Where should my child play?

There are two youth baseball organizations in Conestoga Valley: 

  • Conestoga Valley Little League (CVLL) offers beginner and recreational baseball for youth ages 5 to 12 years old. Games are primarily in-house, but may also play other local Little Leagues. 
  • Conestoga Valley Baseball Association (CVBA) offers more competitive baseball starting with 10U through 14U as well as Midgets (16U) and Legion (18U) playing other teams in the Lancaster County Youth Baseball League (LCYBL).

CVLL and CVBA work together to try to provide the best youth baseball experience for the community. For which organization should a player sign up? Here are a couple of points:

  • Players 8U (ages 8 and below) will play in CVLL.  An 8-year-old player may try out for a 10U team.
  • Players 10U (ages 9 and 10) who are looking for more competitive baseball should consider trying out for CVBA to play in LCYBL. A player further developing his skills or wanting recreational baseball should sign up for CVLL.
  • Players 12U (ages 11 and 12) are highly encouraged to try out for a CVBA 12U team in preparation for moving from Little League to 14U in LCYBL. Players not selected for a CVBA team or who want to play recreational baseball will play with CVLL.
  • Players 14U (ages 13 and 14) sign up for CVBA.

 Here are a few other noteworthy items as player registrations open up for baseball this Spring:

  • CVBA tryouts will be held in mid-January. CVLL will hold its player evaluations in mid-to-late February. CVBA’s tryouts are for determining team rosters. CVLL’s assessments are used to balance the teams as evenly as possible. 
  • CVBA will select team rosters based on independent evaluations. Players not selected for a CVBA team will be registered for CVLL. In CVLL, the Player Agent and coaches evaluate players.
  • Competition for CVBA teams in LCYBL is played at a higher level than in Little League.   This level of baseball is appropriate for players who are dedicated to improving their competitive baseball skills, and who are willing to commit to baseball as their primary sport during the spring baseball season.  If the player participates in a second sport in the spring or is not ready for this kind of commitment, then the CVLL program may be the better baseball program for the player.
  • The CVBA baseball season runs from early April through mid-July. Spring training will start in late January with once per week winter sessions and then move outdoors for 2-3 practices per week in March as weather permits. Parents should take into consideration that LCYBL playoffs run from late June through mid-July when planning summer vacations.
  • Little League baseball will offer a handful of indoor sessions in late February or early March with 2-3 outdoor practices per week beginning mid-March. The gameplay season will run from mid-April through early June (closely following the Conestoga Valley School District calendar).
  • The costs associated with CVBA are $150/player with discounts for multiple players. The registration cost for CVLL is $100/player (ages 9-12) and $85/player (ages 5-8) with a $160/family max.
  • CVBA’s registration runs from the beginning of December to mid-January.  CVLL’s registration runs from mid-December through mid-February. CVLL’s registration runs from the early December through mid-February for older players and through late February for younger players.
  • More information on both organizations can be found at conestogavalleybaseball.com (CVBA) or cvlittleleague.org (CVLL).

At what level should my child play? 

The typical age groups are broken down as follows based on Little League Age Calculator:

  • T-ball – 5 & 6 year olds
  • Rookies - 7 & 8 year olds
  • Minors - 9 & 10 year olds
  • Majors - 11 & 12 year olds 

We allow 6 year olds to play up on Rookies, 8 year olds to play up on Minors, and 10 year olds to play up on Majors depending on skill & experience. Players hoping to play up must participate in evaluations for the desired level. Per request from a parent, we can allow a 7 year old to remain in t-ball, a 9 year old to remain in rookies, and a 11 year old to remain in Minors depending on skill & experience. Request must be approved by the CVLL Board of Directors.

How do I register my child/children?

Just head over to the CVLL Registration Portal or the CVBA Registration Portal to register for Spring or Fall Baseball.  Set up or log into your account w/ Stone Alley then register your child(ren).  

If you are having difficulty with the online registraion, it is possible to manually complete a registration form.  Just download the form, complete it and email it to info@cvlittleleague.org.

What are evaluations?

