Niskayuna Baseball : Cal Ripken AAA

Monday, April 22



Sunday, March 17
Tryouts Schedule
AAA Tryouts Schedule

Baseball Tryout Times are set for Majors, AAA and the following Travel Teams: 12U, 11U, 10U, 9U and 8U.  If you didn't get an email, contact the registrar:

Tryouts are Saturday March 23 at the Union Memorial Field House.   Please arrive 15-30 minutes early to sign in, get your draft number and warm up.  Remember to bring water.

Players should be prepared for hitting in a batting cage and fielding while being observed by Managers and Coaches.  Additionally there will be opportunity to demonstrate pitching and playing the catcher position.

TRAVEL TRYOUT NOTE:  All players trying out for travel MUST bring two copies of their birth certificate with them to the tryouts. This information is needed by the Empire State Baseball League, who organizes the travel league. No exceptions.  All players trying out for travel MUST be registered and paid for recreational league baseball prior to the travel tryouts and not have an outstanding balance from a previous season. No exceptions. You can log on to your registration account to check your balance.
If you have any questions between now and tryout, please feel free to contact Brud Cutting - Travel and All-Stars Coordinator:

RECREATIONAL NOTE:  The Tryout is an opportunity for Managers and Coaches to evaluate a player's skill level.  Everyone will make a team, in either Majors or AAA.  However this allows the Managers to draft players and keep teams fair and balanced, as well as the leagues competitive.  The draft will be held in a few weeks, and team announcements will be made shortly after.

If you can not attend for your Time slot, or have questions on the draft please contact the Registrar.


Monday, March 11
AAA 2013 Draft
The draft for 2013 AAA will be Saturday March 23, 2013.  Time Slots TBA.   Location: Union Field House.

Tentative Schedule:

8:15-10:15       AAA including 10U and 9U travel tryouts. (10 yr olds, 9 yr olds, 11 yr olds)
10:30- 12:30    Majors including 11U tryouts (11 yr olds then 12 yr olds)
12-30-2:00       8U tryouts


Every player will have an opportunity to hit in a batting cage and field while being observed by the AAA Managers and their assistants.   Players will also have a chance to pitch and catch.

A few days later, AAA managers and assistants as orchestrated by the GM of Cal Ripken and VP of Niskayuna Baseball will hold a draft.

The managers will agree on draft rounds for Manager and Coaches sons or daughters, and then the draft is held round by round in a serpentine order.  (The draft order reverses every other round.)

Based on the draft, the registration will be updated, players assigned to their teams, and several days later, teams will be announced.  Managers at that point will schedule practices.

This draft process is used to keep the teams balanced and the league competitive. 

This works really well, and leads to a fun time for players, parents and fans.  Playoffs are usually very competitive and its not uncommon for the last seed to win it all!