Dear high school baseball parents: Stay away from ‘travel teams’

Being a high school baseball player can be one of the best times of your life but if you want to have a chance to play at the collegiate level, it can be one of the most stressful times in your life.

Going through the recruiting process in baseball is a little bit different than other sports. There aren’t as many recruiting services in baseball as there are in football or basketball, so the recruiting is actually done more by the player than the college.

Of course, you have those players who are “no doubters” whose biggest question will be to go and play at a big time major college or to get drafted and turn professional right out of high school but since those types of players are few and far between, we will focus on the player who is good enough to play college baseball, but is looking for the right path to get to the next level.

“Travel teams” have become a cancer in high school baseball across the country. Every player at some point in their career at least considers or actually joins up with one of these “super teams” to travel around and play in tournaments all across the country with the idea of getting seen by more college coaches.

If that were actually true, it would be a positive thing but unfortunately, for these young men and for their parents, it is one of the biggest rackets in the current sports world.

For example, I was a baseball player at Jenks High School from 2003-2006 and all I ever wanted to do was to have the chance to play at the collegiate level.

I was invited to join a new and upcoming “travel team” going into my junior year called Oklahoma Select. It was going to be a team with a roster full of talented high school players from all over the state and we were going to travel around the country and play in numerous college showcase tournaments and other high-level events.

The cost to play on the team annually was going to be $2,500.

Because my parents knew how much I wanted to play college baseball and knew that I had a real chance of playing at the next level, they paid the money.

At our first tournament, we were scheduled to play at Redlands Community College in El Reno in front of numerous college coaches from the region. Instead, we were left waiting for our manager/coach of Oklahoma Select, who never showed and took off with all of our money.

Luckily, the police were able to track him down, so everyone got their money back but all of the summer and fall plans that were made had been squashed and all of us were left wondering what in the world we were going to do in the most important time of our recruiting process.

Prior to committing to play for Oklahoma Select, I had been called numerous times by the manager/coach for the Junior Spivey All-Stars, who were based out of Oklahoma City. They wanted me to play for them and go through a similar schedule of college showcase tournaments and other events around the country that I had planned on doing with Select.

I knew I had to do something, or so I thought I did, and I committed to playing for Spivey. It was another $2,500 for my parents but again, they knew exactly what I wanted to do and they wanted to help me in any way they could.

Unlike Oklahoma Select, the Junior Spivey All-Stars were a legit team and we traveled around Oklahoma, Kansas and other states in the region playing in tournaments throughout the summer and fall. I would play for them on the weekends and play for my Jenks varsity summer team during the week.

At one point, I remember standing in the dugout at the Kansas State University baseball field and looking up in the stands and thinking to myself, “I don’t see any college coaches, I don’t see anyone out here with a radar gun looking at pitchers and I don’t see anyone in the stands at all besides our parents and other teams waiting to play after our game is over.”

Then, I remember being in the on-deck circle at the Jenks High School baseball field for a summer league game in the middle of the week and looking in the bleachers and seeing two junior college head coaches watching our game.

It suddenly dawned on me that playing for a “travel team” isn’t exactly what it’s made out to be.

Fast forward to the spring of my senior year, I still hadn’t signed to play collegiately and we had a scout come by our practice one day and asked me if I had signed anywhere. I told him no and he said okay, we will get that done soon.

It took me by surprise but I said, okay and went on with practice. The very next day I got a call from the coach at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas and I ended up signing with them that week.

The next time I saw that scout who I had visited with at our practice I thanked him first and then asked him what exactly he had done.

He said, “I called several coaches in the area and told them about you and they all were interested.”

I was thankful but I was also angry because it then officially sank in that all of those tournaments, all of our time and all of our money we spent traveling around because we thought it was the best thing to do was a complete waste.

“Travel teams” at the high school level in baseball don’t make a young player better, they make him worse. There is no coaching, there is no direction and all the “coaches” care about on those teams are making money and cashing the checks they receive from each player.

However, perhaps the worst thing about “travel teams” is it takes away from what the high school coaches at our schools are trying to accomplish.

What parents and young players need to understand is that these “travel team” coaches don’t care about your son and most high school coaches do care.

They spend hours upon hours with their players developing their skill level while they have a direct impact on their lives.

Take it from my experience, if I would have just played for my Jenks summer team and focused on getting better maybe I would have had a better chance to go play collegiately at a better school. Instead, I wasted my time and my parents’ money on the lie that has been spreading around high school baseball for years.

Stay away from “travel teams”, if your son is good enough, the college coaches will find him.

73 Comments

  1. Don't matter on June 28, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    This is the most idiotic thing I’ve ever read. Please name 1 successful baseball player that only played high school baseball.

    • Anita on November 7, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Don’t matter…why do you believe this is an idiotic blog?
      What do you consider a “successful” baseball player? Only people who play in the Majors? Or do you consider those who get drafted by colleges as successful?
      This is from Kyle’s experience, observations, and opinions. Your experience and observations, in regards to travel teams, may be different. I find it hard to believe that all successful ball players were on travel teams. I consider those who played in college successful.

    • Coach smith on August 27, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Lorenzo Cain

    • Ben Kingston on May 19, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Carl Yastrzemski, Al Kaline, Don Drysdale, Sandi Koufax, Bob Gibson. Do I need to keep going?

      • Hello on June 21, 2020 at 3:30 pm

        Also add Tony Gwynn.

      • Joe on July 8, 2021 at 12:13 pm

        Although this response is dated, I felt it needed to be said. Some of the following Hall of Famers that you named did play on travel teams:

        – Mickey Mantle: Baxter Springs Whiz Kids
        – Hank Aaron: Mobile Black Bears
        – Johnny Bench: Signed out of high school by Reds
        – Carl Yastrzemski: Bridgehampton White Eagles
        – Al Kaline: Signed out of high school by Tigers
        – Don Drysdale: Signed out of high school by Dodgers
        – Sandi Kofax: Coney Island Sports League’s Parkviews
        -Bob Gibson: Went to Creighton on a basketball scholarship
        – Tony Gwynn: Went to college on a basketball scholarship

    • Anita on October 13, 2020 at 11:00 am

      I have a better question,Don’t matter…..how many people do you know (personally) who played years of travel, and went to the Major Leagues, or even the Minor Leagues? How many had a full-ride scholarship in college? I believe that is the point of this blog…is not to say that travel ball is useless and does not have it’s merits
      (because it does in many ways). But if one is looking at it as a way to be scouted by a college, the time and money can be better spent. Travel ball is a great way play competitively and to push limits. And if that is what one wants, then travel ball is a way to go. But if one wants to be noticed by scouts and the like, best to do another strategy…have the kid play, practice, condition, etc. with school and local teams, and then travel to college clinics, show cases, etc. I have a neighbor who never played on a travel team in his life. But he played locally and for the schools, and his Mom took him to college clinics and show cases. He was accepted to play ball by a college based on his playing ability and grades.

