Welcome to the 2021 Tri County Softball and Baseball Travel/Plus Evaluation Registration with Highland Ball!This registration is for players planning on playing the following in 2021:
Players who only want to play in-house softball or baseball do NOT need to participate in these evaluations.
Evaluations for Tri County Softball will take place on Sep. 12. 12U at 9:30 AM, 14U at 11AM and 16U at 12PM. More information will follow regarding location and the specific time slots for players.
Evaluations for 10U-13U Plus and Travel baseball teams are scheduled to take place at Ford Fields on Saturday, September 19, with 10U/11U evals in the morning and 12U/13U evals in the afternoon. The specific evaluation times for each age group will be published at least one week prior to the evaluation date.
The evaluations for 14U Travel baseball teams will be held in late September or early October. The specific date and location will be published soon, but players interested in trying out for the 2021 14U Travel teams must register at this time.
More information on the Tri County Softball and Plus/Travel Baseball programs can be found at Highlandball.org.
Players who want to be considered for the Tri County Softball Program or the Plus/Travel Baseball Program must register for and participate in evaluations. Registration will close on September 7. There will be a $25 non-refundable fee, which does not count towards 2021 season registration fees. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent your player from attending evaluations, please send an email to HighlandBall@gmail.com and explain the situation. The League reserves the right to determine whether a player may be eligible for the programs without attending evaluations.
To complete registration through our secure site, please have your Visa, MasterCard, Discovery, or checking account information available. Following the completion of this registration, you will see a charge on your account from Highland Ball.
If bad weather requires cancellation of evaluations, the make-up date will be one week later.
HIGHLAND BALL FORD SITE LAND ACQUISITION FROM RYAN CO
On May 7, Ryan Companies completed the transfer of the former Ford Field land on which the East and West Fields, the snack bar, and the batting cages behind the West Field are situated to the Friends of Highland Ball. Friends of Highland Ball is an entity created by Highland Ball to hold the land that will be used by the Highland Ball organization.
This momentous event is more then a decade in the making and secures the future of baseball and softball at the site for generations to come. Many volunteers worked for countless hours to make this vision a reality. Later this summer, Highland Ball will share its plans for the site and recognize the volunteers and community members who brought this dream to fruition.
Norder Field, located on the southern half of the ballpark and named in honor of the Larry Norder and family for their generosity to Highland Ball, was not part of the land transfer from Ryan Companies. The field will be demolished as part of the Montreal Avenue extension.
Please see the attached joint press release from Ryan Companies and Highland Ball for more information.
In lieu of being able to get together to practice, perhaps showing your Highland Ball spirit by looking at our new spirit wear stores will get you in the mood for a game of catch!
Highland Ball has a new vendor this year (CA Gear), and we've curated an expansive selection of apparel and gear for players and fans. Working from input over the years, we tried to find items that would be appropriate for a game or practice and just as comfortable on Saturday afternoon at the grocery store. We have also created separate online stores for softball and baseball to better suit the preferences of the two great programs that make up Highland Ball. For instance, the Highland logos contain a baseball or softball depending on which store you are in. The move to CA Gear also provides value to the League, as we will receive 10% of the proceeds from all sales.
Another benefit of our new partnership is that the online stores will be open throughout the season.
Please select the direct ship option and allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Previous orders designated for pick-up will be distributed in a manner and at a time to be determined.
HIGHLAND BALL ON KARE 11 SPORTS
Our own Scott Andressed was interviewed on by KARE 11 for a segmeant on the land transfer from Ryan Co to Friends of Highland Ball.
It can be found HERE:
While the League and our community are locked down, Highland Ball wants to be a resource for our players and parents. The boys and girls still need to get outside and it's a great time to work on agility and skill development to get ready for the season (whenever it might start). Each week, we will post drills that can be done alone or with a partner, and we will have Highland ballplayers demonstrating some of those drills.
To help keep our Highland Ball community connected in this time of social distancing, we encourage players to submit photos of themselves doing the drills that have been posted. We will do our best to post all of the photos to our website, and the League will award a prize for the best photo each week. The photos can be submitted to the League email at email@example.com.
Here is a brief introduction from Vice President of Softball, Steve Penz: https://youtu.be/rUGHWEzThw8
Here are the drills for the weeks of March 23 and April 1, with select demonstrations by Nolan Andresen (11U Baseball), Forrest Wright (11U Baseball) and Anna Penz (12U Softball):
Congrats to Coach Frommeyer for winning with this photo in our player development program!
We will provide a credit to the Highland Ball Gear store of your choice.
Coach Frommeyer demonstrates proper use of PPE
Photo of the Week June 23 - June 30
MBT USA bat stamp rules: 9U-14U: All bats must have the new USA stamp (unless using a -3 BBCOR bat). 15’s can use a BBCOR bat or wood bat.
9-U, 10-U, 11-U,
Bats must be 2 1/4" with unlimited weight differential or bats 2 5/8" and have a -11 differential or less (i.e. 31 inches in length – 20.0 oz.)
14-U & 15A
Bats must be 2 5/8" with a -5 or less differential
Bats must be 2 5/8” with a -3 or less differential
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Contact us at HighlandBall@gmail.com. E-mails will be returned in 2-3 business days. If you need to reach someone with urgency, please contact a league commissioner directly.
Little League & Babe Ruth Baseball, Ford Fields: Cleveland Avenue S. and W. Montreal
Little League Softball, Nova: 1168 W. Montreal
Hi-Mac Developmental, Groveland: West of Groveland Rec Center, St. Clair and Cleveland