Howick-Pakuranga Baseball Club
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Rookie ball (7 years old & under)

Our Rookie ball crew are preparing for the start of the season, and have created a blog that has some really useful info. Click here to have a look.

Season

The season starts late October and runs up until Christmas. The second half of the season starts again in late January running until March.

Ages

  • Kiwi ball - 4 & 5 year olds

  • Sluggers - 6 & 7 years olds

8 year olds play Minor league baseball.

Games

Saturday mornings 8:30 – 10:00

Training times

Friday evenings 5:30 - 6:30

Cost

$85 per player (includes all uniform and Club provided equipment, no additional costs to play).

In order to help the Club with the collection of fees, registration fees must be paid before the player will be allocated to a team for the season. Our fee covers all costs of putting a player on the diamond (i.e. cap, shirt, affiliation fees) on a break-even basis. As such, we can't provide discounts for players wanting to play only part of a season, nor can we issue refunds once the season has started as the costs have already been incurred and can't otherwise be recovered.

What you need

Shoes/sneakers, socks, and undies - we supply everything else! (ie pants, shirts, baseball caps, and all playing equipment). Every player is even given their own softcore baseball, and the shirts and caps are for the players to keep - you only need to return the baseball pants at the end of the season.

Ready to play? Online registration is open. To register for the upcoming season please click here.

FAQs

Q: Where are the games held?

A: Kiwi Ball is an in house program, all games are played on our home field. Baseball teams play against other clubs in the Auckland district, your draw may be from Beachlands to as far as the North Shore. Please look at list of park addresses at the bottom of Parent Information page.

Q: What if my child is new to baseball, which team should they play in?

A: If you feel your child is not up to the playing level of the age grade they should be in, there may be player exemptions available where your child can play an age group down, which needs to be approved by the Auckland Baseball Association (ABA), so please advise when registering or get in contact with someone on the committee.

Q: When will I know what team my child is in?

A: Once teams are finalised, you will be contacted by your team’s coach. This is usually done after musters are played.

Q: When will the team train?

A: The training times are organised by your coach, this is usually done after consultation with parents to find a time most suitable for everyone. This is also dependent upon availability of the grounds at the requested time. Kiwi Ball Junior Sluggers train on Fridays 5pm-6pm.

Q: When will a draw be available?

A: An interim draw is usually published just before the season starts and the final draw will be available at the end of the year.

Q: Do we have to play during the Christmas and New Year's school holidays?

A: No. The competition usually winds up the week before Christmas and begins again at the end of January.

Q: What happens when it rains, are games still on?

A: If it has been raining, your coach or manager will contact you to advise if the game has been cancelled or if the grounds have been closed. Sometimes clubs do not know if their grounds are safe enough to play on until the morning of the game, so if you do not hear from your coach or manager, you must turn up ready to play, otherwise your team may forfeit the game.

Q: How involved do I have to be as a parent?

A: You can be as involved as you choose to be but you must appreciate that the club is run by volunteers who give up their time to make sure your child enjoys playing baseball. Baseball requires parents to participate so that a team can run effectively, this means that club members may be asked to volunteer to do tuck shop duty, help out at working bees, you may be asked to coach, or manage or help score for your team. We provide support if you are willing to take on any one of these roles. Experience has shown that parental participation can enhance the enjoyment of the sport for your children.

Q: How does the club communicate with members?

A: As a member, you will receive emails from the Club with information and notices on upcoming events. If you like our HP Baseball Club Facebook page, you will also get updated information on what is happening within the Club.

Q: Can I assist financially in terms of sponsorship?

A: Yes you can. We welcome any financial assistance to be able to provide the best equipment and services for your child. Please contact a committee member or let your coach know and they can pass on your contact details.

Q: Does the club embrace the Child Protection Policy?

A: Definitely, any person involved with your child must abide by this policy before they can coach, manage or umpire a team. This policy can be found here.