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Michelle Stavros Benefit

Lion’s Club is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner and charity event on Friday October 28th at the Knights Club to benefit Michelle Stavros who is battling colon cancer. See the poster below for details

2017 Traveling Tryouts

2017 Traveling tryouts have been tentatively scheduled for March 15-19, 2017

Board Update

The SYBA Board appointed the following to fill at-large positions:

Troy Breyer
Brian Bollig
Jason Peace

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. 

Annual Meeting

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.


Winter Training at Starters

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


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  During the checkout process in the purchase screen, enter "@Shako" in the discount code bar to receive the 10% Academy discount.  

Starters Hitting TImes

Oct 18th - Nov December
6:00-7:00 9&10 6:00-7:00 13&14
7:00-8:00 11&12 7:00-8:00 9&10
8:00-9:00 13&14 8:00-9:00 11&12
January February
6:00-7:00 11&12 6:00-7:00 9&10
7:00-8:00 13&14 7:00-8:00 11&12
8:00-9:00 9&10 8:00-9:00 13&14
6:00-7:00 13&14
7:00-8:00 9&10
8:00-9:00 11&12

Fall Baseball Information

Click here for information about upcoming fall baseball options in Shakopee

2016 Minor League

Saber Baseball on Twitter

Follow Saber Baseball on Twitter @tschlepe

Do you have a question about Shakopee Baseball?

Updated for 2016 Season

Frequently Asked Questions

We have added a section with the most asked questions about Shakopee Youth Baseball - both in house and traveling.

    Attention - Potential Coaches

    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.

    Used Baseball Equipment Swap Exchange

    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

    Baseball Training Options

    Other baseball training information can be found at


    Stemmer Field Improvements

    Legion Steak Fry

    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)

    9 yr old tournemant team information

    Click on this link to read everything you need to know about 9 yr old summer baseball options.

    New Scoreboard at Green Meadows

    Miracle League of Minnesota

    For more information about the Miracle League

    Las Aguilas Beisbol Thank You

    SYBA recently made a donation of used baseball equipment to Las Aguilas Beisbol, a baseball organization  in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

    Bats for Sale

    If you have used equipment that you would like to sell, you can list it here.

    You can also use this site as a place to list a bat that you are interested in purchasing.

    Where in the world is.......

    Want to know where a field is in Shakopee?  Click on the link below for maps to all the baseball fields in Shakopee.

    Questions about In House Baseball?

    Dave Johnson

    In House Director

    To Be Appointed by the Board

    In House Director

    Questions about Traveling Baseball?

    Paul Van Maanen

    Traveling Director

    Eric Ho

    Traveling Director

    Tom Schleper

    16-18 yr old & Head Baseball Coach


    If you have any questions or would like to comment about anything SYBA related, please contact any SYBA Board Member.

    Summer Club Baseball Teams

    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.

    Are you a great sports parent?

    Causes of arm issues

    Ever wonder how....

    Bat rules for 2016

    For the 2016 MBL/MBT Season, see the rules for your age group at

    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.

    Why Playing Multiple Sports Can Help You Score a Scholarship

    9/1/2010 |  --
    By Zac Clark
    See the issue: September 2010
    If you want to score a scholarship, your best bet is to play multiple sports. Doing so allows you to display your discipline in managing an active and busy schedule—school, homework, practices, games and training sessions.
    “We want to know that you will hold your own and have a good work ethic,” says Scott Richardson, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Auburn track and field. “We don’t want discipline problems. We want people who will come here and help our program and our school.”
    College coaches are rarely interested in a one-sided athlete. Rather, they prefer all-around talents capable of spreading their skills across more than one playing field. Think of the variations in footwork, change of direction and flexibility that occur in different sports. When athletes master those skills, it only further enhances their athletic abilities.
    “Baseball helped me learn how to catch the ball at the highest point, which improved my ability at the wide receiver position,” says Seattle Seahawks rookie Golden Tate, a dual-sport athlete in football and baseball at the University of Notre Dame.
    When on the recruiting trail, coaches attempt to evaluate an athlete’s future potential, most of which is dependent on athleticism. Contrary to popular belief, specializing in one sport limits an athlete’s potential in that sport—not a good thing in the eyes of a coach. More often than not, if a coach is showing interest, he’ll want to see you in a different playing environment than the sport he’s recruiting you to play. When you specialize in one sport, you limit your options to showcase your athletic abilities.
    “When we get a guy who can play multiple positions, we get excited,” says University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier. “But, if we get a guy who can play multiple sports, that’s really special.”

    Joe’s Commandments

    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.

    Professional Hockey Player recommends playing multiple sports

    Fourteen-year NHL veteran and New York Islanders head amateur scout Trent Klatt has a message for coaches and parents this offseason: “Put the hockey equipment in the rafters and go play ball.” Klatt, a product of the Brooklyn Park youth hockey system and Osseo High School in Minnesota, played just about every sport as a child. It helped him develop into a premier, well-rounded athlete who enjoyed each passing season. Now, as an NHL scout, he looks for that same type of athleticism. Klatt sat down with USA Hockey and explained why the offseason should be spent off the ice.

    What a Parent Says to Their Son Before His First Baseball Game

    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.

    Interested in supporting Shakopee Youth Baseball?

    Want to get your logo and link to your website on the left hand side of this website? Check out the Shakopee Youth Baseball Sponsorship Program. Shakopee Youth Baseball Association is a non-profit organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)