FLBA is currently accepting applications to serve on the board. If you have questions about what serving on the board entails please reach out to any current board member.
Applications are due by August 31st and elections will take place at our regular September board meeting.
Congratulations to the 13AA players and coaches for taking home the Anoka Tournament championship this past weekend. The team battled the heat, the rain and some tough competition to come out on team. Way to go Rangers!
13AA Wins Anoka Tournament
We wanted to provide a quick update on the bat standards for the 2018 season. As many have seen at stores there is a new bat standard, the USA Standard, that is out on the market and some leagues are switching to use this new standard.
On October 25th the Gopher State Baseball League Advisory meeting was held and a vote was taken to maintain the current bat standards that have been in place the last several seasons.
What does the mean for our player? This means that the current bat you are using is still legal for play next season in Gopher State League play. If you wish to use the new USA Standard, this bat is allowed as well.
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? This will be up to the individual tournament hosts to make a decision on what bat they will allow. The other major league in the metro area, Metro Baseball League has voted to only allow USA Baseball bats this season in their qualifying tournaments. Given this recent change the FLBA board is currently discussing how this will impact the tournaments we will register teams in for the 2018 season.
If you have any questions or comments please reach out to our Travel Director Brandon Henry at email@example.com.
The Forest Lake High School staff is excited to be offering some small group lessons this fall that will focus on the core fundamentals of baseball. Please see the flyer below for all the details and start getting your group together as training starts in August.
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: