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Our goal is to create a serious baseball atmosphere that invites you to mature both on and off the field.  We emphasize the important qualities that go into being a success, such as work ethic, responsibility, leadership, and sportsmanship.   We provide you with top-notch competition and intensive instruction specifically geared to rapid skills development.

While we take the games very seriously and always strive to win, we prefer not to dwell on simple game scores, especially considering the short time we have to mold your team.  Our overall objective is to help you improve your game.  Through exposure to expert coaching, spirited competition, and an extensive cultural program, we expect you to return home not only with better baseball skills, but also a more informed and interested citizen of the world.

We hope that you also benefit from competing with other strong players from around the country. Despite the many regional differences, your teammates are fellow Americans who share a common love of baseball.  Your ability to come together both on and off the field will be crucial to your success.

Ultimately, what you take away from this experience will depend upon what you put into it.  If you step off the plane ready to work hard, eager to learn, willing to immerse yourself in a new and interesting culture, and determined to represent your country with pride and dignity, then you'll return home a winner -- no matter what the scoreboard says.  

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Make sure that you email us regarding your travel plans as soon as you book your ticket to the Gateway City.  After we receive your itinerary, it is very important that you notify us if your flight number or arrival time changes.   We suggest that you arrive at the airport at least two hours before your domestic flight.  You will need to show photo identification when checking in prior to your flight. (Passports are not necessary for U.S. citizens who travel to Puerto Rico.)

When you arrive at your Gateway city, a staff member will meet you at your baggage claim.  Please wear a baseball jersey and hat so we can easily identify you.  After retrieving your luggage, we'll help you check in for the flight overseas.

In the extremely rare event that you cannot find a staff member, go to the information booth in the baggage claim area and request to page a staff member.  Don't panic ... we will not leave the airport until everyone is accounted for!  

It's also a good idea to bring the Coast to Coast phone number (740-373-4455) with you.  If you need to, you can call us in the office on your Arrival and Departure day.

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Clearly mark all of your bags with your name, address, and telephone number. You will need to check your bat bag since airlines will not allow you to carry it on the plane. You individual bat can be placed in the Coast to Coast team bat bag (do not forget to mark you bat). Travel light, with one carry-on and one checked bag.  Remember you will be receiving a Coast to Coast travel bag (which includes your uniform package) at the gateway city. If possible, carry-on your glove and spikes just in case the airline misplaces your bag. Always watch your luggage in the terminal to prevent someone from walking off with it. Ask for your seat assignments for the return trip as well.

You can purchase trip cancellation insurance which offers financial protection for certain specified reasons. Most airlines offer a service whereby they will escort youngsters to their connecting gate, as well as ensure their well-being during lay-overs for a small additional fee.  Check with your airline for details.  

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In most cases you will arrive at the gateway airport the same day as your international flight.  In the event that you are traveling to Puerto Rico (San Juan is the gateway city) and you're arriving early, you may not be able to check in to your room until 4 PM.  We will, however, give you a place to store your luggage and change into your swim suit, so you can relax by the pool.  We'll also offer a series of baseball clinics for those players that arrive before 4 PM.  On this first day, please stay in the shade as much as possible and be sure to apply lots of sun screen when you're outside.  Your skin will take some time to adjust to the sun's extreme intensity.

Once we've arrived at our final destination, you'll meet with our athletic trainer so he can learn about any pre-existing injuries or ailments you may have.  He can also discuss any nutrition, conditioning, or health related concerns you would like.  In the evening, we'll have a dinner at a nearby restaurant and an orientation program where you will receive a schedule for the trip and meet the staff.  

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During the training session, your baseball skills will be evaluated by the entire coaching staff.  Your final roster assignment will be made at the end of the training camp.  The criteria used include your age, skill level, and the positions you play.  We will divide the group into teams consisting of two coaches and 12-15 players each.

You've already proven your baseball skill to us by qualifying for the trip; however, we do not make any promises that you will get to play your favorite position.  As in any baseball situation, the needs of the team will take precedence over the desire of any one individual.  We do assure you that everyone will get relatively equal playing time.  We deliberately keep our rosters small to make sure you enjoy one of the most intensive baseball experiences of your life!  

