Travel Baseball - Program Information Update
This is a community based baseball program for the youth of Springfield who wish to play the game with their local friends but at a higher level than intramural programs can offer. These teams from Springfield compete against teams from surrounding communities and counties. Teams compete in traditional regular season competition followed by a playoff tournament where league champions are crowned and afforded the opportunity to progress to higher level championship competition at the state, regional and, for senior legion, the national level.
Coaches for our teams are all volunteers and have been involved in the program for several years. All bring stability to our program and respect from surrounding community programs and league leadership. All coaches undergo mandatory background checks as required by both Springfield Athletic association (SAA) and Pennsylvania American Legion. Coaches work year round with league officials ensuring that there will always be a place for Springfield's young players to play organized community based travel baseball.
All players must be members of Springfield Athletic Association (SAA) and reside within Springfield School District geographical boundaries to participate in this program. The geographical boundary is a league requirement. The SAA grandfather rule does NOT overrule the league residency requirement. Players who do not reside within the boundaries of SAA CAN NOT PLAY. Players must also meet the minimum age/grade requirements. If interested in trying out for a team, please join SAA now and sign up for "Travel Baseball" to ensure you receive important informational updates.
All players will be required to provide proof of residency and proof of age documentation during tryouts. In addition to the SAA membership fee, all players are required to pay an additional program travel fee of $100. Total cost outlay to play will average $200 per player including membership fee and travel fee.
SAA Membership- Director will verify (pay now at sign up)
Proof of Age-Birth Certificate (no copies)
Proof of residency - Valid parent drivers license or similar indicating address of parents.
(in the case of split residency, the players residence during the school year sets his residence)
Proof of grade - If younger than 13
SAA travel fee- $100 (check payable to SAA at tryouts)
Player Equipment Requirements:
Spikes (most use metal spikes)
Cup (catchers required)
Wood Bats -must be single piece wood. No composite wood or bamboo (If it has a BBCOR rating, it's probably not all wood and it's probably illegal)
All teams under the travel baseball program will play on a regulation sized 90 foot baseball diamond with a 60'6" foot distance between mound and home plate.
Team rosters are filled via tryout selection.
Teams travel across Delaware County with some Chester and Montco and Philly games.
Schedule and commitment varies with teams and coaches. Younger teams tend to practice more than older teams. For 13/14’s parents should expect 2-3 games per week on average along with 2 practices. 15’s and older tend to play 3 games per week and 1 practice. Weeknight games start at 6PM. Weekend start times can vary.
Local high school, middle school and CYO baseball does not usually interfere with SAA travel baseball. In the event of conflicts in the seasonal overlap (during tryouts and preseason practice) our coaches will normally work around the conflicts.
Players (and their families) considering trying out for these teams should be willing to commit to the team and the schedule that goes with being a team member. Commitment is expected until the end of the season(as late as mid-late July). While conflicts can arise, conflicts during the playing season with other baseball, lacrosse, basketball and any other outside summer team are generally not well received. These teams should be the players primary sporting commitment. Players involved with any other teams should discuss their level of commitment to the team and outside conflicts with coaches before accepting a roster spot on a team. Communicate your potential conflicts up front so that your coach can asses your unique situation and, if possible, adjust accordingly.
Family vacations in the summer are a fact of life. If you can’t schedule your family vacation after the season you should discuss your vacation schedule with the coach prior to accepting a roster spot on a team.
Bottom line on commitment and attendance - absence from games and practice can impact playing time and your standing on the team. While missing a game or a practice is not the end of the world, there may be some sort of repercussion, just out of respect for the players that put the effort into making it. Repercussions could possibly be altered playing time, or position in the batting order. Please discuss any other commitments with your coach prior to accepting a spot on a team. There will be no refunds to players who quit.
Positions in the field (and other coaching decisions) - Players are encouraged to tryout at positions best suited to their ability. However, players (and parents) should realize that coaches will move players around in the field during tryouts, practices and games for various reasons. Players might be asked to play positions they don't necessarily like in certain situations to help the team better compete. Parents are encouraged to respect and support coaching decisions that come about for betterment of the team.
Preliminary Info for players moving up from Cal Ripken:
Note: For players younger than 13 or 7th grade: Tournament teams are formed out of the Cal Ripken Major and Minors leagues. You must play in the Springfield AA CAL RIPKEN LEAGUES to qualify for ALL tournament teams.
If you are in 7th grade and your age qualifies you (you won’t be 13 until after April 30th of this year) to play for the Cal Ripken League tournament team, and you wish to play Cal Ripken, you must play in the Cal Ripken League and tryout for the tourney team. You may not play in both the Travel Baseball program and play on tournament teams.
All 13, 14 and 15 year old players who play Travel Baseball are also encouraged to join our Teener league for more baseball. However your primary commitment is to your travel team. Since tournament season coincides with travel baseball playoffs, travel players cannot play for any SAA tournament teams unless the travel team participates in a tournament as a team.
New Age Rules for 2018
The following age rules were approved for the 2018 season for Pennsylvania Youth Legion Baseball Programs:
AGE and BIRTH DATE:
Legion Baseball will be using the calendar year: January 1 to December 31.
The players league age will be the age he/she is in the year that he/she is playing. In 2018 the player turns 14 on January 2 or December 29, he/she is a 14 year old.
The Prep program will now 14u, this means players can be 14 years or younger.
The Sandlot Program will now be 15u, this means players can be 15 years or younger.
The Youth program will now be 16u, this means players can be 16 years or younger.
The Senior program will continue to be 19u. No change.
Travel Baseball News
Planning for 2018
Leagues and Teams (Subject to change based on level of interest at sign up)
The leagues we participate in:
13's/14's (Mostly 7th grade and 8th graders)- Del-Mont Prep Legion League - For 2018: Coach = TBD, wood bat only. Metal spikes ok, Age cutoff date: cant turn 15 until 2019 (Born on/after Jan 1 2004)
15U (8th grade & 9th graders)-Sand Lot Legion League- For 2018: Coach = TBD, wood bat only, Metal spikes ok, Age cutoff date: cant turn 16 until 2019. (Born on/after Jan 1 2003)
16U (Mostly 9th and 10th grade)- Main Line Jr Legion League- For 2017: Coach = TBD, wood bat only. Metal spikes ok, Age cutoff date: cant turn 17 until 2019. (Born on/after Jan 1 2002)
15 -17 (9th, 10th, 11th and a couple 12th graders) - EDCO Intermediate: For 2017: Coach = Lou Gansky, Wood Bat only (or composite wood), Age cutoff date: cant turn 18 prior to 30 April of current playing year.
16 -19 (10th, 11th & 12th)- Main Line Senior Legion: For 2017: Coach =Jeff Kilgallen, wood bat only. Age cutoff date: Anyone born Jan 1,1999 and after.
2017 TRYOUT INFORMATION
This weekends plan:
7th/8th graders:Saturday, Apr 7th at 10AM
Tryouts typically last 2-3 weekends into April.