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2019 Annual House Baseball Player Evaluations March 2nd - 2nd through 6th grade only

House Baseball Evaluations: The evaluations will be held on March 2nd, 2019 between 12:30pm-8:00pm at Lord of Life Church in Ramsey.   We recognize that families may be wrapping up other sporting activities.  This earlier date will afford a smoother delivery for forming teams and will allow for timely delivery of uniforms.  Please make it a point to have your player attend the evaluations as this is our only tool to try to balance out the house teams which are formed by a draft process with the coaches.  Players that do not attend are randomly placed on teams by the Baseball Board.

Lord of Life
14501 Nowthen Blvd. NW
Ramsey, MN  55303

The schedule for evaluations will be as follows - PLAYERS MUST CHECK IN BY THEIR ASSIGNED TIME SLOT - TIME SLOTS ARE BASED ON THE GRADE THE PLAYERS ARE CURRENTLY IN:

12:30 [Last Names - A-H] - 2nd and 3rd Grade
1:15 [Last Names - I-O] - 2nd and 3rd Grade
2:00 [Last Names - P-T] - 2nd and 3rd Grade
2:45 [Last Names - U-Z] - 2nd and 3rd Grade
4:00 [Last Names - A-M] - 4th Grade
4:45 [Last Names - N-Z] - 4th Grade
5:30 [Last Names - A-J] - 5th and 6th Grade
6:15 [Last Names - K-R] - 5th and 6th Grade
7:00 [Last Names - S-Z] - 5th and 6th Grade

NOTE: Teams will be drafted by selected coaches on March 14th.

U9 TOURNAMENT TEAM
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering for the 4th year in a row the U9 Tournament Team.  This team is NOT to be viewed as a traveling team, it is simply an extension of the House Program for players that have a strong evaluation on March 2nd.  Last year this group met to practice outside of their house team events on Wednesday evenings at Emerald Pond Park with OPTIONAL practices on Sunday evenings at Central Park.  This team also had an opportunity to participate in two tournaments through Gopher State.  If the team has success at one of the tournaments there is a chance of earning a berth to one of the two state tournaments offered at the U9 Level.  As a part of the evaluations, players that are currently in 2nd and 3rd grade will be eligible to be invited to the U9 Tournament Team. 

If your child wants to be considered, he or she must attend evaluations during the time slots provided for this grade level.  We will commit to having the same evaluators at each station during this time frame to provide reliable scores.

2019 End of Season House Tournament [T-Ball – 6th Grade]

Weekend of July 12-14 – Schedule is not announced until games wrap up at the end of June.

We have locked in the weekend planned for our annual house tournament which involves all age levels.  This is a great event to get all the families together and to provide a nice cap to the season.  The regular season games will wrap up at the end of June, allowing for families to enjoy the festivities around July 4. 

Season:
Practices/Games will be Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We will use the following fields:
2nd Grade - Sunny Acres Park
3rd Grade - Practices at Enloe NE and Enloe SE
4th Grade - Central Park 5 and 6
5th/6th Grade - Central Park 1, 2, and 4

Dates to keep in mind:
- Practices tentatively start the week of April 7th pending field readiness.
- Games tentatively start the first week in May.
- The A-Town Classic Tournament is usually the first weekend in June.

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7th-9th graders do not need to attend evaluations.  Please see the following information below for 7th-9th grade players as well as additional information on the 7th-9th page on this site:

Play time:
All players will play! The entire team comes up to bat, there is free substitution in the field, and players are rotated in and out. No previous baseball experience is necessary to sign up. See the house baseball registration link below to sign up!

Teams:
Our goal is to have 12-13 players per team. There will be as many teams formed as necessary to achieve this goal.  If more than one team is formed, there will be an informal "draft" to ensure each team has pitchers and catchers.

Coaches:
We are always looking for volunteer coaches.  Coaching structure can be a head coach with one or two assistant coaches, or co-coaches, or whatever works for the coaches.  Coaches plan their own practice schedules and have a large say in the game schedules.  In addition to games, coaches are required to attend two MYAS meetings which are April 25th at 7:30pm and May 2nd at 6:00pm for a mandatory coaches meeting.  Both meetings are at Embassy Suites in Brooklyn Center.

House baseball registration now open!

Registration ends March 15th, 2019

Click the following links for more information

K through 2nd Grade

3rd through 6th Grade

7th through 9th Grade

Or go straight to house baseball registration

 

Youth Night at Castle Field will be Friday, May 10, 2019

Youth Night at Castle Field has become a special tradition in Anoka.  Mark your calendar for May 10th! Tons of games, prizes, and ballpark food!  A great opportunity to spend a fun-filled evening with your teammates, and your whole  family, centered around the game of baseball.

