*We would like to reach out to anyone interested in becoming an umpire with our park. This offer is to anyone whether you have experience or not. Training for new/ experienced umpires starts in early January. If interested, send your information to LHBRBpresident@yahoo.com and we will forward to the Umpire Association President.*
Thank you for considering Lakeland Highlands Babe Ruth Baseball (LHBRB) for your next Baseball Season!
We are a growing baseball community in the heart of Lakeland and are excited that you are here! Below, you will find plenty of information that will answer all of your questions. If there is any information that you are looking that you find is missing, please feel free to email us at LHBRBpresident@yahoo.com Again, Welcome!
Pete Roberson moved to Highland City in 1977 with a dream. With his love for baseball and his community, Pete and a few other gentlemen such as, Mr. Gene Henderson, Mr. James Pervatt and Mr. Tommy Mann saw the dream through. In the late 90's Hershel Thompson took over as the President of the park and continued to push for excellence. The park received a new concession stand. Lakeland Highlands Babe Ruth Baseball was selected as Polk County's "Park Of The Year" in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2019!
Lakeland Highlands Babe Ruth Baseball is committed to keeping this dream alive by providing the best possible experience for our players and their families.
-Registration Opens: It's already open, register now by clicking on the link above!
-Assessments: Week of Jan 10th, 2022
-Practices Start: Week of Jan 17th, 2022
-Registration Closes: Sunday January 9th, 2022
-Opening Ceremonies: Saturday, February 19th, 2022
-Picture Day: TBD
-Closing Ceremonies: TBD
*Other events can be added through-out the Season. Please check back for updates regularly.*
-Coach Pitch/Tball: Monday Jan 10th, 2022 6pm Field 1
-Rookie: Tuesday, Jan 11th, 2022 6pm Field 1
-Minors: Thursday Jan 13th, 2022 6pm Field 3
-Majors: Friday Jan 14th, 2022 6pm Field 2
-Prep: Monday, Jan 10th, 2022 6pm Field 4
-Instructional: No Assessments, players are randmonly placed upon a team and contacted by their Team Manager before Practice Starts.
-Seniors: Season by Season. If we have enough to play, we will open that division. Please email the league at LHBRBpresident@yahoo.com if you are intersted in playing in the Seniors Division.
Whatever your Child's age is on May 1st, 2022 will determine the league they play in for the Spring 2022 Season regardless of what their age is when you sign them up.
-Instructional T-Ball: 3 and 4 year olds
-Coach Pitch/T-Ball: 5 and 6 year olds
-Rookie (machine pitch): 7 and 8 year olds
-Minors: 9 and 10 year olds
-Majors: 11 and 12 year olds
-Prep: 13 - 15 year olds
-Seniors: 16 - 18 year olds (you can be 17, and turn 18 during the season to be eligible to play Seniors, but not sign up already as an 18 year old for liability reasons)
So, if you have a child who is 8 now, but turns 9 on March 25th (as an example) then they play in the Minors Division, not in the Rookie Division since on May 1st they would be 9.
Conversely, if your child is 6 now, and they turn 7 on May 2nd 2022 , then they are more than welcome to still play in the Coach Pitch/T-ball Division instead of moving up to the Rookie Division.
These Age Requirements are what our park follows for the Spring and Fall Seasons.
As always, as a parent if you want to pull your child “up” to play in an older division, that is up to you! Each situation will be on a case by case basis between the parents and the league in determining if this is best for the child and league. However if you pull up, you cannot move back down until the season is complete.
The best way to explain each Division is to head on over to our “rules” section, and read them! A quick overview is:
-Instructional: Is for 1st time or very young 3 and 4 year olds. They learn the basics of the game. They use “throw down” bases on a real baseball field to shorten the base paths. Offensively each team will bat every player 2xs. Runs scored and outs are not counted. Players hit off a Tee. Defensively, you try to get as many outs as you can, teaching correct baseball fundamentals. There are no Umpires in Instructional.
