Good luck to all teams playing in the 7th-12th grade tournament this weekend! Please remember to report your scores in a timely manner. The schedule for the 3rd-6th grade tournament has now been released! Coordinators, PLEASE REVIEW YOUR GYM SCHEDULES! Thanks

All Tournament Schedules Now Available! 3rd-6th Released on 2/14

We made a few changes to the 8B HighRec AND 8B Rec Group A brackets this morning (2/7).

The post-season tournament schedule is now available for all tournaments.  You can access the schedule using the buttons below or there is a Tournament option on the Schedule menu with the same options to all of the tournament information.  Please note that all brackets, seeds, and schedules are final.  Follow us on Twitter (@cpybl) as we will be tweeting tournament updates as well as all bracket champions and runners up.

Find My Bracket Physical Bracket Schedule by Bracket  Schedule by Gym 


  1. This is a single elimination tournament
  2. 1st and 2nd place teams will receive individual player medals
  3. Teams were assigned to brackets and seeded based on regular season record at 2/4 at 8am (for the 7th-12th grade tournament) and 2/11 at 8am (for the 3rd-6th grade tournament). The main factor in seeding is record, but we also use point differential, head-to-head (if applicable), and a strength of schedule calculation to help. Also please note that team records have changed since we seeded teams based on scores that were reported after the seeding.  Nothing we can do about that.  This is a 1300 team tournament and we have to get started at some point.  Also, please note that we do not take into account forfeit wins or losses when seeding teams.
  4. Teams are not necessarily playing in the same bracket they did during the regular season.  Athletic divisions were split across more brackets than existed during the regular season.  Low-performing high-rec teams may have been moved down to rec brackets and visa versa.  In other words, we did the best we could to place teams into brackets where they could be competitive.  Recreational teams are combined into a large city-wide pool and then split into brackets based on record so if you are 1-8, chances are, most of the teams in your tournament bracket have a similar record.
  5. We are a big league and that means that teams will be traveling all over the city for the tournament.  Athletic and high-rec teams are used to this during the regular season, but in order to make the most competitive and balanced tournament possible for recreational teams, this means travel.  We hope the amount of travel is offset by a lot of very competitive and exciting tournament games for recreational teams that have had varied levels of success during the regular season.


  1. Admission is the same as during regular season
  2. Admission may be charged once per day per person per site
  3. You must provide a clock operator and gym supervisor
  4. Please have someone available to hand out medals after championship games
  5. Medals must be picked up the week of the tournament.  Time and location TBD.  All tournament hosts will be emailed this information in the next few days.


  1. Please behave in a manner becoming of a youth leader
  2. Teams are responsible for paying referees the same as during the regular season
  3. Any use of non-rostered players will result in your team's dismissal from the tournament.  Please verify your on-line roster is correct.  No excuses.  This should have been completed in early December.
  4. Please adhere to playing time requirements.  Teams found to be in violation of the requirement, will be dismissed from the tournament.  Please follow protocol as laid out in the Rules document to report playing time issues to the league.  Protests will not be heard if protocol is not followed.
  5. Winning coach should report game score immediately following game
  6. Coaches and parents that approach referees after the game (for any reason) will be subject to discipline per our rules document that will be applied next season.  DON'T DO IT!  Many coaches, players, and parents are under the impression (based on emails we receive throughout the season), that we don't hold referees accountable for their actions.  Please know that we regularly review referee performance and have suspended and even removed referees from the league during the regular season.  Everyone is responsible for their own behavior.
  7. If you coach multiple teams, you will need to have your assistants help you during the tournament.  This is something we have stated to your coordinators from day one this season.  We are simply not able to work around multiple team conflicts like we were during the regular season as the tournament is crunched into such a small period of time with many inter-dependencies.


  1. This is youth basketball, please behave in an appropriate manner.  We have had a large increase in issues this year with fan behavior.
  2. Cheer on your kids and be respectful of coaches and referees.
  3. Fans that violate codes of conduct during the tournament will be subject to penalties at the start of next season!


