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The Travel Commitment Pledge form:  2018 Travel Commitment Form  is to be filled out and returned to the head coach upon being assigned to a travel team.

Travel Team Information 2018

For 2018, EPBA anticipates fielding between two to four teams at age levels 10 – 15 (Grades 4-8), one Jr. Legion team (16-17 year olds).  The final number and level of travel teams (i.e. AAA, AA, A) will be determined by registration numbers, field availability and tryouts. The EPBA playing time policy is equal playing time over the course of the season for age groups 10-13 (Grades 4-8) and at least 50% playing time over the course of the season for age groups 14- 15 year olds (Grades 8-9) and Jr. Legion. It is also anticipated that Eden Prairie Legion Baseball will be fielding 2 Legion teams (ages 16-18), possibly a third team this year under a new Legion format/program called Legion Tier 2. Legion tryouts, team selection and playing time policies are all within the sole discretion and control of the EP Legion Baseball program and the Legion coaching staff. 
 
Players in Grades 4-9 should register with their current grade unless they will have a birthday prior to the cut off date – that is they must not reach the next age group before May 1, 2018. It is permissible for a player to play up from their designated age division to play with their grade, but they may not play down. For example a 9 year old who is in 4th grade may play in the 10 year old division if he/she is doing so to play with their grade but a 11 year old may not play in the 10 year old division under any circumstances. The parents have the choice, but it is the recommendation of the Board that kids play with their grade.
 
For 4th grade (10 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/07 
For 5th grade (11 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/06 
For 6th grade (12 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/05
For 7th grade (13 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/04
For 8th grade (14 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/03
For 9th grade (15 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/02 
For Jr. Legion (16-17 year olds), players must be born on or after 1/1/01
For Sr. Babe (16-18 year olds), players must be born on or after 1/1/1999 

 
Travel team players are expected to be 100% committed to playing EPBA baseball during the entire travel baseball season. It is EPBA policy that a travel player not be rostered on or play for another club or tournament team during the course of the EPBA travel season. All travel players and parents will be asked to sign a Travel Team Commitment and Code of Conduct form before the start of the season. Regular season league games will normally be on weeknights (Mon. - Thurs.) starting in late April - early May for ages 10-14 and mid- May for 15 year olds and older. Regular season games begin usually about 6:00 PM; some games may be scheduled as late as 8:00 PM. Players are expected to report 30 to 60 minutes before game time. In addition, teams at ages 10-15 will participate in 4 weekend state qualifying tournaments. Jr. Legion and Sr. Babe teams typically play 2-3 tournaments before the start of state tournament play. Most weekend tournaments begin late Friday afternoon or early evening and end on Sunday.  Depending upon a team's success in qualifying play, teams at ages 10-15 may earn a berth in 1-3 state tournaments to be played in mid July. Jr. Legion and Sr. Babe teams typically play one state tournament with an opportunity to advance to regional and national play. Some teams could play into early August should they earn a berth to a national tournament. 

Players and families should understand that if chosen for a Travel Team, it is possible that the team will participate in an out-of-town and/or out-of-state tournament.  Details of any such tournaments and possible additional costs will be communicated by the team coach or manager.

On occasion, it is necessary to add or replace a player after the team is selected either because of injury or a player leaves the team. In such event, if the governing league rules allow for an adjustment to the roster, the Travel Committee, upon consultation with the head coach, shall select the new player from the pool of players that originally tried out for the team. If necessary, an additional tryout will be held in order to determine the new player.
 
Any player who tries out for a Travel Team but is not selected will be placed on one of our Community League teams. The Community League provides a competitive baseball experience with a more limited practice and game schedule.   These teams play 13 – 15 regular season games and at least two season ending tournament games – finishing their season by mid-July.
 
Thank you for registering for baseball this summer. We look forward to providing a great experience for the kids. If you have any questions about the Travel program, please feel free to contact Travel Directors Todd Nicklaus at  or (612) 991-6834 or Melissa Engler at mlengler1@gmail.com or (612) 366-0511.
 
Travel Tryouts
 
All players who register for travel baseball are expected to tryout and attend all scheduled tryout sessions. A player may only be excused from the tryout for the following reasons: 1) a documented injury preventing the player from trying out; 2) a previously scheduled trip or vacation which is to be noted at the time of registration. Any player wishing to be excused from the tryout must obtain approval IN ADVANCE from the Travel Directors Todd Nicklaus and Melissa Engler.  

For players ages 10-14, tryouts will consist of 3 rounds. Players will be graded over the course of 2 rounds by independent outside evaluators. Coaches selected by the Travel Committee for the age level will conduct a coach’s scrimmage in the final round to observe players in game situations and specific skills such as pitching and catching. Following completion of the tryouts, coaches will be assigned to each team by the Travel Committee and teams will be selected by the Travel Committee with input from the coaches based upon the tryout results, past year's statistics, player evaluations, and position versatility.

For players ages 15 and above, tryouts will be held over the course of 1-2 days. Tryouts are typically in the form of outdoor practices and scrimmages to be held in May. The Travel Committee, with input from the coaches, will select the teams following completion of the tryouts.  Legion tryouts will be held in May.  Legion teams are selected by Legion coaching staff. 
 
Evaluating players during tryouts is not a perfect science. Tryout scores are only a reflection of a player’s abilities on that particular day.   Players are placed on teams based upon tryout scores, past performance, a team's positional needs, and position versatility. No system is perfect and we always look for ways to improve the process. If you have any suggestions or wish to help us in this effort, contact a board member or attend board meetings.
 