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Weather permitting, your team will play five games (in Puerto Rico) and between eight and twelve games in Europe and Australia.  The majority of the games will be played in small communities within a 20-mile radius of the hotel; however, you may have some a little further away. 

SPECIAL NOTE: Even though most of the fields are close in distance, the traffic in Puerto Rico is extremely heavy.  So it's not uncommon for a 15-mile trip to take 50 minutes by bus.

Overview of Baseball in Europe
*  While baseball has existed in most parts of Europe since the Second World War, it is still a relatively small sport in terms of participation. Soccer and basketball certainly command larger audiences, but the level of European baseball has grown tremendously over the past twenty years. In most European nations baseball, like other sports, is organized and administered through a club system rather than by the public schools. Players who wish to play ball must join a local club that offers that and other sports (sometimes as many as forty or fifty different sports) to its members. Players pay a fee to the club in addition to the standard fee each team charges its members for uniforms, equipment and travel expenses. One of the factors holding back the even further growth in popularity of baseball is that it quite an expensive proposition for the players who choose to play.

*  Historically the best European baseball has been found in Italy and the Netherlands, but the power balance has begun to shift recently as the Germans, Czechs and the French have poured millions of dollars into the development of the sport in these areas. The impetus for this allocation of funds was the International Olympic Committee's decision almost ten years ago to make baseball an Olympic sport.

*  All European nations have national baseball federations who oversee the development of the game locally as well as the organization of the leagues and teams around he country. Most of these organizations have full time professional staff that operate out of a central office. Most of these federations are also responsible for the development of women's softball.

*  While there are certain generalizations that can be made with regards to European baseball as a whole, there are large variations in the quality of talent and the caliber of facilities one might see when traveling from country to country and town to town. As a general rule, the best baseball clubs are found in the larger cities and towns, as there is more talent to draw from and an increased likelihood that the club might be supported by a wealthy business or individual. Players playing at the top levels in Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy often move from one team to another each year depending on what clubs(s) can afford their services. This changes often as sponsors (much like sponsors in the USA) are fickle and when the local team is not winning, they pull their financial support.

*  Most European countries have at least four levels of baseball ranging from quite skilled players at the top to beginners at the bottom. Since there is no baseball at the public schools, players generally do not begin playing (except in the Netherlands) until they are about twelve years old. This is why we often pit our Coast to Coast teams against older players in order to ensure that we'll be pushed to the limits of our ability.

*  There are very few professional umpires in Europe. Most leagues require the teams who apply for membership to also provide a certain number of members who are willing to be trained in umpiring. This means that players often double as umpires on a few weekends each summer.

*  Most European countries begin their baseball season at the end of March and finish in September. The reason for the relatively long season is that games are generally played only on weekends and there are usually one or two "vacation weeks" during the height of the summer when no games are scheduled.

*  The national teams from all the countries of Europe are organized into an "A" pool and a "B" pool for the European Championships. The winner of the "A" pool is European champion while the winner of the "B" pool moves up the "A" pool the following summer. Again, these championships have traditionally been dominated by the Dutch and the Italians.  

*  Many clubs share their "baseball field" with the track and field and soccer teams so the outfield dimensions of some of these fields differ greatly. Base lengths and mound distance are the same as the USA as are most of the rules. In the past ten years there have been a number of clubs that have seen the need to build a "baseball only" field with dimensions more like what we are accustomed to at home. During your trip you will most likely play on a variety of fields reflecting both the older "soccer field" type set-up as well as the newer "baseball only" movement. 

Overview of Baseball in Australia
*  Baseball is one of the most popular sports "down under" with hundreds of thousands of youngsters and adults playing in organized leagues and associations. Other sports with a large following are soccer, basketball, rugby and Australian Rules Football.

* The game in Australia is organized largely on the club system. While teams do exist at many secondary schools around the country, the best competition is often found while participating in one of the many sports clubs available to kids and adults nationwide.

