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.
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.
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.
Other baseball training information can be found at http://www.shakopeeyouthbaseball.com/page/show/28988-training
Legion Sub State Runnerup
2015 Minor League
The Sabers Varsity Baseball Team's season is in full swing. Home games feature music, announcer, full scoreboard, bathrooms, and concessions – and great seating all around the ballpark, including our covered grandstand with 550 Metrodome seats. Admission is free for all 20 regular season games. For the Sabers complete schedule, go to www.southsuburbanconference.org. Be sure to make time this spring with your little Saber to take in some Saber Baseball!
Also, please mark the date May 4 at 7:00pm for Shakopee Youth Baseball Night at Joe Schleper Stadium. Each youth player will receive a free baseball, concessions specials, activities, games, prizes, and autographs from the varsity players after the game. We’ll see you at The Joe!
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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.
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
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.