Here's a quick reference to help you and your player decide which program is right for your family.
|Events per week||3-6||2-3|
|Events per season||Approximately 30 practices and 30 games although a busy and successful team could play 50 games||Approximately 15 practices and 18 games|
Skill level ascends A, AA, AAA
|Focus is on developmental play|
|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. The optional Mighty Minis tournament team is selected ted through evaluations|
|Age Range||Open to players 8-14 years old (teams are broken up by age)||Open to 2nd - 4th graders and young 5th graders who would like to play with their age|
|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 played at Minneapolis parks|
|Costs||10U - $390+ $50 tryout fee, 11U $450+tryout fee. Possible add-on costs for extra tournaments, training, equipment||$160 + $25 evaluation fee, extra fees unlikely|
Still not sure? Join us for our new-to-travel parent orientations in February. More info on dates and times below.
Format for 2021
The Minneapolis Millers will be holding tryouts for 10U and 11U Players on Sunday, February 28th and Sunday, March 7th. Our tryouts are a two day process. Please plan to attend both days.
If your player has a conflict either day between 11:00am and 8:00pm, please contact Steph Kappel at email@example.com. We will make every effort to schedule your player’s time slot to accommodate your conflict.
Tryout LocationUniversity of Minnesota - URW Sports Field Complex Dome 600 25th Ave SE Minneapolis, MN
All tryout activities will be conducted at the U of MN Student Recreational Sports Dome. The dome tryout facility allows the association to conduct all evaluations more efficiently, and with a consistent set of evaluators.
Run of the Day
Players will try out in small groups sometime between 11:00 and 8:00. Your player’s session will be approximately 45 minutes. Please check back for specific times as we get closer to the date.
Sunday, February 28 - Tryout Session 1 Format
All 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.
Sunday, March 7 - 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 game play. Every player will have the opportunity to hit, base-run, and to play multiple positions in the field during the scrimmage. In addition, candidates who expressed interest in pitching and/or catching on their registration will have the opportunity to run through pitch / catch stations at Session 2.
Additional Key Tryout Information
Check-in and Warm Ups - To adhere to the University of Minnesota’s COVID-19 requirements, tryouts will be closed to spectators and player check-in / drop-off will be outside. Your player will be allowed to enter the building for a brief (10 minute) warm-up shortly before their tryout begins. You will receive additional information about the check-in process and warmups via email the week of 2/21.
Attire - Players should wear baseball appropriate clothing, including full length pants (no shorts). Tryouts are the few days each year we ask players to not wear Millers gear. We ask that returning players 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 - Due to the pandemic, equipment cannot be shared outside households. Each player should have their own bat, helmet, glove and water bottle. Male players are required to wear a protective cup. If your family does not have a full set of baseball equipment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP to request borrowing gear. Catchers who have their own gear should bring it to Session 2 tryouts. We will have additional sets of catchers gear
Pandemic Play – If your player is ill or has cold / flu-like symptoms please keep them home. In addition, if your player is awaiting test results due to COVID exposure or has recently tested positive and is still self-isolating, they should not attend tryouts. Contact email@example.com if your player will be missing tryouts due to illness. All candidates are required to wear masks covering their nose and mouth while at the field, including tryouts and are expected to social distance at all times.
Families will receive detailed information about second round tryouts, including group assignments the week of 3/1.
If your player has a conflict with tryout times and you have not yet notified the registrar, please do so ASAP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
See you at the UofM Rec Dome soon!
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 2021, program orientation meetings will be mandatory for the parents/guardians of players new to the Millers Travel program, and optional for returning families. Orientation meetings will be online, held live at the following times:
The birthday cutoff for determining age group is April 30, which is in line with national standards. However, players born between May 1 and August 31 have the option of “playing up”, as MYBA recognizes the April 30 cutoff prevents players born in this range from playing with their classmates. If you choose to play up, you cannot waiver back down after the teams are selected. Age groups for the 2021 season can be found at the following link: 2021 Age Groups
Tryouts Complete and Rosters Set
Tryouts for the 2021 12U-15A Millers travel teams were conducted in the Fall of 2020. If you're player is interested in being added to our waitlist for 12U - 15A teams, please email email@example.com
Rosters for 2021 12U-15A travel teams can be found at this link: 2021 Rosters
Fees for the upcoming year can be found at the following link: 2021 Fees
Please note that scholarships are available, and can be requested via the registration process.