The founders of this program built it on a philosophy that includes words like character, responsibility, sportsmanship and teamwork.

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Jim Cregge Youth Umpire Program Now Accepting Applications
by posted 07/02/2020

Now taking Applications for the Jim Cregge Youth Umpire Program (JCYUP). After 25 years of serving the community as a volunteer running a local youth umpire program, Jim Cregge has retired from running the youth umpire program (YUP). The Hopewell Baseball Board believes strongly in this program, and will continue on with it, now named in Mr. Cregge's honor as the JCYUP.
David Sergile will be taking over the application, interview, selection and scheduling process. Scott Hite and Jame Pruett will be taking over the management and training.
Have you noticed the teenagers who umpire the coach pitch leagues of 6U and 8U? We use young women and men aged 14 and up to be the umpires at Bell Memorial Park for boys and girls baseball.
We are looking for young men and women to start with us this fall in the newly formed Jim Cregge Youth Umpire Program run by Hopewell Youth Baseball.
To be eligible, the candidate must be at least 14 years old as of September 1, 2020, must have a minimum of a B average with no more than 1 C, and of course, must have the approval of the parents. We will be taking applications through July 12, 2020.
I am asking all of you who receive this to consider if you, or your son or daughter might be a candidate and to also send this on to others you may know. Knowledge of Baseball and Softball is important but we do offer training and we are looking for a diverse group of talented young people from a diverse background. Our most recent leaders have had a background in golf, swimming, wrestling, theater, band, orchestra, chorus, track, rugby and that “cirque” thing that they do at Milton High School where young people hang upside down (frightens me!). . Previous baseball/softball experience helps but is not mandatory. Our teen supervisors for next season are committed to helping train young people from rising 8th grade up to rising 12th grade. Put simply, if you are a hard worker and committed to learning how to do a job – you are eligible.
The youth umpire program is intended to be a first job for a young person. We teach umpiring, but we also teach life
skills such as how to be an employee, time management, teamwork, professional communication, conflict resolution
and other life skills.
This is a paid position with advancement opportunities.
To earn a position, a candidate must complete a written application in a manner that encourages the interview panel to want a live interview. We will hire the best candidates that apply. Are you the best? APPLY!!!
To apply, the young person (not Mom, not Dad) must send an email to Dave Sergile at to request an application and they must copy their parents on the email to me. We have a strict rule that we will not communicate with a young person unless their parents are part of that communication. This is an advanced picture of the real world! There is a written application, which if you are successful, leads to a live interview before a panel of people, which if you are successful, earns you a job. This process shows a young person a picture of their future - competing for college admission, scholarships and jobs. Historically, 1 in 4 applicants are successful.
This program is starting the 26th year of existence. Many past umpires have gone on to success in their professional
lives, and many have come back to me to let me know the advantage they had a little later in life because of the
training they received from the youth umpire program.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Dave Sergile at
Hopewell Youth Baseball Board
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2020-2021 Hopewell Hawks 8U-13U Travel Team Tryouts
by posted 06/12/2020


What it means to be a Hawk

Hawks teams are comprised of the top players within the Hopewell Youth Baseball and other area programs. It is an increased commitment, and requires year around committment from the player and family. Hawks teams have Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer programming determined independently by each team. Fall programming will include practices and Sunday only tournaments. Winter programming includes indoor practices multiple times per week after Winter break. Spring/Summer programming will include multiple practices per week and 10-12 weekend tournaments (could be Fri-Sun). Many teams will also incoroporate strength, speed and agility training into their programming throughout portions of the year. Players at all Hawks levels are encouraged to play other sports.

Advantages of the Hopewell Hawks Travel Program vs Other Programs

  1. Costs-The Hopewell Hawks program is more affordable for families than other programs, because we aren't trying to make a profit.  There is no nickel and diming to increase profits either. You get exactly what you pay for. This is an extension of the community based Recreation and Select programs that Hopewell offers, and we focus on player development and family experience over how to optimize our revenues and profits. You will receive everything other programs offer, while writing a check 1/3 or less of the size.
  2. Professional Coaching-All Hopewell travel teams have professional coaching included in their budgets.
  3. Facilites-Hopewell has dedicated indoor facilites and field time for our advanced teams. You will not practice with other teams, or be told how much you are allowed to practice.
  4. Scheduling-The Hopewell travel program allows familes and coaches to create a schedule that best fits the needs of the familes and players on their team. Teams have flexibility in scheduling their tournaments, practices, strength, speed and agility training, and any other activities they would like to do. This allows our travel teams to have an experience that best matches the needs of their team. 

Hopewell will be offering multiple travel teams at certain age groups this year. For more information on team distinctions, and levels around our advanced baseball promgramming, please review the information here.

To compete for a spot on one of the Hawks Travel teams at Hopewell, please complete the correct registration below:


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Hopewell Baseball Camps Presented by Windward Academy
by posted 04/28/2020

Registration is Open for 2020 Hopewell Youth Baseball Summer Camps.


Camps are being offered in partnership with, and run by, Howie McCann and Windward Baseball Academy's professional coaching staff. Camps are open to Rising (Spring 2021 Age Group) 7U-12U Players. Anyone else who would like to attend please contact us for additional details. You can register on-line by clicking any of the camps listed below.


Camps Offered

2020 Summer Camp (July 6 - July 9) Presented by Windward Baseball Academy

2020 Summer Camp (July 13 - July 16) Presented by Windward Baseball Academy

2020 Summer Camp (July 20 - July 23) Presented by Windward Baseball Academy

2020 Summer Camp (July 27 - July 30) Presented by Windward Baseball Academy


Weekday camps include 4 DAYS for $200 and run Mon-Thurs from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, with Fri being used as a rainout day. These camps will cover all aspects of being a youth baseball player including fielding, throwing, base-running and hitting. This is a great opportunity for players to keep their baseball skills sharp, stay active and/or prepare for the Fall Recreation and Travel Seasons as well as have a lot of fun with Howie and his great team!


Tell your family and friends about Hopewell Baseball so we can continue to grow and improve this community driven, youth focused program.


We look forward to seeing you at the park this Summer!


As always, please email us directly if you have any questions or issues.


Thank you,

Hopewell Youth Baseball



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