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Travel Team Information 2021

Travel Director Contact Information

 

Melissa Engler

612-366-0511

 

Liz Heyer

  612-562-6267 

 

Ryan Koepp

612-239-5132

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 Jr. 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, 2021. 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 5/1/10 

For 5th grade (11 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/09 

For 6th grade (12 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/08

For 7th grade (13 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/07

For 8th grade (14 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/06

For 9th grade (15 year olds), players must be born on or after 5/1/05 

For Jr. Legion (16-17 year olds), players must be born on or after 1/1/04

 

 

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), one Jr. Legion team (16-17 year olds). 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). Jr Legion will define the playing time in a player/family meeting, they do not have a specific playing time policy.

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. Any player wishing to be excused from the tryout must obtain approval IN ADVANCE from the Travel Directors Melissa Engler, Liz Heyer, and Ryan Koepp. 

 

For players ages 10-15, tryouts will consist of 2 rounds on consecutive weekends March 14 & 21st. Players will be graded over the course of the 2 rounds by independent outside evaluators. Following completion of the tryouts, coaches will be assigned to each team by the Travel Committee and teams will be selected by the Travel Committee with input from the coaches based upon the tryout results, past year's statistics, player evaluations, and position versatility.

 

After the 15U tryouts, we maybe will be inviting five to fifteen, 15 year-old players to tryout for our Junior Legion Team. The Junior Legion Tryout is May 2nd from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  16 and 17 years olds who are eligible to play junior legion baseball will have a tryout at a date determined later in the spring. 15 year olds selected by the legion coaching staff will be invited to participate in this tryout and earn a spot on the junior legion roster.

 

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, 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 two season ending tournament games – finishing their season by mid-July.

 

Evaluating players during tryouts is not a perfect science. Tryout scores are only a reflection of a player’s abilities on that particular day. Players are placed on teams based upon tryout scores, past performance, a team's positional needs, and position versatility. No system is perfect and we always look for ways to improve the process. If you have any suggestions or wish to help us in this effort, contact a board member or attend board meetings.

 

What times are travel tryouts?

March 14th Travel try-out day #1
10's 8-9:45am
11's 10-11:45am
12's 12:00-1:45pm
13's 2:00pm-3:45pm
14 & 15's 4-6pm
   
March 21st Travel try-out day #2
13's 8-9:45am
12's 10-11:45am
11's 12:00-1:45pm
10's 2:00pm-3:45pm
14 & 15's 4-6pm

What is the time commitment for a travel team?

Regular season league games are normally on 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 begin usually about 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.

Teams at ages 10-15 will participate in 3 weekend state qualifying tournaments. 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.

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.

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
 

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?

Travel team participants pay a registration fee of $385 - $415, which covers association fees, uniforms, and most regular season tournament registration fees (coaches/managers will let families know if there are additional tournament costs). 

 

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 committee which includes both the Varsity High School Coach and Legion Coach.  Coaches are selected by age but not level. The final placement of coaches does not happen until tryouts have concluded.  Should two coaches' kids make the same level, the committee will place the kids 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 committee.

  

2021 Tournament Schedule

2021 Summer Travel Tournaments
Age/Level Tournament #1 Tournament #2 Tournament #3 Tournament #4
9U June 4-6 June 18-20    
  Chanhassen Edina    
9U June 4-6 June 18-20    
  Chanhassen Glen Lake    
10AAA May 7-9 May 21-23 June 11-13 June 18-20
  Eden Prairie Eagan Shakopee Edina
10AA  May 7-9 June 4-6 June 11-13 May 14-16
  Eden Prairie Burnsville Shakopee Chaska
10A  May 14-16 June 4-6 June 11-13 June 18-20
  Chaska Eden Prairie Shakopee Woodbury
11AAA May 7-9 May 14-16 May 21-23 June 4-6
  Eden Prairie Chaska Edina Mankato
11AA May 7-9 May 21-23 May 14-16 June 11-13
  Eden Prairie Lakeville Burnsville Edina
11A Black May 14-16 May 21-23 June 4-6 June 11-13
  Chaska Bloomington Eden Prairie Shakopee
11A Red

May 14-16

Richfield

June 4-6

Eden Prairie

June 11-13

Shakopee

June 18-20

Woodbury

12AAA May 7-9 May 21-23 June 11-13 June 18-20
  Eden Prairie Eagan Shakopee Edina
12AA May 7-9 May 21-23 June 4-6 June 11-13
  Eden Prairie Lakeville Edina Bloomington
12A May 7-9 May 14-16 June 4-6 June 18-20
  Rosemount Prior Lake Eden Prairie New Ulm
13AAA May 7-9 May 14-16 May 21-23 June 4-6
  River Falls, WI Edina Eagan Burnsville
13AA May 7-9 May 14-16 June 4-6 June 25-27
  Wodbury Edina Burnsville Eagan
13A May 21-23 June 4-6 June 11-13 June 18-20
  Prior Lake Burnsville Edina Delano
14AAA May 14-16 May 21-23 June 11-13 June 18-20
  Edina Prior Lake Northfield Bloomington
         
14/15A June 4-6 June 11-13 June 18-20 June 25-27
  Burnsville East Ridge Woodbury Eagan
15AAA June 4-6 June 11-13 June 18-20  
  Eden Prairie Eagan Prior Lake  
15AA June 4-6 June 11-13 June 18-20 June 25-27
  Eden Prairie Prior Lake Woodbury Edina

 

Jr. Legion & Legion tournaments to be announced after Team Selections

 

2021 Travel Baseball Bat Regulations 

For 2021 will use USA bats regs

For 2022 and beyond, will use USSSA bat regs

Catcher’s chest protector requirements: For 2021 14 and 15 yos will need a  NOCSAE approved chest protector and face mask. For 2022, NOCSAE chest protector and face mask for all ages