South Cheektowaga
Baseball Association

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are common questions that are asked of members of the SCBA Board

What is SCBA?

South Cheektowaga Baseball Association (SCBA) is located in Cheektowaga, New York. SCBA is one of Western New York's largest youth sports organizations. Each year, about 300 boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 19 participate on over 35 teams in our Teeball and Baseball programs.

SCBA is a not-for-profit, independent organization run by a volunteer 15-member Board of Directors.

Who participates in SCBA?

Participants in SCBA are boys and girls who range in age from 5 to 19. Most participants (approximately 75%) reside in the town of Cheektowaga, though other players come from Lancaster, Depew, West Seneca, and the surrounding towns.

Where does SCBA play its games ?

The majority of SCBA games are played at the following diamonds:

  • Cheektowaga Town Park
  • Cheektowaga Town Hall
  • Dartwood Park
  • Depew Bus / Varsity
  • Dingens Park
  • Kelly Park
  • Losson Park
  • Nokomis Park
  • Southline Fire Company

In addition, some SCBA leagues play against teams from surrounding leagues (Amherst, Beverly Hills, CleveHill, Lancaster, NCAAA, SouthLine, SouthSide).

For directions and maps to all of these diamonds, go to SportsManager by clicking HERE.

How are teams assigned?

All registrants, regardless of experience and ability, will automatically be assigned to a team once they register. SCBA's policy, however, is fairly unique -- unlike most organizations where team assignment is done via draft or lottery, SCBA team assignment is done taking into account all requests of participants to be placed on the same time with relatives, friends, or neighbors.

If your child would like to be placed on the same team as a close friend or you need your child placed on the same team as a neighbor for transportation reasons, please let SCBA know by indicating the request on the Registration Form.

Please note that SCBA cannot guarantee that all requests will be met -- it is also a SCBA policy that all teams in a league have the same number of participants with nearly the same age and experience distribution. However, SCBA is usually able to meet 90 to 95 percent of all requests.

What are the league's participation policy?

SCBA rules require that all children who actively participate in team practices and regularly attend league games are allowed to participate.

Team managers are required to have each child be in the regular batting order every game (all children will get a chance to hit) and participate defensively in at least half of the games' defensive innings (all children will given the opportunity to play in the field).

Parents of first-time participants usually find this rule to be the most different from what they normally expect in a typical baseball game. The team batting order will consist of all of the team members, not just the 9 or 10 defensive players. Team managers are also allowed to freely substitute defensive players at any time. All participants have to play a defensive position every other inning. This insures that all participants will play at least half of the defensive innings and bat several times over the course of a game, regardless of ability.

When are the games played?

Team practices will start during the latter part of April. Opening day for all boys and girls ages 12 and under is the second weekend in May. Opening days for boys ages 13 and older is the fourth weekend of May. All regular-scheduled games conclude by mid-July.

The 5-6 Teeball season consists of 12 games. All other age levels seasons are also about 12 games, some more, some less. Some, but not all, leagues also have playoffs.

Typically, games for ages 10 and under are between 1-1/2 and 2 hours in length. For players over 11 years old, games are usually between 2 and 2-1/2 hours.

There is no regularly scheduled days for games to be played; with so many leagues and a limited number of diamonds, games are being played almost every day:

    • Mondays through Fridays - games are played after 5:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays - games are played between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
    • Saturdays - reserved for travel teams and rain dates
When are practices held?

Team practices are at the discretion of team managers.

Typically, practices are 2 to 3 times per week prior to the start of the season and once a week thereafter.

Practices are usually weeknight evenings (after 5:30 p.m.) or Saturdays. Practice length varies from 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Does SCBA have any travel or tournament teams?
SCBA fields boys' tournament/travel teams for ages 8 through 18. Tournament/travel teams involve competition with other organizations inside and outside of Western New York and may involve some out-of-state travel. Additional expenses are also incurred as a result of participation on a tournament/travel team. Tournament/travel team selection takes place throughout the year and is finalized in June, just prior to the start of competition. Selection is based on the regular season play and superior abilities shown by each of the participants. Actual competition occurs in July and August.
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