Cheshire Reds Travel Baseball
The Cheshire Reds is the travel program within Cheshire Youth Baseball (CYB) open only to residents of Cheshire or those who attend a school in Cheshire. Players are selected through tryouts announced to the broader CYB / CYS community and posted to the CYB / CYS website. The shared objectives among Reds coaches, players and parents in conjunction with CYB are:
- Provide a fun experience for all
- Develop and advance players’ baseball skills and knowledge of the game
- Play competitive baseball in greater New Haven, Waterbury, and beyond
- Positively represent the Town of Cheshire and CYB wherever Reds teams play
For the 2021 season (yes, we're already planning for NEXT year!), the Reds organization will field the following teams:
8U - John Melillo
9U – Matt Clarke
10U – Adam Donroe
11U – Vito Catalanotto
12U – Dave Bonomo
13U – Dan Hayden
These teams play in various local leagues, such as:
- AABC Waterbury
- AAU-affiliated East Shore Travel League based in New Haven
- Colonial League in Wallingford
Each team’s season will generally run from early April through late June to early/mid July. Post-season tournaments will often take a team through to the middle or end of July. There are typically one or two games during the week and at least that many on weekends. Additionally, teams will try to practice at least once a week. Teams also have the option of playing in at least one non-league tournament and often more, depending on interest and cost. Over the years, teams have competed in tournaments in MA, NY, NJ, MD, DE and other states. Considering regular season, post-season and non-league tournaments, each team should expect to play 25-40 games.
Reds teams begin working out indoors in January, often using school gymnasiums in Cheshire as well as local privately-owned facilities. Since teams cannot conduct batting practice in our school gyms, we utilize these other facilities to practice hitting. These winter workouts usually conclude when the weather permits outdoor practice, right about the start of the season in late March or early April.
While some Reds players also choose to play CYB, it is not a requirement to do so. The decision to play Reds and CYB is one each family should make considering the cost and time commitment associated with playing on two teams with very different schedules.
The Reds organization is governed by the Reds Committee, which consists of the VP of Reds and each of the Reds managers. The VP of Reds is also part of the CYB Executive Committee to ensure clear communication and coordination between CYB and Reds, and vice-versa.
For questions about the Reds, please feel free to contact Jim Gidicsin, VP of Reds, at email@example.com.