The Armstrong Cooper Youth Baseball Association (ACYBA) offers a complete and competitive baseball program to all boys and girls aged 13 and over of School District 281, regardless of skill level. We are committed to developing our player’s skills, teamwork and leadership while providing an environment that fosters the highest degree of participation, sportsmanship and fun.
Our Traveling division represents our highest level of competitive youth baseball. This division is ideal for the highly skilled, dedicated and driven players who wish to improve their game by playing against other highly competitive teams from around the Twin Cities.
ACYBA's traveling teams play in the Gopher State Baseball League (GSBL); a metro-wide league with participation from more than a dozen communities. Teams play a 16 game regular season with guaranteed tournaments. More information on the GSBL can be found at www. MYAS. org.
13 Year olds play on a "mid size" field - 75 foot base paths and 55 feet form the pitching mound to home plate. ACYBA has one mid size field, located at Zachary Park in Plymouth. All 13 year old traveling practices and home games are played at that field.
The 14 and 15 year old teams play on full size baseball fields - 90 foot base paths and 60 feet from the mound to home plate. These teams practice and play at fields throughout our boundaries. See our Field Information page for more info.
The teams that comprise the traveling leagues are determined by MYAS and roughly equal high school conferences. Each age group has slightly different opponents due to the number of teams at each level. A typical schedule has an equal number of home and away games. The list below is an overview of teams and communities that ACYBA traveling teams compete against, some at our fields and some away games:
Brooklyn Area (Brooklyn Center/Brooklyn Park)
Traveling teams also play several weekend tournaments throughout the season, and traveling players are charged an additional fee to cover the cost of those tournaments. The fee is collected at the time of registration and taken from your account after tryouts and the traveling teams are formed. In past years, the additional fee for a traveiling team to cover the cost of tournaments and additional expenses has averaged $ 175.
Additional information can be found on the "Traveling" page of our website. The current season weekend tournaments and game scheduled will be posted there when available (typically in mid-April).
Our 13U through 15U House divisions have a 14-16 game regular season, played on fields throughout the district, and occasionally outside of the district. This level of play is ideally suited for the player who wants well-organized, competitive, baseball, with fewer weekend commitments.
We use a “community based” model to form our house teams. Communities include Plymouth/New Hope, Robbinsdale, Crystal, and Golden Valley. Players are grouped together in loose geographic boundaries and play with others close to where they live. We strive to create very balanced teams and boundaries are created to help us reach this goal.
13U teams will be scheduled on intermediate size fields when available. All 14/15U teams play on full sized fields and we do our best to schedule games and practices close to a teams “home”, helping make transportation a little easier.