13 & Older Travel Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The objective of Beekman Travel is to provide a high quality, competitive alternative to independent travel programs by reducing overhead and maintaining the program through dedicated volunteers and affordable training options focused on the long-term development and safety of the players. Our programs offer a challenging and demanding schedule and encourages personal growth, skill building, and preparation for school programs.
Why should I play for the Beekman Travel Program?
- Committed coaches
- Externally provided training
- Competitive registration fees and costs
- “No throw” policy during school team season – limited to conditioning, batting, and bucket drills
- Access to Beekman’s outstanding fields and cages for practices and games
- Same great regional tournaments other travel programs attend
How do I determine age for eligibility?
- Player eligibility is based on age as of May 1 of the current year for the Spring Program and May 1 of the following year for the Fall Program.
Can a player play for an age group older than he/she is eligible for?
- Players are encouraged to play “at age” to retain the competitiveness of all our programs
- All players must be at least 13 years old to participate in the 13u+ Travel Program
- Once tryouts are completed, the Travel Committee will review all assessments and make the final decision where the player is best suited for the integrity of the teams
Which Travel Leagues will we play in?
- Each manager will have the flexibility of customizing a schedule for their team and will be able to choose from several local leagues; however, tournaments make up a major component of the travel program with many being outside the state and these may take priority over a team’s participation in an organized travel league
How are managers selected?
- Anyone interested in managing a Travel team, can submit their interest to the league President
- All applications will be reviewed and a manager will be selected for each age group by the nominating committee (President, Vice President, Director of either Baseball or Softball, and Board Members)
- All travel managers must be BAC Board confirmed, hold all coaching certifications required of BAC, and have the character, values, attitude and organizational expertise to run a travel team including selection of coaches, their on-going support, parent management, and strong player development
How are teams built?
- Though it is the manager's discretion, rosters are typically filled with 12 players to a team.
- Tryouts will be held typically in the late Summer, early Fall and players will be assessed by the team manager and (2) other Travel team managers or representatives from the BAC Board
- Players receive a rating (1 -5) in the following categories:
- Managers will have discretion of completing the roster for their team.
- Parents can expect a communication from the manager of the team after tryouts
What if a player can't participate in a tryout?
- (2) Try-out dates will be scheduled for each age group to allow for schedule conflicts.
Can a player lose his place on the team?
- A player can be removed from a team at any time if player and parent expectations are not met
- A parent can decline having their child participate in a team at any time. Any fees collected will be forfeited.
- Everyone is expected to follow the BAC Code of Conduct. Violations will follow the BAC Grievance Procedure and are subject to the same consequences
What are the expectations from a Player?
- Players are expected to demonstrate the maturity to be part of a competitive team, the respect in managers and coaches, the responsibility to fulfill the commitment to the team by being on time and attending every practice and game, and the discipline to play at one’s best and continue to develop as a ball player. This is a TEAM game and your team is depending on you!
- Accept your Manager’s decisions, including playing time, positions, and spot in the batting order. You will be competing with other players and will need to work hard to earn playing time.
- Playing for the team is a commitment to both coaches and teammates – this must be demonstrated by all players
What are the expectations from a Parent?
- Demonstrate appropriate behavior and sportsmanship so that your son and his teammates have positive character examples
- Support the TEAM concept and reinforce the importance of hard work, responsibility and sportsmanship.
- Get your child to practices and games on time. His attendance is expected, but if he will be late to or miss a practice or game, it is crucial that you communicate with your Manager as early as possible.
- The Manager is in charge of the team, support him and accept his decisions.
- Meet your financial obligation to the team as outlined by your Manager. If your child decides to leave the team, or is asked to leave the team due to violating this agreement, no refunds are guaranteed
- Parents will be informed prior to player selection that a travel team does not guarantee a player’s position and play time
What are the expectations from a Manager and Coach?
- Demonstrate appropriate behavior and sportsmanship so players have positive character examples
- Provide ample opportunities to your players to improve their skills in practices and games.
- Follow the rules outlined above and hold players accountable to do the same.
- Manage team budget and financial statements to share with the team and the BAC
- Team managers will make it a priority to get all players who make the travel team an appropriate level of playing time as their skills and position afford – teams should not carry so many players where a limitation in play time would be the norm
- Players should be selected not only on their skills but also on their ability to act responsibly, support their teammates, promote positive behavior and respect for the game of baseball, and have a long term commitment to playing the game
- Player development will require externally delivered training in many cases, including instruction, facility costs, and other physical fitness activities and team managers should plan this into their overall program, costs and communicate to the parents prior to final player selection
- Team managers will make it a priority to develop players and constantly improve so the BAC travel program is looked upon as a “player-centric” organization and for the benefit of the players
When will games be played?
- Typically tournaments and games are played on weekends, sometimes double headers on Sundays if team plays in a league
Is participation in BAC Recreation required for a BAC Travel Team?
- No, but participation in the BAC recreation program is required for Babe Ruth All Star team selection
- BAC and the Travel Program strongly encourage players to participate in local recreation programs
What is the duration of the season?
- Normal Travel season will run from January through October for 13u players and older
What is the cost for the Travel Program?
- Registration Fees will vary by season and year. It will cover league fees, insurance, and tryouts
- Current Travel registration fees are $50 per player – this does not include costs related to actual team participation such as uniforms, tournaments, equipment, training, etc.
How many games will be played each season?
- Each manager will determine the exact schedule for their team each season. Typical schedules have been from 6 -12 tournaments, league play, or combination of both
Will we participate in Tournaments?
- Each manager will determine the tournament schedule for their team each season. The goal is to participate in as many tournaments as possible
- Tournament fees are collected based on manager’s discretion depending on the scheduling requirements
- Parents are responsible for transportation, food, housing or other costs associated with travel play.
Will there be a Winter Program?
- Each manager will be encouraged to attend a Winter Workout program to prepare for the Spring season
- Any costs associated with facility use for a winter program will be collected separately
Do BAC Managers get paid?
- No. All BAC Travel Managers are volunteers and do not get paid for their time and effort. This is one of the reasons that we are able to provide competitive fees. As a non-profit organization, we look only to cover our actual expenses.
How do I pay?
- All registrations will be submitted and paid online on the BAC web site
- Any costs associated with Winter programs, Tournaments, or other team expenses will be collected by the team manager
- Once a player is selected for a team, parents will be required to register for the Travel program.
What if I have other question?
- Additional questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org