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.