CPBA MISSION STATEMENT
Camarillo PONY Baseball Mission Statement
The fundamental goal of the program and the means of achieving this goal are outlined in our Constitution:
"The primary objective of CPBA shall be to implant firmly in the youth of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, and reverence. The objective will be achieved by providing a supervised baseball program. The attainment of exceptional skill or the winning of games shall be secondary to the prime goal of molding ethical individuals."
It's important to remember this focal point. The baseball skills developed here will get a few of our children a chance for a scholarship, and maybe even a career for one or two every five years or so. But the lessons of teamwork and of sportsmanship in both victory and defeat are our primary focus because they are the more universal lessons and they are lessons good for life for all players.
Over the years CPBA has evolved into a highly organized, child focused, youth sports organization. We have been a leader in developing rules that provide balanced playing time for all, while maintaining a competitive program that develops playing skills for players with all levels of natural ability.
CPBA offers two scheduled games per week for each team and operates six days a week. The season actually begins in the fall when the Board of Directors sets goals and budgets for the season ahead. In January when registration of over 800 players is completed, player skills ratings for players ages 7 and up begins. Team selection and field preparation is done in early February with practices beginning the end of the month. The season begins in early March, with over 80 teams playing two scheduled games a week, Monday through Saturday until early May. The next two weeks mark the beginning of our double-elimination post-season tournament, which continues until the Memorial Day weekend when no games are scheduled. All teams in the competitive leagues (PINTO and up) participate with a chance to become tournament champions. The All-Star teams begin their practices following the Memorial Day weekend and are entered in the appropriate tournaments, either in town or traveling.
CPBA is a volunteer organization. It's staggering to think of the work of registering, equipping, training, and scheduling 800 kids and 80 umpires for over 600 games. And don't forget running a snack bar six days a week, or rounding up over 80 team sponsors! CPBA is approved as a Community Service Group by the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Parks District. The District provides support for the league but only one of our ten game fields are on Park District property. Our other eight fields are on Los Altos School property, and were built and are maintained by our volunteers with the support of the Pleasant Valley School District. None of this happens without a lot of help from the parents. We must have your support in our snack bar and fund‑raising activities, and your time working with your child's team. It could be coaching, or doing field set‑up, or organizing the fund‑raiser for your team, or finding a team sponsor. Participating in the program is fun for you, your child, and their teammates and you will meet some great people in the process. We look forward to seeing you and your family at the ballpark!
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