AAA / Major teams receive from Raptors two practice slots for minimum one hour locally in or around the Castle Rock area.
Head coach may issue additional indoor/outdoor practice outside of the Raptors schedule at the team cost
Practices are not scheduled on game nights
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 by the Raptors 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
AAA teams has one game scheduled per week on the following days with the AYL season: Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. Major teams are scheduled one game per week every Wednesday - See season dates under the home tab and click AAA / Majors info
Games are held around the Denver metro area
AAA / Majors teams plays against other club member teams in the AYL, and could be other teams within the Raptors territory
Raptors territory home game fields are Metzler's and Douglas County Fairgrounds
Most games are scheduled at either 5:30 or 7:30 - daylight savings may effect game times to earlier or later for fields with no lights, or high school schedules
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:All Athletes Must Try Out For Team Placement
Returning head coaches are granted returning players to their team
Roster availability for new athletes is designated by the head coach. New registered athletes are screened based on registration questionnaire and matched accordingly with parent communication to head coach prior to placement if matched.
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 coach discretion
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
Teams at this level are not required to wear Raptors gear
If athlete does not make a AAA/Majors team, they can be placed at the AA level and difference in registration will be refunded
Levels of Competition:
AAA National: Teams that compete at this level have advanced through the AA season, or head coach has selected athletes for their roster to play at this competitive level. Teams at this level of play also compete in weekend tournaments around the state and potentially out of state. If the team wins the AYL World Series at the National level, they must move up to American the following season.
AAA American: Teams at this level have advanced experience. They compete above the AYL season in additional tournaments around the state and may compete out of state. The next advance after this level is Majors.
MAJORS: Highest level of play. These teams are the most elite and play at the highest level for the season. In addition, teams at this level travel to compete in tournaments around the state and out of state.