Register before Feb 21st before all rates increase $25
Please don't wait until the last minute to register!
The payment plan option for traveling baseball has been fixed and is now available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
The following link will take you to the Innovative Graphics website where you can order SYBA merchandise.
Pre-orders end Monday February 15th at midnight. All orders will be delivered during tryouts March 17th-19th - more information to follow.
Once pre-order closes, these items will not be available again. Items are custom made with no excess stock - no returns or exchanges will be possible so choose sizes carefully.
SYBA is in need for coaches especially in the in house leagues. Each team should have four coaches per team. This allows for more efficient practices (four different stations with three players at each station) as well as more enjoyable games (1st base coach, 3rd base coach, bench coach, and scorebook).
We realize everyone is very busy and may not be able to commit full time. Part-time coaches are certainly welcomed. Just note on your coaches application how much time (days of week, start time, etc.) and SYBA will pair you with someone whose schedule will compliment your schedule.
SYBA has put together a number of coaching guides to help you if you are new to coaching. We are also putting together some coaching clinics.
And this is not only a “Dad” job. Moms are also encouraged to help out.
There will be a question near the end of the registration asking if you would like to be coach. Please give some consideration to helping your son’s baseball team this year.
Early Bird Registration Discount ends - Sunday February 14th - Happy Valentines Day!
Thursday March 17th 5:00-10:00 pm Savage Dome - infield, outfield, speed, agility
Friday March 18th 5:00-7:00 pm Savage Dome - infield, outfield, speed, agility
Saturday March 19th TBD West Junior High - hitting
Sunday March 20th TBD West Junior High/High School - Pitchers & Catchers
Saber Spring Training is run for five Sundays in February and March by varsity baseball coach Tom Schleper, his staff, and players. All clinics are at West Jr. High, except the main 5 pitching clinics are in the SHS Auxiliary Gym. The hitting sessions include live hitting in batting cages, as well as short toss machines, tees, and various hitting machines (up to 12 stations). We typically have a 3-to-1 coach-to-player ratio. The pitching sessions are run by assistant coaches Ryan Niedfeldt and Rob Wagener, both former college pitchers, along with varsity players. These clinics are a great opportunity for Shakopee youth baseball players to learn the fundamentals and improve their skills indoors in February and March prior to spring tryouts and the summer outdoor season. Players should come dressed and ready for baseball . . . bring desired personal equipment; baseballs and hitting equipment will be provided.
All ages 9-14 Sabers Spring Training Sunday indoor hitting and pitching baseball sessions are open. These clinics are run by SHS coaches and players for five straight Sunday afternoons starting on February 14. See the www.shakopeeyouthbaseball.com website for Sabers Spring Training registration details or contact Coach Schleper at email@example.com.
The following are the SYBA dates for February:
Monday, February 01, 2016
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Monday, February 08, 2016
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
The following is the schedule for the month of February:
9s & 10s
11s & 12s
13s & 14s
6:00 - 7:00
7:00 - 8:00
8:00 - 9:00
8:00 - 9:00
6:00 - 7:00
7:00 - 8:00
7:00 - 8:00
8:00 - 9:00
6:00 - 7:00
The schedule for March will be sent out at a later time.
If you have not already done so, please register with Starters as soon as possible.
Starters needs everyone to get registered in their system as soon as possible so their front desk staff knows who should be there and who shouldn't. Starting Jan. 1, Starters front desk staff will start turning people away that aren't registered on the Starters website.
SYBA Open Hitting Links:
Ages 9 & 10: Ages 9 & 10 (Hyperlink) or http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=245198&stype=41&prodid=10166
Ages 11 & 12: Ages 11 & 12 (Hyperlink) or http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=245198&stype=41&prodid=10167
Ages 13 & 14: Ages 13 &14 (Hyperlink) or http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=245198&stype=41&prodid=10168
Once families register for the program they will be added to the roster and Starters front desk staff will be available to check them in every week.
SYBA has worked with the new indoor batting cages facility in Shakopee (STARters, located in the Hosanna Church/old Rainbow Foods building across from Applebees) to put together winter open cages hitting opportunities for SYBA players ages 9-14. We are hoping all of our baseball players will take advantage of this opportunity right here in Shakopee.
For a $50 registration fee, your son will have access to the 3 batting cages (tee, soft toss, live/machine hitting) for one hour every Tuesday/Thursday night (6:00-9:00pm time slots will rotate among age groups) in December and January; and every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (same times but 4 cages) in February and March, leading up to tryouts on March 17-20. This is open hitting without instruction = typically led by parents/adults of kids attending (much like what we’ve offered through Pitch2Pitch in Burnsville the past two winters). STARters will also be offering separate training membership opportunities through their website for those that are interested (SYBA members are given a 10 percent discount on training memberships because of the open cages rental by the association). Go to their website for more information: www.starterssportstraining.com.
Other winter baseball training information can be found at http://www.shakopeeyouthbaseball.com/page/show/28988-training
Legion Sub State Runnerup
Little League Champions - Light Blue
Minor League Champions - Bluejays
2015 Minor League
11AAA - State Champions
15AAA - State Champions
If you are interested in being a coach (head or assistant coach) for the 2016 season, 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.
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.
Follow Saber Baseball on Twitter @tschlepe
Want to know where a field is in Shakopee? Click on the link below for maps to all the baseball fields in Shakopee.
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
Twins vs Gophers in Spring Training
Congratulations to our varsity assistant coach Ryan Niedfeldt on being selected to coach the Play Ball MN West Team All-stars this summer (formerly known as the Lion’s All-Stars) on June 18-21 in Chaska! Coach Niedfeldt is our varsity pitching coach and 3B coach during varsity games and is very instrumental in practice and game plans. He helps run SYBA pitching clinics in the early spring and SYBA youth clinics in the summer. He is also our head coach for our summer Legion Team. He has been coaching for 14 years in our baseball program and is a physical education teacher at Pearson Sixth-Grade Center.
This is a great honor and well deserved – congratulations, Niedles!
Congratulations to the Shakopee Saber High School varsity baseball team on winning the South Suburban Conference Championship. The South Suburban is one of the top baseball conferences in the state of Minnesota and your Sabers won the title by 3 games. Outstanding!
Also congratulations to Tyler Sloss for being selected to play in the Minnesota High School Baseball All-Star Series
SYBA recently made a donation of used baseball equipment to Las Aguilas Beisbol, a baseball organization in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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.