Early bird discount of $25 expired on Monday Feb 24th.
Complete this section if you are interested in being a coach (either traveling or in house)
Please plan on picking up all ordered items during Traveling Tryouts on 3/22/2014 at the High School.
Please understand that all items are custom made and no returns or exchanges will be possible.
New Indoor Hitting Opportunity for SYBA Members age 9-15 (16-18’s will have their own times/info) – ages are based on 2014 registration level:
SYBA has teamed with Pitch2Pitch’s new location in Burnsville (14265 Burnsville Pkwy (just west of Burnsville Mall by Northern Lights Volleyball and Soccer Blast) to offer indoor batting cages year-round for players in our association. The cost for a player membership will be $30. Membership will allow players to use the Pitch2Pitch facility (we will have 2 cages assigned to age groups) 1-2 times per week from November-March. Cages will be complete with pitching machines and baseballs. Players will have to bring their own helmet and bat; an adult will need to be with the players in the cages for supervision. This is a great opportunity for players to have access to an indoor facility all year to work on their hitting skills. With the cost of indoor cages, this is a great bargain even if you can only make it a handful of times.
In House Director
In House Director
16-18 yr old & Head Baseball Coach
For the 2014 MBL/MBT Season the Bat Rules will remain the same as 2013.
See the rules for your age group at www.mbl.bz
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.
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.
A longtime high school coach explains why encouraging multi-sport participation is in everyone's best interest.