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Travel Team Information 2022

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

 

Who plays EPBA Travel Baseball?

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. All travel players and parents will be asked to sign a Travel Team Commitment and Code of Conduct form before the start of the season.

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

Day/Date

Time

Age

Sunday, March 6, 2022

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

13U

Sunday, March 6, 2022

10:45 AM - 12:45 PM

14U/15U

Sunday, March 13, 2022

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

10U/11U

Sunday, March 13, 2022

10:45 AM - 12:45 PM

12U

Monday, March 14, 2022

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

14U/15U

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

12U

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

10U/11U

Thursday, March 17, 2022

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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 Tournament Schedule

Tournament schedule will be posted in January 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.