All ages in CPB are allowed to form teams from any group within our boundaries. This includes, but is not limited to friends, schoolmates, church groups, day cares, other sports teams, or any combination of kids. The information listed is about how we form our teams if your child is new to the league, or is not already assigned to a team when the child registers.
Parents are encouraged to join other parents, in forming teams. Parents are also encouraged to find teams on their own for their children, based on what is best for that child. The parents have the most knowledge of the child’s personality, and desires, and finding a good fit will help ensure a fun and positive experience in youth athletics for the player.
Options For Parents:
Individual team try-outs. Check our website for teams looking for players. It is a good idea for parents to talk with the coaches, and make sure that the goals of the team and the goals of the player are similar, to ensure a successful match. This is usually more prevalent in the 9 and up age groups.
League held try-outs. In the event there are enough players unassigned at the end of registration, the league will have a try-out time, for coaches who need players to be able to watch the participants go through some fundamental skills. These are not mandatory, and players who do not try out are still assigned to teams. Everyone who registers will be given the opportunity to participate. This is only in the age groups 9 and up.
Players are assigned to teams based on closest elementary school, and age group. We try to keep the teams age pure, as this helps when the players return the next year. Those teams can stay together to play again the following year, but players are allowed to leave that team and pursue other teams after the season is over.
This is the method used for all unassigned players in the under 9 age groups.
Some examples of teams in our league and how they were formed
Team A: Two 12 year old teams that had previously played against each other combine into one team, to play at a more competitive level.
Team B: 11 year old select soccer team wishes to play baseball as a group.
Team C: 9 year old “all star” team from another league wants to stay together as a team, and registers in our league.
Team D: 5 year old play group signs up as a team, helping each other with carpools, post game snacks, etc.
Team E: 10 year old group that has played together for 2 years, has some players move out of state, and picks up some players from the unassigned player pool.
Team F: Twenty-five 6 year olds from the Homestead Elementary area register, and we divide the group into two teams.
Team G: Thirty-six unassigned 9-10 year olds are divided into 3 teams, based on the age, location, and experience of each player. They become one 9 year old team, one 10 year old team, and one 9-10 year old team. (All 3 of these teams are still together, 4 years later, with few player changes)
Some other examples of how teams have formed: Of the 221 T Ball kids last year, we formed teams from schools, added players from close to the schools if the teams didn’t balance out right from one school, and had a great season. Same thing for the 161 Blast Ball participants in 2001.