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Hollis – Bellaire – Queens Village – Bellerose Athletic Association
Hollis – Bellaire – Queens Village – Bellerose-Athletic Association Inc. (HBQVB) is a state certified not-for-profit baseball and softball organization. HBQVB since its beginning had been a chartered member of Little League Baseball but has since switched to the Babe Ruth League. HBQVB is located in the central-eastern Queens area and easily accessible from all major NYC highways. In addition to the 9 playing fields (know as the PADAVAN-PRELLER Complex), there is a full parking lot, an equipment room, batting cages, restrooms, and a concession stand. Today, HBQVB services players and children from all over the Metro New York area.
The league was founded in 1954 and started from a single field that was initially sponsored by the Daily News cartoonist and the leagues first president, Bill Gallo and built by league parents and local residents. It was through Fred Preller, the local state assemblyman and Mat Troy the local City Councilman (at the time) that the property that we have today was obtained. With the first field being built in 1966 and the continuing of building fields throughout the years, we now have 9 tailored ball fields and dugouts which cover over 14 acres, and all were constructed by volunteers.
Through the years the league membership was able to purchase the land form NYS for the exclusive use of youth programs. Its programs begin with five-year-olds playing T-Ball and a pitching machine Pee-Wee division for six and seven-year-olds. The programs continue with the better recoginized little league divisions, Minor, Major, Pony and Senior divisions. The older boys and girls play on full-scale baseball/softball diamonds. All divisions are open to children of all skills and experience levels. Programs for seventeen and eighteen-year-olds are offered on a limited basis as well as competitive travel and tournament teams in many age brackets.
The mission of HBQVB has always been to implant the youth of the community the ideals and virtues of honesty, fair play, integrity and respect for the game as well as good sportsmanship. The HBQVB organization’s motto in 1972 “Better to build boys, Than to mend Men” and more recently “We teach more than just the sport” have driven the organization from 1954 to today to provide the highest quality programs and services to the communities we serve.
HBQVB TRAVEL TEAM
The HBQVB Travel team is a summer/fall baseball team with a winter workout program based out of Padavan-Preller Fields in Queens, NY. The team with participate in the Hotstove Summer League as well as 3-4 tournaments both in NY and out of NY. The summer program is designed to develop baseball players both mentally and physically and better prepare them for HS baseball and eventually College Baseball. The travel program will also make any and all recruitment videos for all players that are in their Jr. and Sr. of HS. All players will also enjoy the ability to use the facility on their own time (fields and batting cages).
We are currently holding open workouts for: 8u, 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u, 14u, 15u, 16u, 17u, 18u