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AUSTRALIA BASEBALL TOURS

2004 TOUR  DATES # DAYS EVENT AGES

June 22 - July 5,
2004

14

Gold Coast Classic
itinerary below

13 - 15
16 - 18

July 5 - 18,
2004

14

Adelaide Friendship Series
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16 - 18
Australia – the Destination  


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Unknown 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. Some of the strongest clubs traditionally come from the New South Wales and Queensland regions you’ll be visiting.

pic1[1].gif (15766 bytes)Because 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 Australia 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 Under.

Sydney is Australia's premier city, the oldest settlement on the continent, the economic powerhouse of the nation and the country's capital in everything but name. Built on the shores of stunning Port Jackson, you would have to die and go to heaven before you see a more spectacular setting for a city. It's a vital, self-regarding metropolis, exuding both a devil-may-care urbanity and a slavish obsession with global fads.

main4[1].gif (24115 bytes)Despite its brutal European beginnings as a British penal colony, the city's mixture of pragmatic egalitarianism and plain indifference has transformed it into a thriving multicultural society with an out-and-proud gay community. The Sydney area was originally the ancestral home of the Eora tribe, and evidence of its original Aboriginal inhabitants survives in some 2000 rock engravings and suburb names.

Your tour will also include stops along the Gold Coast. Whether it’s Brisbane or Surfer’s Paradise this unique region enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year. It is a haven for foreigners who come to enjoy the many beaches and golf courses. It is also a popular getaway spot with the Aussies. Whether it’s the Radisson Resort Gold Coast or the Royal on the Park in Brisbane you are sure to enjoy this beautiful tourist area. 

GOLD COAST CLASSIC(13-15)
SAMPLE TOUR ITINERARY

Day 
1

Assemble in Los Angeles for pre-tour orientation. Evening program includes program orientation meeting as well as dinner with coaches and teammates.

Day 
2

Full day of seminars at your Los Angeles 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 for Sydney , Australia . The overnight flight includes meals, movies, and beverage services.

Day 
3

This day is “lost” in crossing the International Date Line. However, the time is “regained” on the way home.

Day
 4

Arrive Sydney. After clearing Australian customs and immigration formalities, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to hotel for check-in. This afternoon, an orientation of your Coogee Beach Resort area is planned and free time to unpack, relax and recover from the flight. Also, visit the site of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Day 
5

A morning cruise of Sydney Harbor provides you with a great overview of the city. Be certain to bring your camera as the Opera House is perfectly seen from the boat deck. This afternoon your first game with a local Aussie club.

Day 
6

Spend the morning at the beach, enjoying the South Pacific waves, sand and sun. Later in the day, back to the ballpark.

Day 
7

A day off from baseball today. Take the jetcat ferry from Manly to downtown Sydney for time in the Rocks region of the city. Site of the first British Colony in Australia, the area is full of great shops and restaurants. Then, over to Darling harbour and the Sydney Aquarium with its “walk-thru” shark tanks. Then, on the city’s monorail to Centerpoint Tower and mall.

Day 
8

Fly north today to Brisbane, capital of Queensland. Hotel check-in on arrival. Tour Manager’s orientation of the surrounding area. An afternoon game in Brisbane with a local club is also scheduled.

Day 
9

Morning instruction followed by another game this afternoon.

Day 10

Depart the Gold Coast for Lismore and the Timberjacks Invitational Tournament. After hotel check-in, explore the local area. This evening, the Timberjacks Series kicks off with first round games.

Day 11

This afternoon, the round-robin games of the tournament continue.

Day 12

Today features the final games of the round-robin part of the tournament. When not on the field, time is available for the beach, shopping or relaxing.

Day 13

The playoff games of the tournament are scheduled for today. Following the Championship, a farewell BBQ for all teams winds up the tourney.

Day 14

Depart Brisbane for flight home to USA.  Connect in Los Angeles where you clear US Customs. Arrive home later the same day.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:  

  • Lodging at tourist class or better hotel.  

  • All-you-can-eat full buffet breakfast and dinner.  

  • 8-12 games against top team from  Australia.

  • Instructional clinics and seminars.

  • Pick-up and drop-off service at the Gateway City.  

  • Ground transportation to all events.  

  • Sightseeing excursions.

  • Staff of college coaches, pro scouts, athletic trainer, and English-speaking administrators.  

  • Secondary medical insurance.  

  • Written evaluation of your skills.  

  • Pro-style uniform (yours to keep). 

  • Ratio of one adult staff member for every 6-7 players.  

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