Online team registration for the AYL league begins October 15, 2022 (contact Raptors Baseball Director for team pricing). Teams must be fully registered online by Jan 10th. Returning teams from the previous season will be granted higher priority over new teams wishing to play AYL League/ Raptors baseball. Limited amount of space is available due to field limitations so teams should contact the Raptors Baseball Director ASAP to get more information and to be added to the program.
Effective 2021 season, Raptors will allow/accept independent pass thru baseball teams to play AYL league (see AYL baseball roster rules). Please contact our Volunteer Baseball Director to find out team fees and registration deadlines.
AAA/Majors teams wanting to play AYL league games will have higher priority than pass-thru teams.
2023 AAA/Majors Season Overview (Ages 8 - 13)
League games will start in the week of March 27, 2023 for all ages, games will be played Monday through Thursday. The league has determined the nights of play by age, they are as follows: Tuesday's ages: 9 & 10, Wednesday's ages: 8 & 13 and Thursday's ages: 11 & 12. The league will attempt to over-schedule games on all playable days/dates within the online described league calendar (listed on the AYL Baseball homepage).
Ages 8 and 9 AAA/MAJ league games will conclude with Championships played on June 15, 2023.
Ages 10-13 AAA/MAJ league games will conclude with Championships played on June 1, 2021.
There are no bye requests for regular season or playoff games.
Any team that is unavailable for the playoffs or World Series due to outside tournament conflicts or travel will be removed from the end of season AYL playoffs.
The division size(s) (number of teams) will be determined by the AYL BOD. All teams will be reviewed and seeded to determine the appropriate participation level for each team.
At the conclusion of the regular season play, all teams will participate in a single elimination playoff. The playoffs will begin in late May and conclude by the end of June. Trophies will be awarded to the top 2 teams participating in the World Series game. There are no trophies for regular season finish.
The above described season is subject to change at any time by the AYL Baseball BOD.
Pricing for a team wishing to play AAA/Majors within the AYL AAA league is $4000 per team. All costs are to be collected by the coach and one lump sum payment to be made for the team as a whole.
AAA / MAJORS - Basic Information
AAA / Major teams receive two (2) 90 minute practice slots in or around the Castle Rock area per week. If additioanl practice times are available, they may be requested at an additional fee.
Head coach may issue additional indoor/outdoor practice outside of the Raptors schedule at the team cost
Practices are not scheduled on game nights
Please arrive to practice on time as teams move on and off the field on the hour
Practice schedule is updated weekly and sent to the head coach and designated assistant coaches for communication
Canceled practices by the Raptors due to weather or game related make-ups will not be rescheduled unless optimal
Practice schedule will change when permit availability drops in late spring
We do our best to ensure that team practice slots are consistent; however, there are times where you may be switching fields and times that were different from the prior week
There is no trespassing on any field that is locked
If weather is inclement, please call the weather line for updates
AAA teams will have one game scheduled per week on the following days with the AYL season: Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Major teams are scheduled one game per week every Wednesday - See season dates under the home tab and click AAA / Majors info
Teams do have the potential to play double headers when scheduling presents that need.
All game changes are updated and posted in League Athletics
AYL Baseball is committed to the experience of the season and will cancel games at it's discretion with weather related issues
AYL will reschedule weather related cancelations pending schedule optimization and will post through League Athletics site
Most coaches ask athletes to arrive one hour prior to game time to warm up
Most games are scheduled at either 5:30 or 7:30 - daylight savings may effect game times to earlier or later for fields with no lights, or high school schedules
Raptors territory home game fields are Metzler's and Douglas County Fairgrounds
AAA / Majors teams plays against other club member teams in the AYL, and could be other teams within the Raptors territory
Games are held around the Denver metro area
Team Formation:All Athletes Must Try Out For Team Placement
Returning head coaches are granted returning players to their team
Roster availability for new athletes is designated by the head coach. Raptors excutives will have no bearing on placement on AAA teams as the team coaching staff will have the final word on roster.
Athlete is added to roster once notification of confirmation is received
New head coaches interested are required to fill out coaching documents including application and subject to background check
Team roster is filled based on coach discretion
Coach receives immediate access to roster to begin communications
Once a team/s for a particular age group are full, interested athletes will be rostered on a wait list
Teams at this level are not required to wear Raptors uniforms or gear
If athlete does not make a AAA/Majors team, they can still be placed at the AA level
Levels of Competition:
AAA National: Teams that compete at this level have advanced through the AA American season, or head coach has selected athletes for their roster to play at this competitive level. Teams at this level of play also compete in weekend tournaments around the state and potentially out of state. If the team wins the AYL World Series at the National level, they must move up to American the following season.
AAA American: Teams at this level have advanced experience. They compete in the AYL season in additional tournaments around the state and may compete out of state. The next advance after this level is Majors.
MAJORS: Highest level of play. These teams are the most elite and play at the highest level for the season. In addition, teams at this level travel to compete in tournaments around the state and out of state.
Please note 2023 will be the last year for pass through teams with Raptors. Our AYL programs have gown to the point where teams will be required to play within the AYL to have access to practice facilities.
A pass thru team is any team that is wanting to rent practice facilities from Raptors without playing in AYL's AAA league.
Pass thru teams can request request for one or two 90 minute practice slots per week from March through early July.
Due to being tournament only teams, the pass thru teams will be scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesday or Thursday practices only, unless otherwise requested.
AA and AYL AAA teams will recieve priority in practice times scheduled throughout the year.
Pass thru teams will typically practice at the following times:
7U - 8U 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
9U - 10U 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm unless earlier times are available
11U - 14U 8:00 pm - 9:30pm unless earlier times are available
Pass thru teams will need to have fields paid in full as of February 13, 2023 in order
Pricing for a team wishing to be a pass thru team is $1200 for one day of practice and $2000 for two days per week. All costs are to be collected by the coach and one lump sum payment to be made for the team as a whole.