The CYBSA Board voted on Thursday, October 16th to change the eligibility for our Major League (ML). Starting with our 2015 season, we will expand our automatic eligibility to 11 year olds.
Below is the proposal approved by the Board:
- All 12 year olds would be automatically eligible for the Major League and would not be required to attend tryouts.
- 11 year olds would also be automatically eligible provided there are enough open roster spots in the Major League. The board recognizes that there may be years however when there are more 11 year olds than there are ML open spots. In years where that is the case, the Major League tryout and Coaches Evaluation will determine which 11 year olds fill those slots.
- If there are available Major League slots after the placement of the 11 and 12 year olds, the remaining slots will be filled with 10 year olds based on their andMajor League tryout and Coaches evaluations. Tryout attendance is a requirement for a 10 year old for Major League placement consideration.
The goal of our In-Town Spring Baseball Program is to provide an inclusive and instructional experience for as many players as possible. While we are confident in the fairness of our tryout process, evaluating the skills and capabilities of 10 and 11 yr old baseball players can be challenging.
The decision of the board focuses our ML program on 11 and 12 yr olds - recognizing that there are benefits to both 10 and 11 yr olds in making this decision. Our players at the 11 yr age level get to play with their friends, and most of our 10 yr olds get a chance to be leaders on their teams - a chance they may only get as 12 yr olds in our current eligibility rules.
Below are some common questions you may have:
Why Make a Change Now?
There were a number of factors that were considered, primarily the overarching goal of inclusion for our In-Town Program. We also are aware that Little League International (LLI) is strongly considering requiring Major League teams to use a 50/70 field - this larger field is only for 11 and 12 year olds.
How many 10 yr olds will play in the Majors in Spring 2015?
Each year we will determine how many 11 and 12 yr olds are interested in playing in the Majors. If the combined total of 11 and 12 year olds is not enough to fill our roster spots for the ML, 10 year olds will be invited to fill those spots. For 2015, we estimate that 2 10 yr olds will be invited to play in the Majors. Other 10 yr olds may be invited as the season progresses to fill roster spots in the ML that may become available.
Do Rankings and Coaches Evaluations Matter?
Yes. We rely on the ranking to select those 10 yr olds who we will invite to play in the Majors. In future years, if there are more 11 yr olds than eligible spots in the majors, the rankings will assist in determining which 11 year olds fill those spots.
How does this change selection for Summer Baseball Teams?
The goals of the summer baseball program are slightly different as competitiveness takes a more prominent role. We do not anticipate significant change or impact to our Summer Baseball selection process - we will continue to rely on a combination of tryout performance and coaches evaluation to select the best players.
As with any change, we are certain there will be questions and concerns. The CYBSA board is committed to ensuring a positive experience for all our players and their families. We believe these changes are consistent with the goals of our In-Town program and appreciate the support of all our members as we make this change.