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Updated as of April 1, 2021

HYR Update for Spring/Summer 2021 - No Baseball Season

HYR received word this week from Highland Middle School that JCPS is still not allowing outside groups to host on campus events at JCPS facilities.  We knew this was true 2 months ago at Atherton High School when we had to cancel the spring soccer season.  This week, it was confirmed that is still the case at the big field at Highland Middle.  We have looked into field availability and sizes at other locations and schools in or near the Highlands, and have not been able to secure any locations.  Even if there were enough rental space available in the Metro Parks or other local facilities for hire, the cost of an HYR baseball season would more than triple due to rental costs. 

So with that information, HYR is officially canceling its 2021 baseball season.  We have an agreement with Atherton High School to talk in the summer and assess the feasibility of a fall soccer season.  We will update the website, the HYR Facebook page, and communicate via email by August 1st.  The fall soccer season is typically in September and October. 

We are wishing you all well as many of you return to school and other activities, and we are keeping our fingers crossed that precautions we all continue to take and the increase in the number of vaccines help make conditions favorable for a return to HYR soccer in the fall. 

Be well.

Patrick Fitzgerald

HYR Director

[email protected]


(FROM 2019)

Game Schedule Including Makeup Games

This schedule includes the regularly scheduled Saturday June 29th games plus the makeup games on Sunday game of June 30th.  June 30th was added as a makeup game for the rain out from June 8th.   All games are at Highland Middle School.
Revised Baseball Schedule

HYR Will pass out team photos and awards after each game on Saturday, June 29th. 

HYR Picnic Volunteer Sign Up Below
Volunteer Sign Up

HYR Picnic Flyer Below
Picnic Flyer

HYR Picnic and Potluck June 29, 2019

The picnic is behind the backstop (in the shade) behind the field closest to the school.  Depending on your game times, it will take place before, during and after the baseball games.  We will start prepping the food tables at 10:00 and expect to serve food from around 10:45 AM through 1:30 PM. Depending on your game time, please come early or stay late to break bread with your fellow HYR League families.  Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets.

Please bring a dish to share.  If your last name begins with A through Q, please bring a lunch side.  If your last name begins with S through Z, please bring something sweet.  Please bring food in containers that are well labeled with your name, or ones that can be recycled.  

HYR will provide pulled pork, pulled chicken, sauce, and buns from Mark’s Feed Store, plus plates, utensils, and napkins.  We will also have the big water jugs full.  Please bring your own other beverages or cups for water. 

All of the rosters, practice schedules, and game schedules are posted.  If you do not know your team name, please reach out to Patrick Fitzgerald ([email protected]) .  If you know your team name, you can get your coach's name and all schedule information on the HYR Baseball page.  

Coaches and Practice Schedule:
Many thanks to our volunteer coaches, and I'll make 2 small caveats:  
1. Some teams will have coach by committee of assistant coaches. 
2. Since baseball has three complicated motions that are not all intuitive, (throwing, hitting, and catching with a glove) baseball needs a lot of parents at practices especially to be willing to jump in and help keep the wheels greased. (Meaning everyone is an assistant coach). 

The season begins with practices the week of  May 6th. HYR Baseball and T-ball have one practice per week on a week night at 6 PM.  Although HYR Practices are scheduled to be one hour, there are no schedule conflicts if a team wants to practice longer.  Most Practices will be at Highland Middle School.  During the first couple weeks of the season, some practices will be relocated due to a conflict with the middle school soccer tournament. 
Coach List and Practice Schedule

Here is a link to the Map of Highland Middle School

2019 HYR Team Logos
We carried some of the themes forward from 2019 Spring Soccer.
DIvision 1 is types of birds: Kingfishers and Sandpipers. 
Division 2 is odd modes of transportation: Catamarans, Longboards, RIchshaws, and Trolleys. 
Division 3 is Natural phenomena: Geysers, Gulleywashers, Quicksand, and Vortex. 
Division 4 is professions: Dogcatchers. 
(Because we will be trying a new shirt design in the fall,  we had to use some logos not used this spring that contain soccer balls, so sorry for the branding problem on some shirts.)
2019 HYR Baseball Team Logos

Here is a link to some T-Ball and baseball practice drills

Division 1 T-Ball (Age 5-6) Rules
D1 Rules

Division 2 Baseball (Age 6-7) Rules
D2 Rules

Division 3 Baseball (Age 8-10) Rules
D3 Rules

Division 4 Baseball (Age 11-14) Rules
D4 Rules

All the player needs to provide is a baseball glove that fits them.  HYR provides a shirt and a baseball cap that players receive on opening day.  Players can wear tennis shoes or cleats.  The older they get, cleats become a performance enhancement.  Soccer cleats are fine.  HYR has a bin with recycled cleats we will bring to the field on game days in case you want to check for a pair that fits your player.  Most kids wear shorts, and there tends not to be a ton of sliding into bases.  It is cool when kids bring their own baseball pants, but they are the exception, not the rule. 

All HYR T-Ball and Baseball divisions are co-ed. 

The divisions are:
Division 1: 5 year old T-Ball
Division 2: 6 and 7 year old coach pitch baseball. 
Division 3: 8 and 9 year old coach or machine pitch baseball.
Division 4: 10 through 12 year old coach or machine pitch baseball.

The HYR season fees include a shirt, baseball cap, a team picture and an award. 

Call Patrick Fitzgerald at 502.671.9701 with questions. 

Highlands Community Ministries

1228 East Breckinridge Street 
Louisville, Kentucky 40204
Phone : 502-671-9701
Email : [email protected]
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