ALYBA Newsletter

Hello ALYBA Families,

As we prepare for Spring tryouts for the Summer of 2022 Baseball season I would like to give a plan for how this year will work.  Typically we hold a fall tryout, but with many asking for Spring tryouts we are giving it a try this year.   

Registration 

Currently you can go on-line at www.albertleabaseball.com and register on-line anytime before tryouts.  Fees for 2022 have changed to a flat $200 for everyone.  Those that make a traveling team will also pay an additional $50 fee, this will be due before uniforms are delivered.  Payments can be made via PayPal on-line or at uniform try ons.  Please register on-line before coming to tryouts if possible. We will have on-line registration stations available if needed.  Cash or checks will also be collected at tryouts. 

Uniforms 

On Saturday March 26th, we will hold our mandatory uniform try on event for those going through tryouts.  Boys will need to try-on pants and jerseys, get measured for a hat, belt and socks.  We will be holding this event at Budget Signs at 1409 Eberhardt St.  You can stop anytime from 9AM to 4PM before or after your son’s tryout time.  Please make yourself available so we can get uniforms ordered quickly so they arrive by the first games.  

There will also be youth baseball apparel available at this time for order as well as purchasing extra pants or  jerseys for the season.

Uniform:  1-Hat  1- Jersey(with Name) 1-Pants, 1- Belt(adjust), 1-Sock,   **Either 2nd jersey or 2nd Pants (Parent Choice).  Extra items can be purchased at this time as well.

Warm Ups

ALYBA is teaming up with the Albert Lea Family YMCA for training opportunities leading up to Spring Tryouts.  Thursday evenings from 5-7:30 and Sunday afternoon 3-5.  Players do not need a membership to come in and practice.  Bring a glove, bat, & tennis shoes. Balls are provided.  These are not structured practices, but we will help when needed.  Parents can come in and play catch, help with hitting, or walk the track.  Please check in at the front counter.

Coaches

During registration you will be asked if you are interested in helping coach your son’s team.  Head Coach, Assistant coach, and help with team activities are the volunteer positions needed. There will be a few coach meetings and strategies shared before the season starts.

Tryouts and Team Selection 

Spring Tryouts are scheduled for Saturday March 26th **Times are noted on the attachment.  Currently tryouts will be held at YMCA gym.  As weather permits this could move outside.  Team selection is on a competitive basis, as players are evaluated in comparison with others in their age group. Eligibility is based on the age rules we follow as per Tournament/League rules.   We use April 30th as the date to guide age groups.  Teams will be announced within 2 weeks following tryouts. Uniforms will be ordered immediately so that they are available for games at the end of May. 

 We will have a make-up day if you absolutely can not make it on Saturday.  Sunday May 27 from 1-3pm. Please let us know if you cannot make Saturday work.   

Evaluations measure performance in hitting, infield and outfield skills, throwing, and running.  At certain age levels, players not making a travel team(AA or A) will be encouraged to participate in ALYBA’s Community Baseball League, referred to as Minors Division.  Teams can also be formed based on the amount of players at certain ages, (Ex: 10 yr & 11 yr can form 1 – 11A team,  12yr & 13yr can NOT form 1- 12A team due to age limits).  We STRONGLY encourage all players to attend their scheduled evaluation time for proper placement.  

League Play

For 2022 League play 9AA, 10A, 10AA, 11A, 12A, 13A, and 14/15A teams will play in the South Central League.

11AA, 12AA, 13AA, and 14AA teams will play in the Metro Baseball League

Information for these leagues can be found under the LINKS on the website. 

2022 Volunteer Opportunities 

In the last 2 years we have not had many volunteer opportunities due to obvious complications with pandemic protocols.  As we return to normal, it will be mandatory for families to volunteer and support ALYBA in many ways.  Examples are working shifts at any of 5 tournaments we plan on hosting this summer to helping with fundraising events and Field Sponsorships.   We have a unique chance to raise funds to support the many upgrades that are coming to Snyder Park over the next 2-4 years.  These can include water mitigation throughout the park, fence and dugout upgrades, new concessions, bathrooms, a pavillion, play parks, HCP accessibility, lighting and possibly parking upgrades.  Any and all help will be well worth your time and efforts.

Important Dates:

March 26th:   TRYOUTS,  Uniform Fitting,  Equipment Sale

March 27th:   Tryout Make-up Date. 1-3pm ALL

April 2nd:        Coaches Meeting 

April 8-10th:  Team Announcement

April/May:      Practices

Mid May:         League Play Begins thru June

May 20-22:     AL Classic Tournament (9, 10, 11)

June 17-19:   AL Slugfest Tournament (12 & 13)

June 25-26:   AL Hammer Tournament (14)

July 9:              SCYBL End of Year Tournament (9-14yr A teams).   AL HOST*     

July 22-24:     MSF 11U STATE TOURNAMENT (AL HOST)

Thank You,

Rich Yost  ALYBA President & ALYBA Board of Directors

Please Send questions to [email protected]

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