CENTRAL PENOBSCOT YOUTH LEAGUE
The Central Penobscot Youth League (CPYL) is a late spring independent baseball league
for children 9 - 12
years old living in the towns of Bradford, Corinth, Exeter, Garland, Hudson,
Kenduskeag, and Stetson in central Maine. Play starts in early May and ends before the
Fourth of July. The schedule will be posted here when it becomes available. The league follows rules as set by
Little League Baseball Official Regulation and Playing Rules exept as amended to meet the needs of the league by
a majority of coaches attending the league meeting. Amendments will take precedence over Little League rules immediately
upon adoption. Associated leagues are encouraged to adopt these procedures.
To be eligible to play, a child must reside in one of the above towns and the 9th
birthday of the child must occur before August 1 and the 13th birthday of the child must
not occur before July 4 of the current year. Baseball opportunities also exist for
for children from 13-16 years of age. Contact your municipal office for
If you wish to sign your child up to play, call the
municipal office in your town.
For further information about the league, call CPYL President Willie Underhill at at 207-296-3470 or 207-852-8260(cell). Or see Index
Municipal Office Numbers
We have adapted a set of governing principles for players, coaches, officials and
spectators so that we may ensure safe, fair, instructive, and pleasant recreation for
all concerned. This New York Times
article illustrates the importance of these principles and what youth sport is coming to nationwide.
- The game is for the children. Youth baseball cannot be expected to satisfy the
egos of relatives of the players who would have liked to have been all-stars in their own
day. We must never forget for a moment: The game is for the children.
- As a result of #1 above, it is the business of the adults directing the efforts of
the children to ensure that the young people have the opportunity for safe and healthy
recreation and to learn physical, emotional, intellectual, and social skills.
- It is also the business of the adults to treat the young people with respect and
courtesy at all times. Don't denigrate them. Don't ridicule them. Coaches are teachers, not
stand-up comics. Save the Don Rickles imitations for the New Year's Eve party.
- For the sake of the safety of the players, games must never extend beyond the
curfew set by the coaches. Violations of this curfew increase the risk of injury to the
children. That an individual game may have been extended without injury is a matter of
luck and nothing else.
- Also to ensure safety, coaches must never tell players to seek an 'edge' by doing
something that might endanger the health or well-being of any player.
- Coaches and umpires must make sure the field is safe for play. If no safe place to play a
game can be found, postpone or cancel the game.
- Players, coaches, and spectators must respect the integrity of game officials.
As a corollary, the home coach must find the best umpires available and must be sure that
these officials are aware of the general rules of Little League baseball and particularly
those pertaining to the Central Penobscot Youth League. To this end, home coaches are
responsible for supplying an up-to-date set of rules to the umpire-in-chief and of assuring
that a set is available at the game site. In any town does not have a set of rules, one may
be obtained by contacting the league office (327-1453).
- If a disagreement regarding rules interpretation occurs, consult the rules --
calmly and rationally. If the disagreement still exists, consult any league official who may
be present for possible clarification. If the conflict still remains, play the game under
protest and appeal to the league. We want to teach our children to handle differences of
opinion calmly and rationally, without shouting, swearing, and making accusations.
- If questions arise concerning the judgment of the umpire as to ball-strike or
safe-out, it is unfortunate, but nothing can be done beyond complaining to the league
afterward. In cases of this type, certain umpires haven't been asked for further services.
Never forget -- the kids are watching. If you act like a jackass, you are teaching them to
act like jackasses.
- For the playoffs, the league will select and pay umpires judged to be of the
highest quality. You won't get anywhere arguing with them; they most likely know the
game -- at least the rules -- better than you do. Certainly, you won't find better umpires.
We are careful about whom we ask to officiate our playoff games, and this policy seems to
- The league is for all aspiring players, not just the gifted athletes. Each boy or
girl living in the towns we serve must be given the opportunity to participate in the
camaraderie and to develop the skills particular to the sport.
- Players, coaches and spectators all represent their towns. They must refrain
from abusive language or actions toward the team that is their guest or host or toward the
umpires. We hope that the families and friends of the players will support them and will
keep their support at the highest levels of good sportsmanship. The Bangor
Daily News for Nov. 18, 1999 reports that the Jupiter-Tequesta Athletic
Association of West Palm Beach, Florida requires parents of participants to
take a 1-hour course on spectator ethics. We're doing ok without going that far,
but it shows how seriously that league takes sportsmanship.