The Edina Baseball Association provides opportunities to play baseball for grades K-12, boys and girls, that reside in Edina, MN or attend school in Edina.

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Edina 4th-9th Grade
White (House) Baseball

A house league for players who are completing 4th-9th grade or ages 10-15 by May 1st.

 

Commissioners
4th-7th Grade –
8th/9th Grade - 

League VP 
 

 


The White (House) League is for those players and families that want to play at a competitive level, while participating in other summer activities.  Participating in a Green Traveling team requires significantly more commitment to baseball than playing in the White (House) League.  The White (House) League provides a competitive baseball experience with a reduced practice, game and tournament schedule.  While the league works to balance the skill-level of players on each team in the league, all players are encouraged to identify a primary friend and a secondary set of friends on the registration form to help foster a positive summer experience.  The league leadership and coaches will work through the draft process to group players where possible while maintaining focus on creating balanced teams.  The season will include approximately 16 games.  Depending on the number of teams at each age group, the league may include house teams from other southwest metro communities to provide multiple teams of competition while allowing the teams to play in or as close as possible to the city of Edina.  The season will conclude with a league ending tournament.

Division Classifications

For the White House League, players will play at their current school grade.  Divisions are defined as follows:
4th & 5th Grade Division
6th & 7th Grade Division
8th & 9th Grade Division

 

Evaluations
In order to form balanced teams, players should attend an evaluation session based on their registered grade:

DATE

DAY

GRADE

OBJECTIVE

LOCATION

TIME

April 9

Sunday

4th-5th

EVALUATION

EDINA DOME

8:00-10:00am

April 9

Sunday

6th-7th

EVALUATION

EDINA DOME

9:30-11:00am

April 9

Sunday

8th-9th

EVALUATION

EDINA DOME

10:30am-noon


Players who try-out for the Green League, but are not selected for a Green Travel team do not need to attend a White House evaluation session.  All players who sign up to play in the White House division are required to attend a White House evaluation session.  Evaluation scores are necessary in order to have balanced teams throughout all divisions. Please ensure that all players attend either the Green Travel tryout or a White House evaluation session.
 

Team Formation

The EBA strives to form equitable teams of 13-14 players in the White House division, depending on the total registrations at each age level. White teams are equitably formed, to the best of the EBA’s ability, from a pool of players spanning two grades (4th/5th grade; 6th/7th grade; 8th/9th grade). Teams ideally will have a combination of players from each grade. Each team will play a regular league schedule of about 16 games plus a league ending tournament.

In addition, the EBA will assist in finding tournaments for interested White House league teams. If a coach and team are interested in playing in a weekend tournament, payment of tournament fees must be made prior to the EBA registering a White House team into a tournament. Please contact your league commissioner for further information on participating in a weekend tournament.

Volunteer coaches will work to create balanced teams in the team draft process.

Equal Playing Time

It is the policy of the EBA that all players, regardless of their current skill level, should have an equal opportunity to develop their skills to their fullest. Every player can expect an equal share of playing time and at bats because only through experience and practice can we help our players to progress. Likewise the association has a policy requiring player rotation to assure that every player is required to play 2 of 3 positions in the field (pitch/catch, infield and outfield) positions during each game. Every coach is made aware of the batting, playing time and position rotation rules specific to his age level and will ensure that every player on the team is given an equal opportunity to develop a well-rounded set of fundamental baseball skills.  Coaches are afforded latitude to temporarily reduce time for players with conduct issues or a distinct lack of commitment to the team.

Schedule

Practices will begin in April. League games and practices will be predominantly on weeknights as well as weekends in May. However, rain outs and other scheduling issues may require play on weekends in June and July. Coaches can add additional practices/events, as they like.

Within the 4th & 5th Grade Division White League only, schedules will be set for Mon/Wed or Tues/Thu practices and games throughout the season. Any preference on days needs to be noted during initial registration, or the player will be placed in the open pool for drafting.

 

Program Goals
Key goals of the EBA’s White (House) program are:

  • Provide the opportunity for those interested in playing baseball, to participate at a competitive level with less commitment than required in the Green Traveling League.
  • Provide developmental opportunities for players to improve based on their interest.
  • Seek to maximize the potential of every player in the program.
  • Provide the opportunity for competitive fun, achievement and excellence - personal and team - at all levels.
  • Foster the importance of teamwork and the understanding that all team members play an integral part in the success of the team.
  • Display good sportsmanship and high standards.

 

Scholarship Information

The EBA believes that no young baseball player should ever be denied the opportunity to play baseball because of temporary family economic problems, so scholarships are available in these situations. Click here for more information.

 

Coach Selection

The White House League depends on volunteer coaches. Anyone interested in coaching a team must check the appropriate area on the registration form. It is the intent of the EBA to select team coaches that are: (1) knowledgeable of the game, (2) good teachers - will help improve and develop all players, (3) objective / fair (able to see the big picture) and (4) will positively represent Edina and Edina Baseball.  Register to coach.

Coaches will be selected based on demonstrating the following attributes:

  • Committed to creating a positive baseball experience for players and families
  • Strong baseball acumen with a demonstrated ability to interact well and motivate players
  • Strong player development skill that utilizes players in different positions, coaches the right techniques and works with the players on improving. Has demonstrated achievement with player development in the past
  • Track record of managing playing time to balance player development and winning
  • Prioritizes player and team development in order instill a competitive spirit in all players
  • Keeps good records – player stats collected and shared with players as appropriate
  • Provides player evaluation / feedback during and at end of season
  • Is objective, fair and equitable to all players
  • Track record of safety, health and well-being of players as top priority
  • Commitment - time and energy
  • Coach's interest and ability to support "Edina Way" including managing the "player commitment" requirements
  • Positive past parent reviews
  • Effective and consistent communicator
  • Strong track record of good sportsmanship
  • Strong ethics, integrity -- makes the right decisions
  • Ability to positively represent community

 

Thank you for your interest in Edina White (House) baseball. We look forward to providing a great experience for all players.