Travel Baseball

Welcome to Glen Rock Travel Baseball.  Congratulations are in order for all of our Glen Rock Travel teams on an extremely successful year.

Registrations are now open for the 2019 Season.  Please click on the link below to register your player.  Registrations will close on 10/26/2018 for 9u – 12u tryouts.

8u Skills Evaluations will be 10/13/2018 at Main Street Field, register by 10/12/19 to be eligible!

Registration for 8u to 12u 2019 Spring Travel Baseball

Travel Baseball Tryouts at Coleman School Stadium Field:

  • 10U – Saturday 10/27 @ 10am
  • 12U – Saturday 10/27 @ 12pm
  • 9U – Sunday 10/28 @ 10am
  • 11U – Sunday 10/28 @ 1:30pm

2019 Little League Baseball Age Chart

The 8U Division is the first age at which the players will be participating in a higher level of competitive play. It is the goal of the GRLL to make this the best experience for the players as possible.  In general, 8U players have very little experience in competitive baseball. Moreover, most of the players in the 8U Divisions are relatively unknown to the coaching staff. Therefor it may be necessary to conduct a skills evaluation on registered players for this division before the start of the Developmental Baseball Program (“Spring Training”).

Although players are to be randomly assigned to the 8U teams, the skill evaluations coupled with the general knowledge and experience of the coach who has observed the players in the spring, will be used to ‘evenly split the teams’ prior to the summer season. –

o   8u Specific FAQ

  •  Are there try-outs?

No there are no try-outs for this level.  We will host a “Skill Evaluation”, which is designed to give us a look at what your player’s abilities are, and if he/she possesses the minimum skills required to safely play. We are simply trying to gauge the ability levels of the players to see “what we are working with” and to make sure your child can SAFELY play the game of baseball.

  •  Are their cuts?

No, because there are no try-outs at this level, there will be no cuts; however, players who are found to not have the Min. Required Skills to play will not be allowed to play on a Travel Team.

  •  What is Travel Baseball?

Travel Baseball is a program that is developed to give players an opportunity to play baseball at a more competitive level and travel from town to town to play other travel teams.  

  •  Does Travel Baseball take the place of Recreational (Town) Baseball?

No, it does not.  Players who play travel baseball are required to also play Recreational Baseball.

  •  What is the commitment level of Travel Baseball?

The commitment level will vary from team to team, but expect there to be at least one practice per week, and 1-3 games per week (at times).

  •  How much does it cost?

The cost will vary, dependent upon a variety of expenses at this junior level of baseball.  Most years expect that Travel Baseball will cost around $150.

  •  Who can play?

Any player can play travel baseball, as long as the player meets minimum safety standards, plays recreational baseball, and meets the Little League Age Requirements.

  •  Do you think that the players are too young to start?

NO, as a matter of fact, we believe it’s the complete opposite.  For the players who love and excel at the sport of baseball, the time is now to get them involved in a more competitive level of baseball.  It’s not just the level of play, but the training they will receive and the exposure they will get in this sport. Get them involved early, and often, and it will help them down the road.

  •  Can my seven year old (7 y/o) play on an 8U Team?

No, the Board of Directors feel that allowing players to “play up” is not in the overall best interest of the program, therefor “playing up” will not be allowed.  The player must be eight years old at according the Little League Baseball Age Chart.

o   Rules, Guidelines and Policies:

  •  In order to register for the 8U Division, a player’s League Age shall be eight (8) according to the Age Chart.
  •  In general, the 8U Division will begin a Developmental Baseball Program (Practice) during the Spring Season. This is commonly considered a “Spring Training” type program, where practices would occur once or twice a week to accustom the players to a higher level of competitive baseball.
  •  The VP of Travel Baseball may host a “skills evaluation” for 8U Division players in order to gain an idea of the skill level of each player.
  •  A player who does not possess minimum level of skills needed to participate on a travel team may be asked to not play, but rather work on their skills and try again for the 9U Division.
  •  As a general rule throughout the age groups in the GRLL, all players who play travel baseball MUST be registered and play at least 60% of the recreational games assigned. Failure to do so may result in the player being ineligible to play.

It is the goal of the GRLL to make this the best experience for the players as possible. Players at the 9U Division are still rather inexperienced baseball players, and the focus of 9U Division baseball should still be on player development and skill building; however, some focus on competitiveness should begin to be introduced.

o   9u Specific FAQ:

  •  Are there try-outs?

In most cases, yes, there are try-outs at this level of baseball.

The VP of Travel has the option to determine if the teams will be rostered by evenly dividing the talent into two evenly split teams, or by using an “A/B” format.  While following the “A/B” Format there will need to be a try-out if more players register then there are roster spaces. For ‘evenly divided team’ formats, expect a Skills Evaluation to take place, similarly to how the 8u Division is conducted.

  •  Are their cuts?

As mentioned previously, several steps will be taken to roster every player who wants to play travel baseball for Glen Rock; but there may be times that it is simply not possible to do so.  GRLL will do everything possible to prevent cutting players, but it is still a possibility. Please prepare your child for this possibility.

  •  Does Travel Baseball take the place of Recreational (Town) Baseball?

No, it does not.  Players who play travel baseball are required to also play Recreational Baseball.

  •  What is the commitment level of Travel Baseball?

The commitment level will vary from team to team, but expect there to be at least one practice per week, and 1-3 games per week (at times).  This year, teams may often take part in tournaments as well.

