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Travel Director Contact Information

 

Ryan Koepp

Vice President, Travel

r.koepp@epbaseball.com 612-239-5132

 

Liz Heyer

Travel, Junior Division

          l.heyer@epbaseball.com  612-562-6267

 

The 2022 EPBA baseball season may be over, but we're already planning for an awesome 2023 season. The first step to a great season is identifying great coaches. We're looking for EVERYONE who is interested in having any kind of a coaching role on a 2023 EPBA travel team, not just Head Coaches as in years past. 

Below are the most important qualities we’re looking for in a baseball coach (Head or Assistant). You may not have every single one of these qualities but if you have most of them, we’d like to talk to you! Please be sure to spread the word to all former coaches that are interested in coaching in 2023 and encourage them to complete and application.

  • Knowledge and expertise

    • You have solid knowledge of the game of baseball. You understand, or are willing to actively learn, the rules specific to the age level as well as where the player is coming from and what will be expected of the player in the next stage.

    • You understand that baseball is about more than just physical ability. You know that it’s also about a player’s mindset and you know when a player is in a negative headspace and you can help get them into a positive space. You can also provide them tips or tricks to help get themselves out of those negative head spaces quicker in the future. You can help individual players as well as the team.

  • Skill Development

    • You have an understanding of the steps needed to take a player’s skills from point A to point B, a plan to enact those steps, and the ability to deliver that information to the player in an age-appropriate way. When you don’t know, you seek out other resources to help. 

    • You understand the difference between teaching players to compete vs. focusing on wins

    • You’re interactive and show players what to do, rather than just tell (this tip comes from players themselves!)

  • Strategy

    • You understand that baseball is also a game of chess and you help your players see that, too. 

    • You seek to improve your players’ “baseball IQ.” You help them understand what they need to be aware of in the field and at the plate (other than just where the ball is!) and why.

  • Leader and Role Model

    • You actively seek out and accept feedback and make adjustments based on that feedback

    • You believe that youth baseball is about instilling a love for the game and also developing young people to be good humans. This is reflected in everything you do.

    • You know that baseball is a team sport and all boats rise together. You resist the temptation to treat your own player differently than any other player on the team.

    • You recognize that every player has something to offer and something to work on. You identify those for each player and you capitalize on them. You communicate these goals with each player’s family.

    • You understand that being a team is about so much more than the right collection of skills. You know that it’s important to create and foster a sense of belonging and being seen and that’s the magic sauce.

  • Staff and Parent Manager

    • You know your own strengths and weaknesses and you surround yourself with a coaching staff that compliments your strengths and weaknesses.

    • You identify a Team Manager that can handle the administrative tasks for you.

    • You communicate with parents early and often. You set expectations around playing time, positions, lineups, player strengths and opportunities, attendance, player behavior, parent behavior, etc.

    • You take care to make sure that others are interpreting your words and actions in the way that you intend. You pay attention to their responses and adjust when there’s not alignment.

As an EPBA Travel Coach, we ask for the following commitments:

  • Attend EPBA coach meetings

  • Attend EPBA coach training opportunities January - March

  • Attend EPBA Winter Development sessions (9U - 11U only)

  • Select tournaments December - January

  • Hold/attend 2-3 practices a week in April

  • Expect 4-5 weekday nights and some weekends May - June:

    • Attend games and tournaments

      • 1-3 games/week between May and June

      • Potential league playoff games in June and July

      • Potential state tournament games in July

    • Hold/attend 1-2 practices a week in May through June/July

  • Work as a team with other team coaches

  • Develop players as individuals and as a team

  • Establish and maintain positive channels of communication with parents

  • Represent EPBA and Eden Prairie in a positive manner

In addition to the above commitments, Head Coaches also commit to:

  • Attend travel tryouts in March (March 5 and 12)

  • Select teams based on tryout results

  • Identify an Assistant Coach staff

  • Identify a Team Manager and maintaining frequent communication with TM

  • Schedule practices

  • Schedule league games through Metro Baseball League (late March/early April)

  • Communicate schedules and changes to EPBA Scheduler (or delegate to Team Manager)

  • Delegate administrative and some communication tasks to Team Manager

If you think you have something to offer as an EPBA Travel Coach, please complete an application by November 12. Allow yourself about 30 minutes to complete - we're looking for thoughtful responses. We'll schedule interviews between November 7 and November 18. 

We can't wait to hear from you! Apply here by November 12.

