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by posted 03/27/2020
February 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to the spring 2020 Hopkinton Little League baseball and softball season! This email contains important information about the upcoming season. We hope you find this information useful.  We suggest that you save this email to be able to refer back to it.   Please provide feedback to 

Volunteer Needs
  • Coaches for ​Single A baseball and Co-ed Tee Ball- If you are able to help, please send an email to   and provide your child's name, so we can match you to the appropriate league!
  • Planning and running our May 15th evening fundraiser event.  If you only have a few hours before or the day of the event, we can use you.  Please email Andrea Rogers at  
  • Prepping the fields for practices and games.  If you are interested in learning more about this, please reach out to Justin Rogers at  .
Thanks to those of you that volunteered through the registration process.  We'll be in touch as the season approaches.
 
Team Placement
 
You will hear from your coach by March 15
Coaches Clinic
HLL Baseball and Softball head and assistant coaches, as well as any interested parents, are invited to join Hopkinton Little League for a Coaching Clinic hosted by Hopkinton High School Varsity Baseball Coach Steve Simoes and his staff. The clinic will begin at 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 1 at the Hopkinton High School Field House and will run for approximately 1.5 hours. 

Whether you have coached in the league for years or are a first time coach in tee ball, the clinic will cover a variety of topics from hitting and pitching techniques to game situations, and allow for Q&A. A breakout session for coaches of younger players will address issues particular to that group.  
 
Volunteer Application
In order to have any sort of on field or on the bench presence at a game or in practice, you must submit a volunteer form every year, even if you have been cleared by another organization in town.  Mail hard copies of completed forms ASAP to:

Hopkinton Little League
Attn: Assistant Safety Officer
PO Box 32
Hopkinton MA 01748

 
Yes, we really need:  a hard copy, your SSN, names of 3 references and a copy of a government issued ID.
 
Save the Date:  Field Clean-Up, Saturday 3/28
Please join us on Saturday, March 28 from 10am-12pm to prepare our fields for the spring season.  We'll be raking, pulling weeks, moving equipment, etc. and can't get it all done without parent help.  The date is weather dependent and we'll let you know if we need to reschedule.  

Your coach will be in touch with our assigned field and time.
 
What equipment does my child need to play?
The only equipment you need to provide is a glove for your child. The league provides bats, balls and helmets, although this equipment is well used and not always perfectly suited to smaller players. Be sure shop Dick’s Sporting Goods the weekend of March 21-22 using this 20% off coupon.  
 
2019 Boston Marathon Charity Runner
We are proud to announce that Hopkinton Little League will have a 2020 Boston Marathon Runner, Mike DelConte from Medway.  This is Mike's second year running for us. Last year, he raised almost $7,500!  Read more about Mike and make a donation on our website.
 
Annual Fundraiser - May 15, 2020
Save the Date!   Our annual adult only fundraiser will be held on Friday, May 15 at St. John's Parish Hall.  Tickets will go on sale around April 1.   Please note that the date was incorrect in the Upcoming Dates section of the January newsletter.
 
​Survey Thank You
​Thank you to everyone that completed our pre-season survey.  We are currently reviewing all the responses.   We'll send another survey at the end of the season.
 
FAQs available on our website!  
We will continue to update as the season approaches. If you have any suggestions for additional questions to include, please email us at  .  
 
Upcoming Dates
  • March 1 - Coaches Clinic, 6:00pm, Hopkinton High School Athletic Cent​er
  • March 21 and 22 - Dick’s Sporting Goods discount weekend.  Use this 20% off coupon.
  • March 28  - Safety Meeting (required for head coaches) at 8:30am (Elmwood Cafeteria) followed by Equipment Pick-up (coaches) and Field clean-up day (for ALL families)
  • TBD in​ ​March - Softball and Baseball P​layer Clinics (HHS)
  • April 1 - Practices begin (weather permitting)
  • April 25 - Games begin 
  • April 26, 11:30am - HLL Parade starting at the Town Common
  • May 15 - Evening ​adult-only fundraiser event at St. John's Parish Hall

by posted 02/25/2020
Complete your volunteer application ASAP!