-Coach Pitch/T-Ball : Is for 5 and 6 year olds. The coach will throw the 1st 2 pitches to the batter from his knee or sitting on a bucket approximately half-way between the pitcher's mound and home plate. If the batter is not successful at putting either ball into play, they will then get to use a Tee. If they fail to put the ball into play on their 1st swing off the Tee, but make contact with the ball, then they get one more swing. If they miss the ball completely on their 1st swing, or fail to put the ball into play on their 2nd attempt, they are out. Runs scored and Outs are kept in this division.
-Rookie: Is for 7 and 8 year olds, and the 1st time they get to hit a ball thrown from a pitching machine. They get 4 good pitches to put the ball into play, otherwise it will be considered a strikeout.
-Minors: Is for 9 and 10 year olds and is where the kids begin to pitch themselves, and can begin to learn how to steal.
-Majors: Is for 11 and 12 year olds where the kids stealing becomes more advanced, as well as the pitching; paying attention to pick-offs, balks and pitch selection.
-Prep: Is for 13 to 15 year olds and is as close as possible to pure baseball rules with few modifications.
-Seniors: Is for 16 to 18 year olds and follow pure baseball rules. More than likely this will include travel to other ballparks within Polk County and beyond.
-Coach Pitch/Tball: $65
*Late fees will apply if you sign up after the original sign up session has expired*
-League Dues: All league dues are to be paid prior to being placed on a team. League dues are paid via the website with a Debit/Credit Card only. No cash accepted. If extenuating circumstances exist, please do not hesitate to reach out to the League President to discuss. No child should be left behind.
-Game Days will be: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri. 2 games a week for 8 weeks.
16 Games per season, plus Opening Ceremonies, and either the 1 or 2 Week Tournaments, depending on the Season.
-Practices: Will be 1x on either Mon, Tues, Thurs, or Fri, and 1x on Saturday. Practices during the week start at either 6pm or 730pm, and on Saturday can start anytime from 9am thru the end of the day. Each Practice is approximately an hour long leaving enough time to clear the fields for the next team.
2 Practices a week until the season starts. Once the season starts, practices are Saturday only. Days and Times of practices are decided by the Volunteer Managers, with special consideration given to the younger players and earlier time slots first.
-Uniforms: The league will provide you with a League Shirt and Hat. Your Manager will determine the color of the Pants, Belt and Socks to wear.
End of Season Tournament
-Spring: is a 2 week, double elimination tournament.
-Fall: is a 1 week, single elimination Tournament.
Seeding for the End of Season Touraments will be determined by the end of Week 7 Standings. The end of Week 7 will also determine the Home Run Champions for the appropriate divisions.
-Rain-out Games: are not made up. If it becomes that we have excessive games lost to weather conditions, we will revisit this! All Rain out games will be communicated around 4:30PM on Gameday via Email/Facebook/Text message/SSU app.
-Communication: is Important! We will communicate throughout the season with you through the SSU app, Email, Text Messages and Facebook. Make sure you have Text Messages enabled in your SSU account!
-Board Meetings: 1st Wednesday of each month, 630PM in the Boardroom! All are welcome!
-All Stars: More info to come soon
-Sponsorships: Head on over to our Sponsors tab for more info!
What are the Following?
-Opening Ceremonies: Where we take a moment to honor our past and look forward to our future! We recognize our Board of Directors, our Teams and our Sponsors! Then we Play Ball!
-Closing Ceremonies: Where we take a moment to thank our players and teams once more, and recognize our Division Champions! In the Fall we recognize our “Rising Stars”, and let them play one more game of baseball; and in the Spring we recognize our All Stars as they get ready to represent our park in the State Tournament!
-Work Day: Each Friday before Opening Ceremonies where we come together to make sure our park is looking good! Always involves light work, so come ready to serve! Time TBD.
-Volunteers: We are always looking for Volunteer Managers, Coaches, Team Parents! The Manager is the team lead, the Coaches will assist, and the Team Parent will help in the dugout and organize fundraisers, snack schedules, etc. Anyone in contact with a player on the field must be Coaching Certified and have a background check at a minimum. All Managers are required to get a Team Sponsor for each season as well. See Sponsorship letter for more info.