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MBA - Tonka 13AA Blue - June 28, 22 Update  (from MBA website)
by posted 06/28/2022

Hi, there are no formal practices this week due to lack of field availability.  Also, we are getting close to state tournament time – please make sure you have your hotels booked and let me know if you want a shirt.  I need to order in groups of 8.  As we get closer and understand game times, I’ll work to ensure we have meals figured out.  

This Week:

Game: Thursday, June 30th:  6:00 PM game time against Hopkins Blue.  Game at Minnetonka Guilliam 12101 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka

Next Week:

  • Game:  Wednesday, July 6th  6:00 PM game time against Hopkins Blue.  Game at Minnetonka Guilliam 12101 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka
  • Batting Practice: Thursday,  July 7th,  6:30-7:30 Freeman 2, Cage 1
  • Game TBD:  Friday, July 8th   - Sunday, July 10th, State Tournament Mankato,  Game times TBD

State Tournament News:

 The souvenir MBT CHAMPIONSHIP SHIRTS will NOT be for sale at the Tournament sites. There will be an online store for the t-shirts. I have attached information about the MBT State Tournament T-shirts and also the link to the online store. MBT Team Store | Product categories | Streamline Design (streamlinedesignusa.com)  The MBT T-shirt online store link can also be found on the MBT Homepage Updates and the Who’s Playing page.

              Action Required:  Please let me know if you want a T-shirt and we can order as a team and get a discounted price. They current require ordering a minimum of 8 shirts (until after July 30th). 

 Tournament Hotel Information

GSTC Mankato Hotel

We have our 2-night room block secured for Courtyard Marriot Mankato for Gopher State Tournament of Champions (GSTC) weekend of 7/8-7/10.  The other 13AA team will also be staying at this hotel.

This is a significant rate reduction of $159/night (Regular rate is $265 right now). They will try their best to accommodate 2 queen rooms, but this also could be a King + sofa bed. First come, first served so book ASAP if you want two queens!

Action: By June 7th, reserve your room using THIS LINK

·        we have 14 rooms total, for families requiring more than one room

·        group name: Minnetonka 13AA

·        call hotel with questions: 507-388-1234

·        hotel address: 901 Raintree Road Mankato, Minnesota 56001

 MBT: Lakeville

I have held a block of 14 rooms at AmericInn Hotel and Suites of Apple Valley for this tournament (approx. 10 minutes from the field). You are welcome to stay 1 or 2 nights.  The rate is $165 per night for a 2 queen bedroom. Suites are also available.

  • Action:  By June 17th reserve your room by calling 952-431-3800
  • Group Name: Minnetonka 13 AA Blue
  • Dates: July 15th & 16th (Two Nights)
  • Rates: $165.00 & $180.00 Plus Tax Per Night 
  • Room Types: Traditional Rooms with Two Queen Beds and Two Bedroom Suites
  • To Reserve Call:  952-431-3800

 
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Tonka 13AA Blue - June 22, 22 Update  (from MBA website)
by posted 06/22/2022

Congrats to the boys on another 1st place tournament win!  See details below for upcoming games, state tournament shirts and other information.  

This Week:

  1. Game Tonight, Wednesday, June 22nd  8:00 PM Game Time against Richfield at Richfield Donaldson Park.
    1.  Pitchers need to bring molded (plastic) cleats, turf shoes or tennis shoes.  Metal cleats are not allowed on the mound
  2. Batting Practice – Thursday June 23 – 6:30-7:30 Freeman Cage 1  sign up for batting window here - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084EABAD2DAAF49-tonka
  3. No tournament this weekend – enjoy!

 Next Week:

  • Game: Thursday, June 30th:  6:00 PM game time against Hopkins Blue.  Game at Minnetonka Guilliam 12101 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka
  • Practices TBD

Other News:

*Annual Deer Run Golf Tournament Fundraiser*

  • The annual event was a huge success!
  • Thanks to everyone who donated, attended, and bid on items in the silent auction.
  • Silent auction winners will receive receipts his week, and items must be picked up Wednesday, June 29th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm at Veteran's Field at Minnetonka High School

State Tournament News:

 The souvenir MBT CHAMPIONSHIP SHIRTS will NOT be for sale at the Tournament sites. There will be an online store for the t-shirts. I have attached information about the MBT State Tournament T-shirts and also the link to the online store. MBT Team Store | Product categories | Streamline Design (streamlinedesignusa.com)  The MBT T-shirt online store link can also be found on the MBT Homepage Updates and the Who’s Playing page.

