Harrisburg Youth Athletics partners with the Harrisburg Township Park District providing recreational and travel baseball and softball as well as recreational flag football to the surrounding communities. Come join in on the fun.
2020 HYA Notices
HYA Baseball/Softball Updates
5/31/2020 - Harrisburg Youth Athletics has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Recreation Baseball & Softball Leagues. Concerns about the health and safety of participants, volunteers, and all community members were at the forefront of all the decisions. Information from the Restore Illinois Plan was also used as guidance in making decisions. Refund information is listed below.
5/3/2020 - Harrisburg Youth Athletics continues to monitor the updates and guidelines issued by the State of Illinois on youth sports activities and social gatherings. We also continue to have dialog with the Harrisburg Township Park District on when their facilities might start to reopen. Based on the current information available, at this time we are issuing the following update:
HYA Baseball & Softball Programs - HYA has made the decision to suspend all activities through the end of May. The season has NOT been canceled at this time. The HYA Board will meet again on May 31, 2020 to reassess the situation and circumstances related to COVID-19. The health, safety, and well-being of all our children, families, volunteers, and other community members is the top priority of HYA. We hope to launch a revised 2020 baseball/softball season as soon as state and local health officials provide direction and guidance that we can safely host the expected experience in a safe environment. Thank you for your patience and continued support during these challenging times. The potential for a canceled season and refunds will be discussed at the May 31, 2020 Board Meeting. More updates will be available June 1, 2020.
4/6/2020 - At the HYA Board Meeting on April 5, 2020 it was decided to cancel all practices in April and cancel Picture Day on May 2nd. At the May 3, 2020 HYA Board Meeting the Board will reevaluate the situation and decide how to proceed with the baseball/softball season at that time.
3/26/2020 - Your coach will notify you when practices will begin.
The HYA Umpires/Coaches Meeting for March 29th at 2:00 PM has been cancelled.
HYA is not cancelling the baseball/softball season at this time.Weekly and/or daily decisions to postpone practices and/or games will be made as we continue to take the coronavirus circumstances into consideration and as more information becomes available.Please check our webpage www.harrisburgpark.net/HYA and the park Facebook page www.facebook.com/harrisburgparkdistrict/ for updates. If you have any questions please contact the park office at 618-252-2111.
Blake Emery, President Damian Morris, Vice President Heidi Flannery, Secretary Evan Denbow
Nathan Moore Cameron Rumsey
Meetings: First Sunday of each month at 7 PM at the Harrisburg Park Office. Exact Meeting dates are listed below. Contact Blake Emery at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to be put on the agenda.
2020 HYA Board Meeting Dates:
January 5, February 9, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 12, August 2, September 12, October 4, November 1, December 6
Harrisburg Youth Athletics (HYA) was formed in 1994. Prior to 1994, Harrisburg had two separate youth athletic organizations, the Kiwanis and Khoury League. The Kiwanis was an in-town league that stressed having fun while playing baseball or softball. Khoury League was a traveling venue that stressed competition and took a more serious attitude toward softball and baseball. The two distinct programs did not work hand in hand and while they were fine programs, did not bring together the community. In fact, there were often debates on which program was better for Harrisburg. In 1994, several community leaders got together and thought about how they could improve community support in relation to the summer sports programs. From this meeting came the idea to combine the two programs and not only strengthen community relations but also our summer athletic programs. The Harrisburg Youth Athletic Summer League was formed. HYA combined the best from each program. An in-town league (for youth that simply want to enjoy playing ball) and a travelling program (for those that took the game more seriously) were formed. HYA decided to affiliate with the Pony Organization. This organization offers structured formats for the in-town leagues and stiff competition for the traveling teams. The success of this program has become quite evident by the success of our school baseball and softball programs.
The main goal of HYA is to ensure that every boy and girl has an equal chance at playing and enjoying a sports program. The success of HYA is not depended upon one or two select players but rather every youth in the program. Every youth in the program is seen as equally important.
Coaches are very integral parts of sports. They provide leadership role models for our youth. HYA tries to provide the most qualified and capable person in that role. Character, leadership abilities, and an enjoyment of sports are determining factors in choosing coaches.
Parents are the biggest influence upon our youth of today. Parents conduct must be exemplary. How our children see us can be a forewarning on how our children will act. We urge all parents of participating youth to take an active interest in the program. This interest can be as a coach or simply supporting your child’s team. We also urge that every parent take the time to help your child, whether it is talking to them about attitudes and effort or playing catch in the back yard. This time that is taken will mean a lot to your child and may bring pleasant memories in the years to come.