All travel players will be required to purchase and maintain their own helmets. 

 

2018 EPBA TRAVEL TRYOUT SCHEDULE (10U-18U)

Tryouts for ages 10-14 (Grades 4-8) will be held at the EP Dome.

 

Tuesday, March 20  – Graded Evaluations

  • 8-9  PM    10 YR OLDS

  • 9-10 PM  12 YR OLDS

Wednesday, March 21  – Graded Evaluations

  • 8-9 PM    11 YR OLDS

  • 9-10 PM  13 YR OLDS

Thursday, March 22  – Graded Evaluations

  • 8-9 PM    10 YR OLDS

  • 9-10 PM  14 YR OLDS

Friday March 23 – Graded Evaluations

  • 8-9  PM    11 YR OLDS

  • 9-10 PM  12 YR OLDS

Sunday March 25 - Graded Evaluations/Coaches Tryouts

  • 8-10:00 AM  13 YR OLDS (Graded Evaluation)

  • 10:00-Noon  14 YR OLDS (Graded Evaluations)

  • Noon – 1:00 PM  10 YEAR OLDS (with coaches only -- situational and scrimmage)

  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM  11 YEAR OLDS (with coaches only -- situational and scrimmage)

  • 2:00 - 3:00 PM   12 YEAR OLDS (with coaches only -- situational and scrimmage)

  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM   13 YEAR OLDS (with coaches only -- situational and scrimmage)

  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM   14 YEAR OLDS (with coaches only -- situational and scrimmage)

Schedule TBA

  • 15 YR. OLDS

Schedule TBA

  • JR. LEGION, LEGION TEAMS

 

2018 Travel Baseball Bat Regulations 

Below is a description of the 2018 MBL/MBT bat regulations.  These new regulations apply to all Eden Prairie Travel Players ages 9U – 15U.

Most players will need to purchase a new bat. The new bat regulations will be enforced at travel tryouts, so please ensure your child has a legal bat. Please read the details below for each age group.

Bat restrictions:  9U-14U: All bats must have the new USA stamp (unless using a -3 BBCOR bat or wood bat).
15’s can use a BBCOR bat or wood bat.

9-U, 10-U, 11-U, 12-U, 13-U
Bats must be 2 1/4" with unlimited weight differential or bats 2 5/8" and have a -11 differential or less (i.e. 31” – 20.0 oz.)

14-U
14/15A

Bats must be 2 5/8" with a -5 or less differential or a -3 BBCOR bat.

15-U
Bats must be 2 5/8” with a -3 or less differential and must be a BBCOR bat.

You can find the approved bat list from USA Baseball at https://usabat.com/

2018 Tournament Schedule

 

Division   Tournament #1 Tournament #2 Tournament #3 Tournament #4
           
10 AAA May 11-13 May 18-20 June 1-3 June 15-17
    Eden Prairie Chaska Rosemount Glen Lake
  AA May 11-13 May 18-20 June 1-3 June 15-17
    Eden Prairie Chaska Rosemount Apple Valley
  AA May 11-13 May 18-20 June 8-10 June 22-24
    Eden Prairie Brooklyn Park Burnsville Bloomington
  A May 11-14 June 1-3 June 8-10 June 22-24
    Prior Lake Eden Prairie Edina Woodbury
           
11 AA May 11-13 May 18-20 June 8-10 June 22-24
    Eden Prairie Chaska Burnsville Mankato
  A May 18-20 June 1-3 June 15-17 June 20-24
    Apple Valley Eden Prairie Wayzata Woodbury
           
12 AAA May 11-13 May 18-20 June 8-10 June 22-24
    Eden Prairie Edina Burnsville Prior Lake
  AA May 11-13 June 8-10 June 15-17 June 22-24
    Eden Prairie Apple Valley Jordan Bloomington
  AA May 11-13 June 1-3 June 15-17 June 22-24
    Eden Prairie Rochester Edina Bloomington
  A May 11-13 June 1-3 June 15-17 June 22-24
    Prior Lake Eden Prairie Bloomington Woodbury
           
13 AAA May 11-13 May 18-20 June 8-10 June 21-23
    River Falls St Louis Park Woodbury Omaha
  AA May 18-20 June 8-10 June 15-17 June 22-24
    Albert Lea Burnsville Mendota Heights Owatonna
  A May 11-13 June 1-3 June 8-10 June 22-24
    Lakeville Prior Lake Edina Woodbury
           
14 AAA May 11-13 May 18-20 June 1-3 June 15-17
    Apple Valley St Louis Park East Ridge Bloomington
  AA May 11-13 May 18-20 June 8-10 June 15-17
    Apple Valley Albert Lea Edina Lakeville
14/15 A May 18-20 June 1-3 June 8-10 June 22-24
    Apple Valley Prior Lake Burnsville Owatonna
           
15   June 1-3 June 8-10 June 15-17  
    Eden Prairie Apple Valley Mahtomedi  
 

                              

                               

Jr. Legion                             

 

Legion 1, Legion 2 and Legion 1A (former Sr. Babe) tournaments to be announced after Team Selections 

 

Did you know...

The Eden Prairie Baseball Association provides financial assistance to families in need?

Because the EPBA believes that no young baseball player shoiuld ever be denied the opportunity to participate in America's favorite pastime because of temporary family economic problems, we provide financial assistance to families in need.  Should you need financial assistance in order to participate in one of our leagues, please contact the EPBA Treasurer - Mark Sperr at