2023 TRAVEL BASEBALL REGISTRATION
Registration has now CLOSED for the competitive (non-recreational) baseball teams that will be representing WBSI & Watchung Little League in the 2023 Spring & Summer Seasons.
THE DATES FOR TRYOUTS AS OF 9/26/2022 are as follows:
9U: Tuesday 9/27/2022 @ 5pm - Phillips Field
10U & 11U: Thursday 9/29/2022 @ 5pm - Phillips Field
7U & 8U: Monday 10/3/2022 @ 5pm - Philiips Field
IF YOU DID NOT REGISTER, YOU ARE INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TRYOUTS AND WILL BE DENIED ENTRY TO THE FIELD.
Please go here to register and click on the “It’s Registration Time” banner: http://warrenbaseballsoftball.com/
§ This is NOT registration for the Spring Rec season
§ Player's eligible age is determined by the player’s age as of April 30, 2023. For example, if your son or daughter is 8 and turns 9 after April 30, 2023, they can participate in the 8U evaluations and be placed on an 8U team. A player who turns 9 on April 30, 2023 would only be able to participate on the 9U team. To address some issues over the last year, players will be eligible to try out for two age brackets (their eligible year and one bracket above). A player can only be placed on a team if they attended the tryout. A full breakdown of age groups can be found at the end of the memorandum.
§ Participation in the Travel Tryouts is mandatory for all players who wish to be placed on a Travel team. The only exception is a player who is in attendance, but is injured and cannot participate.
§ Players are required to register and actively participate (75% or more) in the 2023 Spring Recreation Season to play Travel baseball.
§ Previous participation in the Travel Program is not a prerequisite for participation in the 2023 Travel Program nor does it guarantee the player a roster spot.
§ The Travel baseball program is a competitive-level program which requires commitment from both the player, and the player's family. Teams may participate in holiday tournaments throughout the Spring and Summer season (i.e. - Memorial Day, 4th of July), and depending on the league or tournaments that the team participates in, may have multiple games in a weekend, or in one day.
§ Frequent schedule changes are to be expected due to weather and changing dates in leagues and tournaments, so players and parents must plan to be flexible. Prompt and regular attendance is a must for all Travel players. Parents must plan summer vacations to avoid conflict with practices and games.
§ Participation in another spring sport is not prohibited, however, priority must be given to the Travel baseball program.
§ Due to the time commitment required, players will not be permitted to join a Travel Team if they play on a ‘club’ team during the same period.
§ The coaches for each age group will decide if the team will participate in the Cal Ripken District Tournament, held at the end of June and any other tournaments through the year. Any team advancing to the state tournament will be expected to participate, which is held in early July.
§ Club baseball involvement has increased over the past 10 years and in order to combat that, WBSI is committed to putting together the most competitive teams with the most committed players. There is no substitute for playing for your town with your friends and WBSI strives to continue this tradition with our children by rewarding hard work, dedication and skill.
§ Travel teams will be formed at each age group depending on the number of players, the skill level of the players, and the availability of Coaches and Managers. The teams will be organized by color – Blue and Gray
§ Teams are limited to 11 or 12 players, the decision to take 11 vs 12 is at the coach's discretion.
§ Not all players may make a travel team, though every effort will be made to accommodate the maximum number of players into the travel program.
§ Tryouts will be conducted by independent evaluators along with league volunteers. Players will be placed on a team based on the tryout results from outside evaluators and input from league coaches and prior year’s performance.
§ The travel program is focused on forming competitive teams at each age bracket.
§ The fees for travel baseball will cover winter training (~ $200-300), uniforms (~$75) and league/tournament fees (~$500 and variable based on which leagues and tournaments the team enters).
§ Tournaments Typically cost $50-$75 per player and more competitive teams may play in 3-5 tournaments throughout the year.
§ In addition, some Travel teams in the older age groups may also elect to participate in out of state, high-profile tournaments (e.g. Cooperstown, Ripken Experience, Sports at the Beach, Hershey, Perfect Game, Diamond Nation, etc.) that may require additional fees and which may involve multiple-day travel.
§ WBSI/WLL strives to make our travel program accessible to any family that wishes to participate - financial assistance may be available if needed.
Tentative Tryout schedule is as follows:
§ Monday September 19, 2022 - 7u 5-630pm
§ Tuesday September 20, 2022 - 8u 5-6:30pm
§ Wednesday September 21, 2022 - 9u 5-6:30pm
§ Thursday September 22, 2022 – 10u 5-6:30pm
§ Friday September 23, 2022 - 11u 5-6:30pm
§ Sat/Sun (Rain Dates for Tryouts Mon 19th to Friday 23rd)
§ Monday September 26, 2022 - 12u 5-6:30pm
§ Tuesday September 27, 2022 - 13u 5-6:30pm
§ Wednesday September 28, 2022 - 14u 5-6:30pm
§ Thursday September 29, 2022 – Rain Date for 12u, 13u, 14u
§ Friday September 30, 2022 – Rain Date for 12u, 13u, 14u
§ Saturday/Sunday – Placeholder for Secondary Tryouts (if required).
§ 7U: Players with birthdays between May 1st, 2015 - April 30th, 2017
§ 8U: Players with birthdays born on or after May 1st, 2014
§ 9U: Players with birthdays born on or after May 1st, 2013
§ 10U: Players with birthdays born on or after May 1st, 2012
§ 11U: Players with birthdays born on or after May 1st, 2011
§ 12U: Players with birthdays born on or after May 1st, 2010
§ 13U: Players with birthdays born on or after May 1st, 2009
§ 14U: Players with birthdays born on or after May 1st, 2008
If you have any questions, Warren residents should contact Chris D’Annunzio and Shaun Fine at email@example.com; Watchung residents should contact Jack Griffith at firstname.lastname@example.org;