Spring Season 2016
The Spring Rec League season in Homewood will begin with evaluations for the younger age groups on the afternoon of Sunday, January 31st. There will be no evaluations for age groups 9 and older. The schedule for evaluations is below:
- 5 year olds 1:00-2:00 (fields 7&8)
- 6 year olds 2:15-3:15 (fields 7&8)
- 7 year olds 1:00-2:30 (fields 6&9)
- 8 year olds 3:00-4:30 (fields 9)
Teams will be selected the week following evaluations (week of Feb 1st) and practice schedules will be assigned. The proposed schedule includes a 12 game regular season followed by a single elimination playoff tournament to determine league champion. Key dates for the season are as follows:
- March 5, 2016: Games begin
- March 26 - April 2: Easter/Spring Break (no games)
- April 30: Final Reg Season Games
- May 2-5: Single Elimination Playoffs
Post Season Baseball – (NEW STRUCTURE)
Since last year, there have been some exciting new developments that will ultimately provide more opportunities for kids to continue playing competitive baseball beyond the regular season through May and June. For years, Homewood and 9 other parks around Birmingham organized their post season play (All Stars) through an organization known as Metro Baseball. All Star teams for each age group were selected and each age group would practice throughout May and play a 2 week tournament in June.
Given the evolving nature of youth baseball (rec, competitive, travel ball, etc.), the representative parks of Metro determined it was time to re-structure and enhance the competitive opportunity for baseball in Birmingham. Likewise, “Metro” is being replaced by a new organization that has been formed – Greater Birmingham Baseball Association (GBBA). GBBA is comprised of the following parks: Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, Shades Mountain, Hoover East, Oak Mountain and Trussville.
The primary change in GBBA as compared to the old “Metro” league is that the emphasis will move away from “All-Stars” to more tournament style baseball and offer more games/divisions resulting in a more competitive structure. There will not be a limit on the number of teams from each park that can enter into post-season play. The absence of this limitation will allow the potential for more boys to play additional baseball each year. Following are some details regarding the GBBA post-season:
- Each member park in GBBA will form their respective post-season teams as they choose (details to follow). Players must play in their Rec Season regular season to be eligible for GBBA Post Season play. Rosters will be due by April 15th to begin the scheduling process of qualifying games/tournaments.
- 6 year olds will play in a two week tournament (pool play week 1 / double elimination tournament week 2) held at Hoover East park. Actual dates to be determined but likely will take place the first 2 weeks of June.
- 7/8 year olds: GBBA will host weeknight games and weekend tournaments at GBBA member parks beginning May 7th. Each participating team will be required to play in at least 6 “qualifying games” against other GBBA games. This flexibility will allow each team to better tailor their schedule (i.e. select off weekends, weeknights, etc). Unlike with the earlier All Star format, this will allow teams to accommodate after-school travel plans, for instance. Based on record and performance in these qualifying games, each team will be seeded in a AAA, AA, or A bracket. The championship double elimination tournament will likely take place in the June 13th-19th timeframe.
- 9/10/11/12 year olds: Same as above except each team will be required to play in a minimum of 8 qualifying games. The double elimination tournament for these age groups will likely take place in the June 20th-27th timeframe.
- Organization/Scheduling: A professional organization will be retained to organize and schedule all post season GBBA games/tournaments. This should greatly enhance the tournament experience and lessen the amount of volunteer support required from each member park.
If you have any questions please email Howie Myers.