The Rocky River Officials Association, which staffs games for the St. Cloud Blue Sox, and many other organizations in Central Minnesota, is looking to add at least 10-15 new umpires to its roster for the coming season. Youth ages 14 and up are encouraged to contact Tyler Kiel, RROA president and assigning secretary, to learn more. A basic understanding of baseball is necessary, but no umpiring experience is required.
According to Kiel, umpiring 2 hours per night pays as much as you'd make "flipping burgers for 8 hours."
Contact Kiel at Tylerkiel@ymail.com or 320-438-0988 or see more on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/RockyRiverOfficialsAssociation/.
Below are some key dates to keep in mind for the coming Gopher State Baseball League season:
April 9 -- 9U through 14U scheduling session
April 17 -- 9U through 12U coaches meeting
April 18 -- 9U through 12U league play begins
April 24 -- 13U and 14U coaches meeting
April 25 -- 13U and 14U league play begins
April 26 -- 15U scheduling session
May 4 -- 15U coaches meeting
May 8 -- 15U league play begins
June 28 -- 9U through 12U end of regular season
July 5 -- 9U through 12U end of makeup games, 13U through 15U end of regular season
For more, visit www.myas.org.
St. Cloud Blue Sox fees for the 2017 season are as follows;
9U - $150
10U & 11U - $325
12U & 13U - $350
14U & 15U - $375
Fees cover the cost of playing baseball: field rental, umpires, registration fees for tournaments, baseballs, insurance and Gopher State registration.
Click the link below for a listing of all Minnesota Youth Athletic Services sanctioned tournaments for the 2017 season.
More than 60 players tried out for spots on 2017 teams Sept. 10 at Hidden Lake Park. Many more participated in the supplemental tryout Sept. 13 at Whitney C-2.
The St. Cloud Travel Baseball Association (SCTBA) began in 2006 (incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2008) as an initiative to provide St. Cloud area youth an opportunity to challenge themselves to become better baseball players, better athletes and better people by playing competitive baseball.
SCTBA is a competitive travel baseball program for kids who want to experience a higher level of competition, furthering their development while having fun in a disciplined environment. This is not a recreational (house) league. Our teams play surrounding communities in league play. SCTBA has experienced tremendous growth since 2006 when we fielded one 11U team. In the 2016 season, we had teams competing at all age-levels from 9U to 14AAA.
The St. Cloud Blue Sox compete in the Gopher State Baseball League providing St. Cloud area kids the most competitive and challenging baseball experience. Since 2006, our teams have qualified for and won state championships at many age levels. Our goal is to develop well-balanced teams with kids playing at the level best-suited for their ability.
The St. Cloud Blue Sox offer competitive travel baseball opportunities for players ages 9 to 15.
Since the program's inception, almost 700 players have appeared in uniform for the Blue Sox.
If you're interested in learning more about the organization, and to make sure you are notified as to our tryouts in the fall, contact a board member using the information under the "Board" link at the top of this page.
The St. Cloud Travel Baseball Association would like to thank the Minnesota Twins Community Fund for supporting the Blue Sox with a Coaching Grant for the 2014 season. This grant allowed us to help with the expenses of student-coaches.
If you are a player from a neighboring community and wish to play Blue Sox Travel Baseball, you are eligible to play without waiver if your home community does not provide you a Gopher State opportunity (such as if you don't make their Gopher State travel team(s) or your home community does not have a team at your age level). However, in order to play Blue Sox Travel Baseball without waiver, you must at least try out for your home community's team. If you do not try out for your home community's Gopher State Travel team, you may not play Blue Sox Travel Baseball without a waiver from your home community.