The Harris Township Junior Baseball Softball Association (HTJBSA) emphasizes the education of baseball and softball rules, teaches the fundamentals, mental and physical development, a respect for the rules of the game, and basic ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. In all aspects, HTJBSA is committed to providing the youth of our community the very best educational, sports experience possible. It is our fundamental belief that every child with a desire to play baseball or softball be afforded that opportunity.
What’s happening at Harris Baseball Softball…
Harris and USSSA
Some of you may have read or heard something from another local park stating that Harris is out of business. That information is completely incorrect. Harris Baseball Softball Executive Board has voted to improve our park by sanctioning with USSSA Baseball and Softball. The main benefit for our members is no BOUNDARIES!!! You can now play with your friends from anywhere. We will still offer an All-Star path that would allow an All-Star team to play in a World Series held in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.
Rec Fees for 2015
Harris Baseball Softball Executive Board has voted to reduce Rec fee’s for the 2015 season.
$50 - 4U Instructional Coed
$75 - T-Ball
$100 - Machine Pitch
$100 - Minors ages 9-10
$100 - Majors ages 11-12
$100 - Seniors ages 13-15
$75 - 6U ages 5-6
$100 - 8U ages 7-8
$100 - 10U ages 9-10
$100 - 12U ages 11-12
$100 - 14U ages 13-14
$100 - 16U ages 15-16
$100 - 18U ages 17-18
*families with multiple players living in the same household will only be charged $50 for each additional player after the oldest age player fee has been paid.
**if registered and paid prior to January 1, 2015, $5.00 off each registration!!!
***we will offer a completely voluntary fundraiser in the spring to help defray registration costs as well as fund field improvements.
Harris Baseball Softball will provide winter workouts for baseball and softball.
Location – Hard Knocks, 55667 Currant Road, Mishawaka 574-252-5662
Dates – January 10th & 24th, February 7th & 21st, March 7th & 21st
Times – 9:00AM - 10:3AM
Ages – 7 to 18
Cost - $55 per player
Format – 3 players hitting in the machine cage. 4-6 players in the tee cage including soft toss. Instructor throwing to 3-4 players in the front cage. Defensive / pitching area – 3-4 players. Rotate every 15-30 minutes. They will need parents or coaches to help out.
Dates – Starting after school during winter break in January and run till end of March
Times – Usually around 7 or 7:30p and will end two hours later on Tuesdays and Fridays
Cost - $50
Format – Hitting, fielding, running and of course FUN…
Harris Baseball Softball Executive Board has voted to hire a professional grounds crew, INSIDE THE LINES (ITL), to help maintain our facilities and repair fields as needed for the 2015 season. Many of the comments and feedback we, as a board, have received have noted the condition of the fields. This partnership with ITL will provide the management, direction and expertise to improve our fields and facilities. You will see Joel Reinebold and John Baxter at the park next year making significant improvements to our fields, maintaining them in the way they are meant to be.
Below are some of the responsibilities for ITL:
Mow and trim all playing fields, common areas, buildings and fencing within the borders of Harris Park as needed. There will be no limit to the number of mowing’s or trimmings in a season. Grass will be maintained at a height necessary for optimum playability and durability.
Drag and line all fields on scheduled game days prior to first scheduled game of the day.
Repair and maintain fields, home plates, mounds, pitching rubbers, bullpens, warning tracks, parking lots and common areas as needed.
Preseason and postseason field preparation and repair.
Coordinate with HTJBSA any necessary facility opening and winterizing.
Be the point of contact for any additional repair work (fertilizing, sprinkler repair, etc.)
Communicate with the HTJBSA Board Representative any issues or problems. Obtain Board approval prior to doing any maintenance that would cause financial burden on the park other than what is considered normal wear and tear.
ITL will designate a Park Supervisor who will:
1) on a daily basis manage / supervise all aspects of Harris Park field, parking and common area maintenance and the hourly Field Maintenance personnel,
2) work “hands on” with all hourly Field Maintenance personnel,
3) will (through prior mutual agreement with the HTJBSA board and/or their Facility designee) hire, set salary rates, schedule, and if necessary terminate any hourly Field Maintenance personnel,
4) oversee and designate duties of hourly Field Maintenance personnel by providing a daily job and project list,
5) work directly with HTJBSA on any additional Harris Park projects, requests or special needs,
6) work diligently to keep park expenses to a minimum.
Gates Chevy World - Field 2
Harris Baseball Softball Executive Board has also voted yes to converting Gates Chevy World Field F2 to a multi-purpose field for all age groups of baseball and softball. We are in discussions about installing lights on Lovisa Field 8, Zolman Field 3 and Field 4. We will pass along the information at a later time if board approved.
Thanks for taking the time to read this over. As we value your families support of Harris Baseball Softball, we also, welcome any and all feedback.
