|To: All potential Travel Players and Parents
With the 2015 player tryouts fast approaching, we would like you and your sons to carefully read this information before committing to the Lou Gehrig Travel Baseball Program. While, the Travel Baseball Teams are vastly rewarding and fun for all it requires a level of commitment from players and parents both.
Travel baseball requires your commitment!
Parent involvement and participation is a critical requirement on every travel team. With your son’s selection to a team, you as a parent are also joining the team. When determining your vacation plans or other activities, you will need to consider the team’s tournament schedule.
Travel baseball practice can begin for some teams in November, with indoor practices. Each coach reserves the right to have a specialized off season training program, consisting of either town facility (Clearfield Rec Center or North Amherst Rec Center aka NARC), Sports Performance Park 2 @ Eastern Hills Mall, Lou Gehrig Laser Softball facility on Roll rd, or other facility. A parent should contact the coach prior to tryouts to determine there projected plan, if its a concern to the parent. We encourage boys to play other sports in the off season. However, missing your teams off season practices, may slow there personal development. Travel baseball is a team commitment . Every age will have a different schedule, depending on the coaches outline, and training facilities availability.
Tryouts : 8U teams will be tried out in the first weekend of June or as close as possible to that date. The 9u -15u occur annually at Lou Gehrig in mid to late August. Boys will be evaluated in the areas of pitching, hitting, fielding, throwing and running. The 8u and 9u tryouts will be conducted by the VP of Tournament Baseball, using experienced, knowledgeable, baseball evaluators. At 10u and older, each teams manager will conduct there respective tryouts. He may use any combination of Lou Gehrig managers/coaches to assist him in evaluating at team tryouts. At least two board members will be present to assist or watch the process to ensure fairness, safety and integrity. They will also be available to answer any questions that may arise.
During tryouts, parents are asked to stay in the bleachers and away from the players unless requested. This will minimize the distraction to the boys and allow the evaluators to do their jobs. Some parents may be asked to help out with the younger children within the dugouts. This will be for safety reasons, as we don’t want them swinging bats and throwing balls without direct supervision.
Tournament players are expected, but may not be required to attend tryouts (with your teams managers approval).
Lou Gehrig will attempt to field two teams at every level, 8 - 15. An exception may be granted to add a third team at a level, by the travel committee, based on interest and talent. Our goal is to assemble competent teams at each level of play with the purpose of playing competitive baseball. We typically have a large number of boys that tryout every year, unfortunately, some boys will not make a LG baseball travel team for their particular level. If your child does not make the travel team, we strongly encourage them to continue with the house program and continue to develop their skills. Lou Gehrig offers many off-season clinics to help develop skills.
All 8-12 year old players must reside in the Lou Gehrig District, as covered by Babe Ruth Cal Ripken rules.
13u-15u teams are unique and considered a elevated level of playing, where the coaches must maintain a minimum of 9 Lou Gehrig players on there rosters at all times. A max of three players may come from anywhere, at the coaches discretion to fill out there roster. The red team shall select his team first, and the blue right after. Both coaches are encouraged to run there tryouts together to ensure the best players come out for both teams.
The VP of Travel baseball or designees will oversees the selection process for all teams. Some or all of the factors described below will be taken into consideration when selecting a player to a team.
- Prior year’s performance and commitment on a travel team, if applicable.
- Attitude , hustle, and ability to process the game.
- House league evaluations from the prior season, if applicable.
- Interviews with the previous team manager and assistant coaches, if applicable.
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- Personal knowledge of a players strengths or weaknesses
- A players role on the team
Those involved in the selection process include the Team Manager, Lou Gehrig VP of Baseball, and Baseball President .
We anticipate that the final selection process will be complete most teams the same day, or with in a fews days after tryouts are complete. Due to every team being a little different, amount of kids trying out, it may take certain teams a little longer that others.. It is the responsibility of the player’s parent/guardian to ensure that the league has been given the proper email/phone number etc. during or prior to tryouts. The final rosters will be placed on our website at www.lgybs.com. Click on Division / Iron Horse Baseball / Rosters.
Once the rosters are announced the decision of the selection committee will be final. Any questions following the selection process can be addressed to Kyle Schraufstetter. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel program team requirements:
Lou Gehrig travel baseball team expectations will differ between each level, and each coach. The 8 and 9 year old ages typically play in 3-4 tournaments , one being at LG, all local, no over night commitment is required. The 8 and 9s try outs are a balanced process, where the two teams are equal as picked by the coachs, after the evals are compiled. The 10U level is the first year of "A" red, and the "B" blue team split, where the red team builds there team first. The red team is a State bound team that represents Lou Gehrig at Districts, and possibly advancing on to States, and possibly Regionals in the Cal Ripken sub division of Babe Ruth Baseball . The 10,s may elect to start to travel out side of Western New York as well at this time. The 10 -12 ages will play in roughly 3- 6 tournaments, usually the Red State bound team playing more, in attempts to prepare the teams for Districts/States/Regionals. The 10u, 11u, and 12u red teams will represent Lou Gehrig at Districts/States every year.
The 13-15 year olds will have a much more complex schedule, where they will elect to play in a wide array of scheduling. From Clarence travel games, Boys of Summer, WNY and or just tournaments. At 13 and up, there is no house requirement for the boys, so a aggressive coach may run tournaments in May, June, July, and or August in conjunction with some form of travel league.
Each travel team will be registered to play in the WNY Travel, Clarence league or Boys of Summer Leagues. Each league consists of a minimum of 10-18 games plus playoffs.(ages 9-12 ) The 13u-15u's, may elect a alternate scheduling plan.
Players on travel teams ( 8-12 ) are required to participate in the house program. Ages 13 and up, house is optional. If a 13u, 14u, 15u team wishes to attempt to make themselves a State bound team , they must declare it to the travel committee as soon as possible to allow the League a opportunity to get they qualified.
For the upcoming season we will require one payment to cover the cost of the Field Maintenance and capital improvements for LGYBS. The second cost is to cover professional baseball clinics, indoor training facilities, local league games, tournaments, and uniforms as needed. Additionally, this will cover the cost to fund for concessions there will not be a mandatory fee or obligation for concessions in the upcoming season.
Uniforms are standard from ages 8 - 12, and usually need a upgrade due to kids growing every year, or every other year. At 13u and up, the jerseys may differ pending approval by the travel committee, where as they can use a combination of LG approved colors : red, white blue, black and grey.
Individual Player assessment Fee's, roughly ( 8-9 $300 - $400), (10U -15U) - 4300 -$1000 determined my each manager. Fee's involved are directly formed from the teams expenses which typically can vary widely. The biggest numbers actually arrived from the teams off season workout program, and amount of tournaments there playing in. My suggestion is to ask the coach up front what he has planned.
$250.00 – due within 3 days of being accepted to a team
This deposit is nonrefundable.
The remaining team assessment fee will be paid directly to your team manager.
Each team will have funds to cover their league play, there tournaments (including one Lou Gehrig) the majority of their tournament costs. Fundraising is optional for every team, if they so choose.
Questions and inquiries may be directed to email@example.com, VP Baseball
Thanks to all for participating!
Lou Gehrig Travel Baseball Committee