Opening day for Cleveland Youth Baseball Association (CYBA) is set for March 21 with team tryouts and drafts scheduled for Feb. 15.
“We have a Tiny Tots division for 3-year-olds that is co-ed,” said CYBA Volunteer Wendy Thorp. “For our baseball side, it is 4-14 years old and softball is 4-15.”
The 2020 season will also be the second year of the Challengers division for kids age 3-18 who would not normally be able to participate in sports due to either physical or mental limitations, according to Thorp.
“Registration is $90 for baseball or softball and $55 for Tiny Tots,” she said.
The cost of registration covers the player’s insurance, a jersey, socks, and a hat. Uniform pants, cleats, and any equipment will be the responsibility of the parent.
Beginners to ball playing are encouraged to sign up for a team regardless of age.
“It’s never too late to learn and start playing,” explained Thorp. “We just want kids to come out and have fun and enjoy themselves while learning valuable skills.”
Parents are also encouraged to take part in the season by volunteering or signing up to be a coach.
“We especially need coaches on the baseball side,” said Thorp. “We like to try to get coaches signed up before draft day and we are still short a few.”
Volunteers will be used throughout the season for score keeping, helping with concessions, cleaning up the fields, and much more.
Community businesses and individuals are welcomed to offer their support for the teams, as well, through sponsoring a team or buying raffle tickets that will be sold by all players.
“Beyond the financials, stop by the fields on game day and cheer our kids on,” said Thorp. “No matter their age, those kids love seeing the stands filled for them and feeling that support.”
For more information on how to register or volunteer follow Cleveland Youth Baseball Association on Facebook or visit cybatexas.com.