The Rochester Youth Baseball Association (RYBA) traveling program is an optional program that is designed to allow players to compete against community-based teams from across the state. The RYBA traveling program is designed to provide players in the program with the knowledge and skills necessary to play baseball at a high level.
RYBA holds indoor evaluation (tryout) sessions in March for the traveling program. (March 15 and 22 in 2020) Evaluations are designed to place the kids on a team where they can be successful as individuals and as part of a team. 2020 team rosters will be announced on the RYBA website on March 25.
NOTE: Your age on April 30th determines your travel age. For example, if you turn 11 on May 1, you are eligible for 10s.
AAA is the highest level of competition at which we play. RYBA will form one team consisting of no more than 12 players. Player assignment is based on tryout evaluations.
For 2019 there is one AAA team for ages 10U - 14U. The 9U age group teams will be determined by number of participants.
AA is the second highest level of competition. RYBA may form one or two teams in each age group consisting of no more than 12 players per team depending on the number of participants.
The number at 9U will be determined by number of participants.
Single A is the 3rd highest level of competition. RYBA will form one team of no more than 12 players at each age.
In 2019 there will be single A teams formed at each age level except 9U.
Players assigned to the travel only teams will not participate in the house program. These travel only teams will practice during the week and play in weekend tournaments from May to the end of June. Most teams will also qualify for at least one state tournament in mid-July before the season ends. The team coach will choose the evenings and times for practices. Scrimmages will also be scheduled. If a player is selected for AAA or AA team, the player may not decline and play RYBA house majors. Players declining a tryout-earned position on a RYBA Travel team will be assigned to a RYBA house team.
Travel teams play between 3 and 5 tournaments. One tournament is our home tournament in Rochester. Games typically start on a Friday night or Saturday morning on a given weekend. Most out-of-town tournaments are in the Twin Cities area, within a couple hours drive of Rochester. Hotels and overnight stays are not required, but individual teams can decide to stay and organize a block of rooms. Families are responsible for paying any out-of-town expenses such as hotel, meals, gas, etc.
The 9AAA, 10AAA, 10AA, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U year old ages play in the Metro Baseball League (MBL). The 9AA and 10A age levels play in the Zumbro Valley Youth Baseball League. Both leagues consist of up to 16 games and playoffs. MBL regular season games will begin on April 20 in 2020.
*Special Note* Players shall not be "double rostered" after April 30. On May 1, 2020, any player rostered on a club baseball team in addition to an RYBA travel team will be ineligible for play on the RYBA team. It is RYBA's expectation that during April, if a player has a conflict with participating with the RYBA team or a club team, the player should choose to participate with his RYBA team.
The traveling baseball season starts in early April with practices and goes through July. July is when the state tournaments are held and travel teams that qualify or are awarded an at-large bid may play. There are three state sanctioned tournaments: Metro Baseball Tournament (MBT) Championships, MYAS Gopher State Tournament of Champions (GSTC), and Minnesota Sports Federation (MSF).
The state tournaments charge an entry fee and a gate fee. RYBA pays these fees for one state tournament. If a team decides to play in a second or third state tournament, both the entry fee and the gate fee are the responsibility of the team.
Coaching is an important role in baseball. The application process for RYBA travel coaches is as follows.
Registering as a RYBA coach is done on-line through this website.
Your application will be submitted for a criminal background check. You will only be notified if you DO NOT pass the background check.
Head coach applicants must also participate in an interview with the RYBA travel coach selection committee in late February.
Coaches will not be selected or assigned to teams until after the spring tryouts. Head coaches may then choose their assistants.
IMPORTANT: Concussion training is mandatory for all coaches and assistants as dictated by state law. A reputable course must be taken at least once every three years and a certificate of completion recorded with RYBA.
Additional traveling player fees are charged only if your player makes a traveling only team. Families are invoiced electronically after practice begins and are due immediately upon receipt. The fees for 2020 are as follows:
Uniform sizing will be done on two dates TBD before tryouts this year. Jersey orders will be submitted in March 2020 to ensure they arrive in time for the start of the season. No fees are due at this time. Fees will be collected via on-line invoice in April.
The fee includes two jerseys and a hat. Each player will be responsible to purchase a pair of white pants with black pinstripe on the side, black belt, socks, and black helmet. Addition apparel is optional.
PLEASE NOTE: Uniform sizing prior to tryouts DOES NOT guarantee a spot on a traveling team.