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VAA Player Development

For any VAA baseball team - ANY - the age cutoff is MAY 1.  For example, if your child is ten before May 1 of the year, they will play in the Minors (see In-House Baseball Program tab above for a description of Minors division).  If this same child turns 11 AFTER May 1, no matter, they will still play in Minors that season.  The following season, they will then advance to Majors.  Rarely a child will not play in their respective age group.  The Baseball Commissioners must approve exceptions. Once you determine your child's league age, there are two options for youth baseball players in VAA.

The first option is our in-house baseball program - the backbone of our baseball organization. This community-based league generally plays games on weekdays and Saturdays from late March/early April through June. 

The second option is travel baseball. From ages 7-12, this season runs concurrently with the in-house program. However, to play travel baseball, you must play in-house baseball.  Why? For two reasons.   First, the more players who play in-house, the better the competition and experience. We are a small community and need all the eligible players to come out and play within the community. Second, our national organization, Cal Ripken, mandates that all district tournament players also play in-house baseball (mainly for the same reason - to build the community program from within). Travel teams who enter the Cal Ripken Tournament also participate in the in-house program.

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