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HLBB Play-Off Tournament

Bolton Youth Baseball is part of a larger regional league with the neighboring towns of Harvard, Lancaster,
Berlin and Bolton Baseball League (HLBB). During the last week of the season the HLBB holds its play-off tournament to determine the league champion.  It is a double-elimination tournament meaning that if your team looses two games it is eliminated from the play-offs. Tournament rankings are based upon the league standings from season to season.

Depending on how many games you win and your tournament rankings you could be playing a game just about every night of the week during the final week of the season. The location of the game changes from game to game and depends on the rank of the team you are facing. Typically once the tournament starts you will receive notification of the next day’s schedule the night before the game is played. or a schedule can be view on-line.  Parents need to watch the web site and email carefully to learn about the time and location of the next tournament game.

Once the tournament begins games must be played on the day they are scheduled and cannot be rescheduled FOR ANY REASON other than bad weather. As a result players must make every effort to attend all games. Teams that cannot field enough players must select from the minor leagues replacement players. 

During the tournament all tournament rules apply. Parents please keep in mind that the purpose of the tournament is to win the championship for the team and as such you players playing time may vary from what they typically receive during the regular season. 



Little League World Series Tournament

 
Little League Baseball, Inc. holds its annual Little League World Series Tournament every year starting with local district tournaments in June leading to the Little League World Series in August held in Williamsport, Va. (You may have seen them on T.V.).  Each year Bolton Youth Baseball sends it’s a tournament team to the district tournament.
 

The Bolton Little League World Series Tournament Team will be selected in a process with input from the regular season coaches.  The process is presiced over by the league Tournament Director and league President.  The team coaches who are appointed by the league President. 

There are no “tryouts”.  A players’ performance during the baseball season and HLBB playoff games are essentially the tryouts. The coaches select the team based on several factors including attitude, talent, position, enthusiasm, and love of the game. The coaches will contact the players/parents directly after the team roster has been set, some time shortly after the HLBB playoff games. Only 12-14 players make the team depending on depth of talent and how many coaches are desired my the manager (12 players allows 2 coaches while 13-14 players allows 3 coaches).

 
The tournament has a much different atmosphere than the regular season games you may have experienced. Each game is important as it is a double elimination tournament.  The talent is exceptional and consistent for all the teams. Several years ago a team from our district, Jesse Burkett Little League from Worcester, nearly won the World Series losing in the United States Championship game. Depending on our team's success, we could be playing baseball all summer!  Emphasis is still on having fun but a strong focus is on achieving the goal of winning the tournament for the town of Bolton. 
 
 
 
The benefit of this tournament is that the players get to learn a lot about the game in a short time frame, experience baseball in a highly competitive atmosphere, and get a sense of accomplishment, whether we win or lose. Parents get to see a great brand of baseball and be proud of their player's accomplishments. 
 
 
 
Since we have a short time to prepare the team, prior to the tournament practice will be frequent and sometimes may last over 2 hours. Coaches expect the team to be on time, to hustle, to be enthusiastic, and to listen during the demonstrations. Players are expected to attend all practices and games. Parents and players need to understand that we cannot play everyone all the time. During games players must play a minimum of 2 innings and bat once.   Some players may only play the minimum amount while others may play the entire game.  The focus is on doing what is best for the team.  The games usually dictate playing time.
 
 
Players presented with the opportunity to play on the tournament team need to understand that there are more players wanting to be part of the team than there are spots on the roster and therefore they have a responsibility to make the most of their opportunity.  If for any reason a parent feels that a player cannot meet the obligations as stated above or feel that the tournament environment is not for their player they should let the coach know prior to the start of practice so that another player can be selected for the roster. 


U9-U12 Summer Tournaments

Teams are generally comprised by the top half of players within an age group and are constructed through a combination of Spring-coach feedback and/or possible tryouts.  For each age bracket, there are generally one or two “select” teams competing against other towns through a series of tournaments.  Generally BYB fields at least a U12 All-Star and a U10 All-Star team but others teams may also be assembled based on player, tournament and coach availability.  The summer tournament season generally runs from late June through late July.

Player selection will be based on a combination of performance during the regular season, the
judgment of BYB managers of the players’ ability to perform at "tournament level." (Note: “tournament level” is meant to convey that players will be able to achieve a level of competitive success, while also being placed in a situation where there are not safety concerns due to the advanced speed and level of play typical of a tournament environment) and/or possible player tryouts.

Tournament team players are expected to attend all practices and games.  Parents and players need to understand that we cannot play everyone all the time.  Some players may only play the minimum amount while others may play the entire game. The focus is on doing what is best for the team.

  Players presented with the opportunity to play on the tournament team need to understand that there are more players wanting to be part of the team than there are spots on the roster and therefore they have a responsibility to make the most of their opportunity. If for any reason a parent feels that the player cannot meet the obligations as stated above or feel that the tournament environment is not for their player they should let the coach know prior to the start of practice so that another player can be selected for the roster. 

A fee may be levied to players to cover the additional cost incurred by entering tournament baseball.

For summer tournament play, Bolton Youth Baseball (BYB) is structured into the following play levels:

Summer District and Tournament Teams

Team Name

Ages

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U15

15-13

Plays in one or more invitational tourneys (Northborough and/or Mansfield)

U14

14-13

Plays in one or more invitational tourneys (Northborough and/or Mansfield)

U13

13

Plays in one or more invitational tourneys (Northborough and/or Mansfield)

U12 All-Star

11/12

Bolton’s (District 4) entry in the national Little League tournament.  May play in additional tournaments.

U12

11/12

Additional U12 team depending upon the interest level.  May play in one or more invitational tourneys (Northborough, Hopkinton, Holden, Chelmsford, Hudson or BayState).

U11

11

Competes in one or more invitational tourneys (Mansfield, Chelmsford or Hudson)

U10 All-Star

9/10

U10 team competes in one or more invitational tourneys (Clinton, Hopkinton, Holden, Oxford, Auburn, Chelmsford, Hudson or BayState)

U10

9/10

Additional U10 team depending upon the interest level.  May play in one or more invitational tourneys.

U9

9

Competes in one or more invitational tourneys (Northborough, Shrewsbury, Chelmsford or Hudson)