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baseball parent

United States

#1 Nov 15, 2010
looking for a travel baseball team for my son; I know I missed tryouts for the 2011 season- but I'm looking ahead for next year. There are so many programs in this area- can somebody help me out. which programs are worth looking into and which aren't. we are new to the area and don't know much about any of them.
Scout

Blackstone, IL

#2 Nov 15, 2010
baseball parent wrote:
looking for a travel baseball team for my son; I know I missed tryouts for the 2011 season- but I'm looking ahead for next year. There are so many programs in this area- can somebody help me out. which programs are worth looking into and which aren't. we are new to the area and don't know much about any of them.
These travel teams are disastrous to kids and family life. The teams involve boys playing games all over (different states), at odd times of the day, all seven days of the week, and for coaches and managers who frequently are interested in only the weklfare of their own sons.

You'd be far better off to have your son play on summer rec teams. My sons played on both kinds of teams and they wouldn't trade the recreational leagues in NL, Manhattan, Frankfort, and Mokena for all the fleeting glory and growing anger that comes with travel teams.

Besides, just 1 in 10,000 boys ever plays baseball for money (drafted and signed by an MLB franchise). That leaves 9,999 who should be allowed to play and love the game for the pure fun of it. If a boy is truly talented, he WILL be discovered by a scout (I know: I was a scout) no matter where and when plays and at what levels.
Steeerike

AOL

#3 Nov 15, 2010
If you like fake tittys and glory day dads go to one of the games.
biker boy

Broadview, IL

#4 Nov 15, 2010
Obviously your not talking about Newlenox!
lots of teams

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Nov 15, 2010
I take it you are from New Lenox since you are in the NL forum so you have lots of options for you son depending on his age. I agree with part of scouts reply but not all of it. Travel ball is not a disaster for every kid or family. It is the family who does not realize the commitment it takes for the child to play travel ball that is the family that will have issues. I agree that the chance your son or mine plays baseball for money is very minimal at best. I just hope he makes the high school team next year.
Again depending on age, your New Lenox area options are the New Lenox Rebels, Lincoln Way Yellow Jackets, Illinois Celtics, Lincoln Way Prospects, Lincoln Way Blue Demons,Mokena Blaze, Frankfort Square, Illinois Sparks (Orland)and Victory Baseball (Joliet). Some smaller teams in the area too like the NL Nitro, teams out of Hitters World and probably a few others I have missed. Like I said, lots of choices. Probably too many.

Also, there may be teams still looking for players. Check the section called "hot stove league" on the www.glyse.com website. You will find a section for teams looking for players and also a spot to post for a player looking for a team.

Good luck and never hurts to have your son try out for a few teams so he may have options.
NL travel mom

Mokena, IL

#6 Nov 15, 2010
I agree w/lots of teams. You need to also meet the coaches because that will help you not encounter issues. Our Manager is fantastic and we don't have trouble like I hear many have on other teams. The other poster has their opinion on travel ball but not all of us agree. My son will not make it to the majors and does not want to. He is however one hell of an athlete and "rec" ball was a waste of his time and skill. It was painful for him and the rec league coaches who advised him to go out for a travel team. We as a family love the time we spend with our baseball family. We had many trips to places we would not have traveled to because of his travel team. Copperstown 2 years ago was the best experience for my son and our other 2 boys. Our Manager wasn't a dad who favored his son. He was and is very fair and it has been a privledge to have had my son play for him. My son is in his last year of travel ball and very sad that it is coming to an end. This is were we the parents have to do our homework (which it looks like you are doing) and investigate the coach/team your son will try out for. Good luck to your son and your family. New Lenox has many opportunities in travel ball.
Wash me

AOL

#7 Nov 15, 2010
So how much silicone is between your armpits ?
Mo-Billy

Mount Prospect, IL

#8 Nov 15, 2010
"Lots of Teams" has it right, it is what you make of it & you can't be living the dream through your kid...Our team just scaled back the travel to one or two weekends and it's all good. Scout's kid probably just sucked....
Really

Lowell, IN

#9 Nov 15, 2010
They all suck! People will pay for travel baseball before putting food on their tables. Go figure...
But hey, just like every other thread on here, its just MY opinion.
Do not do it

United States

#10 Nov 15, 2010
baseball parent wrote:
looking for a travel baseball team for my son; I know I missed tryouts for the 2011 season- but I'm looking ahead for next year. There are so many programs in this area- can somebody help me out. which programs are worth looking into and which aren't. we are new to the area and don't know much about any of them.
What can I say about the greatest scam of all time. You are absolutely out of your freaking mind if you think that your kid playing travel ball is beneficial.
Don't believe the "if he doesn't play travel ball then he won't make the high school team" crap either.
I'll break it down for you. There are six spots for seniors on every local high school baseball team. Of those six spots, there are no more than four spots where a kid has a chance to play every day. Of those seniors who actually play, no more than two will receive any scholarship money. Don't even kid yourself into believing that they will be drafted.
You son/daughter has virtually no chance of ever playing high school ball let alone college ball.
Baseball is a simple game. All you have to do is catch, throw, run and hit. Those who do it better than others get to play when they are in high school. The rest of the 99.5% don't.
Do yourself a favor. Sign your kid up for a rec league. You will be happy. Your kid will be happy. More important, you kid gets to be a kid during the summer instead of a little robot programmed to relive daddy's "glory" days.
Here's what I know to be absolute fact. You will understand that what I have just written is 100% true when your kid is 18.
GuessWho

United States

#12 Nov 15, 2010
Both of my sons will play for the Chicago Cubs.. that's right, both of them. You're a dick if you believe otherwise.
lkajfdun

New Lenox, IL

#13 Nov 15, 2010
I know plenty of kids who play travel ball and still get to 'be a kid during the summer'... they just do it with a different group of kids. Our kids have a great time ALL YEAR with their baseball family. It doesn't end in August like rec leagues.

