Last Updated: May 5, 2016
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"Walk the Plank X" 2016 Tournament Update:
10th Anniversary! 8u - 14u
Friday (5/27) - Monday (5/30)
5-Tool Baseball and Olney Travel Baseball are very pleased to once again host the 10th Annual "Walk the Plank" Memorial Day Baseball Classic tournament in 2016 (May 27 - May 30). We had 226 teams participate in this event in 2015 and the participant feedback was extremely positive. With the exception of the 8u age division that is open to all levels of teams due to their age, this unique tournament (unlike the "Mutiny at the Park" which is a wide open tournament offering both Elite divisions and Open divisions) is specifically geared to second tier travel baseball teams (i.e. excluding high level A travel baseball teams).
With the recent proliferation of travel baseball teams throughout the region over the past several years, it has become apparent that many teams rarely have a legitimate opportunity to successfully compete in tournaments against the high powered travel teams; often times getting mercied after three or four innings of play. Accordingly, the Walk the Plank tournament is more suitable for the following types of teams: (1) full-time travel teams that perform at about a .500 level or below in their own league play, (2) organization B teams, (3) recreational or house league all-star teams (4) Sunday only travel teams or (5) travel teams that have never come close to winning a highly competitive tournament. Our hope is that all of the participating players will truly enjoy a very positive and competitively balanced baseball tournament experience.
Teams compete in one of the following age divisions (basepaths/pitching distance). With the exception of the 8u division - teams may opt to play in either a Gold or Silver Division. We would expect that teams that have competed last year and placed first or second in the Silver Division would move up to the Gold Division in their age group. The Tournament Director reserves the right to move teams up or down if considered appropriate.
8u Kid Pitch (60/40)
11u and 12u (70/50)
13u and 14u (90/60)
The age cutoff date is April 30. However, please note the following exception for this one tournament only. So as not to exclude certain Sunday only teams we are allowing every 9u, 11u and 13u team to roster up to a maximum of 3 players that are one year older (i.e 10u, 12u or 14u) if they so desire. The intent of the exception is not to afford teams an opportunity to add ringers, but rather to ensure that older players that are currently playing on teams with a majority of younger players are not left behind.
Tournament registration fees are all inclusive...baseballs are provided and there are no gate fees, no parking fees, no cooler restrictions, etc.
Keep checking back to this website for updates leading up to and throughout the tournament!
14th Annual "Mutiny at the Park" 2016 Tournament Update:
Sunday (4/17) Update - batting helmet found at Damascus RP - name inside "Patrick Matan". Contact Al Bidwick to claim.
April 8 - 10, 2016 for 8u, 9u, 11u (Elite), 11u (Open), 13u (Elite) and 13u (Open)
April 15 - 17, 2016 for 10u (Elite), 10u (Open), 12u (Elite), 12u (Open), 14u (Elite) and 14u (Open)
5-Tool Baseball 2016 5-Day Summer Camp Dates
(Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m./OBGC Community Park)
June 27 - July 1
July 11 - July 15
July 18 - July 22
July 25 - July 29
August 8 - August 12
August 15 - August 19 (fall pre-season tune-up week)
Registration opens in January 2016 - after registration opens, simply click on the link below to register for 2016 summer camps through www.OBGC.com:
5 - Tool Baseball Clinics Series (Fall 2015/Winter 2016)
Serious-minded baseball players looking to advance their skills in the off season and gain an edge on their competitors when spring 2016 arrives attend fall and/or winter instructional clinics at 5-Tool Baseball. Clinics are open to ball players of all ages through 14u and are designed specifically to enhance performance in hitting, defense, pitching and conditioning.
In this our 12th consecutive year of conducting clinics, 5-Tool has a proven track record in advancing its alumni to the next levels of the game. Staff includes instructors with highly successful records in coaching teams at the collegiate and high school level.
All workouts will be conducted at Raider's Edge Indoor Training Facility in Gaithersburg, Md. and players have the following options to select from:
Fall 2015 Sessions
Fridays (6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) on 11/6 11/13, 11/20, 12/4 and 12/11 (Sorry, FULL)
Tuesdays (6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) on 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9 and 2/16
The five-session cost to attend a fall and/or winter clinic session series is $280 for Fridays and $250 for Sundays and Tuesdays. Unlike our very popular week-long summer camps, space unfortunately is limited so please register at www.5toolbaseball.net as soon as possible to secure a spot (click on online forms at the menu on left of welcome page).
Questions? - contact Al Bidwick at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 301-924-6480 (x250).