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Travel Program Information

Travel Program Information

Northfield Youth Baseball Association (NYBA) Travel Program

(updated 3/5/2018)

 

The Northfield Youth Baseball Association (NYBA) Travel Team program offers opportunities for players to participate on competitively oriented Travel Teams to compete against teams from surrounding communities in travel leagues (Metro Baseball League) and/or weekend Tournaments. The NYBA offers Travel Teams at ages 10 to 15 years old. 

All travel teams follow the rules and player eligibility requirements of the NYBA and the league rules under which the team is playing. 

Travel Team Definitions
Scholarships
Team Selection
Coach Selection
Player Eligibility
Player Age Determination
Player Commitment
Playing Time Guidelines
Game/Practice Expectations

Adding Players to Existing Rosters
Questions/Comments


Travel Team definitions

  • Traveling Team: Traveling Team players are rostered only on the Traveling Team. The Traveling Teams rosters are determined by a tryout.

    • Traveling Teams play a regular season Metro Baseball League (MBL) schedule and a minimum of three(3) weekend tournaments during the season. 

      • Traveling Teams will be offered for ages 12U - 15U.

    • Tournaments are State Qualifier Tournaments (MBTGSTC, or MSF). If the team qualifies for a State Tournament, there may be additional tournaments, which are generally scheduled on weekends in July. See Tournament Dates and Locations page for actual dates.

    • The NYBA will pay the entry fee and gate fee (if applicable) for one (1) State Tournament berth, if the team qualifies for the State Tournament during one of the State Tournament Qualifier tournaments scheduled by the NYBA. 

 

  • Tournament Team: Tournament Team Players are rostered on both the Tournament Team and a NYBA In-house league team. Tournament Teams are determined by a tryout.

    • Tournament Teams will participate in a minimum of three(3) weekend tournaments during the season in addition to each player participating on his/her NYBA In-house league team.

      • Tournament Teams will be offered at 10U - 12U

    • Tournaments are State Qualifier Tournaments (MBTGSTC, or MSF). If the team qualifies for a State Tournament, there may be additional tournaments, which are generally scheduled on weekends in July. See Tournament Dates and Locations page for actual dates.

    • The NYBA will pay the entry fee and gate fee (if applicable) for one (1) State Tournament berth, if the team qualifies for the State Tournament during one of the State Tournament Qualifier tournaments scheduled by the NYBA. 

    • Participation on a Tournament Team is contingent on participation in the NYBA Spring In-house league.

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Scholarships

  • Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Please contact the Clients Services at the Community Action Center of Northfield for more information. 

  • info@communityactioncenter.org

  • 507-664-3550

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Team Selection

  • Travel Teams are selected by a tryout.

  • Tryouts will be conducted in mid March (Actual dates will be posted on the NYBA website) to select 12 player rosters for each Travel Team.

    • Skills to be evaluated will be:

      • Hitting
      • Fielding
      • Throwing
      • Running speed
      • ​​Pitching and Catching (optional)
  • The NYBA attempts to find local Evaluators with a baseball background (Northfield Coaches, college playing experience, etc.) and do not have any children trying out for the Travel Teams. 

  • Evaluations and input from previous season coaches will be used to select the top 12 players from each age group. These players will be offered a roster spot on the upper level team (AAA or AA, depending on the competition level defined by the NYBA).

  • The next 12 players from each age group will be offered a roster spot on the lower level team (AA or A, depending on the competition level defined by the NYBA).

  • Players 12U-14U not selected for a Traveling Team or Tournament Team will be invited to play in the NYBA In-house League program. 

  • Due to field availability, the NYBA is only able to field two (2) Traveling Teams at the 14U and 15U level with 12 players per team. The NYBA does not have an In-house level at 15U. Players not selected for a Travel Team at the 15U level will not be placed on a team.

  • Please see the Tryouts page for more information on the tryout process.

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Coach Selection

  • The NYBA preference is to hire Coaches for the 14 and 15U Traveling Teams.  

  • The preference is to hire a non-parent of the current players.  

  • The NYBA Coaching Manager will interview and hire coaches for the Traveling Teams.

  • When non-parent head coaches cannot be found for a team the Coaching Manager will interview and select the best qualified parent to coach the team.  Parents will not be compensated for coaching their own children.

  • Parent coaches will be selected by the NYBA Coaching Manager for the Tournament Teams.            

  • All coaches must pass a criminal background check.

  • All coaches and any parents that may be on the bench with the players must complete concussion awareness training.  This is a Minnesota State Law. 

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Player Eligibility

To be eligible to play on a NYBA Sponsored Traveling Team or Tournament Team, Players must:

  • Live in the Northfield School District or attend Northfield Schools.

    • Special situations (home school, etc.) will be handled on a case by case basis.  Please contact the President of the NYBA Travel Program for more information. NYBAPresident.Travel@gmail.com

  • Have completed the NYBA registration to tryout for the travel teams by the stated registration deadline.

    • Note:  Players that have not registered by the registration deadline may be considered for traveling or tournament teams under extenuating circumstances.  

    • Players that have not registered by the registration deadline must submit a written request to the NYBA President of Travel baseball for review and approval by the Travel Group before they will be considered for placement on a NYBA travel team. NYBAPresident.Travel@gmail.com

  • Have paid required Travel Team registration fee for the current season.

  • Have paid all past due balances from previous seasons. 

  • Have agreed to all required waivers to participate in the NYBA Travel Baseball Program.