Baseball is a 'simple game' when you put your fat ass in section 212, row 7, seat 9 and watch a game while pouring hot dogs and nachos down your throat.

Maybe its not about high school, college, and beyond. Maybe its about right now. I would much rather have my kid involved in SOMETHING.... learning about team work, discipline, sacrifice, and commitment. We all know they don't learn that stuff at school.

When your kid is 25 and living in your basement, still playing Xbox and eating Cheetos you will understand that what I have just written is 100% true.
nineyearold

United States

#14 Nov 15, 2010
How old is your son?
nineyearold

United States

#15 Nov 15, 2010
To the original poster: How old is your son?
mmhmm

United States

#16 Nov 15, 2010
... and respect. Our kids learn how to respect people, especially coaches. ALL of the coaches
Scout

Blackstone, IL

#17 Nov 15, 2010
lots of teams wrote:
I take it you are from New Lenox since you are in the NL forum so you have lots of options for you son depending on his age. I agree with part of scouts reply but not all of it. Travel ball is not a disaster for every kid or family. It is the family who does not realize the commitment it takes for the child to play travel ball that is the family that will have issues. I agree that the chance your son or mine plays baseball for money is very minimal at best. I just hope he makes the high school team next year.
Again depending on age, your New Lenox area options are the New Lenox Rebels, Lincoln Way Yellow Jackets, Illinois Celtics, Lincoln Way Prospects, Lincoln Way Blue Demons,Mokena Blaze, Frankfort Square, Illinois Sparks (Orland)and Victory Baseball (Joliet). Some smaller teams in the area too like the NL Nitro, teams out of Hitters World and probably a few others I have missed. Like I said, lots of choices. Probably too many.
Also, there may be teams still looking for players. Check the section called "hot stove league" on the www.glyse.com website. You will find a section for teams looking for players and also a spot to post for a player looking for a team.
Good luck and never hurts to have your son try out for a few teams so he may have options.
What really makes a travel team experience bad is if parents have three children or more (which we did). There is no way on Earth that you can do justice to all your kids and spouse if you're doting on just one and spending all your free time in Iowa or Minnesota on weekends and then having to work a demanding job back this way.

As you say, it's good to have a kid try out for more than one kind of team but the parents MUST KNOW going in what each type of ball would involve AND be realistic about their boy's talents.

Count up the number of NL kids in the last quarter of a century who have gotten MLB-drafted and turned a couple of bucks along the way. What's the answer? One, Josh Flores. He made it as high as AA with Houston before hurting himself off the field.

We need a helluva lot more firemen, teachers, cops, and store managers than we do would-be pro ballplayers. Again, mix a lot of realism in with any decision you make.
Scout

Blackstone, IL

#18 Nov 15, 2010
Do not do it wrote:
<quoted text>
What can I say about the greatest scam of all time. You are absolutely out of your freaking mind if you think that your kid playing travel ball is beneficial.
Don't believe the "if he doesn't play travel ball then he won't make the high school team" crap either.
I'll break it down for you. There are six spots for seniors on every local high school baseball team. Of those six spots, there are no more than four spots where a kid has a chance to play every day. Of those seniors who actually play, no more than two will receive any scholarship money. Don't even kid yourself into believing that they will be drafted.
You son/daughter has virtually no chance of ever playing high school ball let alone college ball.
Baseball is a simple game. All you have to do is catch, throw, run and hit. Those who do it better than others get to play when they are in high school. The rest of the 99.5% don't.
Do yourself a favor. Sign your kid up for a rec league. You will be happy. Your kid will be happy. More important, you kid gets to be a kid during the summer instead of a little robot programmed to relive daddy's "glory" days.
Here's what I know to be absolute fact. You will understand that what I have just written is 100% true when your kid is 18.
I totally agree.
Scout

Blackstone, IL

#19 Nov 15, 2010
mmhmm wrote:
... and respect. Our kids learn how to respect people, especially coaches. ALL of the coaches
Sports teams don't have time to teach that. They are in the business of teaching hit-and-run, situational pitching, and how to field balls hit to one's non-glove side.

Respect and such must be taught at home FIRST. When we filled out our scouting forms we were REQUIRED to assess the behavior of the ballplayers. I can't begin to tell you how many talented young men were never drafted because they simply couldn't behave or be responsible.

It's a rare sports team that takes a second look at a player who might be a problem. These days there's simply too much money involved to piss it away on a momma's boy or a punk unless the guy is the next Babe Ruth. We all know of a few major leaguers who fit those descriptions but it's a mere handful out of hundreds of millions of male North Americans.
mmhmm

United States

#20 Nov 15, 2010
I'm glad there's only been 1 guy who made it.. That will make the light brighter when it shines on my 2 boys. They are going to be Chicago Cubs stars!
Mo-Billy

Mount Prospect, IL

#21 Nov 16, 2010
Scout, you are reading to much into a kids game. You are correct if the wacko parents are looking to the future as college and beyond. My daughter is a great travel softball player, and was cut from HS team, but she's determined to make it this year. Yes travel softball is demanding but it keeps her busy, focused on time management with school and sports AND most importantly she is high honor roll at school....My son is an even better baseball player, we hope he makes HS, but I've prepared him to be ready to get lost in the 80-90 who try out. If he wants to play, there are older summer travel teams that actually get more looks from colleges since their seasons don't overlap like HS and College seasons overlap. He's also on honor roll and really needs to keep busy to stay out of trouble & if baseball does not work out he has football and basketball...With both kids in travel, I've seen plenty of wacko parents, but we've found teams with fewer wackos and only 1 or 2 weekends away.

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