2015 Cooperstown/Omaha 12U Team
Exciting news for ETB! We now have permanent bids to the 12U tournaments in Cooperstown and Omaha and ETB will send teams to both tournaments next summer. The Cooperstown tournament is July 25-30 and the Omaha tournament is June 22-27. ETB thanks Kerry Ligtenberg and Brad Ruiter for securing the permanent Cooperstown bid for ETB. This is their legacy to ETB.
ETB has advanced the deposit costs for both teams, but the teams are responsible for reimbursing ETB the deposit and covering the total costs, which are $895 per participant (players and coaches) for Cooperstown and $479 for Omaha, plus travel and incidental costs. There will be additional expenses for travel, lodging, meals, etc. for any additional family members who make the trip. Because the teams will engage in extensive fundraising during the off-season, the teams must be selected in the fall rather than in the spring. When trying out for these teams, players agree to participate in team fundraising efforts if selected (no buyout option). All funds raised will go first toward Player and Coach entry fees, and any funds raised above that total will be redistributed equally among families on the team roster to help defray incidental costs for each family to go to the tournament. The cost per player will be based on the total amount owed by the team after fundraising and any contribution by ETB to each team, (ETB is likely to contribute roughly $200-250 per family). Although it is difficult to predict, the cost to each family may be extensive.
Following interviews, ETB has selected Brad Ruiter to coach the Cooperstown team. Interviews for the Omaha head coaching position will likely occur the first week of November. Anyone who is interested should contact David Lutz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-709-9388 by October 30. ETB reserves the right to appoint an assistant coach to either team based on volunteer needs. Although there may be overlap between these tournament teams and next year's teams, the teams will be separate and placement on a tournament team will not guarantee placement on a particular team in spring tryouts, either as a player or coach.
Team selection will be similar to the spring team selection, with evaluations in various skills performed by both ETB and Pitch 2 Pitch. There will be three tryout sessions at Pitch 2 Pitch at 14265 West Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville 55306. They will be November 12 (7:00 – 8:30 pm), November 15 (9:00 – 10:30 am) and November 16 (11:00 am to 12:30 pm). Each player must attend only ONE session (there are three sessions to accommodate schedules). Each player must indicate whether he is interested in trying out for Cooperstown, Omaha, or either one (no one will play on both). A player may Not attend a second session with the hope of improving his score. Evaluators from ETB and P2P will rate the players in various skills, including hitting, infield and outfield. The Cooperstown team will draft first, and Coach Ruiter will draft a team from the top pool of those trying out for Cooperstown, similar to the spring draft (i.e., the top team is going to Cooperstown). After that draft, the Omaha coach will draft a team from the next pool of those interested in the Omaha team.
These are very exciting developments for ETB!
Eagan 12AA's second-place finish in Red Wing this weekend earned the team MBT and MSF State Tournaments bids.
The Traveling Baseball program provides intensive skill development and a high level of competition. The program offers opportunities to develop confidence and teamwork while competing with teams representing other area communities.