CALEDONIA BASEBALL SOFTBALL LEAGUE (CBSL), a chartered member of Little League Baseball, Inc., is a volunteer organization that provides Caledonia, MICHIGAN community youth with a friendly, instructional setting to participate in baseball & softball play, skills development, and good sportsmanship in a safe and nurturing environment. The best interests of the children may not be compromised for the interests of a parent, fan and/or coach.
Spring Tee Ball, Baseball & Softball Registration is Open!
As we all know, our community is growing, and with that comes the need for more youth play space. Specifically, CalPlex needs to grow, too!
The Caledonia Baseball Softball League (CBSL) is a member of the Caledonia Youth Sports Association (CYSA) which also includes CYLC(Lacrosse), CYFA (Football), CATS(Soccer), and AYSO(Soccer). CYSA is working with Caledonia Township to pursue funding of CalPlex - Phase 2, an additional 20 acres of green space adjacent to the existing facility. Phase 2 would include additional fields, as well as additional parking area.
As part of that effort, CYSA has been asked to staff a joint committee with the township to explore establishment of a Recreational District. This District would be approximately the same as the Caledonia Community School District. Residents of the Recreational District would then vote on a ballot initiative in 2018 to fund Phase 2 via a millage. To do so, this Ballot Committee will be responsible to make and publicize the case for the District and for more field space.
Specifically, the Ballot Committee should include an attorney and a finance/accounting person. The scope of effort will include defining millage/capital funding and funding periods to evaluate and present to the District. Additionally, the Committee has some legal responsibility to report receipts of funds and disbursement of expenses used by the Committee.
Understanding that families of youth sports are busy, the efforts of the Ballot Committee will be focused and streamlined to be as time-efficient as possible. If you or someone you know is involved in legal and accounting work, please reply to this email message, so we can connect you with CYSA to see if there may be a fit. CYSA needs to identify candidates soon, so that the Committee can begin this effort after the first of the new year.
CalPlex needs to grow - and soon! Please help us to expand the facility for our kids - and the kids who will follow them for years to come.
Spring is in the air and baseball is right around the corner - at least on this warm December day. Registration for the 2018 Little League Season is now open. Please visit the little league main page and navigate to the registration page for additional details. Please also consider completing volunteer information if you would like to coach, umpire, or assist the Board in anyway. We are always in need of additional assistance and completion of these items early helps us ensure the season runs smoothly. You will also find information regarding the league in the FAQ section on the main page.
Save the date for tryouts for Boys Majors/Juniors and Girls Minors/Majors/Juniors on March 10-11. Times to be determined.
We will also be hosting several early spring clinics in early March. Additional registration data will be posted to the website in the coming weeks.
Caledonia Baseball Softball League (CBSL) Lightning Safety Policy
CBSL will implement and follow these Lightning Avoidance Procedures; these guidelines are
in accordance with current NOAA policies and will be updated to include the most current
thinking and technologies.
The President of CBSL will see to it that all Board Members, Coaches, and Umpires are
trained in CBSL’s Lightning Avoidance Policy. The President may appoint a designee to
handle this function.
CBSL will adhere to the following two Avoidance Procedures:
1. When Thunder Roars (or Rumbles), Go Indoors!
2. When the SPARKY function of WeatherBug indicates Lightning within 10 miles.
When either criteria is met, ALL field activity WILL BE SUSPENDED for 30 minutes after the
last audible Thunder or when SPARKY indicates the current Lightning Strikes are greater
than 10 miles away.
Visually sighting Lightning is not a criteria but should sharpen awareness. Under certain
conditions, Lightning can be seen over 50 miles away and does not pose immediate danger.
The individuals responsible for postponement due to Lightning are as follows:
1. The President
2. A Board Member
The President will attempt to schedule a Board Member as the Daily Field Director. This
Director will be responsible for calling a postponement. However due to CBSL utilizing
several field locations, the lack of personnel, unexpected weather conditions, etc., a Field
Director may not be available. The Coaches and Umpires are also authorized to order a
The Coaches and Umpires will receive Annual Training in CBSLs Lightning Avoidance
If a postponement is necessary, seek adequate shelter immediately. Adequate shelter is a
building with plumbing and wiring such as a school, church, restaurant, or home. An
automobile is also acceptable and in most cases the only option at a ball field.
Picnic pavilions, dugouts, under trees, are NOT places of refuge.
Coaches will be responsible for making sure the players and umpires have adequate shelter.
If the game can not be resumed, the Coaches will make sure the players are returned to
their parents or offer other arrangements.
A game will not be allowed to resume if it is too dark to safely play. If the field is under
water, play may have to be cancelled. The Field Director is the preferred individual to make
this decision but the Umpires are also trained with regard to safe play conditions. It is
preferable NOT to have the Coaches make this decision as they are emotionally attached to
Under the RARE instance where someone is struck by Lightning, apply the following:
1. Call 911
2. The victim is NOT electrically charged and can be touched.
3. Often the heart’s rhythm is stopped due to the electrical charge. CPR or an AED will
often times get the otherwise undamaged heart beating again.
4. If possible, move the victim to a safer location———Lightning CAN strike twice.
A Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm WATCH do not automatically dictate a cancellation. However such conditions will bring a heightened awareness to the weather situation.
The President, or appointee, will use all available resources such as local forecasts, radar,
WeatherBug, etc., to decide if Play should be cancelled. If it is deemed safe to play as
scheduled, additional Field Directors will be called and placed into service.
Under NO circumstances will play commence or proceed if a Tornado or Severe
Thunderstorm WARNING is issued for CBSL’s Fields.
When Thunderstorms threaten, Coaches and CBSL Officials must not let the desire to start
or complete a baseball game hinder their judgment when the safety of players and
spectators is in jeopardy!
Lightning Safety is an Inconvenience that can save YOUR Life!