Homewood Baseball and Softball is one of the premier youth sports organizations in the Chicago Area. Established in 1951, our volunteer organization has grown to one of the largest Baseball, Softball, and T-ball organizations in the area.
HBSL COVID 19 Statement – Updated August 14, 2020
A member of a Ripken B baseball team tested positive for COVID 19 today, and the members of that team have been contacted. Based on the protocols established by our league, the entire team will be quarantined for 14 days, ending August 28, 2020. Members of the team, and those who have been in close contact with them, should quarantine at home, monitor for symptoms and get tested if symptoms appear. Close contact is defined as being within six feet of an individual who has tested positive for COVID 19 for more than 15 minutes.
Homewood Baseball and Softball League established rules and guidelines at the beginning of the season to allow for single team quarantine in situations like this. These guidelines, including social distancing, no mixing of teams and persistent sanitation practices, as outlined by Illinois’ youth sports guidelines, provide a low risk for individuals to come into close contact with one another.
HBSL will continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide updates to the league as needed. For more information, please email email@example.com.
HBSL COVID-19 STATEMENT - UPDATED 7/30/20
You may have heard or read that Governor Pritzker has enacted some new guidelines for youth sports, and we wanted to send an update to you to let you know where HBSL stands based on these new recommendations.
The short story is that our in-house, recreational league WILL NOT be affected, as we are already doing everything that the new recommendations ask.
The new guidelines will take effect 8/15, and ask that youth sports like ours follow a stricter set of guidelines, which are delineated sport by sport. Baseball and softball fall into the least regulated category, which is referred to as 'lower risk.' For sports in this category, we are currently doing everything we need to do to continue playing. These activities include keeping players six feet apart in dugouts, disinfecting gear and keeping practice and game records to be used for contact tracing, if needed.
HBSL will continue to monitor and follow national, state and local guidelines as they apply to our in-house league. We will also reevaluate our travel team schedules to fall in line with the guidelines, as appropriate.
Thank you for continuing to follow the guidelines set by HBSL and for continuing to support our league.
HBSL Board of Directors
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HBSL MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is to create a fun, competitive and fair environment for players of all ages and abilities to improve their skills and build lifelong friendships through sport.
Our nearly 70-year history in Homewood was built though volunteerism, dedication and pride in creating a sense of community and nurturing a healthy love of the game.
HBSL VISION STATEMENT
Retain and grow the league while continuing to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of the community and youth sports. As a board, continue to represent the league in its entirety and remain the oldest and largest youth baseball and softball program in the south suburbs of Chicago.
Player growth: Helping each child grow their individual skill set, leadership skills and understanding of being a member of a team
Sportsmanship: Teaching coaches, players and parents the value of playing hard, playing fair, respecting umpires and playing for the benefit of the team
Competition: Providing appropriate competition for children of all skill levels
Volunteerism: Building a league around our volunteer(s) (coaches, board members, commissioners and concession stand workers) that fosters a sense of community and friendship among our players, families and friends
Heritage: We have built the largest and oldest baseball and softball league in the south suburbs of Chicago based on the strength of our people, our neighborhood and our fields.