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Eligibility


Players wishing to register to play for any team within the Monticello Baseball Association must either reside within the boundaries of Monticello School District #882 or they must be attending Monticello Schools.  Non-public schools that are located within the boundaries of Monticello School District #882 will be considered a Monticello School.


How do I register?


All registration is done online by clicking on the HOME page and then Registration tab on the left side of the page.  It will give you step by step instructions to complete this process.  When referring to the grade level, it is for the CURRENT school year.


Registration Information


Age Groups*
14 and Under (8th Grade)

  • Players born between May 1, 2006 & April 30, 2007
13 and Under (7th Grade)
 
  • Players born between May 1, 2007 & April 30, 2008
12 and Under (6th Grade)
 
  • Players born between May 1, 2008 & April 30, 2009

11 and Under (5th Grade)

  • Players born between May 1, 2009 & April 30, 2010
10 and Under (4th Grade)
 
  • Players born between May 1, 2010 & April 30, 2011
9 and Under (3rd Grade)
 
  • Players born between May 1, 2011 & April 30, 2012
8 and Under (Completing 1st and 2nd Grade)
 
  • Players born between May 1, 2012 & April 30, 2014

6 and Under (Completing Pre-K and Kindergarten)

  • Players born between May 1, 2014 and August 31, 2016
 
**Players in their respective age groups must not reach the next age before May 1, 2021.
 
* If a player is in a higher grade than his/her corresponding birth date, you have the option to play at your age level or with your grade.

 


How much does it cost?


Age 6 & Under: $45
Ages 7 & 8:      $75
Ages 9 & 10:    $150
Ages 11-14:     $185

Family Maximum: $325


When and where are Evaluations?


2021 Evaluation Information

Tryouts for 2021 will be held on March 20th at the Monticello High School Fieldhouse (East Entrance). 

**Checkout the Evaluations/Tryouts tab on the home page for more information.**


Do I need to attend Evaluations?


If your child would like the opportunity to be selected for a traveling/competitive team, he/she would be required attend the evaluations.  If this is not of interest to your child, they are not required to attend evaluations and will be placed on a rec team. All evaluation participants are eligible to be selected for the traveling/competitive team for that individual's specific age group.

If you are unable to attend evaluations, please email the following information to montibaseballassoc@gmail.com to request an excused absence and receive communication on an alternate evaluation date if one is created.

1.   Players Name(s):

2.   Parents Name(s):

3.   Street Address:

4.   City, State, Zip Code:

5.   Age Level(s) Registered for:

6.   Reason why a player will be unable to attend evaluations & tryouts: 

7.  Additional Information:(if applicable)

**Alternate evaluation dates are not always available and will be scheduled as necessary. Please email the MBA as soon as possible if unable to attend tryouts.


What's the difference between Traveling, Quad-City and In-House teams?

 

Traveling (MYAS/GOPHER STATE) - Traveling teams will play about 16 league games, league playoffs and 2 tournaments from April through mid-July. Teams also have the option of additional tournaments paid at their own expense. There is an additional $100 fee to cover the cost of the tournament entry, gate fees, umpires, etc.  We will have a AAA team for 9U-14U.  Some levels will have a AAA and a AA (or AA and A) team both of which will also play MYAS/Gopher State. Players making this team will be asked for a time and travel commitment due to the limited roster spots. If a travel team is offered for an age group and a player elects to tryout for another community's baseball program, he or she would no longer be eligible to participate in the Monticello Baseball Association for the upcoming year.  Please see waiver requirements in FAQs below.

Quad City- Teams consisting of players that are not on the above mentioned team.  We typically have multiple Monticello teams and will play in a league with teams in close vicinity to us.  We will have teams from three combined age groups, 9/10U, 11/12U and 13/14U. Practices can begin in late April, early May and the games begin in mid May and will last through mid-July.

In-House (6U & 8U)- Monticello teams that will only play against teams within our league.  We have multiple teams for the in house league for the 8U(coaches pitch) and 6U(t-ball). The season starts in May and will last through June.


How Does the Evaluation Process Work for 9-14U?

