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Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: with COVID-19 we are unsure what the spring season will look like in complete detail at this time. Just as in the Summer and Fall, we intend to play ball in some format, however, we do ask that if you register to play, you agree to be flexible and supportive. Our goal is always to allow kids the best opportunities to play ball and we will keep you updated with any changes as they occur.

We will continue to adhere to COVID-19 protocols that have been in place since Summer Ball 2020. You can read more about those here on the COVID-19 Protocol page.

Who can play for Cleveland Youth Baseball & Softball? Is it only for kids in the Cleveland High School boundary?

All players are welcome to play with Cleveland Youth Baseball & Softball, no matter where they live.

What are the ages of the kids my player will compete with/against?

In order to offer the greatest flexibility in creating options for gameplay in the current environment, we are registering players by age and grade as of April 30, 2021 (for Softball the birthdate cut-off is Jan. 1 2021).  

Certain leagues and tournaments are age based while certain leagues and tournaments are grade based.  We will adapt our program to whichever option will maximize the opportunities for our ball players in the upcoming season. Softball will continue to be age based (birthdate as of Jan. 1, 2021).

We are planning for our in-house leagues and “sand-lot” teams to be grade based.  This will include T-Ball, Farm Ball and Cleveland National League teams.

JBO model - traditional model we have utilized with our baseball travel teams.  We have played in the Clackamas County Junior Baseball Association (CCJBA), a division within the Junior Baseball Organization (JBO):

  • T-Ball: Pre-K - Kindergarten
  • Farm: Grades 1 & 2
  • Cleveland National League (CNL): Grades 3 & 4 - CNL is comprised of teams that only play other Cleveland Baseball CNL teams
  • Minor Fed & American: Grades 3 & 4 - Travel teams that play other teams in the CCJBA i.e. Clackamas, Tualatin, Canby
  • Juniors: Grades 5 & 6
  • Seniors: Grades 7 & 8

Beginning at Junior level - ALL teams will travel in JBO.

Age based model - Softball will continue to be age-based (birthdate as of Jan. 1, 2021).  

Baseball may transition to this model at certain levels to maximize opportunities for gameplay as most leagues and tournaments follow this model.  Age is as of 4/30/21 at 11:59 pm.

  • 14U
  • 13U
  • 12U
  • 11U
  • 10U
  • 9U

What are "assessments"? Does my child have to attend?

Assessments are required of all baseball players beginning in 3rd grade. Any player younger than 3rd grade, interested in playing on an older level team, is also required to assess.  

Assessments are not "tryouts". The purpose of assessments is to place players at the level where they can be most successful. 

JBO has three levels of play: Federal, American and National. Assessments and prior coach feedback help to place players at each team level of play. National Level is competitive, American Level is more competitive and Federal is for highly skilled players.  If we transition to an alternate league we will follow a similar model.

Do you accept friend requests? 

Our goal is to set players up for the best chance of success and growth during their time in the program.  This includes placing players on appropriate teams to match their skill level.  Once players reach our Minor level (3rd grade) we will not accept friend requests.  For our younger players, T-Ball and Farm Ball, we will accept two friend requests per registrant and will do our best to accommodate.  

Is there a scholarship program for those who need help with fees?

Yes. If you, or someone you know, has a financial need for support in order to register one or more children in the league, please fill out the form here.  No request will be considered without form completion.

If you request financial aid, please consider volunteering your time for one of the following:

  • Events
  • Field Maintenance
  • Sponsor Procurement
  • Equipment Coordination

 

What do our registration fees pay for?

Cleveland Baseball & Softball is completely volunteer run. Registration fees help cover the following: Field permit fees (by far our highest expense),  primary uniform, equipment and player protective gear, portable restrooms, field maintenance, umpires, and organizational fees–insurance, background checks, hosting fees, etc.

The initial registration is a base fee which will cover T-Ball, Farm Ball, CNL and Sand Lot Fees.  American/Fed or Select Travel teams will have an additional fee to cover the costs associated with those teams (tournament fees, secondary uniforms, etc.).

Why aren't you offering refunds?

Due to COVID-19, field access is limited and we will need to reserve fields that require immediate payment of fees. Because of this, we cannot commit to offering refunds for players who change their minds, as we will make commitments to rent fields based upon registration numbers.

If our season is cancelled in its entirety, no practice or games occur, we will offer partial refunds.

What is the next step after registration?

We will be in contact to confirm your registration has been received, and we will update you with important information, such as team placement, assessment details for those players required to participate and potential opportunities for winter workouts.  

Families and players will be notified by their coach when teams have been selected.

Can I request a team that has certain practice and game days?

No. We do not control the schedules of the leagues in which we join and thus cannot place players based upon specific schedules. 

How many days can we expect our player to practice? How many games?

T-ball and Farm Ball teams will have two practices per week before transitioning into game play.  These teams will have two games per week with an occasion bye.

Teams consisting of players in 3rd grade or older will have 2 to 3 practices per week in the preseason.  Once games begin teams will generally have two games per week with the occasional bye.  Teams playing in tournaments can expect games on multiple days over a weekend that will consist of three or more games.

When does the season begin and end?

Formal practice for all teams will start after Spring break.  Games for our in-house leagues generally start in early May and run through early June (ending near the close of the school year).  Our travel teams traditionally have started regular season games in late April and run through the end of June.  Teams that qualify for post-season play could extend their season to late July.  

**Game schedules/game nights for our in-house leagues will be announced in April.

Still have questions? Email us at: info@sellwoodbaseball.com