All families with players intending to play for the St. Cloud Blue Sox in 2017 should plan to attend a uniform sizing session to make sure you will be ready to play this spring.
The main session will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at Acceleration Baseball, 20 McLeland Road, St. Cloud. A supplementary session will be from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the same location.
If families cannot attend, they should contact Kristin Yeager at email@example.com to let the Blue Sox know if they need items or if they are taken care of for the year.
There will be a free tryout from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 4 at Acceleration Baseball for prospective Blue Sox players ages 11 and younger. The facility is at 20 McLeland Road in St. Cloud.
Players should bring a glove, shoes, bat (if they choose), helmet (if you have one), wear a protective cup and dress appropriately. Bats/helmets will be provided for anyone who needs one.
Players must not be 12 before May 1, 2017. It is permissible for a player to play up from their designated age group; a player may not play down. We would like to fill rosters for 11U, 10U and 9U teams.
If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining one of those teams or wants more information about the tryout process, contact Blue Sox President Chris Friesen at 320-267-1291 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Vice-President Corey Bertram 320-249-4615 or email@example.com.
St. Cloud Blue Sox Winter workouts heating up at Acceleration Baseball.
The New Year is upon us and, while many are in the heart of basketball, hockey or other winter sports seasons, the St. Cloud Blue Sox will be heating up baseball workouts at Acceleration Baseball.
With your paid 2017 Blue Sox fees, each player gets access to the indoor facility for special open sessions. They began in November and continue each Wednesday night through January, from 6-8 p.m., and in February, from 6-7:30 p.m. (NOTE: new times) Any player from any team can come during the open times.
In addition, team practices will begin soon. The 14AAA team has some scheduled for Friday nights in January and most other teams will begin in February, when access will expand to 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Each team's coach will contact their players to advise them of their team workout schedule.
Coaches will be on hand to supervise players who wish to use the batting cages, throw and do other indoor drills as we did last winter. Players should come dressed to work out with bats, gloves and helmets.
The facility is at 20 McLeland Road in St. Cloud.
To pay your fees, click the link below to put a down payment on or pay fees in full. Payments for 2017 are only being accepted online. You can pay with your checking account, but you must submit it through SportsEngine. Actual checks will not be accepted so that we can keep registration simpler and avoid chasing down late payments.
If you have other payment related questions, contact Blue Sox Treasurer Andy Hawkins at 320-291-6387 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other information, visit www.stcloudtravelbaseball.com.
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.
The rosters for the 2017 St. Cloud Blue Sox teams have been compiled, following tryouts in September. Rosters for 15U, 14U, 13U and 12U teams are below.
15U -- Hunter Stulz, Joseph Dolan, Spencer Bertram, Parker Cox, Jake Cielinski, Kavynah Schneekloth, Brandon Hagstrom, Ken Avery and Cooper Peterson
14U -- Eli Rudnick, Drew Schroeder, Charlie Kent, John Hawkins, Jakob Corrow, Bradyn Balfanz, Josh Lanctot, Tom Hoffman, Parker Jordan, Lincoln Benson, Eli Unze and Matt Friesen
13U -- John Kaczor, Jalen Vorpahl, Peyton Randall, Ethan Kramer, Luke Boettcher, Joshua Russell, Henry Bulson, Vincent Bertram, Chance Berger, Devin Yeager, Jaden Mendel, Sean Reagan, Andrew Roggeman and Nikhil Gulati
12U -- Izaac Hutchinson, Tanner Staller, Arik Nikolas, Alex Schroeder, John Kinzer, William Allenspach, Jake Voth, Timothy Gohman, Sawyer Nelson, Brayden Schmitz, Ryder Petersen, Andrew Finneman and Nolan Geislinger
Rosters for 11U, 10U and 9U remain open as the organization looks to add more players at those levels. An additional tryout will be held from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 4 at Acceleration Baseball for those prospects. If you know of players who would be interested in joining one of those teams, contact Blue Sox President Chris Friesen at 320-267-1291 or email@example.com, or Vice-President Corey Bertram 320-249-4615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. Cloud Blue Sox will require all head coaches and assistant coaches to undergo background screening before stepping on the field in 2017.
The association pays for the screening. All you have to do, if you're a coach, is complete the registration process. If you're a returning coach, or a new coach, click the link below to submit your information. You must do this before you will be cleared to take the field with your team.
Thank you, coaches!
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.