Are travel teams really worth it?

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Curious

Johnson City, TN

#1 Jul 1, 2010
I understand that is a travel team for about every sport you play in now. I just want to know if the travel teams really makes your kid a better athlete and is it really worth all the money it takes to play on them.
Pill Popper

Brentwood, TN

#2 Jul 1, 2010
I'm looking to start a travel team to Florida.
dat

United States

#3 Jul 1, 2010
If your child has the desire to be a great athlete then yes, absolutely. Better competition, more time on the field, and better coaching are generally the advantages travel teams offer. If little Johnny wants a trophy and hang out with his buddies to talk about xbox, travel would probably not be the best option. There is nothing wrong with that. The child has to be the one to want to do it is what I am saying - not the parent pushing it.
JMan

Jonesborough, TN

#4 Jul 1, 2010
Yes they are if playing in college is an option. Many times the larger schools look at what you have done in travel ball, AAU.
Wild Child

Jonesborough, TN

#5 Jul 8, 2010
It is great if the child wants it not the parents if they are a good ball player,and loves the game i say yes. I have coached and my son has played on travel teams since he was 6, And as dat said if college ball is a option , his game will show on the feild, you can go to a baseball game and not know a kid on the feild and tell which ones play travel ball from there skills on the field I know most these kids in travel baseball most play on two or three teams in the summer. And travel ball allows the child to play at a higher level of baseball than the REC teams. Thats how they get better.
jim

Johnson City, TN

#6 Jul 9, 2010
yes it is i played for the marlins for 8years it made me so much better at the game but do to an injury had to quit
travelteamcoach

Johnson City, TN

#7 Jul 9, 2010
I think travel ball is good for a selected few kids. It needs to be the kids choice to play. I coach a travel team and my son plays for me. The problem I encounter is you get the dads that want to live there ball playing fantasy through there child and all they do is push,push,push. Pushing your child is not a bad thing but playing 100 games a summer from 6yrs of age to 12yrs they are burned out my the time they are a teenager and thats the age when its critical for them to start playing and showing there ability to play the game. just my opinion.
Wild Child

Jonesborough, TN

#8 Jul 9, 2010
If your kid can play its a great place to be , but if you just want them to be on a travel team, and there notthat great of a player, you will be paying alot of money to watch them set the bench, because you put the best 9 ball players on the feild.. And that pisses alot of parents off.. There is a reason they call it competive baseball and not rec ball..Just saying
Brandon

Rockwell, NC

#9 Jul 21, 2012
Seems like they learn more.
hittin the road

Franklin, TN

#10 Jul 21, 2012
as we prepare to travel again today, let me say that there are advantages and disadvantages. With your child on a travel team, you will no longer be able to make plans. You and your child MUST be dedicated to this. Every weekend this summer so far has been spent either out of town or at four hour long practices. Now, having said that, my child has excelled massively, had fun, made new friends, and this keeps them busy and active. If given the chance, I recommend you watch a local rec game. Then go out to Morristown, Johnson City, ect to see a travel game. They are VERY different.
What cost

Johnson City, TN

#11 Jul 21, 2012
Depends on what you mean by "worth it". If your goal is a college scholarship, would it be cheaper to just save the money(put into a fund) that you would be spending on travel ball. I can only imagine the money spent on trave, food, and hotels spent while Little Johnny played baseball every weekend from the age of 6-15.
Looking at it striclty as an investment, travel ball is generally a losing deal. However, keeping you kids invloved in sports often keeps them out of trouble in other areas(simply becasue they don't have idle time)
Pretend 2 B Normal

Johnson City, TN

#12 Jul 21, 2012
It is a dilemma for a lot of parents, myself included. On one hand I want my sons to be good ball players and be the best they can be. On the other hand I want him to be a kid. He will be missin out on a lot of kid stuff traveling all the time (birthday parties, playing in the pool, riding bikes, and jus being a kid). My boys are not to the age yet but I am not sure what I will do when they get there. I know I was pushed and forced into a lot of ball and I do not want that for my boys.
countryboy from orebank

