Travel Program

The information included here applies to all travel levels from 9U-14U. If you have additional questions that aren't answered here, please contact our Travel Director, Ryan Blume, at ryanblume33@hotmail.com.

Player / Parent Commitment for Travel Baseball

Weekly Commitment:

  • In general, expect 3 days a week of baseball, with two weekday games and one Sunday afternoon or evening practice
  • Roseville Black team typically plays most league games on T/Th, with some exceptions
  • Roseville Silver team typically plays most league games on M/W, with some exceptions
  • Weekday league schedule is comprised of 12-16 games. Half of these games are outside of Roseville (actual locations known after schedule is finalized in early April, but most away games are between 10 and 25 minutes from Roseville)


Tournaments:

  • Travel teams play in a minimum of three tournaments in May and June
  • One out of town/overnight tournament, usually 2-3 hours from Roseville
  • Two local tournaments, usually within 30-45 minutes of Roseville
  • 1 or 2 additional tournaments added in July if your team qualifies for one or both state tournament bids
  • Each tournament has a minimum of three games played on Friday and Saturday, with additional games on Sunday depending on team qualification
  • There is an upfront cost to RAYB for securing these tournaments in January, which is included in the cost of registration and is non-refundable
  • It is expected that if you play on a travel team, you making the commitment to play in these tournaments
  • If a team agrees to play in any additional tournaments during the season or in more than one state tournament, each team will pay for these additional tournament entry fees independently from RAYB, with each family expected to contribute their player's share of the fee


Season commitment/other sports:

  • Travel team players are expected to make their RAYB travel baseball team their number one sports priority during the baseball season.
  • Players and parents should consider the time commitment required for the RAYB travel team and whether there will be any conflicts with other sports that the player is participating. Each travel team member and family is counting on all players as a full team to participate in games and tournaments to make the baseball season enjoyable for all the team members and families.
  • We understand that baseball may not be your child's number one sport, but please respect that if your child made a travel team, another child may not have made the team because of it. Please respect the team and be committed.

Ages

MYAS/Gopher State use the national age date of May 1. This means players in their respective age groups must not reach the next age before May 1 of the upcoming season.

It is permissible for a player to play up to their grade from their designated age division, but they may not play down.

When

The MYAS regular season runs from late April to July 1, with playoff tournaments as late as the end of July

Where

Practices and home games for all travel age levels are held in Roseville or Maplewood

Practices

Sunday afternoon/evening, 90 minute duration

Games

Home games are typically Tuesdays and Thursdays for Roseville Black teams, Mondays and Wednesdays for Roseville Silver teams

Away games may occur any night, Monday through Thursday

Travel League Contacts

Aaron Unseth

Junior Travel Commissioner

Open Position

Senior Travel Commissioner

Ryan Blume

Travel League Director

Ang Dezelske

Registration Director

Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child expect?

Your child should expect to play a lot of baseball. S/He should expect to meet new friends and have a lot of fun. S/He should expect to be challenged by her/his expectations and opposing pitchers. S/He should expect to receive instruction and drill on baseball fundamentals. S/He should expect to feel the pain of a tough loss and the exhilaration of a come from behind victory. S/He should expect to learn that baseball is a game, but a challenging one to learn. 

What should I expect?

You should expect that your child will learn and develop good baseball skills and will have fun doing so. You should expect that you will watch a lot of baseball over the season. You should expect to be relieved when its over, but that you will soon look back on the season, the people and the fun and want to do it again. 

What is covered in the cost of the registration fee?

  • One uniform - jersey, hat, pants, belt
  • Team equipment
  • Umpires
  • Registration for 3 tournaments
  • Registration and gate fee for 1 automatic state tournament berth


Are metal cleats allowed?

Travel Leagues 9U through 12U must have rubber or plastic cleats. Leagues 13U and above may have metal cleats.

Are there additional costs that registration does not cover?

There may be additional costs (per player) added to the base registration fee, paid at the time of registration:

  • $30 Out-of-district fee (if your player does not attend an ISD 623 school)
  • $30 Registering after the posted deadline


Will I pay an additional assessment at the end of the year?

In the past the registration fee covered only 1 of the 3 regular season tournaments and none of the state tournament entry fees. To cover these costs, coaches and team managers paid the fees up front, assessed these expenses to the parents at the end of the year, and collected the payments directly. These assessments have ranged from $80 to $200 per player depending on the league and the team.