Start Date Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 5:00PM
End Date Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ 11:59 PM
Address Harris Baseball Softball
52150 Currant Road
Granger, IN 46530
Come and enjoy one of Northern Indiana's longest running and most successful fastpitch tournaments. Some of the area's best will play it out on one of our 10 diamonds. The tournament will be played by NSA rules and umpired by NSA Umpires. Trophy's will be given to 1st and 2nd place finishers. MVP awards for each game for each team. 4 Game Guarantee...
Class/Type/Skill Level A-B-C All-Star
8 and under (Machine Pitch)
10 and under
12 and under
14 and under
16 and under
This program is for any athlete who wants to receive quality baseball workouts on a regular basis this winter, regardless of their park or team affiliation.
Who will be leading the workouts?
The workouts will be lead by two former college players Wes Smith (Holy Cross College) and Tom Burkett (Charleston Southern University), both of whom consistently receive high remarks on the quality of their instruction and making it a fun learning process for the kids.
What will the workouts consist of?
The workouts will focus on fielding, throwing, hitting with some stretching and speed & agility exercises mixed in – each weekly practice will be unique. In short, your son will be trained on the all the skills necessary to prepare him for his park tryouts and upcoming season.
What is the cost for participating?
Overall, 13 workouts will be offered – the more practices you pay and register for in advance, the lower your cost per practice will be.
SEASON PASS: $130 for all 13 practices – includes an RBIs T-shirt
MVP Package: $120 for any 10 practices
Walk-in rate (if space is available): $15 per practice
How do I register my son to attend? Where will the workouts be held.
Contact Tim Peterson at 574-993-7248. The workouts will be limited to the first 20 PAID registrants in each age group. All workouts will be held at RBIs Unlimited, located at 2017 W. 6th St. in Mishawaka, IN
In this document you will find tentative start dates for the recreational programs and information about the planned age divisions. You will also find information about All-Star teams, etc. In the Travel portion, you will find an altered Travel Program from 2014. Some of the big changes are:
Fee for Travel Program is $500 per team instead of $1000 per team (from 2014).
Travel teams will be given equal practice time to the other teams attempting to use the fields during that time (recreational ball and other travel teams). This time will be divided by the respective commissioner. Practices can start on April 6th and will end around October 25th.
The anticipation would be that each team will get 1-2 practices a week of 1.5 hours each. The practices would be scheduled for one weekday and one weekend practice pending field availability. Each team could also schedule practices through their commissioner for any other available times. Batting cages can also be scheduled for 1.5 hour time slots.
Travel teams can also have games at Harris against other Travel teams. They are responsible for organizing those games and can use their weekly practice time for these games. These games will count against the practice time totals for the week as discussed above. The teams will need to organize their own umpires and can pay for field prep for games if they would like fields lined prior to the game. Field prep costs are $40.
Travel teams using this do not need to have Harris in their name, be a Storm or Heat team, etc. Teams that choose that route will be considered guest travel teams and will not have access to some of the benefits that a Harris travel team does.
2. HTJBSA will no longer be affiliated with Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth. Over the years, the boundaries for Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth have become more restrictive and confusing. There has also been waning interest in the All-Star tournaments for Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth. Last year we had no softball teams compete in Babe Ruth All-Star tournaments, only 4 Cal Ripken baseball teams competed and 4 Babe Ruth baseball teams. That is out of a possible 15 age groups for All-Stars league wide. With that in mind, the HTJBSA board has decided that we will partner with USSSA. What that means for Harris:
a. There will be no boundaries for HTJBSA. Any player is welcome to play and can go out for the All-Star team no matter where they live. No more boundary confusion and frustration for parents and league administrators.
b. All-Stars will be available (as long as there is interest from players/coaches) and will be formed from players participating in the recreational league. If those teams are interested in pursuing a State championship, they can play in the USSSA “C” travel division. Major level World Series championships are played at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee, Florida.
c. USSSA will host tournaments during the 2015 season at Harris giving teams a local option to participate in USSSA qualifier events.
3. Last but not least, the harrisbaseballsoftball.com email addresses are no longer functional. The website supplier has changed their policy on allowing those emails to be forwarded to other email addresses. Due to that change, emails sent to those addresses are no longer forwarded to the proper individuals. We will be creating new email addresses soon, using Gmail, and will get those posted. In the meantime, if there are any questions, please contact the board members via posted phone numbers or contact me at
Russ Ohlson, a dear patron and friend of the park, passed away, unexpectedly, this past week. Russ was a longtime coach, subcommissioner and great source of knowledge at HTJBSA. He touched the lives of many young people in the baseball programs at HTJBSA as well as the many other coaches and administrators that he came in contact with. I, for one, always looked forward to seeing Russ' infectious smile at the fields every spring. His enthusiasm for youth baseball was unparalleled and it will be desperately missed this coming spring and for years to come.
Russ' family has asked that HTJBSA set up a fund for donations to HTJBSA in Russ Ohlson's name. We are humbled by that request and have set up this fund for those donations.