CNYLL Junior and Senior League

posted Apr 11, 2019, 6:13 AM by Tammy Tarling
Cumberland/North Yarmouth Little League is excited to announce the creation of a new Division within its Little League association, CNYLL Junior and Senior League

Registration is NOW Open at www.cnyll.com!

The season will run from mid to late May through the first week of July, and games will be played on a full sized diamond, with home games at the GMS field. These leagues will be replacing CNY Babe Ruth.

So, sign up and be one of the first to play in our new leagues!

If you have any questions, feel free to respond to this email, or contact:
And finally, for more information about these leagues, and how/why they came to be, keep reading...

This Division is intended to replace the previous league available to 13 - 15 year olds, Cumberland/North Yarmouth Babe Ruth.  That league was affiliated with the National Babe Ruth organization, an independent league not associated with Little League.  Cumberland/North Yarmouth Babe Ruth was in existence for several years, but problems were experienced with regard to some league coordination with the “Northern” teams, and the coaches were not fully satisfied having our 13-year old players playing on a full-sized field for the first time, facing pitchers who were mostly 15 years old and had been on the larger field for 2 or 3 years.   Also, this new league will add a year of eligibility for 16 year olds.

For that reason, coaches from Freeport, Yarmouth, Gray-New Gloucester met over the winter and took advantage of the opportunity to move into the National Little League organization, with the Junior/Senior League Division.  Interestingly, we have CNYLL Board members who are familiar with the Little League Junior/Senior League format from coaching and playing in that Division in the mid-1990's and into the early 2000's.  In fact, in 1998, a CNYLL team played in the State finals, but lost to a combined Auburn/Lewiston team.  Miles Hunt, pitching coach for the Greely Varsity Baseball team, was a pitcher/first baseman on that team!  

Now that we are organized under the National Little League organization, we will not only have the advantage of playing within a large, international organization and with the very strong local Division, "District Six" organized out of Westbrook, but we will also have the advantage of playing stronger teams in Southern Maine, to include Portland, South Portland and Falmouth, together with old rivals, Freeport, Yarmouth and G/NG.  That will keep our games closer to home, while also improving the quality of play, overall.      

Most importantly, Little League divides its leagues above the Little League 9 -12 Division into two groups, Junior League, which is for league age 13 - 14 year olds, and Senior League, which is for 15 - 16 year olds.  It is possible for players in these Divisions to "play up" and conversely, to "play down" depending upon their skill level, but any player "playing down" will not be eligible to pitch.  That will ensure that players of similar age are pitching to their age peers.  This was seen as a major safety improvement for all players, while preserving the opportunity for growth as a player throughout the season.

As you may know, national Little League modified its age levels several years ago, and so a player’s "League Age" is the age they are as of August 31st of the year of play.  This will add an opportunity for more children to continue to play in an appropriate competitive league.

Come join our new league!  Sign up today at www.cnyll.com

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