              Action Required:  Please let me know if you want a T-shirt and we can order as a team and get a discounted price. They current require ordering a minimum of 8 shirts (until after July 30th). 

 

Tournament Hotel Information

GSTC Mankato Hotel

We have our 2-night room block secured for Courtyard Marriot Mankato for Gopher State Tournament of Champions (GSTC) weekend of 7/8-7/10.  The other 13AA team will also be staying at this hotel.

This is a significant rate reduction of $159/night (Regular rate is $265 right now). They will try their best to accommodate 2 queen rooms, but this also could be a King + sofa bed. First come, first served so book ASAP if you want two queens!

Action: By June 7th, reserve your room using THIS LINK

·        we have 14 rooms total, for families requiring more than one room

·        group name: Minnetonka 13AA

·        call hotel with questions: 507-388-1234

·        hotel address: 901 Raintree Road Mankato, Minnesota 56001

 MBT: Lakeville

I have held a block of 14 rooms at AmericInn Hotel and Suites of Apple Valley for this tournament (approx. 10 minutes from the field). You are welcome to stay 1 or 2 nights.  The rate is $165 per night for a 2 queen bedroom. Suites are also available.

  • Action:  By June 17th reserve your room by calling 952-431-3800
  • Group Name: Minnetonka 13 AA Blue
  • Dates: July 15th & 16th (Two Nights)
  • Rates: $165.00 & $180.00 Plus Tax Per Night 
  • Room Types: Traditional Rooms with Two Queen Beds and Two Bedroom Suites
  • To Reserve Call:  952-431-3800

 
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Tonka 13AA Blue - Taffe -- Minneapolis Tournament Updates  (from MBA website)
by posted 06/16/2022

Hi everyone,

A few updates on times/locations and details for the tournament this weekend. 

 

Parents will need to sign a waiver for the tournament.  Please make sure you stop and see Joe tonight at batting practice to sign.

 

Tournament – Minneapolis Bossen Field Complex  5701 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis MN

  • Friday, June 17th  6:00 PM GAME against the Shokopee Sabers at Bossen Field #7  (new field #)
  • Saturday June 18th, 12:30 PM GAME against St. Paul Highland Park – Field #5  (new time and field #)
  • Potential future games – Saturday 6:00 PM, Sunday 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM

 

Food: We are not doing concessions for this tournament so feel free to bring in coolers of water, gatorade, whatever you’d like. Therefore we will not have ice on site. Please plan ahead as far as injuries  We will however have a food truck, Ginger Snap’d so please plan on giving her some business while you’re here! She’s new and very excited to be partnering with us. Her menu is below. Fried Flour tacos, nachos, wings, taco egg roll, fries, drinks.

 

Heat

We follow the MYAS heat index guidelines with some modification. This means we will suspend play if the heat index exceeds 104 F. MYAS guidelines for heat index of 100-104 include a provision for mandatory water breaks. We consider baseball to have built-in water breaks for the hitting team, but we reserve the right to pause for a water break if a half-inning is excessively long (>15 min?)

 

In-Game Procedure - Rules Disputes

 

The tournament's namesake, Art Harlow, believed in playing the game with dignity and properly. We all are aware I’m sure of how hard umps are to come by these days. I IMPLORE you to please remind your parents, yourselves and your fellow coaches that these are 13 year olds. This is supposed to be fun. You are setting an example for your kid as well as the entire team of kids of how to treat other humans. And yes. The ump might make a mistake. But that does not give you the right to treat that person poorly, and that doesn’t accomplish anything anyway except making them feel bad, and who wants that? 

 

Judgement calls cannot be disputed. However, if you disagree with the umpire on rules interpretation and cannot come to a resolution, ask for a ruling from the Site Director. Play will be suspended, as will the game clock, and the Site Director will discuss the play with the umpire and both Head Coaches. The Site Director's ruling will be final.


 
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