Q & A
Whether you are signing up for the summer (spring) season, the fall season, or the winter dome season, see the home page for the registration button.
You can register for (or use your existing) an NGIN account to be apart of more of what Rochester Youth Baseball offers.
Once you open a private account you or your kids will have their own permanent profiles making it much easier for you in all future communications with the Club. As we move into the season we will continue to offer other enhancements to your account such as; you will also be able to receive team email messages, track your orders/payments, and view team specific web pages, just to name a few.
YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION WILL REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO LOG IN TO VIEW THE GENERAL INFORMATION POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE.
Each baseball season (summer, fall, winter) has it's own schedules. In all seasons, players can be accepted as long as open rosters spots exist but get in your registration soon to guarantee placement. See each of the season registration session information by clicking on the left menu option from our home page. Each season has cut-offs where we do not allow refunds because we make decisions on team structures and rosters and when numbers change it causes rework for this defined information.
Why do we have late fees to ensure we get kids signed up early, why do we have a no refund policy after a date and why do we charge processing feess?
It's simple...it's a complicated task to try and get kids appropriately onto teams with the right roster sizes, especially at K-3 where we take into account what school the kids attend. We do not turn kids away from the program but certainly could and make formation easier...for example, if we cut off # of players at 120 we would have 10 teams of 12 exactly. 12 on a roster is ideal for RYBA.
Example 1:....in 2011, we had one grade we made the decision to go with roster sizes of 13 for one age group (versus an option of 10/11). What happened? primary issue is 4 kids sit on the bench every inning.....secondary and less important, we had playing time complaints and request for refunds due to a player not playing 1st base enough. For the coach, a nightmare to have to be in the middle of the situation.
Example2:....in 2012, we had one grade we made the decision to go with roster sizes of 11 for one age group. What happened? we had one team with an injury, a discipline issue, and someone that quit. The result, asking opposing teams to borrow them a player each game they couldn't find a player to call-up from the younger grade. For the coach, a nightmare to manage the game plan.
Each team is assigned a team page and a team calendar that the coach and up to one parent may have access to edit but the entire team can see it. To find out more both on how to get access and some basic information on how to utilize see this link.
The userids used for permissions to team page editing is the NGIN account. If you don't know your NGIN userid or your password the link above will also help you.
RYBA has adopted the NGIN facility from a 3rd party. They do have a good frequently asked questions related to your account. See https://athlete.help.sportsengine.com/customer/portal/articles/2812744-my-account-guide?topic-guide=my-account to view this list. Note that the account is actually with the NGIN facility not with RYBA and the benefit is it will work with other organizations that have adopted the same NGIN company, specificially basketball (RCYBA) and hockey (RYHA).
HOUSE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
Please see the newsletter on the homepage for details. Depending on the age and level, games will fall on either Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays. The Summer Showdown Tournament at the end of the year takes place usually the one of the last two weekends in July - Friday evening/Saturday/Sunday.
TRAVEL SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
Travel teams may practice or play Metro Baseball League games on any night of the work week during the regular season. Zumbro Valley League games (9AA and 10A) are scheduled on Sunday evenings. You should expect to have either games or practices scheduled on any night of the week during the season. Tournaments are held Fridays through Sundays.
The spring/summer season staggers the start by grades. The 4th-8th grades start with tryouts for "Majors" in the house program in the April timeframe while the K-3 kick into gear the first of June. End of the season house playoffs are set in the middle of July and the optional 2nd/3rd grade tournament is usually the first week of August. Each season may be different based on the calendar so I suggest you see the many details in our Newsletter. Traveling also has different schedules but 10-14 year old tryouts are in March.
Find the newsletter in the "Spring/Summer Baseball" tab.
The travel program will hold tryouts in March at the Regional Sports Center (Dome). Teams will be formed shortly thereafter.
Practice starts after the public school spring break concludes (early April) with Metro Baseball League (MBL) games beginning in late April. Weekend regular season tournaments begin in May and run through June. State tournaments and league playoffs are held in July. The season usually ends (for most players) by 3rd week in July.
