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Welcome to the home of Coon Rapids Baseball! This is the place for life after Little League. If you played for Coon Rapids / Andover American Little League OR Coon Rapids Cardinal Little League and live within the Coon Rapids High School boundaries......WE WANT YOU!!  Joining Coon Rapids Baseball enables our Coon Rapids players to continue their careers from the ages of 13 to 18 and will help to build a strong Coon Rapids Baseball family!  These relationships will last a lifetime so come along for the ride!  We can't do it without you!!

COVID-19 UPDATE / 2020 Coon Rapids Summer Baseball Season

Hello Coon Rapids Baseball Fans,

The Coon Rapids Baseball Board understands the need for updates on the upcoming baseball season with the ever changing situation with COVID-19.   With that in mind, we wanted to provide you with the most current update.

Coon Rapids Baseball recently voted on the best way to navigate through the 2020 summer season.  We were given  3 options to decide from by the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS).  There were 46 associations that submitted a vote on what they would like to see happen this season for the Gopher State Baseball League (GSBL). The majority of the votes, 29 of the 46, went to the following option: 

Option 1: Start the 9u-15u GSBL the week of May 18th and teams would play a full regular season (9u=12 games, 10u-14u=16 games, 15u=14 games) however there would be no playoffs. The regular season would end July 29th. This means we could schedule our league games between May 18th and July 29th. 

Coon Rapids Baseball feels the best course of action for our players is for them to play the maximum amount of games possible which means they will play a full season of games without playoffs.  League Champions will be based off  Regular Season League Standings.  MYAS will give out a Gopher State Tournament of Champions (GSTC) berth to whoever is leading their district on June 19th.  As it stands now, we will be free to schedule our games anytime between May 18th and July 29th.   

Coon Rapids Baseball is prepared to start the season based on this information and has a plan in place for how we will form teams and fit each player for uniforms.  The above information is for GSBL ONLY as we have not been given direction as of yet on the North Star League season.  We are asking for parents to be as flexible as possible once we are given the green light to proceed at each level.  We'll need to move quickly on ordering uniforms for Coon Rapids Baseball players.

*It's important for everyone to understand the above information is SUBJECT TO CHANGE and very likely will based on the current STAY AT HOME order scenerios we are all hearing about through most media outlets.

Now, you may be asking; what can your player be doing right now?  Here are some ideas to pass along:

  1. Playing catch with a family member has not been cancelled!  Get out with your player(s) and keep them active with a game of catch.  Nothing better this time of year.
  2.  Swinging a bat has not been cancelled!  A very underrated part of hitting is JUST SWINGING THE BAT.  "Dry Swings" strengthen a players wrists & arms which helps prepare them  for when we finally are able to get teams together.
  3.  Hitting off a tee is not cancelled!   The sound of the baseball off the bat keeps our kids engaged and excited for the upcoming season.
  4.  Parents rolling ground balls and throwing pop flies and fly balls has not been cancelled!  As a parent; YOU CAN HELP! 
  5. Remaining POSITIVE has not been cancelled!  Our kids need HOPE now more than they ever have!

*There may be people that have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do!*

In the meantime, make sure you tell your your players to follow MYAS /  Gopher State Baseball League on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/GopherStateBaseball/.  They provide various video clinics that your player can sign up to be part of.  Along with that, you can find all kinds of drills and video's by just searching on the internet.......SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING!

With all this being said, we want you all to know WE MISS BASEBALL & WE MISS YOU!!  We're all looking for ways to keep our kids engaged during this tremendously difficult time.  The game of baseball NEEDS YOU!!  It's part of the fabric of Coon Rapids!!!  We WILL be on that field again!!!

Coon Rapids Baseball is committed to you, the families!  We want you to know that we plan to issue full refunds IF the baseball season is brought to an unfortunate end before we get a chance to play a game.  We only ask that you continue to remain patient as we are in the same holding pattern as all of you.  We have our hands to the sky and hope that NEVER becomes an option!

If you have any questions; we want to hear from you.  Please reach out to:

Scott Latta (CR Baseball President) - scottlatta@comcast.net

Jason Halvorson (CR Baseball Vice President) - halvy149@gmail.com

 

Coon Rapids Baseball thanks you for your support and we look forward to a return to normal as much as possible soon!  HOLD ON TIGHT!


Coon Rapids Baseball PLAYER EVALUATIONS & WINTER BALL TRAINING HAVE BEEN POSTPONED

Due to the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus situation we are postponing the evaluations that were scheduled for March 28th. 

The evaluations mentioned here are for players registered for the 13U-19 age groups. 

As of right now, we don't have a date as to when the evaluations will be made up.  Along with evaluations, we will be postponing the remaining winter ball training sessions. 

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will communicate information as it deems necessary.

REFUNDS - We will have a plan in place soon IF Winter Ball Training and / or the Baseball Season is cancelled or compromised in any way.  Please understand the Baseball Board consists of just a few volunteers.  Our goal, once everything becomes more clear with regards to COVID-19, is to make sure our baseball community is refunded accordingly and as necessary.  Right now, we are in a holding pattern until we receive direction from Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS) and the facilities with which we use for training, practices, and games.  We THANK YOU for your patience and hope no steps will need to be taken because that will mean our kids are back on the field doing what they love! 

*Please contact Jason Halvorson at halvy149@gmail.com or 763-843-6609 if you have any questions.  

REMEMBER: Be kind to others, MORE THAN EVER, at this time!  We'll get through this together!

Coon Rapids Baseball thanks you for your support and looks forward to the return to normal soon!  HOLD ON TIGHT!

 


PLAYER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!!!

We are excited to open registration for the 2020 season!   Click the link below to register your child(ren) for another exciting season of Coon Rapids Baseball!

2020 Coon Rapids Baseball Coaches Registration

Our league runs on volunteers.  The Coon Rapids Baseball organization believes strongly that volunteer coaches are committed to the program and player development.  We need coaches at all age levels.  If you are interested in being a head coach, or assistant coach for our program, please fill out our Coach Application.

CALLING ALL PARENTS, COACHES, PLAYERS AND ALUMNI!!!

As we continue to grow, we would like to build a new digital photo wall to help celebrate all the great players from Coon Rapids Baseball, both past, and present!  

If you have any photos from the previous seasons, team activities, or just Coon Rapids Baseball photos in general, please get them over to us!  You can either e-mail photos to us OR tag us on Facebook or Instagram! 

We are so excited to begin showing the pride we have for our teams and our city, and it all starts with you!

Adding Photos?

If you have any pictures that you would like posted please email Coon Rapids Baseball.  Please provide a description.


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