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  • 10U-14U tryouts are this Saturday and Sunday. Times for each age group are posted on the home page and tryout tab - check in is 1/2 hour earlier. 8th graders at 14U are still needed. 9th grade registration continues until May 1.
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2017 pre-season news and notes
03/15/2017
10U - 14U Registration is closed The registration system has closed...
Field Crew and Concessions Crew Team members needed, apply today
03/02/2017
Over 14 and looking for a chance to earn extra wages while being...
American Legion Tryouts
03/01/2017
Tryouts for Junior American Legion and Senior American Legion teams...
2017 MBL/MBT Approved Equipment
02/07/2017
1. Shoes: 9 - 12 year olds - will use molded cleats...
Metro Baseball League (MBL) - Age Cutoff date update
02/06/2017
Metro Baseball League position on changes to the age cutoff date: As...
14AA MBT State Champions
12/16/2016
P2P Academy off season opportunities
12/12/2016
P2P Academy opportunities for BTBA families: If you are...
 
2017 pre-season news and notes

10U - 14U Registration is closed

The registration system has closed for 10U-14U. Players wishing to sign up after March 10 will need to contact BTBA and will be put on a wait list to be evaluated based on availability at their age group.

14U players are specifically encouraged to continue to sign up!

 

10U - 14U Tryouts are March 25th and 26th at the Jefferson Activity Center:

10U - 14U Tryouts for the 2017 BTBA season will be held Saturday March 25th & Sunday March 26th, 2017. 

Tryout times for each age group for both days are as follows, players should check in 1/2 Hour before the posted start time:

8:00 - 9:00                 10U, 2nd - 4th Grade - Last name A-J

9:00 - 10:00               10U, 2nd - 4th Grade - Last name K-Z

10:00 - 11:00             11U,  5th Grade - Last Name A-K

11:00 - 12:00             11U,  5th Grade - Last Name L-Z

1:00 - 2:00                 12U,  6th Grade - Last Name A-M

2:00 - 3:00                 12U,  6th Grade - Last Name N-Z

3:00 - 4:00                 13U,  7th Grade - All players

4:00 - 5:00                 14U,  8th Grade - All Players

As a reminder, tryout attendance is required; any player who will miss tryouts must contact BTBA prior to tryouts. Placement on a team will be evaluated by BTBA and is not guaranteed for those missing tryouts.

Note: The Parent Tryout Guidance Manual can be found by clicking on the "Documents" tab and then the "Tryout documents" folder. This manual is intended to help answer tryout questions from players, parents, or potential coaches. 

http://btba.org/Documents.asp?n=39505&org=BTBA.ORG

 

Tentative 2017 BTBA team tournament schedules are posted:

 

Tentative 2017 tournament schedules are posted under the "2017 Tournament Information” tab at the top of this page and then on the "Where are BTBA teams playing” tab 

Note: Newly added teams (10A and 12A) as well as tentative teams (14A)  are not yet updated 

Currently, we have approved the following teams:

10U - AAA, AA, A, A, A

11U - AAA, AA, A

12U - AAA, AA, A, A 

13U - AAA, A

14U - AAA, A 

15U - AAA, *A (tentative)

*note: The previous plan was to have one combined 14/15A team but we are trying to get one of each at 14A and 15A along with 14AAA and 15AAA.

 

Be a Hrbek Hero! Save the date!


On Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

BTBA will host Field Day at Hrbek to clean Fields #5, #6, #7, and #8 and help open Hrbek for the summer season.  Each family is required to participate.  Bring rakes, putty knives, leaf blowers, and work gloves.  The City provides the garbage bags.  

Each BTBA team will be assigned to work as a group.  The MBL regular season starts on Monday, April 24th, so we want the fields ready for games.  Practices and scrimmages at Hrbek can occur after Field Day is completed.  

Note: The 2017 Cooperstown team will be hosting a fundraising breakfast at Famous Dave's from 8am - 10am. The Field day start time has been moved back to 9:30am so that everyone can enjoy a nice breakfast to support the team before joining us at the fields. 

