2022 Albert Lea Youth Baseball Program
Goals and Philosophy: Our goal is to provide youth in Albert Lea and surrounding communities the opportunity to learn and play baseball in a fun and positive environment, while instilling characteristics that will help them succeed in the community, school and later in life as they pursue a variety of interests.
- Improve the baseball fundamentals and skills of each of the players through practice and games.
- Have fun and always demonstrate good sportsmanship.
- Instill the importance of working hard and having a good attitude in all aspects of their lives.
- Maintain a positive attitude.
- All players will represent themselves, family, community, and Albert Lea Baseball in a positive manner.
- Hustle always.
- Show up to practices and games on time.
- Refrain from unsportsmanlike gestures, talk, language, or profanity.
- All players will show respect towards the umpires and their decisions. All decisions made by the umpires are to be accepted as final. No player should argue a call or judgment. Only the Manager and Coach should be questioning calls and judgments.
- No team member shall throw his bat, helmet, glove or any object in disgust on or off the playing field at any time.
- All players will follow the guidelines set forth for the team.
- Understand that the coach may impose additional rules, guidelines and/or policies that the player is required to follow and failure to comply with the rules, guidelines and/or policies is a violation of the player’s commitment.
- Albert Lea Baseball reserves the right to release any player from the team for poor sportsmanship by the player and/or the player’s family during games, or for other reasons to include, but are not limited to, lack of cooperation, poor attitude, lack of commitment, effort, or attendance.
- Respect coaches, umpires, players, parents, opponents & organization.
- Demonstrate good sportsmanship.
- Be involved and volunteer. If you are not willing to work in concession stand, you may pay a $50 fee at registration.
- Refrain from giving the children instructions during the game – allow the coaches to manage the team and game.
- Refrain from dugout visits
- Get your child to practice and games on time.
- Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game.
- Do not ridicule or yell at your child or any other child on the team for making a mistake or for losing a game.
- Set a good example. Children learn best by example.
- Do not publicly question an umpire’s judgement. Accept the umpire’s decision as final and respect the fact that they too make mistakes.
- Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches. Give them their due respect.
- If you have a problem/conflict with the manager or coaches, do not approach them during or after a game. Call the coach to discuss the matter or set a meeting with the manager or Coach to discuss the matter.
- Accept the coaches’ decision regarding playing positions and the amount of playing time. There are not guarantees for equal playing time or position.
- Understand that Albert Lea Baseball reserves the right to release any player from the team for poor sportsmanship by the player and/or the player’s family during games or for other reasons including, but not limited to, lack of cooperation, poor attitude, lack of commitment, effort, or attendance.
- Understand that the coach may impose additional rules, guidelines, and/or policies that all players and parents are required to follow. Failure to comply with the rules, guidelines, and/or policies is a violation.
- Understand and acknowledge that the player fees are non-refundable. If a child is dismissed or voluntarily leaves a team, the parents are not entitled to a refund and all monies are forfeited.
- Make financial commitments or communicate arrangements.
- Attend meetings and participate in fundraiser as required.
- Respect opposing coaches and players, umpires, parents, and community.
- Ensure playing time commitments are achieved.
- Provide a complete schedule
- Ensure basic fundamentals are taught.
- Maintain good communication with parents.
- Provide a quality life experience.
- Represent Albert Lea Baseball in a positive light at all times.
Playing Time and Positions played: There is no minimum playing time mandated on teams. The intent of the Albert Lea Baseball program is to develop each player and to have every player participate in each game. Playing time will not be equal and is not guaranteed. The coach makes ALL playing time, positions played, and batting order decisions. Coaches will not be expected to discuss playing time decisions with parents. Playing time should be a discussion between player and coach and parents may be involved at the coach’s discretion.
Attendance Expectations: Attendance is mandatory! Players are expected to be on time and ready to participate for practice, meetings and games. Teams cannot achieve their goals and maintain a positive attitude if players are missing or arriving late for games and/or practices. If you will miss a practice or a game, for any reason, the manager must know about it as soon as possible.
If a player is involved with another sport, they are expected to put their Albert Lea Baseball obligation ahead of that other sport during the season. If a player misses a baseball game or practice to take part in another sporting event, they should expect it to have a negative impact on their playing time when they return to their team. Penalties for unexcused absences should be expected, depending on the circumstances, and it will be solely the coach’s discretion to determine what the penalty may be, if any.
Team Eligibility: All players must reside in Freeborn County, or Albert Lea is the closest city that has a traveling program. Players from other communities must commit to play in both league play and tournaments. Age cut off is April 30th.
Refund Policy for Player Fees: Fees are due at the January registration meeting. No refunds will be given after that time.
Jersey, pants, belt, socks and hat included in player fee.
- Practices begin indoors in Feb/March open gyms
- Games can be scheduled starting around the end of April.
