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Dec, 2020

HTRBA Adds 50/70 Baseball Division for a Full Season of Play

 
In a unanimous vote, the Hamilton Township Recreational Baseball Association (HTRBA) Board voted to restructure the baseball divisions, including an optional 50/70 Intermediate division for children ages 11-13.  The divisional restructure offers a clear playing path for children of all ages and skillsets to keep all HTRBA families engaged.
The goal of the 50/70 division is to support the evolving needs of our baseball players.  50/70 play is designed to prepare youth athletes for a full-size (60/90) playing field. 
The field-size progression coincides with that of many travel baseball programs and alternative leagues.
The divisional restructuring will benefit all of the HTRBA families and will positively impact gameplay and instruction while maintaining a high level of player safety.  
Tee Ball will be offered for players age 4 to 6 at no charge to encourage early development and participation.  The Minor League will include advanced 6-year-old players through age 9, and will include a coach pitch and a modified player pitch element.  The Major League will include advanced 9-year-old players through age 12.  Players in the Major league and 50/70 divisions are eligible for 46/60 District teams.  The 50/70 division is a suitable option for players age 11-13 and will compete in a full season.

FAQ
Q: Are 50/70 players eligible for District 12 46/60 tournament teams?
 A: Yes.
Q: Can a 12-year-old choose the Major League instead of 50/70?
 A: Yes.
Q: Can any 11, 12, or 13-year-old player compete in 50/70?
 A: 13-year-olds must play in the 50/70 division.  11 & 12-year-olds that are registered for 50/70 are eligible to be drafted into the 50/70 division.
Q: Can a child play on both a 46/60 and 50/70 team?
 A: While it is possible that a child can play on both 46/60 and 50/70 teams (paying two registration fees), it is not recommended due to the commitment of attending two sets of practices & games.
Q: With the introduction of a 50/70 division, how will this affect the way that HTRBA honors & recognizes our 12 year-olds?
 A: HTRBA will continue to honor 12 year-olds on Opening Day and look to the 12 year-olds to be leaders in the league.

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