 

Thank you, BTBA


by posted 03/15/2017
Field Crew and Concessions Crew Team members needed, apply today

Over 14 and looking for a chance to earn extra wages while being at the ballpark?  Join the team and help keep the Hrbek Field experience the best one in Minnesota Traveling Baseball.

  1. Field Crew: Bloomington Traveling Baseball Association is looking for Field Crew Team Members for the 2017 Baseball Season. Join the team and help keep Hrbek Fields the crown jewels of Minnesota Traveling Baseball. Wages start at $8 per hour. Please contact BTBA Field Crew Chief Todd Fortner at (651) 366-9321 or toddjfortner@gmail.com for more information.

  2. Concessions Crew: Bloomington Traveling Baseball Association is looking for Concessions Crew Team Members for the 2017 Baseball Season. Wages start at $8 per hour. Please contact BTBA at 651-366-1791 or btbatd@gmail.com for more information. Please be prepared to provide references.


by posted 03/02/2017
American Legion Tryouts

Tryouts for Junior American Legion and Senior American Legion teams will be held at Red Haddox Field on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

  • Kennedy Gold Tryouts will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon on May 6, 2017, at Red Haddox Field.
    • NOTE: Pre-Registration is requested for Kennedy Gold. To pre-register for Bloomington Kennedy Gold Jr or Sr Legion tryouts, please email or call Stephanie VanDerBeek at 952-888-6026 or 

  • Jefferson Blue Tryouts will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on May 6, 2017, at Red Haddox Field.
  • Rainout/makeup tryout date is Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Red Haddox Field.

 

Please contact Ron Nenovich for more information about tryouts for Junior Legion and Senior American Legion tryouts.  952.297.6705 cell and  .


by BTBA posted 03/01/2017
2017 MBL/MBT Approved Equipment

1. Shoes:

  • 9 - 12 year olds - will use molded cleats or tennis shoes. NO METAL SPIKES ALLOWED!
  • 13-15 year olds - will be allowed to use metal spikes 

2. 2017 MBL/MBT Season Bat Rules: 

9 - 13 year olds -

Maximum diameter at the thickest part: 2 1/4" or less

with unlimited weight differential with a BPF rating of 1.15 and the *USSSA stamp on the taper or stamped approved by Babe Ruth with the 1.15 BPF rating.

Maximum diameter at the thickest part:  2 1/2", 2 5/8", or 2 3/4 or less

with minus 10 weight differential with a BPF rating of 1.15 and the *USSSA stamp on the taper or stamped approved by Babe Ruth with the 1.15 BPF rating.

14 year olds -    

Maximum diameter at the thickest part:  2 3/4" or less

with minus 5 weight differential with a BPF rating of 1.15 and the *USSSA stamp on the taper or stamped approved by Babe Ruth with the 1.15 BPF rating.

15-18 year olds -

Maximum diameter at the thickest part:  2 5/8" or less

with a minus 3 weight differential and be BBCOR approved. 

Bat length:…………………………...36" or less

*3. Be aware, bat rating rule change beginning in 2018 for 10U thru 14U:

Note, Metro Baseball League will adopt BBCOR rated bats for the 2018 season. The USSSA 1.15 BPF bat will no longer be valid following the 2017 Fallball season. These bats will be on the market in September 2017.


by posted 02/07/2017
Metro Baseball League (MBL) - Age Cutoff date update

Metro Baseball League position on changes to the age cutoff date:

As a reminder, BTBA’s governing league, the Metro Baseball League (MBL) is independent and does NOT follow Little League Baseball. 

MBL has reported that they will NOT change the existing April 30 age cutoff date in either 2017 or 2018. The 2019 season and beyond will be re-evaluated at a later date.


by BTBA posted 02/06/2017
14AA MBT State Champions

State Champs!

by posted 12/16/2016
P2P Academy off season opportunities

P2P Academy opportunities for BTBA families:

If you are looking for an affordable membership option for some small group lessons and access to cages on your own, consider the P2P Academy.  

 

As a partner to BTBA baseball, P2P has offered to contribute a portion of the proceeds from Academy registrations by BTBA members back into our program to help with our fundraising and player development efforts!

 

REGISTER TODAY BY CLICKING HERE:  P2P ACADEMY


by BTBA posted 12/12/2016
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