    • Spence r on March 13, 2021 at 9:43 pm

      Mike trout

      • Keith on July 8, 2021 at 12:14 pm

        Trout played travel ball with Tri-State Arsenal, one of the premier travel programs in the Northeast. He began working with the coaches at Arsenal at age 14.[22] Trout played in various tournaments with Tri-State Arsenal, including the Perfect Game WWBA Championships in Jupiter, Florida in 2007 and 2008.[23]

        In the summer before his senior year, Trout attended the Area Code Games in southern California, where he went 6-for-11 against some of the best players in the country.[24] Angels scout Greg Morhardt, who had played in the minor leagues with Trout’s father, claimed Mike was the fastest and strongest 17-year-old he had ever seen

    • Um....idiotic on April 21, 2021 at 10:38 am

      Um….look up every one of the top 50 baseball players in this country in every class 2023 to 2021 and they will all be playing for an elite travel baseball team. Anyone that says college or pro baseball players dont play travel is just a moron. Go to Perfect Game website and look up the top players….every single one of them has a Summer team. High School ball is rec ball. High school teams are filled with rec ball players that couldnt even make mediocre summer travel teams.

    • Kyle Mac on June 3, 2021 at 10:09 pm

      Wow….given all these comments, there are going to be a lot of disappointment dads out there when their kid doesn’t go pro, or even make a D1 school. If travel ball is fun for your kid, and let’s face it – the rest of your family who it also impacts, then knock yourself out. Spend the money, and enjoy the moment. The way recruiting is now, if your kid is worth anything, the right people will know.
      If they do go pro, congratulations! You get to financially support them for 7 years while they play in the minors.
      If your goal is college, hope you put as much emphasis (and money) into their grades as you did into baseball. Stanford and Vanderbilt won’t take dumb.

    • Jason on June 6, 2021 at 4:31 pm

      Travel ball should and it’s about developing as a player, the more reps you get in live have action the better. So the real question is, do you want to get better? If so join travel teams, join anything that’s going to get you game reps.

  2. Ben on June 8, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    This is a really stupid article and makes no sense at all. Of course in high school kids will play for their school, but travel baseball is where it all begins. Travel teams will destroy high school teams all day long. It’s not even close. One picks kids out of pool of kids at one school. One hand picks studs from everywhere and anywhere and works twice as hard and competes against same caliber. The players are trained, way more developed and compete on such a high level. To be honest, go look at ANY star high school player and ask them how they became that way. The answer will always be “my Travel baseball years… “ the answer will never be. “In junior high and JV, I didn’t need travel ball”

    Never.

    • Maria on March 6, 2019 at 11:48 am

      Totally agree with Ben! Of course players and parents should always do their due diligence when looking for travel teams because there are those that will “take off with your money”. Look for a team with a proven track record! My son found one on his own! $2500 per year plus travel expenses. He traveled with the team on his own since we could only afford for him to go. A national baseball organization committed to competition and exposure necessary to reach the next level. They were tough on their players, and that is apparent in his disciple and work ethic. He played for the travel team and high school. While a Junior in High School, he had 2 D1 offers and 3 D2 offers, all through his travel team exposure. Travel teams a cancer? I think not!

    • Ben Kingston on May 19, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      Your comment is seriously uninformed. Well over 85% of major league players did not play on travel teams you had to pay to be on. MLB should make a statement on this, and several major TV news networks of record already have done programs exposing the reality of PAY-FOR-PLAY baseball travel teams.

      • Al on July 2, 2020 at 6:58 am

        We can’t compare
        Generations ago of the past as select baseball didn’t exist! All minor league players in the last 15 years have played travel ball of some sort! You have showcase promoters as Perfect Game that lead the charge in this area. If you are only playing high school baseball you are limiting your chances to moving on the the next level unless your just that good! In the case, you will be seen no matter what. Travel baseball is like anything else! You have your good, bad, & extreme situations. I currently run a select baseball program. Yeah, we seem to win a lot of games each season but, that’s not what I’m out there for. I’m hard on my players. I teach things like being a team player, giving all you’ve got, fundamental baseball, importance of grades in school, respect for your community! I like the idea of better ball players playing together. I very much understand not all kids bloom at the same time and look for what I call “ gods gifts like “ the ability to snap a baseball” or natural “ god given speed” . I take those traits and work with them. I’m one of the few successful organizations that doesn’t charge for my time and expertise! It’s something I give back “ for the love of the game”. I pass on my love of the game for future generations. At the end of the day, you can be very successful with charging the big bucks as business has taken over the youth baseball world.

    • Chris Reynolds on August 18, 2019 at 1:12 am

      I just wanted to say over half of ALL CURRENT MLB players have played American Legion Baseball. My cousin went to the Cleveland Indians bc of that team. He however won a state Championship in TN hisSR yr. But he never forgets the time playing on that American Legion team.

    • Nate on February 29, 2020 at 6:15 am

      Ha! My boy just made the high school team without a ounce of travel experience. He’s amazing. Sorry point is not factual!

      • Al on July 2, 2020 at 7:02 am

        Not putting down your son but most any average baseball player can make a high school baseball team! Travel baseball is getting a bad rap here! Most players in the last 15 years get signed off a travel baseball team and or showcase! That’s just the facts I watch it everyday! Now, a lot of organizations are money driven and not looking out for the best interest of the players, that is also a fact! The concept of travel baseball has helped produce quite a few great ball players. The game of baseball has changed dramatically in the last 10 years!

        • Durden on September 20, 2020 at 11:47 pm

          Al, as stated in my comment to Ben, the elite players aren’t paying any money. Those junior college, NAIA, D3, and many D2 kids are paying more money than the scholarship is worth and the fact of the matter is they can get that same scholarship by being a good high school baseball player. I have no idea where you live but college coaches not only come to our local high school games, they also come to practices from time to time. I realize that most high school programs aren’t of a quality to draw that attention, but they also attend high school all-star games, legion games (which cost nothing to close to nothing to play), and as you mentioned, showcases which are far cheaper than travel teams.

