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Travel Baseball - Program Information Update
April 20, 2014
 TRYOUT UPDATE:
 

JR LEGION- (15 and under ) -       MONDAY APR 21ST 6:30 PM AT MEMORIAL PARK FIELD***OPTIONAL AND LAST SESSION FOR THOSE WHO MAY HAVE MISSED.

 

(CONTACT MR. BILL LEVENGOOD (BILL.LEVENGOOD236@GMAIL.COM) WITH ANY QUESTIONS)

               

SANDLOT LEGION (14 and under) - TUESDAY APR 22ND 6:30 PM AT MEMORIAL PARK FIELD

SATURDAY APR 26TH AT 12:00 NOON MEMORIAL PARK

SUNDAY APR 27TH AT 12:00 NOON MEMORIAL PARK

 (CONTACT MR. BRIAN BINGAMAMAN (SBINGO41@NETSCAPE.NET ) WITH ANY QUESTIONS)

 

DELCO 15 and under - PLANNING ON TRYOUTS WEDNESDAY &THURSDAY (JEFFK29@GMAIL.COM 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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TRAVEL BASEBALL TRYOUTS FOR THIS WEEK THURSDAY APRIL 17 - SATURDAY APRIL 19:        
                
                
                                
JR LEGION- (15 and under ) -   THURSDAY, 17 APR, 6:00PM AT SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL         
                                                                                           
SATURDAY,  19 APR, 9:30AM AT SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL  
(CONTACT MR. BILL LEVENGOOD (BILL.LEVENGOOD236@GMAIL.COM) WITH ANY QUESTIONS)
                
                
SANDLOT LEGION (14 and under) - SATURDAY, 19 APR, 12:00PM AT MEMORIAL PARK (CONTACT MR. BRIAN BINGAMAMAN (SBINGO41@NETSCAPE.NET ) WITH ANY QUESTIONS)
 
                
                
PREP LEGION- (13 and under) - SATURDAY, 19 APR,  9:30AM MEMORIAL PARK(CONTACT MR. DOM GAETA (DOM997@YAHOO.COM ) WITH ANY QUESTIONS)
                
                
DELCO 15 and under - ALL INTERESTED PLEASE EMAIL ME DIRECT WITH YOUR INTENT (JEFFK29@GMAIL.COM ) SO I CAN PLAN TRYOUTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TRAVEL BASEBALL TRYOUTS FOR THIS WEEKEND SATURDAY APRIL 12 AND SUNDAY APRIL 13:
 
16 AND OLDER   - SATURDAY 3:00PM NORTH AVE
                              - SUNDAY 2:00PM NORTH AVE
 
 
JR LEGION- (15 and under ) SUNDAY 12:30 MEMORIAL PARK
 
SANDLOT LEGION (14 and under) - NOTHING SCHEDULED THIS WEEK
 
PREP LEGION- (13 and under) - SATURDAY 9:30AM MEMORIAL PARK
                                                        -SUNDAY 5:00PM MEMORIAL PARK
 
DELCO 15 and under - Nothing Scheduled, Will get started next week
 
 
 
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PLEASE PLAN ON THE FOLLOWING:
 
ALL 13-15 YEAR OLDS INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT PLEASE REPORT TO  CROWELL PARK (NORTH AVE) SUNDAY APRIL 6TH (4PM).
 
ALL 16 YEARS AND OLDER (turns 16 before Apr 30) PLEASE REPORT TO NORTH AVE:
 
SATURDAY APRIL 5TH  (3PM) 
SUNDAY APRIL 6TH AT (2PM)
 
 

 

IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP FOR TRAVEL BASEBALL AND YOU WANT TO PLAY, PLEASE SIGN UP NOW SO WE CAN PLAN ON NUMBER OF TEAMS.

 

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Travel baseball is offered to players who will turn 13 prior to 30 April of this year or older, or , players currently in 7th grade and above.  All teams under the travel baseball program will play on a 90 foot baseball diamond with a 60'6" foot distance between mound and home plate. 

 

Travel baseball should not be confused with tournament baseball.  While some tournament teams at the lower age levels do participate in travel leagues, the teams are primarily formed as tournament teams and are recognized as tournament teams.  All tournament teams are formed out of the respective in house SAA leagues.


Participants in the Travel Baseball Program must be current members of Springfield Athletic Association.
  Participants are also required to pay a $100 travel fee.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BASEBALL TRAVEL FEE HAS BEN INCREASED TO COVER INCREASED PROGRAM COSTS . 

 

 

Team rosters are filled via tryout selection. 

 

Teams travel across Delaware County with some Chester and Montco 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. 

 

High school, middle school and CYO baseball does not usually interfere with travel baseball.  In the event of conflicts in the seasonal overlap our coaches will normally work around the conflicts. 

