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Welcome to Hamel Baseball

Who

Hamel Athletic Club (Hamel Baseball) was founded in 1926 and has been an active part of the community ever since.   We have grown from 300 kids in 2008 to over 600 kids as of 2021.  
 
We are affiliated with both Little League International (ages 4-12) and the Metro Baseball League (ages 13+).  We strive to provide youth in the City of Medina and surrounding areas with a quality baseball program that promotes teamwork, self-esteem, and skill development.  Our program stresses the following:
 
  • Fun – we want kids to enjoy coming to baseball practices, games, and to develop a lifelong love for the game.
  • Age - appropriate baseball skills – Learning how to play the game the right way (which includes fundamentals as well as strategy).
  • Respect – for the game, coaches, teammates, umpires, opponents, and spectators.
  • Teamwork and Self-esteem - every player contributes to a team’s success.
  • Sportsmanship - learning how to be good winners and losers
What
We provide baseball programs for  ages 4-13+ in the following divisions:
  • Tee Ball – Ages 4-5
  • Coach Pitch – Ages 6-7
  • Rookie League - Ages 7-8
  • Minor League – Ages 9-11
  • Major League – Ages 11-12
  • MBL Travel - Ages 13+
Where

Our primary field locations are at Hamel Legion Park and Hunter Lions Park where we rent six baseball fields and a green space from the City of Medina.   We pay the city an annual fee for the use of the fields, the concession stand, and bathrooms.  The city is responsible for mowing grass; we are responsible for the maintenance of all of the fields (grooming, chalking).  Funding for field improvements (e.g., scoreboards, dugouts, bullpens, batting cages, etc.) is the sole responsibility of Hamel Baseball.  The city may partner with Hamel Baseball and provide some funding on a case-by-case basis.

Please see the “Registration” section for more information on Hamel Baseball's residence and/or school boundary. 

When
 

Little League (ages 4-12) 

Many constraints are placed on the length of our season, particularly the spring weather.  We aim to start in mid-April for Majors and Minors, and the first week of May for Tee Ball, Coach Pitch, and Rookie (Machine Pitch). 

Evaluations (Majors and Minors Divisions only)

Evaluations for players age 9-12 occurs in mid-March.  Player drafts and team formation occurs in early April.  See the "About" page for Minors and Majors and the "Evaluations" page for more information.

Regular Season

The Regular Season is family / cabin-friendly, with little to no Fri-Sun play for a majority of the season. Potential exceptions may occur in order to make up games cancelled due to inclement weather or for a tournament, such as the season-ending Hamel Jamboree or a Majors tournament against other District 1 teams.  We make every effort to ensure a healthy balance between baseball and family time during the spring and summer.  The Regular Season ends on a late June weekend with the Hamel Jamboree.

All-Stars

All-Star (ages 9-12 only) practices for those nominated coincide with the regular season and typically occur on weekends in June.  Game play begins with the District Tournament shortly after July 4th and ends the first weekend of August.  See the "About > Tournament Overview" page for more information.  

Other Seasons

"Second seasons" for certain divisions may take place in late summer/fall based on interest.  Offerings vary year to year.

Offseason Training

We provide opportunities for offseason training at local providers in order for our players to sharpen their skills.  Clinics typically run from the beginning of January through mid-March.  

MBL (ages 13+) 

Tryouts

Tryouts for MBL teams occur in September of the year preceding the season in order for team formation to occur and to ensure player commitment.  Hamel Baseball strives not to cut any player, however, based on numbers, cuts may have to be made if there are not enough players to form multiple teams.

Season

The season begins in mid-April, weather permitting.  Teams play weekday games against other area teams, and enroll in select weekend tournaments (typically 3-5 per season).  The season ends with the MBL State Tournament, if team(s) qualify, in July.

Offseason Training

We provide opportunities for offseason training at local providers in order for our players to sharpen their skills.  Clinics typically run from the beginning of January through mid-March.

How

Leadership
Hamel Baseball is run by a Board of Directors, all of which are volunteers.   Additionally, several other positions are in place to oversee various aspects of the operations of the organization.   With the rapid growth of our program and the changes we are trying to make to enhance our program and facilities, there are additional spots available for others to participate in the leadership of the organization.  Please contact any member of the Board if interested.

Funding
Hamel Athletic Club was granted 501(c)3 status in 2010 by the IRS and is a tax-exempt organization. The program is funded by player registration fees as well as the generous support of local businesses who provide capital sponsorship as well as team sponsorship funding.