One league in our District just founded a separate 501 c3 in order to further push the travel movement forward from (1) 12U team that play together this Fall in NVTBL and was made up of the presumed 2016 Tournament team to (4) teams in 9U, 10U, 11U and 12U for the Spring. The VP of the League registered the domain name and used his business address to do so: http://www.capcityll...ut_us/our_board
They are an older, well funded league and their ability to deliver this extension to LL gives them an enormous advantage in the season ending tournaments. Just this Fall the team of presumed 2016 all-stars has played more than 20 highly competitive games together. They have been coached in most games by the same parent/coach that is also VP of the league, was bench coach for the 2015 team that played in Bristol, head coach of the 9/10 team in 2014 that played into the regionals, and now is the de facto leader of the separate non-profit.
If this is "legal" than the other younger, less well funded leagues, really have no chance in the post season. Further, with the choices available to kids based on school locations....kids are leaving the other leagues to go to this league.
From their info sheet handed out a recent meeting:
CHEVY CHASE BASEBALL
Is Chevy Chase Baseball an Actual Organization?
Yes. Chevy Chase Baseball, Inc. (“CCB”) is a Washington, DC 501c3 corporation founded on August 21,
2015 and granted full IRS tax-exempt status on October 21, 2015. CCB’s teams are fully insured.
How is Chevy Chase Baseball Different from Other Travel Teams?
CCB was founded by parents that were looking for affordable options for their kids to play competitive
baseball in a way that complemented their Little League experience. CCB employs a hybrid model of paid
coaches at practices and parent managers coaching games. This keeps our costs down, with the money
spent where we believe it will have the most impact. CCB is a non-profit organization that is priced in a
way to cover the costs of each team (travel league and tournament fees, paid practice coaches, uniforms,
umpire fees, etc.) and cover the overhead expenses of CCB (website, legal, CCB corporate insurance, etc.).
CCB is not designed to make a profit for the organization. It is anticipated that player dues will be
augmented by sponsorship from local businesses, and donations from parents and businesses.
Does Chevy Chase Baseball have any Teams?
Yes. CCB has a 12U Team that played in the Fall 2015 season in the Northern Virginia Travel Baseball
League (nvtbl.org) AAA division. The NVTBL is the most prominent Travel Baseball league in the
Washington, DC area, with over 500 teams playing from 8U all the way to 19U.
What is Travel Baseball?
In its simplest definition, travel baseball simply means it is not officially Little League Baseball, and is
therefore not overseen by the World Little League Baseball organization in Williamsport, PA. Travel
baseball teams are not bound by geographical boundaries such as Little League teams, nor do travel
baseball teams need to abide by the rules of Little League Baseball. For example, Travel 11U and 12U
teams allow primary leading and stealing and play with 50ft pitching distance and 70ft bases. Travel
baseball teams are try-out based teams, so not every child that wishes to play may make a team.
Additionally, travel baseball teams usually play more games and enter more tournaments than a
traditional little league team.
What is NVTBL and how does it work?
NVTBL is the largest travel baseball league in the Washington, DC area. NVTBL has teams from
Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, although the teams tend to be concentrated in
Virginia. To put it into simple terms, NVTBL is the organization that registers the teams, helps organize
games and fields, sponsors tournaments, etc. Think of it as the CapCity or Northwest Little League of
NVTBL has three divisions, AA, AAA and Elite/Metro. AA is the division for teams that are the least
competitive, while Elite/Metro is for a highly select group of teams that NVTBL management must observe
and deem worthy of such designation. CCB will likely enter its teams in the AAA division for each age
How many teams / what age groups are you planning for CCB in Spring 2016?
CCB intends to have at least one team at the 12U, 11U and 10U/9U age groups in Spring 2016. Based
upon demand, it is possible there will be multiple teams in each age group. CCB is planning on teams of
12 players each for the 12U and 11U teams. CCB is expecting a larger combined 10U/9U team of up to 22
players, with the expectation that the team will be divided into two groups and each split a double-header
How Do I know the Age group of my Child?
