The Rochester Youth Baseball Association (RYBA) 9U-14U program is designed to place players in an appropriate competition level while promoting development and high school affiliation when possible (except at AAA level). AAA, AA, and A players compete against community-based teams from across the state. Players who do not wish to tryout for a "traveling" team, or do not successfully evaluate for a AAA, AA, or A team, will be placed in the Southern Minny Baseball League. The 9U-14U program is designed to provide players with the knowledge and skills necessary to eventually play baseball at the high school level.
NOTE: Your age on April 30th determines your tryout level unless you choose to play "up" with your school grade. For example, if you turn 11 on May 1, you are eligible for 10U unless you choose to play with your classmates in your grade who turned 11 before May 1. Players in their respective age group(s) must not reach the age before May 1, 2021. It is permissible for a player to play up from their designated age division, but they may not play down. For example: a 13 year-old may play in the 14 year-old division, but a 15 year-old may NOT play in the 14 year-old division.
Players not trying out for, or who do not successfully evaluate at, AAA, AA, and A competition levels will be placed in the Southern Minny Baseball League. The season starts after Rochester Public Schools' spring break and concludes in July. Practices and scrimmages will dominate the first half of the season. Games against other Rochester teams and potentially other local communities immediately surrounding Rochester are planned. 1-2 tournaments in Rochester or the Rochester local commuting area later in the season are also a possibility. Teams will be formed based on future high school attendance as much as possible.
Players who successfully tryout and make AAA, AA, A teams will participate in the Metro Baseball League (MBL). Practice begins immediately after the Rochester Public Schools' spring break. MBL games start in late April and conclude in early July. A typical season consists of 16 MBL games: 8 home games and 8 away games, 3-4 out-of-town tournaments, and one Rochester tournament. One to three state tournaments in July are also a possibility depending on each team's successful qualification. Future high school attendance may also be used to form A and/or AA teams whenever practical after tryouts.
The eligibility of Rochester Youth Baseball Association players are governed by the Metro Baseball League (MBL) and Metro Baseball Tournaments (MBT). The official Metro Baseball League (MBL) rules may be found at https://www.mbl.bz
Only players that live within the ISD 535 school district tax boundary or attend a public or private school within this same boundary are eligible for RYBA 9U-14U baseball.
Registered players who opt-in for tryouts must attend at least one tryout date. Players will be evaluated by non-RYBA affiliated personnel in mid-late March 2021.
Players will be evaluated on the following skills:
Hitting: mechanics, contact and power
Pitching: mechanics, accuracy and velocity
Running Speed: 30-yard run
Infield: footwork, hands, accuracy and arm strength
Outfield: footwork, hands, accuracy and arm strength
RYBA will use the best score of the two tryout dates from each skill station to determine an overall tryout score. Therefore, the Travel Committee recommends players attend both tryout dates to potentially improve their tryout score(s) unless there are circumstances (e.g., illness, state tournaments, family conflicts) that prevent someone from participating. Missing one date will not adversely affect a player; however, if someone misses both tryout dates for non-injury reasons they will not be placed on a RYBA travel baseball team. If your player is injured and cannot participate in either scheduled tryout date, please contact a travel committee member before March 15, 2021.
Similar to previous years, only evaluators and RYBA board members/volunteers are allowed in the dome during tryouts. No parents are allowed. There will be a parent meeting at the same time as the tryout in a location to be determined in the RCTC Fieldhouse.
RYBA will under no circumstances provide players or parents with evaluation scores after the tryout is complete.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a RYBA head coach. Please indicate your desire to coach on the SportsEngine player registration form when you register your player. Head coach interviews for 9U-14U AAA, AA, and A level teams are typically conducted before tryouts in late February/early March. There are no coaching interviews for any other level(s). Coaches must successfully pass a background check and complete a concussion awareness training.
9U-14U Registration Fee: $175
Age(s) 9U-14U Southern Minny League: No additional costs
Age(s) 9U, 10U A, AA, AAA: $200 invoiced after team formation
Age(s) 11U, 12U A, AA, AAA: $225 invoiced after team formation
Age(s) 13U, 14U A, AA, AAA: $250 invoiced after team formation
Each player playing in 9U-14U will receive a RYBA jersey top and cap.
Players are responsible for the following:
Game pants (white with black piping)
Belt, Helmet, Glove
Bat (9U-13U: -11, -10, -8, -5 USA Stamped or -3 BBCOR) (14U: -5 USA stamped or -3 BBCOR)
Plastic cleats only 9U-12U; metal cleats allowed 13U and up
The new NOCSAE standard for chest protectors in catcher’s gear is required for 14AAA and 14AA Metro Baseball Leagues for the 2021 season.