The Pleasant Hill Hawks play an “interlock-style” of travel baseball, promoting a team spirit that is not simply about chasing tournament trophies. Hawks teams draw athletes in the area and play teams from local communities including Martinez, Walnut Creek, Piedmont, Fremont, Danville, Brentwood, San Ramon and others. Hawks teams also participate in local Northern California tournaments, but they are often within a 90-minute drive of our home field. The Hawks play a very competitive brand of baseball with a focus on learning the right fundamentals. Parents are not expected to travel every weekend to tournaments, and rosters remain stable throughout the season.
Hawks teams follow the mission of the Pleasant Hill Baseball Association, an organization that believes that all the players should have ample opportunity to play, improve and have a supportive—but still competitive—platform to become a better baseball player. The typical Pleasant Hill Hawks season includes 40-50 games and runs from January through June.
Hawks tryouts are in the Fall over two weekend days (typically in October). During the tryouts, players are evaluated by an objective group of PHBA coaches that do not have children trying out for that particular age group. Each player must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign in for tryouts and attend a brief pre-tryout parent meeting. A player’s age is determined by how old they are on or before April 30th of the season they will be playing. If a player wishes to try out for the older division to his appropriate age, 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. As an example, if a 10 year old wishes to try out for the 11-year-old division, then the player must attend the 11U try out. If that player wishes to be considered for younger division should he not be selected by the older team, he must attend BOTH the 10U & 11U try outs.
At the 9/10 division, 11/12 division and 13/14 division, the player’s parents must consent to the player participating in the older division or team. As an example, if the manager of the 12U team wishes to select an 11 year old for his 12U team, the parents of the 11 year old must approve the change. All participants will be asked to make this designation when signing in on the day of try outs.
Hawks team fees average $1300. The exact amount depends on the number of tournaments your manager decides on. Additionally, players/parents fulfill volunteer work to serve the organization and community.
Each season, the 12U Hawks team has a berth to play in a 5-day tournament at the Cooperstown Dreams Park near the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. The tournament takes place each summer between the first week of June and August. This event is considered a requisite for playing on this team. All players selected to this team will be expected to participate in this event. The registration for this event is around $1200 per player. This fee includes all meals and lodging at the event, memorabilia, etc. for the player only. It does not include player airfare or any expenses for parents/family members traveling with the player.
The team will be actively seeking sponsors and hold fundraisers to offset as much of this expense as possible. This fee is in addition to any team fees and Hawks fees. For more information about the tournament, visit www.cooperstowndreamspark.com.
Financing is secured through the sponsorship of the teams by business firms in the area and registration fees for each player. For more Hawks history, see https://www.phhawksbaseball.com/about-us/history/