Liz Heyer and Ryan Koepp

EPBA Travel Directors

 

Who plays EPBA Travel Baseball? - Updated for 2022

EPBA Travel baseball teams offer a competitive baseball environment with games against teams across the metro area, state, and even the region and up to the national level. EPBA fields travel teams for players ages 9-15 and ages 16-18 for Legion teams.

Players in Grades 4-9 should register with their current grade unless they will have a birthday prior to the cut off date – that is they must not reach the next age group before May 1, 2022. It is permissible for a player to play up from their designated age division to play with their grade, but they may not play down. For example, a 9 year old who is in 4th grade may play in the 10 year old division if he/she is doing so to play with their grade, but an 11 year old may not play in the 10 year old division under any circumstances. The parents have the choice, but it is the recommendation of the Board that kids play with their grade.

 

For 4th grade (10 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/11

For 5th grade (11 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/10

For 6th grade (12 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/09

For 7th grade (13 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/08

For 8th grade (14 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/07

For 9th grade (15 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/06

For Legion (16-18 year olds), players must be born on or after 1/1/03

 

Travel team players are expected to be 100% committed to playing EPBA baseball during the entire travel baseball season. It is EPBA policy that a travel player not be rostered on or play for another club or tournament team during the course of the EPBA travel season. The season starts with the first practice. 

What are the EPBA Travel divisions?

Each year, EPBA fields between two to four teams at age levels 10 – 15 (Grades 4-8)., Within each age group there may be up to three divisions - AAA, AA, and A. The final number and divisions of travel teams will be determined by registration numbers, field availability, and tryouts.  

How much playing time does each player get?

The EPBA playing time policy is for each player to receive equal playing time over the course of the season for age groups 10-13 (Grades 4-8) and at least 50% playing time over the course of the season for age groups 14- 15 year olds (Grades 8-9).

 

How do Travel tryouts work?

All players who register for travel baseball are expected to tryout and attend all scheduled tryout sessions. A player may only be excused from the tryout for the following reasons: 1) a documented injury preventing the player from trying out; 2) a previously scheduled trip or vacation which is to be noted at the time of registration; 3) other reasons to be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Travel Directors. When scheduling tryouts, state basketball tournaments are taken into account. Any player wishing to be excused from the tryout must obtain approval IN ADVANCE from the Travel Directors, Liz Heyer and Ryan Koepp ( ).

 

For players ages 10-15, tryouts will consist of 2 days/sessions according to the schedule below. Players will be graded by independent outside evaluators. Each tryout session will consist of 6 areas of evaluation, repeated at each session. The stations have been revised for 2022 to include:

Stations scored by independent evaluators

  • Fielding ground balls
  • Front toss hitting
  • Machine pitch hitting (players starting their rotation with machine pitch will be given the opportunity to warm up with front toss with no evaluator before beginning their evaluations at the machine pitch station)
  • Base running - timed
  • Pitching (this station is scored, but these scores are not factored in the player’s overall evaluation. It is for coach information, only)

 

Stations for observation/notation only (no score)

  • Situational - players will be placed in the field and provided with situations (“there are two outs and runners on first and second”) so age-level coaches can observe how players react when the ball is in play. Situations and player placement will vary.

 

Following completion of the tryouts, coaches will be assigned to divisions (A/AA/AAA) by the Travel Directors and teams will be selected by the Travel Directors with input from the coaches based upon the tryout scores (combined between both sessions), past year's statistics (if available), coach observation (situational), and position versatility.

 

On occasion, it is necessary to add or replace a player after the team is selected either because of injury or a player leaves the team. In such an event, if the governing league rules allow for an adjustment to the roster, the Travel Committee Directors, upon consultation with the Head Coach, shall select the new player from the pool of players that originally tried out for the team. If necessary, an additional tryout will be held in order to determine the new player.

 

Any player who tries out for a Travel Team but is not selected will be placed on one of our Community League teams. The Community League provides a competitive baseball experience with a more limited practice and game schedule. These teams play 13 – 15 regular season games and at least one season ending tournament game – finishing their season by mid-July.

 

What times are travel tryouts?

 

For the 2022 season, the following tryout schedule will be followed:

 

Note: Check in begins 30 minutes prior to tryout start time

Please note times AND LOCATION have changed as of March 5. No changes have been made to Sunday 3/6 or 3/13 tryout times or location.