* Many Americans are unfamiliar with the quality of Australian baseball. A sure sign that the Aussies can compete on the world stage is the number of (over 60 at the time this was written) players who have come to the USA to play professionally. Further evidence of this fact is that every Major League team is currently active in scouting in Australia.

* The governing body for baseball in this country is the Australian Baseball Federation (ABF). Recently relocated in Sydney, the Federation took the primary responsibility for organizing and overseeing the baseball games at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

* Many of the fields you'll play on in Australia will be planted with Bermuda-like grass which is cut very short so that the surface is very similar to a golf green. It is not uncommon for the more wealthy clubs to employ a full time groundskeeper who will "roll" the entire field (outfield and infield) several times each week.

* In an effort to add more offense to the game, Australian clubs often play on fields with marginally smaller dimensions. Whereas a typical high school park in the US might measure 320 feet down the lines and 380 feet to center field, a typical park for players the same age in Sydney or Adelaide might measure closer to 300 feet down the line and 360 feet to center field. The result is often more homeruns and higher scoring games. 

* The ABF sponsors an extensive umpire-training program throughout the country. As a result, this country offers some of the best trained "men in blue" you'll see outside the US. 

* Australian professionals play in the Australian Baseball League (ABL). The League usually plays about an eighty game schedule while attendance at games averages roughly between five and ten thousand fans. All players who play in the ABL make a salary and there is a league minimum. Salaries are generally quite small (relatively speaking) and very few Aussie pros can afford to go without a job in the off-season.

Overview of Baseball in Puerto Rico
*  P.R. is more densely populated than any U.S. state but that hasn't prevented its people from setting aside land for more than 6,000 baseball diamonds.  The Governor here likes to say that P.R. is to baseball what Texas and Nebraska are to football, Indiana is to basketball, and Minnesota is to ice hockey.  With major league stars like Ivan Rodriguez, Edgar Martinez, and Bernie Williams, it's hard to argue with him.

*   Even though basketball is gaining popularity, baseball is still far and away the most popular sport on the island.  And since football, soccer, and lacrosse are not offered, most of Puerto Rico's top male athletes can be found on the diamond.  Very few of these ballplayers get the chance to compete internationally, so there's lots of excitement for these games.

*   Associations and leagues, not schools, coordinate virtually all of the youth baseball played in Puerto Rico.  Most teams compete 11 months out of the year.  All the associations hold year-end tournaments that generally take place in July and August.  The winning teams travel to the states to compete in nationwide tournaments.

* There may be instances where special all-star teams are assembled to play you, so don't be surprised if the players wear different uniforms.

*   The largest league on the island -- Association de las Ligas Infantiles y Juveniles (an affiliate of the American Amateur Baseball Congress)  -- encompasses more than 1,500 teams of all age groups.   This affiliate is one of the strongest in all of the U.S.   You may also play games, depending on your age, against teams from the American Legion, Pony Baseball, and Coliceba Juvenil.

*   Before some of your games, you may exchange small souvenirs with the local players.  We will provide these exchange items but you may want to bring some extra merchandise -- hats, t-shirts, pins, etc. -- from your hometown or state to trade or give-away, as well.   They will be a big hit with the locals and you could probably get some neat stuff in return.

* Puerto Ricans have an intense competitive spirit.  They always play hard and even though their hospitality can be overwhelming, they take a lot of pride in beating teams from the states.  Keep in mind that baseball is played differently in P.R.  For example, local teams usually don't let up, even if they're winning by 10 runs or more.  They'll attempt to steal bases, hit-and-run and play as if the game were tied no matter what the score.

* The fans also take the game very seriously.   They appreciate quality baseball and show their passion through cheering.  If you drop a routine fly, throw your helmet, or argue with the umpire, they may whistle and holler at you.  But by the same token, if you make an outstanding catch or hit, they usually applaud you.

*  Most of the fields in Puerto Rico are small neighborhood parks.  Their condition is not as good as what we're used to in the states.

*  After games, always shake hands with the opposing players, but realize that in Puerto Rico it's not a common practice.  So, if the players don't come to meet you right away it's not necessarily bad sportsmanship.