The Anoka Tornadoes host the Elk River Elks; Varsity first pitch at 7pm.  Don't miss the pre-game festivities including an all-team photo on the field and the National Anthem.  Come early to see the B-squad (sophomore) Tornadoes versus the Elks at 4:15pm.

Please contact boosters@anokabaseball.com if you would be willing to donate any door prizes.  See you there!

Open Position for Tournament Director

Anoka Ramsey Baseball is looking for a Tournament Director for the upcoming 2019 baseball season.  Main responsibilities include the setup and execution of two key baseball tournaments – the House season-ending tournament and the Gopher State 13U A Tournament of Champions.  We need to fill this important role to ensure the success of each of these tournaments and to ensure that we can continue to offer them to the baseball community. 

 Job Description:
1. Works with the Volunteer Director in determining jobs and assigning volunteers required for the tournament.
2. Contacts the Concessions Director (ARAA board position) when preparing for tournaments. Acquire the necessary permits for concessions if needed.
3. Works with the House Director and appropriate Age Group Coordinators to establish tournament brackets/scheduling.
4. Plans and reserves fields for tournaments with Field and Umpire scheduling Director.
5. Works with the Communications Director to establish the appropriate amount of communication of the event.
6. Works with the MYAS to promote AR baseball hosted tournaments.
7. Determines the necessary equipment needed to run the tournament and works closely with the Equipment Director.
8. Communicates results of the tournament to the participating teams and community.
9. Supervises the Concessions Coordinator.

If you are interested in this position or have questions, please contact Anoka Ramsey Baseball Commissioner, Dan Dow, at baseball@ARSports.org.  Thank you. 

Open position for Concessions Coordinator

We are seeking a Concessions Coordinator for ARAA Baseball. 

Job Description:
1. Manages concession supplies: Planning, shopping, inventory, storage, and organization of concession supplies. 
2. Preparation for tournaments: Ensures that adequate supplies are available, ensures adequate cash for change, handles deposits, propane tank fills, trailer set-up for tournaments, and closing concessions down at the end of the tournament day.
3. Trains volunteers on concessions procedures.
4. Coordination of external vendors if applicable.

If you are interested in this position or have questions, please contact Anoka Ramsey Baseball Commissioner, Dan Dow, at baseball@ARSports.org.  Thank you.

Open position for Field Maintenance Director

We are seeking a Field Maintenance Director for ARAA Baseball. 

Job Description:
1. Manages field scheduling/availability with coaches for games and practices.
2. Monitors field conditions and negotiates maintenance schedules.
3. Coordinates with city for field permits, base pegs, and mound distances, etc.
4. Maintains accurate records, including the field scheduling information.
5. Coordinates with the House Director and Traveling Director for field needs and provides the city with a final field usage schedule through ARAA communication links.
6. Broadcasts game cancellation notices to Anoka Ramsey baseball commissioner when appropriate due to weather or field conditions.
7. Negotiates scale of pay with participating umpire organizations. 
8. Communicates schedules to participating umpire organization for both Traveling and House programs.
9. Works with Traveling and House Director to determine umpire requirements for each season. 
10. Works with the Scheduling Director and MYAS to get schedules of upcoming season. 
11. Schedules umpires per game requirements.
12. As applicable, schedules umpires per playoff requirements.
13. Works with the board to prioritize field maintenance and field improvement projects.
14. Works with the City of Ramsey, City of Anoka, and School District #11 to complete field maintenance and improvements.
15. Raises money for field improvements via active pursuit of funding from sources outside of Anoka/Ramsey Baseball.

If you are interested in this position or have questions, please contact Anoka Ramsey Baseball Commissioner, Dan Dow, at baseball@ARSports.org.   Thank you.

Umpire Training Opportunities

Class registration deadline is February 20, 2019

Are you interested in being paid to umpire games? Please see the upcoming umpire class schedules that are available soon!

2019 RRUA Umpire Class Schedules:(Please note, 1 class is comprised of 5 sessions plus 1 outdoor training. COST $80)

See www.rumriverumpires.com for registration and class materials.

For further information, email rumriverumpires@me.com

Champlin/Coon Rapids Area:
JRAC Building
10951 Elm Creek Parkway
Champlin, MN. 55316
Tuesdays:
February 26, March 5,19,26, and April 2
6:30-8:30pm

Andover/Anoka/St. Francis/Coon Rapids Area:
Constance E-Free Church
16150 Crosstown Blvd. NW
Andover MN. 55304
Room 106 (lower level)
Thursdays:
February 28, March 7,21,28 and April 4 
6:30-8:30pm

Outdoor Training:
Saturday, April 13:
Andover
Sunshine Park
9:30am-11:00am
OR
Champlin
Jerry Ruppelius Athletic Complex (JRAC)
1:00-2:30

PLEASE NOTE!!!
*For umpire trainees 16 years of age and younger, please have at least one parent attend the 1st class for approximately one hour to review procedures and expectations.


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