- Season will end around the middle to end of July.
Levels of play
- Tee Ball (ages 5-6) ALCB
- Coach pitch (ages 7-8) ALCB
- Minor Leagues (ages 8-14) ALCB
- South Central League 1 night/week, Home Tournament, 1 State Tournament if they qualify (approx. 15 games)
- Local League 1 night/week, Home Tournament, End of Year Tournament, 1 State Tournament if they qualify (approx. 17 games)
- Local League 2 nights/week, Home Tournament, End of Year Tournament, 1 State Tournament if they qualify (approx. 25 games)
- Local League 1 night/week, Home Tournament, 2 Away Tournaments, End of Year Tournament, 2 State Tournaments if they qualify (approx. 23 games)
- Local League 1 night/week, Home Tournament, 3 Away Tournaments, End of Year Tournament, 2 State Tournaments if they qualify (approx. 26 games)
- OR Home Tournament, 4 Away Tournaments, 5 Local Games, 2 State Tournaments if they qualify (approx. 23 games)
**15-year-olds will be encouraged to try out for VFW. If there is a need for any of those players to play, they would be placed on the 14/15A team. There will be NO 15AA team.**
Pitching: All coaches will be provided information regarding pitching safety and are expected to use caution with all pitchers. At 9U, 10U, and 11U, only fastballs and change-ups will be allowed.
- Albert Lea Classic—A, AA (9-11 year olds) 3rd weekend in May
- Albert Lea Slugfest—A, AA (12-13 year olds) 3rd weekend in June
- Albert Lea Hammer Fest -A/AA (14’s) 4th weekend in June
- League Tournaments per League playing in. 2nd weekend in July
- State Tournament hosted by AL(11yr MSF) 3rd Weekend in July
- ALYBA Baseball Board:
Officers and In-House Director, 3 year terms. Board members, 2 year terms.
- Rich Yost President/Tourne Director/Teams
- Troy Irvine Vice President/In-House Director
- Larry Rassler Secretary/Tourne Director
- Brad Skinness Treasurer/Tourne Director/Teams
- Rob Jensen Equipment/Uniforms/Teams
- Brody Richards Board Member/Teams
- Abbey Goskeson Board Member
- Coach selections, on-field play and coaching education
- Team selection with involvement from the coaches in each age group
- Oversee 3 or 4 educational meetings/clinics with the coaches prior to the start of the season to get consistency throughout the program on what we are teaching
- High school program will be involved in the youth program to make sure there is alignment on expectations. Head Varsity AL coach, advisor.
- AA teams made up of 10-12 players. This will be determined by total number of kids that scored at an AA- level, and with coach’s input.
- There will be a minimum score that needs to be achieved to play on an A- team. If someone does not achieve that score, he will have the opportunity to play in the in-house league through Albert Lea Community Baseball.
- A- teams will have a min of 10 players whenever possible and a max of 14 players. Ages could be mixed to help fill a roster, per Baseball Committee
- If there are enough numbers to field 3 teams and top-level team can be competitive at the AAA level, look at having a AAA, AA and one or more A level teams
- If an A team would like to play a AA schedule, they will be required to pay the AA fees. Otherwise, it would be up to the parents to pay to enter any tournaments.
- Tryouts for 2022 will occur in the Spring. These will be held at the Albert Lea Family YMCA gym or Snyder Field, depending on weather. Teams will be entered into tournaments by tournament director with assistance from the previous A & AA coaches. Selection of coaches will take place immediately after tryouts have been concluded. Training opportunities for all kids during the winter months will be provided whenever possible to ready them for Spring tryouts.
- Each team will be provided with an equipment bag, a team bat, catchers equip, pop-up net and helmets are available. Managers will check out equipment out at the April coaches meeting and turn in at end of Summer schedule.
- Coaches receive coaching apparel and a Hat.
- Team selections are based on age eligibility. Special consideration will be given to players wishing to “move up” an age group only if there is a need for players at that age level. A younger player may play up with his classmates if he qualifies for that team*.
- We will clearly communicate the age policy at the beginning of the season to teams with combined players ages 8-9, so the younger 8- & 9-year-old players know they will stay on a 9U team the following season, as the older 9 year olds will move up to 10U.
- For a cancelled home tournament, we will go by MBT rules for away teams. Home teams may enter an alternate tournament paid by the association. For away tournaments, if we get a refund from host association, our team may enter another tournament paid by the association.
- State Tournaments. Association will pay 1 entry fee for A teams and 2 entry fees for AA teams. Parents pay all gate fees and all at large entry and gate fees.
- Every family is expected to volunteer at a home tournament. This would entail working one concession stand shift or helping out with field maintenance. If a family does not want to volunteer, they can pay $50 at registration to cover their volunteer requirement. Head coaches’ families are exempt from volunteer duties.