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Raptors AA - Information

Practice Commitment: 
  • Teams practice twice a week for one hour locally in or around the Castle Rock area.  ​
    • 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 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 appropriate (douglas county or Town of Castle Rock) weather line for updates
Game Commitment:
  • There are two games per weekend and can be scheduled on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Most teams will have one game on Saturday and one game on Sunday per weekend during the season
    • Games are held around the Denver metro area
    • Raptors teams plays against other club member teams in the AYL, including other Raptors teams
    • Raptors home game fields are the Douglas County Fairgrounds fields and Metzler Ranch
    • Most coaches ask and athletes are expected to arrive one hour prior to game time to warm up
    • AYL will reschedule weather related cancelations pending schedule optimization and will post through League Athletics site
    • AYL Baseball is committed to the experience of the season and will cancel games at it's discretion with weather related issues.
    • All game changes are updated and posted in League Athletics
    • All teams in AA will participate in the season end double emlimination tournament. This is not optional and it is expected that the athlete will be available to play with their team through the end of June 2022.
      • ​It is expected that any summer vacations will not be taken until the conclusion of the baseball season.
Team Formation:  There are no try-outs for this level, however assessments will be held in mid january to make sure players are assigned to the appropriate level
  • Returning head coaches are granted returning players to their team
    • Returning Head Coaches will recieve a discount on their season fees for graciously volunteering to coach
    • Returning assistant coaches will also recieve a partial discount for returning to assistant coaching duties. 
      • Roster availability for new athletes to returning coaches is screened based on registration questionnaire, playing assessments and matched accordingly with communication of the head coach prior to placement
      • Athletes will be 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
    • ​New Head coaches will recieve a discount on their season fees for graciously volunteering to coach
      • Coach receives immediate access to roster to begin communications 
      • Team roster is filled based on registration questionnaire and 
  • Once a team/s for a particular age group are full, interested athletes will be rostered on a wait list
Levels of Competition:
  • AA National: Athlete has experience playing with beginning knowledge base of the game, and skill set who is looking to become part of a more competitive and committed team.  This is the next advance up from recreation baseball.  If the team wins the AYL World Series at the National level, they must move up to American the following season.
  • AA American: Athlete is experienced with prior season playing in the AYL, or coming from a higher competitive level and solid base in knowledge and understanding of the game.  Committed and building a stronger skill set to be more advance.  The next advance after this level is AAA.