 

Day/Date

Time

Location

Age

Sunday, March 6, 2022

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

EP Dome

13U

Sunday, March 6, 2022

10:45 AM - 12:45 PM

EP Dome

14U/15U

Sunday, March 13, 2022

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

EP Dome

10U/11U

Sunday, March 13, 2022

10:45 AM - 12:45 PM

EP Dome

12U

Monday, March 14, 2022

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

EP Dome

14U/15U

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Nevers Larkin

10U

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Nevers Larkin

12U

Thursday, March 17, 2022

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Nevers Larkin

11U

Thursday, March 17, 2022

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Nevers Larkin

13U

 

Coaches will be notified of their rosters by Thursday, March 17 and rosters will be posted on epbaseball.com by the end of the day on Friday, March 18, 2022.

 

What is the time commitment for a travel team?

For the 2022 season, there will be 14 regular season league games. These games are normally scheduled for weeknights (Mon. - Thurs.) starting in late April - early May for ages 10-14 and end of May for 15 year olds and older. Regular season games usually begin around 6:00 PM; some games may be scheduled as late as 8:00 PM. Players are expected to report 30 to 60 minutes before game time. Coaches may schedule additional scrimmages and occasionally, regular league games may be scheduled for weekends.

Teams at ages 10-15 will participate in 3-4 weekend state-qualifying tournaments. 2-3 of these tournaments will be played in the Twin Cities Metro area, and 1 tournament may be played 1 hour+ away including overnight travel. Coaches may decide to add additional tournaments with the agreement of team families. These additional tournaments will likely be at an additional cost to families.

Depending upon a team's success in qualifying play, teams at ages 10-15 may earn a berth in 1-3 state tournaments to be played in mid July. Tournament dates will be posted below as they are identified. Tournaments are never/very rarely scheduled for Memorial Day weekend or Fourth of July weekend, making those weekends safe bets for scheduling family trips.

 

Jr. Legion tryouts have moved to fall tryouts. Jr. Legion teams for the 2022 season have been selected. Jr. Legion teams typically play 2-3 tournaments before the start of state tournament play. Most weekend tournaments begin late Friday afternoon or early evening and end on Sunday.

The Junior Legion season begins immediately after the high school season ends with the potential of postseason play running into the end of the first week of August. The junior legion team will play in two to three tournaments (one out of town overnight) prior to their postseason tournaments. Junior legion post-season tournaments consist of sub-state tournaments with one winner from each sub-state advancing to a state tournament.

 

Schedules for legion teams can be found via their twitter accounts prior to tryouts.

EP Junior Legion - @EP_JrLegion

EP Senior Legion - @EPLegion

 

For more information on Jr. Legion teams, please reach out to the Jr. Legion coach.

 

Where do teams travel? Does it include overnight travel?

Players and families should understand that if chosen for a Travel Team, it is possible that the team will participate in an out-of-town and/or out-of-state tournament. Details of any such tournaments and possible additional costs will be communicated by the team coach or manager. Most regular season tournaments take place in the metro area, though some may be in locations where it makes more sense to spend a night or two. Overnight locations may include Brainerd, St. Cloud, Rochester, Mankato or out of state locations such as Sioux Falls, South Dakota or Omaha, Nebraska. See the tournament schedule below for more information on scheduled tournaments.

What is the financial commitment for a travel team?

The following fees are associated with participating on an EPBA Travel Team:

 

Fee

Amount

Due

What it covers

Tryout Fee

$30

When registering

Costs associated with tryouts such as facility rentals and independent evaluators

Base Fee*

$186 - $216 (depending on age)

When registering

Base expenses such as insurance, equipment, etc.

Travel Fee

$385

At tryouts (must be paid by the time teams are formed)

Tournament fees, umpires, uniforms, additional equipment, etc.

*After 2/28/22 an additional $30 late registration fee will be added

 

Families will also be asked to provide a check for $300 per travel player at tryouts. These checks are for volunteer hours and will not be cashed unless, at the end of the season, your family has not fulfilled their volunteer responsibilities. As a volunteer-run organization, each travel family is responsible for volunteering their time to help EPBA. The required time is 5 hours per player. The largest opportunity to volunteer is at the two Eden Prairie tournament weekends. We strongly encourage all Travel EPBA families to set aside time during one of the two EP tournament weekends to fulfil their volunteer responsibilities. For 2022, these weekends are May 6-8 and June 3-5. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation to EPBA in lieu of volunteering your time, you can request that your $300 volunteer check be cashed at the beginning of the season.

 

Coaches/managers will let families know if there are additional tournament costs. Most teams ask families to contribute to a team fund, typically $50-$100. 

 

Travel to and from tournaments, hotel costs, and any other costs associated with travel are the responsibility of families.

