Baseball Age Changes for 2016Updated Thursday December 29, 2016 by PBSA.
The PBSA continually reviews ways to improve our softball and baseball programs to increase participation and develop our children to be successful subsequent to their years in the PBSA.
For the 2016 season, the in-house baseball age cut-off date will change to August 31 from the previous cut-off date of April 30. The main purpose of this change is to align the in-house baseball age groups with the school year so that all players can play with their classmates in their same grade. This change is in accordance with a recent announcement by Little League Baseball®, which will also move to the same cut-off date. This change will also allow any baseball players who choose to enter the High School baseball program in 9th Grade to have the same level of experience coming out of the PBSA.
As part of this change, parents of any registered PBSA baseball players who were born between May 1 and August 31 and who are at least 9 years old on August 31, 2016 will have a one-time opportunity (in 2016 only) to move their child up one PBSA level beyond where they would have played so that they can play at the same PBSA level as the rest of their school classmates. Moving up is not required, a registered PBSA player affected by this change may continue to play at the same PBSA level as they would have without the change. Also, this change only affects the PBSA’s in-house baseball teams; we are still evaluating the potential impact on PBSA tournament baseball teams and a decision will be forthcoming on that soon.
If your child is already a PBSA participant born between May 1 and August 31 and you DO NOT want your child to move up one PBSA level into the appropriate grade level, please reach out to baseball director Bill Rumcik via email at DirectorofBaseball@pbsasports.org.
In the future the PBSA will continue to be proactive and review processes that will improve participation and prepare players for continued success.
These age changes require an amendment to the PBSA By-Laws, which will be voted on at the February General Membership Meeting. If they do not pass then we will revert all players to the previous cut-off ages for the 2016 season.
Which leagues are affected by this change?
Every baseball league is affected by this change (there is no impact to softball leagues). The previous cut-off dates for all baseball leagues in previous seasons are seen below:
|Min Age||Max Age||Born on or After||Born on or Before|
Min and Max age as of April 30, 2016
The following table shows the new cut-off dates effective in 2016:
|Min Age||Max Age||Born on or After||Born on or Before|
Min and Max age as of August 31, 2016
Why are you making this change?
This same change in the cut-off date is being adopted by Little League Baseball® as well as other baseball associations in our area starting this year. One of the key benefits of this change is to align the in-house baseball age groups with the school year so that players can play with their classmates in their same grade and enter the high school program with the same level of experience as their classmates.
How do I determine if this affects my child?
If your child was born between May 1 and August 31, and will be 9 years old or older on August 31, 2016, and has played in a PBSA spring baseball season in the past, then he is eligible for a choice at registration to keep him in the original baseball league he was supposed to play in this spring under the old cut-off dates or you can move him up to the next league with his classmates based on the new cut-off dates.
To help you determine the exact impact this change has on your child, visit our PBSA Age Tool.
How important is this decision?
The players that are eligible for this choice (based on date of birth and having played in a previous PBSA spring season) will have a one-time opportunity during the 2016 spring registration period to make this decision which will affect the 2016 season as well as all subsequent seasons for the rest of their PBSA career. Every player has different circumstances and abilities, and so we suggest you give this serious consideration.
What impact does this have for tournament teams?
The PBSA uses April 30 as its cut-off age for baseball tournament teams because that is what most tournaments in our area use. We are currently working with other local associations to determine how this might impact tournament teams. A separate decision will be made and communicated soon.
When do I need to decide by?
If your child is eligible for this choice, you must make your decision about in-house registration before you register him online, which runs from January 16 through February 29.
How do I make my decision?
If your child is eligible for this choice (based on date of birth and having played in a previous PBSA spring season) and you decide to move him up to the next in-house level with his classmates based on the new cut-off dates, then all you have to do is register him online between January 16 and February 29. He will automatically be placed into his appropriate league based on the new cut-off dates. Your registration will serve as your decision to accept the new cut-off dates and play with his classmates for the rest of his PBSA career.
If your child is eligible for this choice and you decide to keep him down based on the old cut-off dates, then you should NOT register him online. Instead, contact Bill Rumcik at DirectorofBaseball@pbsasports.org to make him aware of your decision by February 29 and we will register him separately.
To help you determine if and how this affects your child, visit our PBSA Age Tool before you register.
Once I make my decision, can we change it next year?
No. If your son is eligible for this choice, whatever you decide to do this year will impact him for the rest of his PBSA career.
My child did not play in a previous PBSA spring season but was born between May 1 and August 31, can I choose the PBSA level that he will start in?
No, his starting PBSA level will be determined by his age as of August 31, using the chart above.
Can you provide an example to help me understand?
Let's assume your son was born on May 5, 2005. Under the old cut-off dates that would place him in his second year of Minor Baseball. He just missed the cut-off to play Junior Baseball by 6 days. Many of his classmates, those born before May 1, would be moving up to Junior Baseball this year but your son would not. With the new cut-off dates effective in 2016, your son will move up to Junior Baseball this year, but the PBSA is giving him a choice if he played for the PBSA during a previous spring season.
Option 1 -- stay in Minor Baseball. This decision means that he will move up to Junior Baseball in 2017 like you thought all along. For the rest of his PBSA career, he will continue to get one year with the majority of his classmates together in a league, and another year with kids from a younger grade.
Option 2 -- move to Junior Baseball now. This decision means that for the rest of his PBSA career he will play both years in every league with his classmates.
I have another question that wasn't answered here, who can I contact?
Contact Bill Rumcik at DirectorofBaseball@pbsasports.org if you have any other questions. We'll continue to update this page with more helpful information.