Please note that all coaches will receive an email during their game with a link to the score reporting form (assuming we have a valid email address for them on the web site and your email provider is not blocking our emails). The winning coach should log the game score as soon as possible after the completion of their game. Some tournament sites may offer to log the score for coaches which is nice.  When a game score is submitted, it will auto-advance the winning team on the bracket/schedule.  Please pay close attention as to who is the home and away team on the score reporting form. Champions and runners-up in each bracket will receive medals which gym supervisors will hand out at the end of the championship game. Please note that these are for players only!  10 medals will be available per team.  If you have more than 10 players, please contact the league and we will get them to you the following week.


Fan Behavior - Letter from OHSAA

All parents and coaches should take a moment to read this letter that the OHSAA recently sent to all high schools in the state of Ohio regarding fan behavior at OHSAA-sponsored sporting events. It is a stark reminder the direction fan behavior is heading and how it might affect the ability for children to play in organized sports in the future.

OHSAA Fan Behavior Letter

August Meeting Outcomes/Rules Changes

The August meeting is the working meeting for the year and we worked through several issues and rules changes that will be implemented for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Please familiarize yourself with the changes adopted at the meeting. The rules document, codes of conduct, and liability waivers will all be updated within the next few weeks.

Changes for 2018-19

  • 3rd Girls Athletic: We did not have enough teams to offer a 20 game schedule for 3rd grade girls athletic, so they will play a 10 game schedule and add 10 games against 4th grade girls rec teams.
  • 3rd Boys Athletic B: In addition to an athletic A division, we will now offer a 3rd grade boys athletic B division as there was a large disparity between the top and bottom of the 3rd boys athletic division last season. We need at least 8 teams registered in each division to make this work. If not, all teams will be grouped into a single athletic division the same as last season.
  • 5th Girls Athletic A: Only 6 teams registered in this division so in order to provide schedule diversity, these teams will be playing each other 3 teams and will also play 5 games against 5th girls athletic B teams. Athletic B teams will at most be playing 2 games against A teams.
  • High School Boys: Splitting high school boys into grade level specific divisions was voted down. However, when registering these teams, we will ask you if a team is made up solely of 9th or 10th graders and we will attempt to pod these types of teams together when it makes sense to do so. All varsity teams will be grouped together as in the past.

  • We will offer a 20 game rec schedule for boys 3rd-8th rec teams and girls 3rd-6th rec teams. There are not enough teams at the 7th and 8th grade girls levels to support this. When registering a team in any of these recreational divisions, you can check a box to choose a 20 game schedule. These teams will be assigned to a primary pod and this is where the team will show up in the standings. The team will also be assigned a secondary pod and play 10 games against teams in each pod. Seeding of these teams in the season ending tournament will be based on winning percentage.

    The registration deadline for 7th-12th grade teams will be end of day November 14th. This is a hard deadline and no extensions will be granted. In addition, all 7th-12th grade teams will play a nine week season (10 games) and the tournament will take place a week earlier to help avoid issues with spring sports tryouts at their schools. The tournament for the upcoming season will take place on February 14-17.

    A representative from each member organization will be required to sign an on-line Liability Waiver for Organizations this season In addition, all head coaches must sign a Code of Conduct that is available from the Coach sub-menu on the Portals menu.

    By a wide-margin, league membership voted to move back to the 80/20 roster rule that was in place in our league until last season. In essence, this means that for teams of 10 or more, 2 players can be a "non-organization player" and for teams of 9 or less, 1 player can be a "non-organization player". There are many provisions that define what a "non-organization player" is, so please check the Rules document when updates are made available. A new process will be implemented and now organizations seeking a player waiver must fill out an on-line form that both the league and the "home" organization for that player must approve online. Information on the player waiver process will be emailed to coordinators before the start of the registration period.