 

Players should have their own equipment (players are required to purchase and maintain their own helmets), though some equipment is available for players to borrow if needed. See below for equipment regulations.

 

Because the EPBA believes that no young baseball player should ever be denied the opportunity to participate in America's favorite pastime because of temporary family economic problems, we provide financial assistance to families in need. Should you need financial assistance in order to participate in one of our leagues, please contact the EPBA Treasurer - Kevin Thompson by using the "Contact Us" option under "About EP Baseball".

 

 

Who coaches EPBA Travel teams and how are they selected?

All coaches are interviewed and selected by the Travel Directors and a team that may also include High School and Legion coaches and EPBA Development Director.  Coaches are selected by age but not level (A/AA/AAA). The final placement of coaches does not happen until tryouts have concluded. Should two coaches' players make the same level, the committee will place the players in the spot that they earned, not where there is a coaching need.  Coaches can/will be added after the try-out process to fill any open roles at the discretion of the Travel Directors.

  

2022 Early Spring Practice Schedule

Practices in early spring will take place indoors at Nevers Larkin baseball. All teams from an age group will attend at the same time, regardless of division (please note: practices were previously scheduled for Sunday, April 17, which is Easter Sunday. The rescheduled dates, Saturday, April 16, are highlighted in yellow):

 

Age Day/Time
10U 03/31/22 5:00-6:00PM
10U 04/03/22 11:00-12:00PM
10U 04/05/22 5:00-6:00PM
10U 04/09/22 12:00-1:00PM
10U 04/11/22 5:00-6:00PM
10U 04/12/22 7:00-8:00PM
10U 04/16/22 12:00-01:00PM
10U 04/19/22 5:00-6:00PM
10U 04/21/22 5:00-6:00PM
10U 04/25/22 6:00-7:00PM
10U 04/27/22 5:00-6:00PM
11U 03/31/22 6:00-7:00PM
11U 04/03/22 12:00-1:00PM
11U 04/07/22 5:00-6:00PM
11U 04/09/22 01:00-2:00PM
11U 04/11/22 6:00-7:00PM
11U 04/14/22 5:00-6:00PM
11U 04/16/22 01:00-2:00PM
11U 04/19/22 6:00-7:00PM
11U 04/24/22 11:00-12:00PM
11U 04/25/22 7:00-8:00PM
11U 04/27/22 6:00-7:00PM
12U 03/31/22 7:00-8:00PM
12U 04/03/22 01:00-2:00PM
12U 04/07/22 6:00-7:00PM
12U 04/10/22 01:00-2:00PM
12U 04/12/22 5:00-6:00PM
12U 04/14/22 6:00-7:00PM
12U 04/18/22 6:00-7:00PM
12U 04/19/22 7:00-8:00PM
12U 04/24/22 12:00-01:00PM
12U 04/26/22 5:00-6:00PM
12U 04/28/22 5:00-6:00PM
13U 04/02/22 12:00-1:00PM
13U 04/05/22 6:00-7:00PM
13U 04/07/22 7:00-8:00PM
13U 04/10/22 11:00-12:00PM
13U 04/11/22 7:00-8:00PM
13U 04/14/22 7:00-8:00PM
13U 04/18/22 5:00-6:00PM
13U 04/21/22 6:00-7:00PM
13U 04/24/22 01:00-2:00PM
13U 04/26/22 6:00-7:00PM
13U 04/28/22 7:00-8:00PM
14/15U 04/02/22 01:00-2:00PM
14/15U 04/05/22 7:00-8:00PM
14/15U 04/10/22 12:00-1:00PM
14/15U 04/12/22 6:00-7:00PM
14/15U 04/16/22 11:00-12:00PM
14/15U 04/18/22 7:00-8:00PM
14/15U 04/21/22 7:00-8:00PM
14/15U 04/25/22 5:00-6:00PM
14/15U 04/26/22 7:00-8:00PM
14/15U 04/28/22 6:00-7:00PM

 

2022 Tournament Schedule

 

Please verify all tournaments and dates with your team's coach.