          The fact of the matter is that if you are paying thousands of dollars for your kid to play travel ball, and he is good enough to play at the next level, then he is most likely destined for a small NAIA or possibly a JC . . . . . and he could have gotten that same scholarship playing high school or high school affiliate (legion ball).

          For the elite players your argument might have had some validity 15-20 years ago, but now it is so watered down it is meaningless. I got back from a PG tournament a couple weeks ago. I saw a bunch of 17 year old kids throwing 78-82 and a few 86+, and 3 total kids 90+. Do you think it is money well spent for those 17 year olds throwing 80?

    • Durden on September 20, 2020 at 11:40 pm

      Ben, you obviously know nothing about travel ball. First of all, STUDS aren’t paying $2500 (outdated article because it is much more now) to play for travel teams. The studs play for free. They play for organizations, have some success, and that success brings on paying customers on one of their other 20 teams they have. Those kids then end up paying the way for the kids on that elite team. MOST of the kids who play travel ball are average to above average. Anyone who disagrees with that really has no clue how travel ball works. Again, if you pay for travel ball you are NOT elite.

      Secondly, the travel teams don’t train. They barely coach and on top of that, they aren’t actually coaching the game of baseball. Winning isn’t the primary goal, and according to the scouts and college coaches I talk to regularly they players now have a much lower baseball IQ than they have in the past. One primary reason is travel ball. You won’t see the first bunt or anyone hitting behind runners – things that college coaches will expect them to know how to do.
      Reason being is because daddy isn’t spending thousands of dollars this summer to see junior lay down a bunt to help his team win a game. No travel coach teaches a kid to throw 90+, and most high school coaches don’t either. If a kid does throw 90+ he is getting noticed no matter if he plays travel ball or not though.

      Lastly, the amount of money that is spent on travel ball far exceeds any monetary amount that the college scholarship is worth. A player could pay $50-100 on a showcase and go there and get seen by more coaches than the vast majority of travel tournaments. The pro scouts and D1 scouts are primarily attending the games of the kids who don’t pay money to pay, not the folks like yourself who are shelling out thousands to play.

    • Josh on October 27, 2020 at 8:14 pm

      I played HS ball from 2000-2003 in eastern NC. My HS team and American Legion team would beat the shit out of any travel team these days that showed up. Guaranteed.

    • Erick on June 2, 2021 at 5:09 pm

      There has been over 15,000 major league players. There has been only 58 kids that played in little World Series The problem with travel ball is money making deal. If you live in a town and they have travel teams well the high school will only take about 15 players. Point I have 3 grand kids play college ball not one on travel team. I have a relative who is college coach against travel teams learn bad habits from coaches that is living a dream

  3. Vincent Leo on July 7, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I agree with his article. My son was invited to play in a select summer team and I shell out $1500. If you include travel expenses, that’s another $2000. I whole experience was a hugh disappointment. We played in 6 tournaments, that’s about 18-20 games, and I only saw 1 college scout. He was there to watch the other team, because they had 3 stud pitchers. Long story short, we didn’t improve as a team, the coaching sucks, and overall gained nothing out of it. In my opinion, them it was a waste of money.

    • Chuckie Carlton on January 28, 2019 at 1:34 am

      Terrible one-sided personal outlook. You can’t get seen just playing high school baseball. Especially for someone like this kid. He’s not a stud, obviously. There are studs that don’t even get seen in high school season. How are most supposed to showcase themselves playing just 25 games a year. Forget about actually getting better when everybody else is playing 50 more games and seeing better pitching. Travel teams–when not too diluted–do serve to make you a better player. At least to see what’s out there and to give an idea what you need to work on.

      • Durden on September 20, 2020 at 11:56 pm

        I like what you said about travel being good if not too diluted . . . . . but the fact of the matter it is diluted. People paying thousands of dollars do not have elite baseball players as sons. Those kids aren’t paying a dime. Therefore, if you have to pay thousands to play then you are paying more than a scholarship is worth for a scholarship you could get without paying thousands of dollars.

        Question. If you are playing baseball for your high school in the spring, for a travel ball team in the summer and the fall, when do you actually train? When do you get that arm stronger? When do you put in that serious off season weight lifting program when you are always “in season”? Legion ball is affiliated with high school teams in most areas, and you can see quality pitching (college freshman can and do play legion ball) for a fraction of the price.

        It makes zero sense for a 17 year old kid who throws 85 or lower (they are a dime a dozen) to go to Hoover and Atlanta to be “seen”. Not when it costs thousands to do it. Despite what their daddies think, that isn’t “special” nor does it need to be showcased. Perhaps a better use of the time is to train.

        • Agree-D-biz on February 8, 2021 at 4:47 pm

          Agree. The studs play travel for nothing to promote the program. And for the few it is a good experience. But nowadays it’s all about data. College coaches can now search online databases for pitchers and hitters with every analytic they want from machines like Rapsodo, hitrax, and the likes. And they can search databases for other performance measures from PBR etc. They will find and go see those top analytic performers. Travel ball programs no longer hold the cheese like they want people to believe. The analytic machines do. So why not play and compete and enjoy the game with H.S. & American Legion at relatively no expense while making a yearly showcase and camp appearances. If the kid is good enough he will be seen. I personally hope that American Legion tradition can make a comeback by offering the local talent a low cost experience and let the databases advertise the individual talent.

  4. M.C. Moore on October 4, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Our son realized his dream of earning $1M+ and he wasn’t in a travel ball program. No need spending gobs of $ and having your son play in 2-3 tournaments a month. If you want him to earn a scholarship just have him attend college camps and if he’s good he will be “offered.” Otherwise, all you’re doing is making some baseball biz more money and denying your son a normal youth. The most important things are that he gets good grades, because the better his grades the better chance he’ll have of getting into the best schools. Our son got into an elite academic school, but opted to go pro. Because he focused on academics and got into an expensive college he was given over $200K (the cost to attend said college, including housing and food) for him to go to college later. If your son isn’t drafted out of HS, no worries, as many players who weren’t taken out of high school ended up getting drafted high out of college. You can have him play some travel ball events as a guest player in his junior year. Blessings!

