Q: What is the “House League” and “Travel League”.
A: AABA has two primary leagues. The “house” league, which is the developmental league consisting of the Northwoods, Minor, and Major leagues and a “travel” league made up of 10U, 11U, 12U, and 13U teams with rules aligned with the Gopher State Baseball League. Only the travel league travels. The house league plays all of their games in Alexandria.
Q: Are there restrictions on bats that are allowed?
Yes! Generally, all bats must have a USSSA or USA stamp. The links below will give more specifics on bats.
Q: Which Division should I select when I register my child?
A: The AABA Divisions are divided up by grade as follows and are based on the current grade of the child:
- Northwoods League: 3rd and 4th grade
- Minor League: 5th and 6th grade
- Major League: 7th, 8th, and 9th grade
Q: My child is new to baseball, can he/she still participate in AABA?
A: Absolutely! AABA is for all kids of all skill levels. At the beginning of each season there is a “Spring Training” that they can attend that will go over hitting, fielding, and pitching and during the season all teams do some form of practice either during the nights when there isn’t a game scheduled or an hour before their scheduled games.
Q: What are Player Evaluations? Do kids get cut?
A: Player evaluations are a team balancing mechanism intended to match players with more experience with those who might not have as much playing experience, creating overall teams that match up well across the entire league. No player is ever cut and all players are assigned to a team!
Q: When are games typically scheduled?
A: Games are played during the week (with the exception of Super Saturday and the Summer Classic) according to league as follows:
- Northwoods League: Mondays and Wednesdays, starting times at 5pm or 7pm
- Minor League: Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting times at 5pm or 7pm
- Major League: Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting times at 5pm, 6pm, or 7pm
Q: What is Summer Classic?
A: The Summer Classic is a mid-season “mini” tournament intended to introduce the players to tournament play and to provide a small break to the season. The Summer Classic is a new event that will be coordinated with sponsors and will offer food and other entertainment that should make for an exciting weekend. Watch for more details on our Calendar!
Q: Is winning and losing important? Is there some sort of playoffs at the end of the season?
A: Winning and losing is only as important as you want it to be for your child. The AABA “house” league is intended to be an instructional league meant to introduce kids to the joy of baseball and to teach them the skills required to play at a higher level as they progress. Every team makes the playoffs at the end of the year and are seeded by record.