Remove all garbage, books, seeds, and as much dirt as you can from the bags. Shake them out. The dirt really adds up in the storage room.
Please return as many baseballs as you have. Every year we are short balls to hand out as the initial practice balls. We gave out about 12 practice and between 1 and 5 DOZEN new game balls to most teams. I know some get lost and damaged, but please turn in as many as you can. If you want balls for running a fall team or even doing BP with your kid I can help make that happen but if everybody does that we don't get as many to start the season next year.
If you have damaged or bad equipment, please put tape on it and label it so we can fix it or get it replaced.
If you have lost and found items, You can hand them in but it is best to ask CAA to send a blast to look for the owner.
THANK YOU for coaching. You just were a positive influence on at least 12 kids and you DID make a difference.
The Chanhassen Post 580 Legion Baseball team invites you to the 2015 State American Legion Baseball Tournament July 30-August 3 at the Chanhassen High School Baseball Stadium.
The State Tournament will showcase the Top 16 Legion teams in the state, including the Chanhassen team. Come watch many of the players from the 2015 Minnesota State High School 3A Championship Team who also play for the Legion team.
Tournament weekend begins Thursday, July 30 with Opening Day Ceremonies at 2:20 pm, including an 8-minute air show by the T-6 Thunder WWII planes, and concluding with an "Around the Horn" competition. Games begin on Friday at 10:00 am and conclude on Monday with the Championship game at 1:00 pm.
All CAA Baseball and Softball players 15 and under will be admitted FREE if they come dressed in full uniform.
This is a great opportunity to participate in a community event and enjoy the exciting atmosphere of State Championship Baseball. Here is a link to the State Tournament website so you can follow all the action and events.
Mandatory tryouts for the 2016 12-year-old Metro teams are set for Saturday and Sunday, August 15 & 16 at Victoria Lions Park.
There will be a parent informational meeting at 11:30 prior to Saturday tryouts. The Saturday time slot is 2:00-6:00 pm and Sunday is 12:00-4:00 pm.
All assessments will be conducted by a third-party resource. For more details on the selection process please refer to the CAA website.
The transition to 12-year-old baseball has a few notable variances from 9-11. Pitching distance is now 52 feet, base paths are now 75 feet. Kids can lead off so pitchers will now need to learn a pick-off move and understand balks.
The above changes are one of the reasons why CAA forms teams early - to help transition players through practices from August until the beginning of next year's season. The tryouts will be conducted with the above mentioned distances. This also provides an opportunity for team-building for tournaments played in Omaha (12A & 12AA) and Cooperstown (12AAA), and gives families a window to secure the funding required to attend these events, which are not funded by CAA and/or player fees.
Cooperstown fees for players, coaches, and an umpire are approximately $1400 per player.
Omaha fees for players and coaches are approximately $700 per player.
Metro fees are $550 per player.
Travel, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of the family for each of these events. Fundraising will be required by all families selected. A solid commitment to the team is essential. CAA loans each team the down payment required to secure each tournament bid with the understanding that the team is responsible for repayment once fundraising begins.
Fall and winter workouts will be conducted and planned as best as possible to avoid conflict with the in-season sports.
Practices and a parent meeting prior to tryouts will be announced when the dates are finalized.
Please take a moment and read this…the Dugout Club needs you and your involvement more than ever.
It has been an exciting Spring and Summer. As most of you know, our High School Softball and Baseball teams both advanced to the State Tournament this year, with the Baseball team ultimately capturing the State Title. Congrats to both teams for these accomplishments. Judging from the articles in the local newspaper and on the CAA website, many of our youth teams are also doing well this year. Congrats to those teams, too, for their success.
In the past year, the Dugout Club has remained active working with various groups (CAA, City of Chanhassen, ISD 112) to accomplish tasks and improvements relating to our baseball and softball facilities. Our primary objective remains enhancement of various baseball/softball fields as well as additional community projects to provide safe, playable fields and practice facilities and equipment for the baseball and softball teams within our member communities.
Workdays have helped maintain fields to ensure safety and playability for our student athletes. Examples of DC involvement include the DC assisting with the approval, coordination and installation of concrete “floors” in six dugouts at Lake Ann; providing equipment, knowledge and manpower to assist with field prep for CAA softball/baseball tournaments; assisting with the expansion of the infields at Chanhassen Community Center (August); assisting with the approval, coordination and installation of electronic scoreboards at Lake Susan and for two fields at Lake Ann (August); and assisting with tournament preparation for the upcoming State Legion baseball tournament to be hosted this August in Chanhassen. The DC continues to be involved in planning for continued future improvements and your input in that regard is always welcome and encouraged.
The good news was tempered somewhat by the theft of some of our equipment ($1500-$2000) from our enclosed storage trailer earlier this summer. The Carver County Sheriff’s Department is working hard to find the person(s) responsible for the damage to our trailer and theft of our equipment.