 

Conflicts with track, lacrosse, basketball and outside summer baseball programs are generally not received well after the fact.   Players involved with any of the above should discuss their commitment level and schedule conflicts with coaches before accepting a roster spot on a team.  This does not mean don’t play.  It simply means communicate your potential conflicts up front so that your coach can 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.  Again, this does not mean don’t play.  It means be up front. 

 

Bottom line on commitment and attendance- persistent absence from games and practice can impact your standing on the team.    Please discuss any other commitments with your coach prior to accepting a spot on a team.

 

Preliminary Info for players moving up from Cal Ripken:  

 

Note: For players younger than 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. 

 

All travel teams play on a regulation 90 foot baseball field.  Our 90 foot diamonds are:
 
Memorial Park- used by 7th/8th grade teams .
 
Springfield High School- used by Travel teams
 
ETR middle School- Used by Teeners and Travel teams.
 
Church Road Park- Used by Teeners Intramural league and Travel teams.
 

Crowell Park- Used by Teeners and Travel teams 

 

Projected Schedule for Travel Teams:  TBD

 

Tryout/Evaluations (subject to change): Tryout evaluations will be planned and groupings will be organized when team/league planning is finalized.

Travel Baseball News
January 8, 2014

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For Planning:
 
ALL TEAMS PLAY IN WOOD BAT LEAGUES. 
 
 
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If you are interested in playing baseball at the travel level, you should sign up now.  Decisions on the number of teams participating in leagues and which leagues they play in are being made now.  Those decisions will be finalized before tryouts begin.
 
At this point the plan is:
 
1 team at 13 year old level (Legion Prep)
1 team at 14 year old level (Sandlot legion)
1 team at 13-15 year old level (Jr Legion)
1 (Maybe 2) teams at 15-17 year old level (if numbers permit)
1 team at 16-18 year old level (Sr Legion)
 
If numbers permit, developmental team at 13/14 year old level (DELCO Knee Hi Division)
 
NOTE:  Please note that the intent of a developmental team is to continue to develop players who are interested in playing the game at a higher level.   Only if there is a need to round out developmental rosters will others be invited to participate.  If there is a need to round out rosters, those spots will be filled at the discretion of the Travel Baseball Director (Jeff Kilgallen) based on the needs of the team.
 
There is no guarantee that a developmental team will be formed or all players trying out will be assigned to a team
 
 
Sign up now!
 
Read below for more detailed info on Travel Baseball.
 
Questions?  See or call Jeff Kilgallen (610 761 7009).
 
 
 
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The plan for 2014: 

 

Generally, out door tryouts beginning mid Mar  2013 would be considered best case early start.  Field conditions will drive when tryouts begin.   Weekends of Mar 22nd and/or Mar 29th are more probable start dates.  Perhaps an indoor clinic style event will take place prior to outdoor tryouts.

 

Keep checking back here for updates as we get closer to March .  Better than expected weather will drive earlier start dates, worse than expected weather will result in delays.  An email will be sent to all players registered and signed up for travel baseball once the schedule is set.

 

All of our travel teams are considered summer season teams.  League start dates are generally not until mid May.  Once tryouts begin, they are usually held every Sat & Sun.  If poor weather conditions persist and require schedule adjustments some tryouts can be moved to weeknights.   
 

The leagues we participate in:

 

13's (Mostly 7th grade with some 8th graders)-  Del-Mont Prep Legion League -  For 2014: Coach = Dom Gaeta, wood bat only.  Metal spikes ok, Age cutoff date: cant turn 14 prior to 30 April of current playing year.

 

14's (Mostly 8th grade with some 9th graders)-Sand Lot Legion League-   For 2014: Coach = Brian Bingaman, wood bat only, Metal spikes ok, Age cutoff date: cant turn 15 prior to 30 April of current playing year.

 

13-15 (Mostly 9th grade, a couple 10th grade, Potentially some 8th graders)- Main Line Jr Legion League- For 2014: Coach = Bill Levengood, wood bat only.  Metal spikes ok, Age cutoff date: cant turn 16 prior to 30 April of current playing year.

 

15 -17 (9th, 10th, 11th and a couple 12th graders) - EDCO Intermediate: For 2014: 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 (9th,10th, 11th & 12th + some 13th graders)- Main Line Senior Legion: For 2014: Coach =Jeff Kilgallen, wood  bat only. Age cutoff date: Anyone born Jan 1,1995 and after.

 
Summary
Travel Teams
Age is determined by player's age on April 30. 
Division Teams Grade Age Fields Comments
Travel 1 -2 7&8 13 Memorial Pk Del-Mont County Prep American Legion League
Travel 1 7/8 &9  14 Memorial Pk SEPA 14's Prep American Legion League
Travel 1 7/8/& 9 13, 14 & 15 Crowell Pk Main Line Junior American Legion League
Travel 1 or 2 9/10/11/12 15, 16 & 17 Crowell Pk EDCO Youth Baseball League
Travel 1 9/10/11/12/-13 16, 17, 18 &19 SHS  Main Line Senior American Legion League

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