The Travel baseball age determinations are as follows:
12U: Born 05/01/03 – 04/30/04
11U: Born 05/01/04 – 04/30/05
10U: Born 05/01/05 – 04/30/06
9U: Born 05/01/06 – 04/30/07
Who will Coach CCB Teams?
CCB will operate under a hybrid model, combining professional coaches and parent managers. CCB is
currently engaged in discussions with coaches from local high schools such as Gonzaga, as well as recent
college graduates that have played college baseball and are looking to coach. CCB’s plan is to have paid
coaches run the weekly practices, while parent managers will coach the games. It is possible that certain
teams may have the paid coaches also help coach at games, however, it is CCB’s philosophy that the paid
coaches are more critical at practice than at the games.
Parent manager(s) for the Spring 2016 season for each age group are as follows:
What is the CCB Practice and Game Commitment?
Each CCB team will practice one day per week for 2 hours. Games are doubleheaders always played on
Sundays and it is expected that each 12U and 11U team will play both games of the double-header. CCB
plans to have a larger 10U/9U team of 20-22 players, with the expectation that the team will be split into
two groups, and each team will play one game of the doubleheader.
CCB understands that players will have to miss practices and games from time-to-time, which is why our
teams will have 12 players. However, CCB does expect players to make nearly all practices and games and
provide team manager/coaches with plenty of notice regarding absences. Any player that records too
many non-injury absences may not be invited back to the team for the following season.
When will you hold tryouts for CCB?
We plan to hold CCB tryouts in early Winter 2016
How will you decide on who makes a CCB team?
CCB’s goal is to give dedicated and engaged players the opportunity to play more baseball. As such, we
are not looking to turn away any player that we feel can make a strong contribution to the team. It is our
experience that based on available slots and expected tryout numbers, that our teams will be capped at
12 players, however, if we see an especially strong class, we will make exceptions.
When will the CCB Season Start?
CCB will likely enter teams in a St. Patrick’s Day tournament which will be on or around March 17th. It is
possible that the team will have not practiced prior to this tournament. The NVTBL Spring season will
likely start on or around April 3,, 2016, and we expect each team to have practiced two times prior to the
official season start. The season will probably run until the first weekend of June. CCB plans to enter each
team in a Memorial Day weekend tournament and possibly the end of season NVTBL tournament.
How Competitively do You Plan to Manage the Teams/Games?
The NVTBL league is a competitive league, with some VA teams having several hundred kids tryout for
only 12 slots per team. CCB will be competitive in how we select players for our team (with perceived
dedication and motivation important in addition to raw talent), however, we view the Travel baseball
season as developmental. All players will bat and all players will play infield and outfield positions. We
may manage the rosters somewhat more competitively in tournament situations, but not during the
How much does CCB Cost?
CCB is designed to be an affordable Travel baseball option. We anticipate charging between $250 - $300
per player for the Spring 2016 season.
Where will CCB Practice / Play Games?
All CCB teams expect to practice and play their home games at Takoma #2 and Takoma #4. Takoma #2 &
#4 are located at 4th and Van Buren Sts NW, and 3rd and Sheridan Sts NW, respectively.
Away games can be played as close as other DC-based travel teams (e.g., Guy Mason or other DC fields)
or as far as Round Hill, VA (50+ miles from DC).
Will I have to Tryout for the Team Each Season?
Players that show dedication and enthusiasm on the field and seem to be progressing as players will not
be made to try out for a team on which they currently reside. As CCB expands, we may shift a player from
one team to another if we think that player will have a better experience on that other team, however,
we have no plan to do so at this time.
What does CCB Offer above 12U?
CCB has no teams above 12U. It is possible that CCB will have a 13U team in Fall 2016, however, that
decision will not be made until late Spring 2016. It is CCB’s view that there are a number of 13U+ travel
teams that are affiliated with local high schools, and therefore many of CCB’s players will likely switch to
those teams at that time.