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.
***we will offer a completely voluntary fundraiser in the spring to help defray registration costs as well as fund field improvements.
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.
Mishawaka Baseball Softball Association (formerly East End) had an incident last Friday where a man approached a child attempting to purchase candy from them and attempted to entice the child to his car to get more money. We have no information to believe that this person is targeting Harris, but it is certainly feasible that this person would target other youth leagues.
Please know the location of your children at all times and please discuss with them the importance of not taking candy. money, etc. from strangers and what to do if they are approached by a person offering those things.
I have attached the release from MBSA below:
Parents and Guardians,
There was a situation at the park on Friday night that we, as a board, want you to be made aware of. One of our players was approached by a man wearing ripped jeans and no shirt who offered the child money for his snack. He told the child that he had more money in his car and the child could come get more. Thankfully, the child did not go with the man. A police report was filed. If you happened to have seen this man on Friday night and can give the Mishawaka Police Department a better description it would be much appreciated. We believe that this is an isolated incident. But please, know where your children are at all times. If you see someone who you believe looks out of place at the park, please let a board member or your coach know immediately. We want this park to be a safe place for our children.
Coaches, please make copies and distribute to your team. If you are not able to make copies we will have a copies in the boardroom for you to pick up and hand out to your team (check with concessions to pick up).
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
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.