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Holyoke Youth Baseball League, Inc. - A Division of Little League International

About Us

About Us

In 1950 a group of men gathered together in Springfield and decided to organize a baseball league for youngsters between the ages of 8 and 10 years old. This program, as it was initially laid out, would supply teams with complete uniforms and the best equipment available. The group solicited business establishments, civic organizations, social clubs and fraternal organizations to sponsor the teams. It was also agreed that each and every ball team should be adult-supervised. This is certainly one main reason for its ultimate success. In 1950, the league consisted of ten teams. In 1951, the number of teams grew to 30. One of the teams was a team from Holyoke called the In-We-Go Midgets. The team consisted of youngsters from Elmwood and the Highlands and was organized by Ronald Bennett. The team also benefited from the expertise supplied by Raymond Crowley, a well-known baseball figure in Holyoke during the 1930’s. Sponsorship of this first Pee-Wee team was enthusiastically provided by Nathan Hatez, owner of the In-We-Go Drive-In Restaurant. After a successful season in 1952, Ron Bennett was approached by many people to enlarge his project and to make the program available to all the boys in every neighborhood in Holyoke. Realizing that it would be too large a venture for one man, he approached the Holyoke Junior Chamber of Commerce and hoped that they would endorse Pee-Wee Baseball and include it as one of their many projects. The Jay-Cees voted unanimously to accept the challenge and they began to organize a 10-team league by putting a Board of Directors into place. The Jay-Cees program was endorsed by the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Commission in January 1953 and within two weeks sponsors and managers for all ten teams had been arranged. After a successful 1953 season, the Junior Chamber of Commerce Baseball League decided to expand the league to include boys aged 10-12. More sponsors and managers were secured and the Midget League was born. Years later, a series of cuts of younger players in the Pee Wee Division caused John "Buddy" O'Neill to form the Elmwood Jets and the Mighty Mite Division was born for players 7-8 years old. Decades later, in 2015, a growing demand for an even younger division gave rise to the Small Fry Division for players 4-6 year olds. The very first season saw over 200 players registered. Today, the Holyoke Youth Baseball League accommodates about 600 youngsters each year between the ages of 4-16 in five divisions, with over 30 teams.
Highlights

Anyone who is having issues or had issues signing up for Fall Ball should contact [email protected]

I have adjusted the settings on this to the max. if you have played Mighty Mite or Pee Wee last year and will be playing 

Pee Wee Next year Apply online at HYBL.org.

If there is an issue please contact me at [email protected]

Field Status

  • Bonin Field

    Updated: 05/17/2019 01:50PM
    • Major Diamond
  • Mayer Field

    Updated: 05/15/2019 11:03AM
    • Major Diamond
  • Springdale Park

    Updated: 05/15/2019 11:04AM
    • Major Diamond
    • Intermediate Diamond
    • Senior Diamond
  • Dean Tech Diamond

    Updated: 05/15/2019 11:13AM
    • Major Diamond
  • Jones Point Field

    Updated: 05/15/2019 11:07AM
    • Intermediate Diamond
  • Anniversary Field

    Updated: 05/15/2019 11:07AM
    • Senior Diamond
  • Kennedy Field

    Updated: 05/15/2019 11:09AM
    • Major Diamond
  • Mackenzie Stadium

    Updated: 05/15/2019 11:14AM
    • Senior Diamond
  • Gloutak Park

    Updated: 05/15/2019 11:16AM
    • Major Diamond
  • Mitchell Field

    Updated: 05/15/2019 11:21AM
    • Senior Diamond

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Fall Ball Kick Off- Updated

 

August 18th @ Dean Tech Field
FREE Baseball Clinic
Time : 1-5
Location : Dean Tech Field
Free for All players age 7-11
Hosted by HYBL
Coach Andrew And Coach Pedro
We will have free food and drinks
Also will be our last in person sign up for Fall Baseball.

 

 

Contact

Holyoke Youth Baseball League, Inc - A Division of Little League Int.

P.O. Box 10453 
Holyoke, Massachusetts 01041

Email: [email protected]

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