Metro Baseball League has recently voted to adopt the new USA bat standards beginning in 2018. Starting next year our travel baseball players will only be allowed to use USA Baseball regulated bats. These bats have just begun to hit the market. As has been typical of the past, the association will supply our travel teams with a limited number of bats for use during the season. The association will purchase team bats this offseason for use next season. If you are interested in purchasing a bat for your son please first visit the USA Baseball's website and review the list of approved bats. A link to USA Baseball's approved youth bat list is provided below:
Check on Field Availability due to Weather
The CG Hotline can also be used to inquire on field availability due to weather conditions at 651-458-6060
Cottage Grove Baseball offers three levels of traveling baseball. The levels are AAA (A), AA (B), and A (C). Players are placed into pools by an evaluation process where the Park High School coaching staff evaluate the players. Players are then chosen by coaches who compare skill rankings, positions and attitude. There is a list of criteria guiding their selections.
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.
10 year old baseball actually encompases all ages up to 10 years of age, We have AAA and AA at this level. We also work to put tournament or A teams together if there are enough players to do this. Pitching mounds are 46 feet and bases are 60 feet stealing is allowed after the pitch crosses the plate. Parents and players are immersed in the traveling baseball culture at this level being exposed to all the nuiances that go with traveling baseball. For most players, this is the first venture outside our community in basebalI. If you are not picked for a traveling team, you are eligible to play Peewees in our developmental in house program.
The intensity moves up a notch and players start to understand what it will take to be successful in the competitive baseball arena. Pitching mounds remain at 46 feet however bases move to 65 feet. If you are not picked for a traveling team, you are eligible to play minors in our developmental in house program.
At 12 the intensity is upped and the commitment level is expected to rise. Pitching mounds move back to 50-52 feet, bases are stretched to 75 feet and leading off and stealing are incorporated. Players start to be placed in positions based on performance. We have AAA, AA and we will have A teams if we have sufficient numbers. If you are not picked for a traveling team, you are eligible to play minors in our developmental in house program.
We do not offer any developmental in-house program above age 12 therefore all players who want to play baseball in Cottage Grove are now in the traveling arena. Rules are the same as 12U with the addition of the allowance of metal spikes.
The age of real baseball. This is where true 9 man baseball begins; 90 foot base pads, 60'6" pitching mounds. We form individual 14aaa and 14aa teams as well as 15aaa and 15aa teams. 14 and 15 year olds are mixed on our A teams. We do our best to place everyone on a team. Many of the 15 year old players play for the freshman team as well.
As you begin to find tournaments you would like to be in, you should download and fill out the check request form. Submit it with a copy of your registration from the tournament (sometimes a copy of the web page) to Dianne Janski either in person or you can email her the check request. It typically takes 1-3 days for the check to be available to pick up.
Miscellaneous Traveling Team Documents
Park High SChool
Wolpack Progression And Other guidance documents