    In order to provide the flexibility demanded by high school teams, the league will operate under a 50/50 roster rule this year meaning at least 50% of the players on a team must be an "organization" player. This means t their primary residence is within the boundaries of that organization or they attend a school within those boundaries. Please check the Rules document for more specifics. Player waiver forms ARE NOT REQUIRED for "non-organization" players but the league reserves the right to audit rosters and if we find a high school roster with more than 50% "non-organization" players, the league reserves the right to sanction this team which might include removal from the league.

    While we have always been governed by OHSAA rules unless specified in our rules document, we will be specifically calling out OHSAA rules on uniforms in our own document. Players are only to wear legal numbers and we are specifying what can and cannot go on uniforms. Here are the highlights, but please refer to the rules document when it has been updated. We will work with communities to grant a one year exemption on uniform numbers if a parent bought a jersey last year with the thought that they would use it for two seasons. This exemptions MUST BE CLEARED WITH THE LEAGUE.

  • The name of the Community is the only wording permitted on the front of the jersey. Nicknames are not permitted.
  • The last name of the player is the only wording permitted on the back of the jersey. Nicknames are not permitted.
  • Each team member shall be numbered on the front and back of the team jersey with plain Arabic numerals. The following numbers are legal: 0,1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 00, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55. A team member list shall not have both numbers 0 and 00.

  • There is absolutely no reason to approach a referee after a game. Referees do not have a safe haven to retreat to such as a locker room like they do at varsity basketball games for instance. We are doubling the penalty that was implemented last year. Anyone approaching a referee after a game will be given a two-game suspension. If a gym monitor approaches a referee after a game for any reason other than to provide support to the referee, they will be given a four game suspension. Please refer to the Rules document for an official statement of this new rule.

    Parent ejection totals were more than both the Head Coach and Assistant Coach combined last season. Each season parent ejections have increased, with a huge spike in 2017-18. In an attempt to deter this type of behavior and passed by a near unanimous member vote, a parent/fan that is ejected from a game may result in their player being suspended for the same amount of time the player/fan is suspended. If a parent/fan wants to get in a fight, confront a referee, or yell profanities at a game, be prepared to see your child suspended for your behavior. Again, please refer to changes in the official rules document when available.

    Important Info


    Sep 15 New Member Deadline

    Sep 17 Team Registration Open

    Oct 15 Gym Availability Due

    Oct 20 Athletic Team Registrations Due

    Oct 24 2nd-6th Rec Registrations Due

    Nov 10-11 Pre-Season Tourney

    Nov 14 7th-12th Registrations Due

    Nov 21 Schedules Available

    Nov 26 Rosters and Waivers Due

    Nov 30 Opening Weekend

    Dec 17-Jan 3 Winter Break

    Feb 14-17 7th-12th Tournament

    Feb 21-24 3rd-6th Tournament

  • 2nd-12th grade teams
  • 10 game rec schedules
  • 20 game athletic schedules
  • Rec, High-Rec, Athletic, Open
  • Rec teams grouped by location
  • Athletic A/B/C divisions
  • League schedules all games
  • League manages/assigns refs
  • Games at member gyms
  • Preseason Shootout
  • Post-season tournament
  • ALL parents/guardians must fill out the CPYBL Liability Waiver form for each of their children. Players will not be allowed to participate in league games until the waiver has been submitted. Waivers for the 2018-2019 season can be submitted starting on August 1st.

    Liability Waiver Form

    Please take a moment to read the League Rules as well as the Codes of Conduct that are used to govern the league. All documents have been updated for the 2018-19 season.

    League Rules

    Coach Codes of Conduct

    Officials Codes of Conduct

    Parent/Spectator Codes of Conduct

    Player Codes of Conduct

    Click on the button below to view information about tournaments that are being hosted by CPYBL members or to learn how to contact the league with information about your tournament if you are a member.

    Member Tournaments

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