Some players will continue the season through the 1st week in August as volunteer participants in the MBL's August Classic.
Tryouts may be scary for some parents and some kids but there is really nothing to fear. While decisions at each level are never "black and white" both house majors and traveling programs have a well defined set of criteria and skills that we are looking for. They also have a number of individuals making the decisions so there are checks and balances in the system.
Ultimately kids and parents have ideas and hope for what levels of play a child make make but at the end of tryouts our goal is to assign players to a level that match their skills. It is best for everyone if kids play at the right level that both challenges them and that they can have confidence that allows them to enjoy the sport. Each program has the guidelines used for the many tryout regions and levels at the following:
All boys and girls that are CURRENTLY in Grades 2 through 8 are eligible to tryout for a traveling team. Click for more info on traveling
Tryouts can be scary for some parents and kids, but there is really nothing to fear. While decisions are never "black and white" the traveling program have will have a well defined set of criteria and skills that will be looked for during tryouts. They also have a number of individuals making the decisions so there are checks and balances in the system.
Ultimately kids and parents have ideas and hope for what levels of play a child make make but at the end of tryouts our goal is to assign players to a level that match their skills. It is best for everyone if kids play at the right level that both challenges them and that they can have confidence that allows them to enjoy the sport. The traveling program has the guidelines during tryouts at the following link:
You would use his current school grade now, hence 2nd grade in this example.
Majors teams are selected within a tryout region by draft and independent of school or geographic region.
Minors teams are selected from within a tryout region and we attempt to place by school and/or geographic region for those that attended majors tryouts. Those that did not attend majors tryouts are placed to fill roster spots on teams. We encourage all players to attend majors tryout evaluations to best ensure parity across our program.
For the primary summer season, grades K-5 games are at 6pm during the week nights assigned. There are no other practice nights assigned for the team. As kids get older, coaches will work in an occasionally practice into the schedule. For games, players will arrive anywhere from 30-60 minutes early for working on fundamentals and warm-ups.
For grades 7-8 games are typically at 6pm during the week nighs assigned but occasionally games at the RBC complex will be scheduled under the lights at 8pm. Coaches will work in an optional practice occasionally into the schedule during the week or on the weekend. For games, players will arrive anywhere from 30-60 minutes early for working on fundamentals and warm-ups.
Traveling teams start in March with tryouts and would unlikely work for this situation.
We have many ways that you may support the RYBA Program whether it be a team sponsor, a straight donation, or online advertising. Fore more info and prices, see this page.
MN Concussion Law Announcement
Minnesota Legislature's New "Concussion Law" Requires Online Training for All Coaches and Officials and Concussion Education for all Parents and Athletes Starting this Fall
The Minnesota Legislature recently passed a "Concussion Law" which requires any municipality, business, school district or nonprofit organization that organizes a youth athletic activity and charges a fee to follow the statute's requirements, including implementing concussion training and education to improve player safety and establish safe return-to-play policies for athletes who sustain a concussion.
The law mandates that:
All coaches (head and assistants) and officials receive concussion training and education by September 1, 2011, and then at three-year intervals thereafter.
Coaches must remove an athlete from activity if they exhibit signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion and/or are suspected of sustaining a concussion.
The law also requires a doctor's signature to return to play if an athlete is removed due to a concussion or is showing signs or symptoms of a concussion.
RYBA is using the same Concussion training that RCYBA used in the 2011-2012 season and if you have had this training within the 3 year perior you may upload through our Concussion Registration session the same certfiicate. You must register and upload proof of this education with the RYBA registratoin found under the coaches tab.
RYHA uses a USA Hockey education program including age specific modules in 2011-2012 season and it does include the mandated concussion training within this education. If you have a PDF file of this certification completion it will count towards the concussion training if it is within the 3 year period. You must register and upload proof of this education with the RYBA registratoin found under the coaches tab.
If you have coached at the High School level, the certification through MSHSL is also valid and if you can upload a digitial certification or record/proof of taking the training, it will also suffice.