Who Are the HBA/Colt Travel Teams?
The 7u-13u HBA Travel Teams are all named the Hilliard Colts. Each age group may have up to three teams (Red, White and Blue). The Colts Elite program starts at the 14u age and goes up to 18u.
Who Is Eligible to Play for The Colts?
Only players residing in the Hilliard (Ohio) City School District are eligible to play for the Colts. The Colts Elite teams are able to take players outside of the HCSD to complete their rosters.
How Far Do The Colt Travel Teams Actually Travel?
This is a great question and often misunderstood by parents trying to decide whether to join Colts Baseball. The 7u thru 12u Colt Teams participate in the Central Ohio Youth Baseball League (COYBL) which consists of nearly all Central Ohio communities including Dublin, UA, Pickerington, Gahanna, Powell, Worthington, Grove City and so on. Each team plays home and away games with other community teams in their COYBL division. Each team also plays in several tournaments in and around Central Ohio plus possibly one "out of town" tournament each season. The age of the players is taken into consideration with the amount and distance of travel increasing as the players get older.
How Many Games Do The Colts Plays Each Season?
Our travel teams play an age appropriate schedule which becomes more demanding as the players become older. 7u teams will play 25-30 games a season and the older boys may play around 50 games per season.
How Long Does the Season Last?
For ages 7u - 12u, practice begins late March (weather permitting) and runs through end of June for the younger boys and mid-July for the older age groups. The 13u and 14u teams will start practice and games mid May after they complete there middle school games.
How Often Do Teams Practice?
Each coach sets their own practice and game schedules. Practice and games are maintained at an age appropriate level as both practice/game time and adequate rest tme are key to development of the player.
How Are the Coaches Selected?
The Colts' Executive Committee approves coaches annually based on their baseball knowledge, ability to work with the boys, and organizational skills, along with parental and community comments regarding the individual's character and integrity. All coaches must subject themselves to a background check. The Hilliard Colts coaching staff has a track record of attracting elite coaches - many have played at the collegiate or even professional level which means your child has the opportunity to learn from the best!