In House Baseball
Pennsbury Athletic Association is a chartered Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken organization. Players from 5 to 12 years old are eligible.
Travel and Tournament Baseball
PAA has continually evolved the travel baseball program in order to provide a healthy, competitive forum. The boys selected are the foundation of our Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth post-season Cal Ripken Tournament trail teams. These teams represent PAA in a more competitive setting throughout the tri-state area. The most qualified and committed players are selected in each age group to insure that we continue to field some of the most competitive teams in the area. Tryouts are usually held in the Fall, around late September or early October to make teams for the following season.
These teams will play 30-60 games during the season. Once the teams are selected, and if the weather permits, some managers may choose to hold workouts in the fall. Most teams begin to train indoors in January (about 1.5 - 3 hours per week). In the spring, all boys will be required to participate in the PAA in-house program, which begins in April, in addition to their games in the travel league. In-house practices/games are held on either Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, or Saturdays. The travel team schedule also begins in April, with the regular season running into June, depending on the age group. Teams may choose to play in the Suburban Travel League, USABL league, or just play tournaments. To avoid conflicts with in-house, designated travel days are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Some teams will also participate in open tournaments on weekends. District Tournament play begins in late June. Continued success could lead teams beyond the State Tournament (early July) into the Regional Tournament (late July), and ultimately the World Series (early August).
Players are expected to attend practices and games as outlined by the individual team manager. As the above schedule illustrates, travel baseball is not generally compatible with other travel sports during the spring and summer and should be considered a full time commitment due to the heavy schedule demands. Our teams must have priority to ensure a competitive program. Likewise, due to the post-season tournament schedule, players must be available into early August. An extremely successful season could continue as far as mid August.
Cost to play travel baseball ranges between $350 and $600 depending on the age. Many managers provide fundraising activities to defray some of the cost.
Cal Ripken Tournament Trail preparation docs:
- Babe Ruth Consent for Treatment form (parents complete for each player)
- Team roster printed from Babe Ruth site
- Team photos with faces and numbers all visible and another photo with jerseys on backwards showing last names across chest
- PAA Certificate of Insurance