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GOPHER STATE BASEBALL FALL LEAGUE FAQ

 

What age level should I sign up for?

In the fall league you sign up for the age group your player/team will be playing the following baseball season (the 2021 season). Fall league is a way to practice and prepare for the next year's summer season and any new rules that may come with it. At registration, the computer will factor in your correct age level when you enter your birth date. The league goes by the age of the player (or the oldest player on the team) as of May 1st, 2021. That is the age your team will play for this fall season.

Should I sign up my player/team for Competitive or Recreational?

The Competitive level is generally made up from players and teams that have player AAA and AA in the pas t where as the Recreational level is usually a combination of A level and in-house players and teams. In Fall Baseball, teams can be a large mixture of players and levels and you will know your team better than anyone so use your best judgement on the level of play for your player or team. Remember, this season, the last two weeks we will create a new schedule based on record to give teams competitive match ups for their last four games.

Do I need a home field?

If you are signing up as a team, yes it is strongly recommend that you provide a field for at least one week home games. If you cannot provide a home field at all, there will be an additional fee for $100 for your team at the time of registration. If you find a field later into the season for your games, we ill refund you this $100 fee.

Is insurance included with registration?

Yes, liability and accident insurance is included with your registration fee as an individual or team. The coverage for insurance will begin August 1st for team practices. Insurance will cover Gopher State Fall League games and practices. More information will be posted soon on the coverage of this policy. If you need a certificate of proof of insurance to secure a field, please contact anyone of the MYAS staff. 

When will league games be played?

Games are played on Sundays from September 13 to October 11. Game times are typically 12:00pm, 2:00pm or 4:00pm each Sunday. Teams will play two games each Sunday. The host team that provides the fields generally play the first and last game of the day. Due to field availability and number of teams in the league, in some cases there are also 10:00am games played at sites. 

How will individual players be placed on teams?

Players signing up individually will be put together with other players geographically as close to their homes as possible. We will also always honor friend requests if both friends sign up for the Gopher State Baseball Fall League. If your friend request is at a higher level of play or older age group than what your registered for, we will place you by your friend request and move you up to that age group accordingly.

When/Where will practices and games be played?

The league does not mandate practices and instructs each coach to go over any practice obligations with their teams prior to the season. Games will be scheduled/played where teams in the league provided home field availability. The league attempts to keep teams/players as close to their home community as possible within the first three weeks of the season. The last two weeks of the season your schedule will be based off your record to help you have the most competitive games as possible which could create a longer travel. 

How does the new Fall League format work? Why are there only 6 games on my schedule?

One thing we have seen over the years with fall league is games are not always as competitive since teams are not put together by associations. To make sure your team is not the one that has five long weeks of fall baseball this season, we are switching it up and using a new format. This season we will form divisions geographically like always for the first 3 weeks. We will schedule out 6 games with opponents as close to you as possible. Once you finish that 3rd week we will look at the records and get to work creating thing new schedules for the last two weeks from there based on your wins and losses. We will match you up with like opponents. This way hopefully your last 4 games will be very competitive games. PLEASE hold onto your field field availability that you provided to us at the beginning of the year as we plan to use those fields still. 

How are umpires handled for Fall Baseball?

Umpires for all of your games are paid for as part of your entry fee into the league. However, we may need your assistance locating umpires for your home games if you are a host. Each week will post an Umpires Assignment sheet which will list either an Umpire Assignors' name next to your game or it will say it need to be assigned by the home team. This is due to the fact that we have limited Umpire Assignors that can only cover limited areas. If you cover your own game, there will be a form to fill out to make sure your umpire gets paid. There may also be times when our assignors cannot cover a game they try to cover. When that happens we will let you know as soon as possible so you have as much time as possible to find an umpire. If you would like to assign your own games to begin with, just let us know!

What is all included with my Fall Baseball registration fee?

10 Fall Baseball games, liability and accident insurance, numbered jersey shirts, a box of new baseballs for the team, a team score book, paid umpires for games, and background checks for individual team coaches.

What is Team Base/Community on the Registration Form?

This is help the MYAS staff create divisions and match ups with other teams in the league. We know that your roster many be made up of player from all different communities however we are looking for you to enter a central city that best represents your team. 

Do you know of team in my are that are looking for players?

It is very difficult to know exactly what we have to work with regarding team and players until after the entry deadline. We always take all situations into considerations when forming teams of individual. 

When is the Coaches Meeting?

This season we will not have a coaches meeting. We will however have a night (TBD) at the MYAS parking lot (1011 Osborne Road NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432) where you can drive up and pick up your team shirts, baseballs, and score book.

When will I hear what team I am playing on? Where/when is my first game?

Coaches will start to reach out to their teams the last week of August to the first week of September. It is a long process as first we have to put together teams, select coaches, back ground check the coaches, get rosters to the coaches, get the materials to the coaches, and then they will reach out to their teams. So please be patience in this process. Once you know your team name, schedules will be posted on the Gopher State Fall League web site at the end of August/start of September. 

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