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The Chicago Park District joined the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox today to announce that registration is available for the citywide Chicago Youth Baseball and Softball Tournament (CYBST). For the fourth consecutive year, the Chicago Park District has teamed up with Cubs Charities and White Sox Charities to host the sports competition for inner city baseball and softball teams. 

The tournament is part of the Play Ball Initiative, which is Major League Baseball (MLB) and USA Baseball’s largest effort to encourage widespread participation in both formal and informal baseball and softball activities.

“The Chicago Park District is fortunate to work with partners like the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox to help our young athletes develop lifetime skills through both sports and recreation and to teach youth about teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship,” said Michael P. Kelly, Superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District. “Sports like baseball and softball get our youth outside, exercising and having fun in the process, while staying safe and engaged in our parks.”

This unique sports program provides the opportunity for Chicago’s youth from different parks across the city to meet and socialize on and off the field during the friendly competition. Last year, 36 teams, 30 baseball and 6 softball, and 720 players participated in the tournament that culminated with a grand celebration and get-together. The winning team received a travel trophy to put on display in their home park. 

“As America’s pastime, baseball brings families and communities together. We see it every day at Wrigley Field,” said Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “That’s why we strongly support the Chicago Youth Baseball and Softball Tournament. It encourages Chicago kids to play this great game and learn the lifelong lessons it teaches about hard work, determination and fair play while they bond with their teammates and families.”

“Baseball has always had an incredible impact on those who watch, cheer or play the game. It is a game that instills work ethic, perseverance and simply, a love of being active and playing ball,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, Chicago White Sox Chairman. “As an organization, we have seen the power it has had to change lives through our support of youth baseball initiatives, such as our Amateur City Elite (ACE) program, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and the Inner City Youth Baseball (ICYB). This annual competition is an important way to share our sport with the youth throughout Chicagoland.”

This year, the citywide competition will take place at the UIC Curtis Granderson Stadium, located at 901 W. Roosevelt, from July 26 to July 29. 

Coaches are encouraged to register their baseball and softball teams to play in the tournament through July 12.

Participants and teams must meet the following requirements to be eligible to play:

  • Baseball players must be 12 years and under, and softball team participants must be 13 years and under. 
  • All teams must be operating in a Chicago Park District location to be eligible to compete. 
  • Coaches must provide final roster before or at the coaches meeting Thursday, July 19th at 6pm. Coaches meeting will be held at Curtis Granderson Stadium Press Box. 
  • Download a copy of the roster format that must be used here.

The Chicago Park District offers a variety of athletic programs for youth and teens to receive training necessary for competition at various levels with an emphasis on learning basic skills and incorporating the rules of fair play and sportsmanship. 

For questions regarding the application process, visit