NEW FAIRFIELD BASEBALL
NFB Baseball is announcing its 2021 Travel Baseball Tryout
- Registration coming February 1st of 2021 -
*Registration deadline is February 12th for all 8, 9, 10 and 11yr old players*
NFB 2021 Travel Baseball Information
"The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual."
The NFB Travel Baseball Program shall provide a quality environment that promotes instruction, advancement, sportsmanship, teamwork and an overall love for the game necessary for a competitive travel baseball program for the youth of our community and beyond.
The New Fairfield Baseball Travel Program is committed to provide our athletes an environment in which they can improve the skills they will need to play at the high school and college level. They will understand the importance in developing a program that drives to be successful at the high school baseball level in New Fairfield. We will have a team at the 8yr old, 9yr old, 10yr old, 11yr old, and 12yr old age level
New to the Travel Program:
-The 11yr old and 12yr old Travel Teams will no longer participate in the NFB in-house program. These two travel teams will participate in the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League during the spring season.
-The 8yr old, 9yr old, and 10yr old players will participate in the in-house program during the spring. However, they will start travel team practices in the late winter and run practice through the spring in-house season. See detailed info below.
Travel Baseball Tryouts:
Youth travel tryouts will be held at All Star Batting Cage located at 1120 Federal Rd, Brookfield CT 06804. Registration for the tryouts will be set up and emailed out on February 1st. Please note that travel tryouts will have a $20 registration fee. This fee helps offset the cost of the All Star Batting Cage rental and All Star Batting Cage instructors. In the tryout every player will be put through basic drills and tests to evaluate their ability in each one of these components - hand eye coordination, arm strength/accuracy, speed, and overall power. For example, one of the tests will be a timed 10-5-10 agility run, giving the coaches an accurate measure of the players’ speed. The selection of the teams will be based on the players’ performance in the tryouts. All players will be giving an evaluation score in each drill/test. Those scores will be totaled giving each player an overall tryout score. The top 12 players per age group will be selected for that age group's team.
The 13 year old to 15yr old players will have the opportunity to play in the Danbury Babe Ruth League. NFB has combined efforts with Danbury to help continue the development of our players through the spring, summer and fall season. All interested In-house and Travel players that are 13yrs old and up should register in Danbury.
*** Please note... Implementation of the USABat standard began on January 1, 2018. New Fairfield Baseball must comply with the new bat standard for travel tryouts. New Fairfield Baseball will provide several approved bats at the tryouts if you do not have an approved 2018 USABat. For more information on the USABat standards please visit this website https://www.justbats.com/bat-resource-guide/usabat-standard/
Dates and times:
8yr old, 9yr old, 10yr old and 11yr old travel tryout times and dates are subject to change based on each age group's interest level. We will announce any changes to the times and dates in a timely manner.
-8yr old player - March 1 5:00-6:30pm
-9yr old players - March 3 5:00-6:30pm
-10yr old players -March 1 6:30-8:00pm
-11yr old players - March 3 6:30-8:00pm
-12yr old players - Tryout completed in the fall of 2020
Important information for the night of the tryouts:
-Travel Baseball Tryouts will be held at All Star Batting Cage located at 1120 Federal Rd, Brookfield CT 06804
-Please try your best to be on time for check in. We need the tryouts to start on time in order to give every player an opportunity for a fair tryout.
-Parents are to check their child in and wait outside the training area. Parents are not allowed in the training area.
-Please make sure to bring all your baseball equipment and come dressed appropriately for baseball.
-Daily Heath Check List
Travel teams are selected after an open tryout, which will be conducted in late February or early March for players’ baseball age 8 to 11 and early October for players' baseball age 12. The reason for the 12yr old players trying out earlier than the other age groups is to give this group an opportunity to raise funds for the Cooperstown Tournament the following year (please see the Cooperstown section below for more information regarding this tournament). All dates and times will be posted and sent via email to all players. **Note – teams picked during tryouts will remain in place for that baseball season (including fall). If a travel player decides not to play fall baseball (i.e. plays another sport in the fall), a step by step process will be used to fill any open spots as determined by the travel commissioner for the fall season **(please see the fall section below explaining the process in selecting open spots for the fall team) . The travel commissioner may also expand the roster or merge age groups for fall baseball at their discretion. Tryouts will be organized and run by the Travel Commissioners, and players will be evaluated by impartial, certified coaches of New Fairfield Baseball. There are NO pre-picked positions on these teams including returning players, and the best representative team will be selected on their ability.
The Spring Season starts in late March and will run through late May. 11u &12u Travel Teams should anticipate playing 12-14 games (weekends only), plus 2 to 3 practices a week (weeknights or weekends). 8u, 9u & 10u Travel Teams will practice once a week (Sunday's) **The 8u, 9u & 10u do not participate in a game schedule... the 8u. 9u & 10u age groups will participate in the In-House program during the spring season.
