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About Us

HAYAA Baseball/Softball is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to providing kids of different skills and interest levels an opportunity to learn and play the game of baseball and/or softball.  We offer a variety of age appropriate programs for boys and girls from ages 5 to 16 years old.

  • Mandatory Evaluations for players 7 and up will be held in February (some exceptions apply for girls softball)
  • 2 Practices a week beginning in late March, early April (schedule to be determined)
  • 2 Games a week beginning in late April, early May (schedule to be determined)
  • The season is over by the end of June for most of the league
  • Note: Travel Baseball starts earlier and runs longer than other programs. Baseball programs for players that are 13 and older start later (practice in May, games in June - July)

Instructional: This is where it all starts!  This league division is for boys and girls ages 5 & 6. Ages 4 & 5 for the fall season. There is no expectation that the players have played any baseball or that they have developed any of the necessary skills. The league is set up to introduce kids to baseball. It is critical to have a great deal of parent participation at this level. It is important for parents to work with their kids at home and reinforce what they learn during their practices. Practices & games take place at Winegarner Fields.  Games are played on Monday & Wednesday - Fridays if necessary.

Below is a summary of the major points concerning this league:

  • Emphasis is placed on teaching skills (in practices and during games)
  • Coaches pitch (if the player cannot hit the pitched ball, the ball is place on the tee for them to hit)
  • Bat round-robin (1/2 roster bats each inning)
  • Every player plays in the field every inning
  • Outs called, but don’t clear the bases after 3 outs
  • Play 6 innings
  • Scores or standings are not kept
  • IT IS MEANT TO BE FUN!

Kid/Coach Pitch Baseball: This league division is for boys/girls 7 & 8.  Ages 6 & 7 for the fall season. This league is intended to continue to develop a player’s skills and to teach them the game of baseball (including many of the rules). The biggest differences between Instructional and Kid/Coach Pitch, besides introducing kids to the art/mechanics of pitching, is that the coach will "challenge the batter" so the kids will get a feel for pitching.  This is what most would consider something closer to “real baseball” (kids can strikeout; switch sides after three outs, players play the catchers position, scores are kept, etc.).  Practices & games take place at Farms Intermediate or Spranger Fields.  Games to take place on Monday & Wednesday nights.

Below is a summary of the major points concerning this league:

  • Emphasis is placed on skills development and teaching players how baseball is played
  • Players have 2 strikes, 3 balls constitutes a walk
  • Stealing bases is allowed once the ball crosses the plate
  • Play stops when the ball gets back into the pitcher
  • A maximum of 10 players play in the field (including a pitcher, catcher, and 4 outfielders)
  • Switch sides after 3 outs
  • Scores are kept at each game
  • Standings may be kept for optional playoff or year end tournament

Coach Pitch Softball: This league division is open for girls 6 thru 8. This league is intended to continue developing a player’s skills and to teach them the game of fast pitch softball (including many of the rules). The biggest differences between Instructional and Coach Pitch is the kids will play what most would consider something closer to “real softball” (kids can be thrown out at bases, switch sides after three outs, players play the catchers position, etc.).

We participate in a league called “Quadtown” which is made up of Hartland, Fenton, Lake Fenton and Linden - sometimes Holly.  Home games are played in Hartland (Winegarner Fields) & away games are played in these other communities on Tuesday & Thursday evenings. The rules for this league are derived from the Little League Association of America and slightly modified by the Quadtown Board (Girls Softball Commissioner represents HAYAA on the Quadtown Board).

Below is a summary of the major points concerning this league:

  • Emphasis is placed on skills development and teaching players how softball is played
  • Kids begin to learn pitching technique
  • Players get up to 7 pitches to get a hit, then tee the ball up
  • No stealing bases
  • No walks
  • Play stops when the ball gets back into the infield
  • A maximum of 10 players play in the field (including a pitcher, catcher and 4 outfielders
  • Switch sides after 3 outs
  • A maximum of only 5 runs can be scored per inning
  • Standings are not kept

Other Divisions: We continue to emphasize instruction in all of our programs. However, there are differences between Instructional/Kid/Coach Pitch and our other programs. The main differences between the above and these other league divisions are:

  • Only Players Pitch
  • Umpires are used
  • Standings kept

The differences in these other league divisions are driven by:

  • The rules that govern each league (each league has a governing body who oversees and sets the rules these leagues play under)
  • The age group of each league division
  • The level of competition
  • The size of field for each league division

Quadtown Softball: Both Minors (9-10) & Majors (11-12) are “fast pitch”.  Ages will change for fall season.  We participate in a league called “Quadtown” which is made up of Hartland, Fenton, Lake Fenton, Linden and Holly.  Home games are played in Hartland, away games are played in these other communities.  Minors games are on Tues/Thurs and Majors are on Mon/Wed evenings. The Girls Minors division practice & play games at Winegarner Fields.  The Girls Majors practice & play games at Spranger Fields 3 or 4.  The rules for this league are derived from the Little League Association of America and slightly modified by the Quadtown Board.  Our Girls Softball Commissioner represents HAYAA on the Quadtown Board.

Quadtown Baseball:  We offer baseball programs for boys 9-10 (Minors), boys 11-12 (Intermediate), boys 13-14 (Juniors) & boys 15-16 (Seniors). Age groups for each division change for fall season. We participate in a league called “Quadtown” which is made up of Hartland, Fenton, Lake Fenton, and Linden - sometimes Holly and/or Grand Blanc.  Home games are played in Hartland, away games are played in these other communities.  The rules for this league are derived from the Little League Association of America and only slightly modified by the Quadtown Board.  Our Boys Baseball Commissioner represents HAYAA on the Quadtown Board.

Boys Juniors & Seniors Divisions:  Season starts the second week of June & concludes the last week in July - playoffs included.  Both division compete in Quadtown.  Games typically start at 6:30 PM.  We also attempt to schedule at least 1 night game in Fenton which would start at 8:00 PM.  Teams will be selected via draft after completion of player tryouts.  Tryouts will be held outdoors at Ore Creek Field sometime in April - weather permitting.  Only one tryout will be offered & practices will begin by early-to-mid May.  Field dimensions will be 60'6" pitching mound & 90' bases.

Travel Baseball: We offer travel baseball programs for every age group between 8U and 15U dependent upon having enough interest from players and parents and having a coach that is willing to run the team. Our travel teams play in the Kensington Valley Baseball Association (KVBSA) and they are governed by KVBSA rules. Home games will be played in Hartland. Away games are dependent upon what other communities join the KVBSA. This is a very competitive league. Many of these teams start practicing in the winter (in-doors), they play more nights, they play some weekend tournaments and they may play into the summer. The specifics of how many practices or how many games will be determined by the coach and player’s parents. This league will cost you more than our other leagues - exactly how much will depend on how much the coach and parents decide to do, but you should expect to spend $800 or more.