Dear Parents and Players, Oct. 4, 2012
Welcome to the Wayzata Baseball family. Our baseball program continues to take giant steps forward
and we intend to become stronger year after year. We intend to continue our growth through increased
commitment and dedication to the ultimate goal of winning a Minnesota State Baseball Championship in
Of course that commitment must be equaled by everyone involved with the program. To that end, we
have adjusted our spring break policy for 2013. We believe that this spring break policy will greatly
assist our program in achieving our goal.
The dates for this year’s spring break are March 28-April 7. The Wayzata Baseball spring break policy
for 2013 is as follows:
Freshman – Freshman tryouts will begin March 11 at WHS. Tryouts will last five days with
final cuts being made on the fifth day. Some cuts may happen prior to the fifth day. Practices over spring
break will be optional and there will be no consequence for missing them. Mandatory freshman practice
will resume on April 8.
Sophomores (Sophomore team) – Sophomores will begin tryouts March 18 at CMS. Tryouts
will last five days with final cuts being made on the fifth day. Some cuts may happen prior to the fifth day.
There will be practices over spring break and sophomores are expected to attend all of them. For those
players who miss spring break practices, there will be a 2 inning consequence for each practice missed – the
maximum time a player will sit will be one game. Games begin the week after spring break so attending
practices during that time is crucial for success.
Varsity and Junior Varsity – Varsity and Junior Varsity tryouts at CMS will begin on March
19 and last until March 27. Cuts will begin on the 23rd and finish on the 27th. Any player who makes either
a V or JV team (including any sophomore or freshman) and misses some or all of the spring break
practices, will sit one game for every day they missed up to a maximum of five games. These rules also
apply to all sophomores and/or freshman who make the V/JV team.
Sophomores and Freshman – players may be invited to attend the V/JV tryouts at the request of the
coaching staff. This is done because they show potential for moving up and must be seen in comparison
to the older players. In all likelihood, those underclassmen will return to their respective levels. Those
players who are returned to their original teams are not being cut from V/JV. They will continue to earn
a spot on either the freshman or sophomore teams (respectively). Of course it is possible that some may
be kept. It may come down to a choice between sitting for JV/V or playing for freshman/sophomores.
As coaches, we would rather have the player on the field.
The coaches and I view our practice time as essential for the preparation of a successful season. Each
year we average about three weeks of practice before our first game. We need to take every opportunity
to develop the skills and teach the schemes necessary to put our teams in the best position to be
competitive. While we understand we are asking a lot for families to give up their spring break, the
coaching staff and I believe the positive experience a well-prepared baseball program offers will more
than make up for it.
Thank you in advance as you join us in our quest for the ultimate prize: the 2013 Minnesota State High
School Baseball Championship,
Robert DeWitt, varsity coach