The Hillsborough Hawks are a competitive summer tournament program. Teams are formed through tryouts and evaluation during the spring little league season. The Hawks mark an important step in a child's baseball journey with higher quality play and tournament competitiveness. The 2019 Hawks fielded teams that were highly competitive and won multiple tournament championships. We hope to build on this tradition in summer 2020!
|"I just want you to know that you have made a huge impression [on our son] and he is so happy to be with you and the [Hawks] team."
– 2019 Hawks Family
The Hawks reinforce the ideals of sportsmanship, teamwork, commitment and fun. We use the summer program as a development tool for both players and coaches. Over a compressed early to mid summer period, players get significant game experience - the equivalent of a second full season - while also playing higher quality competition. We also leverage the highly competitive tournament environment to improve and develop our coaches.
For the 2020 summer season, HLL's goal is to field teams in 11U, 10U, 9U, 8U, and 7U. Each age group team has between 12-14 players, and if there is player demand (and coaches), we could consider a second team for any of the age groups:
11U kid pitch: 11th birthday after May 1, 2008
10U kid pitch: 10th birthday after May 1, 2009
9U kid pitch: 9th birthday after May 1, 2010
8U coach pitch: 8th birthday after May 1, 2011
7U coach pitch: 7th birthday after May 1, 2012
|"My son experienced a significant jump in his baseball skills during the summer Hawks season."
– 2019 Hawks Family
Our traditional spring HLL program accepts all eligible players. However, the summer Hawks program is different in that there will be tryouts and only a limited number of players from tryouts will be selected to participate - there will be kids who try out who are not selected. If there is enough interest in an age group the league may consider adding a second team for that age group.
Each team will have 12-14 players. Aside from All-Star participation, we would expect this to be the primary summer baseball experience for players to avoid doubling up on teams. We will be playing quality teams from around the Bay Area which will demand our full attention. The minimum commitment is for a player to participate in at least three of the tournaments.
We expect a number of our older (10u and 11u) players to participate on the All-Star teams. As a result, the 10u/11u Hawks teams will be less active during the month of June to accommodate the All-Star schedule.
The tryout format will be structured to assess advanced baseball skills for the age group and help determine who is capable of being on a tournament team. Tryouts will be in April and details will be provided in March via the HLL website. Tryouts will be open to all HLL players, and all interested players in the selected age groups are welcome and encouraged to try out.
The criteria for who gets selected will consider many factors including attitude, coachability, commitment, potential to improve, strength and baseball skills. It will not solely be based on who throws the hardest or runs the fastest.
To ensure objectivity, we will leverage coaches/volunteers whose kids are older/younger than the age group being evaluated. Our plan will be to assess/communicate the results of the tryouts within a few days of tryouts.
The teams will each participate in 4 to 5 tournaments hosted by neighboring Little Leagues between Memorial Day and late July. All Hawks teams will play Memorial Day weekend. The travel commitment is relatively low given all but one tournament (Lake Tahoe) will be in the Bay Area. Below are preliminary tournaments that have been circled but nothing will be confirmed until Spring 2020.
Half Moon Bay / Foster City: Memorial Day Weekend (All Teams)
Burlingame: mid June (7u and 8u only)
Piedmont: late June (8u only)
Redwood City: mid June (9u and 10u)
Lake Tahoe Wood Bat: early July (9u, 10u and 11u only)
Foster City: mid July
San Carlos: late July
This program is led by well-intended volunteer parents and is supported and supplemented by HLL. The managers and coaches will be responsible for traditional roles - maintaining eligibility binders, tournament registration, coordinating team activities, working with parents, etc.
The financial commitment for 2020 is estimated to be $650 per team member (minimum of four tournaments) - which will include hat and jersey, tournament fees, practice field reservations, etc.
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