Rookies baseball is a machine pitch baseball league for players in 1st or 2nd grade on April 1st. The goal of the program is to provide an enjoyable, positive environment in which participants learn the fundamentals of baseball. Success should be measured by the improvements in each player's skills and knowledge of baseball.
Typically, teams practice for one hour, once per week and play one game per week. Each team will play some games on Monday and some games on Wednesday evening. Games will start the second week of May and will end with post season games during the July 19-21 weekend. Practices typically begin in late April after the city determines the fields are suitable. Practices may be on Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday nights. Practice time/locations will be set after coordinating with coaches.
INDOOR PLAYER EVALUATION/COACHES DRAFT:
There will be an Indoor Player Evaluation/Coaches Draft this year and is MANDATORY FOR ALL PLAYERS & COACHES to attend. There is no makeup date for this Evaluation, so if any player(s) cannot attend we will roster them according to school.
Date: Saturday, April 6th
Start Time: 12:30pm
End Time: 2:30pm
Location: Tartan High School.
Address: 828 Greenway Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128
Information: Please show up at least 20 minutes early for check in and to get a numbered evaluation shirt. You will need to use the door at the rear of the school (loading dock) to get in. Due to the number of players, this will be a closed door event to parents. Please have all players bring glove, batting helmet and bat. We will have extra bats to use if necessary. (NO SPIKES INSIDE GYM)
The Coaches Draft will start immediately after the Player Evaluation and should be done by 3:30pm. If a Head Coach is not available during the draft, they can select their Assistant Coach(es) to draft. If there are no Assistant Coach(es) to draft, the Director will draft the team.
The number of head coaches is based upon number of registrants, so coaches that register first have first chance at being a coach.
ALL COACHES: Please see the Document titled 2019 Rookies Coach Draft Process for Rules about the Player Evaluation/Coaches Draft.
We understand most concerns, however the Player Evaluation is designed to make the league/teams more competitive and to encourage players to form additional friendships this summer.
BECOMING A HEAD COACH OR ASSISTANT COACH:
Volunteers are essential to the program. Please consider volunteering to be a coach or team manager. If you intend to be a head coach, an assistant coach, or a team manager, please indicate this when you register your child. Head Coaches can have up to 2 Assistant Coaches (including team manager) on their team, so please indicate this during Registration as well.
2019 registration will open on February 1st. The fee schedule is:
When registering, please specify the proper shirt and hat size. The league makes an effort to order the requested size.
Rosters will be posted shortly after the Player Evaluation on April 6th.
Weather permitting, on Saturdays (June 1, June 8, and June 15) Rookies participants are invited to Richard Walton Park field 7 and 8 to play baseball from 10:00 - 11:30. This activity is entirely optional, but if you're looking for an opportunity to play more baseball, this is it. The intent is for the kids to play with minimal involvement from the adults. This is not a coaching/training activity. Rookies rules shall be followed and teams will be assembled by the director.
The league provides:
Each player must provide:
Players may use own baseball bat if it meets the following safety requirements:
Small Barrel Bat (2¼ inches in diameter)
Big Barrel Bat (larger than 2¼ inches in diameter)
Typically, refunds will only be given if your child has not participated in any games and there are sufficient players on the team. Refunds are subject to a $10.00 processing fee and other costs already incurred. For example, the cost of a uniform when it has already been ordered. Refunds, as well as the amount of the refund, are left to the discretion of the league director on a case by case basis.