Deep Run Baseball provides an exceptional youth baseball experience for a wide range of ages (4-16) and skill levels. The league is run solely by volunteers and our volunteers are vital to ensure that the league is the best it can be. Deep Run is a chartered Little League organization covering the ages 4-12. Our Connie Mack baseball program offers experiences for ages 13-16 years old.
2017 Baseball tryout flyer
2017 DeepRunThunderhawks Baseball
Travel Team Tryouts
Below arethe dates, times, andcontacts forthe 2017Thunderhawkstraveltryouts. Please RSVPby emailingtheappropriate contactforyourchild’s2017 Baseball Age. Attached is the2017 Little League Age Chartthatshouldbeused todetermine which teamyourchildshouldregisterfor.
A FAQfor the Travel Baseball programisalsoincluded foryourreview.
Tryouts for the 8Uprogramwill be held inearlyMay2017.If you think your child is interested intryingout for the 8Uprogram,please send an email to Coach Murray,so that wecan inform you ofadditional trainingopportunities in the Winter and EarlySpring.
Who can play? Deep Run Travel Baseball accepts all residents of our Little League Territory. Our territory is primarily Hilltown Township, Dublin Borough, and Bedminster Township. Please review our boundary map at www.deeprunbaseball.org to make sure you reside in our approved boundary. To be eligible for Travel, players need to participate at the Minor A (machine pitch) level or above.
What age does travel baseball start and what levels of play are offered? Deep Run offers travel baseball starting at
the 8U age group. Baseball age is determined by the player’s age as of September 1st of the current year. For this year’s
8U that means your child was born between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009.
Can my child “play up” an age Group? Deep Run takes an age pure approach to the travel program, meaning that the child needs to play in their appropriate age group. There are few exceptions that can be made, specifically if an age
group does not have enough kids to form a team, it may be decided that two age groups combine. In addition, 7U players
may be able to participate in the event not enough 8U players’ tryout. Those 7U players will be required to return to their appropriate age group the following season.
How much does Travel Baseball Cost and why does it cost so much? Travel Baseball will vary in cost by team, which is determined by how many tournaments are played. The typical fee falls somewhere between $175 and $275 per player. The expenses are divided equally among the members of the team. The typical team for Travel Baseball will play in 3 to 4 tournaments in a season. Each tournament costs about $450. Each player will be required to purchase a full uniform includes pants, jersey, socks, belt, and a fitted hat. Uniform costs are factored into the above estimate. In
addition to the uniform and tournament fees above, coaches will also organize an indoor winter training program held
January through March. The typical cost for this session is around $150/player
What is the commitment level for Travel Baseball? Each team will have a different commitment level based on the level of play AND the group of families and the coaches goals for the team. GENERALLY each team carries 11or 12 players. Players are expected to be able to make all the tournaments.
How many Travel teams are at each age group? Deep Run generally fields 2 teams at each age group if there is enough interest. Teams are selected with a goal of putting the most competitive team on the field, therefore, we structure our teams with an A team and B team approach. Our B teams enter B tournaments to insure they are playing on the same level as their opponents.
Should my son tryout for the travel program, even if I am not sure of his talent level? Absolutely. Tryouts will introduce the child to travel baseball, and prepare him for a more competitive environment that they will face in the future, including Majors division baseball, AAU baseball, Connie Mack, and hopefully High School Ball
What does a typical Travel Season look like?
· For the 8U age group, the travel season starts at the conclusion of in-house baseball. The team will compete in approximately 3 or 4 tournaments during the month of June and July. Tournaments are typically within 45 minutes of Deep Run. For example, North Penn, Pennridge, Quakertown, Harleysville, Central Perk. Tournaments usually consist of a Friday night game, 2 Saturday games, and playoffs on Sunday. Many boys participate in other sports in the Fall, so many teams take a break until Winter Training rolls around in January.
· For the 9U age group, the travel season starts in April with participation in a Spring League in addition to in- house baseball. Spring Leagues generally play on Sunday afternoons for 7 weeks. The team will then compete in approximately 3 or 4 tournaments during the month of June and July. Tournaments are typically within 45 minutes of Deep Run. For example, North Penn, Pennridge, Quakertown, Harleysville, Central Perk. Tournaments usually consist of a Friday night game, 2 Saturday games, and playoffs on Sunday. Many boys participate in other sports in the Fall, so many teams take a break until Winter Training rolls around in January.
· For the 10 through 12U age groups, the travel season starts in April with participation in the Suburban Baseball League in addition to in-house baseball. Suburban is a highly competitive league played against teams in Montgomery and Bucks County; Games are played Friday and Sundays 8 weeks. The team will then compete in approximately 3 or 4 tournaments during the month of June and July. Tournaments are typically within 45 minutes of Deep Run. For example, North Penn, Pennridge, Quakertown, Harleysville, Central Perk. Tournaments usually consist of a Friday night game, 2 Saturday games, and playoffs on Sunday. Many boys participate in other sports in the Fall, so many teams take a break until Winter Training rolls around in January.
What if my son is sick or injured during the tryouts? If that is the case, please contact DEEP RUN Baseball Director Jack Flynn to inform him of that
) The DEEP RUN Baseball Board has the authority to "waive" an ill or injured player to a team, provided there is a clear case that the player has successfully competed at the level of play that he will be waive to play. Waivers will only be granted to injured players who provide a doctor’s note.
Are teams pre-selected and how are teams formed? DEEP RUN Traveling Baseball does not allow pre-selected teams and uses a tryout procedure that ranks players based on their performance in the tryout. Once the tryout is completed independent evaluators, inhouse coaches, and Baseball board members will designate a coach for each age level. Roster sizes are determined by the individual coaches, but cannot be less than 11 players or more than 12 players, without Board approval.
Are requests granted? No, DEEP RUN travel is played at a more competitive level, and therefore play with requests cannot be honored. We will not grant a request for a player to play "up" a level, unless a situation discussed above presents itself.
Who can coach? Anyone. Travel Baseball is always looking for coaches. The boards will take applications and ask all coaching candidates to attend an interview. Based on the interview and the application the board will attempt to select the best fit for each team. Each association does it's best to assign the best-qualified coaches based upon an interview process and prior experience.
If you are selected to coach are you automatically going to coach in the future? No. Each coach must re-apply and be selected based on his own merits. If the Board receives too many negative comments OR the board receives other information in the course of the season that is negative the Board will select a new coach.
Why do I need to commit to fundraising? Our parents are the reason our program is successful. We run a number of travel tournaments each summer, the Field of Dreams Tournament, and the proceeds from those go right back into our program to fund purchases of screens, portable mounds, and other equipment. In addition, Deep Run sends their travel teams to Cooperstown Dreams Park at the conclusion of their 12U season. The majority of fundraising goes towards that goal. Currently, Cooperstown costs $900 per player for the week long tournament. This is a great way for our boys to
end their Little league career. We also ask that each team hold an annual individual fundraiser to help support this goal.