Individual Field Maintenance has been hampered due to the theft of this necessary equipment. Accordingly, we are reaching out to current and former Dugout Club Members and asking for renewed memberships and increased involvement this summer and fall as we work to replace equipment, finish up projects, and host workdays to do Fall maintenance of various fields so that they are ready to go next Spring.
In that regard, we have also created a new individual/family membership option starting at $25.00 per year. As always, ALL membership fees goes to purchase needed equipment and supplies for the fields. Membership information is available on our website, www.dugout-club.org
In addition, we need your involvement so that we can continue to Make A Difference. Tentative workday opportunities have been scheduled as follows:
July 23rd 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Chanhassen Stadium (Field work for Legion State tournament)
July 24th 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Chanhassen Stadium (Field work for Legion State tournament)
July 25th 8:00 am to completion, Chanhassen Stadium (Field work for Legion State tournament)
August 8th 8:00 - 12:00 Lake Ann/Lake Susan (Concrete pour for electronic scoreboards)
August 15th 8:00 - 2:00 Chanhassen Recreation Center (Field expansion, moving infield mix)
August 22nd 8:00 - 12:00 Lake Ann/Lake Susan (Scoreboard installation)
September 19th or 26th, October 3/10/17, TBD, Diethelm (Cleanup, edging), Lake Ann, Lake Susan, Bandimere, CNHS (aerating, overseeding)
We will be adding a tab on our website for workday information and updates about changes in date, time, location etc. You can always check in with me (
) or Todd Neils (
) as well for information on these opportunities or with questions about membership.
Thank you for reading this; we look forward to your help.
A great ending to our 12U softball season today at the 96-team NAFA Nationals. Our 12U Gronholz team won 4th place overall in the platinum bracket and our 12U Christensen team won 4th place in the silver bracket. So proud of these players, coaches, and parents on a good season.
The West Metro Thunder is a partnership between the Chaska Youth Softball Association (CYSA) and Chanhassen Athletic Association (CAA) to provide a travel softball program for those players not interested in Club Softball. Over the past 7 years we have fielded competitive teams that play at the A, B, and C Level. Past success has been 2014 14U Tier 2 State Champions. We offer teams at the 14U, 16U, & 18U age levels. The level of competition the team will be determined after the teams are selected to ensure the girls are playing against the right competition level. In the past we field 3 teams at the 14U level (A,B,C) and 1 team at the 16U level (B). We hire non parent head coaches to manage the teams and develop our girls.
2016 Team Tryout Information. We will be holding tryouts on Saturday August 22nd from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and Saturday August 29th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The goal is to have teams announced by September 5th.
We will form as many teams at each level as we are able to form. Typically we form 2-3 14U teams, 1-2 16U teams, and 1 18U team. A key element is having the pitchers and catchers to field teams. Each team will be required to have 2 Pitchers and 2 Catchers in order for a team to be formed. The level of play will then be determined based on the tryout results and coach decision.
There is no fee for trying out and we do require all interested players to sign up at (LINK) here. Following team roster selection, players are expected to secure their roster position with a commitment fee of $300 within a week of roster announcement. The total team fees we are projecting to be $450 plus uniform cost.
In the off season the West Metro Thunder girls will have the opportunity to participate in CAA programs and clinics which will be an additional sign up and is optional.
For more information you can contact Dan Saurer @
or Troy Bachmann @
Congratulations, our CAA Baseball/Softball teams have been selected to participate in our Home Team Advantage Program for your upcoming season!
Each teammate can use this “Teammate Card” and every time they show this card at the Chanhassen Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, we will donate 10% of their total bill (less promotional discounts and unless otherwise specified) back to your program.
Program Dates: May 1 to July 31, 2015
Here is How the Program Works:
1. Bring your Teammate Card into your sponsoring restaurant, during your season. Details are on your card.
2. Show your card, on a mobile device or via printed copy, to your server and let them know you are part of the Home Team Advantage Program.
3. The server will add 10% of your total sales to your team’s running total. It’s that easy!
4. At the end of the season, Buffalo Wild Wings will donate the 10% of sales that your entire team generated throughout
the season back to your team.
5. The manager will contact your coach to set up a date and time to present your team with the donation. Buffalo Wild Wings believes that teamwork builds the foundation for a successful community and our goal is to help make your community the best place to live, work, play and dine. We want to help keep our community working and playing together.
Papa John's ‘Dollars for Dough’ Fundraiser Program
Papa John's ‘Dollars for Dough’
Chanhassen Athletic Association
We are pleased to announce our local Papa John's has formed a partnership with our organization to raise funds.
The program is called Papa John's ‘Dollars for Dough’. Set your tables for some great tasting pizza from Papa When you, your family and friends order online from Papa John's and use this promo code: CAA14, you will receive 20% off the total order at regular menu price. In addition Papa John’s will donate 20% of the total net sales generated by the Promo Code to our organization. Be sure to use Promo Code CAA14 when you are placing your order online www.papajohns.com.
Papa John’s Pizza is committed to partner with us to help meet our fundraising needs. Please support our “Dollars for Dough” fundraiser.
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