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Hudson Booster baseball and softball registration continues; many options

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sports River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

The Hudson Boosters offer two types of programs for baseball and softball: in-house and traveling. New this year, the Hudson Booster in-house programs will be determined by current grade of player at registration versus the age of the player. The boys' baseball in-house programs are: T-ball (Pre-K -5 years old and kindergarten), boys' machine pitch 1 (first grade), boys' machine pitch 2 (second grade), Junior League (third and fourth grades), Senior League (fifth and sixth grades), and Major League (seventh and eighth grades). For baseball players in the ninth - 12th grades, there is an opportunity to play in-house level baseball through the Maplewood Athletic Association.

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The girls in-house programs are: T-ball (Pre-K -5 years old and kindergarten), girls' machine pitch (first and second grades), junior fast pitch (third and fourth grades), senior fast pitch (fifth and sixth grades), and major fast pitch (seventh-12th grades).

This year there will not be a registration night as in years past. All registrations need to be completed online at www.hudsonboosters.net. Registration deadline for in-house programs is April 15.

The in-house programs that have players in third grade and above have an end-of-year tournament. T-ball, boys' machine pitch 1&2, girls machine pitch, and the Challenger programs do not have an end of year tournament, and are considered learning leagues with a high emphasis on learning the basics of the game of baseball or softball rather than the final score of the game.

The Hudson Booster Challenger league is an opportunity for players with special needs to participate in a summer baseball program. Reduced injury factor equipment is used, and the field, facilities, and equipment are set up so that all players can participate in this program. There are no grade restrictions for the Challenger League.

The purpose of the Hudson Booster Traveling program is to provide an opportunity for players to continue to develop their skills, and to play with and against players of similar ability. Regularly scheduled games are played during the week, with approximately one-half of those games being played in Hudson. Away games are in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, with many being in the east metro region. Tournaments are limited, and usually played on the weekends. Players must sign up for either a traveling team or the in-house program. There is no going back and forth between programs. However, if a player does not make a traveling team, he or she can play in the in-house program providing there is a league for the player's age. And they will have the opportunity to play on a tournament team that plays approximately three tournaments during the summer against teams from Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Tournament teams are for kids not making a traveling team, just interested in playing more or not sure if a competitive team is right for them.

Tryouts for the girls traveling softball teams will be Saturday, March 30, at the Knowles Center in River Falls. The schedule is:

  • 10U 8 - 9:30 am, Register at 7:30 a.m.
  • 12U 9:30 - 11:30, Register at 9 a.m.
  • 14U 11:30 - 1:30, Register at 11 a.m.
  • 16U 1:30 - 3:30, Register at 1 p.m.
  • 18U TBD

    Tryouts for the boys traveling baseball teams will be Saturday, March 16, at the Knowles Center in River Falls. The schedule is:

  • 10 & 11 year-olds 8 - 11 a.m. Register at 7:30 a.m.
  • 12 & 13 year-olds 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Register at 10:30 a.m.
  • 14 year-olds 1-3 p.m., Register at 1:30 p.m.
  • 15 & older TBD.

    The boys traveling program is headed by Craig Jilek at jilekct@hudson.k12.wi.us or (715) 381-3683. The girls traveling program is headed by Greg Berg at greg.berg@yahoo.com or (715) 441-3255. Questions for in-house boys program contact Scott Cameron at scott.cameron@andersencorp.com or and for girls in-house contact Chris Jones at chrisjones3854@yahoo.com or (612) 618-0226.

    The cost for the in-house programs, except T-ball and the Challenger League, is $90 per participant. T-ball cost is $60 per participant, while the Challenger program is completely sponsored by the Hudson Boosters. The traveling team fee is $315 plus $25 tryout fee per participant. Parents should fill out one application form per child.

    There is no guarantee of playing if the registration is received after May 1 for the in-house program, or after try-outs in the traveling program. A full refund will be given to those who drop out of the program before April 15. A 50 percent refund will be given to those who drop out between April 15 and May 1. No refunds will be granted after May 1 without the consent of the Hudson Booster baseball-softball commissioner. As in the past, the Hudson Boosters offer financial aid to our programs upon request. Financial aid requests are handled with the utmost of confidentiality.

    For more information about the Hudson Booster program, or to request financial aid, contact Bill Junco at bbjunco@baldwin-telecom.net or (715) 441-2775 or e-mail the Hudson Boosters at HudsonBoosters@yahoo.com. For further information about the Hudson Booster baseball and softball programs, go to www.hudsonboosters.net

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