*  Most of the umpires are good, but as is often the case in international competition, there may be times when the officiating at your games is not up to par.   If an ump should miss a call, please keep your poise and remember that these are friendly competitions.

*  The P.R. professional winter league takes place from November until January.   There are six teams on the island representing San Juan, Santurce, Ponce, Mayaguez, Caguas, and Bayamon.  It is very difficult to earn a spot on the rosters that consist mainly of Latin major league stars and top minor league prospects.   If you travel with us during the winter, you'll get a chance to visit one of their games.

*  Even though many 13-14 year olds play on 80 foot base paths, we will play most of these games on a regulation diamond of 90 foot base paths.  For most of this team's games, however, the pitchers will throw from 54 feet.  All players in the 11-12 year old category will play on 60 foot base paths, and the pitchers may also throw from 54 feet.

*  We strongly encourage you to interact with the Puerto Rican players, parents, and fans.  A good time to do this is after the game.   Most of the locals have a basic understanding of English (it's a mandatory high school class).  This interaction will make your experience more memorable.  

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When you arrive you will be assigned to a room with two or three other players in your age group.  There will be two double beds in each suite and a pull-out couch. Keep in mind:

*  If you have a friend who is going on the trip, but he is not on your team, you may not be able to room with him.  This doesn't mean you can't hang out together during free time.  Remember, part of this experience is getting to know new people from different parts of the country.  Do your best to make friends with your roommates and other players you meet.

*  Most players do not know anyone else who is going on the trip.  So if you have some anxiety about who your roommates will be or who you'll make friends with, remember that everyone is in the same situation.

*  Be respectful of your roommates.  With three or four of you in a room, it's important that you be considerate and thoughtful of each other.  For example, you should turn the TV and lights off if someone wants to sleep or ask first before borrowing anyone else's possessions.

*  If you're having a problem with any of your roommates, please bring it to the attention of your coach or the trip directors right away.

*  It is your responsibility to keep your room clean at all times.  Your coaches will check your room daily to make sure it is damage-free and neat.  

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We know you're traveling with Coast to Coast to become a better ballplayer.  And our job is to help you achieve this goal, not to police your behavior.  You and your parents signed our Code of Conduct form so you're already aware of what's expected of you.  Keep in mind that all successful athletes -- even major leaguers -- have rules they must abide by. College coaches seek to recruit players who are responsible both on and off the field. 

Understand that our rules are designed both for your safety and to foster a serious baseball atmosphere.  If you violate any of these rules, you will be held accountable for your actions.  This could mean anything from restricted curfew, limited playing time in games, reduced free time privileges, or being sent home immediately, at your family's own expense.  You will find, however, that if you follow these basic guidelines, your trip will be an enjoyable one.

General:  The image that we project to those around us, and especially to those in the destinations we visit, is extremely important.   Remember that you are representing your team, our organization, and most importantly the United States.  The people you meet will view you as a representative of your country first and foremost.   You should always remember this as you travel outside your hometown.  How you look, and especially how you act will affect your image.   We want to make sure that everyone comes away with a positive impression after meeting you.  If you remember that you are representing more than simply yourself, everything else will fall into place.  Common sense is the best guideline of all.  You'll find that your coaches are easy to get along with, so ask them if you are unsure if something is permitted.  If you make the wrong decision, you will be held accountable for your actions. 

Criticism:  Never make a negative comment about a teammate, a coach, or a staff member.  Remember everyone is working together trying to achieve the same things that you are.   Nothing can hurt the success of a team, and the overall level of enjoyment for everyone on the trip more than negative comments or malicious criticism.   If you have a problem with someone or something, bring it to the attention of your coach or a staff member in private. 

Drinking, Drugs, & Tobacco:   At NO time during the trip will you, regardless of your age, be permitted to drink an alcoholic beverage, use any type of drug or narcotic (other than that which has been prescribed by a doctor), smoke any type of cigarette, cigar, or use chewing tobacco.

Language:   It is very important that you get along with your teammates.  Be respectful and sensitive to their backgrounds.  Racial or ethnic slurs will not be tolerated.  In addition, you are not permitted to swear at any time.

