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Posted on: February 9, 2017

2017 Youth Competitive Baseball Key Dates Announced

The Montrose Youth Competitive Baseball League, a program through the Office of the City Manager, is pleased to announce the 2017 season key dates.  Players, ages nine to 15 who seek the opportunity to play competitively in a regionally traveling league are invited to attend player evaluations. Travel is required at the competitive level. Teams will travel to Gunnison, Telluride, Nucla/Naturita, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, Paonia, and possibly further, depending on age and division participation. Some weekday travel is required.


Registration

Baseball registration will begin March 1 and end April 5. Late registrations will not be accepted under any circumstances. The total registration fee is $100 per player. The $95 player fee (discounting the $5 administrative fee) will be refunded in the case a player is not recommended to participate at the competitive level. Visit www.cityofmontrose.org/baseball for more information on registration.


New Parent Orientation

A new parent orientation is scheduled for April 11, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Montrose Aquatic Center (25 Colorado Avenue). Note that this is the “old” recreation center building and is not the new building. The orientation is designed to outline the program’s foundation, goals, and expectations. It is a requirement for new players in the league. Parents who are unable to attend the meeting should contact the program coordinator.


Player Evaluations

All players must attend player evaluations in order to be placed on a team. Player evaluations will begin April 15 at 1 p.m. at the Sunset Mesa Sports Complex. Players will complete drills designed for coaches to assess skills and interactions and are scored anonymously. The makeup player evaluation date is April 17 at 5:30 pm and is also at the sports complex. Any changes to these dates and times will be noticed as soon as possible.


Team Draft

Coaches will conduct the team drafts on Wednesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. and teams will be announced Thursday, April 20. The draft will be held at Centennial Plaza Meeting Room, located north of City Hall at 433 S. First Street.


Practice Schedules

Practices will begin the week of April 24. Coaches will announce practice schedules. 


Opening Day

Opening day is scheduled Saturday, May 13.


End-of-Season Tournament

The league end-of-season tournament is scheduled to begin Friday, June 23 with championship games scheduled for Monday, June 26. Games may begin as early as Friday morning. Parents and coaches are encouraged to schedule accordingly.


Coaches and Umpires

For those interested in coaching or umpiring, please contact program coordinator Erica Weeks at eweeks@ci.montrose.co.us or (970) 497-8525.  Coaches must pass a background test and attend all meetings listed as a prerequisite.


Those interested in umpiring should complete the seasonal hiring application listed on the city’s website at cityofmontrose.org/jobs. Umpires are hired through a competitive process and are also subject to background reviews.


For information about the Montrose Youth Competitive Baseball League, please visit cityofmontrose.org/baseball, call (970) 497-8525, or email eweeks@ci.montrose.co.us. Follow the league on Facebook at facebook.com/MontroseYouthBaseball.


Pre-Season Hitting/Catching Clinics
The pre-season hitting/catching clinics allow players the opportunity to sharpen their skills prior to player evaluations and get back into the groove for the regular season. The clinics are also an annual fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the program to offset operating costs for the end-of-season tournament. Clinics are scheduled for February 15, March 2, and March 22, from 6 – 7:15 p.m. Clinics are held at the Montrose High School Indoor Hitting Facility, located off Townsend Avenue next to the high school’s practice gym (beside the baseball field). Each clinic is $30 or players may attend all three for $80.00 Registration is not required, but payment is due prior to participation. Players are asked to arrive by 5:30 p.m. to check-in.

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