BHKLL sponsors baseball teams in the highly competitive Westchester Putnam Baseball Association (WPBA) travel league. All players of Little League ages 9 - 12 who participate in either the spring recreation AAA or Majors divisions are eligible to tryout and play in our travel program.
The goal of our program is to:
1.Provide an opportunity for talented players to further develop their skills
2.Expand players knowledge of the game
3.Gain players experience competing at a very high level
4.Teach players about sportsmanship & how to be a productive team member
Players are selected to represent teams in each of the four age groups after an open tryout in the fall. Each coach will select anywhere between 10 to 12 players per team. Once teams are formed, there will be an optional (but highly recommended) 8 - 10 week winter clinic starting in February. Outdoor practices start in April and run concurrently with our spring recreation league.
The regular summer travel season begins with tournament play over the Memorial Day weekend and will end the first week in August. The fall season starts just after Labor Day and runs through mid-October. Each season will extend an additional week if any of our teams qualify for the playoffs.
If your child makes the team, we anticipate him / her playing in approximately 18 games during the summer and another 12 games during the fall. In addition to the scheduled games, there will be a minimum of one weekly practice. Players’ parents are expected to actively support this commitment. Vacations for summer players and their families are typically taken after the season concludes in mid-August. Please seriously weigh this commitment as your son or daughter is being considered for the team.
Tryouts & Selection Process
Tryouts will be organized and run by BHKLL and the players will be evaluated by the travel coaching staffs. There are NO pre-picked positions on these teams including returning players. The best representative players will be selected for their ability. Beyond the commitment expected, there are often questions about playing time and position play. While everyone gets to play, equal playing time is not guaranteed. The head coaches have discretion over the lineup, positions and substitution of players.
Approximately half of our games (10 during the summer and 6 during the fall) are played at our home field in Bedford Hills and the remaining half at away sites that require drives of 15 – 45 minutes. Players are expected to arrive one hour prior to the start of the game.
There is no fee for the tryout but the anticipated cost per player is @ $350 - $400 for summer league play and an additional $200 - $250 for the fall. The optional winter clinic costs @ $200. The summer and fall program costs include insurance, league and umpire fees, baseballs, uniforms, tournament play, field maintenance and utilities.
•Team tryouts take place in the fall – typically the last weekend in October
•Pro Swing winter clinic practices start in February
•Team outdoor practices begin in April (minimum 1 per week)
•Summer travel begins with participation in pre-season Memorial Day weekend tournament
•WPBA league games start on or about June 20th
•Summer games are played on weekday evenings (typically 2 per week) and on weekends (1or 2 , day or night)
•Summer season ends on or about August 15th (including playoffs)
•Fall season begins the weekend after Labor Day.
•Fall games are played on weekends (occasional Friday night game under the lights may be scheduled)
•Fall season ends the third week in October (including playoffs)