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received an invitation in the mail to attend one of your tryouts.
How did you get my name?
More than likely, your name was recommended to us by one of the college coaches
or pro scouts who help us recruit players.
We may have seen you play at a summer camp, high school game, talent showcase,
or tournament. No matter how we found
out about you, every tryout participant receives an equal opportunity to be accepted
to the program. From there it's up to you to demonstrate the skills needed to
be successful overseas.
kind of players do you recruit?
The great majority of players who travel with Coast to Coast share a common dream
of playing beyond high school on the collegiate or professional level. This program
is geared toward serious athletes who have a desire to represent their country
against top international competition. We look for players who continually strive
to improve and challenge themselves, both on and off the field.
can I qualify for the program?
Most players qualify at one of our open tryouts held around the country. At these
tryouts, interested players are put through a 2-3 hour workout during which time
their skills are evaluated by our coaching staff. Sometimes we accept players
(who are not able to attend a tryout) through the recommendation of a local college
coach. This process involves a written Program
Application that is completed by both the player and the coach making the
more on tryouts in your area, go to
Tryout Schedule for dates and sites.
I pre-register for the tryout?
Yes. Often tryout spots are limited.
You can register online or by calling our West Coast Office at 928-854-9455.
Go to Tryout Registration for more information.
much does it cost to attend the tryout?
For players that pre-register (online or by calling our office) the tryout fee
is $25. This fee will not be collected until the day of the tryout unless you
indicate that you would like to pre-pay. Players that do not pre-register
are welcome to come the day of the tryout. However, spots are not guaranteed.
I bring a friend with me to the tryout?
tryouts are open to all players ages 11 - 18.
can I get driving directions to the tryout?
For door-to-door directions, go to MAPQUEST.
Keep in mind the address listed will get you to campus but not necessarily to
the ball field. You may need to ask someone on campus.
should I bring with me to the tryout?
Make sure to bring your glove, bat, and catcher's gear (if applicable).
Most players wear either baseball pants or sweat pants.
my parents come watch the tryout?
Yes. It will also give them an opportunity
to meet some of our coaches and learn more about the program.
if I play more than one position?
Since this is a very competitive atmosphere, we ask players to choose the one
position where they think they can best showcase their skills. Assuming you qualify
for the program at your best position, you will surely have a chance to play in
another spot(s) on the trip.
I do not make the team, can I tryout again?
Of course. You are allowed to attend
as many as three tryout events (for no additional fee) in a calendar year.
While we do not provide you with a written assessment of your skills, you are
encouraged to call our office after the tryout and we will be happy to review
our evaluation with you. This feedback can give you an idea where to focus your
energies to continue improving your game.
don't live near any of the tryout areas.
Can I still tryout?
Absolutely! If you are unable to
attend due to a previous commitment or live too far away from all of our tryout
sites, you can still qualify with a written application.
This includes a recommendation from a local coach or professional scout
and/or a highlight video of your skills.
Email us for a Program
Application to be completed by your current coach.
will I know if I've made the team?
You will be notified by mail within 10 days after the tryout. If you qualify,
you will receive additional information about the tour options including dates,
tuition, and our fundraising program.
many players do you accept at each tryout?
There is no specific formula that we use to determine the total number of players
taken from each tryout. Much of our decision depends on the roster spots
available for each tour at the time of the tryout, the positions you play, and
your age level. While we would like to provide an opportunity for all those players
who express an interest in our program, the reality is that the majority of players
who attend a tryout do not qualify for the program.
you provide references?
We are happy to provide you the name of past players, parents, coaches or pro
scouts who have traveled with us. We encourage you to speak with some of our alumni
before you sign-up so you feel completely confident in our organization.
I still register for a trip after my two-week deposit deadline passes?
Yes, as long as there is space still available. The two-week deadline simply guarantees
your roster spot on at least one of our tours. If you are unable to meet the deadline,
we recommend you Email our office periodically to receive updates on the availability
for your desired tour.
I make the team, can I select the tour I want to attend?
Absolutely! Keep in mind though that
we only take a limited number of players on each tour so the sooner you register,
the better chance you will have of reserving your first choice. All players are
asked to list an alternate choice (of destination) in the event that their first
choice is filled.
do I sign-up?
You can register on-line or through the mail.
A $350 deposit is required to reserve your roster spot.
This deposit will be deducted off your final tuition.
Go to Player Registration
for more information.
I defer my enrollment to a future year?
If you are unable to travel this year, you are welcome to register for any of
our future tours. When you register,
specify that you would like to "Defer Enrollment."
I find out who else made the team from my tryout?
In an effort to protect your privacy, all tryout evaluations are kept confidential.
makes this program so unique?
Designed to supplement regular summer baseball, rather than compete with it, Coast
To Coast's international trips are packed with first-rate instruction, spirited
competition, and unparalleled learning experiences both on and off the field.
this a good cultural experience?
