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Registration Open: Traveling Tryouts on October 1

Registration for traveling tryouts is now open! Tryouts will be held on Saturday, October 1 at Irondale High School between 9-11am.

Registration for tryouts will close on Friday, September 30 at 5pm - register today

Tryout Details:
Location:
Irondale High School (2425 Long Lake Rd, New Brighton, MN 55112)
Check-in: 8:30 a.m. and located at the back parking lot near the tennis courts at Irondale High school
Parent Meeting: There will be a brief parent meeting held near the tennis courts at approximately 9:15 a.m., once all players are checked-in and at their fields for tryouts. 
Fields: Tryouts will take place on the outdoor fields at Irondale
Times: All age groups 9U-15U will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Equipment: Please bring your own glove, helmet and bat. IBL will provide the baseballs. 
Bat Requirements: 
Max bat-drop for each age group listed below. You must tryout with the correct bat size. Limited bats at each size will be available. You are welcome to bring your bat as long as it meets the limits:

  • 9U, 10U, 11U: Unlimited
  • 12U, 13U: 2 1/4" bats unlimited; 2 1/2", 2 3/4" and 2 5/8" big barrel bats -10 drop max
  • 14U: -5 drop max
  • 15U: -3 drop max

NOTE:  Due to the numbers at some age groups IBL reserves the right to combine age groups in order to form teams.  Players would not be selected for a team more than 1 age group up from their level.

Tryout Preparation: 
It is the responsibility of each player to come prepared to the tryout process.  Tryouts will focus on hitting mechanics, hitting results, infield and outfield mechanics and results. Arm Strength will also be evaluated on both infield and outfield drills.

Tryouts Participation: 
A player must participate in all scheduled tryout sessions unless a medically excused absence is granted prior to tryouts. All absence requests must be presented to the Program Director prior to tryouts. Vacations or other personal activities are not an excused absence. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each tryout session. Players absent without being excused may be disqualified. Extenuating and unusual circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis but are not guaranteed an excused absence. The board will do everything possible to accommodate school functions, but the player is still ultimately responsible for attending the tryout session. A player who does not have an excused absence will NOT be considered for the AAA team. Any player with an unexcused absence will miss the opportunity to move up in level of play. An unexcused player may potentially be placed at the single A level if there are no cuts and there is an opening. Players that attend the tryouts will have priority over an unexcused absence.

Injury or Illness Absence:
A player who has registered for tryouts and cannot participate due to an injury or illness may be excused, prior to the start of the tryout session, upon delivery of a doctor's note describing the player's limitations to the Traveling Baseball Director. A player excused due to injury or illness must present a signed doctor's release indicating that the player is medically unable to participate in the tryout process due to the nature of the injury or illness. A player who misses more than 50% of the scheduled tryout sessions due to illness or injury, and provides a doctor's excuse, will be reviewed and evaluated by an existing panel of Board Members. The Board will review these unique situations, and a decision may be rendered based on a variety of factors and input relating to previous experience or precedence, past or present coach input, or many other potential factors relating to past participation in our program. These situations should be avoided whenever possible, and ultimately will be assessed as the board. Players with an excused injury or illness who can’t participate in any of the try-out sessions will be placed in the pick zone at the level played the previous season. The head coach will have the option to use one of their picks for this player. The player will not have the option to move up but could potentially be moved down if the head coach does not pick the injured/sick player. If a player is able to participate in one of the sessions and is either injured during tryouts, or becomes sick, the scores from the one session attended will be doubled. Any player unable to tryout who has not previously participated in the Traveling Baseball Program will be placed at the Single “A” level only if there is an opening available.

Tryout Player Evaluations:
Every player’s baseball skills will be evaluated by a team of impartial evaluators provided by the Baseball Board. The evaluators will be people who are known to possess the knowledge necessary to evaluate a player's skill at a particular level. Evaluators will not be related to any of the tryout participants involved in their assigned age level. The evaluation scores will be the primary basis used to select the players for each traveling team. A board member will organize and facilitate the tryout sessions, but will not participate in the actual player evaluation scoring process.

Players Transferred to Instructional Baseball:
Those players not making one of the traveling teams are eligible for the IBL Instructional Baseball program.  Registration for the Instructional League will open in December.

Team Selection Announcement:
Teams will be posted within 2 weeks from Saturday, October 1.  Once team placements are announced, IBL will open up a 2023 Traveling Season Registration and players will be notified and given at least 3 days to register and accept their spot on the team.  Players that do not register and accept their spot within that timeframe will not be guaranteed their spot on that team.  If, for any reason, you can not register on time, but you plan to accept your spot, it is your responsibility to notify IBL.

Questions:
For questions about the traveling baseball tryout and selection process, please email IBL: website.ibl.baseball@gmail.com


2023 IBL Traveling Coach Registration

Individuals interested in coaching for the 2023 Irondale Traveling Teams, please register here. Thank you for your interest in supporting the development of Irondale Baseball!

MYAS/Gopher State Boundary Clarification

The MYAS/Gopher State Baseball has clarified its player eligibility guidelines per GSBL policy to clarify the boundary agreement between Irondale Baseball League (IBL) and Shoreview Area Youth Baseball (SAYB) created in 2019.


MYAS/Gopher State Baseball, Shoreview Area Youth Baseball and Irondale Baseball League are all in alignment with the determinations in the attached letter.


Irondale Youth Baseball

IBL (Irondale Baseball League) offers baseball for youth living in the 621 School District. The IBL and its volunteers annually offer a quality baseball experience to hundreds of youth in our communities. Our goal is to provide a positive baseball learning experience especially for players, volunteer coaches and umpires, as well as for families and spectators.  The IBL offers an instructional and traveling programs in a competitive environment.  Teamwork, sportsmanship, playing hard, giving your best, and having fun are emphasized.

 


2022 TRAVELING TEAM ROSTERS

**If you are not placed on a team, please know that some rosters may change and we will connect with families individually as roster positions become available. 


IBL NEWS

Open Board Positions

By Josh Deer 09/05/2022, 2:00pm CDT

Looking to get involved in the community?

IBL is looking to fill its final positions for the 2023 season! IBL is growing, and so is the board - we need your help to continue to support the kids participating in IBL.

Positions include:  
- Travel Coordinator, 13U, 14U & 15U - this position reports to the Traveling Director, works alongside the 9U-12U Travel Coordinator and is an easy way to get involved with IBL for the first time!

- Communications Coordinator - this position involves pushing content to IBL social media feeds as well as general writing updates on behalf of IBL

- Volunteer Coordinator - this position is responsible for maintaining updates on each team member's family volunteer hours on behalf of IBL, communicating with teams about volunteer opportunities and ensuring families are meeting their fundraising and/or volunteer commitments.

- Player Development Director - a director-level position aimed at cultivating relationships with the Irondale High School varsity baseball program and coaches, ensuring that IBL coaches are instructing the game "the Irondale way" as well as working to provide additional camps, clinics and developmental opportunities.

If you are interested in serving on the board, contact a board member or attend a board meeting to learn more!

IBL Looking for Umpires

By Josh Deer 09/01/2022, 11:45am CDT

The Irondale Youth Baseball League will be seeking umpires for the 2023 season. All Umpires make their own schedule and are paid at the end of each game! Games are on Mondays.

***NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY***

Professional umpire training through MYAS, typically at no cost! Anyone with a general understanding of the rules can join. Must be age 13 or older.

**$30.00 CASH EACH GAME**

CONTACT:
IBL President Mike Hanson

Cell: 651-271-5483 (call or text)
Email: Michael.hanson41@yahoo.com