Beginning with the 2022 season, the registration fee has been increased to include the tryout fee, the 2 regular season tournaments that weren't previously covered, and 1 automatic state tournament entry fee.

Some teams may decide to incur additional costs during the season at their discretion and with the approval of their team's parents. These costs can include:

  • Alternate jerseys
  • Additional regular season or state tournaments
  • Meals
  • Paid coach (13U and 14U only)
  • Any other shared expenses teams decide to incur


Can I get involved?

Yes - Please! There are many opportunities to volunteer throughout the year. Also, RAYB has unfilled board member positions; if interested, please attend the next board meeting (see the events listed on the home page), or contact any of the current board members.

My child does not attend public schools in Roseville. Is he/she still eligible to play for a travel team?

Students who attend a non-public school located within the ISD623 district boundaries are part of the RAYB association, same as ISD623 public school students. Students who live or attend a school (of any type) outside of the ISD623 boundaries are considered "out-of-district" players.

An out-of-district player is allowed to try out for a RAYB travel team if the out-of-district player has played in a RAYB recreational league for one previous year. The travel director may make an exception to this rule if the director determines that additional out-of-district players are necessary to fill out the roster of a RAYB travel team. After an out-of-district player is selected for a RAYB travel team, the out-of-district player is treated as an in-district player for all future travel tryouts.

Travel Baseball Philosophy

Equal Playing Time

  • Roseville Baseball expects that playing time should be distributed fairly among all players who consistently attend practices and games, demonstrate good sportsmanship, and make a strong effort to improve as a player.
  • Coaches may use their discretion regarding playing time within individual games and tournaments, with an expectation that all players will be treated fairly as the season progresses.
  • This is not a requirement of equally-divided playing time; coaches are expected to be fair, not perfect.

Defensive Rotations

  • Coaches should use a rotation plan for playing time
  • Coaches may use different strategies for league games vs. tournament games
  • Coaches should not have a player sit two innings in a row
  • Coaches will have the right to limit game time for individual players in cases of discipline, attitude, or attendance problems
  • 9u-13u players should play a minimum of 4 defensive innings per 6-inning game. For games shortened by the 10-run rule, the following guidelines apply:
  • 3.5-inning away games = 2 defensive innings
  • All other games = 3 defensive innings

Infield/Outfield Positioning

  • 9u-13u players should play an infield position for at least 1-2 innings in each game, knowing that players will become more specialized by position as they get older and play gets more competitive
  • All players who want to pitch should be given an opportunity during the season, especially at 9u/10u level, understanding that head coaches will consider the safety and probable success of the player when choosing the situation. There will be players who pitch more than others and this should be demonstrated in practice.

Batting Order

  • Players will improve more quickly if they get more opportunities to apply their hitting skills in games. Therefore, coaches are expected to rotate their batting orders during the league season to give all players different locations in the lineup.
  • During tournaments, coaches are permitted to create fixed batting orders, even if this results in an uneven number of plate appearances between teammates.

2022

Travel League age levels: 9U to 14U.

Registration is closed for the 2022 season.


End-of-year state tournament dates are listed below:

• 9U Black (AAA)

    • MYAS — July 22-24, Roseville

    • MBT — July 15-17, Rosemount

• 9U Silver (AA)

    • MYAS — July 22-24, Roseville

    • MBT — July 15-17, Rosemount

• 10U Black (AA)

    • MYAS — July 8-10, Brooklyn Park

    • MBT — July 15-17, Burnsville

• 10U Silver (A)

    • MYAS — July 22-24, Rosemount

    • MBT — July 8-10, Rosemount

• 11U Black (AA)

    • MYAS — July 8-10, Buffalo

    • MBT — July 15-17, Bloomington

• 11U Silver (A)

    • MYAS — July 8-10, Farmington

    • MBT — July 15-17, Chanhassen

• 12U Black (AAA)

    • MYAS — July 15-17, Inver Grove Heights

    • MBT — July 8-10, Eastview

• 12U Silver (A)

    • MYAS — July 22-24, Shakopee

    • MBT — July 8-10, Inver Grove Heights

• 13U Black (AAA)

    • MYAS — July 15-17, Rochester

    • MBT — July 8-10, Lakeville

• 13U Silver (A)

    • MYAS — July 22-24, Anoka/Ramsey

    • MBT — July 8-10, Rochester

• 14/15U Black (A)

    • MYAS — July 22-24, Brooklyn Park

    • MBT — July 15-17, Lakeville

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