Updated Monday January 15, 2018 by BYB.
The goal of the Traveling Baseball program is to provide an opportunity for those 9-12 year-old players who would like additional coaching and mentoring on the fundamentals of baseball and a chance to experience competitive, tournament baseball. This will be in addition to, not separate from, league play.
Players are chosen based on their Traveling Baseball Tryout score. Players are selected by a group of experienced, impartial baseball individuals, who are not associated with Bismarck Youth Baseball. Combined they have over 100 years of baseball experience in coaching and or playing at various levels. Players are chosen on their individual mechanics, fundamentals, skill levels and overall baseball knowledge at a number of different stations.
Teams typically begin practicing in early May with tournaments or scrimmages on weekends beginning in early June. Practice continues throughout June and July in addition to regular season games and practice. Attendance of league team practices and games is required to participate in the Traveling Baseball program.
Be aware before trying out that you must commit to attending 85% of the Traveling Team practices as well as tournaments if you make a team. There will be additional expenses for Travel Team uniforms, equipment, travel and tournament fees. BYB will contribute a set amount per team to help offset the cost of tournament entry fees but this will likely not cover all of the tournament fees, nor will it cover any of the other traveling expenses.
Traveling Teams typically compete in 3 to 4 tournaments around the state (including the state tournament). A great deal of planning, organizational, baseball, and interpersonal skills are required to make this a positive experience for the children and their families. If you cannot make this commitment, you should not tryout for Traveling Baseball.
In an effort to provide an opportunity for more players ages 9-12 to experience competitive tournament baseball, the BYB board of directors has approved to expand the Traveling Baseball program. Depending on interest and the number of players that attend tryouts, BYB may form two traveling teams per age group.