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MBA - Tonka 13AA - Baseball 5.28.22 - Training Opportunity  (from MBA website)
by posted 05/28/2022

While it’s not a Tonka baseball weekend. There are a few updates on upcoming tournaments and a training session Lauren Pederson of the other 13AA team has put together which require a quick turnaround.  Also, please don’t forget to book your state hotels!

This Week:

  1. Optional Field Practice – Monday, May 30th – 5:30 PM, Manitou Field Practice
  2. Game – Tuesday, May 31st 7:45 PM GAME TIME against Tonka 13Aa at Excelsior Commons.  We wear WHITE and are home.
  3. Game – Wednesday, June 1st 5:45 PM Game Time against Edina Hornets at Courtney Complex 7505 Ikola Way, Edina, MN 55439
  4. Batting Practice – Thursday June 2nd – 5:30-6:30 at Bennett 1, Cage 2
  5. STMA Tournament Wood Bat Tournament.  Saturday, June 4th – Albertville City Fields
    1. Game -  8:00 AM vs Minneapolis Millers –  Field 1
    2. Game – 1:00 PM vs Chisago Lakes – Field 1
    3. Game – 6:00 PM vs Hamel – Field 1
    4. Sunday – potential games – 10:00 AM, 12:30PM, and 3:00 PM
    5. Notes: 
      1. This will be a long day, please bring drinks, snacks and comfy chair for your player for in-between games.
      2. Matt and I will be out of town this weekend.  Thanks to Coach Dan for having the team certificates for the games.

Next Week:

  1. Field Practice – Monday, June 6thh – 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, Manitou Field Practice
  2. Game – Wednesday, June 8th  5:30 PM GAME TIME against St. Louis Park at Paul Frank Field, 3261 Gorham Ave So, St. Louis Park.  NOTE early game time.
  3. Batting Practice – Thursday June 9th – Freeman 2- Cage 1
  4. Gopher State Mid-Summer Classic Tournament
    1. Game – Friday, June 10th – 6:15 GAME TIME against ACYBA at Ramsey Alpine Park Complex, 6600 Alpine Drive, Ramsey MN   NOTE early game time
    2. Game – Saturday 10:15 AM against STMA  
    3. Game – Saturday 2:45 PM against Andover
    4. Sunday Games – potential times as early as 8:00 AM depending on pool play. Continuing to 10:15 and 12:45

Summer Strength & Speed training at FAST Athletics (MBA Sponsor)

I am working on coordinating a summer strength and speed/agility group session at FAST Athletics

By putting together our own group, we get multiple benefits, including reduced pricing, creating our own recurring schedule, and curriculum included.FAST is located near Williston & Mtka Blvd…right across from City hall. It’s right off the regional bike trail that runs through Deephaven into Excelsior.

Tentative details (final numbers depend on # of players):

  •         12 player minimum (I’m asking the other 13 travel teams, too)
  •         10-12 weeks, 2x per week training for 1 hour, likely Tues & Thurs mid-morning
  •         no sessions wk of July 4th
  •         $299-$360 total (or less) depending on length of program & # of players (note signing up individually is $549)
  •         works out to approx $15 per session
  •         Starts June 14th
  •         They will work with us if players will be out of town for camps or vacation. We can pro-rate if we get enough kids.
  •         I live ½ mile away – happy to use my house as a pick up/drop off location those days for kids that do not live within biking/walking distance, and parents need to drop early or pick up late

Action: By 5/28 – Email or Text Lauren @   or 952-923-7357 and indicate YES OR NO regarding participation in this group training

 

Tournament Hotel Information

GSTC Mankato Hotel

We have our 2-night room block secured for Courtyard Marriot Mankato for Gopher State Tournament of Champions (GSTC) weekend of 7/8-7/10.  The other 13AA team will also be staying at this hotel.

This is a significant rate reduction of $159/night (Regular rate is $265 right now). They will try their best to accommodate 2 queen rooms, but this also could be a King + sofa bed. First come, first served so book ASAP if you want two queens!

Action: By June 7th, reserve your room using THIS LINK

·        we have 14 rooms total, for families requiring more than one room

·        group name: Minnetonka 13AA

·        call hotel with questions: 507-388-1234

·        hotel address: 901 Raintree Road Mankato, Minnesota 56001

 MBT: Lakeville

I have held a block of 14 rooms at AmericInn Hotel and Suites of Apple Valley for this tournament (approx. 10 minutes from the field). You are welcome to stay 1 or 2 nights.  The rate is $165 per night for a 2 queen bedroom. Suites are also available.