Punctuality:  You are expected to be on time for each activity.  This includes team meetings, practices, games, meals, curfews, and all other events. 

Hotel:   Understand that we are not the only ones at the hotel.  Be respectful and polite to other guests and the hotel staff.  You can do this by keeping the volume of your television and radio at reasonable levels, using non-offensive language, and not yelling or screaming.  Also, keep your room neat at all times and never wear your baseball spikes or cap inside the hotel.  You will be held responsible for any hotel or other property you damage.  In addition, you are not allowed to have any person not affiliated with the program in your room, nor may you enter a hotel room of someone other than a player, coach, or staff member.  This includes, but is not limited to, any girls you may meet at the hotel or elsewhere.

Pay-per-view:  In Puerto Rico, the pay-per-view movies in your hotel room will be blocked.  If you would like to watch a pay-per-view movie, you must pay in advance for it at the front desk.

In Europe and Australia it is often not possible to have pay-per-view channels blocked.  In the event that you select a pay movie, YOU will be responsible for paying this charge before we leave the hotel.

Phone calls:  You will be able to receive phone calls in your room, but you will not be able to make out-going calls.  If you would like to call your parents or friends, you must do so on a pay phone in the hotel lobby.

Signing privileges:  You are not permitted to charge food, merchandise, or hotel services to your room, unless you provide the front desk with a credit card. 

Swimming (Puerto Rico and Australia):  Understand that the ocean is very dangerous, especially if you are not a strong swimmer.  Make sure you always swim with at least one other person, swim where you can safely stand, and that you never swim in the ocean or the hotel's pool after dark.   Also, only swim when an adult staff member is nearby.

Dress Code: Casual attire is acceptable throughout the duration of the trip, but please pay attention to your appearance and take pride in the way you look.  You may not wear your baseball cap backwards or while in the hotel or at team meals.  Always wear a shirt and shoes in the hotel.  Please leave your jewelry and earrings at home.

Injury and Illness:  Any injury or sickness, no matter how small, must be reported immediately to your coach or the staff's medical trainer.  Also, please inform the trainer when you arrive of any preexisting medical condition, no matter how insignificant you think it is.

Game Conduct:  Good sportsmanship on the field is required at all times, regardless of the score.  At no time will a lack of composure or discipline be tolerated, either towards opponents, umpires, teammates or your coaches.  Also, please refrain from foul and offensive language.

Free Time:  You will be required to stay within the area designated by your tour director (this will be defined at our orientation meeting).  You are not allowed in any casinos, bars, or clubs.  (13-15 year old teams will only be permitted to leave the hotel with coaches or chaperones.)

Curfew:  You must be in your room -- not a teammate's room -- every night at curfew.  You do not have to be in bed at this time, but your door must be closed.   Your coaches will let you know what time this is each night, and they will enforce this.  You will have one hour after curfew to keep your room lights on. 

Sunburn & Dehydration:  Since temperatures can reach well into the 90's in Puerto Rico as well as parts of Europe and Australia, you must be extremely careful about sun poisoning and dehydration.   Make sure you wear the maximum level of sun block at all times.   It is important that you re-apply it every couple of hours, especially when you sweat.   Also, drink lots of water, even if you are not thirsty.

Drinking Water:  The water in Puerto Rico is generally safe to drink, but as an added precaution, we bring bottled water to most games and practices.  The hotel's water is filtered and safe to drink.  Tap water in Australia and Europe is safe to drink (although the locals may find this a bit odd as they prefer bottled water).  

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The dictionary defines adaptability as the ability to adjust to a new environment or situation.  Your coaches might define it by how well you deal with problems and adversity on the field.  You might have a different definition.   

No matter how you interpret the word, your ability to adjust to the various situations that occur on your trip will most certainly play a big role in your level of enjoyment.   It is safe to say that every player and coach will encounter unexpected, unusual, and perhaps even some uncomfortable moments while on tour.  Sometimes the food is not what you are accustomed to ... the park is not as nice as your high school field ... your bed might be uncomfortable ... the bus rides might be too long ... the weather is not warm or cool enough ... you might not be able to find ice for your drinks, or you might not be able to communicate with someone in English.   The list goes on and on.

