The sound of a bat cracking a baseball. The thud of a ball landing in a glove. The cheers of parents and friends echoing across a ballfield. The unmistakable shrieks of kids having the time of their lives.
“I love the tournaments, they’re a great time where you get to spend a whole weekend with your team and your buddies having fun, trying to do your best and win the tournament.”—Will Steingas, Minnetonka player, MBT participant
Baseball and summer go hand-in-hand and as the calendar moves deep into June, here is a reminder that Minnesota Baseball Tournaments are in full swing and are ramping up to the MBT State Tournaments in July and the August Classic.
“The MBT tournaments are great, I like to travel and meet other coaches, the amount of different teams and different players is awesome to see—the competition in the tournaments is awesome, both coaches and players learn a lot from the MBT tournament games.”—Armando Santiago Toledo, Minneapolis Coach, MBT participant
Some key dates are just ahead to make sure your team qualifies for the 2022 MBT State Championships.
First off, how does a team qualify for the Minnesota Baseball Tournament’s State Championships? There are two different ways to qualify:
- Earn an MBT berth at a qualifying tournament. Generally, you would need to be a top two (2) finisher in most tournaments, if the 1st or 2nd place team has already earned a berth, the next place team down to 4th place can be given the berth. Earning the berth allows you access, by turning your entry form into MBT by the end of the day on June 20th (for 10-15 “AAA” Teams, 10A, 12A, 13A & 14 “AA” Teams) Entry form for all 9AAA, 9-13 “AA”, 15 “AA”, 11A & 14/15 “A” teams must be turned in by the end of the day on June 22nd. (If playing in a June 24-26 tournament, an entry form must be emailed/faxed to us by 10:00 am on Monday June 27th.
- Having your at-large registration and payment into the MBT office and then being awarded an at-large berth. Once you qualify, send the following information to MBT by the required dates! 1) Email the Entry Form to MBT that was in your MBT Berth Envelope 2) Have the Roster-Waiver Form Completed and signed (Online Roster Form) 3) Submit the proper Entry Fee 4) PLEASE MAKE COPIES OF ALL FORMS AND KEEP WITH YOU! MBT, 1525 E. Highway 13, Burnsville, MN 55337 Fax: 952-746-5140
Here is a comprehensive list of when and where the Minnesota Baseball Tournaments State Championships are being played, with distinctions for age and classification.
Information on the Minnesota Baseball Tournaments online store can be found here.
“It’s really fun to get to play all of these different teams and get to know all of these different coaches from around the area that you wouldn’t normally get to see. The tournaments are run really well.”—Rob Thompson, Lakeville Coach
“These tournaments give great life lessons, how to win, how to lose, showing respect for coaches and other players, how to interact with other teams, it helps them develop as people as well as giving the kids something to strive for.”—Tom Tangeman, Minneapolis Parent
The Minnesota Baseball Tournaments are a fun and exciting highlight of the summer for youth baseball players in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Summer is all about making memories and friendships, and Minnesota Baseball Tournaments provides plenty of both. Make sure your team is registered and qualified and don’t miss out on making spectacular summer memories!