  •  How much does it cost?

The cost will vary, dependent upon a variety of expenses at this junior level of baseball.  Most years expect that Travel Baseball will cost around $400 – $500.

  •  Who can play?

Any player can play travel baseball, as long as the player meets minimum safety standards, plays recreational baseball, and Little League Age Requirements.

o   Rules, Guidelines and Policies:

  •  Try-outs or Skill Evaluations for the 9U level may be held for team selection following Travel Baseball Policy.
  •  The VP of Travel will make a determination if the 9U Division will be in the Team A/Team B format, or evenly split. This decision should be made keeping the best interests of the Division (as a whole) in mind.
  •  Team selection shall be conducted in a manner described in the Travel Baseball Policy.
  •  When a team(s) is selected, the manager will be responsible to schedule and facilitate practices with the team(s).
  •  The 9U Division will begin with an optional “winter workout” regiment to prepare for the Spring Season. Winter Workouts may begin any time after team selection has taken place, at the discretion of the Team Manager.  The cost will be borne on each team.
  •  The 9U Division will then play the Spring Season, followed by the Summer Season, and have the option to continue into the Fall Season, if desired.
  •  9U Division teams may begin to play in local tournaments, with the permission of the VP of Travel.

It is the goal of the GRLL to make this the best experience for the players as possible.  Players of 10U-13U Divisions are more experienced players, most of which have two full seasons of travel baseball experience.  Focus will remain on player development at these Divisions; however, by the very nature of the age group the level of competitiveness is exponentially greater than in junior Divisions.

o   10u + Specific FAQ:

  •  Are there try-outs?

In most cases, yes, there are try-outs at these levels of baseball.

The only time there would not be a try-out at this level is if there were only enough players registered to fill the available vacancies on the team.

  •  Are their cuts?

As mentioned previously, several steps will be taken to roster every player who wants to play travel baseball for Glen Rock; but there may be times that it is simply not possible to do so.  GRLL will do everything possible to prevent cutting players, but it is still a possibility. Please prepare your child for this possibility.

  •  Does Travel Baseball take the place of Recreational (Town) Baseball?

No, it does not.  Players who play travel baseball are required to also play Recreational Baseball.

Note: Middle School Players and High School Players are NOT required to play recreational baseball in order to play Travel Baseball.

  •  What is the commitment level of Travel Baseball?

The commitment level will vary from team to team, but expect there to be at least one practice per week, and 1-3 games per week (at times).  This year, teams may often take part in tournaments as well.

  •  How much does it cost?

The cost will vary, dependent upon a variety of expenses at this junior level of baseball.  Most years expect that Travel Baseball will cost around $400 – $500.

  •  My player is a 12u Player, is (s)he guaranteed to participate in the Cooperstown Tournament?

Only the 12u “A” Team is invited to participate in the 12u Cooperstown Tournament each year.

  •  My 12u player can only play in the spring, but wants to be a part of the Cooperstown Team.  Is this allowed?

No, unfortunately your player would not be allowed to participate in the Cooperstown Tournament.  The 12u “A” Team will go to the tournament, as is rostered, at the time of the tournament.

o   Rules, Guidelines and Policies:

  •  If necessary, the 10U, 11U, 12U and 13U (+) Divisions will host a try-out for interested players in September or October of each year following the Travel Baseball Policy.
  •  All players who register to play in the Majors are required to try-out for a team, unless a try-out is deemed not necessary, per policy.
  •  Each player that tries out may be required to pay a ‘tryout fee’ which will defray the costs of the facility and any third party evaluators, if necessary.
  •  Teams will be selected in a manner pursuant to the Travel Baseball Policy.
  •  GRLL expects its players to commit to both the Spring and the Summer Seasons in these Divisions.
  •  Following the Spring Season, the Team “A” Manager may (with the approval of the VP of Travel) ask a player who is struggling at an ‘A Level’ to consider playing on Team “B”.
  •  In the event that a roster spot becomes available on an “A” Level Team, the vacancy will be filled in a manner in the Travel Baseball Policy.
  •  Managers will be encouraged to play in local tournaments, if so desired, with the permission from the VP of Travel.

Travel Baseball FAQ's

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:

  1.      Ability to CATCH a baseball;
  2.      Ability to THROW a baseball with minimal accuracy;
  3.      Ability to DODGE an object (baseball) if necessary; and,
  4.      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).

Rules, Guidelines and Policies

  •  If necessary, the 10U, 11U, 12U and 13U (+) Divisions will host a try-out for interested players in September or October of each year following the Travel Baseball Policy.
  •  All players who register to play in the Majors are required to try-out for a team, unless a try-out is deemed not necessary, per policy.
  •  Each player that tries out may be required to pay a ‘tryout fee’ which will defray the costs of the facility and any third party evaluators, if necessary.
  •  Teams will be selected in a manner pursuant to the Travel Baseball Policy.
  •  GRLL expects its players to commit to both the Spring and the Summer Seasons in these Divisions.
  •  Following the Spring Season, the Team “A” Manager may (with the approval of the VP of Travel) ask a player who is struggling at an ‘A Level’ to consider playing on Team “B”.
  •  In the event that a roster spot becomes available on an “A” Level Team, the vacancy will be filled in a manner in the Travel Baseball Policy.
  •  Managers will be encouraged to play in local tournaments, if so desired, with the permission from the VP of Travel.