Travel BaseballUpdated Friday January 18, 2019 by Jeff Tonole.
Ithaca Baseball offers a travel program for players aged 13 to 15,* open to all players in the greater Tompkins County area. The program offers players an opportunity to play at a higher competitive level and serves as a feeder program for the area's middle and high school baseball teams.
An overview/timeline of the travel season:
August & September — Tryouts and Roster Selection
A mandatory tryout will be held in late August or early September, and travel team rosters for each age group will be selected by September 15. Roster sizes will vary from team to team but will typically consist of 13 to 15 full-time players. At the coach's discretion, each team may create one or two additional roster spots for "practice players," with the goal of providing additional player development opportunities. Practice players will participate in all winter workouts and in-season practices, but will generally not expect to play in any games or tournaments.**
November to February — Winter Workouts
Each travel team will hold 10-12 indoor baseball workouts between November and February at one or more local facilities.
March & April — Spring Break
Travel teams will take a hiatus from organized activities during the scholastic baseball season, which lasts from March through mid-May.
May through July — Summer Season
Once the scholastic season ends, travel teams will begin holding 1-2 practices per week through the end of July. Each team will play 4-6 weekend travel tournaments during the summer season, starting with a Memorial Day tournament and ending in late July. One of these tournaments may be hosted locally by Ithaca Baseball, while other tournaments may be far enough away to require an overnight stay. Teams will also play weekend doubleheaders against other travel teams located within an hour of Ithaca. Between tournaments and doubleheaders, each team will play 20-25 games.
Each travel team will take advantage of local professional coaching resources to help with player development. The bulk of this professional coaching will take place at team practices, but may also extend to tournaments and doubleheaders.
The fee for the 2018-2019 season will be $750,*** excluding uniforms and any travel costs associated with away games and tournaments. A $250 non-refundable deposit will be due on October 15. The remainder of the fees can be paid all at once or in two installments, due on November 15 and January 15.
For returning players, jerseys and pants can be purchased on an a la carte basis as needed; for new players, the cost of a basic uniform package (two jerseys, two pairs of pants, and a belt) is approximately $200. A hat is included in the overall fee. Uniform orders must be placed by February 15.
The travel program is subject to Ithaca Baseball's "no pay, no play" policy. As such, fees must be paid in full by January 15; players not in compliance by this deadline will be kept out of team activities until fully paid.
* Age as of April 30
** The fee for practice players will be $375.
*** Players on free or reduced lunch will receive a $200 discount.