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If you were born in the United States, you know that baseball is “America’s game.” People love to attend games and watch professionals play at stadiums all over the country. More importantly, young boys enjoy playing the game, especially on travel teams. Parents like travel baseball, too, because it’s such a fun and rewarding experience. But, it’s often difficult to get on a travel team. So the question that faces most dads who want their sons to play is: How to start a travel baseball team?”
Effective Way To Start A Travel Baseball Team
Travel baseball teams can be found all over America and boys that play on these teams fall into different age groups. The most popular age groups are for teams of players that are 10-13 years old and 14-16 years old. There are also travel teams for younger boys under the age of ten.
Not surprisingly, most teams already have a full complement of players, numbering between twelve and fifteen boys. Those teams don’t need new players. That’s why concerned dads always consider starting a new travel baseball team.
Here’s something that dads and moms need to know. It costs money to sign your son up to an existing travel baseball team. And it costs even more money to start a new team from scratch. However, if you’re willing to make the investment, building a new team can be very exciting for dads, for moms, but mostly, for young boys.
7 Simple Steps To Build A Travel Baseball Team
The easiest and least costly way to get your son on a travel baseball team is to find an existing squad that needs a new player. There are many teams in even the smallest cities and towns. Be aware, however, that most existing teams rarely need to add players. And if you’re lucky enough to find a team that wants your son it’s likely to cost you about $500 for sign-up fees, equipment and a uniform.
This is really the first step because it’s about “starting a team.” To begin, start early, at least six months before your new team plays its first game. That’s because there is a lot to do and some delays in the lengthy process are inevitable.
Find and recruit 12 to 15 players that are willing to “pay to play” because there are expenses that each player’s parents will have to meet.
Prepare a budget and increase it by about 20% to cover the “rookie mistakes” you’ll almost certainly make, errors that affect all new coaches and team leaders. You will also have to find a local baseball field for practice. That costs money and belongs in your budget, too.
Create a team name with help from your players, not their parents. If the team picks the name it will have great pride in it and their pride will drive them to play well on the field.
Design and order uniforms, including baseball caps, for your tem. Expect “help” from the parents even if you believe it’s not needed.
Collect money from the parents for all the expenses already noted and for tournament fees, as well. If possible, get this money at the final practice before the team “hits the road.” Why … because it may become very difficult to get money from parents at the tournament.
Now … Put Your New Team “On The Map”
Youth Player Training
When you’ve completed all seven steps above, you’ll have a team, but you’ll also have a little more that needs to get done. That is, you still have to register your team. You can join any of the following sanctioned leagues: USSSA … Triple Crown … AAU … Nation’s Baseball … USTBA and Super Series.
Finally, you need only find tournaments to attend and create a schedule. Yes … it’s that easy. Once done, you, the parents of the recruits and the kids that play the game will have a rich, rewarding and great experience playing “America’s game.”
There Is Even More Help Available To You
Starting a new travel baseball team can be a little bit like starting a new business. There is so much you need to do and it’s easy to make mistakes or overlook important steps. As such, you need all the help you can get. That’s why you may want to acquire a terrific instructional video called “How to Start a Travel Baseball Team.” It’s entertaining, informative and very useful.
There is also a quality ebook available online. It’s called “How to Start and Manage a Travel Baseball Team.” You can find it at TheEbookPeople.com.
It’s simple to get done. All you have to do is follow the steps laid out for you above. Meanwhile, you may have questions you want answered or comments you want to make. If there is something on your mind, contact me. I want to hear from you. More importantly, I want to help you.