Mount Juliet, TN

#13 Jul 21, 2012
yes, there is a differance in rec ball and travel ball,and if you all knew anything you would know that a rec team is made up of kids with different skill levels.rec teams are for everyone not just a select few. i think people that play travel ball think they are so much better than eveyone else.yes,they have good players ,but lets take this a step farther,would a rec all star team stay on the field with your wounderful travel team?
jakester

United States

#14 Jul 21, 2012
I think travel teams are well worth the resources they require. I played high school ball for my freshman year, I couldn't get any playing time. It was because my family wasn't from around here. I tried out for a travel team made the cut and earned valuable playing time. It was something I worked for and wanted not what my parents pushed on me. If your kid has the talent and brings the work ethic travel teams will hone his skills. It was very rewarding for me. Its like anything, you get out of it what you put into it. I'm not speaking of money but of time and effort Good Luck
funny

Knoxville, TN

#15 Jul 21, 2012
countryboy from orebank wrote:
yes, there is a differance in rec ball and travel ball,and if you all knew anything you would know that a rec team is made up of kids with different skill levels.rec teams are for everyone not just a select few. i think people that play travel ball think they are so much better than eveyone else.yes,they have good players ,but lets take this a step farther,would a rec all star team stay on the field with your wounderful travel team?
It would depend on the all star team. Most of the all star teams in gville are made up of kids who play both travel and rec league. In my sons travel tournaments this year there were a few all star teams from nearby counties that played. Some were better than others but the travel teams still were better as far as overall talent. I don't think that travel players and parents think they are too good for the rec league but just like that higher level of competition that comes with travel ball.
Word Woman

Lenoir, NC

#16 Jul 21, 2012
More years ago than I'd like to admit, I played on the first women's select soccer traveling team. My experience wasn't great b/c my h.s. women's team was the best in the area & we were accustomed to playing with each other. Also, the coach who developed the traveling team just chose the best players from each school in the area w/o giving consideration to how each & every player would serve to benefit the team as a whole or how our individual styles of play would complement other players' styles. So, basically we had a group of the best women's players in Asheville, but we weren't really very good b/c we just never really "meshed well." If I learned nothing else, though, I did learn that most talented players can't necessarily make up a great team. So, I would say that traveling teams are beneficial if the team is a good fit for the player b/c it offers different challenges than those in your own area. However. it's a waste of time if it's not the right team or right fit b/c none of the players are able to really perform at their full level of capability.
listen

Franklin, TN

#17 Jul 22, 2012
travel teams have alot to do with the coaches.....if you are invited to join a traveling team, i recommend you try it one time......see if it's a fit....if not, don't resign. You have no idea of the difference from local rec leagues until you jump into it..........it paid off in my childs case...may not for yours!!!! Traveling teams usually invite you in, so if you get invited, give it a one season shot!!!! Then you be the judge......
protect the innocent

Charlotte, NC

#18 Jul 22, 2012
No. Not worth it.
way over rated

Greeneville, TN

#19 Jul 23, 2012
I can answer your question, heck no. If we had it to do over again, there is no way me and my husband would spend that kind of money again on a traveling team. Just the local team stuff is expensive enough. I wish we had made our child do more work around the house, for his grandparents, for church or something other than just take him everywhere to play, play, play. My generation has not done a very good job of teaching our kids that life is not all fun. Sports is way over-rated.
Curious

Knoxville, TN

#20 Jul 23, 2012
Word Woman wrote:
More years ago than I'd like to admit, I played on the first women's select soccer traveling team. My experience wasn't great b/c my h.s. women's team was the best in the area & we were accustomed to playing with each other. Also, the coach who developed the traveling team just chose the best players from each school in the area w/o giving consideration to how each & every player would serve to benefit the team as a whole or how our individual styles of play would complement other players' styles. So, basically we had a group of the best women's players in Asheville, but we weren't really very good b/c we just never really "meshed well." If I learned nothing else, though, I did learn that most talented players can't necessarily make up a great team. So, I would say that traveling teams are beneficial if the team is a good fit for the player b/c it offers different challenges than those in your own area. However. it's a waste of time if it's not the right team or right fit b/c none of the players are able to really perform at their full level of capability.
Whew wee....You are on every thread....I cant even read your name Word Woman without feeling sick.

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