Cranberry Township Athletic Association

2017/2018 Baseball Age Cutoff FAQ

Q: What is going to be the new age cutoff?
A: August 31st. Starting for the 2018 baseball season the birthdate cutoff for determining league age and therefore what a league a player will play in will change from April 30th to August 31st.
Q: What is going to be the new age cutoff?
A: August 31st. Starting for the 2018 baseball season the birthdate cutoff for determining league age and therefore what a league a player will play in will change from April 30th to August 31st.
Q: Are all leagues and players going to be affected by this new age cutoff date
A: No. Softball is not effected. American Legion will keep their cutoff Dec. 31st. Baseball players that have a birthdate between 5/1 and 8/31 that are already playing with their grade as opposed to age will also not be effected. Since about 2005 parents have been given a choice to sign up their child up with their age or grade. The parents that have chosen grade for their children will not be effected because all of those players are already compliant with the new age cutoff date
Q: Is the CTAA going to implement the new age cutoff date in the 2017 season?
A: Yes for select leagues. Shetland 4, Shetland 5, Shetland 6 and Pinto 7 starting in 2017 will have the new age cutoff of 8/31 starting in 2017. As an example if your child’s birthdate is July 1st and you were in the first grade and for the 2016 season you played Shetland 5; for the 2017 season you will be playing in Pinto 7 thus skipping Shetland 6. IF your child’s birthdate is April 27th and for the 2016 season you played Shetland 5; for the 2017 season you will be playing Shetland 6.
Q: Why is the CTAA changing the age cutoff?
A: PONY baseball, which is our governing body, in conjunction with other youth baseball associations under USA Baseball is implementing new age cutoff dates to align the players ages better to their age of schooling.
Q: I heard not all youth organizations are going to adopt the new age cutoffs. Is that true?
A: Yes. NABF and American Legion will not be changing their age policies. Little League Baseball will have every one of their age groups in compliance but one by 2018 and that last age group will be compliant n 2019. All other Youth Baseball organizations will be in compliance.
Q: What about the other local baseball associations? Are they going to be compliant with the new age cutoff?
A: Yes. By the 2018 season all local associations that I have talked to will be using 8/31 as their new cutoff date. Some will start this fall season and others will wait until the spring. Some will also allow the players are going to be effected play up with their new age group. It varies between associations.
Q: My child’s birthday is between 5/1 and 8/31 can I play up now?
A: Yes. IF your child is going to be effected by the age cutoff in 2018 you can choose to move them up in the 2017 season. Please note once you register for an age for the 2017 season you must play with that age for the entire season. This includes the summer tournament team program and fall ball 2017.
Q: I chose to play my child up but I want him to play summer tournament ball with my old age group. Can I do that?
A: No. Once you register for a league age you are required to stay in that age for all programs.
Q: OK I understand that, what about the “Metro” team? How does that fit in with this new age cutoff?
A: Since team selection has already taken place for the Metro teams and commitments made, team rosters will not be altered at this time. The CTAA Board is currently discussing options for this program and hope to have some direction shortly after the January association meeting.
Q: I heard there are going to be exceptions made to “grandfather” players. IS that correct?
A: NO. There will be no exceptions given. We will be going by the date rules set forth for 2017 and then complete compliance to PONY rules for the 2018 season. The CTAA board will be reviewing all registrants to ensure we are compliant.
Q: Will I still be able to register my child based on their grade?
A: No, with the new age cutoffs a player should be able to register with their grade by taking advantage of the 2018 cutoff dates this season. Grade and age will now be aligned.
Q: My kid is one that will be effected. Essentially they will lose a year of baseball as they will skip a year of development. Is that true?
A: Yes it is. This is will truly effect more so the kids that are currently 8, 10 and 12. A player who is in Mustang 10 this season would have to jump to Bronco 12 for the 2018 season unless his parents move him up to Bronco 11 for the 2017 season and thus skipping his Mustang 10 year. Either way the child loses a valuable year of development. In order to try to alleviate this type of problem the CTAA will be discussing in the next month or two ways to better prepare the kids for this change. As an example this could mean holding extra pitching clinics for the 8 years so they can learn how to pitch, etc.
Q: I need further information so who can I speak too?
A: All questions can be forward directly to the president and we will make sure all inquiries are properly handled and responded too. Please email at Anthony Stortior call Anthony directly at (724) 816-9587 (email preferred)
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