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13u & 14u Travel Teams

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SANDY SPRINGS STORM 13U AND 14U TRAVEL BASEBALL TEAMS

Our travel baseball program is well-established and includes year-round professional instruction, practice programs, new-school arm care and velocity development programs and travel competition in the welcoming environment of Morgan Falls Park.  While all age-eligible boys in the community are encouraged to try out for the teams each July, this travel program is important to SSYS because it provides a natural progression for players "graduating" from our National League who prove they are ready to play competitive, year-round baseball.

The Storm will use our age/size-appropriate lighted field, adjacent indoor hitting cages, four practice mounds and 2 outdoor batting cages, all located on site. The program has a rich history of playing high level travel competition and many of our players have gone on to play at top high school and college programs.

STORM/EXPOS/LONGHORNS HISTORY

Exciting news on former players, a former Expos/Longhorns standout earned a college national baseball championship starting as a true freshman at catcher for Vanderbilt in the recent College World Series and a former Expos/Longhorns player was drafted in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

Alumni have gone on to play college baseball at Clemson, UGA, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Rhodes College, Young Harris, Birmingham Southern and Piedmont College and college football at Harvard, Georgia Tech and UAB.

13U/14U Travel Ball

Sandy Springs Storm 2019-20  Travel Baseball Program Information

General Overview

Sandy Springs Youth Sports (SSYS) currently offers a travel baseball experience to 13u and 14u players.   In effort to improve the travel ball program SSYS is looking to bring the travel baseball program more into the fold and offer an experience more consistent with the level of execution provided in other baseball programming at SSYS.  

In effort to offer this baseball experience to our park families we have established a rule whereby a minimum 50% +1 of the players participating in each age group will be offered spots on the Sandy Springs Storm Red and when offered, Storm Black teams.  

Depending on the total number of offers extended and number of acceptances. It is possible the final roster may fall below the thresholds, which is permitted so long as the total number of extended offers per team meets the stated minimum.  A SSYS park/family is defined as a player who has played at least two of the previous seasons three season at SSYS. 

Mission Statement
To develop and teach the fundamentals of baseball to young players that are interested in working hard, getting better and achieving success based on their efforts as part of a successful team environment of coaches, parents and teammates.

Team Benefits and Reasons for Participation

The most important aspect of youth baseball for these age groups is that of learning the fundamental skills of the game and to appreciate and respect all that makes baseball the greatest sport and team experience for young athletes.  We will teach the fundamentals skills that will help the players improve both physically and mentally - and prepare them for successful experiences in middle school and high school baseball programs.

Bullet Overview of Programming 
  
  • Late July or early August tryout/clinic/workout - $25

  • Field practices on during the week and weekends through last fall tournament

  • Indoor cage workouts one evening per week during late August through last fall tournament

  • Throwing/arm care program during fall/winter/early spring - combination of Alan Jaeger (www.jaegersports.com)  , Ron Woolforth (www.pitchingcentral.com), and Kyle Boddy (www.drivelinebaseball.com

  • Provide players with Winter independent core and physical conditioning training 

  • Participate in Fall tournaments as follows:

  • 1-2 weekend tournaments

  • 2-3 Sunday Only Events

  • host weekend shootout at SSYS (3-4 games)

TOTAL FALL GAMES - 10-15

Following last fall tournament shut down throwing from early NOV 1st through end of the year.

  • First of the year - commence arm care and training protocols (goal is for arms to be ready by late JAN)

  • Indoor BP once per week (60 mins)  JAN

  • Field Practices Sundays during JAN / SAT & SUN during FEB


March through June/July

  • practice schedule (1-2 nights weekly TBD)

  • tournaments / games (weeknight games to be scheduled 3-4 independent scheduled games) 

  • 7-9 tournaments from mid Spring through June (Southern Sports Promotions - SSP, Grand Slam Baseball, USSSA, Training Legends, and Perfect Game)

The tournament schedule is based on 2020 events available and will be modified dependent on Middle School Baseball leagues.  Dunwoody Senior Baseball offers a competitive spring season where players can participate on school teams and learn how to build confidence playing for their schools and developing athletic identities to serve them through their High School careers.

It is our firm belief that school teams should come first and we will therefore develop programming that creates a hierarchical commitment to school teams first and summer travel teams second.

TOTAL LATE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER GAMES : 35-50

The cost for participation is team dependent based on scheduling and tournament costs (primarily). The 13u Storm is estimated to be $2800.

Narrative Overview of Programming

Following tryouts our coaches will select the 13U team(s) and 14U team for a September through June season. While our teams are highly competitive, the coaches focus on teaching their players fundamental baseball, drilling appropriate technique, perfecting position play, executing game strategy, exemplifying the right way to play, instilling off-field fitness and developing a well-rounded game to enable their players to be prepared to compete in high school and beyond.  The teams play at the highest competitive level possible for the roster that is selected and players should be prepared for a serious commitment to the team.  Those involved in multiple other activities that cannot commit to making 95%+ of practices and tournaments will not find this program a good fit.

The Fall season generally runs September through October and includes 2-3 events per week comprised of practices and a limited game/tournament schedule.  During the Winter season, the teams generally practice indoors about once a week, with some off time for holidays.  The Spring season resumes late January through June with 2-3 practices per week and 3-5 events most weeks once the game schedule starts.  The teams will try to play a spring season of 45+ games comprised of tournaments and scrimmages, but that total can vary based on a number of factors.  The 14U season takes a breather in March and April for the middle school season, though the team usually will have one practice per week during that period.  The 14U season may go into July as a result.

Our teams are entirely family-funded. Team dues are due in 3-4 payments. Dues cover field usage & maintenance, tournament/game fees, limited team equipment, coach compensation, core team uniforms and miscellaneous administrative and other expenses.  Since the teams are family-funded, we are not able to offer scholarships or discounts.

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