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BULLDOGS TRAVEL BASEBALL

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The Bulldogs are the travel baseball teams of the 78th Precinct Youth Council broken into a Pre-High School Division (8-12 year olds) and a College Showcase Program (13-16 year olds)

The goal of our program is to have fun and to develop effective physical, mental, emotional and inter-personal skills. Winning is important – it isn’t fun to lose – but we believe that if we do our job, the parents are supportive, and the players are dedicated, success will result on and off the field.  Our program is open to both boys and girls.

Each year our teams begin play in the Spring (preceded by winter gym workouts from January through March), except the 8 year old team which begins in the summer after playing in our intramural Pony division.  Tryouts for the 8 year old team are in June.

Players are expected to play in their age appropriate team. The age cutoff date is the date used by all major youth baseball organizations and tournaments: April 30th. Players must try-out and be chosen to a team. No player is guaranteed to be chosen, even if he or she played on a Bulldog team the prior year.

2017 Brooklyn Bulldogs Travel Baseball Tryouts

Spring Teams: Tryouts for the 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 year old teams (no older than those ages on April 30, 2017) will take place on Sunday December 4. No need to confirm that you will be coming, just show up at the appropriate time.

Where: PS142 –Brooklyn Collaborative School gym – 610 Henry Street in Carroll Gardens (nearest subway Carroll St on F & G lines). The entrance is at the southern-most end of the building.

Times: (no older than those ages on April 30, 2017). Please be on time to check in.

  • 9 year olds: Check in at 8:30am, Tryouts will begin 9:00pm.
  • 10 year olds: Check in at 10:30am, Tryouts will begin 11:00am.
  • 11 year olds: Check in at 1pm, Tryouts will begin 1:30pm.
  • 12 year olds: Check in at 3:00pm, Tryouts will begin 3:30pm.
  • 13 year olds: Check in at 5:00pm, Tryouts will begin at 5:30pm.

What to Bring: A mitt & wear sneakers and baseball pants or sweatpants (no shorts or jeans); bats are optional. No balls, please. All personal equipment should have the player’s name written on them.

The tryouts will be open to 1/ those who were not a 2016 Bulldog (even if they participated in the September tryout), 2/ those who were a 2016 Bulldog, but didn’t participate in the Skills and Drills Clinics and 3/ those who participated in the Skills and Drills Clinics and were recommended by the Clinics instructors to tryout again.  In most instances, those in the Skill and Drills Clinic will be evaluated based on their performance in those clinics and need not attend the tryouts unless suggested by a clinic instructor.

Team selections will be announced sometime the week of December 12. Winter team workouts and Private and/or Semi-Private will begin in early January.

The spring orange teams will be playing competitive schedules, with an increased emphasis on tournament play for the 11s, 12s, and 13s during the spring. We have many experienced instructors to supplement team workouts who will be available the winter and spring for lessons. We do not permit players to pitch unless they have had instruction.

The spring season runs from April through mid July for the 9, 10, 11, and 12 year old teams. The 13s run through the end of July.

We field an 8 year old Bulldog team in the summer, not in the spring. Tryouts for the 8 year old team will be in June, 2017 and will be announced in late May or early June 2017.

We expect to field a spring 13-year-old Green team of talented baseball players who seek the higher competition and training of travel baseball but are unable to make the commitment necessary for Orange teams.  The team will be coached by a skilled baseball pro.  The team’s season will run until the end of the June and will be comprised of one double header, one weekday game, and one practice each week and three tournaments.  There will also be practice supplemental sessions, if needed, in advance of tournaments.

Tryouts for the College Showcase teams (ages 14, 15 & 16) will occur in January, 2017. Details of when and where will be published later in the fall.

Our orange teams will be playing competitive schedules, with an increased emphasis on tournament play during the spring.   We have many experienced instructors to supplement team workouts who will be available the winter and spring for lessons. We do not permit players to pitch unless they have had instruction.

Depending on the number of players and coaches, each age group in the Spring will have two teams: an Orange and a Green team. Most teams will be managed by former Division 1 college baseball players or current or former high school coaches, who are paid for their services over and above the base fee.

This is travel baseball, players must earn their positions and playing time;

We expect parents to volunteer to assist in handling administrative details (managing contacts, helping with tournament travel arrangements) and secondary coaching assistance (helping the managers warm up the players, setup the field for practices, etc.).


Pre-High School Division

(9-12 year olds in Spring; 8s in the Summer)

Managers: Current and Past High School Coaches and Former College Players.
Goal: Fun and prepare players who want to play high school baseball.

PRE-SEASON:

Team Training (January through mid-March):

  • Gym workouts and conditioning usually on Sundays and one night a week.
  • Early Spring: Internal League games and exhibition games as soon as weather permits.