You bet! It's what sets Coast to
Coast apart from all the other baseball programs.
When you're not on the field, you will have a chance to see and do some
amazing things. You'll explore important points of interest, visit historic sites,
learn about the culture of your host country, and meet other serious athletes
from all over the world.
does the team get around when we're overseas?
Most Coast to Coast teams enjoy the comfort of traveling on a chartered air-conditioned
luxury motor coach. For longer transfers between destinations, we take the train
or fly. Whatever the case, our staff will be there each step of the way to make
sure everything goes smoothly.
I need a passport or visa?
All of our international destinations require an up-to-date passport. If you do
not currently have a passport you can apply for one at any post office.
Most destinations no longer require visas. However, if a visa is needed
we will provide you with the information you'll need to apply. If you are
an American citizen, you do NOT need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico.
need to fly to the gateway city.
Where should I purchase my airline ticket?
Call our official agency, Uniglobe Travel (800-333-8688), and tell the agent you're
with Coast to Coast (ask for Lisa in the Corporate Department). Uniglobe has arranged
special discount rates for our players and family members. They have access to
major airlines and the best schedules.
time should I arrive and depart the gateway city?
If you are traveling to Australia, the international flight schedule will be available
about four months prior to your trip. At that time you can make arrangements for
your domestic ticket. Make sure to leave at least a couple of hours between flights
to ensure ample time to collect your luggage and check-in for your new flight.
We will of course pick you up at the airport when you arrive and make sure
you board your connecting flight home.
I arrive before the first day of the tour or stay after the tour ends (Puerto
Rico tour only)?
Yes, however you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the
hotel. Taxi cabs are readily available and cost about $10 to the Embassy Suites.
You will also be responsible to pay for the cost of the hotel room for any extra
nights. Contact us if you
are considering this option.
will a staff member pick me up at the airport when I arrive?
We will pick you up at the baggage claim area. We will also drive you back to
the airport the last day of the tour. It is important that you send us your airline
itinerary so we know when and where to find you.
Coast to Coast Amateur Baseball Stars was founded to give young players the opportunity
to learn from top American coaches while competing against other outstanding players
from around the world. Our ongoing
desire is to provide our players with quality competition in an atmosphere that
fosters learning and the development of character.
the team practice before the tour?
Since your teammates will come from all over the country, we do not practice prior
to the trip. We strongly encourage you to follow a workout regimen so you arrive
in top physical shape and are ready to play to your full potential. It is an extremely
challenging tour that demands your peak level of energy.
do you choose the teams?
The coaching staff for each trip sets the rosters. Our age groups are 11-12, 13-15
and 16-18. Occasionally, we deviate (only with the player's permission) from these
age categories if our coaches feel you'll be better challenged at a higher level.
many players are on a team?
We keep our rosters small (12 to 15 players per team) to ensure you receive the
personal attention you deserve and a maximum amount of playing time in games.
much playing time will I receive?
Because all those players who will be traveling have demonstrated their ability
to compete against top competition, ability level (and thus playing time) will
be relatively equal.
Outstanding! Every time you step
on the field, you will face some of the best competition the host country has
to offer. Whether its Australia, or Puerto Rico, we guarantee you'll be pushed
to the limits of your ability!
is the food like?
If you've traveled overseas before, you know that food varies a great deal by
taste, quantity, and quality depending on where you go. While we believe strongly
that part of the overseas experience is trying new types of foods, we recognize
that all players may not share the same sense of adventure. Therefore, we offer
a menu that includes both some authentic entrees for you to try as well as some
staples you eat at home. The program does allow you to lunch each day on your
own, so you are welcome to be as adventuresome or conservative as you like.
we are traveling, where do we stay?
You will stay in very nice hotels, selected for comfort, safety, and proximity
to the ball fields. Because of our extensive experience in international travel,
we have long-standing relationships with reputable hotel chains.
many other players will stay in my room?
Players are housed 2-4 per room just like college and minor league road trips.
I request a roommate?
If you know another player attending the same tour, let us know and we will be
happy to assign you to the same room. Keep in mind, however, that one of the most
rewarding aspects of the tour is the opportunity to meet new players from different
areas of the country.
I room with my parent (my son)?
We strongly believe that part of the growth experience that comes with travel
is the bond developed between roommates. Therefore, players room with other
players, not parents.
my parents come along?
Your parents, grandparents, siblings, and any other family members and friends
are welcome to join you overseas and enjoy a wonderful baseball vacation.
Family members interested in coming should visit the Booster
Package form. The package entitles non-players to stay at the same hotel where
players are housed, eat the same meals, and attend all the sightseeing activities
scheduled for the players.
parents attend the games?
