Chaska Baseball Families,
We would like to thank everyone your patience as we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the 2020 baseball season. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to influence our daily activities and is setting the tone for how we interact with one another. As the weather continues to improve, our children wrap up the school year, and days grow longer we long for our time on the diamond.
With the health and safety of our athletes, their families, and our community at the forefront of our mind we have decided to cancel the baseball season. While the original season is cancelled, we are working on options for participation that will be focused on Player Development and includes limited, if any, competition. The Governor and the Minnesota Department of Health released guidelines for Safe participation in youth sports late last week. The framework allows for youth baseball to begin in June with limits on number of participants and restricts activity to practice only while observing social distancing protocols.
What we know today:
What we are working on:
While we’re excited to offer the opportunity for our community to come together in baseball once again, we understand some of our families will be uncomfortable doing so. We want to ensure you that we respect your decision and in no way will it have an impact on your future experiences with Chaska Baseball. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for those who are comfortable and respect the decision of each family.
Chaska Travel Baseball is for those individuals who exhibit a higher commitment to developing their Baseball skills while competing at a higher level. It requires greater commitment, in that each participant is expected to attend all practices and weekend tournaments. Players will practice 1-2 times per week and will have league games 2 times per week. Each team also plays in 4 state qualifier tournaments (with travel) attempting to earn a berth in 2 state tournaments. Parents are expected to be involved in fundraising and volunteering at various events. The goal of Chaska Metro Traveling Baseball is to develop skills, confidence, sportsmanship, teamwork and to have fun.
Chaska Travel Baseball is a member of the Metro Baseball League and is offered in grades 4 through 8. Traveling Baseball brings more focus on competition and skill development. Metro teams are formed of our best players to compete with the best players from other communities in the area. Two to four teams will be formed per grade with an AAA-AA-A format with twelve players per team. Teams are formed according to age guidelines set by the Metro Baseball League (rules found at the following website…https://www.mbl.bz/mbl/mbl/rules/).
An independent group chosen by the Chaska Baseball Association Executive Board will conducts tryouts and is responsible for evaluations
1. Emphasize a higher level of competitiveness.
2. Teach individual skills.
3. Focus on development of team concepts and ideals.
4. Teach players to be respectful to each other, opponents, umpires and the game.
5. Learn to win or lose with class and good sportsmanship and represent the organization as such.
6. Develop players and teams with the ability to compete at the top level.
7. Develop future varsity Baseball players.
8. Foster an environment that teaches and stresses the importance of the team over individual players.
9. Facilitate an environment where each team member feels they serve an important role on his team.
Players in their respective age groups must not reach the next age before May 1, 2020. It is permissible for a player to play up from their designated age division, but they may not play down. For example, a 10 year old may play in the 11 year old division, but an 11 year old may NOT play in the 10 year old division. *If you try-out for a higher age division, or are placed on a team on a higher age division, you are no longer eligible to go back to your current age level. There are no exceptions to this rule* The CBA Board of Directors along with the HS Varsity Coaching staff strongly encourages playing with your current grade level.
Chaska Travel Baseball Director
Chaska Travel Baseball Director
Please fill out the application below if you are interested in Coaching one of our Chaksa Travel Baseball teams.
Please email completed applications to CBA Director | Travel Baseball.
Current day weather cancellations will be posted on the Chaska Baseball Association home page around 4:00 PM (if the city closes the fields). We will send a mass email out to the entire association as well.
After 4:00 PM if the city of Chaska has not closed fields, it is up to the coaches/umpire to determine if the practice/game should be held.
Coaches can use their team page to send an email to their teams if necessary.
If no notification is sent out, assume the practice or game is still on.