CYBSA Mission Statement
The purpose for which Centennial Youth Baseball-Softball Association (CYBSA) a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation is organized: to develop and operate baseball and girls softball programs in affiliation with Babe Ruth League Inc., a New Jersey corporation, in conformity with and pursuant to the principles enunciated by said Babe Ruth League Inc., in conjunction with such purposes, the objective of CYBSA is, through the medium of a supervised, competitive baseball or softball program, guided and governed by said Babe Ruth League Inc. CYBSA league will seek to implant in the youth of the community ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and reverence, so they may be finer, stronger and happier youths who will grow to be good, clean, healthy adults.
Objectives & Expected Level Of Play By Division
T-Ball Division - Recommended for 4, 5 and 6 year-olds, teaches the fundamentals of hitting and fielding, while learning to bat from a tee. When registration numbers allow, this division is divided into two (2) age groups:
Novice - 4 year olds and first year 5 year olds. = basic fundamentals and fun.
Advanced (Modified Coach Pitch) - Second year 5 year olds and 6 year olds. Advanced division uses "Coach Pitch" concept in conjunction with tee ball, outs are recorded to award defensive play.
Rookie 7 - Players graduate from T-ball moving closer to actual baseball using a machine pitch concept, which results in more action at the plate and in the field, while avoiding the fear of being hit by a player pitched ball. Official scoring is introduced along with standings; however standings will not be used to determine seeding for the End of Season Tournament (match ups are determined using a blind draw).
Rookie 8- Second year machine pitch continues with the pitching machine concept while the level of competitive play changes and grows accordingly with the players' age, skill level, and experience. Blind draw for End of Season Tournament continues in this age group.
Minor 9- Recommended for 9 year-olds, introduces the player pitch aspect and players continue to build and refine fundamental skills and gain a better understanding of the game. Players are introduced to All-Stars at this age division.
Minor 10 - Recommended for 10-year-olds, more competitive than Minor 9, helps players continue to build and refine their fundamental skills and gain a better understanding of the game. Local league play is 65 foot base paths with lead-offs. The All-Star selection continues where players begin Tournament play at the District level and through winning can advance to the State, Regional, and even the "WORLD SERIES."
Majors 11-12 Recommended for 11 & 12 year olds, games governed by the Official Baseball Rules of the MLB National League except played on a 70" diamond with 50' pitching distance for the development and welfare of this young age group. All-Stars continue in this Division through the Regional Tournament and 12 year old "WORLD SERIES".
Babe Ruth 13-15 - The foundation of the Babe Ruth program is the 13-15 baseball division, which was founded in 1951. Each local league organization charters as a member league but with authority to administer its own program within the framework of the Rules and Regulations and guidance of Babe Ruth League, Inc. All-Star participation is available with winning teams possibly advancing to the Babe Ruth World Series.
Bambino Buddy Ball - Physically and/or mentally challenged players ages 5-20, division allows for a "buddy" to help the player swing a bat, round the bases, catch a ball, etc. There are no age restrictions to the age of a "buddy".
8U (Coach Pitch) - 6, 7 & 8 year old girls learn basic fundamentals of softball, object of the game, sportsmanship, and teamwork in this coach pitch arena of play. Players use 11" safety ball.
10U (Kid Pitch) - 9 & 10 year old girls continue the progression of softball, learning to pitch and to hit a player pitched ball. All-Stars are introduced at this level, players are selected by coaches to the All-Star team (post season) and begin tournament play at the State level against other Babe Ruth Leagues, where through winning may advance to Regional, and the "National Invitational" tournament
12U - 11 & 12 year old girls progress in a more competitive arena of play. All-Stars at this level may advance through winning at the State tournament, to Regional, and even the “WORLD SERIES” Tournaments. Players are selected by coaches to the All-Star team (Post season).
14U – 13 & 14 year old girls continue the progression of competitive play. All-Stars begin at the State level and through winning may advance to the Regional, and the “National Invitational” tournaments. Players are selected by coaches to the All-Star team (Post season).
16/18U - Girls 15-18 girls continue the progression of competitive play and division includes area High School teams. 17 & 18 y/o players are not eligible for All-Stars and are prohibited from pitching. All-Stars begin at the State level and through winning may advance to the Regional, and the “World Series” tournaments. Players are selected by coaches to the All-Star team (Post season).
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CYBSA prides itself in the ability to provide the youth of our community an environment in which to learn and develop athletic skills, as well as life skills to apply in the competitive arena, while maintaining an attitude of good sportsmanship and fun. The primary focus of CYBSA has always been and will continue to be the YOUTH of our community. Visit our about us page for more information