The Summer Season starts in late May and will run through early August. Travel teams should anticipate playing 20-25 games, plus 2 to 3 practices a week.
The fall season starts in late August and will run through late October. Anticipate playing 12 to 14 games (weekends only), plus 1 to 2 practices a week (weeknights or weekends).
The step by step process in selecting players for open spots for the Fall Travel Season:
First, any opening will be offered to the players that attended the winter travel tryouts. Second, the players will be offered a spot on the fall team based on the order they were graded during the winter tryouts. (for example... the 12yr old travel team has 2 open spots, those 2 spots would be filled by the 13th and 14th ranked players from the previous winter travel tryouts). If we still have spots available after this process we will set up a fall tryout to all eligible players for that age group. The league will send notice to all of these players in a timely fashion.
We plan to incorporate professional training provided by All Star Inc. All teams will benefit from this exposure. The goal is to have these instructors run practices alongside the coaching staff and/or provide multi-team training sessions during the season. This will help promote skill development, knowledge of the game, conditioning, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
All players are expected to exhibit what is called “Championship Behavior”. This means players must display high standards of behavior and exemplify good sportsmanship. Parents and family members of these players must also commit to the same level of high standards of good behavior and attitude during all team activities. The New Fairfield Baseball Board reserves the right to revoke the privilege of any player/person to participate in the New Fairfield Travel Baseball Program, who does not conduct himself/herself in an acceptable manner. Violation of rules will result in discipline.
Discipline may include but is not limited to:
-Game and/or practice suspension
The following rules and regulations will apply to all players:
-Players must attend and be punctual to all practices and games as scheduled.
-Absence from team activities due to medical or family obligations are acceptable when approved in advance by the team’s coach. (**Note – vacations, weekend getaways, etc. Do not fall under family obligations)
Unexcused absences may result in suspension as follows:
-Missing one game - suspension from the next game
-Missing two consecutive practices - suspension from the next game
-Missing practice prior to the day of a game - the player will not start the next contest & the coach reserves the right not to play the child.
Important Information regarding the 12yr old players:
New Fairfield Baseball offers the 12yr old players the opportunity to play in the Cooperstown Dreams Park National Baseball Tournament. The 12yr old Cooperstown team is composed of players who make the 12yr old Travel Team from the prior year's fall tryout. Meaning that this year’s 12yr old fall travel tryout is also a tryout for next year's 12yr old Cooperstown Dreams Park Team. The reason the team is picked the prior year is to help the team offset the cost of the tournament. They will need to start fundraising 8 to 10 months prior to the tournament. This team will need to fundraise $22,000-$24,000 for the players and coaches.
Q & A:
What league do the travel teams play in? The travel players will represent our town at the district tournament with the hope of them moving on to state and national play (limited to certain age groups by Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Baseball). They will play in a few tournaments like the Memorial Day Weekend Tournament and the Jimmy Fund Tournament. They will also be committed to a high level league such as the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball "A" or "B" League.
Will my child be able to play football come August if he/she is on the travel team? YES, but baseball is your first priority. The NF Football Program has made many accommodations for the travel player. Football will allow you to make up missed practice time.
What is the fee of the two programs? There is a small fee for the tryout (the fee will change from year to year), this fee helps offset the cost of the All Star Batting Cage rental and All Star Batting Cage instructors. The anticipated cost per player is $300 to $350 (8yr-12yr old). The program costs include League and Tourney Fees, Umpire Fees, Baseballs, Equipment, Uniforms, Field Maintenance, and Utilities.
What is the playing time rule for the two programs? The travel program must realize that equal play is not guaranteed. During regular season league play the coach will do his/her best to give everyone an equal share of playing time. During tournament play the coach will create a line-up that will give the team the best possible chance in winning the game/tournament. The travel program will hold players accountable for missed games and practices with regards to playing time.
What age level is my child eligible for?
Birth dates from May 1st 2012 to April 30th 2013 are eligible for the 8yr old age level
Birth dates from May 1st 2011 to April 30th 2012 are eligible for the 9yr old age level
Birth dates from May 1st 2010 to April 30th 2011 are eligible for the 10yr old age level
Birth dates from May 1st 2009 to April 30th 2010 are eligible for the 11yr old age level
Birth dates from May 1st 2008 to April 30th 2009 are eligible for the 12yr old age level
Birth dates from May 1st 2008 to April 30th 2009 are eligible for the 12yr old age level
What is the Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament? One of the best tournaments for 12u youth baseball players is Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, New York. It provides the opportunity for every baseball player (12u) to spend a week living their dream. The tournament is a week long competition, with approximately 100 teams from all over the United States competing against each other. The cost of the tournament is $1395 per player/coach (Cooperstown Dreams Park establishes the price and is subject to change year to year). The price includes a skills challenge, 7 games (minimum), uniforms, room and board for the week. This is a great baseball experience for the players, coaches, and the entire family. You can find more information on the tournament at www.cooperstowndreamspark.com