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Travel Baseball

OVERVIEW

Twinsburg's travel baseball teams have experienced a lot of success these last several years, both on the field, and also with the with the way they represent the city by playing the game the right way and displaying excellent sportsmanship.

The program enjoys the best of both worlds, operating as a "true" community program (all players must reside in Twinsburg city school district), yet the teams are still able at the highest levels, faring very well against the top club baseball teams in Ohio and the surrounding states.

2017 may have been the best year ever for the travel program:

8U - 25-4 record, winners of the Hudson Spring Classic and Twinsburg Stars & Stripes
9U - 26-12 record, four championship game appearances
10U - 43-8 record, winners of five tournaments - the Hudson Spring Classic, Sports Force Park Memorial Day Tournament, Littlest Heroes Charity Tournament, Kings Island Invitational, and Twinsburg Stars & Stripes
11U - 38-9 record, CVBA 11U champions, winners of five tournaments - the North Ridgeville Shootout, Brawl by the Bay, Buckeye Classic, Littlest Heroes Charity Tournament, Twinsburg Stars & Stripes, and CVBA year-end playoff tournament

12U - 37-13 record, winners of four tournaments - the Hudson Spring Classic, Nordonia Baseball Bash, Nations Summer Showdown in Cincinnati, and Twinsburg Stars & Stripes ... also had an outstanding 5-4 week out in Cooperstown, NY advancing to the final 36 and losing 13-12 to the eventual champs

Each year, Twinsburg Travel Baseball sends our 12U team to Cooperstown, NY's "Field of Dreams" for a week-long showcase 104-team tournament that includes some of the best 12U baseball teams from all across America.

TBL also hosts the Twinsburg Stars & Stripes Travel Baseball Tournament each year the weekend after the 4th of July. Our travel baseball teams compete in this event, which draws 50+ teams from all over Ohio and the surrounding states to the event.

AGES/TRYOUTS

Twinsburg fields one travel baseball team annually in seven different age divisions: 8U, 9U, 10U,11U, 12U, 13U and 14U.  There are tryouts for those teams every year in late July/early August that are judged by independent talent evaluators with no association to the teams they are evaluating.  The kids are evaluated in the following four areas, all of which have three components to them.  The scores from all evaluators in all areas are equally weighted and averaged to produce one final composite score.

Infield - mechanics, range, arm strength
Outfield - mechanics, range, arm strength
Hitting - mechanics, contact, power
Pitching - mechanics, command, velocity

The tryouts are limited to kids who live in the Twinsburg city school district, and there are two sessions.  If kids show up for both sessions, their two scores are averaged. If they show up for just one session, that is their score. The top eight age eligible kids make the team, and the coach is then allowed to fill out the roster. Most coaches will take a roster of 12 kids at the younger age divisions (8U, sometimes 9U) then typically move to a roster of 11 as the kids get older. Note that we do give the 13U and 14U coaches a little additional flexibility, only mandating that more than 50% of the kids on the team are residents of the community, and also giving them the option to fill the team with kids outside the community if needed.

TRYOUTS FOR THE 2018 TEAMS

The tryouts for the 2018 travel teams are scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 30, 2017 and Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Liberty Park in Twinsburg.  Below are the scheduled times. Players should arrive 30 minutes prior to register and to get warmed up. Registration forms will be available at the fields that morning to complete.

9 AM - 11 AM: 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: 9U, 11U

The 13U tryouts will be at Liberty Park on Wednesday, July 19th from 6:00-8:15 PM and Sunday, July 23rd from 10:00 AM-12:15 PM. Note that the normal rules and guidelines we follow from 8U-12U do not apply for 13U and 14U, as we just mandate the teams are comprised of more than 50% Twinsburg kids.

Your child's age on April 30, 2018 would determine which team they are eligible to try out for.  Kids can "try out up", and are graded just like the other age-eligible kids, but can only be taken with coaches selections, even if they come in the top eight.  The top eight age-eligible kids make each team.

Additional information on the tryouts, teams, and process can be found by clicking here.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN REC & TRAVEL BASEBALL

Rec Baseball

  • $95-$125 for the entire season
  • Divisions by school grade
  • All games in Twinsburg, 14-16 game schedule
  • 3 month season (April, May, June)
  • Tryouts for a rec tournament team take place in winter, teams practice once a week and play in three weekend tournaments

Travel Baseball (8U-12U)

  • $295, plus additional costs throughout year & fundraising
  • Age on April 30, 2018 determines division - tryouts the previous August
  • Games all over NE OH, weekend tournaments, 40-50 total games played
  • Winter indoor practices start right after new year, season typically ends in late July

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