MCYSA Summer International Championships Start Friday; CABA's Gone

105 Baseball teams from throughout the U.S. and other countries will arrive in the Crystal Lake area this week to participate in the McHenry County Youth Sports Association's annual tournament.

Article originally published March 7, 2012:

How does the “Summer International Championships” sound?

“Say it," said Jack Sebesta, an official with the McHenry County Youth Sports Association.

“S-I-C. Call us that. For short, the kids will start calling us ‘sick.’ Saying something is ‘sick’ is like saying something is ‘cool,'” Sebesta said.

Ted Groat, treasurer of MCYSA, agreed.

"We need something catchy like 'CABA,'" Groat said.

The Continental Amateur Baseball Association, commonly known as CABA, proclaims itself to be “the greatest show on dirt.”

But MCYSA got rid of CABA five years ago. The name, however, stuck around like gum on the bottom of your shoe or a jingle for a commercial that keeps playing in your head. The CABA tournament for a short while reestablished itself in surrounding communities. People didn't know which tournament was which.

“That’s the mistake we made back in 1993,” Sebesta said. “We allowed CABA to become our brand name. Some people still call us CABA, even now, five years after we dropped them.

"The tournament should be known really for our volunteers and not for the vendor we hired.”

Groat said CABA was dropped in 2007 after disagreements arose regarding the caliber and the local origins of teams that it produced for so-called international tournaments.

“CABA dropping out, disappearing from the county, is good news for us,” Groat said. “Now we have just one big tournament in McHenry County and we are it. We’re eliminating some of the confusion."

Sebesta said MCYSA hopes to “partially” fill the void left by CABA’s departure by expanding.

MCYSA's SIC tournaments are scheduled for the end of July and early August. Games will be played in , Cary, Woodstock, McHenry, Johnsburg and Lake in the Hills.

The numbers participating in the 11-, 13- and 15-year-old MCYSA tournaments will grow to 128 teams this year from 86 teams in 2011.

Sebesta said the impact of the MCYSA-sponsored tournament to the local economy is expected to be about $2.3 million this year, up from $1.8 million in 2011.

CABA Walks Away from McHenry County

babs March 07, 2012 at 09:56 PM
jack sebesta March 09, 2012 at 08:11 PM
babs, we would love to have you come out and help with the event or if you are not able to volunteer - we would love to have stop by and see a game. Give me a call and I will hook you up with a day pass. Best regards, Jack Sebesta President MCYSA 815-459-0680 ext 216
babs March 09, 2012 at 08:18 PM
thanks but no thanks, but not a baseball fan
dan luzadder May 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Was looking for some information on CABA - club team we're affiliated picked up CABA this past year instead of the traditional Colorado tournaments. Now, we're in tournaments with two other teams, low participation - ended up with cancelled tournaments. Know anything about the history of Caba? (dluzadder@evcohs.com)
Ramon Ayala July 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM
GO 11U LITH THUNDER!!!!!! Going to be a great weekend. Cant wait.


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