When are the annual skills assessments?
Tryouts are held in the spring; once finalized, dates will be announced on this website and publicized through HMB Little League and social media.
How do I determine what age group my child should try out for?
In 2021, 11U and above will use an age cutoff adhering to USSSA rules of April 30 as the 10U and below are transitioning to match the Little League age cutoff of August 30 which matches school year age grouping.
What does it cost to be a Pirate?
Through fundraising and our proceeds from our Memorial Day Tournament, we provide significant support to each Pirates player so that we can maintain low player costs and still provide players with the equipment, uniforms, facilities, and playing opportunities they need to excel. We also provide scholarships so that all players can participate regardless of finances. Costs are:
Player registration is $200 which covers all team fees, and includes a team jersey, hat, and pants. Additional fees will be applied throughout the summer to cover tournament costs. Tournament fees typically range from $50-$80 per player / per tournament. Players can expect between 3 to 5 tournaments per summer.
What about playing time?
The Half Moon Bay Pirates are a competitive team. In general, there are no minimum play requirements, though some tournaments have their own rules. Coaches will set lineups based on their evaluation of the talent/skill level, effort and attitude of each player. Playing time is earned, not granted. Coaches will endeavor to provide as much varied playing experience as possible for each child while still being as competitive as possible. Our goal is to continue to develop players while striving to win, in a fun, learning environment.
For more information, click here to view the Half Moon Bay Pirates Players, Parents, Coaches Agreement.
How do I make a donation?
You can make a donation via check to P.O Box 482, Half Moon Bay, CA or to our PayPal account firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide an email or address so that we can provide a receipt.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes! Donations are 100% tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Half Moon Bay Pirates are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (Tax ID 26-2786720). Ask your employer about company matching!
Which teams are coach-pitch and which are kid-pitch?
All 7U and 8U teams generally play in coach-pitch tournaments. Starting with the 9U team, it is all kid-pitch. This is one of the reasons that our 8U teams do not typically play into the fall. Most tournaments after July 31st follow the USSSA calendar, which means that our 8U teams are considered a 9U team after that date and would have to compete in kid-pitch tournaments as a 9U team. We feel that it is in the kids' best interest to give them the fall and the following spring in Little League to prepare for kid-pitch.