PHBA & Jr Giants Donate Equipment to Underprivileged Youth
PHBA and Jr Giants Donate Equipment to Underprivileged Youth
by Mike Sprecher, PHBA Board Member/Equipment Manager
As a by-product of our annual efforts to improve/update our inventory of team equipment we issue to the 140+ teams in our organization each year, we are left with a surplus of used/older equipment that we no longer utilize. Given that it is still usable, and being that it is hard for me to justify simply landfilling it, we decided in late 2015 to reach out to the Jr. Giants program to inquire about donating this used equipment to those less fortunate than us.
As luck would have it, we were paired up by Jr. Giants with an organization in the Phillipines called ChatBals Dreamers, who provide baseball & softball coaching, clinics, games & tournaments to underprivileged youth (ages 5-18) in their local communities.
Over the course of the last 10 months, PHBA has donated approximately 40 bats, 60 batting helmets, 30 sets of catchers gear, 20 gloves, dozens of balls (softballs & baseballs), unused uniforms and, most recently, used Hawks jerseys. The pictures below show the uniforms and gear being put to good use by a very worthy program that was in great need of help.
We are very proud of this partnership we have forged with the ChatBals Dreamers program, and very thankful to the Jr. Giants organization to match us up so that our used quipment continues to be put to good use.
2017 Hawks Baseball Tryouts - Oct 23/30 - Registration Required
Pleasant Hill Baseball Association will be holding open tryouts on Sunday, October 23rd and 30th for the 2017 season for the Pleasant Hill Hawks, a premier travel baseball program in the East Bay.
If you would like to play competitive travel baseball and have a passion for the game, you should try out for the Hawks! The Pleasant Hill Hawks compete in the 680 Diablo League and play 3-5 tournaments. The typical Hawks season includes 30-40 games and runs from January through June.
The Pleasant Hill Hawks program competes at a high level and is one of the most reasonably priced travel baseball programs in the Bay Area.
All participants must register online with PHBA. No payment is required at this time and you will not be charged any tryout fees.
A PHBA website log-in required to register online. If you do not have a log in, you must create one or reset your password, as well as a profile for the player trying out for the Hawks.
If you do have a log in, but have forgotten the password, please visit the Website How-To page for instructions.
The times for tryouts are:
8:30 AM - 9 and 11 year olds
11:00 AM - 10 and 13 year olds
1:30 PM - 12 and 14 year olds
The Hawks tryouts will be at the Pleasant Hill Middle School fields located directly behind the school (near the tennis courts).
Ages are as of April 30, 2017
For example if your son turns 10 on or before April 30th, 2017, then he should tryout for the 10 year old division. If he turns 10 on May 1st, 2017 or later he should tryout for the 9 year old division.
If a player wishes to try out for the older division, he must attend the tryouts for that older age group. If a player wishes to be considered in their appropriate age group as well, he needs to attend BOTH tryouts.
All participants, including returning players, are encouraged to attend both dates. However, it is only required that you attend one.
Tryouts will start promptly, so please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your designated start time.
Parents are required to accompany each player to the tryouts, sign a waiver and attend a brief meeting.
Please do not wear PHBA tournament team, fall ball or Hawks jerseys or baseball caps to the tryouts.
All players should be dressed appropriately for a baseball tryout and should have the proper safety equipment (batting helmet and protective cup)
Additionally players should also have a hat, shirt tucked in, glove, bat, batting helmet, etc.
The 12U Hawks team has a birth in Cooperstown, New York and will compete in a week-long mid-summer tournament at Cooperstown Dreams Park. Playing on the 12U Hawks team requires a player and family commitment to travel to Cooperstown.
If you have any questions regarding Hawks Baseball, the level of play, requirements, expenses, Cooperstown trip, etc, please email Ryan Barger, Hawks Baseball Commissioner, at