The tryout evaluators are from the Monticello High School Baseball staff and youth baseball experts all of which are independent from our association.  These evaluators have a background in coaching and playing baseball at a high school level or above.  Each AAA team will have 11 players and the In-House/AA teams will have 11+ players depending on numbers. The players are scored on a scale from 1-9 in pitching, fielding and hitting.  We have one evaluator for pitching (2 categories) and two each for fielding (three categories) and hitting (three categories).  The total number of categories a player is evaluated on would be 14 with a maximum score of 9 points in each.

All players will be given a score based on the following:

Pitching (one evaluator):  Form/Accuracy & Arm Strength
Hitting (two evaluators):   Mechanics/Contact/Power
Fielding (two evaluators): Catching Ground & Fly Balls/Fielding Form/Throwing Form

Each player will get to throw 6-8 pitches to a catcher, see 8-10 strikes in the batting cage from the pitching machine, 8-10 front toss pitches, 6 ground balls from a machine and 3 fly balls thrown by a volunteer with a baseball background.  The 9-14U players will be asked to field a fly ball and ground ball coming straight at him/her, moving to the right and moving to the left.

Players attending the tryouts will be required to use a bat with a weight to length ratio applicable to their age group.  Our association will have the required bats available to all tryout attendees.  Please refer to the link below for the current bat weight differential information only.


The general percentage breakdown would be as follows:

Pitching  14%
Hitting    43%
Fielding  43%

Initial tryouts and callbacks will all take place on March 20, 2021 at the Monticello High School Field house.  Once the first round of tryouts is complete, we will post on the website the call back list consisting of the top players based on their tryout scores.  These players will return later in the day for a more in-depth tryout.  

The top seven scoring players for their age group will be an automatic selection for the AAA team.  The final four roster spots will then be selected by the AAA coach from the players who return for callbacks later in the day.  None of the players will know if they were in the top seven prior to the callback tryouts.

After the AAA teams are complete, we will use the tryout scores to form AA teams and so on, if applicable. A minimum number of players must be registered to create multiple traveling teams. For example, there needs to be a minimum of 22 players registered for competitive in order to create 2 traveling teams. All players not selected to a traveling team are automatically put on a recreational (Quad City League) roster.

**Coaching selection: Everyone is encouraged to apply for a head coaching position at all levels.  We require a background check and concussion training for all coaches.  

Potential 9u-14u traveling team coaches for 2020 must register as a coach no later than 3/3/20.  Coaching registration can be found under the registration tab.  If deemed necessary by the board, each potential new head coach for a 9u-14u traveling team (AAA/AA) will be required to interview with the Head High School Baseball coach and his staff.  If you have coached in prior years, you do not have to interview.  Following the interviews, the High School coach will make a recommendation to the Monticello Baseball executive board as to who should be the head coach for each traveling team.  The entire board of directors will then vote on whether to approve this recommendation. Interviews for traveling team head coaches will be conducted the beginning of March and coaches will be selected shortly after.  Please visit the website for updated information regarding coaching interviews.

 


Do I need a waiver to play Traveling baseball in another community?


The Monticello Baseball Association(MBA) does not issue waivers to leave, enter or re-enter our program, so it would depend on the rule requirements of the other community's baseball association.  It would be the player's responsibility to obtain an official waiver form that is signed by that community's baseball association President and present it to the MBA.

Our association will look at each waiver on an individual basis and the board members will vote to approve or deny the request.  We will do this at our next scheduled board meeting only.  Our meeting dates are usually the second Monday of each month and are listed on the website calendar.  

Any waivers that have been signed by the MBA would require a release waiver from that player's previous team and a vote by the our board members as noted above. 

The MBA participates in the Gopher State/MYAS organization and you can review their rules concerning this subject at MYAS.ORG.


What days and times are games played?


Traveling & 11U-14U Quad City
All league games are in the evening with a start time anywhere from 6:00pm-8:00pm and can be any day Monday-Friday.  Tournament games are on the weekends and can start at any time on either day.

9U-10U Quad City 
Games & practices are on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30 pm

8U
Games & practices are Mondays & Wednesdays beginning at 5:30 pm

6U
Games & practices are Tuesdays beginning at 5:15 pm


How do I sign up for Fall Baseball?


The MBA does not sponsor or organize Fall Baseball teams. It is done through the Gopher State Baseball (MYAS) organization both as a team or individually. Our organization will support individuals within our program with information, assistance, and the use of equipment. Even if you are not a current coach, but are interested in forming a team, we will assist you in what needs to be done to put together a team.