The 2018 spring baseball season is only a few months away!
Here are some TENTATIVE dates to mark on your calendars.
January 24 - Online registration opens (after general meeting)
March 3 or 4 - Player Evaluations (Likely at high school)
March 24 - Shop Day at Dick's Sporting Goods (20% off)
April 7 - Wing Bash at Monaca Turners
April 20 - Opening Day
July 12-17 - All Star Tournaments (7, 9, 11, 13 year olds)
July 19-22 - All Star Tournaments (8, 10, 12, 14 year olds)
Registration flyers will go out soon to Central Valley schools.
Capital Improvement Plan - CVYBA
CVYBA recently completed the process of becoming a 501c3 non-profit organization. As part of this change, all donations from sponsors and local businesses are now tax-deductible. We are planning a capital improvement project for 2018 and beyond that will hopefully include repairing fences, paving walkways, building an extra batting cage, and adding lights to the fields among other goals. These projects will be expensive and is why we are looking for donations and funding.
If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation, please contact a CVYB board member and they will get your more information. Thank you for your support.
2018 Bat Information
Starting on January 1, 2018, a new bat regulation will go into effect across the country. Central Valley will be adopting the new bat policy for our peanut, minor, and little league programs. Farm league players can use either the old or new bats. We are waiting on further information before making a decision for pony league. Having uniformity between communities and during all-star tournaments is very important.
If you have not heard of the new regulation yet, here are the main points:
- Every bat used next year will have to be stamped with the "USA Bat" stamp that will look similar to the image above. There are currently NO bats that have this stamp so all bats used by kids this year will not be able to be used next year unless they play USSSA Ball (travel organizations).
- Unfortunately, this means all kids will have to purchase new bats for next year. Those bats do not go on sale until September 1, 2017.
- The new bats will be 2 5/8" for all levels, not just pony league. Previously, all bats from little through peanut were a max size of 2 1/4". They are aimed to have performance more like a wooden bat.
- If Central Valley adopts this rule, it does not mean we agree with it. There is a very good chance that this change is mainly a money-making opportunity for vendors, bat manufacturers, and little league itself (as they get fees from the re-certification process of bats). There are many people across the country that do not agree with this change.
- Please be careful to not spend a lot of money this fall on a clearance bat that may not be eligible for use next year.
Here are a few articles that explain the change further:
Field Maintenance Tips
Dragging and Raking a Field
General Field Maintenance