Youth play a very important role in the success of our programs. We expect the youth to conduct themselves in a mannerly fashion. We also expect the youth to respect their coaches, teammates, umpires, and people attending the games. We hope that by setting positive examples as adults our children will follow suit. We would also like to remind everyone that without the youth there would be no HYA.
Open to all boys and girls in 1st through 6th grade.
Games are held every Saturday and there is one or two practices per week.
See the Registration Info page for more detailed information.
There are 3 leagues:
1st & 2nd Grade
3rd & 4th Grade
5th & 6th Grade
Coaches are needed. Contact the Harrisburg Township Park Office at 618-252-2111 or email@example.com if you are interested.
HYA does not schedule practices. The fields for practice are available at a first come first serve basis and it is up to the coach on when to practice. If the fields are crowded please only use half the field and let another team use the other half.
Forms will be sent to the school for all Pre-K through 6th grade students on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Sign-ups for HYA baseball and softball recreation league program will run from January 21, 2020 through February 22, 2020. There will be absolutely no late sign-ups allowed. Last day for registration is Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Registration Forms can be picked up and turned into the Park Office Monday - Friday from 8AM to 4PM starting January 21, 2020. Please call or email the Park Office for more information at 618-252-2111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Flag Football
Open to all boys and girls: 1st through 6th grade.
Registration will end Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Noon. Teams will be picked Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Park Community Room. Fees: $40 per child Season: September 12, 2020 - October 17, 2020. Games are held every Saturday during this time.
There are 3 leagues: 1st & 2nd Grade 3rd & 4th Grade 5th & 6th Grade
Registration Forms can be picked up and turned into the Park Office Monday - Friday from 8AM to 4PM. Please call or email the Park Office for more information at 618-252-2111 or email@example.com.
Harrisburg Youth Athletics is supported by volunteers and local business and organizations. The strong support of our community and businesses is what makes HYA possible. Please help HYA in any way you can to help support the youth of our community.
Sponsorship Opportunities: Baseball & Softball Team Sponsor $350
Field Sponsor $500
Flag Football Team Sponsor $150
Donation Opportunities: HYA - Kiwanis Annual Radio Auction - Donate Items or Cash Donation
Fundraisers: Hold your own fundraiser with proceeds donated to HYA
Advertisement Opportunities: HYA Baseball & Softball Fence Signs (April to July) $100 per year. Click Here for more information.
Recreation League Baseball and Softball Important Dates
Saturday, February 22, 2020 – Last day for Recreation League Baseball and Softball Registration (8:00 AM to Noon). No late registrations accepted after that date.
Sunday, February 23, 2020 – Coaches Meeting at Park Community Room at 2:00 PM. Anyone interested in being a head coach or assistant coach must attend this meeting. Will discuss rules, new changes, rate the players, and determine the number of teams for each league. If you do not attend this meeting then there is a chance that you will not be selected as a head coach.
Sunday, March 1, 2020 – Head Coaches Meeting at Park Community Room at 2:00 PM to select teams. Coaches that were selected to be Head Coach must attend this meeting. All teams will be selected, rosters completed, sponsors determined, and uniforms ordered. No new teams will be formed after this final selection.
Sunday, March 29, 2020 – Head Coaches Meeting at Park Community Room at 2:00 PM. This meeting is to inform, assist, and train our coaches as we discuss rules, umpires, and concessions. At this meeting coaches will pick up equipment bag, key, practice schedule, and picture day information. This meeting will also include an umpire clinic discussing what is expected from coaches and umpires. No equipment will be handed our prior to this meeting. Head Coaches must attend this meeting. Anyone interested in umpiring must also attend this meeting.
Week of April 1, 2020 – Practices Begin
Week of May 1, 2020 – Games will start and continue through June 27, 2020.
May 2, 2020 - Baseball and Softball Picture Day
Travel League Baseball and Softball Important Dates
Week of June 22 to June 27, 2020 – Travel Team Tryouts for 2021 Travel Teams
Flag Football Important Dates
Saturday, August 22, 2020 – Last day for Flag Football Registration (8:00 AM to Noon). No late registrations accepted after that date.
Sunday, August 23, 2020 – Head Coaches Meeting at Park Community Room at 2:00 PM to select teams. Head Coaches must attend this meeting.
Saturday, September 12, 2020 – Games Begin
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - Flag Football Picture Day
Saturday, October 17, 2020 – Games End
Always check our website at www.harrisburgpark.net/HYA and our Facebook page for updates and information.
921 West Poplar Street , Harrisburg, IL, 62946 US
Phone: 618-252-2111 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Office Hours: Mon-Fri 08:00 AM to 4:00 PM