How many seasons are there?
In general there are three seasons for Travel Baseball; a Spring Season, a summer season and a fall season. Generally, the GRLL will open registrations following the fall season for the upcoming year.
o How are teams rostered and players selected?
After the registration deadline has past, registered players will be invited to a try-out or skill evaluation. Teams will be selected (as per GRLL policy) based on the results of the skills evaluations or try-outs in mid fall. Once teams have been selected, coaches will be responsible to contact their teams to schedule practices for the upcoming season.
o Are there minimum skills my player must possess to play travel baseball?
Yes, there are minimum standards that are incredibly important for GRLL to strictly adhere to. The main purpose for having a minimum set of skills to play baseball can be summed up into three words: Safety, Safety, and Safety!
Players who do not possess these minimum skills, or who do not have the potential to learn these skills, may pose a risk to him/herself and other players. They will not be permitted to play travel baseball in the GRLL.
The minimum skill requirements are:
- Ability to CATCH a baseball;
- Ability to THROW a baseball with minimal accuracy;
- Ability to DODGE an object (baseball) if necessary; and,
- Ability to LISTEN when told to do something.
o Is my player guaranteed to see playing time?
There is no guarantee that a player will play, despite making the team. The GRLL vests the authority of all line-ups and playability on the Manager and Coaches. If a parent of a player feels their player is not being played, or is otherwise being treated unfairly, please contact the Vice President of Travel Baseball.
o Is there a standard to my player’s level of commitment to his/her team?
The manager for each team has the authority to set their own standard for what their commitment expectations are. The GRLL policy is that all players make GRLL the priority of all Travel / Rec / Club Baseball Teams. The manager has the authority to enforce their standards as per GRLL Policy.
o How much does it cost to play?
The GRLL Travel Baseball Program will (on average) cost a family between $150 – $500 per player, per season. This cost includes: registration, umpires, uniforms, training/practice space and other expenses. This does not include tournament fees and reimbursing the GRLL/Coaching Staff for ‘out of pocket’ expenses throughout the season. These expenses may include baseballs, training equipment, and other misc. items for the team.
Equipment such as athletic supporters, batting gloves, bats, baseball mitts, helmets, and eye black are not included in the fees and are the responsibility of the individual players.
o What is the average time commitment on a team?
Each team has different schedules from year to year. Some coaches opt to practice more often, while others practice less. Generally, teams will practice once a week during the winter and early spring. Once the spring season begin, teams will practice once per week and play a game once per week. In the summer season, teams may practice once per week, and play 2-3 games per week.
o Where do I go to find a schedule?
When you register your player for travel baseball you are also signing up for TeamSnap.com. TeamSnap is a tremendous tool that helps coaches communicate with their team and publish schedules. It’s very flexible and instantly reaches out to all people involved when changes are made. Please speak to your coach about ensuring you have access to TeamSnap.com.
o Does my player have to play rec if they are playing travel baseball?
Yes, a player is responsible to play recreational baseball in order to qualify to play for travel baseball. Moreover, players are responsible to participate in at least 60% of all recreational games throughout the rec season.
The GRLL’s policy is that Travel Baseball is an extension of the recreational program, and is designed for players who are looking to play baseball at a more competitive level.
o Can my player play a Club Team at the same time as Travel?
Yes, your player may play for a club team while also playing for GRLL Travel; however, we do ask that your player prioritize the GRLL Travel Team over the club team.
o I missed the deadline for my player’s age group, what can I do?
Unfortunately there may be very little that can be done when a deadline is missed. The GRLL recognizes that families may, at times, be very busy and things may ‘slip through the cracks’ or get overlooked. Deadlines are put in place because there is a considerable amount of planning that goes into the fielding of a travel baseball team, and we have to allow time for that planning to take place. The GRLL also has to consider the fairness to the other players who registered before the deadline.
If you’ve missed a deadline, and you would still like for your player to be considered for the GRLL Travel program, please email Travel Baseball Vice President.
Late Registrations will be considered on a case-by-case basis dependent on the needs of the team/league. There is no guarantee that a player will be allowed to register after the deadline has passed.
o Can girls play travel baseball?
Yes, GRLL does not restrict against any child, boy or girl, who wants to play travel baseball as long as they are able to perform the Minimum Basic Skills to safely play baseball at a Travel Level. Girls will be required to play at a recreational level as well (either softball or baseball, at the discretion of the Board of Directors).