Are we within the boundaries for Sellwood/Cleveland Baseball/Softball?
For kids pre-K through 4th grade, we can accept kids from any area for our "town leagues".
For kids 3rd grade and older who wish to play "county ball", we are required to make up teams mostly from within the Cleveland High School boundaries. There are many exceptions to this guideline however, and we are often able to accommodate kids from other areas, especially those without existing Junior Baseball leagues. If you are curious about Cleveland High School boundaries, you can look at this map.
What level of ball will my child play?
- The JBO program is based on grade level. These levels are as follows:
- T-Ball: Pre-K - Kindergarten
- Farm: Grades 1 & 2
- Sellwood National League (SNL): Grades 3 & 4 - SNL is comprised of teams that only play other Sellwood Baseball SNL teams
- Minor Fed & American: Grades 3 & 4 - Travel teams that play other teams in the CCJBA i.e. Clackamas, Tualatin, Canby
- Juniors: Grades 5 & 6
- Seniors: Grades 7 & 8
Beginning at Junior level - ALL teams will travel
What are "assessments"? Does my child have to attend?
Assessments are required of all players beginning in third grade. Any 2nd grade player who is trying to play up in SNL is also required to assess. Assessments are not "tryouts". The purpose of assessments is to place players at the level where they can be most successful.
JBO has three levels of play: Federal, American and National. Assessments and prior coach feedback help to place players at each team level of play.
Sellwood Baseball assessment goals include safety, confidence, and skill building.
Hardball can be a dangerous sport. American and Federal players at any age level have to demonstrate defensive skills to successfully handle hard-hit balls, wild hops, and hard throws. Based on this fact alone, assessments are a responsible and necessary process for placing players on teams. Because our goals are safety, confidence, and skill building, we do not guarantee players the option of playing with coaches or teammates they request. It simply may not be in their best interest.
What if my child doesn’t get placed on a team with their friends or classmates?
We understand this is important to children, especially in T-ball, Farm, and Softball. SJB administrators take special care to ensure requests at these levels are met. We sort T-ball, Farm, and Softball requests in the following order:
- Coach Request
- Teammate Request
- Same School
At the County Leagues, from 3rd – 8th grade (Minor, Junior, Senior), the focus is on appropriate skill level placement.
At the Sellwood National League, modifications in rules and focus on player development make this a safe and valuable opportunity for early development of County baseball players. However, these players will not have the option of player and coach requests, because appropriate skill placement is important at this level as well, due to the use of hard baseballs and emphasis on confidence and skill development. Based on many years of observing teams and players, we know those elements happen more naturally in an environment where players with similar skills and interest play together.
Is there a Scholarship Program for those who need help with fees?
Yes. If you, or someone you know, has a financial need for support in order to register one or more children in the league, please fill out the form here. If you request financial aid, please consider volunteering your time for one of the following:
- Uniform Distribution
- Opening Day Concessions
- Field Maintenance
- Sponsor Procurement
- Equipment Coordination
- Tournament Assistance
- Oaks Park Event Assistance
What do our registration fees pay for?
Sellwood/Cleveland Baseball & Softball is completely volunteer run. Only umpires receive payment. Registration fees help cover the following: Field permit fees (by far our highest expense), equipment and player protective gear, portable restrooms, field maintenance, and outside organizational fees–a lot of money is spent to keep our kids safe, protected, and engaged in the sport.
Average time players are engaged in baseball/softball per season (including practices, games, tournaments—will vary by team):
- T-ball/Farm/Softball 68 – 78 hours
- Sellwood National League 78 – 88 hours
- County Teams 108-120 hours
Divide your registration fees by the number of hours in a season. You will find the cost per hour to be less than $3 in most cases. By any standard, this is a great value.
What is the next step after registration?
We will be in contact to confirm your registration has been received, and we will update you with important information, such as team placement (T-ball, Farm, Softball), and assessment dates (Sellwood National League, County Teams). Assessment dates are usually held the first part of February, and team selections for Sellwood National League and County Teams will be completed before Spring Break. Families and players will be notified by their coach when teams have been selected.
When and where are practices?
This depends on what level your child will play at. It is typically either Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs. Practices occur at local fields. Inner league play at T, Farm and SNL will occur at those same fields. Travel teams will host games at a "home" local field and travel to other team fields.
Can I request a team that has certain practice and game days?
No. Because we have limited fields and no control over game days (at the County level especially), we do not accommodate requests for team placement based on practice or game days.
How many days can we expect our player to practice? How many games?
Based on skill level and age, the times below reflect an approximate practice and game times per week. Please note: this will vary from team to team, and the higher level the player, the more time per week will be spent on practice and/or games.
Typically, practices begin after Spring Break and games begin in May. Usually, once games begin practices end (except for high level teams). The breakdown below is approximate and general to age and skill level.
T-ball/Farm/Softball – 2 hours a week practices and games
Sellwood National League – 4 hours* a week practices and games
County Minor – 4 hours* a week practices and games
County Junior – 4-6 hours* a week practices and games
County Senior – 4-6 hours* a week practices and games
* This does not include hours spent on optional weekend tournaments.
When does the season begin and end?
Games usually begin in April and last through late June or July.
Regular season schedules/game nights will be announced in April–they may or may not coincide with practice nights.
Softball and County schedules will vary, but typically begin in May and end at the beginning of July. Teams usually play these games two days a week—half played at home fields, and the other half played throughout the county. Game days are not selected by Sellwood Junior Baseball (SJB). They are issued from the County Leagues in late April. Post-season County and State playoffs follow the regular season and have the potential of going from July to the beginning of August (approximately half of the teams will qualify).