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FRIENDSHIP SERIES ITINERARY
5 - 18,
– the Destination
to many Americans, Australia
has produced over 50 current Major and Minor Leaguers and boasts
a professional league of their own. The world’s largest island
is also covered by scouts from both American and National League
ballclubs. Aussie baseball is organized on a club system where
individuals play for the club of their choice. One of the top
teams typically competing in the Adelaide Friendship Series is
SASI (South Australian Sports Institute). This team encourages
top players from around the state and the country to attend
school in the area while playing for one of the country’s
elite amateur programs.
it is such a remote island-nation,
Australia’s ecosystem is different that much of the rest of the world.
A recent book on the subject suggests that over 90% of all
living things (plants, animals, insects, etc.) in
exist nowhere else in the world. Whether you
are lucky enough to encounter a kangaroo, wallaby or koala in
the wild you will surely see things you have never seen before.
Your tour will take you to one of the most historic cities Down
the early colonists began building
they built with stone, constructing a solid, dignified city that
is civilized and calm in a way that no other Australian state
capital can match. The solidity goes further than architecture,
was once regarded as a city of “wowsers” (read: puritan
spoilsports) and was renowned chiefly for its disproportionately
large number of churches. These days, the churches are
outnumbered by pubs and nightclubs, and there is no denying that
the city has a superb setting - the center is surrounded by
green parkland, and the metropolitan area is bound by the hills
and the waters of the Gulf
tour (July 3 –16) comes in the heart of the Australian winter.
Still you can expect temperatures to range from 60-75 degrees
Fahrenheit during your time in
Adelaide. For the duration of the trip you will be staying at the Flag
Inn, in a beautiful
suburb of the city called Glenelg. Minutes from the beach and
shops of the city, you will enjoy the warm comfort of this
ADELAIDE FRIENDSHIP SERIES (16-18)
for pre-tour orientation. Evening program includes program orientation
meeting as well as dinner with coaches and teammates.
day of seminars at your
area hotel. In preparation for your trip, hear experts talk on topics
like college recruiting, off-season conditioning and strength-training,
the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs and alcohol as well as
softball-specific topics like pitching, hitting and baserunning. This
evening you will depart Los Angeles
Australia. The overnight flight includes meals, movies, and beverage services.
is “lost” in crossing the International Date Line. However, the time
is “regained” on the way home.
Adelaide. After clearing Australian customs and immigration formalities, meet
your Australian Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for check-in.
This afternoon an orientation of the local area is planned followed by
an afternoon workout at the ball field. In the evening, dinner at the
hotel and time to relax.
and afternoon training sessions give way to afternoon and evening
intersquad or scrimmage games. This evening you’ll enjoy a seminar on
the college recruiting process given by our Coast to Coast staff.
you’ll enjoy the Opening Ceremonies of the Adelaide Friendship Series.
Together with teams from around Australia
and the United States
you’ll be introduced to the fans prior to playing your first
doubleheader. An evening tour of
is planned with dinner in the city.
doubleheader against the “Aussies” as you continue the round-robin
format. In the evening you’ll visit the renowned East End Markets in
the heart of
where, if you’re a shrewd shopper, many good deals can be found on
leather goods, pottery, crafts, and other souvenirs.
third full day of baseball as you play games to determine playoff
seedings. The evening is yours to explore the Glenelg section of
where you can walk on the beach, listen to street music or visit one of
the many shops or restaurants that cater to a wide variety of visitors
from around the world.
day off from baseball today! In the morning, you’ll visit the Cleland
Wildlife Preserve where you can have your picture taken holding a koala,
enjoy some of the hundreds of varieties of birds indigenous to Australia, or walk amongst the kangaroos and emus. They even have a Tasmanian
Devil. In the afternoon we make the short drive to Victor
Harbour, a beautiful seaside resort community where you’ll have time to
explore the town and enjoy the scenery.
day at the park as a doubleheader is planned against the South Australia
Sports Institute team. This team is comprised of top ballplayers from
around South Australia, many of whom will later go on to compete for positions on the Aussie
Olympic team in 2004.
to baseball, but today is only a single game so the afternoon is free to
is dedicated to the playoff rounds of the tournament. All teams will
play at least one game (and possibly two) depending on their position in
final game of the Adelaide Friendship Series is the highlight today as a
worthy champion will be crowned. Also, individual awards will be handed
out to the most outstanding performers. The Closing Ceremony marks the
end of the tournament.
early morning departure from Adelaide today. You “regain” the day lost when you crossed the International
Date Line, so you return to Los Angeles
later this same day.
at tourist class or better hotel.
full breakfast and dinner.
games against top team from Australia.
clinics and seminars.
and drop-off service at the Gateway City.
transportation to all events.
of college coaches, pro scouts, athletic trainer, and English-speaking
evaluation of your skills.
uniform (yours to keep).
of one adult staff member for every 6-7 players.
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