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Mandan Chiefs

The Mandan Chiefs Legion Baseball Team has a rich tradition in the state of North Dakota. The Chiefs have claimed 10 state championships and have sent numerous players on to college and professional baseball. The team is primarily made up of 16-19 year olds and plays in the 9 team AA North Dakota statewide league.  The Chiefs traditionally play a 40-42 game schedule and strive to play top level competition around the state of North Dakota and the upper Midwest. #RollTribe

Mandan A's

The A's are the "JV" team of the Chiefs and play in the Class A Division of legion baseball in North Dakota. Players are ages 14-17. The A's have a great history of success and development in preparation of the players for the Chiefs.

Mandan Veterans (13)& (14) Babe Ruth

Those 13 and 14 year-olds desiring to play competitive baseball are eligible to play for the Mandan Veterans. Ordinarily, a team is formed for each age level with play commencing near the end of May and culminating with a state tournament in approximately mid-July.

The program is operated and completely funded by the Mandan Baseball Club. Each player must pay a fee to play, but could play for free by partaking in the Club’s fundraising activites.

Coaches are hired based on knowledge, expertise, and the recommendation of the head varsity coach of Mandan’s American Legion Baseball team. Thus, the Veterans and their coaches are mentored, guided, and directed by the head varsity baseball coach who has a vested interest in the success and continuity of the program.

Mandan 78's (7th & 8th Grade)

In the spring of 2017, the Mandan Baseball Club initiated the 78’s program to provide an additional baseball opportunity for those 7th and 8th graders desiring to play in the spring. The Baseball Club studied and evaluated the trends of school baseball and concluded that it is a mainstay in eastern North Dakota and that it is moving west. Therefore, the Baseball Club desired to be at the forefront of this growing opportunity.

Practice usually begins in mid-March and, weather permitting, games are played over a 6-7 week stretch from the beginning of April through mid-May. To date, two equally divided teams have been formed and each play roughly 20 games, mostly consisting of doubleheaders.

Practices usually commence around 6:00 p.m. to afford the 78’s players the opportunity to participate in other spring sports programs. The Baseball Club prefers to develop well-rounded, multi-sport athletes and encourages its participants to engage in other extracurricular activities.

Coaches are hired based on knowledge, expertise, and the recommendation of the head varsity coach of Mandan’s American Legion Baseball team. Thus, the Veterans and their coaches are mentored, guided, and directed by the head varsity baseball coach who has a vested interest in the success and continuity of the program.

Although the 78’s program is not affiliated with the school district, the Baseball Club insists that each participant adheres to the school district’s extracurricular eligibility rules. Therefore, each player must maintain an acceptable school attendance and performance record, as well as refrain from using tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.

Mandan Mavericks Cal Ripken All Stars (9-12) Traveling

Cal Ripken All Star baseball, or “traveling baseball,” provides an opportunity for those 9-12 year-old baseball players who desire more advanced instruction and who harbor a desire to play more competitively. Participants in travel ball often develop a love and appreciation for the game that can only be achieved by being a Mandan Maverick. It is truly a great life changing opportunity for the players as well as their families who form lasting friendships extending beyond the baseball field.

Many parents misperceive the time commitment and needlessly tend to steer their children away from participating. While participation involves a time commitment, substantial time remains for baseball families to enjoy the summer. Participation generally consists of about 4 tournaments in May and June, culminating with a state tournament that is typically scheduled on or about the second weekend of July. Although it’s often referred to as “traveling baseball, traveling is actually minimal considering that Mandan hosts a tournament along with other cities within a short drive of Mandan.

Players must try out and be selected to wear the Mavericks uniform by a group of experienced, impartial individuals with considerable baseball experience. During the tryout, each player is afforded the opportunity to showcase his skills and is carefully evaluated to ensure fairness in the selection process. The Mavericks are coached by volunteer coaches, usually about 2 or 3 of the players’ fathers. Since the program’s inception, the Mavericks have been fortunate to be coached by many loyal and generous coaches.

The program is operated jointly by the Mandan Parks District and the Mandan Baseball Club, but is entirely funded by the Mandan Baseball Club. The Mandan Baseball Club has always prided itself on having among the lowest players fees in the state and the same is true for Cal Ripken All Star baseball. Although players must participate in the Club’s fundraising endeavors, they are not required to pay an additional fee. When compared to other associations across the state, this is a significant monetary savings.