Minnetonka Baseball Association is a program of service to the youth of our community. It is geared to provide an outlet of healthful activity and training under good leadership in an atmosphere of wholesome community participation.
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Field Clean-up Cancelled
by posted 04/09/2021

Hi Parents,

Please note that field clean-up is CANCELLED tomorrow.  Due to the wet conditions, they want everyone to stay off the fields, so 9YO and below are excused from duty.  I will let you know if I hear any further updates.  


We look forward to seeing everyone for practice this coming Thursday.


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Tonka Smiles (9yr): Schedule, events and details
by posted 04/08/2021

Hi all –

Welcome to Tonka Smiles!  I am excited to get the season started and looking forward to a fun season.  The following is intended to inform you of upcoming events. I will only update you on events (dates and times) if the information changes. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Looking forward to a great season!

Sara (Miles) Lindlief



  1. Safety Protocols:

Players and spectators should always have a mask with them, even if you have been vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19.We will also need to following safety protocols throughout the season, including distancing ourselves during games; If your player is sick or not feeling well, please keep them home.

Players should provide their own chair for games, bring their own water bottle (labeled with player’s name) as well as physically distance themselves whenever possible.Please review the COVID 19- Organizing, Playing and Watching Baseball document provided by the MBA’s Safety Director, which was emailed on April 7th.You can also view this document on the MBA’s site:Menu<Safety<COVID standards.


  1. MBA Field Clean-Up:

  • Date:         Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Time:         10:30 am – 1:00 pm

  • Cathcart Field (26655 W 62nd St, Excelsior, MN 55331).

  • Tools needed:  rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, work gloves, etc.

  • Tasks:

    • Work on mound

    • Rake infield; move ag-lime and level where needed fill holes

    • Clean and straighten edges and infield

    • Rank infield and bag grass; work on bench areas


  1. Practices:

  • Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:00 PM

  • Scenic Heights Elementary; ballfields are behind the school, down the hill from the school’s playground.

  • First Practice is April 15th

  • Practice schedule is posted on the MBA site:  Team Sites < Choose a Team < CO 9 League < Tonka Smiles.  You will find this information in the lower right corner.


  1. Games:

  • Saturday and Sundays; first game is April 24th

  • Games are two hours

  • Check out MBA website for dates, times and field locations:  MBA<Team Sites < Choose a Team < CO 9 League < Tonka Smiles.  You will find this information in the lower right corner.

  • If there any rain outs, they will make every effort to make up those games. 

  • Regular season ends June 19, 2021

  • End of Season Tournament:  TBD

  • Please notify Coach Hedge in advance if player will be late or not attending a game nor practice; this will help him when creating lineups.


  1. Team Photos:                                                                                             

  • Date:          Saturday, April 24, 2021

  • Time:         TBD

  • Location:  TBD

  • Vendor:     TBD

  • Information regarding time and vendor will be provided once MBA has solidified the information


  1. Volunteer Shifts

  • Each family will be required to complete one concession stand shift per player. 

  • Volunteer shifts are typically a 2-3-hour shift at one of the concessions stands.

  • The volunteer schedule has not yet been released.

  • There are penalties / fees for not signing up / showing up.

  • Volunteer shifts have NOT been uploaded to the site; I will keep you posted once they are.


  1. Golf Tournament:                  

  • MBA’s only fundraiser!  Raise money for the League and have fun golfing at the same time!

  • All skill levels are encouraged to participate so grab a friend (or three) and help raise money.

  • Date:         Monday, June 21, 2021

  • Course:      Deer Run Golf Course in Victoria

  • Cost:          TBD (MBA usually provides a 4-some cost as well as dinner only cost)

  • Time:         TBD (traditionally held in the afternoon; typically, an 18-hole scramble)


  1. Treats and Treat Tickets:

  • Treats and treat tickets are not a requirement but definitely a highlight! 

  • Treat tickets are available for purchase (tickets cost from $1.00 - $1.50) at Bennett Park. 

  • If we are playing a Bennett, it is encouraged to purchase a ticket from their concession stand; this money is to support the ballpark. 

  • If we do not play Bennett, a snack can still be provided; treats should be store purchased and handed out to allow for physical distancing.

  • I created a Sign-Up Genius (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4baeac2bab9-tonka) for every regular season game; I will update it should we have tournament play (games are not currently posted).

  • Please sign up for at least one game to either bring a treat or provide a treat ticket. 

  • I am aware of at least one player who has a gluten allergy; if your player has a food allergy of any kind, please let us know.


  1. Team Expenses:  To cover various expenses throughout the season, including player’s caps, end of season coach’s gifts, etc., each family is to contribute $30.  I will collect money when uniforms are handed out [check, cash or Venmo (@Sara-Lindlief].

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Field Clean-up & Practice Update
by posted 04/07/2021

Hello Parents,

A few quick updates to mention.  First, we have been given our Field Clean up assignment for this Saturday.  The 9YO league has been assigned Cathcart field.  Clean-up has been moved to 10:30 - 1:00 this Saturday.  So if you are able to come help clean up the field, that would be appreciated.  A bit more information below on tools you could bring to help.  Second, our practice FIELD has changed.  We will now be practicing at Scenic Heights Elementary, NOT Cathcart.  Time and day remain the same -- Thursdays @ 5:30-7:00 pm.  

Please reach out if there are any quesitons.



Cathcart Community 9

Tools needed (Rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows)

1. Work on the mound.

2. Rake infield, move ag-lime and level where needed fill holes.

3. Clean and straighten edges of infield.

4. Rake infield and bag grass. Work on bench areas.


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Tonka Smiles: Sports Signup Play App
by posted 04/06/2021

Hi All,

Just a quick note, if you are interested in using the Sports SignUp Play app to track the team schedule, etc please download the app at the link below.  If you have used this in the past and it did not load the new Tonka Smiles team, try logging out and signing back in.  Once I did this, it loaded all of my kids teams into the app.  The app can be very helpful -- especially for communciation and tracking multiple team calendars if you have more than one child playing this year.




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