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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 weather line for updates
Game Commitment:
  • There are two games per weekend and scheduled on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday - See season dates under the home tab and click AA info
    • 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 Metzler's and Douglas County Fairgrounds
    • Most coaches ask athletes 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
Team Formation:  There are no try-outs for this level
  • Returning head coaches are granted returning players to their team
    • Roster availability for new athletes to returning coaches is screened based on registration questionnaire and matched accordingly with parent communication and head coach prior to placement
    • 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 registration questionnaire and matched according 
    • 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
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.