Every year, CSA forms competitive tournament teams in the Shetland, Pinto, Mustang and Bronco divisions. In recent years, these teams have traveled to tournaments in Camarillo, Newport Beach, San Marcos and Big League Dreams. They have competed against other community leagues at PONY tournaments, won multiple banners and advanced as far as the PONY Super Region round.
CSA families and those interested in becoming a CSA family should be aware of the following tournament team info.
March-April: In most years, formal tryouts will be held for our summer all-star teams. (Note: In Spring 2021, due to the COVID-shortened season, there will be no tryouts; the league encourages any coaches and parents who want to form tournament teams to do so.)
Memorial Day Weekend: Many of our league's tournament teams compete in a weekend-long Memorial Day tournament. If your child is interested in playing summer ball, please consider blocking off this weekend on your calendar.
June- July: Our tournament teams vie for berths in the PONY World Series via the annual PONY Tournament. Tournament dates may be found here on the PONY Website. Please keep these dates in mind if your family is interested in participating in our summer-team program.
All CSA-registered players are eligible to attend tryouts. Only CSA-registered players are eligible to attend tryouts.
Ideally, the league will form single-age teams in each division, a la a 7-year-old Pinto team, an 8-year-old Pinto team, a 9-year-old Mustang team, and so on. Each team can roster a maximum of 15 players; most teams will shoot for 11-12 players.
Children should play their league age -- i.e., a 8-year-old who is playing "up" in Mustang in the spring will be asked to vye for a spot on the Pinto-8 summer team. This applies to all children, across all divisions.
At PONY, teams compete as far as they can go. In recent years, CSA has had multiple teams advance to the Super Region round. Please note, some PONY games may be played on mid-week afternoons in the San Gabriel Valley.
In the past, most CSA summer teams have chosen to end their seasons with PONY. Schedules, however, are up to the individual teams. Your team may choose to play more tournaments even after being eliminated from PONY. Your team may also opt to play in tournaments prior to PONY.
Costs for summer teams vary, depending on how many tournaments a team plays, and uniform packages. Finances are managed by a team's coaches or other parent-volunteers. In typical summers, All-Star families will pay $200-$300 up front in team fees (for uniforms, tournament fees, umpire costs for umpired scrimmages, balls, etc.).
The league can field multiple teams in age divisions, if there's enough interest from families -- and from volunteer coaches. If you're interested in coaching in the summer, please contact the commissioner for your child's division.
GET IN THE GAME!
As you look ahead to summer, or look into leagues, we hope you'll keep the CSA and CSA's tournament teams in mind. The competition's a lot of fun, as is the camaraderie.