The Millers offer two programs: Travel Baseball and our Mini-Millers recreational program. While both are a great place to learn baseball, there are some clear differences in the two programs:
|Events per week||3-6||2-3|
|Events per season||approx. 30 practices, 30 games, although a busy and successful team could play 50 games||approx 15 practices, 18 games|
|Skill level||AAA (most advanced), AA, A (least advanced).||Lower than travel, although some Mini-Millers could compete at 10A or even higher teams|
|Team formation||Attempt to place players at appropriate skill level||Attempt to create equal teams|
|Tryouts?||Yes - not all will make a team, although 10U players will be offered a Mini-Millers spot||No - all who register will play. Mighty Minis Tournament team (optional) is selected through evaluations|
|Age Range||Open to 8-14 year olds (teams are broken up by age)||Only an option for players 10 years old or under on 5/1/20|
|Summer weekend activity||Many weekends will have games, tournaments, or practice||Limited|
|Travel||Away games and tournaments in suburbs, possibly one out-of-town tournament (Mankato, Rochester, etc)||All games in town|
|Costs||10U - $375+ $50 tryout fee, 11U $425+tryout fee. Possible add-on costs for extra tournaments, training, equipment||$135 + $25 eval fee, extra fees unlikely|
Travel Baseball is a great choice if:
Mini-Millers is a great choice if:
NOTE: Tryouts are only for 10/11U Travel Players. Mini-Millers do not attend tryouts. Mini-Millers clinics and evaluations will begin late-March/early-April.
Tryout 1: March 8th, 2020
10U: Check-in and warm-ups 7:45 - 8:15AM Tryout 8:15-9:45 AM
11U: Check-in opens and warm-ups 9:30 - 10:00 AM; Tryout 10:00-11:30 AM
Note: For tryout 1, once your player has completed all 5 stations they are free to leave.
Players with conflicts may make arrangements with Registrar (email@example.com) to come earlier or later than needed.
Tryout 2: March 15th, 2020
Estimated Schedule: Players will be invited to either...
Early Session: Registration and Warm-up 5:15-545PM; Tryouts 5:45-7:15PM
Late Session: Registration and Warm-up 7:00-7:30PM; Tryouts 7:30-9PM
Invitations will be sent by March 10th. Some players invited to an earlier session may be asked to stay for 2nd session. Players with conflicts may not come to the other session, but should still discuss options with Registrar
Tryout Session 1 Format
All 10U and 11U candidates will participate in the following evaluations:
Note that tryout scores are based on mechanics and fundamentals more than pure results. For example, a player who tracks a fly ball perfectly and then drops it will likely receive a better score than a player who struggles to track the ball, and then makes a lucky diving grab.
Tryout Session 2 Format
All players will participate in Session 2 of the tryout. The Session 2 tryout will be a controlled scrimmage that simulates real gameplay. Every player will have the opportunity to hit, base-run, and to play multiple positions in the field during the scrimmage.
Location: University of Minnesota Rec Sports Dome 600 25th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Parking: Surface Lots nearby. Victory Lot (2302 6th Ave SE is closest)
THIS SESSION WILL BE CLOSED TO PARENTS TO OBSERVE TRYOUTS.
Additional Key Tryout Information
Attire - players should wear baseball appropriate clothing, including full-length pants (no shorts). This is the one day each year we ask players to not wear Millers gear. We ask that returning players do not wear attire that has a MYBA logo on it, including baseball caps, jersey, etc... To minimize bias, your child will not be permitted to wear any piece of their Millers uniform or a shirt with their name on it.
Equipment - baseball glove and a protective cup are required. Bats and helmets are available for use, but we recommend bringing your own.
Warm-ups -Allow your child time to warm up before tryouts. The tryout facility has ample room for kids to play catch and get loose. Bring a glove to help your player warm-up, or arrange a warm-up 'buddy' beforehand.
There will be a brief 'backup' tryout session for those who absolutely cannot attend the tryout day. Please keep in mind, the backup tryout should be used as an 'only if absolutely necessary' option. This backup tryout will be held in a local metro area batting cage. The backup tryout facility will limit the format of the backup tryout, and the ability of evaluators to fully assess a players skill-sets. These limitations could result in a less than ideal evaluation of a players abilities.
Each year MYBA conducts program orientation meetings. These meetings provide an introduction to the program including:
These meetings provide information vital to ensuring travel baseball is the right fit for you and your prospective player. For 2020, program orientation meetings will be mandatory for the parents/guardians of players new to the Millers program, and optional for returning families. If your child played Mini-Millers in 2019, please plan on attending. Orientation meetings will be at the following times:
Times and Location TBD