    • SR on October 20, 2018 at 12:17 am

      I really found your comment comforting, MC Moore. I am currently about to make a decision to take my son out of travel ball, he is 11. It has created a lot of stress that just surrounds travel ball, not to mention yelling coaches, teasing in the dugout, jealousy from both adults and kids etc, etc…but I am so on the fence because my son has great skills but the situational plays and game time they receive in travel ball make me feel he will be so behind the other kids competing for a spot by the time he gets to high school. Can you maybe respond with some of the things your son did to make it to where he is today, in regards to baseball, since he didn’t play travel?

      • Chuckie Carlton on January 28, 2019 at 1:44 am

        MC Moore obviously had stud of a baseball player. That’s not the norm, not even fractionally close. There are thousands of college baseball roster spots, but there tend of thousands of baseball players vying for those spots. There are many ways of getting one of those spots. And it’s all over the board. For an 11 yo, concentration needs to be get onto a team that is Fun, he will get to play, have Fun, get the fundamentals taught, and have lots of Fun. There are many studs at age 12 that don’t amount to anything later on. And many bench warmers that get to be stars later on. Never know how each will develop. But make sure he has fun.

        • Joe Brooks on May 21, 2019 at 9:41 am

          Right, and then you see 200 commits to a particular college and the team is only losing five players. Then how many players are cut after Fall College Baseball?

          • Durden on September 21, 2020 at 12:02 am

            Joe, those “commits” aren’t actually going to that college. An example, a SEC school that one of my former player currently attends had 23 “commits” for the 19′ class in 2017. In 2018 it rose to 32 “commits”. Those schools are committing nothing. They get kids to commit and by doing so other schools quit recruiting them. They then follow the kids and see how they progress and gradually “pull” the scholarship and only a handful are getting those scholarships. They may allow the others to be preferred walk-ons but generally tell them to go somewhere else and develop some more. They know that mom and dad like to put on Twitter that their kid has committed, but again, the college commits nothing until January of their senior year when they are actually signed.



      • Danielle on February 1, 2019 at 7:22 am

        SR I’m in the same boat. Middle school only or travel to. Travel seems to cause so much anxiety and take so much time. I don’t want my son to fall behind either. I’m so confused.

    • Tedeum Mensah on June 6, 2020 at 7:54 pm

      I am new to travel ball, can you explain what a guest player is please?

      • Eddie on June 14, 2020 at 6:37 pm

        A guest player is one who doesn’t normally practice and play with the team, but gets invited to play in a tournament. Can be a one tourney deal or multiple.

  5. John on October 24, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Hi all, first off I feel extremely bad for the author of the article in his misfortunes with his travel ball experience. I am a tournament director and scout for a company that is in the business of baseball. I can personally tell that I always have a handful of scouts and coaches from colleges at our tournaments. And that connections are made because of our events. My question to the author as well as anyone else reading, What would you like to see at these travel tournaments? I am always looking for feedback on how to improve the experience of our tournaments and the players are always my #1 focus in helping them get to the next level of play.

    • Chuckie Carlton on January 28, 2019 at 1:59 am

      Hi, thanks for the work you do, and asking the question. I have a senior in high school that is a perennial powerhouse. Lots of good players. Most play travel team ball. At this point I think the product is too diluted. There is something to be said about that–kids get opportunity to play. But some games are laughably lopsided. Even at the Perfect Game tournaments there lots of terrible teams entered. What I would like to see, and which will make it more worthwhile for coaches and scouts to scout out–is to have some tier/class system much like what girls volleyball and soccer has across the country. That way competition will be better, and the scouts will know what to expect to see.

      • Brock Ward on January 31, 2020 at 11:36 pm

        Only yeah I guess it does just really depends on the Travel team oh, I tell you I played for the Indiana heat which we fought against the Indiana bulls or the table you can exchange in Indiana AAU but those were some of the best days of my life traveling around the country of my father beautiful baseball Fields also College Fields I remember we played at male High School in Louisville Kentucky where Muhammad Ali where is really cool but my father and I had a blast said when we talked about for years and years he just passed three years ago but I’ll always have those memories in the conversation was really great and I met a lot of very close friends very important that I did that in my life I know it’s expensive but it is worth it in the camaraderie the experience the competition yes the coaches were jokes but we has a team won our games as they do somewhat of the game can you play Let our parents will basically the big coaches and together as one made it to the national championship against Texas in 2002 we lost but it was a great experience, I also played American Legion Baseball in Indiana is a great. They’re two very awesome baby the better than AAU very cool time I miss baseball very much it was a great time of my life and I met friends I have and we’ll have forever but to me you’re funny clear coat on my father and I had together and spent together was the greatest he’s gone now and I wish change it for the world I could throw 94 miles an hour when I was 16 years old but I didn’t play D1 college baseball I got hurt my senior year playing football my knee and ligaments are completely torn and I played baseball my senior year on a 50% knee I had 26 doubles my senior year and pitched 14 games but that was the end of my career so I ended up going to film School in New York City and studied acting lol it was a great experience to though but I love a baseball and American Legion Baseball great experience!

        • Brock Ward on January 31, 2020 at 11:39 pm

          My apologies for my misspelled not making sense College I was watching basketball and TV and the words were catching on talk text I was going to say I had a great this time with my father and those years and those are the things I’ll never for the rest of my life especially now that my dad is passed, my apologies for the misspelled words and God since making sentences but I love to AAU baseball and American Legion Baseball

    • Sergio on August 25, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      Sorry for this people the make money from this kids dreams and there is nothing more important as parent to see their kids happy. But, first aspect; is really expensive, lots of wasted time, really stressful and tiring, no no no, no more travel baseball, this people claim to know a lot on baseball and make the game not fun claiming that teaching fundamentals to play professional baseball, no no and no again the game should be fun and this guys make it really stressful teaching fancy and complicated baseball at the wrong level and missing the basics and reality. please don’t fall in that trap stay local find a good free couch that play around the area with other teams and have fun. I know i’m going to be crazy wrong miss leading people because i’m killing some business out there but i’m sorry i gave all my time and lots of money to all this environment and got nothing my son didn’t improve from any of those teams all he have is from me, at high school as freshman play varsity and was the best pitcher, catcher and short stop at that edge i couch little league and at high school level on private school and also couched soft ball one year and saw lots good aspects of whats going on this environment, i try to explain as much in few words but i wont recommend it and sorry for those that getting affected by my comment is my own experience best regards Sergio

    • Durden on September 21, 2020 at 12:14 am

      John, I have a suggestion for you. What about lowering fees for some of them so that more players can actually attend? Tournament directors make thousands upon thousands of dollars. A regional tournament director for youth baseball has this as a full time job and made 250K AFTER expenses last year.