  • Have agreed to the NYBA player code of conduct.

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Player Age Determination

  • Travel Teams are designated by age level (15U = 15 years old and under).

  • Age is determined by the players age on April 30 of the current year.  Players in their respective age group must not reach the next age before May 1 of the current year.

  • The NYBA gives priority to players that are in the same grade and meet the team age requirement.  Players are not allowed to play up.  

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Player Commitment

  • Traveling Teams

    • Traveling Team Players are expected to make their baseball team the number one sports priority during the baseball season.  

      • With the growing popularity of year round sports and development teams, NYBA Travel Players are expected to make their NYBA Travel baseball team commitments (practices, games, tournaments, etc.) priority over any other sporting events or teams in which they are participating (tryouts, practices, games, tournaments, etc.)

      • Missing a practice, game or tournament due to another sport or team (unless cleared by the team coach) will not be considered a valid excuse and may result in reduced playing time.  ​

        • ​Any potential conflicts should be discussed with the coach.

      • Players and Parents should consider the time commitment required for the NYBA Travel Team and if there will be conflicts with other sports in which that the Player is participating.  

    • Traveling Teams play a regular MBL season which consists of 16 games plus playoffs.  

    • Typically at least half of these regular season MBL games will be played at locations outside of Northfield in surrounding cities.  The actual locations are not know until the final league schedule is determined.

    • The MBL season runs from Late April to mid July. 

    • Traveling Teams will also play in a minimum of three (3) weekend tournaments which will be a minimum of nine (9) games total (three game guarantee per tournament).  .  

      • Tournaments are typically pool play with brackets so five(5) to six (6) games may need to be played to reach the championship game.

      • Additional tournaments may be attended if a team qualifies for a State Tournament berth. 

    • Traveling Team Players should be prepared to commit 4-5 days a week to baseball during the months of May through July.  This includes games and practices.

    • Traveling Team Players should be prepared to commit at least three weekends during the season to play in scheduled tournaments.  

    • Coaches may schedule practices on weekends due to field availability.  

  • Tournament Teams

    • Tournament Team Players will play on a NYBA In-house Team in addition to playing on a Tournament Team.  

    • Tournament Teams will play in a minimum of three (3) weekend tournaments which will be a minimum of nine (9) games total (three game guarantee per tournament).  

      • Tournaments are typically pool play with brackets so five to six games may be played to reach the championship game.

      • Additional tournaments may be attended if a team qualifies for a State Tournament berth.

    • In-house teams typically play two games per week at Sechler Park in Northfield during the regular Season (Late April/Early May to early June).

    • Tournament Team Players should be prepared to commit 3-4 days a week to baseball during the months of May through July.  This includes games and practices.

    • Traveling Team Players should be prepared to commit at least three weekends during the season to play in scheduled tournaments.  

    • Coaches may schedule practices on weekends due to field availability.

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Playing Time Guidelines.

  • 10U, 11U

    • All Teams:  Mandatory Play

      • Defensive playing time will be determined by the skill level of the player, game situation and at the discretion of the head coach.  

      • No Player will sit out for more than two (2) defensive innings in a game.

        • Exceptions to this rule:

          • Player game/practice attendance issues (see below).

          • The game is shortened for any reason (rain out, 10 run rule, time limit, etc.).

      • Batting requirements based on league or tournament rules.

      • Free substitution will be used for all games.

      • Coaches should do their best to get all players as much playing time as possible during games.  

      • Players at this age are developing their skills and need game experience.  The NYBA encourages coaches to do their best to balance the number of innings players spend on the bench during games to allow as much playing time for all players as possible.

      • The NYBA encourages coaches to allow players to play multiple positions during games.  All players must have the opportunity to develop their skills in the infield as well as the outfield.

        • Player safety should be taken into account when placing players in defensive positions.

  • 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U

    • All Teams:  Competitive Play

      • Defensive playing time will be determined by the skill level of the player, game situation and at the discretion of the head coach.  Playing time may not be equal.

      • Coaches should do their best to get all players as much playing time as possible during games.  

      • See MBL rules for specific information.

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Game/Practice Expectations

  • Every player's presence is important and expected. Unless otherwise exempted by the coach, all players are expected to attend all practices, league games, in-house games (if applicable) and tournament games. Excused absences will be granted for vacations, school and religious events; however, it is expected that the coach will be notified in advance of such events.  Unexcused absences will result in a reduction of playing time.  

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Adding Players to Existing Rosters

  • Players may be added to existing rosters under the following conditions:

    • A team has a shortage of players due to illness, injury or players unable to play (vacation, non-sports related camps, etc.)

  • If a Coach wants to add a player to an existing NYBA team roster, a written request must be submitted to the President of travel baseball indicating the reason the player is to be added to the roster.  The request will be reviewed by the Travel Group for approval. NYBAPresident.Travel@gmail.com

  • Players to be added will be chosen per the following requirement:

    • The player will be of the same age group (12U, 13U, etc.) as the players currently on the roster.

    • The player must meet all the NYBA travel team eligibility requirements.  

    • The player must meet the player eligibility requirements of the league or tournament for the duration of the time that the player will be playing with the team (MBL, MBT, GSTC, etc.).

  • Specific player requests from coaches will be considered by the NYBA Travel group.  

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Questions/Comments

  • Please contact the President of the NYBA Travel Program or Travel Director (See NYBA website for contact information) with any questions/comments concerning the NYBA Travel Baseball Program.  

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