Advanced Baseball

UpdatedTuesday August 14, 2018 byCitrus Park Sports Association.

Advanced Baseball
The Advanced Baseball Program provides an opportunity for players wishing to receive focused instruction, while competing against top level competition, the opportunity to do so within the Advanced Baseball Program. The AB Program competes in the Cal Ripken West Florida Advanced Baseball League in a league play format during the Fall and Spring seasons. See below for more information.

AB Baseball Information - 2018
Apply to manage Spring AB teams HERE.
AB players will receive a jersey and hat. Players will need to purchase pants, belts and socks.  More information will be given by your manager.


Advanced Baseball FAQs

Q. What is Advanced Baseball?
A. The Advanced Baseball program exists as an extension of and to complement the recreational baseball program. The advanced baseball program exists to provide an “advanced” player that has a higher skill level and has a passion for playing an opportunity to compete at a
higher level. This will be accomplished through advanced level instruction and more advanced competition.

Q. Is Advanced Baseball the same as travel baseball?
A. It combines the competitiveness and inter-league play, but is not part of the Travel Ball program, Advanced Baseball is made up of teams at little league parks who are members of the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth program. The Advanced Baseball program only competes against other local Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth leagues (up to 60 miles) and does not compete in travel baseball tournaments.

Q. What is the purpose of Advanced Baseball?
A. The Advanced Baseball program will focus on developing players by reinforcing proper baseball fundamentals, teaching advanced concepts appropriate to each individual age group and by offering advanced level competition. CPSA’s Advanced Baseball program will place a focus on practice and development.  It is a great opportunity for a player to play the sport at an advanced level for their age group.

Q. If my child makes the AB team will they also automatically make the All-Star team?
A. No, making an Advanced Baseball team does not guarantee your child will make an All-Star team.  There is a coach’s selection committee for All-Stars and any player from a regular season can be invited to be an All-Star.

Q. How long is the AB season?
A. The spring season will be approximately 12 weeks and 10-15 games. Spring will begin in mid-February and finish by the beginning of May.  The fall season will be approximately 8 weeks and approximately 6 games. The Fall season will begin mid to late September and finish in mid-November. 

Q. How often do AB teams play?
A. The Advanced Baseball teams play on Sundays.  They will play 1-2 Sundays per month in a double header. There will be one tournament each season in addition to the regular schedule.  The tournament will be played on a Sunday and include multiple games based on win/loss.

Q. When do the AB teams play?
A. AB games are played on Sundays with possible exception being the end of season tournament. The Advanced Baseball program will make every effort to schedule all Citrus Park teams at the same location as a convenience to families with multiple kids playing at multiple levels within the Advanced Baseball Program.

Q. How often do the AB teams practice?
A. AB teams will have one field practices during the week and one cage practice per week. Additional practices may be scheduled at the Manager’s discretion.

Q. How much does it cost to play Advanced Baseball?
A. The total cost to play Advanced Baseball is approx. $60 per season.

Fees are outlined below:

  • The registration fee covers uniforms, insurance, registration in the Advanced Baseball League, umpires during games, training for coaches, equipment and field time. The registration fee will be collected once a player is named to a team.

Q. How are teams chosen?
A. A tryout will be held each Fall and Spring season. All players that participate in the tryout will be evaluated by The Evaluation Panel. The Evaluation Panel will name the team after the tryout is complete.

Q. Can anyone participate in Advanced Baseball?
A. To participate in Advanced Baseball, you must meet the below criteria for each season:

  • Fall
    • Participate in the Fall Recreational Baseball season.
    • Each player must commit to playing the Spring recreational baseball season.
  • Spring
    • Participate in the Spring Recreational Baseball season.
    • Each player must commit to playing the Fall recreational baseball season.

Q. Is there a “must-play” rule in Advanced Baseball?
A. No, there is no “must-play” rule in Advanced Baseball.  It is the Manager's discretion as to who gets to play on the field.

Q. How will conflicts be prevented with the recreational baseball season?
A. The Advanced Baseball program was designed to compliment the recreational baseball program. Since most games are on Sundays, there will be no conflict with recreational league game schedule.

For any further questions, please contact us at

Website to West Florida Advanced Baseball