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13U/14U Travel Teams

SANDY SPRINGS STORM 13U AND 14U TRAVEL BASEBALL TEAMS

Sandy Springs Youth Sports (SSYS) is revamping and re-branding the travel baseball program and will now be known as the Storm.  We are looking to build upon the rich history of the previous teams formerly known as the Sandy Springs Longhorns and Sandy Springs Expos.  The Storm baseball program has enjoyed tremendous success over the last decade, particularly during the last 3-4 years with District and State titles at numerous age groups and National Runner-up distinction in the prestigious Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven, MS.

Our travel baseball program is well-established and includes year-round professional instruction, practice programs, new-school arm care and velocity development programs and travel competition in the welcoming environment of Morgan Falls Park.  While all age-eligible boys in the community are encouraged to try out for the teams each July, this travel program is important to SSYS because it provides a natural progression for players "graduating" from our National League who prove they are ready to play competitive, year-round baseball.

The Storm will use our age/size-appropriate lighted field, adjacent indoor hitting cages, four practice mounds and 2 outdoor batting cages, all located on site. The program has a rich history of playing high level travel competition and many of our players have gone on to play at top high school and college programs.

STORM/EXPOS/LONGHORNS HISTORY

SSYS is proud to congratulate our alumni from the 2014 high school class who that are playing collegiate baseball at Clemson, UGA, Notre Dame, Miami of Ohio and North Georgia College.

In other exciting news, a former Expos/Longhorns standout earned a college national baseball championship starting as a true freshman at catcher for Vanderbilt in the recent College World Series and a former Expos/Longhorns player was drafted in the recent 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

Alumni have gone on to play college baseball at Clemson, UGA, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Rhodes College, Young Harris, Birmingham Southern and Piedmont College and college football at Harvard, Georgia Tech and UAB.

13U/14U Travel Ball

Sandy Springs Storm 2015-16  Travel Baseball Program Information

General Overview

Sandy Springs Youth Sports (SSYS) currently offers a travel baseball experience to 13u and 14u players.   In effort to improve the travel ball program SSYS is looking to bring the travel baseball program more into the fold and offer an experience more consistent with the level of execution provided in other baseball programming at SSYS.  

Due to larger number of graduating 12u players at SSYS and other neighboring parks in North Atlanta it is our plan to offer two 13u teams this season and one 14u team.  In effort to offer this baseball experience to our park families we have established a rule whereby a minimum 50% +1 of the players participating in each age group will be offered spots on the Sandy Springs Storm Red and when offered, Storm Black teams.  

Depending on the total number of offers extended and number of acceptances. It is possible the final roster may fall below the thresholds, which is permitted so long as the total number of extended offers per team meets the stated minimum.  A SSYS park/family is defined as a player who has played at least two of the previous seasons at SSYS.  In the event there are multiple teams in an age group, the first (or A team)  would be named the Storm RED and the second (or B team) would be named Storm BLACK. 

Prior to tryouts we will determine the number of teams based on registered participants in tryouts and general interest from the community and neighboring parks.  The uniform package will be identical for each team and the only difference will be in team name, RED or BLACK.


Mission Statement

To develop and teach the fundamentals of baseball to young players that are interested in working hard, getting better and achieving success based on their efforts as part of a successful team environment of coaches, parents and teammates.

Team Benefits and Reasons for Participation

The most important aspect of youth baseball for these age groups is that of learning the fundamental skills of the game and to appreciate and respect all that makes baseball the greatest sport and team experience for young athletes.  We will teach the fundamentals skills that will help the players improve both physically and mentally - and prepare them for successful experiences in middle school and high school baseball programs.


