Frequently Asked Questions


Where does HPYBL play games?

Practices and games take place at Homewood Athletic Complex on West Oxmoor Rd. (121 West Oxmoor Rd / Homewood, AL 35209)


When does the Spring season start and end?

Evaluations of players take place in early February; practices start around mid-February; and games begin around the 1st week in March.  The season ends around the 1st week of May.


How many games do the kids play?

The number of games will vary with age.  Ages 5u-12u typically play a minimum of 12 games as well as playoff games after the regular season. 4u typically plays 6-8 games on Saturdays only.


How many times per week do they have practices and games?

During the Spring season each team practices once per week and plays 1 weeknight game and 1 Saturday game. The number of practices and games vary in accordance with weather and the number of teams in a league.  4u has no practices; just games on Saturdays.  Fall baseball is only played on Sundays; there are no practices, just games. 


How is my son/daughter placed on a team?

Please see the Age Groups page for information on evaluations and drafts for each age group/division.


Can a coach or teammate be requested?

Those requests can be made during the registration process; however, the request may not be granted. 


How are coaches chosen, can anyone volunteer to coach?

Yes, anyone can volunteer to coach.  The success of HPYBL is based on parent volunteers and we encourage parents to get involved.  The Director of Baseball Operations for each age group will identify potential coaches and contact them to discuss responsibilities in being a head coach.  Parents should first make their coaching interest known before or during the registration process.  The HPYBL board must approve Head coaches.


What does my son/daughter need to participate; and what do they get with registration?

Players need a glove, baseball pants, belt and cleats.  Each player gets a hat, jersey (with name/number), and socks as part of the team uniform.  HPYBL provides each team with baseballs, a tee (for T-ball), helmets, heart guard and catcher’s gear; although it has become common for most players to have their own batting helmet.  HPYBL does not provide bats.  


What types of bats are used in HPYBL?

Ages 4u and 5u typically use small barrel tee ball bats.  Starting in 6u, most players use a bigger barrel bat (2 5/8” or 2 ¾” barrel).  Approved big barrel bats must have a printed stamp with a BPF rating of 1.15 or less. 

**The Bat standards will not change for the 2020 season.**  


What type of baseball is used in Tball?

4u and 5u tee ball uses the soft “safety baseballs”.  They are regular size, but softer.  Age’s 6u and older use standard baseballs.


What is the best size glove for a child in Tball?

Gloves come as small as 9”; however these are often too small to catch a regular size baseball.  At least a 10” – 10.5” glove is recommended for Tball and 11” and larger for the older age groups. 


Can a child play up, or down?

It is highly recommended that players play at a level in line with their age.  A player’s age group is determined by their age on April 30th.  Likewise, a player that will turn 8 years old in March will play in 8u.  A player that will turn 8 years old on May 1st will play in 7u.  Players/parents may request to play at a level not matching their age; however, HPYBL reserves the right to deny that request. Player evaluations help to determine the skill level of the player and at what level they should play.  Note: if a player requests and is approved to play down in an age group for Rec Season, they will not be eligible to play on a GBBA post season team.


What is Greater Birmingham Baseball Association (GBBA)?

The Greater Birmingham Baseball Association (GBBA) was formed in 2016 and is comprised of the following parks: Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, Hoover-Shades Mountain, Hoover East, Oak Mountain and Trussville.  GBBA develops the rules played by each participating park.  Each participating park sends teams to participate in GBBA tournament play during May and June.


How are GBBA teams chosen?

During the regular Spring Rec season, each Age Group Director will provide all parents with information about the timing and process for selecting GBBA teams as well as the time/financial commitments required.  Each team that is formed will be categorized as a AAA, AA or A team to compete in GBBA play.  There is no limit on the number of teams from each participating park.  


Where are GBBA games played?

GBBA games will be played across the various GBBA parks around Birmingham.  Typically, each age group will play the majority of their games at one or two different parks. 


What age groups are eligible for GBBA play?

The GBBA season in May and June is for age groups 6u through 12u.


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