All CVLL Majors and Minors players are required to attend evaluations usually in mid to late February in preparation for the spring season.  Evaluations are not 'try outs'. Each player will be selected to play. However, evaluations give the player agent, board members, and coaches an opportunity to evaluate skill level in preparation for the draft. Each head coach will draft players for his team. Players will be evaluated on fielding, throwing, batting, running, pitching & catching in groups in one hour periods.  Evaluations must be held early enough in the season to allow adequate time for the level directors to assign players to teams and generate a schedule.

How does the draft work for the Major and Minor levels?

Once evaluations are conducted, the final player evaluations are sent to the coaches of the Majors and Minors levels to begin preparing for the draft.  Coaches are randomly assigned a draft order.  A draft consists of rounds where each coach will select one player per round until all players are selected. 

Where do teams practice and play games?

We have three locations where practices and games are held.  However, sometimes games or practices will be held on other fields for special occaissions, make up games and for other scheduling reasons.

  • T-Ball - Practices and Games are held at Witmer Heights Mennonite Church and Smoketown Elementary School.
  • Rookies - Practices and Games are held at Smoketown Elementary School.
  • Minors - Practices and Games are held at Flory Park or Witmer Heights Mennonite Church.
  • Majors - Practices and Games are held at Witmer Heights Mennonite Church.

When will practice and games begin?

Teams are selected and finalized in late February and early March. You can expect to hear from your child's coach in March with practice plans. All teams will begin practicing in late March or early April roughly two nights per week, or as the coach schedules at 6p.

Regular season games begin on Opening Day (mid to late April) and last through early June (roughly following the school calendar). Most games will be on weeknights Mon-Fri with occasional weekend games for inter-league play, special games and tournaments. You will receive a full schedule in April from your son's coach.

What type of equipment does my player need?

The only equipment your player truly needs is a baseball glove.  CVLL will provide helmets, balls and bats.  However, CVLL recommends that starting with the Rookies level your player has a pair of cleats, baseball pants, an athletic cup (requirement for catchers) and a way to carry your gear.  Players who want to bring their own bats and helments are welcome to do so.  Please be sure to check out the Little League International Bat Information Page to make sure your bat is permissable to be used for Little League baseball.

What do I need to do to volunteer?

The CVLL Board of Directors believe that your direct involvement as a parent correlates to your player having a terrific season.  What makes Little League Baseball so great is having a large number of volunteers filling in from Manager to Concessions, from Umpires to Score Keepers, from Coaches to Grounds Crew.  All volunteers matter and many volunteers are needed.

Some volutneer positions like Managers and Coaches require our volunteers to be background checked nationally using Little League International resources as well as statewide as newly (2015) adopted background checks for volunteers.  If you've already been checked, you can upload your documents proving the check on our Stone Alley registration site.  Instructions on how to get background checked are located under our Coach section of our Resources page.

How are finances managed?

The CVLL Board of Directors takes very seriously the stewardship of the league's financial resources.  The Treasurer of the Board of Directors provides financial status updates at every board meeting.  The Board votes on all expenditures after carefully weighing out the cost versus the benefit of the expenditure.

The monies CVLL receives from registration fees, sponsors, donations, fundraising and snack shacks sales are used to pay for facilities, maintenance, equipment, tools and all other costs of running a local Little League program.  Because of the generosity of business and indivisuals in the community, the great efforts by the CVLL community with the fundraiser, and because of our vounteers selling treats in the snack shack, we are able to keep registration fees down.  As a league we would almost need to double the registration cost if we did not have the donations, fundraiser and snack shack.

Since CVLL belongs to the community, the Board of Directors wants the community to know how money is spent.  The 2015 Financial Report and the 2016 Financial Report are available for the community's review.

What are the Little League Pledges?

Players' Pledge:

I trust in God.

I love my country

And will respect its laws.

I will play fair and strive to win.

But win or lose

I will always do my best.

Parent's Pledge:

I will teach all children to play fair

and do their best.

I will positively support all managers,

coaches and players.

I will respect the decisions of the umpires.

I will praise a good effort despite the

outcome of the game.

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