Bullet Overview of Programming 
  
  • Late July or early August tryout/clinic/showcase (6 hours) $50 for non-park families; $25 for park families

  • Field practices on Sundays during late August through last fall tournament

  • Indoor cage workouts one evening per week during late August through last fall tournament

  • Throwing/arm care program during fall/winter/early spring - combination of Alan Jaeger (www.jaegersports.com)  , Ron Woolforth (www.pitchingcentral.com), and Kyle Boddy (www.drivelinebaseball.com

  • Provide players with Winter independent core and physical conditioning training

  • Schedule games vs. other teams during the fall weeknights/Saturdays (10-12 games)

  • Participate in Fall tournaments as follows:

  • 1-2 Triple Crown events (3-8 games)

  • 1-2 Lake Pointe events (3-8 games)

  • host weekend shootout at SSYS (3-4 games)

TOTAL FALL GAMES - 19 to 30

Following last fall tournament shut down throwing from early NOV 1st through DEC 15th

  • DEC 15th commence arm care and training protocols (goal is for arms to be ready JAN 15th)

  • Indoor BP once per week (60 mins) DEC thru JAN

  • Field Practices Sundays during JAN / SAT & SUN during FEB


March through July (based on events available in 2015 as example)

  • practice schedule (one night weekly TBD)

  • tournaments / games (weeknight games to be scheduled 6-8 independent scheduled games)  

The following tournament schedule is based on 2015 events and will be  modified dependent on Middle School Baseball leagues.  Dunwoody Senior Baseball offers a competitive spring season where players can participate on school teams and learn how to build confidence playing for their schools and developing athletic identities to serve them through their High School careers.

It is our firm belief that school teams should come first and we will therefore develop programming that creates a hierarchical commitment to school teams first and summer travel teams second.

Participate in the following Tournaments (for example purposes only) the ultimate schedule will be determined based on tournaments available as they are known late 2015/early 2016.

  • Triple Crown Sports (TCS) Spring Frost FEB 27 - MAR 01 (3-5 games)

  • PG one day showdown MAR 22 (2-3 games)

  • TCS Spring Fling MAR 27-29 (3-5 games) dependent on Spring break schedule

  • PG Invitational APR 17-19 (3-5 games) dependent on Spring break schedule

  • East Cobb Astros Invitational - APR 24-26 (3-5 games)

  • PG Spring Southeastern Championship MAY 01-03 (3-5 games)

  • TCS North Atlanta Open MAY 08-10 (3-5 games)

  • TCS McCann Summer Classic MAY 22-25 (4-6 games)

  • Memorial Day Weekend event TBD (4-6 games)

  • PG/ECB Invitational JUN 8-12 (5-7 games)

  • PG WWBA 13u & 14u mid June (6-9 games)

  • TCS College World Series Tournament in Omaha, NE (surrounding the CWS : 6-8 games)

  • CABA World Series JUN 30 - JUL 05 (5-9 games)

  • Ripken Tournament in Myrtle Beach JUL 12-17 (5-8 games)

TOTAL LATE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER GAMES - 50 TO 65

The Budget is estimated to be $2,300 - $2,800 total per player for the fall and spring seasons.  Schedules and tournament costs can be closely estimated following release (due in the next 30-90 days).  A complete breakdown of costs will be provided prior to offer and acceptance of a spot on the team(s).

Narrative Overview of Programming

Following tryouts our coaches will select the 13U team(s) and 14U team for a September through June season. While our teams are highly competitive, the coaches focus on teaching their players fundamental baseball, drilling appropriate technique, perfecting position play, executing game strategy, exemplifying the right way to play, instilling off-field fitness and developing a well-rounded game to enable their players to be prepared to compete in high school and beyond.  The teams play at the highest competitive level possible for the roster that is selected and players should be prepared for a serious commitment to the team.  Those involved in multiple other activities that cannot commit to making 95%+ of practices and tournaments will not find this program a good fit.

The Fall season generally runs September through October and includes 2-3 events per week comprised of practices and a limited game/tournament schedule.  During the Winter season, the teams generally practice indoors about once a week, with some off time for holidays.  The Spring season resumes late January through June with 2-3 practices per week and 3-5 events most weeks once the game schedule starts.  The teams will try to play a spring season of 45+ games comprised of tournaments and scrimmages, but that total can vary based on a number of factors.  The 14U season takes a breather in March and April for the middle school season, though the team usually will have one practice per week during that period.  The 14U season may go into July as a result.

Our teams are entirely family-funded. Team dues are due in 3-4 payments. Dues cover field usage & maintenance, tournament/game fees, limited team equipment, coach compensation, core team uniforms and miscellaneous administrative and other expenses.  Since the teams are family-funded, we are not able to offer scholarships or discounts.

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