      I’ll be politically incorrect here but it is nevertheless true.

      Major League Baseball has asked why aren’t there that many black baseball players in the major leagues. Perhaps it is because a new bat costs $400, a glove costs $200, and once all the accessories are added up these baseball players are walking into your tournaments carrying or wearing $1000 worth of goods on their person. Then they have to spend a few thousand dollars to play on one of these travel teams to partly pay for the $1000 or more they have to pay (for something like PG and PBR). Those young baseball players in Venezuela and Puerto Rico aren’t paying thousands to play in tournaments and therefore they get a lot better participation from all socio-economic classes.

      If you want to find the very best athletes to be showcased then it has to be economically viable for all people to attend. I coached a shortsop last year who ran a 6.6, benched 325, cleaned 275, and squated 450. This kid raked and could pick it. He is now entering his freshman year of college baseball and he never played travel ball. Not because he was a stud and didn’t have to. He wanted to, but couldn’t because he lived with a single mother and three siblings in a trailer. They barely had enough money to pay the bills they did have and there was no shot they could pay the ridiculous travel ball fees.

      Look, lets be real. Maybe you aren’t in it for the money, but I suspect that the number one goal of the tournament directors is to make good money and not to get players to the next level of play. If it were all about the players then the poor kids who are great athletes would have the same access.

  6. Bob M on November 24, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    I found this article as the thought of travel ball only recently crossed my mind. I just turned 53 and I played and I coached my now 29 year old. When I played in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, I do not believe these travel teams existed. My youngest will turn 12 on 12/24/18. He started playing fall of 14. We moved to a different part of Pittsburgh in spring of 2016. He has gotten a lot better each season. They asked me to coach and I’ve now coached 5 seasons in a row. During that time, I have coached kids that went on to play travel ball. I didn’t even send my kid out for tourneys despite the fact that he hits home runs. What happened was after this season while he’s still 11, one of the 12 tourney team coaches asked him to play. It didn’t take long for me to realize my kid was the best hitter on that team but possibly the best hitter in some of these tourneys. He hit a 283 fence with a USSSA bat and had no problem
    hitting a couple out on normal little league fields (220 or so) with his USA bat. I know baseball recruiting is different. It almost seems to be a scam to some extent. I’m serious. I’ve been lead to believe you could be Bryce Harper but if all you do is play high school, you’re going nowhere. Meanwhile and I hope I don’t offend anyone but some of these travel players (I’ve seen games) aren’t very good.

    • PDiddy on December 12, 2018 at 1:38 am

      Right because you just came on here to tell people your kid is the best and how humble you are to not brag about (but you did). He’s the best hitter, pitcher and short stop because you’re his coach. Your daddy ball will ruin his game because reality is going to hit him when he actually plays for another team that isn’t coached by you. What a loser.

    • Brock Ward on January 31, 2020 at 11:42 pm

      Did you say your son was 12 and he hit the ball 220 feet? Cuz that’s not exactly the greatest when I was 12 I was hitting it way past that I was 13 I hit it over the High School baseball field which was 350 ft so I’m just trying to let you know that what you’re saying is exactly the greatest feat animazement that ever happened

      • Sergio on August 25, 2020 at 8:06 pm

        350 feet at 13 i don’t think so

  7. Christi on November 29, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    I have a 19 yr old son on full baseball scholarship at a JuCo that is 4 hours away. I have yet to pay a dime for his college. He NEVER played on a travel team during his pre HS years. We are in South FL so the baseball is very competitive and usually very difficult to make a HS team here. I agree with the writer & feel that college scouts attend HS games, especially if there’s a player that has a lot of buzz around them. It’s also the relationships that the HS coaches have with colleges & let them know about certain players. My son is a RHP in now in his Sophomore year, he just signed his NLI to play D1 next year (full scholarship). He’s receiving interest from ML teams & most likely will be offered something in the 2019 draft (we’ll see if it’s worth his while or to continue on to University). I’m a single mom & didn’t/couldn’t do all the travel ball BS & knew nothing about baseball. If your kid has talent they will find him. They found my son.

    • Chuckie Carlton on January 28, 2019 at 2:14 am

      Glad that they found your son. But your son has a lot of talent. Not everyone is a pitcher. And you know that they all look for pitchers 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. There are many talented kids who don’t get discovered because they might not be that big of a stud, but are good enough to play. Perhaps, if your son had played some travel ball, went to some big tournaments, got seen, then maybe he would have had a D1 scholarship to start with. Don’t get me wrong, for some Juco is the exact way to go. Get some development. Maybe get some more options. But a lot of times the best options are at freshman year…..wait, you said “pre-high school years”. That’s 14/15 yo? Then he did play travel ball when in high school. As a pitcher he would have been wanted.

    • Brock Ward on January 31, 2020 at 11:47 pm

      I don’t believe they have full rides at any college level in baseball they don’t in division one that’s a fact so ultimately I don’t believe Juco would be offering full rides at tiny campuses it’s all about how you’re coach is involved with every player on the team and doing his due diligence to get his stats out there to college Scouts, bust of a doubt they’re lazy and a lot of players have been looked over over these years it’s ridiculous and it’s sickening to me that it happens because I paid $5,000 to coach for high school

      • Durden on September 21, 2020 at 12:53 am

        Brock, JUCOs and NAIA can offer full scholarships. Not only that, they offer a lot of other scholarships that aren’t listed as athletic scholarships. NCAA are the schools have the ridiculous restrictions.

  8. Brandon on January 18, 2019 at 5:32 am

    My son’s experience has been very different from this guys. The travel kids that work, play better than just your average high school kid that just thinks he wants to play baseball. The Travel coach my son has does seem to care and not only that he knows how to coach and reach the young men and make them better. At the high school level my son has had 2 head coaches so far and he is on his 3rd year of playing. The first coach was either an idiot or just politics dictated the roster. Example he said if your kid can hit then he will play hands down. Not the case when 2 kids were batting over .400 and still not playing as much as the others. The new coached took the 2 same kids and held them off of Varsity again to let the same other kids play more. Those same two kids still out batted the other boys that year. The new coach has also done this to yet another boy on the 9th grade team so now there are 3 in this situation. My son who was given MVP for best offensive performance for the last two years was never ask to join the Varsity team during the playoffs while players who struggled more were. All three of these boys were left off of Varsity last year and now one of them has chosen not to return. Not a great start for this coach in my opinion. This new coach just stated this year that the PG summer ball stats don’t matter. What??? Does he not know that scouts showed up all summer at PG to watch kids play and that these scouts also pay money to look at these stats on PG website. My son had a great PG summer just like his High School stats would suggest that he would. Guess what, my son played on a more competitive team against better teams and much better pitchers all while playing with a wooden bat. My son earned his spot in CF and leadoff batter. When the summer was over the travel ball coached ask my son where did the high school coach let you play. My son held his head down and said he let me bat 7th and would pull me out first when a sub was needed. Travel ball coach said ok, but where in the field did you play? My son said I played left field in 2 games for 2 innings. The travel ball coach came over to me and asked what was the high school coaches problem, but I don’t know, I am not allowed to talk to the coach about playing time according to the team rules. So I can appreciate this guys story and how he over came those situation but my son has different issues to over come, so I do not agree that travel ball is bad for HS players. My son might be a college commit sitting on the HS bench waiting for travel summer ball this year.

