BGRA Coyote Travel Program
BGRA Coyote Travel Players will be selected for ages U8-U14, as determined by board policies. Players chosen to play on these teams must make a substantial commitment of time to the travel team in addition.
Coyote players are eligible to play House Baseball, but Coyote games will always come first over House games. Additionally, player cannot play or practice with any team not affiliated with the BGRA organization to be eligible for this travel program.
About our Program
Full-time Travel Program:
· The season will start with 10 indoor training sessions starting on or about January 8th and ending on or about March 15th.
· 5 non-mandatory skills clinics which will take place weekly (twice a week) at our indoor practice facility on or about January 10th and ending on or about March 18th.
· Practices will continue prior to and during the season weather and time permitting. Once league play has started we commit to at least an average of three touches (weather permitting) per week. A touch = Game, A Practice or A Hitting Session.
· The season (including tournaments) will conclude in late July. We expect any player who makes the team, to be fully committed and make it their priority.
· The teams will be entered into the LSFBL (lsfbl.com) or similar league as its primary league.
· Each team will be managed by a parent coach with oversight from our Bearcat coaches and Bearcat program. Parent coaches will be selected after an interview and vetting process. The process will determine baseball knowledge, temperament, coaching ability, and how well the values of each individual candidate align with the morals, ethics and attitudes of BGRA.
· Full uniforms including a jerseys, a hats, two pairs of pants, pullover/hoodie, practice jersey & belt
Tournaments – BGRA has limited funds set aside for each team to use to pay for, or go towards extra tournaments. We feel that outside of the couple of tournaments we mandate it is important for each team, as a team, to decide on and go to two or three additional tournaments. It helps with camaraderie, team chemistry, parent bonding and frankly they’re fun. With that in mind, we do not feel it is necessary nor do we want to dictate to each team where they should go, how much they should spend, how long they should go for, etc. Rather, we give guidance at each age group and level as to what we think is appropriate as well as what tournaments might be good for each specific scenario, but expect that each team ultimately make those decisions as a team. Therefore, when your child makes a team it is important that you go into the season with knowledge that the club fees are not the full extent of your commitment, and understanding that these extra tournaments are the norm in the world of travel baseball.
Dalton Hinkle Memorial Day Tournament - All Coyote teams will play in our home tournament that takes place starting the Friday prior to Memorial Day and ends with Championship games on Memorial Day. Each team will be asked to supply up to 10 parent volunteers to work for up to 2 1/4 hours each in the concession stand, Emmerich complex parking lot Marshal, or at a field as a Field Marshal.
Covid-19 - All parents and players must please abide by our Covid-19 rules and regulations.
Bearcat Tryouts & Coyote - Players that try out for Bearcats and do not make a team are eligible for our Coyote program and do not have to try out again for Coyotes in that same year.
There is no fee for tryouts. If you child is selected to participate on a Coyote team the registration fee for the travel season will be $800 for all ages.
The BGRA will assemble as many teams at each age level as we feel can be competitive. However we will not determine the number of teams at each age until after tryouts are completed. The number of teams will be based on the size, talent, and competitive nature of the different age groups. Teams will be comprised of anywhere between 11-15 players per team.
The following are the birthday parameters for each age group as defined by the league we play in, LSFBL. However, the BGRA typically does not allow players to play up or down regardless of the below birth date parameters. If you feel that we should make an exception please contact Russ Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to tryouts to discuss.
U8 - Must be 8 years old or younger, may not turn 9 before May 1, 2021 (Entering 2nd grade or younger)
U9 – Must be 9 years old or younger, may not turn 10 before May 1, 2021 (Entering 3rd grade or younger)
U10 – Must be 10 years old or younger, may not turn 11 before May 1, 2021 (Entering 4th grade)
U11 – Must be 11 years old or younger, may not turn 12 before May 1, 2021 (Entering 5th grade)
U12 – Must be 12 years old or younger, may not turn 13 before May 1, 2021 (Entering 6th grade)
U13 – Must be 13 years old or younger, may not turn 14 before May 1, 2021 (Entering 7th grade)
U14 – Must be 14 years old or younger, may not turn 15 before May 1, 2021 (Entering 8th grade)
Open Tryouts / Schedule
Players must pre-register for tryouts. We cannot guarantee your child a tryout without being pre-registered. There is no fee for tryouts.
There are two days of tryouts. Players are expected to be at both days of tryouts. If you cannot make both days of tryouts there is a place in registration where you can, and should please, inform us. If a player is at only one day of tryouts and we are aware beforehand we will do the best we can to evaluate all aspects of the players abilities the day they are at tryouts.
Supplemental Tryouts - If you are unable to make at least one day of tryouts please register for supplemental tryouts and please contact Russ Goldstein at email@example.com to find a day and time that is suitable ASAP.
We would like all players to try out with their own grade regardless of the age brackets below, with few exceptions approved by BGRA prior to tryouts. This said, if it is best for the club and the player to move either up of down we can address the situation during or shortly after tryouts.
***A player that will be able to make at least one of the regular tryouts is NOT eligible to come to the Supplemental tryout and a player that comes to the Supplemental tryout is NOT eligible to attend ANY of the regular tryouts***
(Times may be subject to slight modification depending upon how many registrants we have at each age-group.)
|Bracket||1st Date||2nd Date|
|U8||Mon 8-17-2020||Thurs 8-20-2020|
|Emmerich North||Jay Jones|
|U9||Mon 8-17-2020||Thurs 8-20-2020|
|Emmerich North||Jay Jones|
|U10||Mon 8-17-2020||Thurs 8-20-2020|
|Emmerich North||Jay Jones|
|U11||Tues 8-18-2020||Thurs 8-20-2020|
|U12||Tues 8-18-2020||Wed 8-19-2020|
|U13||Tues 8-18-2020||Wed 8-19-2020|
|U14||Mon 8-17-2020||Wed 8-19-2020|
If you have any questions please contact Russ Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org