  • Action:  By June 17th reserve your room by calling 952-431-3800
  • Group Name: Minnetonka 13 AA Blue
  • Dates: July 15th & 16th (Two Nights)
  • Rates: $165.00 & $180.00 Plus Tax Per Night 
  • Room Types: Traditional Rooms with Two Queen Beds and Two Bedroom Suites
  • To Reserve Call:  952-431-3800
  •  
  • Our other “out of town” tournament is in Anoka.  Please let me know if you want me to help reserve rooms for this weekend.
  • Volunteer Hours: Volunteer Shifts.  Each family is expected to volunteer to support the league, one volunteer shift per player. Link to the information, FAQs, and sign ups is here
  • Shifts are currently available through 6/9, and more will be added mid-season
  •         More detailed instructions(screenshot attached):

1) Login to the MBA website 

2) Click on Volunteering Event 

3) Click on “View your Schedule” in blue font next to the Filter selection 

4) The upcoming event the parent is registered for will show on screen. If the event is in the past they need to click on the Box next to “Show Past Events”. 

 5) If they want to see who they are working with they can click on the Blue Box under the “View Volunteers” column 

6) If they want to remove themselves from the volunteer event they can uncheck the check mark in the “Remove?” column, but only before the event is locked down, which is 3-5 days before the event but it depends on the volunteer even

  • Rules for regular season games can be found on their website at https://www.mbl.bz/
  • Game Schedule:  You can find the game schedule on the Sports Play App or the MBL website  MBL/MBT - Minnetonka Skippers 13AA Blue  . There’s one game in late May doesn’t match on both platforms, I’m working to resolve that.

 
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Tonka 13AA Blue - Tournament Hotel Information  (from MBA website)
by posted 05/24/2022

Hi. 

Here’s the hotel block information for both tournaments.  Please book your own reservation as noted by the deadline.  

GSTC Mankato Hotel

We have our 2-night room block secured for Courtyard Marriot Mankato for Gopher State Tournament of Champions (GSTC) weekend of 7/8-7/10.  The other 13AA team will also be staying at this hotel.

This is a significant rate reduction of $159/night (Regular rate is $265 right now). They will try their best to accommodate 2 queen rooms, but this also could be a King + sofa bed. First come, first served so book ASAP if you want two queens!

Action: By June 7th, reserve your room using THIS LINK

·        we have 14 rooms total, for families requiring more than one room

·        group name: Minnetonka 13AA

·        call hotel with questions: 507-388-1234

·        hotel address: 901 Raintree Road Mankato, Minnesota 56001

 MBT: Lakeville

I have held a block of 14 rooms at AmericInn Hotel and Suites of Apple Valley for this tournament (approx. 10 minutes from the field). You are welcome to stay 1 or 2 nights.  The rate is $165 per night for a 2 queen bedroom. Suites are also available.

  • Action:  By June 17th reserve your room by calling 952-431-3800
  • Group Name: Minnetonka 13 AA Blue
  • Dates: July 15th & 16th (Two Nights)
  • Rates: $165.00 & $180.00 Plus Tax Per Night 
  • Room Types: Traditional Rooms with Two Queen Beds and Two Bedroom Suites
  • To Reserve Call:  952-431-3800

 

 


 
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Tonka 13AA - Baseball Update 5.23.22  (from MBA website)
by posted 05/23/2022

Congrats to the boys for a win this past weekend! Two state tournament bids!   Also, thanks to Russ Cheatham for buying drinks, snacks and fruit for the boys in between games on Sunday. Eli’s parents, Rachel and Pat will be bringing snacks to the STMA tournament to help out between games.

This Week:

  1. Field Practice – Monday May 23rd – 7:00-8:30 PM, Manitou.  Field practice   CANCELLED
  2. Game -  Tuesday, May 24th.   5:15 PM GAME TIME against Eden Prairie at Excelsior Commons.  Please NOTE early game time and try to arrive as soon as possible prior.
  3. Game – Thursday, May 26th.  5:45 PM GAME TIME  against Wayzata located at Wayzata Middle School West. Another early game time.

Next Week:

  1. Field Practice – Monday, May 30th – 7-8:30 PM, Manitou Field Practice
  2. Game – Tuesday, May 31st 7:45 PM GAME TIME against Tonka 13Aa at Excelsior Commons
  3. Game – Wednesday, June 1st 5:45 PM Game Time against Edina Hornets at Courtney Complex 7505 Ikola Way, Edina, MN 55439
  4. Batting Practice – Thursday June 2nd – 5:30-6:30 at Bennett 1, Cage 2
  5. STMA Tournament Wood Bat Tournament.  Saturday, June 4th – Albertville City Fields
    1. Game -  8:00 AM vs Minneapolis Millers –  Field 1
    2. Game – 1:00 PM vs Chisago Lakes – Field 1
    3. Game – 6:00 PM vs Hamel – Field 1
    4. Sunday – potential games – 10:00 AM, 12:30PM, and 3:00 PM
    5. Notes: 
      1. This will be a long day, please bring drinks, snacks and comfy chair for your player for in-between games.
      2. Matt and I will be out of town this weekend.  Thanks to Russ for having the team certificates for the games.

