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If you have any questions about age eligibility, please contact our Travel Director, Jim Fallon before registering.  

Jim Fallon

2020 9U-14U Tryout Schedule

Tryouts for the 9u-14u 2020 season will be held at Forest Lake Area High School on Saturday,  February 29th and Sunday, March 1st.

Level Day Date Time Location
9's Saturday 2/29/2020 8:30-10:30am Forest Lake High School Fieldhouse
10's Saturday 2/29/2020 4:00-6:00pm Forest Lake High School Fieldhouse
10's Sunday 3/1/2020 8:30-9:30am *selected players only
11's Sunday 3/1/2020 4:00-6:00pm Forest Lake High School Fieldhouse
11's Sunday 3/1/2020 7:00-8:00pm *selected players only
12's Saturday 2/29/2020 11:00am-1:00pm Forest Lake High School Fieldhouse
12's Sunday 3/1/2020 1:00-2:00pm *selected players only
13's Saturday 2/29/2020 1:30-3:30pm Forest Lake High School Fieldhouse
13's Sunday 3/1/2020 2:30-3:30pm *selected players only
14's Sunday 3/1/2020 10:00am-12:30pm Forest Lake High School Fieldhouse

 



2020 North Star Registration Now Open

Contact NorthStar director Brad Tobritzhofer if you have any questions.
btobritzhofer@yahoo.com

 



Pre-Tryout Clinic 2/22

The high school coaching staff and players are hosting a Pre-Tryout Clinic for all FL ball players 9U-14U (Community Ed, Travel, North Star).  This clinic is scheduled the week before Traveling tryouts!  See flyer below for details.  Return form and payment early!

Gravelle Baseball Facility

Looking for a place to workout, or for lessons?  Check out Gravelle Baseball Facility. 

 

2020 Catcher Gear Changes

Effective January 1, 2020 all 15u and higher (High School) age groups are required to use a catchers chest protector that is certified by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). 
 
High schools will require the catcher to wear a chest protector that meets the NOCSAE standard at the time of manufacture. The NOCSAE standard has been developed to protect the heart and continues the committee’s focus on minimizing risk of injury for players. 
 
The following is a breakout of how the rule applies to each of our age groups:
 

For 15u-19u, as of 2020, Gopher State/MYAS will require all catchers to have certified NOCSAE Chest Protectors.

For 9u-14u, you will be allowed to use current Chest Protectors that are not NOCSAE certified however we HIGHLY recommend that you do use NOCSAE

2020 Bat Standards

Gopher State League play will allow USSSA and USA bats for the 2020 season. 

Will Gopher State be switching in the future?  The vote was to maintain the standard going forward with no plans to switch.  This could change but the current plan is to make no changes to the bat rules. 

What is the difference between the bat standards?  The new USA Standard is designed to be more like a wood bat, with less 'pop' and exit velocity of the baseball off the bat.  

If buying  a new bat, what should I buy?  This is going to be a personal decision as both bats are going to be legal in league play, but again the newer USA Standard bat is going to play more like a wood bat.  

What bats will be allowed in tournaments?   Most tournaments FL teams will be participating in will allow both bat standards.  There will however, be some 'USA only' bat tournaments we enter.   We will have some USA bats available for teams to use.  

If you have any questions or comments please reach out to our Travel Director Jim Fallon at jfallon1@gmail.com

 

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FLBA in extremely excited to have invested in and committed to the Trusted Coaches program!

We are excited to be fostering the Double-Goal Coaching philosophy:

  • Model and teach your players to Honor the Game
  • Help players Redefine what it means to be a "Winner" in terms of Mastery, not just the Scoreboard
  • Fill your players' Emotional Tanks
  • Have Conversations during Team meetings with your players at every practice and every game  

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