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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mark Moore: The Big Lie: Travel Baseball

Mom, we’re coming home…they’re throwing us a $3500 curveball.

In the summer of 2011, my son, Penn, attended a Baseball Factory showcase in Lebanon, Tennessee.  It was attended by around 75 high school players, and their goal was to be chosen for a larger showcase event in Atlanta – one that would be attended by college coaches and professional scouts.

The cost was minimal – $99 – and only involved about 2 hours.  It was the usual stuff – ground balls, fly balls, arm strength, speed in the 60 yard dash, hitting, and so on.  It was more evaluation than anything, and since Penn would need to do these type events in the years ahead for college exposure, I wanted him to do it now, the summer after his freshman year in high school, to gain experience and knowledge of what these type events involved.

After the showcase ended, we went home and returned our focus to summer baseball.

On the following Tuesday, I received a phone from a Baseball Factory representative in Maryland.  He basically informed me that they were impressed with Penn’s skills in the Lebanon showcase, and they felt he would benefit from playing tournaments with their USA 16U team.  They would be playing in a tournament in Arizona the next month, and they wanted Penn to join them there.

I was intrigued.  “So, how much is involved financially?” I asked.  He responded with a list of benefits – multiple uniforms, several games, coaching by former professional players and coaches, hotel, food, and airfare.  They would meet him at the airport, take him to the hotel, and the week would begin with his team.

The cost?  $3500.

I politely refused his offer, and told him it was way too early and way too expensive for us to participate.

...My issue, though, with travel baseball is that there are people involved who take advantage of gullible parents who believe their player will go on to the next level.  They prey on your desire to want something for your child, as well as the guilt you’ll have when your player’s friends are playing and you chose not to do it.

And, the thing is, these people know it.  They know what they’re doing.

If your player throws 92 mph, or he’s 6’5 and 230 lb. with a “Ted Williams” swing, he’ll play at the next level.  If not, just enjoy the summer and the games and the popcorn.

Spend your money prepping for the ACT.

Repoz Posted: June 12, 2014 at 06:16 AM | 14 comment(s)
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