RAAA offers opportunities for boys 5 to 14 years of age to participate in baseball during the summer (note: visit our Fall Baseball page for more information regarding Fall baseball options). Each year we look to increase their knowledge of the game as they continue to build their skills/abilities. At younger age levels, the focus is to learn, grow and have fun. However, at the older levels (9U and up), we begin to offer competitive baseball but continue to provide opportunities to learn and develop.
For information about Rockford School Baseball (starting in 7th grade) and baseball for ages 15/16, please see the information on our School/Legion Baseball page , which includes our Policy regarding playing School/RAAA Baseball as well as a information regarding Legion and Jr. Legion Baseball.
T-Ball – Age 5 years old (Current Pre-schoolers, need to be 5 by September 1 of this year): Introduction to baseball and basic skill development.
Rookie Ball (Coach Pitch/T-Ball) – Age 6-7 years old (Current Kindergartners and 1st Graders): Here we begin the transition from T-Ball to Pitched Baseball.
Machine Pitch League – Primarily Age 8 (Current 2nd Graders). Though depending on registration numbers, 7 and/or 9 year olds could be flexed to these teams. This is a league with Hanover/Corcoran where the ball is pitched by a machine.
Starting at 9 years of age (3rd grade), players will participate in our Crow River League or Willie Mays League with surrounding communities (Annandale, Glencoe, Hanover, Howard Lake-WW, Hutchinson, Lester Prairie, Maple Lake, Norword-YA, Watertown, etc.) with teams being created based on evaluations and placed in the most appropriate level based on their abilities, as we want to ensure boys have fun and are safe. The Crow River league has traveling/REC team options at all levels: 10U, 12U, and 14U programs.
In general, RAAA Baseball attempts to create a Traveling Team (AA) at each age/grade level (i.e., 9A, 10AA, 11AA, 12AA, 13AA, 14AA) as well as a REC (A) team(s) at the “even years” for those that did not make the Traveling team (i.e., Willie Mays for 9-10 year olds, 12A for 11-12 year olds, 14A for 13-14 year olds).
Each level will have games/practices twice a week and approximately 12-14 games, in addition to tournaments where noted. Season begins with practices starting mid-April with games starting early May ending mid-July.
***Please note for the age levels below, teams play with surrounding communities and scheduling becomes more varied, therefore, we do not guarantee specific days of the week for each age levels. Here are some key points:
Breakdown of Age Levels
9U/10U Program – Age 9 and 10 years old (Current 3rd and 4th Graders)
9A Team (9 year olds/3rd graders only) – Traveling
10AA Team (10 year old/4th graders only) – Traveling
Willie Mays Team (10 and 9 year olds) – Developmental
12U Program – Age 11 and 12 years old (Current 5th and 6th Graders)
11AA Team (11 year olds/Current 5th graders only) - Traveling
12AA Team (12 year olds/Current 6th graders only) - Traveling
12A Team (11 and 12 year Olds) – Developmental
14U program: Age 13 and 14 years old (Current 7th and 8th Graders).
IMPORTANT: In general, players who do NOT play School Baseball are not eligible for Traveling team, depending on registration numbers.
13AA Team (13 year old/Current 7th graders only) - Traveling
14AA Team (14 year old/Current 8th graders only) - Traveling
14A Team (13 and 14 year Olds) – Developmental
Please Note: Ideal team size is 11 to 12 players on a team, especially for traveling teams. However, based on registration numbers and/or evaluation scores, the Baseball directors may need to revise their approach in order to create teams that put players in best situation to be successful. This could result in less/more teams at one particular level, a player moving up a team level or working with surrounding communities to form a team. In unique situations, RAAA Baseball may also move a team to the Gopher State League, if for example, Crow River does not have enough teams to create a league.