Enfield Travel/Tournament Baseball


Enfield Little League will have four Travel/Tournament Baseball Teams for the Summer of 2019 a 13U, 12U, 10U & a 9U team.  This is open to all 8-13-year old’s (Age as of August 31st).  Selections will be based off tryouts.  Registration for those who make the team will be $250.00 per player.  Cost will include a uniform, fees (insurance, etc.) and 3-5 Tournaments other costs will be offset by fundraising.  We will start practices after the regular Spring baseball season. Please review the Frequently asked questions for more information.

We are currently planning on doing the Following Tournaments:  


Green Monster Tournament Belchertown, MA

June 24-30th 9U, July 7-14th 10U, July 15th-21st 12U

Jimmy Fund Tournament Easthampton, MA

10U & 12U (late July)

Somers Wood Bat Tournament

9U, 10U & 12U (Dates have not been announced)

Mighty Mite Tournament Easthampton, MA

9U (late July)

 

We will also be looking into these tournaments and more as they begin to be released:


Southwick Sizzler Tournament Southwick, MA

9U, 10U & 12U (Dates have not been announced)

Nutmeg State Games Baseball Tournaments Southwick, MA

10U & 12U July 29th-August 4th

13U July 22nd – July 28th


Registration for tryouts is open to any player who has played this past Spring/Fall.  

We will have two dates for our tryouts.  Players can come to either or both tryouts.  

Sunday May 12th 10-Noon ACC Major Field for 13U & 12U, Minors Field for 10U & 9U

Sunday May 19th 3-5PM ACC Majors for 13U & 12U, Minors Field for 10U & 9U

Registration Link:
Competitive Travel Baseball Registration 


TRAVEL BASEBALL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

In addition to our Recreational Baseball program, Enfield Little League offers players the opportunity to participate in Tournament Baseball, at nearly every age group. Travel baseball provides our players opportunities to compete in competitive leagues and tournaments, while representing Enfield Little League Baseball.

There is generally a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding Travel/Tournament Baseball, so we have setup this page to provide as much information as possible and address as many frequently asked questions as we can. If you still have questions regarding travel ball, you are always welcome to submit questions via [email protected].

What is Travel/Tournament Baseball? ELLTravel/Tournament baseball teams play in tournaments and sometimes leagues, generally in the surrounding townships, but potentially out of the area and out of state as well - depending on the team and the managers and families involved. Travel teams are assembled by age group (9, 10, 11, 12 etc.) and their age group is dictated by their age on August 31st of that year. Travel baseball provides a more competitive brand of baseball than you will generally see in our Rec. leagues but is also still focused on player development.

Who can play? PTBA Travel/Tournament Baseball is committed to allowing as many kids the opportunity to play as possible and will often field multiple travel teams per age group (9yrs - 13yrs), if the interest exists amongst players and available coaches. In order to be eligible for consideration, players MUST play on a Rec. team, and make 60% of their games in the Spring or Fall Season. A player who does not achieve 60% Rec. participation will not be eligible for travel baseball, unless there was a medical, or other acceptable reason that they could not achieve 60% participation. In a case where we cannot field a team because of low interest, the Board may waive the participation requirement in order to field a team, but this is entirely at the discretion of the Board.

At what age does Travel/Tournament baseball start and what levels of play are offered? ELL offers travel baseball starting at age 9 & under (AA Division) and continuing to every age group where interest-level and participation exists. At 8-9 years old, there is typically enough interest for 1 team. At 10 years old and above, we generally have 1 team, and sometimes 2, though that is less common. Level of play (skill level) and Coaching availability will all factor into having multiple teams at one age level.

Does every player make a team? No, not necessarily. While we endeavor to select multiple teams at each age group, there are years when we just don't have enough kids or coaches to do that, so there can and most likely will be cuts.

How much does Travel/Tournament Baseball cost? Travel/Tournament Baseball will vary in cost by team. Each team has fixed and variable costs. The typical cost for Summer Travel falls somewhere between $300 and $500 per player (estimated). Each team has a set amount of expenses for tournament fees and uniforms. The expenses are divided equally among the members of the team. A typical team for Travel Baseball will play in 3 to 5 tournaments in the summer season. Each tournament costs about $300-$600. Each player will be provided a traveling baseball quality uniform that includes a jersey and hat. In years past we have provided practice jerseys, bat bags, batting helmet, etc. We cover the additional costs with fundraising that the ELL Travel/Tournament teams will do together. This will help pay for all the costs associated with the program and supply additional sway and equipment to the players.

What is the commitment level for Travel/Tournament Baseball? While we expect Full Participation, we do understand that family commitments can sometimes overlap with baseball. We have left the discretion in the hands of each Coach & Manager and expect that communication will occur between families and coaches to ensure that we have no cases where teams are short-handed & have to withdraw from tournaments. This is above and beyond the commitment level of your typical recreation baseball team.

Is there equal playing time in Travel/Tournament Baseball? No, not necessarily. In Rec. baseball we have rules that encourage and sometimes dictate how many innings players can and can't play in the infield/outfield, etc. These rules generally do not exist in Travel/Tournament baseball. While the overall goal should still be focused on player development, coaches have the option to play kids where they will have the best chance to help the team and be successful.

What if my child is sick or injured and can't make the tryout? If that is the case, please notify us ASAP. As long as your child has a doctor's excuse for their injury or illness, ELL will waive the participation or tryout requirement so that they may be considered. Their evaluation will be based entirely on last season's performance in Spring and Travel (if applicable).

Who can coach? Anyone who manages a team in our organization could be a candidate for coaching travel ball. After the teams are selected, the ELL Travel Directors will select travel managers from the list of interested parties. In most cases our coaches are already selected for the first teams we are looking to fill during the start of Spring Season.

Why do I need to volunteer at our tournament? Our parents are the reason our program is successful. Should we run a tournament(s)s the proceeds from those go right back into our program to fund the organization and help pay for field projects and other equipment. Parents are required to volunteer at their child's tournaments or pay a qualified person to stand in for them. In addition to volunteering your time, you will also be asked to volunteer your talents! Each tournament will need parents to volunteer food to sell at the concession stands, game announcers, field setup and tear-down, official scorekeepers, etc. Please be prepared to jump in and help make your child's tournament a great experience for all!

SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ELL TRAVEL/TOURNAMENT BASEBALL SELECTION PROCESS, OR TRAVEL BASEBALL IN GENERAL, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK YOUR CHILD'S COACH, OR SEND AN EMAIL TO ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS OR SEND AN EMAIL TO [email protected] AND WE WILL GET BACK TO YOU AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE

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