Individualized training (January through mid-March and on-field sessions weekdays during the Spring season) by our staff of former division 1 college pitchers, experienced pitching coaches and high school coaches:

  • Pitching Lessons
  • Catcher Instruction
  • Batting Instruction

SPRING SEASON:

Our program has matured to include non-parent, experienced managers and coaches for our Orange teams.  These managers have advanced baseball experience including college and professional playing experience and coaching at the high school level.   The base fee is around $500 depending what tournaments the parents wants to attend.  that does not include uniform, tournament travel expenses, coach expenses, and other expenses.  For more details, use our contact us form and select “Bulldogs Travel Baseball” in the Send Message To box.  No player will be selected unless he/she commits to the practice, league and tournament schedule.

Our goal for the spring season is use our league play and practices to ready the players for their tournaments.  Winning is less important than making all players ready to play their best at the season ending tournaments

  • Mid-March through Mid-July (end of July for the 12 year old Orange team)
  • Practice or game twice a week.
  • Play games in local wood bat travel league (usually a doubleheader on one day in the weekend and one game during the week)
  • Participate in at least two tournaments – local, regional, and national. Our 11 and 12 year old Orange teams may be playing a more extensive tournament schedule with practices during the week.

SUMMER SEASON:

  • Mid-July to the weekend prior to Labor Day weekend.
  • Practice at least once a week.
  • Play games in local wood bat travel league (usually a doubleheader on the weekend and one game during the week)
  • Participate in tournaments based on player availability.

FALL SEASON:

  • We believe that fall should be used for skills and strength development so that arms can be rested and the body strengthened to support the rigors of the spring and summer seasons. As a result we do not play in fall leagues.

8 Year old team: To prepare our players properly, we have them play in our 8 year old Pony division of our recreational program where the players learn how to pitch, hit player pitching, and participate in a fun end of season tournament. We find this experience prepares them best for travel baseball. Before the end of the spring season, in mid-June, we hold tryouts for the 8 year old summer Bulldog team. The tryouts are announced by mass email, a posting on this website, and local community listings.

REGISTRATION:

Tryouts are free. Once chosen to a team, a player must register within 24 hours in order to secure their spot. Details are noted in the acceptance email.

The 14 and 15 year old College Showcase teams tryout and are formed during the spring since most players are on their high school teams.  However, for those who are 13 and 14 and not on their high school teams, we also form 13u and 14u spring teams. They follow all the same procedures as the 9-12 year old spring teams, however the expectation for the 13u team (since none are playing high school ball yet) is that they will be a College Showcase team in that their season will not end until the end of July and during July they will be playing a full tournament schedule.  For more, see the College Showcase section below.

During the same period, the baseball recreational team registration begins (usually in mid-December) and ends the middle of January (the specific dates are posted on our site and in our mass emails and community listings).  There are no tryouts or evaluations for the recreational program.  Players are given the option to choose a specific recreation team when registering.  We will place all who register on-time for a recreation team as long as there are enough coaches.


COLLEGE SHOWCASE PROGRAM


(13-16 year olds – by 2018 we will  have teams through 17 year olds)

Goal: To prepare high school players (14yo+) to become desired by college baseball coaches of colleges they would like to attend.

The College Showcase teams tryout and are formed during the spring since most players are on their high school teams.  However, for those who are 13 and 14 and not on their high school teams, we also form 13u and 14u spring teams. They follow all the same procedures as the 9-12 year old spring teams, however the expectation for the 13u team (since none are playing high school ball yet) is that they will be a College Showcase team in that their season will not end until the end of July and during July they will be playing a full tournament schedule.

PRE-SEASON (all teams except the 13u team follows the schedule and procedures described for the 9-12 year old teams):

Pre-Season (January through May)

  • During weekday nights and weekends:
    • Advanced Strength Training
    • Pitching & Batting Lessons by our professional staff
    • Catcher Instruction
    • Velocity Training (to build arm strength and endurance)
    • Team meetings once the teams are chosen.

Season:

(For 13s, April through end of July; For 14s, 15s & 16s, end of High School season until mid-August.)

Team Training

  • Practice three times a week
  • Play games in competitive tournaments
  • College Showcase preparation training

Individualized training

  • Pitching Lessons by our professional staff
  • Catcher Instruction
  • Batting Instruction
  • Help to determine best college showcases for each player to attend in context of experience, skills and grades.
REGISTRATION:

Players must try out and be selected to the team – every year, regardless of whether they were on the team the prior year.  These teams will play in a competitive league and very competitive tournaments in order to increase their skills for high school baseball and to make a positive showing to coaches of colleges these players may wish to attend. Specific time and attention will be devoted to preparing the players for college showcases.

In most cases the players should be on their high school teams (for 14s they should have at least significant travel baseball experience) and good grades (3.0+).  Good grades are important!

For questions, use our contact form and address your message to Bulldogs Travel Baseball.

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These activities are not sponsored or endorsed by the New York City Department of Education or the City of New York.

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