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Cottage Grove Traveling Baseball

Cottage Grove Baseball offers three levels of Traveling baseball: AAA, AA, and A, with players placed at the appropriate level after annual player evaluations.

Each level of play requires hard work, commitment and desire.  We believe in teaching structure, discipline and baseball fundamentals. Coaches will expect commitment, discipline, desire and effort to improve. Coaches are volunteers at all CGAA levels.

Our goals are to teach players to set goals and work hard to achieve them. We do not try to shelter players from their mistakes, rather we want to teach them to embrace them and figure out what work they need to do to correct them. Baseball is a sport where you are allowed to fail, pick yourself up and try again. Baseball teaches you that mistakes are not failure but rather teaching moments that help you improve.


2023 Traveling Baseball Player Evaluations

REGISTRATION FOR 2023 PLAYER EVALUATIONS IS NOW OPEN (LINK TO REGISTER BELOW).

Please see additional information included in the 2023 Player Evaluations Guidelines (PDF posted below).

All players must participate in evaluations with their prescribed age-level. If your son is unable to participate in 2023 Player Evaluations, you must submit a medical or special circumstance waiver request by Sunday, September 4 (link below). Simply submitting a waiver request does not mean the waiver is granted; additional waiver request details can be found in the guidelines PDF posted below.


CGAA Baseball will hold player evaluations for the upcoming 2023 season on September 10 and September 11, 2022 (players participate on both days). 

2023 Player Evaluations will be held at the following locations and times:

Schedule for Saturday, September 10
Check-in begins 30 minutes before each age group's evaluation session.

Field: Park High School
14U - 8:30am to 10:30am
15U - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Field: Hamlet Park Fields 1-4
13U - 8:30am to 10:15am
12U - 10:45am to 12:30pm
11U - 1:00pm to 2:45pm
10U/9U - 3:15pm to 5:00pm

After Day 1 concludes, players will be pooled for Day 2 evaluations based on their independent evaluation scores.

Schedule for Sunday, September 11
Check-in begins 30 minutes before each age group's evaluation session.

Field: Park High School 
15U - 8:30am to 10:00am
14U - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Hamlet Park Fields 1-4
10U/9U - 9:00am to 11:00am
11U - 11:15 am to 1:15pm
12U - 1:30 pm to 3:30pm
13U - 3:45 pm to 5:45pm

Players should arrive approximately 30 minutes early to their scheduled evaluation time to check-in at the registration table and to warm up.

Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 are being reserved and should be held by parents as potential weather-related makeup days. Any change to the September 10 or September 11 evaluation dates due to weather conditions will be communicated with as much advance notice as possible.


2023 Player Evaluation Registration

Early bird registration through August 26 ($40); late registration through September 2 ($60).



2023 Player Evaluations – Special Circumstance/Conflict Waiver Request

All waivers must be submitted by Sunday, September 4. Simply submitting a waiver does not mean it is granted/approved. The Traveling Director will follow-up directly on all submitted requests to approve or deny.


2023 Traveling Baseball Coaching Applications

Coaching applications for the 2023 CGAA Traveling Baseball season are now open through Sunday, August 21. Please complete the form below if you would like to be considered.

Separately, if you're interested in applying to be a 2023 Age-Level Advisor, please email Traveling Director Brian Steffes directly with your interest and reason for application (link to email at bottom of this page). 

CGAA Traveling Baseball: 2023 Coaching Application

Please submit all applications by Sunday, August 21 for consideration.


2022 Bat Standards for Traveling Baseball

Metro Baseball League Bat Standards (Updated July 27, 2021)
For the 2022 MBL/MBT seasons, MBL/MBT will allow the use of both USA and USSSA approved stamped bats in our leagues as well as in tournament play. The decision is in part to simplify the rules and regulations in both league and tournament play in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.  The following bat regulations will be in place:

Bats - The following pertains to the legality of bats in the MBL/MBT for the upcoming  2022 season.

9-11 year olds - Maximum diameter at the thickest part: 2 1/4", 2 1/2”, 2 5/8” or 2 3/4”  with UNLIMITED weight differential and a USSSA or USA mark and meet Bat Performance Standards.

12-13 year olds - Maximum diameter at the thickest part: 2 1/2", 2 5/8”, or 2 3/4” barrel with minus 10 weight differential and a USSSA or USA mark and meet Bat Performance Standards OR maximum diameter at the thickest part: 2 1/4" or less with UNLIMITED weight differential and a USSSA or USA mark and meet Bat Performance Standards.

14 year olds  -  Maximum diameter at the thickest part: 2 3/4" or less barrel with  maximum minus 5 weight differential with USSSA or USA mark and  meet  Bat Performance Standards. (This includes 14/15A Division).

15 year olds - Maximum diameter at the thickest part: 2 5/8" or less with a minus 3 weight differential and be BBCOR approved. 

All bats 36" or less. Wood bats allowed at all ages.

2022 MBL/MBT Bat Standards

Updated July 27, 2021


Traveling Director

The Traveling Director oversees the traveling program.  They are responsible for working with MBL, our traveling league organization, to set up teams and tournaments.  Additionally, he coordinates and manages traveling coaches, level directors and the traveling tryout process.

Brian Steffes

Traveling Director