What equipment do I need to play baseball?
To play baseball you will need gray baseball pants, a glove, baseball spikes(not metal 12U & under), a batting helmet, and proper protection (a cup). The association supplies each coach with catchers gear, baseballs and a regulation bat to share if needed.
Some of the other equipment that many players choose to purchase is socks, sliding shorts, a bat, batting gloves, baseball bag, etc..
Common sporting goods store carry these (i.e, Scheels in St. Cloud or Dicks in Maple Grove) and these items do not need to be expensive, especially a bat which can get to be very expensive but doesn't have to be if you shop used or eBay.
What if a Player is Not Able to Attend Evaluations?
If a player is not able to evaluate they will not be selected as a board pick for a competitive team (Gopher State). They may still be a coach's pick, but it is the responsibility of the player to make it known to the coach through the board that they wish to play on a competitive team. Filling out the remaining players on their team is ultimately the coach's responsibility and coaches use different approaches to do this.
A player who does not evaluate, and is not chosen for a competitive team, will then be placed on an In-House (Quad City) team in alphabetic order to fill out the teams and will not be available to be drafted by the coaches.
What is the difference Between Quad City League (In-House) and Gopher State League (Competitive)?
Quad City League (In-House) is a local competitive league that consists of area community teams that include Clear Lake, Monticello, Big Lake, and Foley. Families often elect to play in this league due to less traveling commitments and weekend tournaments. Teams in this league will play two games a week and typically one practice a week. There is also an end of the season tournament.
Gopher State League (Competitive) is a more competitive league ran by the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services. Travel commitments in this league may include outside area communities such as St. Michael, Buffalo, Mora, St. Francis, Braham, Chisago Lakes, Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud, Alexandria and others. Travel teams often play two weekly games with 2 or more practices a week. Most travel teams will often play in four or more tournaments that take place on weekends.
Is my son missing out if he doesn't play on a Competitive Gopher State team?
No. Becker youth baseball doesn't have "traveling" teams, in the sense that an elite group is singled out for extra games and practices. All of our teams and participants have equal access to equipment, practice time, game experiences, and good coaching. Both In-House and Competitive teams play a league schedule and can participate in tournaments. At all levels we emphasize skill development, teamwork, sportsmanship, and enjoyment of the game.