The following teams will participate in the Lakeville Jamboree, intended for travel teams to get prepared for their normal league and tournament season. Three hours of scrimmages against two different teams with umpires. April 30 - May 1:

10A
10AA
10AAA
12A - Red
12AA
12AAA
13AAA
14AAA

 

 

Age/Division Tournament Start Date End Date
09U - Black (Zipoy) Richfield 6/1/2022 6/12/2022
09U - Black (Zipoy) Glen Lake 6/17/2022 6/19/2022
09U - White (Peterson) Glen Lake 6/17/2022 6/19/2022
09U - White (Peterson) Edina 6/24/2022 6/26/2022
09U - Red (Redford) Belle Plaine 6/17/2022 6/19/2022
09U - Red (Redford) Edina 6/24/2022 6/26/2022
10AA Lakeville (Scrimmage) 4/30/2022 5/1/2022
10AA Eden Prairie 5/6/2022 5/8/2022
10AA Glen Lake 5/20/2022 5/22/2022
10AA Bloomington 6/17/2022 6/20/2022
10AA Rochester 6/24/2022 6/26/2022
10AAA Lakeville (Scrimmage) 4/30/2022 5/1/2022
10AAA Eden Prairie 5/6/2022 5/8/2022
10AAA Waite Park 5/20/2022 5/22/2022
10AAA Bloomington 6/10/2022 6/12/2022
10AAA Edina 6/17/2022 6/19/2022
11A Chaska 5/13/2022 5/15/2022
11A Eden Prairie 6/4/2022 6/5/2022
11A Shakopee 6/10/2022 6/12/2022
11A Rochester 6/17/2022 6/19/2022
11AA Eden Prairie 5/6/2022 5/8/2022
11AA Prior Lake 5/21/2022 5/23/2022
11AA Edina 6/10/2022 6/12/2022
11AA Rochester 6/24/2022 6/26/2022
11AAA Eden Prairie 5/6/2022 5/8/2022
11AAA Edina 5/20/2022 5/22/2022
11AAA Shakopee 6/10/2022 6/12/2022
11AAA TBD TBD TBD
12A - Black Edina 5/13/2022 5/15/2022
12A - Black Eden Prairie 6/4/2022 6/5/2022
12A - Black Big Lake 6/10/2022 6/12/2022
12A - Black Northfield 6/17/2022 6/19/2022
12A - Red Lakeville (Scrimmage) 4/30/2022 5/1/2022
12A - Red East Ridge 5/13/2022 5/15/2022
12A - Red Delano 5/20/2022 5/22/2022
12A - Red Eden Prairie 6/4/2022 6/5/2022
12A - Red Shakopee 6/10/2022 6/12/2022
12AA Lakeville (Scrimmage) 4/30/2022 5/1/2022
12AA Eden Prairie 5/6/2022 5/8/2022
12AA Bloomington 5/20/2022 5/22/2022
12AA Shakopee 6/1/2022 6/12/2022
12AA Rochester 6/24/2022 6/26/2022
12AAA Lakeville (Scrimmage) 4/30/2022 5/1/2022
12AAA Eden Prairie 5/6/2022 5/8/2022
12AAA East Ridge 5/20/2022 5/22/2022
12AAA Burnsville 6/3/2022 6/5/2022
12AAA Mankato 6/18/2022 6/19/2022
13A Lakeville 5/6/2022 5/8/2022
13A Red Wing 5/21/2022 5/22/2022
13A Duluth 6/10/2022 6/12/2022
13A Woodbury 6/17/2022 6/19/2022
13AA Blaine 5/20/2022 5/22/2022
13AA Bloomington 6/1/2022 6/12/2022
13AA New Ulm 6/24/2022 6/26/2022
13AA MYBA    
13AAA Edina 5/20/2022 5/22/2022
13AAA Burnsville 6/3/2022 6/5/2022
13AAA Prior Lake 6/17/2022 6/19/2022
13AAA Sioux Falls 6/24/2022 6/26/2022
14/15A Bloomington 6/3/2022 6/5/2022
14/15A Delano 6/10/2022 6/12/2022
14/15A Northfield 6/17/2022 6/19/2022
14/15A Prior Lake 6/24/2022 6/26/2022
14AA Lakeville (Scrimmage) 4/30/2022 5/1/2022
14AA White Bear Lake 5/13/2022 5/15/2022
14AA St Louis Park 5/20/2022 5/22/2022
14AA Edina 6/3/2022 6/5/2022
14AA Rochester 6/17/2022 6/19/2022
14AAA Lakeville (Scrimmage) 4/30/2022 5/1/2022
14AAA Prior Lake 5/21/2022 5/23/2022
14AAA St Louis Park 6/3/2022 6/5/2022
14AAA Mahtomedi 6/10/2022 6/12/2022
14AAA Bloomington 6/17/2022 6/20/2022

 

2022 Travel Baseball Bat Regulations

 

 

For 2022 and beyond, will use USSSA bat regs

Catcher’s chest protector requirements: For 2022, NOCSAE chest protector and face mask for all ages

 

All local COVID requirements will be followed.