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Old 03-08-2019, 09:32 AM
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Cooperstown is "the destination" from a prestige status, but I think the standard of the boys staying in dorms with the coaches is a shitty (for the coaches at least).

We went to Cal Ripken the last 2 years in Myrtle Beach, and could not say enough good things about the trip. The baseball was amazing, weather was awesome, woke up every morning staring at the ocean, and it was a great family vacation for a week. Ripken was a bit cheaper than Cooperstown too (think we were at about $600 per kid).
We're heading there too, but check out The Shipyard in Charleston. We played there in the fall last year and won our week. Beautiful venue and we're going there again this year!

I pay for my son's baseball and my wife pays for dance for our daughter!
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Yes, our organization is as well, but there are still some limitations. Just wanted to bring it up in case your team likes the idea and you can look into it further.
Great point!
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When I was a kid playing little league I went door to door selling candy bars, as did all the other kids. Coaches had the collection cans out at traffic lights, etc.

Travel sports is a billion dollar industry. Saw one show where the parents says they are spending at least $15K a year on travel expenses, fees, etc. Because they think their kid will get a scholarship. Better to take that $15k a year and put it in a 529 plan.

Heck, i have my kids in local recreation sports and it cost a lot. When I grew up town rec sports did not cost to participate except for your own personal equipment, like a glove, but they provide helmets and bats, but not anymore. Football included the equipment. Local business sponsors, fund raising and town recreation tax money took care of it. Keeps kids off the streets and from getting in trouble.
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When I was a kid playing little league I went door to door selling candy bars, as did all the other kids. Coaches had the collection cans out at traffic lights, etc.

Travel sports is a billion dollar industry. Saw one show where the parents says they are spending at least $15K a year on travel expenses, fees, etc. Because they think their kid will get a scholarship. Better to take that $15k a year and put it in a 529 plan.

Heck, i have my kids in local recreation sports and it cost a lot. When I grew up town rec sports did not cost to participate except for your own personal equipment, like a glove, but they provide helmets and bats, but not anymore. Football included the equipment. Local business sponsors, fund raising and town recreation tax money took care of it. Keeps kids off the streets and from getting in trouble.
You know you are getting old when your stories start with "When I was a kid..."

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You know you are getting old when your stories start with "When I was a kid..."

Times change.
Yes, some times for the better and sometimes not.
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Tell all the parents to get a second job at McD's for $15hr and pahy for it themselves instead of sponging off others. It's your kids, not someone elses, so you need to work harder to pay for their fun
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Tell all the parents to get a second job at McD's for $15hr and pahy for it themselves instead of sponging off others. It's your kids, not someone elses, so you need to work harder to pay for their fun
sent my son to the LL camp back around '91-92; and, the inaugural Cooperstown, he had to have certain grades and chores accounted for prior to the initial application date in order earn the trip. Can you imagine, his mother and I were the ones who had to pay for this, no sponsors or donations . . .
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How good is the team. Is it competitive ball or just sending 12 kids to have a good time. I have umpired U12, Competitive Tournaments, Travel, Babe Ruth and High School for 20 years. I have seen it all. I have done some leagues of 14U on a 90ft pro size diamond with the kids pitching at 60ft 6inches. Some could burn it in at 80mph. Some teams just came to play and were so badly outclassed and humiliated they were forbidden from continuing.
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How good is the team. Is it competitive ball or just sending 12 kids to have a good time. I have umpired U12, Competitive Tournaments, Travel, Babe Ruth and High School for 20 years. I have seen it all. I have done some leagues of 14U on a 90ft pro size diamond with the kids pitching at 60ft 6inches. Some could burn it in at 80mph. Some teams just came to play and were so badly outclassed and humiliated they were forbidden from continuing.
if there's an American Legion league in your area and you can get hooked up do so. Those boys can play some good ball, and respectful . . .
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if there's an American Legion league in your area and you can get hooked up do so. Those boys can play some good ball, and respectful . . .
Gave it up in 2011 after 20 years. The money was good (tax free) but took up a lot of my spare time. Being in my 40's at the time I just didn't want to work two jobs anymore and wanted that free time for the prime of my life.
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I agree about checking with local businesses to see if they will help sponsor the team with cash donations. Make the kids go to the businesses and pitch the request - teaches them a lot more than having the parents do the leg work.
no, just no. Teaches them to be liberals.

Send them out with rakes and push mowers and do spring cleanup.

Fundraising is out of control and usually it's for unnecessary activities. Pay your way or don't go.
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When I was a kid playing little league I went door to door selling candy bars, as did all the other kids. Coaches had the collection cans out at traffic lights, etc.

Travel sports is a billion dollar industry. Saw one show where the parents says they are spending at least $15K a year on travel expenses, fees, etc. Because they think their kid will get a scholarship. Better to take that $15k a year and put it in a 529 plan.

Heck, i have my kids in local recreation sports and it cost a lot. When I grew up town rec sports did not cost to participate except for your own personal equipment, like a glove, but they provide helmets and bats, but not anymore. Football included the equipment. Local business sponsors, fund raising and town recreation tax money took care of it. Keeps kids off the streets and from getting in trouble.



parents going broke because of their vicarious addictions. Kids burn out and couldn't give a ****.

as a player, now business owner and soon to be right in the thick of this charade soon with 4 young kids that I will be providing rakes and push mowers for as soon as they can pull the rope to start the dam things

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parents going broke because of their vicarious addictions. Kids burn out and couldn't give a ****.

as a player, now business owner and soon to be right in the thick of this charade soon with 4 young kids that I will be providing rakes and push mowers for as soon as they can pull the rope to start the dam things
The high school football team does that, kids for hire to do chores. Lawn work, clean out basements, attics, etc. Other school clubs do car washes a lot.
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Old 03-08-2019, 01:35 PM
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How good is the team. Is it competitive ball or just sending 12 kids to have a good time. I have umpired U12, Competitive Tournaments, Travel, Babe Ruth and High School for 20 years. I have seen it all. I have done some leagues of 14U on a 90ft pro size diamond with the kids pitching at 60ft 6inches. Some could burn it in at 80mph. Some teams just came to play and were so badly outclassed and humiliated they were forbidden from continuing.
This is travel ball, yes they are good with local and extended stay tournaments. His team was voted by Top Gun Baseball as the best 12U team in 2018 for the Carolina's.

He pitches in the low 60's, and a few will throw in the 70's! He pitched a shutout in the champion game at the Shipyard last fall!
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Can you sell Girl Scout cookies? It’s like legal crack.
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I don't support travel leagues.
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I don’t support travel leagues because it is like paying for someone else’s baseball vacation. Pay for it yourself and don’t ask for handouts. Besides your kid will pay you back when he signs that big Major League Baseball contract that they all assume they will get. Ha!
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So it's Sanctioned Begging? OK. Girl Scouts sell cookies, which is a product, for some reason Boy Scouts sell Popcorn, as a 4-her, I sold Christmas wreaths.
And I remember selling Peanut Brittle as a Cub Scout or something...
People got a product, and paid a price. They knew. That's ok by me. The begging is pathetic.
And OP - Proper Preparation prevents Poor Performance - you admit you dropped the ball on funding this thing -
maybe it's SNOWING where you are and GET THOSE boys shoveling to pay their own way!
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