Levels of Play
The following terms and definitions have been comprised through the experience and research of the MYAS Baseball Staff. All teams participating in MYAS programs must be formed through a recognized, bona fide baseball association or school program (15U-19U).
- AAA - The highest competitive level; the top team from a traveling baseball association.
- AA - The intermediate level of play. The AA level is intended for teams from baseball associations that have already provided teams at the AAA level. AA may also (in some cases) be defined as a level for traveling teams that are not currently able to compete at the AAA level..
- A - The developmental level of traveling baseball. The A level is often used to place teams trying to prepare for a higher level of play. See additional information for other examples of teams eligible for the A level of play.
Recreational - A community “In-House/Rec” level of baseball. Recreational teams consist of players that are placed on teams via a process of their home association (i.e. all players go through a draft process, random draw, etc.).
Note: All teams wishing to participate in MYAS baseball events must be derived from a recognized, bona fide baseball association or approved school program. Teams must also have the “blessing” of their home association to participate in all events they wish to enter.
The MYAS Baseball Board of Advisors reserves the right to review all team entries and place teams into appropriate divisions as necessary.
Examples of teams eligible to participate in MYAS administered “A” events:
- Teams participating in A level traveling leagues: All teams currently participating in a GSBL or MBL “A” traveling league.
- Recreational teams playing in A level tournaments: If a recreational team’s home association approves them to play in an A level tournament they may do so while maintaining their Recreational status. However, if that team earned a berth to an A post-season tournament such as the Gopher State Tournament of Champions, they would no longer be eligible for Recreational level tournaments such as the MYAS Rec State Championships.
- Recreational “Tournament Teams”: Some communities that do not currently offer A traveling teams hold an evaluation to form “tournament” teams from their in-house program. If approved, those teams are eligible to participate in A level events administered by the MYAS.
Additional Eligibility Information
- Any team that accepts a berth to and participates in the 2017 Gopher State Tournament of Champions will forego their eligibility for the 2017 MYAS Rec State Championships.
- Any player or group of players (i.e. in-house tournament team) that accepts a berth to and/or participates in the 2017 Gopher State Tournament of Champions will forego their eligibility for the 2017 MYAS Rec State Championships.
Note: This document is not intended to cover all situations regarding the A level of traveling baseball. The examples covered here represent frequently asked questions or situations that have arisen over the past several years in youth baseball.