As required by Little League International, volunteers (head coaches, assistant coaches, on the field helpers, etc.) must complete an ANNUAL volunteer application.   

You cannot be on the field at practice or in a game IN ANY CAPACITY (keeping scorebook, managing the bench, etc.) unless you fill out the volunteer application.  Even if you have been cleared in previous years or for different sports, you still need to be cleared by HLL in 2020.  

​A copy of your driver's license (or other government ID), ​Social Security Number and 3 references are ​REQUIRED to process the application.   References can include friends, co-workers, etc.; basically anyone that is willing and able to vouch for you. (One must be familiar with you in interacting/volunteering with kids.)

If you’d like to help, please submit the attached volunteer application in hard copy to:

Hopkinton Little League
PO Box 32
Hopkinton, MA 01748
ATTN: Assistant Safety Officer

​All applications are kept confidential.​

In order to get you approved before the season, please complete your application NOW!

 

by posted 02/03/2020
Registration is OPEN and FAQs

Registration for the spring 2020 season is now open through December 31, 2019 (to avoid a late fee).    Practices begin April 1 (weather permitting) and games will begin on Sunday, April 25.    (Use red "Register Now" button to the right.)

See our FAQs under Information -> FAQs.  The most common question we get it about game and practice times.  General guidelines (subject to change) as are follows:

Baseball

League

Age

Practice Duration and Timing

Game Duration and Timing

Draft League**?

Co-ed Tee Ball

5 yr olds

1 hour generally on a  weeknight

1 hour – Saturday AM

No

Instructional

6 & 7 yr olds

1 hour generally on a  weeknight

1 hour – Saturday AM

No

Single A

7 & 8 yr olds

1 hour generally on a  weeknight

1 ½  hours - Saturday PM and 3 weekday games (Wednesdays)

No

Double A

 

8 & 9 yr olds

 

1 ½ hours on a weeknight or weekend

2 hours – 1 weeknight (Monday) and Saturday PM

Yes

Triple A

 

9 & 10 yr olds

 

1 ½ hours on a weeknight or weekend

2 hours – 1 weeknight (Thursday) and Sunday PM

Yes

Quad A

 

10 & 11 yr olds

 

1 ½ hours on a weeknight or weekend

2 hours – 1 weeknight (Tuesday) and Saturday PM

Yes

Majors

11 & 12 yr olds

1 ½ hours on a weeknight or weekend

2 hours – 1 weeknight (Wednesday) and Sunday PM

Yes

 

Softball

League

Age

Practice Duration and Timing

Game Duration and Timing

Draft League**?

6U

5 & 6 yr olds

1 hour on a  weeknight

1 hour – Saturdays AM/PM

No

8U

7 & 8 yr olds

1 hour on a  weeknight

1 ½  hours – Saturday AM/PM and 3 weekday games (Tuesday)

No

10U

9 & 10 yr olds

1 ½ hour on a weeknight or weekend

2 hours – 1 weeknight (Monday) and Saturday PM

Yes

12U

11 & 12 yr olds

1 ½ hour on a weeknight or weekend

2 hours – 1 weeknight (Thursday) and Sunday PM

Yes

14U

13 & 14 yr olds

1 ½ hour on a weeknight or weekend

2 hours – Day and time vary

Yes

 

 

**In the draft leagues, teams are made based on player abilities, in an effort to ensure teams are a mix of skills.   Team swapping is not permitted after the draft, so there is less flexibility with practice slots.   Please include all known scheduling conflicts in your registration.    Conflicts that arise after registration and before drafts (mid-February) can be submitted to hopkintonlittleleague@gmail.com.

In non-draft leagues, practice conflicts can generally be worked through, even after teams are formed.


by posted 11/09/2019
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The 2020 rules can be found here

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Reminder - anyone volunteering in any capacity for the upcoming 2020 season must fill out the Little League Volunteer Application.

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