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received an invitation in the mail to attend one of your tryouts.
How did you get my name?
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?
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?
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.
more on tryouts in your area, go to Tryout Schedule for dates and sites.
I pre-register for the tryout?
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?
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?
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
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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
you provide references?
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
I still register for a trip after my two-week deposit deadline passes?
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?
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?
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?
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?
an effort to protect your privacy, all tryout evaluations are kept
makes this program so unique?
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?
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.
does the team get around when we're overseas?
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?
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
need to fly to the gateway city. Where
should I purchase my airline ticket?
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
time should I arrive and depart the gateway city?
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)?
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
will a staff member pick me up at the airport when I arrive?
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.
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
the team practice before the tour?
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?
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.
many players are on a team?
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?
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.
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
is the food like?
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?
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?
are housed 2-4 per room just like college and minor league road trips.
I request a roommate?
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?
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
parents attend the games?
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?
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?
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.
my son covered by insurance?
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?
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 playersí behavior?
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?
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?
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?
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
him send his resume and list of references. We are always looking for
will I know the exact staff roster for my particular camp?
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?
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.
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?
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?
checks should be made payable to "Coast to Coast."
do I make sure this check gets into my player account?
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
if someone wants to contribute but prefers to pay Coast to Coast with a credit card?
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
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
I hold my own fundraising projects? I have some great ideas.
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.
(to sign up for a tour, you must already have received a
"qualified" letter from us)
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