 feet from the players or wear their facial covering.
As we prepare for tryouts for Summer Softball we would like to gauge the interest level to determine how many teams we might have at each level.
Please read the email below and direct any questions you still have to Tom Kampersal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
By completing the form below you are not signing up or registering to play, you are just letting us know that you may be interested in playing Summer Softball and will attend the tryouts. This also allows us to only send future emails to those interested.
Please complete by Wednesday, May 19*, 2021.
Your child’s birthday determines the level they are eligible for, summer softball is AGE BASED, NOT GRADE BASED – please complete the form using the corresponding link below:
U14 (born between Jan. 1st 2006 and Dec. 31st 2007): Click here for U14 tryout registration
U12 (born between Jan. 1st 2008 and Dec. 31st 2009): Click here for U12 tryout registration
U10 (born between Jan. 1st 2010 and Dec. 31st 2011):Click here for U10 tryout registration
U8 (born between Jan. 1st 2012 and Dec. 31st 2013): Click here for U8 tryout registration
* Be aware, U10 summer ball uses the hard 11" ball, and safety will be a factor in evaluating all players *
Tryout dates are listed in the U10 and U12 forms.
Tryouts for U14 will be determined if there is enough interest.
U8 will not have tryouts, but need to understand interest
- When are games played? Generally, 6pm, 2 nights a week. U10 -M/W, U12 T/Th.
- How long is the season? The season runs from 6/14/2021- 7/31/2021.
- What if we have vacation or are away? It is ok to miss a couple of games but the expectation is that you are available for the majority of games and practices.
- How many teams will there be? The number of teams is determined by interest as well as ability and availability.
- Who will coach? This depends on who is selected after tryouts.
- Are tryouts mandatory? Yes. You must attend at least 1 tryout date to be eligible.
- When are the tryouts? The HYBSA website will have the dates as well as an email to the folks that registered with the forms above.
- What league do we play in? https://www.twinvalleygirlssoftball.com/
Click on the Summer Baseball Registration tab above (link removed, registration is complete) to learn more about the HYBSA Summer Baseball offerings and tryout schedule.
Information about Summer Softball will be sent out through the Softball coordinators and coaches in the next few days!
The annual Holliston Youth Baseball and Softball raffle is the biggest fundraiser of the year for HYBSA. With the money raised through the raffle HYBSA is able to pay for field maintenance and equipment. Please visit https://go.rallyup.com/hybsa2021raffle/Campaign for this year raffle, which for the first time will be held entirely online.
Each ticket is $25 and gives the buyer a chance at winning one of two (2) $1000 prizes. We will be drawing the two winners on Championship Sunday, June 13th. Aside from the cash prizes to be won, the sellers have a chance to win something as well: the top seller will receive an authentic Red Sox signed memorabilia. Second place will receive 4 tickets to a 2021 Boston College football home game.
Additionally, every player who sells at least 2 tickets will receive their choice of a limited edition HYBSA Baseball or Softball t-shirt; players who sell 4 tickets will receive a HYBSA hoodie; and players who sell 6 tickets will receive BOTH a t-shirt and a hoodie.
Players may continue to sell tickets up until one hour before the drawing on June 13th.
While we are thrilled to have a spring season this year, and while overall things continue to improve, we all need to do our part to stay safe and keep others safe. HYBSA’s top priority is the safety of its players and their families. Under the Governor’s COVID-19 executive orders, he has made the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) the governing authority for all COVID-19 issues related to all amateur sports. Below covers their requirements intertwined with HYBSA’s protocols:
- Players are required to exercise social distancing. No team will congregate on a bench or otherwise. Players should bring chairs allowing them to sit in the general area of the dugout while still staying six feet apart.
- All players, coaches, umpires, spectators and workers must wear a facial covering. This includes when players are on defense and on offense.
- Spectators are allowed, with no limits, for all sports with participants under the age of 21. Spectators must sit at least 25 feet away from any player who is part of the extended dugout or bench. They should sit by family who live within the same household and should be at least six feet away from other families.
- All HYBSA participants are required to abide by state quarantine and testing requirements if they come in close contact with someone positive for Covid-19.
- All HYBSA participants are required to abide by Massachusetts travel requirements. For any families traveling during April break please be mindful of the travel advisory that is still in effect in Massachusetts and to be sure to comply before participating in HYBSA practices or games.
We all share responsibility for adherence to these requirements. As parents, please accept primary responsibility for full compliance. Thank you in advance for partnering with HYBSA as we strive to offer a safe recreational activity for the girls and boys of Holliston during an unusual and challenging time.