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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.

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. For 8U-10U, the top eight age eligible kids make the team, and the coach is then allowed to fill out the roster. For 11U-12U, the top six age eligible kids make the team as long as the coach has been with that team for 3 years, and the coach is then allowed to fill out the roster. Most coaches will take a roster of 11-12 kids. Teams must take at least 11 kids.

Note that we do give the 13U and 14U coaches additional flexibility to comprise their teams, only mandating that more than 50% of the kids on the team are residents of Twinsburg. The top six age eligible kids automatically make the team and then the coach is allowed to fill out the roster.

TRYOUTS FOR THE 2019 TEAMS

The tryouts for the 2019 travel teams are scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 29, 2018 and Sunday, August 5, 2018 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
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: 9U, 11U, 13U

14U tryouts are  Thursday July 19th (6-8 PM) and Sunday July 22nd (12-2 PM) at Glen Meadow Park (Field #1).

Your child's age on April 30, 2019 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, 2019 determines division - tryouts the previous August
  • Games all over NE OH, weekend tournaments, 40-55 total games played
  • Winter indoor practices start right after new year, season typically ends in late July