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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CONTENTS:   Tryouts  | Registration  | Transportation  | Games  | Meals & Lodging  | Parents Traveling   | Supervision & Safety   | Staff   | Fundraising

TRYOUTS

I've 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.

What 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.

How 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 recommendation.

For more on tryouts in your area, go to Tryout Schedule for dates and sites.

Should 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.

How 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. 

Can I bring a friend with me to the tryout?
Sure.  The tryouts are open to all players ages 11 - 18.

How 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.

What 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.

Can 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.

What 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.

If 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.

I 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. 

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REGISTRATION

When 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.

How 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.

Do 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.

Can 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.

If 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.

How 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.

Can 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."

Can I find out who else made the team from my tryout?
In an effort to protect your privacy, all tryout evaluations are kept confidential.

What 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.    

Is this a good cultural experience?
You bet!  Itís 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.  

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TRANSPORTATION

How 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.

Do 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.

I 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.

What 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.

Can 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.

Where 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.  

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GAMES

What's your philosophy? 
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.

Does 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.

How 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 playerís permission) from these age categories if our coaches feel you'll be better challenged at a higher level.

How 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.

How 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.

How's the competition?
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!   

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MEALS & LODGING

What 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.

When 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.

How many other players will stay in my room?
Players are housed 2-4 per room just like college and minor league road trips.   

Can 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.  

Can I room with my parent (my son)?
No.  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.

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PARENTS TRAVELING TOO

Can 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.

Can 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. 

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SUPERVISION & SAFETY

What 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.

Is 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 athletic trainer.

Is my son covered by insurance?
Yes. Tuition includes a secondary medical insurance policy for all players.  

Special Note:  Proof of primary medical insurance coverage is required for all players and boosters.

Is 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.

Are there other rules governing playersí 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.

Is 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.  

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STAFF

Will 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.

How 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.

I 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 quality coaches.

When 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.

Are 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 programs.   

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FUNDRAISING

Are 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 tuition.

What 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.

To whom should my sponsors make their checks payable?
All checks should be made payable to "Coast to Coast."

How 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.

What if someone wants to contribute but prefers to pay Coast to Coast  with a credit card?
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.

What 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 sponsorís 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.

Can 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 useful advice. 

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