We suggest that you approach this trip with the attitude that it will be a great experience for you, and that you will learn by trying new things and by expanding your horizons.  That means if you're expecting American-style home cooking, your own bed, or to stay out as late as you want, you're going to be disappointed because you won't get these things.  Instead, what you will get is a wide variety of new experiences, the great majority of which we are confident you will enjoy.

However, you should realize that any undertaking like this one, regardless of how well planned it is, contains snags and unexpected events that arise from time to time.   We'll need you to adapt to these situations when they occur.   Rather than harp on the negative, you should try to turn what you might initially perceive to be an uncomfortable or bad situation, into a positive one.   How do you do this?  Here are a few suggestions:

Understand everyone is in the same boat.   Most likely, when something unexpected comes up, it affects everyone, or at a minimum, more people than just you.   Depending on the situation, you will need to realize that nobody chose the problem at hand.  Try to keep a positive attitude throughout.

Look for possible solutions instead of blaming others.  Spend your energy looking for a solution.  Or, if this is not possible, then try to make the situation as comfortable as possible for yourself without causing too much disruption for the rest of the group.

Keep things in perspective.   No matter how large or insurmountable the problem may appear, realize that when all is said and done, and you look back on your trip, it will not seem nearly as large as it does at the moment.  It's important to keep the problem from interfering with your overall positive experience.  Remember the reasons that you chose to travel: to compete against some of the finest competition the world has to offer, to meet new people, and to experience a different culture.

What kind of problems are we talking about?  Obviously we cannot predict what may or may not occur.  Things like delayed arrivals and departures from the airports, traffic, rain-outs, and waiting 20 minutes before dinner is served have happened before and could very well occur again.  Like you, we are looking forward to and expect a great trip.  Lots of hard work and planning has gone into making this a first-class organization.  But we also want you to be aware that there may be minor obstacles along the way, and that we count on you to remain positive while lending a hand to help solve any problems that come our way.  Remember adaptability is the key.  

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If you're joining us on tour, you can expect to have a wonderful time enjoying the local culture and watching your son compete.  In an effort to foster an environment where your son can form bonds with his teammates and coaches and gain the self-confidence that often comes with independence, there are some activities which are limited to players and coaches only.  We will describe these when you arrive.

We ask that you respect the rules and guidelines we've set for your son.  It would be unfair if you took him out after curfew, or invited him to a dinner that was not available to the other players.  By registering your son and signing the Code of Conduct, it is our understanding that you recognize our rules and respect our role in chaperoning your son during his stay in Puerto Rico.   If you have any questions about this, we encourage you to call us before the trip.

Our tour leader and travel staff will keep you abreast of daily events.  If you have questions regarding game times, bus schedules, etc. make sure to ask the tour director. Please recognize that because we are working with local officials, and often involved in tournament play, our schedule must remain flexible. While it's not uncommon for us to make changes to the schedule, we'll make every effort to keep you up to date. 

Our Staff
Whether you're staying with us or at another nearby hotel, please know that our staff is a valuable resource for you.  We want your stay to be as comfortable, relaxing, and enjoyable as possible, so please let us know if there's any information you need or something we can do to help.  We're happy to recommend restaurants, sightseeing excursions, or even tell you where you can golf or play tennis.

In Europe you can expect 75-85 degree weather in the summer, while in Australia (July - August is the "Aussie winter) the weather can fluctuate a great deal (between 60-80 degrees and cooler at night).  In general, you can expect 80-88 degree weather in the winter and spring, and 85 - 94 degree weather in the summer.   

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Players will be allowed no more than two pieces of luggage: one carry-on and one checked bag (two if you're bringing a bat bag).  Make sure it is well marked with your name, address, and phone number in case the airline misplaces it.  You will need a passport for Europe and Australia.  While you do not need your passport in Puerto Rico, you may want to bring a driver's license (if applicable), school identification, or some other form of photo identification.  Lastly, don't bring any valuables or excessive spending money.  Here are some clothing and personal items that we recommend you bring on your trip.


