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Canandaigua Junior Baseball & Softball

Guide for Parents & Guardians

The Canandaigua Junior Baseball House League provides baseball instruction and competition for children ages 4-13. House League divisions are available in T-Ball (approximately ages 4-7), Rookie (8U), Minor (10U), Major (12U), and Senior (TBD based on availability).

House League runs two seasons each year: Spring and Fall (Summer is typically reserved for competitive travel baseball).

All coaches, staff, and CJB board of directors are volunteer positions. 

House League

The Spring season runs from late April/early May to mid-June with an average of two games per week.

House League online registration opens approximately2-3 months before the season begins. In-person registration dates will be announced online as they become available. Due to COVID-19 regulations and guidelines, in-person registration events are not guaranteed; online registration is highly recommended.

Which division is my child eligible for?

Create an account , add your child's info, and all available divisions will be listed  based on your child's specific birthdate . Refer to the table below for approximate ages for each division.

Please note: travel baseball players will be placed in their equivalent house division regardless of age. For example, a player on the 12U travel team who is still age-eligible for 10U House will be placed in 12U House. Travel players are encouraged to use the house season as practice for more competitive play and bond with their fellow travel teammates.

Team Placement & Coaching

  • No carpool, coaching, or team requests will be honored. Team placement is finalCJB believes that baseball and softball, like any youth sports, are as much about social and interpersonal development as on-field gameplay. 
  • Teams are placed once registration closes.
  • Once a team is full, head coaches are responsible for communicating any practice times and locations to the team. CJB does not schedule house team practices.
  • The season schedule is made by the league with the goal of as many games possible equitably played among all teams. Unless otherwise noted, all games are held at the CJB facility in Canandaigua. 
Refunds

Refunds may be granted until team formation process has begun. After that time, a refund or partial refund may be granted at the board's discretion depending on circumstance. A refund request must be submitted to the Registrar and will be reviewed by the board at the next board meeting.

Refunds cannot be granted for reasons concerning playing time, team placement, house rules, games lost to weather, and/or personal schedule conflicts. Partial refunds may be approved by the board when non-refundable per-player expenses have already been incurred by the league.

 

House League Scheduling

CJB makes every effort to provide at least two games per week. Final scheduling depends on the number of coaches, teams, and players. The 2022 House Season is tentatively as follows:

T-BALL : SATURDAY; TUESDAY OR THURSDAY    
ROOKIE : SATURDAY; WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY
MINOR : SATURDAY; TUESDAY    
MAJOR : SATURDAY; WEDNESDAY

Baseball Ages & Divisions

The league age of a player is the player's actual age on April 30 of the playing year. 

Actual Age
on April 30

Division

11, 12, 13*

Major 12U

9, 10

Minor 10U

6, 7, 8

Rookie 8U

4, 5, 6

T-Ball

 *Players 13 on or before May 1 who do not play modified or travel baseball can play Major house. 

Softball Ages & Divisions

Ages

Division

Players Born Between

 11-13

Softball 12U

January 1, 2009

December 31, 2010

 9-11

Softball 10U

January 1, 2011

December 31, 2012

Ages and Divisions for Spring/Summer 2022. Eligibility is based on a player's specific birthdate.

Equipment

CJB strives to provide a safe, positive, and fun youth baseball experience while keeping family costs down. Most players and families tend to prefer their own equipment (especially at older levels). Having your own equipment makes at-home practice easier and tends to foster a stronger sense of self-sufficiency as players grow through each division. Inexpensive baseball basics are available at Walmart and Target, and league sponsor Dick's Sporting Goods offers seasonal league shop days with exclusive discounts for our league as well as season-long coupons .

  • The league provides a team shirt and hat (you'll receive that as close to opening day as possible, if not before). The league also has pants available for players who need them.

  • A selection of helmets are available to sign out each season during the Equipment Day. If you think youth baseball is in your player's future, a personal helmet is strongly encouraged.

  • Same goes for a bat: due to COVID regulations, we can't share equipment, so the more self-sufficient the better. Do NOT spend a lot of money on a bat, especially at the youngest levels.

  • For younger levels, pants do not need to be a certain color (though white pants are the worst in the laundry...). Grey or white pants are to be used at older levels (depending on the team and/or coach's discretion).

  • Cleats aren't required in T-Ball but aren't discouraged, either. They are recommended at older levels.

Fall Ball

The Fall season runs from early September to mid-October (weather permitting). Fall Ball registration opens in early August. The Fall Ball schedule is typically created around the Frank Baker Football schedule so as to avoid as much in-season conflict as possible.

Head coaches are responsible for setting any practices during the week; Fall Ball games are on Saturdays (Senior division plays on Sundays). 

Fall Ball is a less formal experience that places extra emphasis on instruction. Players should register for the division they'll play the following Spring

Travel Baseball

Canandaigua Junior Baseball also offers several travel baseball options for children playing 8U and older. Tryouts for travel baseball are typically held late-Summer/early-Fall the year prior to play.

Please note: travel baseball players will be placed in their equivalent house division regardless of age. For example, a player on the 12U travel team who is still age-eligible for 10U House will be placed in 12U House. Travel players are encouraged to use the house season as practice for more competitive play and bond with their fellow travel teammates.

Facilities & Concessions

The Canandaigua Junior Baseball facility is privately owned and operated. Participants are expected to park in designated areas only, abide by all posted signs, and respect the integrity of the property. A field map is available for reference. 

Canandaigua Junior Baseball offers a full concession stand, including snacks, novelty items, drinks, and food grilled to order. The concession stand accepts cash or card. 

League Discounts

Discounts for Canandaigua Junior Baseball & Softball are made possible via sponsorship from Dick's Sporting Goods. In addition to an annual League Day at their Victor store, league discounts are also available here .

Note: year-round league discounts cannot be combined with the in-store event League Day discount.  

COVID-19 Prevention

Canandaigua Junior Baseball is operating in compliance with all local, state, and Federal guidelines regarding COVID-19 prevention and safely returning to play.  

Bat Certifications

All bats carry a certification, most commonly USA, USSSA, or BBCOR. All CJB House League levels between TBall and Major must use ONLY USA certified bats. USSSA or BBCOR bats are not permitted at these levels.

USA Bats

The USA Baseball standard applies to the Little League organization (as well as CJB House baseball). USA certified bats have a wood-like performance that preserves the integrity of the game and keeps younger players as safe as possible.

Other Certifications

The following bat certifications are NOT APPROVED for CJB House League use.

BBCOR

The Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) measures the trampoline effect in each bat at and after the time of impact. BBCOR certified bats are most commonly at the high school and college level. Note: BBCOR bats are required for Senior League Fall Ball (levels 13U and older).  

USSSA BPF 

Bat Performance Factor (BPF) measures how fast the ball comes off of the bat. 1.15 is the standard for many travel tournaments. 

 

Contact Us

Canandaigua Junior Baseball & Softball

4621 County Road 4, PO Box 454
Canandaigua, New York 14424

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