    • Barbara Johnson on February 9, 2021 at 3:13 am

      We put our son in travel ball at 9 with an ex college national championship player. He played in minors for 5 years. Our boy is 12 now and because of his coaches nurturing and guidance(his goal is not to win games but to teach the fundamentals and using and developing their skills). Our son was picked to play up to varsity this year while still playing travel ball. Both coaches working in tandem with each other to make sure he’s not over used. I think with the right coaches it doesn’t have t be either or.

  9. Joseph on April 15, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    My issue is the authoritarian nature of many High School coaches, and the unwillingness to evolve with the times. It is a stubborn bunch. The high school programs that win year in and year out in my state are the ones that accept travel baseball and also work together with the local hitting / pitching instructors and strength & conditioning studios. Travel organizations have largely respected the high school season, and most don’t get involved with players during this time period. However, that will change as coaches keep dismissing, discouraging, and even punishing players for participating in travel baseball in the off-season. Organizations like IMG are slowly popping up in various areas of he country and before you know it baseball will have evolved to academies that are dedicated to both academics and baseball year round which by-passes traditional high school completely. Evolve or become extinct is what I tell coaches…you have to change with the times….

    • Durden on September 21, 2020 at 12:49 am

      Rarely do high school coaches discourage kids from playing travel ball.

      Also, if the players are playing travel ball then it isn’t an off season. It means they can’t actually do anything to strengthen their arms. They usually aren’t doing a full weight lifting program while they are playing (although the best programs are lifting throughout the summer and fall regardless of whether a kid is playing travel or not). They might well be overusing their arm because a lot of the travel coaches, at least at the younger levels, know nothing of arm maintenance.

      Go ahead and pay that 60K to go to IMG and get back to me. First of all, the kid has to be good enough to even get accepted and on top of that, not too many people can afford the bill.

      Lastly, travel organizations aren’t messing with players in season because they can’t in most places. State athletic associations will rule kids ineligible for playing travel ball during the high school season, therefore, there aren’t tournaments to be played because there simply won’t be enough players. If they could take more of your hard earned dollars during the high school season they surely would.

  10. DS on May 23, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    We live in a tiny town. We have a 1A baseball team. The last 2 seasons we have had numerous scouts at our games. Our son played travel ball and I never once saw a scout at a game. We played in some major tournaments all across the southeast US. The truth is, scouts don’t care about your 8-14 year old. They will see him in 2 places in the southeast after 14u. Fort Myers or West Palm. It’s all about money.

  11. Matt on May 27, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    To Christi, there are no full rides in div 1 baseball. 11 full scholarships split between 27 players. Each of the 27 has to receive at least 25%. Team can carry up to 35 players. Most div 1 judo programs have 25 scholarships available.

    • Durden on September 21, 2020 at 12:41 am

      They aren’t necessarily split between 27 players. It is up to a maximum of 27 players. Also, a player may get a 50% scholarship as a freshman and it does down each year. Jake Mangum, SEC all time leading hits leaders, played without a scholarship his junior and senior year. They offer the freshmen a lot to get them there but rarely to they keep that high scholarship.

      I remember watchng Mark Prior play in college and an announcer said he was one of four players in NCAA Divisioin I to receive a full scholarship that year, so some do get them, but it is rare. Tough to compete if you are handing out full scholarships.

  12. Mike on June 17, 2019 at 11:32 am

    The article is just one man’s experience. Not all travel organizations are created equally. My son (rising junior) has been playing for a very reputable travel organization since his freshman year. They also organize college showcase tournaments, and they are regularly attended by college coaches with radar guns taking notes. They also host recruiting days where they invite college coaches to see the organization’s players work out. The coaches are very interested in helping the boys play in college, and they know the college coaches and will call them to help “sell” the boys. This isn’t what they tell us – I’ve heard this from college coaches and from the parents of boys who have committed with their help. Do your research – find an organization with a documented record of getting kids to college.

  13. David Lopez on June 19, 2019 at 8:03 am

    All you haters can have your say. But as a grandfather of a young player I get his point. Many families can’t afford to be dishing out thousands of dollars for travel ball. I see a lot of mismanagement of pitchers. Just the other weekend my grandson’s coach had a kid (11u) pitch 95 pitches in a game. This was after he had pitched about 35 pitches two days before. He shows up for the next game about 2 hours later complaining about a sore arm. They still had him play first base because he is a good hitter. “We have to win” attitude over the best interest of the kid.

  14. Deanna Kunkel on July 16, 2019 at 9:09 am

    After ruining one of my sons arms and love for the game in travel baseball I have to agree with this. It’s a racket nothing more, the travel baseball organizations do not care about the boys they just want your money. My two sons both played travel baseball for years, big mistake. Waste of time and money, because starting as early as 10 U they bench the same players and overuse the rest. Our 12 U team was supposedly a bunch of superstars with bright futures. Well at 16 here is where the team is at: three players have quit the game altogether to play other sports (lost the love for the game, not having fun etc) three players have chronic arm injuries, and the other six are playing still at various levels of school and travel ball. Interestingly the six that are either out of the game entirely, Or chronically injured, were the six “studs” as many parents have claimed here. Travel baseball is a business, it’s a total racket, save your money for private coaching, development camps, and fun family vacations. I wish I knew then what I know now.

  15. Joe on August 6, 2019 at 11:13 am

    My opinion if you play travel baseball you should not be able to play high school baseball because travel players take away a spot from the ones that all they have high school baseball to play some parents can’t afford travel baseball. Everything has become about money.if you want your children to play !!