  • Cleats or spikes (metal okay)     
  • Toothbrush
  • Catcher's gear (if applicable)
  • Water bottle (Puerto Rico)
  • Glove
  • Toothpaste
  • Practice shirts     
  • Shampoo
  • Shorts     
  • Deodorant
  • Sweat pants
  • Hairbrush
  • Bat  
  • Loafers or shoes to wear with khakis
  • T-shirts   
  • Sweatshirt (Australia)
  • Mosquito repellent (Puerto Rico)
  • Bathing suits
  • Sunglasses
  • Pants      (khakis or another colored slack)
  • Underwear
  • Collared shirt
  • Beach Towel
  • Socks
  • Prescription Drugs if necessary
  • Sneakers   
  • Sun block #15 or higher
  • Jeans
  • Watch
  • Walkman and tapes
  • Camera and film 
  • Laundry soap (sandwich bag full)

Spending Money
Please do not bring more than you need, and if possible, use travelers' checks instead of cash.  Most hotels will cash them for you.  This way you're protected if the money is lost or stolen.  There are usually ATM machines available.

All breakfasts and dinners are included in your tuition, but you need to bring money for lunch. In most cases there are both inexpensive restaurants and ample fast food places like McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and a supermarket nearby. Expect to pay around $5-$8 per lunch.  In addition, you may want to have a little money for any of the following items:

  • Souvenirs  
  • Phone calls
  • Snacks and late night pizza
  • Pay-per-view movies
  • Laundry

*  Most hotels around the world have laundry facilities. However, you may want to bring enough clothes so you don't have to rely on doing your wash.  We will make arrangements for washing the uniforms together.  

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The best time to contact your son is to call him at the hotel at curfew -- usually 10:30 p.m. local time.  He will not be able to make outgoing calls from his room, but he may use the pay phones in the lobby to call you.

Time Differences
Most of Western Europe (Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium) are six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. So when its 4pm in New York, its 10pm in most parts of Europe.

Puerto Rico does not observe daylight savings time.  From October 25 - April 4, they are one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time.  During all other dates they follow Eastern Standard Time.  

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You have a responsibility to yourself and your teammates to arrive in top physical shape.  We understand that this may require a lot of hard work and determination on your part during the next few weeks, but we strongly encourage you to start your training program today.

If you arrive without having swung a bat or thrown a ball in the last four months, you will most likely not be able to play at your optimal level, or even worse, suffer an injury during a game or practice.  During the trip, you will play as much as seven hours of ball each day!  Therefore, it is important that you are ready physically for the challenge that awaits you.  We would hate to see you have to spend the entire week sitting on the bench with a soar arm because you did not get your body in shape beforehand.

Here are the three most important exercises you can start doing today to prepare yourself for the demanding schedule.  It is important that you stretch before and after any activity.  This will help you warm up and reduce the possibility of sustaining any serious injuries.

The most frequently occurring baseball injury is a pulled hamstring.  In order to avoid this, your running program should combine both distance and sprint workouts.  Start slowly and gradually reduce your times and increase your distances.  If you run outside, make sure you dress warmly, and drink lots of water.

Find a friend who will throw regularly with you.  If you live in a cold weather climate, do not throw outside or you risk hurting your arm.  Use a gym or other large indoor area.  Start slowly and gradually increase the length and number of your throws.  Do not over do it and make sure you ice your arm after each workout.

If it's too cold to hit outside, find a local batting cage facility and go as often as you can.  If you don't have access to cages nearby, ask your school coach if you can borrow a hitting tee and net.  Set it up in your basement or garage and take lots of cuts each day.  If this isn't possible, practice swinging with just your bat.  Concentrate on swinging correctly.  Ask a coach to evaluate you to make sure your form is sound.  You don't want to develop bad habits.

This is a general schedule and does not recommend specifics.  This is because each person's body is different. Only you know exactly what you need to do to achieve your pre-trip goals.

If you have any questions about what you should and shouldn't do, give our coaching director a call or ask your school coach.  Remember, it takes a well-trained athlete to play at his best for every inning of every game.  

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