Held at Prairie Island Ice Arena
Saturday, March 24
Sunday, March 25
Players should bring their glove, tennis shoes, bats (if they have one) and enthusiasm!
Dates are listed below. Ages listed are for the summer of 2018 (ie - if your son played 11U last year, he will play 12U this year; 10U is generally for 4th graders this school year). If you have any questions, please let me or another board member know.
These will be conducted at Sonju Gym at RWHS. Please enter through the lower athletic doors.
February 11, 18, 25 March 4, 11, 18
10U - 1-2pm
11U/12U - 2-3:30
13U/14U - 3:30-5
Please note: the breakdown of times may change after the first week, based on participant numbers, time, and space.
We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for the game with your son!
The Red Wing Youth Baseball Association will hold its annual meeting at the Redmen Club on Wednesday January 17th at 7PM. The public is welcome to share any comments at the beginning of the meeting. Please contact Corey Tauer prior to the meeting if you wish to have time on the agenda.
Chris Rodgers (1970-2017)
The RWYBA is recommending no new bat purchases at this time as USA Baseball will be creating a new bat standard effective January 1, 2018.
Bats that are regulated by the new standard will be available for purchase on September 1, 2017.
It is expected that the current model bats will be illegal in 2018.
If you have any questions or would like clarification, please feel free to contact a Board Member.
Here is the link with more information: New Bat Standard
12AA Chapions of the Red Wing Rodge Classic
12A Wingers Earned State Touranemnt Berths This Weekend
Last year Chris Rodgers led the 11AA to a Red Wing Tournament Championship. This year he hopes to do it again as the tourney has been named in his honor.
May 17-- Chris Rodgers has been a mainstay at youth and Varsity sporting events in Red Wing for the past two decades. With three kids--Jordan 18, Hannah 16 and Tyler 12--he has been an integral part of their youth sports experience. Chris has often been leading their teams as a coach, but has also been a supportive parent sitting in the stands after he hands them off to the Varsity programs coaching staffs.
This weekend when he leads his youngest son Tyler's 12AA team he will be coaching in a tournament that has been named in his honor. The Red Wing Youth Baseball Association (RWYBA) unanimously voted to rename the 12 year old weekend tournament the "Red Wing Rodge Classic."
"It was an easy decision. Chris has done so much for Youth Baseball in Red Wing. As both a coach and a Board Member he has taken on a number of initiatives and run with them," said Board President Corey Tauer.
Rodgers as a Board Member led many fundraising efforts including the annual Movie Night, working with Chevy Youth Baseball and leading Earth Day efforts which all has provided upgrades to the baseball facilities in Red Wing. He has worked with facilities to coordinate gym space and fields. Rodgers had his hands in pretty much every aspect of the RWYBA while on the Board of Directors for 10 years until he left the Board in the summer of 2016 to concentrate on his health.
"Chris was one of the most competitive and tenacious players I ever played with. He carried that over to coaching and his time on the Board," said former amateur baseball teammate and RWYBA President Paul Irwin.
Rodgers has been known for setting high expectations and having many practices to make sure his teams were prepared for what was ahead of them. Last year his 11AA team won their regular season title, won the MBL Playoffs and finished 2nd and 3rd in State Tournaments.
Tauer mentioned, "The kids seem to embrace his style. They wanted to keep pushing themselves to get better last year. I was always impressed with the number of kids who stuck with baseball in Jordan's class. It has been one of the best classes in terms of participation over the past decade. Look at it this year there are 9 players and two managers on the Varsity baseball team from one class...Chris had a hand in that."
"I have always stressed with my teams that we will always be prepared, no team will out work us and we will have more fun than everyone else. The memories are not in the Championships for the kids, it's the experiences. Jordan's groups it was the World Series tournament they competed in. They didn't win it, but it was a blast. It means a lot that they all have that experience on the top of their list for baseball memories," said Rodgers.
It was evident on Senior Night the Class of 2017 has a special place for Coach Rodgers. One-by-one players hugged their former coach on a special night that not only had them reflect on their Varsity experience but also their experience in Youth Baseball.
"Coaching for me starts with the love for the game. It has allowed me to create great memories with my three kids. The best part is that once you get started with each team, every kid on my roster becomes my kid. We become another family. It's a special process that takes years to create, but then lasts a lifetime."
Rodgers added, "I am so proud that I helped develop a group of great baseball players for Red Wing, but they aren't just great on the field, they are great people off the field."
Longtime co-coach and friend Justin Smith added, "Coach Rodgers is as caring as he is competitive. He loves to win but more importantly he loves to see kids do things and accomplish goals they didn't think they could do, regardless of their ability. On and off the field he has taught a countless number of kids how to get more out of themselves than they knew possible.
This weeks "Red Wing Rodge Classic" will feature 14 teams from around the Region. It will take place at the Red Wing Athletic Field. There is the chance for inclement weather. Rodgers has already offered to move his game time even though he wouldn't be able to make it at the proposed time on Friday night due to Jordan and Hannah receiving letters during the Athletic Banquet. "We have three very capable coaches," said Rodgers.
He is always looking to make sure his kids get the experience.
The Red Wing Athletic Field is one of the most picturesque ballparks in the state of Minnesota. Tucked within the bluffs of beautiful Red Wing, Minnesota it is the home of Red Wing Baseball. The Red Wing Wingers, Aces, Legion, VFW and Red Wing Youth Baseball Association all share the stadium field over the course of each spring and summer. The entire complex is host to more than 250 games each season with the stadium field being a part of more than 80 games each year and being the crown jewel of the site .
The current scoreboard at "The Ath" has stood for the past 28 years and is in need of being replaced. Failing and irreplaceable parts and years of weathering have taken its toll. Along with making a move from right-center field to left-center field, it is time to retire the scoreboard that was host for two State Amatuer Baseball Tournaments, more than 20 Section 1 Final Fours and more than 2,200 total games!
It all started with a Memorial donation after the passing of Diane Tauer Pumarlo. Diane was a part of Red Wing Baseball for many years and likely witnessed nearly a thousand games at the Red Wing Atheltic Field.
With the very generous "in-kind" service donation from the City of Red Wing and the gracious monetary gifts from four major Corporate Sponsors (Red Wing Shoes Foundation, St. James Hotel, Merchants Bank and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota) we are looking to put the finishing touches on an inconic structure in the heart of Red Wing.
It will be a 21'x36' structure with a 4'x10' LED Message Center that will generate new excitement to baseball in Red Wing. Thank you to everyone involved in making this happen and your generous donations.
Thank you on behalf of the following organizations:
Red Wing Aces
Red Wing Wingers
Red Wing Youth Baseball Association
The Red Wing Youth Baseball Association will provide opportunities for Red Wing youth ages 9 through 16 to participate in a supervised and structured setting of competitive baseball whereby each player is encouraged to learn the physical, mental, and social skills which are associated with participation in team sports activities.