Travel baseball tryout reminder, program details

Reminder for Travel baseball tryouts

Updated Friday October 13, 2017 by Mike Spillane.

Here is the schedule reminder for Travel baseball tryouts the next two weekends ... 

Division Date Time   Date Time
8U Sunday, October 15, 2017 2:00 PM Sunday, October 22, 2017 12:00 PM
9U Sunday, October 15, 2017 12:00 PM Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00 PM
10U Sunday, October 15, 2017 4:00 PM Sunday, October 22, 2017 4:00 PM
11U Sunday, October 15, 2017 12:00 PM Sunday, October 22, 2017 12:00 PM
12U Sunday, October 15, 2017 2:00 PM Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00 PM

We also received several good questions about the program, so pardon the lengthy explanation about travel baseball:

  • Travel baseball is more competitive and usually represents the best a league has to offer. Teams typically are picked in October, which are what the tryouts on Oct. 15 and 22 are about. Players are judged in all areas of skill. Players must attend at least one of the tryouts. 
    • Fielding is judged on grounders and flyballs. Fundamentals matter.
    • Throwing is judged on infield and outfield arm strength and accuracy. Fundamentals matter.
    • Baserunning is judged on speed and fundamentals in rounding bases.
    • Catchers are judged on catching pitched balls, blocking balls and arm strength to second base. Optional for all players.
    • Pitchers are judged on velocity, mechanics and the ability to throw strikes. Optional for all players.
    • Hitting is judged on fundamentals, aggressiveness and driving the baseball.
    • Independent coaches judge the tryouts and independently score players. The top players, based on those scores, are picked for the team. Travel coaches run their tryouts but do not score the players. Players who choose to attend both tryouts will use their best score, not their average score.
  • Teams usually consist of 11 or 12 players.
  • Teams generally hold their first family meetings and arrange finances and fundraisers in November and December. Cost depends on the level of fundraising the team conducts. Families should know the cost will be in addition to the in-house fees. A quick survey from last year had families paying between $400-$700 for the season, from January through the end of July. The more your team raises, the less you pay.
  • Workouts start in January, usually once or twice a week. Pennsbury will use the Nation 9 facility this winter. This year, Nation 9 staff, led by state champion high school baseball coach Joe Pesci, will work with travel coaches on individual clinics and instruction as part of the workout time. Workouts generally end in mid-March as the regular season approaches.
  • Players are required to play in-house baseball so they are eligible to compete in the Cal Ripken district, states and regional playoffs and the World Series. Pennsbury won district championships at 8U, 9U, 10U and 15U last season, and 10U won states and advanced to regionals.
  • Travel teams play in the Suburban Travel league, a longtime local organization with about 30 teams throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties, or USABL, a regional league that groups teams with similar skills. Practices generally are on Wednesdays with games or practices on Fridays and Sundays. With in-house games and practice, travel players usually are playing games or practicing five or six days a week, weather permitting, from early April to early June. Travel seasons are 10 or 12 games for the regular season plus playoffs. In-house seasons are about the same. Travel teams often play additional tournaments and compete at the Cal Ripken level, starting with districts in late June.
  • Travel coaches have a different level of expectation of commitment than an in-house team. Check with the travel coaches if your child plays other sports on a regular basis and make sure your level of commitment to travel baseball meets the expectation of the travel coach. It’s worth the conversation, especially if you might miss significant time, either because of other sports or travel/family considerations.
  • Travel teams with a committed group spend a lot of time together and often the players and families become quite close. Our goal is to help our players grow and mature in a teaching environment. Of course, we want to win, but developing good people is far more important.

Additional questions, please shoot me an email.