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Wheatland Athletics

Competitive Minors - Age 9-10


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Program Information

About Minors Baseball

Minors Baseball is a competitive baseball program for 9 and 10 year old players (age as of May 1, 2022) who are looking for increased competition over what recreational baseball provides, but without the increased commitment that travel baseball requires.  Highly competitive players are encouraged to play up one year but must both meet the age requirement within 12 months of May 1st (ie. 8 years old by May 1, 2022) of the upcoming year and score within the top 50% of tryout participants to be considered for the draft pool. 

Teams will be led by volunteer coaches dedicated to helping players improve their skills while abiding by WAA’s Code of Conduct.  Although competitive, a continued emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of the game within a framework of teamwork, competition, and sportsmanship over a 14-game regular season and minimum 3 game postseason.  Players pitch the entire game and regulation baseballs are used. 

For further details in reference to the rules, please see the  Minors rules .  Rules continue to be evaluated for the 2022 season and may change slightly.  Players must provide their own glove, cleats (molded only) and pants. WAA will provide balls, batting helmets, catcher gear, and bases for each team.  A MiLB team jersey, MiLB team hat and socks are included with the registration fee. 

All playersincluding returning players – will be required to tryout and must meet a minimum draft score to be eligible to be drafted or return to the same team. This change has been made to insure the integrity of the draft process and ensure the right skilled players are in the league.

Competitive coaches interested in being considered for a role must apply. Competitive coaches must apply: 2021 Coaching application    
  
2021 
Season Tentative Timeline

-Tryouts in March (more details below) followed by a draft and player notification by mid-March.
-Practices can begin in early April with WAA providing teams with indoor facility training time.
-Games begin in early May
-Game days scheduled for Saturday and Tuesday; Tuesday games will start at 5:45pm May, 6pm June
-Minors Picture Day - TBA   
-All-Star game- TBA
-Playoffs conclude the season by early-July
-Opportunity to participate in WAA All-Star tournament team (additional tryout and fee)   

Notification of scheduled tryout time will be sent by email and posted on the web approximately one week in advance of tryouts.
All Players must register and tryout. 

Tryout Information

Minors Tryout Information

Tryouts are planned for March 2022.  Players will be assigned a tryout time and evaluated at pitching, fielding, running and hitting using a blind tryout (no names are given to evaluators).  All players, including returning players, MUST be registered prior to March tryout.  

Players should wear gym shoes (NO CLEATS ARE ALLOWED) and a shirt without their name on it.  Bring your baseball glove, a bat (please review bat specifications below and in the WAA Minors rules), helmet and face covering. Please be sure that player name is on all equipment. 

Drafted and Returning Players
Following the draft, emails will be sent to all drafted and returning players. Parents MUST ACCEPT the position AND complete the program registration and payment within 48 hours of notice. If the registration is not completed by the stated date, a late fee will apply and/or the roster spot will be offered to another player. 

All playersincluding returning playerswill be required to tryout and must meet a minimum draft score to be eligible to be drafted or return to the same team. This change has been made to insure the integrity of the draft process and ensure the right skilled players are in the league. 

Non-drafted players:
Players may register for recreational baseball without a late fee for a limited time.

Thank you and good luck!



Congratulations On A Great Season!


Congratulations to the Iron Birds! 2021 Minors Tournament Champions!



Congratulations to the Red Wings! Finishing 1st in the Regular Season and 2nd in the Tournament!



Congratulations to the Hot Rods! Taking 2nd Place in the Regular Season!

2021 All-Star Game

Our 2021 Minor All-Stars!





               
      
2021 Minor Fastest Feet Winner:                                     2021 Minor Long Ball Winner:         
Marco Salamanca                                                                        Payton Ruth           

Registration Information

Registration Opens: January 2022

Volunteer Opportunities

WAA is a non-profit volunteer organization.  Parent volunteer coaches are needed for all teams at all levels.  Please volunteer to coach your child's team.  

Coaching Descriptions;

Head coach: 

Primary responsibility for management and motivation of the team. A solid understanding of the rules of baseball is helpful and a desire to teach baseball fundamentals to children is necessary.  Attendance at a WAA baseball coaching clinic is required. The head coach notifies all team members within 48 hours of equipment hand-out.  Provides team with roster, schedule, rulebook, and picture information. Head Coach subject to background check.

Assistant Coach:  Assists the head coach.

2021 Coach Application  

Rules, Equipment & Directions

Rules
Equipment 
  • Players provide their own glove, cleats (rubber only) and white pants.
  • WAA will provide jerseys, hats and socks.
Directions

2022 Program Fees

Player fee: TBA

Player fee is due for drafted players within 48 hours of notification.  $20 late fee after 48 hour window.  

League Standings & Schedule

TBA

                                      

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Aurora, Illinois 60502

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