Is there a cost to try-out for the Hilliard Colts?
There is NO COST to try-out for the Hilliard Colts.
Do I have to live in Hilliard to be able to participate on a Hilliard Colts team?
Yes, you must live in Hilliard or attend Hilliard Schools to be eligible.
What are the fees for the season if my son were to make a team? What does that include?
The total cost for 2017 season fees was $550 (Fees have not been set for 2018) which is THE lowest in Central Ohio. The fees include typically 2 full uniforms (pants, home/away jerseys, belt(s), sock(s), hat) as well as batting helmet and bat bags for new players. Fees also help pay for umpires, tournaments, team equipment and field maintenance.
Are the coaches paid?
No, all of the coaching positions are volunteer and pay the same amount in fees for their son who may be on the team.
How many tryout dates should my son attend?
You should absolutely have your son try-out for at least 2 out of the 3 dates due to the high number of players in attendance - this allows for your son to be evaluated more and increases chances of making a team.
We are looking to schedule our summer vacation, should we wait until after tryouts?
If it’s possible to wait, it is encouraged. However, we do understand vacations are usually pre-scheduled and we try to be as accommodating as possible. Make sure to contact the coach of your age group to discuss with him your options.
What if our son can’t make the specified dates b/c of vacation, etc?
You need to contact the coach for the team/age group for which your son will be trying out and arrange either a time with another age group or a personal tryout date (based on coach’s availability – should be a last resort).
What should my son wear/bring?
Please make sure your son is dressed in baseball attire (baseball pants, t-shirt, athletic supporter, hat and cleats) and bring his baseball mitt, bat and batting helmet (if applicable). Also, make sure to bring plenty of water.
I’m not sure how the age breakdown works. How does it work for my son?
The Player’s age on April 30, 2018 determines the player’s eligible age division for the upcoming 2018 season. This is standard for all baseball teams playing in the league we play in - COYBL (Central Ohio Baseball League) as well as our governing body (Nations Baseball).
What do the teams look like?
We will have 2 to 3 teams at various levels to allow for more players who may be interested in the game and place them accordingly based on their skill level: Colts Red – More advanced team; Colts White – Intermediate Team; Colts Blue(if needed) – Development Team. All three teams will focus on and be instructed on the fundamentals of learning the game of baseball.
Are you traveling all over the state, country? What is the time commitment?
It is likely that a team may travel to another location within the state for possibly an “out of town” tournament, but that is up to the coach as well as the parents. The older age groups usually reserve a “long trip” at the 12U (and up) age group. Teams typically play or practice roughly 2-3 times total per week – which allows for player development and learning the game of baseball. Most teams play between 30-40 games during the season.
In the past, I’ve heard you have a 7U team. Will you be having a 7U team this upcoming season?
Yes, we believe that starting the kids at 7U gives us a great chance to develop kids at an early age. The 7U team will complete against 8U teams throughout the season. This gives them a chance to acclimate to travel baseball and develop.