The Blaine Area Traveling (BATBA) Baseball Association provides competitive, traveling baseball opportunities for area youth ages 9 to 16. BATBA supports players who are scheduled to attend either Blaine High School or Spring Lake Park High School.
Our teams compete in the AAA, AA or A divisions of Gopher State Baseball run by Minnesota Youth Athletic Services. Our main goal is to foster the love of baseball in the children of our community while simultaneously developing an advanced skill set for our players.
Click on the registation link below to register to tryout for 2015 BATBA teams.
The deadline for registration is Tuesday, September 2nd.
The registration fee is $100 and will be applied toward the full registration fee of $275 if you are named to a team. A full refund will be given for any player who tries out but does not get named to a traveling baseball team. The first round of tryouts will occur on September 5th through the 7th at either Peterson Park or the BBC. Specific tryout dates, times, and pool assignments will be posted late in August and early in September.
Many players like to have an opportunity to hit against a pitching machine leading into the tryout sessions. BATBA has set up several sessions for players to give them this opportunity. These are open sessions for anyone. Players are welcome to attend but are not required to be present at these sessions.
10U - 9/2 at Peterson West from 5:30 to 7:00
10U - 9/4 at Peterson West from 5:30 to 6:30
11U - 9/3 at Peterson West from 5:30 to 7:00
11U - 9/4 at Peterson West from 6:30 to 7:30
12U - 9/2 at Peterson East from 5:30 to 7:00
12U - 9/4 at Peterson East from 5:30 to 6:30
13U - 9/3 at Peterson East from 5:30 to 7:00
13U - 9/4 at Peterson East from 6:30 to 7:30
14U - 9/2 at BBC #5 from 5:30 to 7:00
14U - 9/4 at BBC #5 from 5:30 to 7:00
BATBA has been asked several common questions regarding tryouts. Several have been regarding team formation at the 13U and 14U levels on the Blaine side of our operation. Hopefully this will clear things up a bit.
13U: If after the Blaine AAA and Blaine AA teams are selected there is enough talent left in the tryout pool, BATBA will form a 13U A-level team.
14U: If after the Blaine AAA and Blaine AA teams are selected there is enough talent left in the tryout pool, BATBA will form a second 14U AA team.
The reason we will consider a 13U A-level team but not a 14U A-level team is that there are sufficient teams at 13U in the area to have a manageable travel schedule. That is not necessarily true at 14U.
14U: BATBA will supply -5 bats at the tryout so players will not have to go out and purchase one just for this purpose.
All Ages: Final tryout pool assignments will be made on Wednesday, September 3rd.
The tryout times below are tentative and subject to change so please check back on this site prior to your tryout to confirm your time. In addition, note that most tryouts will be broken into several tryout pools of between 1 and 2 hours each.
Tryout pools will be posted on Wednesday, September 3rd later in the evening. If you know you have a direct conflict (football, fallball, etc...), please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and BATBA will do its best to accomodate your request. Please include the name of your player, age group, Blaine or SLP, the reason for the request, and when you would like your child to try out (early pool or late pool).
10U SLP - Saturday, Sept. 6 at Peterson West from about 3 pm to 5 pm
10U Blaine - Saturday, Sept. 6 at Peterson West from about 8:45 am to 1:45 pm
11U SLP - Saturday, Sept. 6 at Peterson West from about 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
11U Blaine - Sunday, Sept. 7 at Peterson West from 8:45 am to 1:45 pm
12U SLP - Sunday, Sept. 7 at Peterson East from about 3 pm to 6 pm
12U Blaine - Saturday, Sept. 6 at Peterson East from about 9 am to 2 pm
13U SLP - Friday, Sept. 5 at Peterson East from about 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
13U Blaine - Sunday, Sept. 7 at Peterson East from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
14U SLP - Saturday, Sept. 6 at BBC #5 from about 4 pm to 6 pm
14U Blaine - Saturday, Sept. 6 at BBC #5 from about 10 am to 3 pm
2015 Head Coaching Positions
10AAA Blaine - Jim Conlee, 10AA Blaine - OPEN, 10U SLP - Jerome Balsimo
11AAA Blaine - Matt Westlund, 11AA Blaine - OPEN, 11U SLP - Scott Sonmore
12AAA Blaine - Jason Vogel, 12AA Blaine - OPEN, 12U SLP - Justin Kehner
13AAA Blaine - Mike Nelson, 13AA Blaine - OPEN, 13U SLP - Jim Schonrock, 13A - OPEN
14AAA Blaine - Eric Pardo, 14AA Blaine - OPEN, 14U SLP - Kary McMahon
15AAA Blaine - OPEN, 15AA Blaine - OPEN, 15AA SLP - OPEN
Coaches for 10AA - 14AA and 13A Blaine will be named after the tryout is complete so that their associated players will have an opportunity to compete for AAA positions.