  16. Coach Jimmy Breslin on December 18, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    As a professional instructor, it is interesting to read both the article and all of the comments. Unfortunately, the author had a very bad experience with a criminal who stole money from unsuspecting players… and subsequently saw that many travel teams promised more than they could deliver. This can happen in all walks of life. I was actually hoping for a more broad perspective after reading the title of the article…… but we received a limited one persons perspective in both the article and the comments…… The truth is that Travel baseball can be a great amount of fun for both players and the families…. with many cherished memories …. and serve to bond families….. however the real danger of Travel Baseball and Showcases is as follows: neither venue prepares players for college or pro baseball and because it is so well organized and the most visible path- there is an INCORRECT ASSUMPTION by players and parents that it MUST be the best way to go as HS and Legion Ball are no longer the key element in the process- and Travel ball preys off of that assumption…… YES- HS Showcase Ball… not travel ball …. could “SHOW” a player to be good and he can be scouted BUT only on a very very rare occasion can they take credit for developing a player – Yes… he will get better practicing and playing… but not enough to warrant anything in college or Pro….. we have to remember that over 98% of travel players will never reach their dream….. and this is because Travel Ball was never designed to do so…. it was originally designed to fill a void creating of not enough competition from Little League and it does that job nicely and has done so for many years…. …. As a lively 68 yr old…… I was on the first travel teams back in 1962 and I have coached HS ball, Pro ball, and over 70 travel teams…..and have worked at over 500 hundred tournaments and showcases… The Truth is that Travel baseball is run by adults, for adults, and is mostly about winning, trophies, rankings, bragging rights and generating money for all involved….. …. and it is enormously profitable … now exceeding the billion dollar mark as an industry……. all of which is OK……… as long as we are not deluding ourselves the parents or the players into thinking that this is the best way to coach or train or develop baseball players who are looking to play in college or pro ball. I have signed over 120 players here in the United Sates and the Dominican Republic…… and another hundred received college scholarships to Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Miami, LSU, and many of them never played a day day of travel ball.. and others played it sparingly ……. and others played quite a bit…..My players have received many hundreds of millions of dollars as a result… I have a feel for this….. and after 62 years on the field as a player, coach, manager, administrator, umpire, tournament Director and instructor…… I can tell you that The key for success is many years of correct Preparation – not playing in games on the weekend and chasing trophies and batting averages… ………… so I have come to see Travel Ball for what it is…. it is a well oiled machine, a billion dollar adult business which revolves around our youth – promising more than it delivers to players and families ….but it conversely it is fun, exciting, challenging for players and rewarding for families, and it keeps our families together having fun…. but it is not the best way or the only way to train a baseball talent for the future.

  17. Jay Smith on January 19, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Dumb.

  18. Jim on January 22, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    In our area (Pacific Northwest), travel ball is most certainly the way to go for players looking to play beyond high school. At the high school level, the coaching is mediocre at best, depending on the school the player is attending. Plus, practices are limited in duration and only a few months out of the year. With travel ball, you can pick the team/coach that best fits the player. The competition is at a much higher level, giving the player much needed experience playing against top level talent and preparing him for the collegiate level.
    Also, when a college is interested in a player, one of the first questions is what travel ball team/coach do they play for.
    If travel ball wasn’t important, the collegiate coaches wouldn’t ask about it.
    For my son, he was able to give a verbal commitment to a Pac12 school last year as a high school sophomore. His travel ball experience (7 years) was a major part of his baseball development. Without it, I sincerely doubt he would be where he is right now.

  19. Todd Whiteside on February 11, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks for your opinion.. You should have said that it was just an opiniob other than trying to blackball travel ball altogether. .

    Fact is Travel ball tournaments, the big ones, and there are many like the USSSA world Series, Perfect Game World Series, TBS World Series invitational and Team USA invitational to name 4 biggies are loaded with scouts watching 10 year olds. Perfect Game keeps stats including velocity for every game and is online forever.. The Scouts themselves will tell you is high school is a hot mess and equiviolent to rec ball…

    You get better playing against better competition… If a kid is 17 and playing for a team with kids from all over a state area it is safe to say they would be better than ANY high school team. I am talking about Elite travel teams, not sone C team at a batting cage place…

    I am sorry you feel that travel is a waste… i think otherwise.. i let my kid play middle school ball at 10 and he was one of best kids on team thanks to his travel ball that started at 8 years old…

    • Durden on September 21, 2020 at 12:32 am

      I take it you have never really actually talked to a baseball scout. We have been fortunate to have a couple draft kids and D1 kids in our program the last few years. Two years ago we had a nationally ranked player and pro scouts were at 80% of our practices and games throughout the year. Many of the scouts actually had something to say about there being too much travel ball. It is watered down and it is primarily being watered down by the kids whose parents are spending thousands of dollars for their kids to play. As I have stated several times, the elite kids don’t pay. The rule of thumb is that if your kid is over the age of 14 and is paying for travel ball then he is NOT an elite player.

      Also, who the hell is going to any USSSA baseball tournament? Sure scouts are going to PG tournaments, but the pro and D1 guys aren’t watching the games between the kids who pay to play.

      Lastly, you are 100% full of crap saying that the four “biggies” are loaded with scouts watching 10 year olds. Total lie. The mere fact that you even mention the USSSA World Series (there are around 70 of them throughout the year, some World Series, huh?) as being big gives a great indication that you don’t have a clue. I’m all about beating a dead horse, so lets take your statement of “fact” and break it down a little. There are only X amount of scouts out there and there are tournaments every weekend. You are saying that there are loads of scouts watching 10 year olds, so who is watching the 16, 17, and 18 year olds? Who is watching the collegiate summer leagues? For that matter, are we to assume that there are also loads of scouts at watching the 11, 12, 13, and 14 year olds also?

