When Little League removed the 'Big League' division in 2017 a huge void for 16-19 year olds wanting to continue playing baseball was created. To continue playing at the same level to what players were accustomed to in Little League was virtually nonexistent. Arguably the only options were Babe Ruth and other programs that demanded a high level of commitment, longer seasons and a significant fee to play. Recognizing a need for these players to play somewhere, a handful of baseball minded individuals emerged and without much time or resources managed to throw together a 'league' with 5 midget teams and one Junior AAA team. This was the beginning of The Calgary North Baseball League.
In 2018 with the support of some of these same individuals along with others who desired to see a league evolve for this age group, the CNBL was officially formed with a board of directors, online registration and the support of Baseball Alberta. The 2018 season was an overwhelmingly huge success. The league expanded to 6 Calgary teams and 7 rural teams. A full regular season and playoffs were completed despite a shortage of diamond availability.
We are extremely excited for what is ahead in 2019! Expansion into the southern areas of Calgary is in the works. We expect our rural teams to return with possibly the addition of others. The Calgary North Baseball League will become a very desirable league for players to play baseball.