2017 Traveling tryouts have been tentatively scheduled for March 15-19, 2017
The Shakopee Tournament is scheduled for June 9-11
The SYBA Board appointed the following to fill at-large positions:
Since no one expressed interest in the open In House Director position, these three gentlemen will share the In House Director duties along with other duties as they arise.
At-large appointees are for one year team.
Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for the 2016 SYBA Annual Meeting. There was good discussion and many ideas were discussed.
The following people were elected to Board:
Vice President - Andy Bethel
Treasurer - Allen Larson
Travel Director - Paul Van Maanen
Below is a copy of the formal presentation that was presented by the Board. Questions can be directed to any Board member.
SYBA and Starters will be offering two options for training this winter. These options are available for those planning on playing 9-year-old to 14-year-old baseball next summer.
Cages Only option ($75) includes 3 cages from 10/18/16 - 12/29/16. On Jan 1st. a 4th cage will be added to each session which will run until middle of March. Training days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays with a 1-hour time slot between 6pm-9pm. Age specific time slots will rotate monthly between 6-7, 7-8 & 8-9. The cages will be set up for hitting stations, but there will be no instruction – just like last year = parents may help or players can hit on their own.
Cages Plus Instruction option ($150) includes the same dates and times as the Cages Only option plus an instructor led third day per week – Mondays starting on 1/2/17 and continuing until mid-March. The other two nights are still open cage time without instructor. Instructor lead sessions will work on hitting, fielding and arm preparation, with the area of concentration rotating weekly.
Groupings for the hour sessions for both options will be 9&10's, 11&12's, 13&14’s and will be specified once registrations numbers are complete. SYBA will update the website monthly with the current schedule.
Click on the link below to register. Questions can be directed to Brian Bollig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starters’ Baseball Academy
SYBA families also are eligible for a 10% discount for Starters’ Baseball Academy program for those families looking for additional training. Parents can see Academy options by visiting www.startersbaseball.com/academy. During the checkout process in the purchase screen, enter "@Shako" in the discount code bar to receive the 10% Academy discount.
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2016 Minor League
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If you are interested in being a coach (head or assistant coach), you must have a current (less than three years old) concussion certificate. All coaches (head and assistants, traveling and in house) must receive concussion training and education every three-years. Coaches should keep this concussion certificate with them during all practices and games. Coaches who do not complete the training course or do not have a copy of the certificate will be ineligible to coach. The following link outlines the requirements and provides a link to the training and certificate.
Thanks to everyone who participated in SYBA's baseball equipment swap exchange. Gloves, bats, spikes, helmets and pants were dropped off and picked up. We were also able to collect seven large bags of equipment that will be donated to a charity. Nothing went to waste. Thanks everyone.
2015 Minor League
Other baseball training information can be found at http://www.shakopeeyouthbaseball.com/page/show/28988-training
The Shakopee American Legion has a steak fry every first Friday of the month. Stop by and help support Legion Baseball (17-18 yr olds)
New Scoreboard at Green Meadows
SYBA recently made a donation of used baseball equipment to Las Aguilas Beisbol, a baseball organization in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Want to know where a field is in Shakopee? Click on the link below for maps to all the baseball fields in Shakopee.
In House Director
In House Director
16-18 yr old & Head Baseball Coach
It seems that club sports have moved into the realm of summer baseball. This is something new for our sport in Minnesota. Although SYBA is a strong proponent of multi-sport athletes, Club Baseball has provided solid fall, winter, and even spring opportunities for baseball players in Minnesota. As the board has examined several of the developing summer club teams’ schedules (up to 2-3 practices per week and up to 5 summer tournaments), it is pretty clear that a player could not play both summer club baseball and SYBA summer baseball. There would be too many conflicts with schedules, and the health of our athletes’ arms/bodies trying to do both would not be a positive situation. We want all of our families to be aware of this conflict and realize it is not possible to play both SYBA and Club Summer Baseball. If you have inadvertently registered for both, please contact your club organization or SYBA for a refund. If you have registered for both, we strongly encourage you to stay with the SYBA and reconsider your club organization. Most organizations will provide a refund if requested. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact a travel director (Matt Masloski/Eric Ho) or President (Jim Ungar) to further discuss.
For the 2016 MBL/MBT Season, see the rules for your age group at www.mbl.bz
Shakopee Chevrolet Supports Youth Baseball
Shakopee Chevrolet General Manager George McGuire presents a $1,000 check to Shakopee Youth Baseball. Accepting the check is SYBA President Jeff Imhoff and Minor League Green and Gold teams.
Many years ago Manager Joe McCarthy wrote his ten baseball commandments. Young ball players - and old ones as well - had best heed the McCarthy commandments. They are pearls of wisdom.
1. Nobody ever became a ball player by walking after a ball.
2. You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.
3. Keep your head up and you may not have to hold it down.
4. Outfielders who throw a ball back of a runner lock the barn door after the horse is stolen.
5. When you start to slide, slide. He who changes his mind may change a good leg for a broken one.
6. Don’t alibi on the bad hops. Anybody can field the good ones.
7. Always run them out. You can never tell.
8. Don’t quit. The game is never over until the last man is out.
9. Don’t find faults with umpires. You can’t expect them to be as perfect as you.
10. A pitcher who hasn’t control, hasn’t anything.
This is your first game, son. I hope you win. I hope you win, for your sake, not mine, because winning is nice. It’s a good feeling, like the whole world is yours. But it passes, this feeling. What lasts is what you’ve learned.
And what you learn is life. That’s what sports are all about. Life. The whole thing is played out in front of you. The ups and the downs. Life. The happiness. The miseries. The joys. The heartbreak.
There’s no real telling of how you’ll do. You may be a hero, or maybe you won’t. There’s just no telling. Some of what will happen depends on chance, on how the ball bounces. But you can control how you react to it. Stay positive. Persevere. Good things eventually happen to good people.
I’m not just talking about the game, son. I’m talking about life. It’s life that the game is all about.
Every game is life, and life is a game. A serious one, completely serious.
But that’s what you do with serious things. You do your best. You take what comes. You take what comes and you run with it. You work hard.
Winning is fun, sure. But winning is not the point. Wanting to win is the point. Not giving up is the point. Never being satisfied with what you’ve done is the point. Never letting up is the point. Never letting anyone down, including yourself, is the point.
Play to win. Sure. But lose like a champion. It’s not the winning that counts. What counts is trying . . . try your absolute best.
A longtime high school coach explains why encouraging multi-sport participation is in everyone's best interest.