Other Information:

  • Gopher State Tournament – Mankato – July 8-10th.  We have a hotel held for this weekend..  Final reservations will be due June 8th.  I will be sending out more details on how to reserve a room soon.
  • MBT State Tournament – Lakeville – July 15-17th. I will be sending details on hotels for this event too.
  • Our other “out of town” tournament is in Anoka.  Please let me know if you want me to help reserve rooms for this weekend.
  • Volunteer Hours: Volunteer Shifts.  Each family is expected to volunteer to support the league, one volunteer shift per player. Link to the information, FAQs, and sign ups is here
  • Shifts are currently available through 6/9, and more will be added mid-season
  •         More detailed instructions(screenshot attached):

1) Login to the MBA website 

2) Click on Volunteering Event 

3) Click on “View your Schedule” in blue font next to the Filter selection 

4) The upcoming event the parent is registered for will show on screen. If the event is in the past they need to click on the Box next to “Show Past Events”. 

 5) If they want to see who they are working with they can click on the Blue Box under the “View Volunteers” column 

6) If they want to remove themselves from the volunteer event they can uncheck the check mark in the “Remove?” column, but only before the event is locked down, which is 3-5 days before the event but it depends on the volunteer even

  • Rules for regular season games can be found on their website at https://www.mbl.bz/
  • Game Schedule:  You can find the game schedule on the Sports Play App or the MBL website  MBL/MBT - Minnetonka Skippers 13AA Blue  . There’s one game in late May doesn’t match on both platforms, I’m working to resolve that.
  • Game Changer : Please make sure you have the NEW Gamechanger app. We will be scoring games this way – “Thanks Brian for scoring games!” 
  • Varsity Home Game Passes – ALL players
    • I have passes for those players I missed at the game last week.  Please remind me.  Provides players free admission to any Varsity Baseball home game at Vet’s field
  • Let me know if you need anything or think of anything for the team!

 
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Tonka 13AA Baseball Update 5.17.22  (from MBA website)
by posted 05/17/2022

 

Great games this week! Looking forward to our first tournament this weekend.  See details below.

 

Remainder of this week:

  1. Batting Practice – Thursday May 19th, 6:30-7:30, Freeman Cages – to reduce waiting time, please sign up for batting windows here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084eabad2daaf49-batting
  2. 1st Tournament!!!  -- Game – Friday May 20th – 6pm Game Time against Wayzata, Wayzata Middle School West Field 2    Please arrive 1 hour/45 minutes before the game
    1. Game 2:   Saturday, May 21st – 10:15 Game Time against Forest Lake,  Wayzata Middle School West Field 2   Please arrive 1 hour before the game
    2. Game 3: Saturday, May 21st – 5:00 PM Game Time against Hastings, Wayzata Middle School West Field 2   Please arrive 1 hour before the game
    3. Pool Play on Sunday will start at either at 9:00 or 11:15 AM depending on placement.
    4. Tournament Reminders – please bring both jerseys. It will also be cooler weather.

Next Week:

  1. Field Practice – Monday May 23rd – 7:00-8:30 PM, Manitou.  Field practice
  2. Game -  Tuesday, May 24th.   5:15 PM GAME TIME against Eden Prairie at Excelsior Commons.  Please NOTE early game time and try to arrive as soon as possible prior.
  3. Game – Thursday, May 26th.  5:45 PM GAME TIME  against Wayzata located at Wayzata Middle School West. Another early game time.

Other Information:

Volunteer Hours: Volunteer Shifts

Each family is expected to volunteer to support the league, one volunteer shift per player. Link to the information, FAQs, and sign ups is here

  • Shifts are currently available through 6/9, and more will be added mid-season
  •         More detailed instructions(screenshot attached):

1) Login to the MBA website 

2) Click on Volunteering Event 

3) Click on “View your Schedule” in blue font next to the Filter selection 

4) The upcoming event the parent is registered for will show on screen. If the event is in the past they need to click on the Box next to “Show Past Events”. 

 5) If they want to see who they are working with they can click on the Blue Box under the “View Volunteers” column 

6) If they want to remove themselves from the volunteer event they can uncheck the check mark in the “Remove?” column, but only before the event is locked down, which is 3-5 days before the event but it depends on the volunteer even

  • State Tournament – Mankato – July 8-10th.  We have a hotel held for this weekend.  Final reservations will be due June 8th (closer to when we know if we made the tournament).  More information to come.
  • Our other “out of town” tournament is in Anoka.  Please let me know if you want me to help reserve rooms for this weekend.  I expect many will simply drive home.
  • Rules for regular season games can be found on their website at https://www.mbl.bz/
  • Game Schedule:  You can find the game schedule on the Sports Play App or the MBL website  MBL/MBT - Minnetonka Skippers 13AA Blue  . There’s one game in late May doesn’t match on both platforms, I’m working to resolve that.
  • Game Changer : Please make sure you have the NEW Gamechanger app. We will be scoring games this way – “Thanks Brian for scoring games!” 
  • Varsity Home Game Passes – ALL players
    • I have passes for those players I missed at the game last week.  Please remind me.  Provides players free admission to any Varsity Baseball home game at Vet’s field
  • Let me know if you need anything or think of anything for the team!

 
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