The SLP Baseball Association is offering Metro Traveling Baseball for ages 10 -15. Tryouts are being held on September 20-23rd to form teams for the 2015 season. There will be one AAA team offered at ages 10, 11 and 12 if tryouts demonstrate interest and an ability to field a team at this level. The number, type and level of teams at 13, 14 and 15 will be determined based on the tryouts.
It is important to clarify that there will not be tryouts or evaluations for U9 and tryouts for U10, 11 and 12 are not for Little League or Little League Plus. This new offering is not meant to replace Little League. It is simply another baseball option for our community and your player in 2015.
Please review the link below for a full overview of baseball options in St Louis Park.
Only players who are St Louis Park residents or attend a St. Louis Park public school are eligible for participation.
Tryout Dates and Times:
U10, & 11: Sept. 20 & 21st 12-2pm & Sept. 22nd, 6-8pm at Aquila
U12 & 13: Sept. 20 & 21st 2-5pm & Sept. 23rd, 6-8:30pm at Aquila
U14: Sept. 20th 12-3pm, Sept. 21st, 9-12, & Sept. 22nd 6-8:30pm at Carlson
U15: Sept. 20th 3-6pm, Sept. 21st 12-3pm, & Sept. 23rd 6-8:30pm at Carlson
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your first evaluation for check in. It is strongly encouraged to attend 2 out of 3 tryout dates. This is critical to ensure efficacy.
If your player is unable to attend tryouts due to documented illness or injury each situation will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Every resource will be used including past coaches, past performance, desire, commitment, etc. to correctly place a player. Making a travel team the year prior does not guarantee a roster spot the next season.
If your player is not selected to a U10, U11 or a U12 team, please remember they are eligible for participation in Little League and Little League Plus. If your player is not selected for a U13, U14 or U15 team, they will be assigned to a recreational team. In 2014 we had two 13 year old recreational teams as well as one 14/15 team. Games were played against Plymouth, Minnetonka and Hopkins. We are seeking to include other neighboring towns for the 2015 season.
A team of impartial evaluators provided by the SLPBA will evaluate each player’s baseball skills. The evaluators will be people who have the knowledge necessary to evaluate a player’s skill per age group. Players will be evaluated on running, infield, outfield, arm strength and hitting skills. Many factors are considered in determining the rankings of the players. Players should be aware that evaluators look at many things in evaluating the overall player including: attitude, attention, ability to follow directions, teamwork, teammate interactions, etc. Participation on a traveling team requires a financial and time commitment. For those new to traveling this commitment is greater than Little League but comparable when Little League Plus is added.
Points of interest
The cost for evaluations are free, anyone interested in traveling baseball is welcome to attend.
There is a $100 Commitment Fee. The Commitment Fee is due at the time of registration for Tryout. It will be refunded if you withdraw your player from consideration by October 1 at 6 PM or your player is not offered a roster spot. If you accept a roster spot, the Commitment Fee is applied towards your Participation Fee. If you refuse a roster spot or withdraw after 6 PM on October 1, your Commitment Fee is forfeited
The participation fee for 2015: 10U – 12U $300, 13U – 15U $350
A team will play approximately 40 games in a season. 8 home games, 8 away games, 3 weekend tournaments plus several options for post-season play.
Metro baseball also offers a year end All Star tournament for selected players from each team.
The regular season with playoffs begins May and runs into July. If a team places well in tournament play they may qualify and earn a bid to play in up to three Minnesota State Tournaments held in July.
A typical week of baseball for Traveling is 2-3 games and/or 2-3 practices with an average of 5 days of baseball per week.
Our teams will play in a division with other teams such as Edina, Wayzata, Waconia, New Prague, Bloomington, Shakopee, Prior Lake and Eden Prairie. Each season the region has additions and subtractions of teams. There will be no in-house play. To see an example of the 2014 Travel Baseball schedules, CLICK HERE
Typically most communities are within a 30 minute drive.
REGISTER NOW: Click Here to register for 2015 Traveling Baseball Registration. Must be registered by September 20th!
For more information on Metro Traveling Baseball please review the following: Metro Traveling Baseball
Thank you for your time and commitment to Saint Louis Park Baseball.
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