The Andover Baseball Association is continuously working to provide playing opportunities for the youth baseball players of Andover, Minnesota ages 4 through 19. Through the volunteer efforts of our board members and parent volunteers, we are able to offer varied levels of competitiveness to meet the needs of all of our membership.
ABA is now offering Tee-Ball. 4 and 5 year olds will be taught the fundamentals of baseball and sportsmanship in a non-competitive, fun environment. Families can choose to play Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesday/Thursdays. Parent Volunteers are needed as coaches. No umpires and all players bat each inning.
Our 6/7 year old teams are also taught the fundamentals of baseball and sportsmanship in a non-competitive environment through machine-pitch baseball. This opportunity gives our young players the opportunity to play the game with consistent pitching. Parent Volunteers are needed as coaches. No umpires. Families can also choose to play Monday/Wednesdays or Tuesday/Thursdays at this level.
At age 8, full player pitch begins. Coaches concentrate on teaching game mechanics and game situations. There is no draft at age 8.
8-15 year old players have a choice to play in-house or to try out for traveling baseball. The in-house program continues to focus on fundamentals with increasing emphasis on game mechanics and game situations. Teams from Andover play each other at their own age levels. Players age 10 - 15 are drafted by coaches.
More competitive levels of play are available to those who try out for traveling baseball. Try-outs occur in March and games begin in late April for 10U - 14 year olds. 15 year olds try-out towards the end of April and begin league play at the end of the High School season. Teams play 16 regular season games against other communities, as well as 3 - 4 tournaments per summer. Players who do not make a traveling team are placed in the in-house draft.
The 16 - 19 year old player has a number of levels of competitiveness from which to choose. We offer both Legion and VFW programs for our most competitive players. Teams are selected by coaches hired by ABA. Those who do not make a Legion or VFW team can sign up for 16U or 19U. Our 16U and 19U program is less competitive than Legion/VFW.
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