Mentor Travel Baseball
Mentor Baseball League’s Travel Program is designed to provide a positive experience for any player capable and interested in an advanced level of play. This brochure is intended to inform the parents about the program, also of the financial and time commitments involved in travel baseball.
Travel baseball is not for all players. Only those players serious enough to make the commitment, should consider trying out for a team. The league is committed to improving the skills of all players to their maximum capability. The league also makes the commitment to the players that they will play if the player/parent lives up to the rules stated by the coaches at the beginning of the season (attending practices, proper attitude, on time for games and practices…) Playing time, and how it is distributed, is decided by the head coach. Playing time is not guaranteed to be fair and equal to all players.
In addition circumstances occur that cannot always be anticipated from game to game. For example, games are sometimes shortened due to inclement weather, the mercy rule, or teams being short players etc.). In these circumstances, the parents and players must understand the situation that the team and coach are in. These instances occur on occasion.
Although it is the intention of the teams to win the games, winning at all costs is not the leagues mandate. Our philosophy is to build championship caliber players, not necessarily championship teams. Hopefully, by developing the players, the winning will take care of itself. However, because of the attempt to win games, all the players are not guaranteed an equal amount of time. The coaching staff has the prerogative to play the players the number of innings they chose as well as in the position(s) best suited for the players and the team.
A player that makes a team is required to play our "Season" which runs from January through July. They are encouraged, but not required to participate in some off-season workouts to keep their skills up to par.
Once a player makes the travel team, he or she cannot be removed from that team until the following year’s tryouts; however, extenuating circumstances may exist, such as extraordinarily bad behavioral on the part of the parent or player, which could facilitate the removal of the player.
This season is mandatory if the player decides to play travel baseball. The "our" season runs from approximately January 1st through mid-July. Teams will be in a travel league that can be 10 to 16 regular season games along with playoffs. We also schedule multiple tournaments that are played on weekends. The number of tournaments are decided by team. Extra tournaments if decided to be played, will be at cost of the individual team. Game days and practice days will depend on the team, league, division entered along with your coach’s availability.
Approximately one-half of the league games are played at our home fields and approximately half are away. Most if not all tournaments will be played away. Depending on the league and team, the away games can be anywhere the team decides to play. The approximate number of games played for the season depends on the team and league the team is in.
- 8 year-olds play on 60 foot bases with a 42 foot pitcher’s mound.
- 9 & 10 year-old teams play on 60 foot bases with a 46 foot pitcher’s mound.
- 11& 12 year old teams play on 70 foot bases with a 50 foot pitcher’s mound.
- 13 year old teams play on 80 foot bases on 54 foot pitcher’s mound.
- 14 & 15 year old teams will play on 90 foot bases and 60' 6" pitcher's mound.
The Mentor Baseball League participates in the following travel leagues:
- Buckeye Baseball League
- Ohio Prospects League
Travel starts with the 8-year-old team (primarily 2nd/3rd graders) but can start as early as 7 years old. When playing in-house baseball, we encourage players to play with their grade (with their classmates), however, given the universal birthday rule; when playing travel baseball, they must play with the team at their AGE.
The Mentor Baseball League travel teams are designed to take your child to the next level of development. Each year kids from across the league try out for positions on their age groups team. If your child is chosen they will be committed to that team for 1 year. Each team has many responsibilities and each child will have to do their part on the team.
Tryouts usually take place the 2nd week of August. If your child is interested in trying out for travel please contact our Travel Team Coordinator:
Mentor Travel 8U
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MENTOR BASEBALL INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY
8820 EAST AVE.
MENTOR, OH. 44060