  20. Mick W on February 18, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    We played Little League, played some travel ball. Really disenchanted with how much politics plays into it all. Even in High School. Our program has had its struggles, 4 new coaching staffs in 4 years. My son had a joy for the game till he got to high school. Won top offensive player freshmen year, and didn’t want to play again. We asked him to go one more year, he hit .600 sophomore year before getting derailed by a hand injury. Then another new set of coaches for junior year, he only played again because he didn’t want to end on an injury. Last week they told him he was JV, he told them Good Luck and goodbye. former head coaches sons on varsity who hadn’t played a lick in high school, a lady who is a teacher at the school who’s son is a freshman, varsity. There is a core group of influential ‘old school’ residents of our town who force the athletic department’s hands. We’re newer here and they don’t want a kid to outshine the up and comers, as he did through 6 LL seasons till they finally had to select him to all stars Yeah, I’m bent. But he loves football and is already training for his Senior season. Rant over

  21. Q on March 20, 2020 at 2:43 am

    travel baseball is great! I sure wish I had the opportunity when I was younger. Im from a small town and put together a team a couple years ago to give young players opportunity including my own son and I’m very fortunate to be a part of such a great group of kids. Travel ball is not for everyone. I personally thought this article was written out of anger from a person with a bad experience that probably was not very gooood. Have you ever thought that the experience you got doing travel baseball that summer might have helped you get the skills to actually preform at the high school level? I volunteer 100% of my coaching time and have never charged a dollar I strictly coach for the love of the game and the love of my players. It’s very simple for me, teach the kids baseball and give them extra opportunity! We Play 4-6 travel ball tournaments per year 11u. Kids need direction these days! and thank You coaches, parents, tournament directors, and everyone involved in youth travel baseball for creating a better country!

  22. Jeff c on June 14, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Travel ball ip to 14u is a good thing for development of a player when a parent gives good guidance to the child at home and in all of life to help the child have a realistic view on what’s going on with their baseball career and helping them live a balanced life to go along with it. When they get to high school, traveling as a JV or Varsity squad together is a great way to enhance the high school years for your player and the team as a unit.

  23. ChiParent on July 26, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Based on the comments, I can tell which types of parents many of you would be in the stands.

    I’m sure travel kids get benefit and clearly, good players often chose travel ball, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only path. Based on the way some of you talk down at the mere mortal players, I’d be happy to keep my sons in the house leagues. Best of luck, but the toxicity of travel parents, players etc is on display here.

    I love baseball, but there is just something about baseball parents, can’t quite figure it out…

  24. Coach J on August 13, 2020 at 10:11 am

    This blog is incredibly biased. You are basically making the accusation that all Travel baseball is nothing but a money grab and HS baseball is the golden ticket to be seen by college coaches. This is not objective and merely your experience, which happened to be an extremely negative one (good that you were still able to pursue ball in college in the end though). That’s not to say that what you experience is not true, nor am I saying that your blog doesn’t hold merit.

    There are several problems in the youth baseball world right now that we as parents and coaches have to contend with.

    First, “rec” baseball has declined significantly from what it used to be. I have been able to compare abilities of those players that remained in rec ball and those with equal skill at the time that moved to travel ball, and the difference is staggering. Even the difference from when I played rec ball to what rec ball is now, is light years different. There are simply not enough good coaches left that remain in rec ball because of the allure of travel baseball. If you are on a rec team with a great coach that focuses on development, that’s great. Don’t leave.

    Second, travel baseball is very BROAD. With several different divisions or classes of play (Elite, Select, Majors, D1, D2, D3, etc.), you can be an absolute stud or a complete novice, and be on a “travel” team. Yet you are paying 5-50x’s more money to participate in these travel teams (this is where the money grab comes in). Some have paid coaches, some have volunteer coaches. Some have extensive baseball knowledge, some do not. Some are great coaches, some are absolutely horrible. I remember back when there were only a select few travel baseball teams in a city….maybe 2 or 3 in a large city, and 10 in the entire state. Now there are hundreds. Just about anyone can build their own baseball team and classify themselves as “travel” nowadays. New teams are created every year, some out of necessity if a community lacks a program, and some out of animosity towards other teams for not taking their kids on.

    Third, is baseball politics. You can see that EVERYWHERE and it’s almost impossible to get away from. If you have a group of 10-13 kids with good attitudes and great parents, you are the fortunate ones. If you have a great coach that cares about the development of your child (which is what this is all supposed to be about anyways), you are the fortunate ones. If you get all of this and aren’t paying an arm and a leg, you are the fortunate ones.

    So to make a long story short, the best recommendation I can give is to do your homework. Before you join a team, ask questions. Watch games and see how certain teams’ players and coaches act. Find out what you’re getting for the money you are going to pay. Find out if the team is a right fit for you. It’s not easy, but the more information you can gather, the easier your decisions will be, and more often than not, you’ll be able to make a good decision for your child.

  25. Durden on September 21, 2020 at 12:17 am

    Pdiddy, most travel ball for young kids (14 and lower) ARE daddy ball. They are pissed off dads who start their own travel team. There isn’t any coaching on these teams. Players have a far lower baseball IQ than they have had in previous years. Ask anyone who knows anything about baseball and they will tell you the same thing.

  26. Tim Smith on December 3, 2020 at 3:27 am

    Our program is run by former professional baseball players. The local so-called travel team are mostly run by Daddy Ball type coaches. A lot of travel ball coaches secretly send their kids to our facilities for training. I’ve noticed they don’t usually tell all of the parents about our organization and training opportunities. They tend to keep certain information close hold and only tell their buddies (parents and kids they like). Not everyone is like this, but unfortunately a large number of so-called travel ball organizations are run by people who struggle giving common courtesy and treating all people with respect.

    I would say most high school baseball players played some or a lot of travel baseball. However, playing travel baseball does not make a better ballplayer. There are plenty of kids who never played for any travel teams, yet they ended up playing high school varsity baseball and a few went on the play college baseball. Heck, we just had a kid who only played baseball during his freshman season sign an NLI with a D1 college in PA.

    More on the above kid…He was booted off of his local travel team because of a disagreement between his travel coach, who happened to be his future high school coach. The kid made the freshman team, but suffered a season ending injury mid-season. Well, he never made another travel or high school team after that. Yet, somehow, he came to our organization, got healthy, got strong, got fast, and played summer ball with us for 2 season. He didn’t everything the trainers told him to do, performed well in the classroom. All it took was for one trainer with 16-years MiLB/MLB experience to tell coaches at a D1 programs that the kid has what it takes to succeed in the classroom and on the ball field…Just like that he received offers. He was the ONLY student at his high school to sign an NLI with ANY university. His former coach was so shocked…he didn’t even call to congratulate the kids.

    Daddy Ball has created a ugly monster. Trust and believe the top brass at the MLBPA wish Travel Baseball would die a quick death. If you anyone disagrees…well, your disagreeing with people who actually know what they are talking about.

    Tim Smith

  27. Kenzo on February 9, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Was personally told by the head coach of UPENN softball “send us you travel schedule,we don’t have time to make it to high school games”

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