Of course! Parents are welcome to
attend all the games and practices. However, only those non-players purchasing
the Booster Package will be
allowed to travel on our team bus to all activities. Unfortunately, if you are
making your own arrangements to accompany the group you will also be responsible
for your own transportation to/from games and other activities.
steps do you take to ensure my son's safety?
The Coast to Coast program is administered by people who have experience in taking
large groups of athletes overseas. With our ratio of one adult staff member for
every 6-7 players, we're able to create a highly supervised and structured environment.
Second, we only stay in safe areas. Third, our schedule is packed with baseball
activities so there is very little down-time.
Finally, we are in frequent contact with the United States State Department from
whom we receive information about travel safety as well as areas of concern around
the world. When your son is not playing ball, he'll either be sightseeing,
attending a seminar, or relaxing at the hotel with the rest of his team. Our primary
concern is the safety of our participants.
there a certified athletic trainer on site?
Most international tournaments we attend provide either athletic trainers or doctors
who attend the games and take care of injuries and illnesses. In the event that
medical personnel are not provided by the tournament, we bring our own certified
my son covered by insurance?
Yes. Tuition includes a secondary medical insurance policy for all players.
Note: Proof of primary medical insurance coverage is required for all
players and boosters.
curfew just for the younger players?
No. It is for all players and is strictly enforced to create a serious baseball
atmosphere. If your son chooses to participate in our program, he is required
to be in his room at curfew.
there other rules governing players' behavior?
Each player that signs up for the program is required to sign a Code of Conduct
Agreement that outlines the sort of behavior we expect of our athletes. Violations
of this agreement can result in anything from reduced playing time to expulsion
from the program. It is important that players and families alike understand that
Coast to Coast is a serious baseball program for serious athletes. While we do
take time to take in some of the sights, this is not a vacation. Our sincere hope
is that players travel with us because they see our trips primarily as a chance
to improve their skills. The only way this can happen is in a structured atmosphere.
there a lot of free time?
Not really. The daily schedule is packed with baseball activities such as instructional
clinics, team practices, chalk talks, and games. Your son will have a few hours
off each afternoon to relax. Games are usually played in the afternoon or evening.
We focus on providing each player with an intense baseball experience.
I receive a baseball scholarship if I participate in the camp?
That's entirely up to you. All we can promise is that you'll have the opportunity
to play in front of numerous top instructors and scouts. College coaches independently
decide which players they want to recruit. The characteristics they look at are
your playing ability, your attitude on and off the field, your grades and educational
interests, your personality and work ethic.
can Coast to Coast help me get into a good college?
In addition to giving you the opportunity to showcase your skills in front of
recruiters, we'll show you how to correspond with coaches, produce a highlight
video, write your own player profile, and select a school that meets your educational
and athletic goals. However, Coast to Coast is not a recruiting service.
know an instructor who would love to work at one of your camps. What can he do?
Have him send his resume and list of references. We are always looking for
will I know the exact staff roster for my particular camp?
For the summer trips, staff rosters are generally completed about 2 weeks prior
to travel. Shortly before your trip, you will receive a biography of each of the
coaches in the mail.
there seminars on the tour?
Both players and parents benefit from the educational seminars hosted by the coaches
and travel staff. Likely topics include; the college recruiting process, the negative
effects of performance-enhancing drugs, and off-season conditioning and weight-training
there ways to reduce the tour tuition?
Absolutely! The official fundraising partner of Coast to Coast is My
Sports Dreams. They'll teach you how to substantially defray the tour
support do you provide?
You will have access to your very own fundraising coach who will help you every
step of the way. Call our New York
regional office (914-232-8100) for more information on how you can get started
designing a fundraising plan that works for you.
whom should my sponsors make their checks payable?
All checks should be made payable to "Coast to Coast."
do I make sure this check gets into my player account?
It is very important that you write your name clearly on the memo line of each
check you receive. This way we will know to credit the check to your account.
if someone wants to contribute but prefers to pay Coast to Coast with a
We are happy to process credit card donations. We accept Mastercard, Visa, and
Discover. In order for us to do this, the cardholder will have to complete and
sign the Credit Card Authorization Form that is part of your acceptance package.
happens if I receive a sponsor's check after I have paid my tuition in full?
If we receive the sponsor's check prior to your trip, we will give you the option
of designating your sponsor's check for deposit in our scholarship fund, or we
will refund directly to you the exact amount you overpaid. If we receive
the sponsor's check during or after your trip, we will need to return the check
to the donor. NOTE: COAST TO COAST CANNOT ACCEPT ANY DONOR CHECKS
AFTER TRAVEL HAS BEGUN.
I hold my own fundraising projects? I have some great ideas.
Sure. We are more than willing to help by providing guidance so it may be a good
idea to run your idea by us before you start.
We have over 11 years of fundraising experience and we can give you some