Coppell Baseball Aasociation

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Premier (7U-8U)
Premier League

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The goal of the Coppell Baseball Association has always been to provide each youth baseball player in Coppell the best opportunity for developing baseball skills, regardless of the player’s skill level. In the spring of 2011, the CBA introduced the Cowboy Premier League (hereinafter “the CPL”). This league consists of two to four teams, typically two in the fall consisting of 8U players only and three in the spring consisting of both 8U and 7U players, who wish to play baseball at an elevated level and who possesses the necessary skill and talent to play at a higher level. The CBA 8U and 7U recreational baseball programs continue as normal in addition to the CPL. The CBA believes the CPL will create better playing opportunities for all players in these age groups whether the player plays in the CPL or the 8U or 7U recreational leagues.

PARENTS/PLAYER EXPECTATIONS

The CBA Board believes by creating the CPL it will improve play in both the CPL and recreational leagues. Parents can expect the CPL to be more focused on competition and continued skill development at a higher level, while the recreational leagues will be more focused on basic skill development, and learning. CBA further believes by creating the CPL, it will give players in the recreational leagues the opportunity to develop at key positions which they might not otherwise have the opportunity to play. 

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, August 30 2012 )
 
CPL Team Formation

CPL TEAM FORMATION

Each registered player will be required to attend a scheduled tryout to be eligible for the draft.  All players who choose to attend the CPL tryout will be evaluated and scored by independent evaluators. These evaluators will have baseball coaching and/or playing experience. The players will be ranked based upon the average of the evaluators’ scores from the highest score to the lowest score. Generally, the players eligible to be drafted will be those whose rankings are equal to or less than 150% of the total number of players necessary to fill 10 player rosters for each team. The player draft list will be reviewed by the CPL Director and CPL Head Coaches to ensure the evaluation process has been reasonably accurate and to ensure those players who should be on the list are present. Accordingly, the 150% list may, in the end, be slightly more than 150%. Two players per team (i.e., head coach plus assistant coach) may be protected. Each head coach will work with the Director of the CPL when selecting an assistant coach. The goal of the CPL is to increase competition by establishing an equal balance among the CPL teams (stacking is prohibited).  Each CPL coach’s son will be evaluated in the tryout process and assigned a rating just like all other players. A minimum of two 7U players are required to be drafted per team; however, additional 7U players may be drafted. The player draft list will be broken into the following distinct groups:

  1. The “Round 1” group, consisting of 8u and 7U players with rankings in the top 30% of the total number of players to be drafted across all teams;
  2. The “Round 2” group, consisting of 8U and 7U players with rankings in the top 40% of the total number of players to be drafted across all teams;
  3. The “Round 3” group (7U only), consisting of 7U players with rankings in the top 30% of the total number of players to be drafted across all teams;
  4.  The “Round 4” group (7U only), which is comprised of 7U players with rankings in the top 40% of the total number of players to be drafted across all teams;
  5. The “Round 5” group consisting of all remaining players. 


Head coaches must pick their protected players from the rounds in which they are assigned based upon evaluator ratings. If any protected player remains after Rounds 1-4, the protected player must be selected in Round 5 (and Round 6 if two protected players remain).  Again, the intent of this process is to create a balance of talent among the CPL teams. The draft/player rankings information will not be shared with anyone except the CPL Director, CPL Coaches, and select CBA Board members.  For seasons, typically the fall season, when 7U players are not be eligible for the CPL league, Rounds 3 & 4 above are eliminated and Round 5 becomes Round 3.

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CPL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND COACHES SELECTION

CPL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Parents will designate, at registration, as to whether or not their child wishes to try out for the CPL. All players who wish to participate in the CPL must be age eligible and attend a scheduled tryout. Tryouts typically occur in the early August timeframe for fall teams and early November timeframe for spring teams. Players with a valid reason for not attending a scheduled tryout may still be considered for the CPL subject to the discretion of the CPL Director. A non-attendee will be considered on a case-by-case basis based upon the individual’s reason for not attending and must be approved by the CPL Director and a CBA Committee to be eligible for the draft.

COACHES SELECTION

CPL coaches will be selected through an interview process by a CBA Coaches Selection Committee. The coaching selection process will be very similar to how the 9U-12U Cowboys Select Teams are chosen (see Select Team page for more details). Coaches will remain in their positions for the fall and the following spring season. Each coaching candidate will be required to fill out a Coach Application and each will be required to complete the normal CBA background check. Application deadlines will be posted each fall and spring on the CBA website. Completed coach applications should be emailed to the CPL Director and/or Laura Jennings at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated ( Thursday, August 30 2012 )
 
CPL DIRECTOR

Ravi Malick is the CPL Director for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 seasons. Please contact Ravi directly with any questions you may have regarding the CPL at 727.459.6855 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last Updated ( Thursday, July 17 2014 )
 
MISCELLANEOUS

 

Rosters will consist of 10-11 players and games will be played with four (4) outfielders. 

CPL games are typically played against elevated play teams from Southlake, Grapevine, Colleyville, and Keller. 

Each CPL team is expected to play no less than 14 games each season.

Parents should expect and be committed to each CPL team practicing 1-2 times per week during the season and playing each Saturday in the fall (typically doubleheaders) and 2 days per week in the spring (with doubleheaders on Saturdays).

CPL coaches will do their best to ensure that each player is instructed in a similar fashion with similar terminology.

Situations that will be considered in the draft on a case-by-case basis by the CPL Director (and Select Teams Director if necessary) include: siblings, car-pooling relationships, and players who move into the CBA district after the CPL draft.  Considerations will only be given to players who qualify to be drafted and/or are selected.

Last Updated ( Thursday, August 30 2012 )