The founders of this program built it on a philosophy that includes words like character, responsibility, sportsmanship and teamwork.

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Hopewell Baseball Youth Umpire Program-APPLY NOW!
by posted 06/14/2019

Good morning to all,

Many of you know me as the Director of Parks and Recreation in the City of Milton, but this is not about a City activity.
This is about the Hopewell Youth Association – YOUTH UMPIRE PROGRAM (YUP) which I have run for the last 24

Have you noticed the teenagers who umpire the coach pitch leagues of 5U, 6U and 8U? We use young women and men
aged 14 and up to be the umpires at Bell Memorial Park for boys baseball and at North Park where they play girls

I run the Youth Umpire Program at both parks and we are looking for young men and women to start with us this fall.
To be eligible, the candidate must be at least 14 years old as of September 1, 2019, must have a minimum of a B
average with no more than 1 C, and of course, must have the approval of the parents. We will be taking applications
through July 7, 2019.

I am asking all of you who receive this to consider if you, or your son or daughter might be a candidate and to also
send this on to others you may know. Knowledge of Baseball and Softball is important but we do offer training and
we are looking for a diverse group of talented young people from a diverse background. Our most recent leaders
have had a background in golf, swimming, wrestling, theater, band, orchestra, chorus, track, rugby and that “cirque”
thing that they do at Milton High School where young people hang upside down (frightens me!). . Previous
baseball/softball experience helps but is not mandatory. Our teen supervisors for next season are committed to
helping train young people from rising 8 th grade up to rising 12 th grade. Put simply, if you are a hard worker and
committed to learning how to do a job – you are eligible.

The youth umpire program is intended to be a first job for a young person. We teach umpiring, but we also teach life
skills such as how to be an employee, time management, teamwork, professional communication, conflict resolution
and other life skills.

This is a paid position with advancement opportunities.

I want to be clear on two points: As I have said earlier, some people may be aware that I am the Director of Parks
and Recreation in the City of Milton. This is not a City job. I have been with the City for 7 years but this is my 25th
year running this program. I do this as a volunteer and I have never taken a penny from the program. The second
point is that because of my position as a City of Milton employee and my community activities, some people may
suspect that I give preferential treatment to friends or the teenagers of friends. Sorry but it doesn’t work that way. I
have no use for nepotism. To earn a position, a candidate must complete a written application in a manner that
encourages the interview panel to want a live interview. And the live interview has multiple members and I get one
vote, just like every other member. Not “knowing me” is not a disadvantage just as being my friend since you were
born does not “give you a leg up”. We simply hire the best candidates that apply. Are you the best? APPLY!!!

To apply, the young person (not Mom, not Dad) must send an email to me at to request an
application and they must copy their parents on the email to me. I have a strict rule that I will not communicate
with a young person unless their parents are part of that communication. This is an advanced picture of the real
world! There is a written application, which if you are successful, leads to a live interview before a panel of people,
which if you are successful, earns you a job.  This process shows a young person a picture of their future - competing
for college admission, scholarships and jobs. Historically, 1 in 4 applicants are successful.

This program is starting the 25th year of existence. Many past umpires have gone on to success in their professional
lives, and many have come back to me to let me know the advantage they had a little later in life because of the
training they received from the youth umpire program.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at or call me at 770-843-9966.

Jim Cregge

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14U Hopewell Hawks, Gold Div GS Homerun Derby Tournament Champs!
by posted 05/02/2019

14U Hopewell Hawks, Gold Div GS Home-run Derby Tournament Champs!

Congratulation to the 14U Hopewell Hawks, Gold Division GS Home-run Derby Tournament Champions! Awesome weekend boys!

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by posted 04/11/2019


Hopewell Families,

We are excited to announce Open Registration for our Summer Camps this year.

Camps are being offered in partnership with, and run by, Howie McCann and Windward Baseball Academy's professional coaching staff. 

Camps are open to Rising (Spring 2020 Age Group) 7U-12U Players. Anyone else who would like to attend please contact us for additional details.

You can register on-line by clicking any of the camps listed below.

Camps Offered

Weekday camps include 4 DAYS for $200 and run Mon-Thurs from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, with Fri being used as a rainout day. These camps with cover all aspects of being a youth baseball player including fielding, throwing, base-running and hitting.

This is a great opportunity for players to keep their baseball skills sharp, stay active and/or prepare for the Fall Recreation and Travel Seasons as well as have a lot of fun with Howie and his great team!

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or issues.

Thank you,

Hopewell Youth Baseball Board

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9U Hawks; 2019 End of Winter Kickoff Runner-Up!
by posted 03/25/2019

Congratulations to the 9U HOPEWELL HAWKS, 2019 End of Winter Kickoff Runner-Up!

Great job boys!

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11U Hawks are the 2019 March Madness Champions!
by posted 03/25/2019

Congratulations to the 11U HOPEWELL HAWKS, 2019 March Madness Champions!

Awesome playing boys!

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8U Hawks are the 2019 March Madness Champions!
by posted 03/25/2019

Congratulations to the 8U HOPEWELL HAWKS. They made it back to back tournament championships winning the 2019 March Madness!

Great job boys!

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8U Hawks are the 2019 Kings of Kid Pitch Champions!
by posted 03/18/2019

Congratulations to the 8U HOPEWELL HAWKS, 2019 Training Legends Kings of Kid Pitch Champions!
Awesome playing boys!
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