Parents of WYAL/ERAA/WAA travel baseball players:
Recently, the directors of all 3 travel baseball associations in Woodbury have been made aware of the attempt that "club" teams have been making towards starting a summer league for these teams. Based on the recent Travel Director's meeting for the Metro Baseball League, we agreed that the stance toward these teams, in relation to our community-based teams will be as listed below.
Please know that these will be drafted in our bylaws as the stance that all 3 associations will have:
* If a player has tried out for one of the associations and been placed on a team in the fall, that player will be unable to play on any "club" team during the regular "season" of the community-based team. This "season" is dictated by the start of the league regular season (late April) through the completion of all 3 state tournaments (MBT/GSTC/MSF), which is late July.
* If a player is known to have played with a "club" team during that "season," the association has the ability to declare that player ineligible to play for the community-based team for the remainder of that "season." All 3 associations will work together to determine if a player has played with a "club" team before that player is declared ineligible.
* If a player is on a roster of a "club" team, that "club" team is considered, at a minimum, to be considered a 'AAA' team. Any player that is on a community-based team that is below the 'AAA' level is ineligible to be on a roster of a 'A' or 'AA' team and on the roster of a "club" team during the regular "season" as being on a "club" team roster disqualifies that player from playing at a level below 'AAA.'
* The 3 travel directors have worked with the City of Woodbury to keep "club" team off of fields within the City of Woodbury during the regular "season."
* The wishes of the 3 travel directors is that the "season" is for community-based teams. We are not interested in eliminating "club" teams, nor are we interested in competing with them. In fact, we believe that "club" teams have a positive purpose, but during the time between the end of the regular "season" and mid-April.
* Older players may "double-roster" with community-based travel teams and community-based teams such as VFW, Senior Babe Ruth and American Legion, provided there is a working agreement between coaches of both teams. If a player has been placed on the roster of a community-based travel baseball team, that should be the player's priority.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your association's baseball director.