The Travel Commitment Policy is intended to give players, parents and coaches a clear understanding of the commitment expectations for players and families seeking to participate in Travel Baseball. Players who participate in the Travel Baseball require a high level of commitment to be successful. Players competing in Travel baseball are acknowledging that during the baseball season, baseball will be a top priority and come first when having to choose between this and other sports or activities if a scheduling conflict arises. This is no different than the commitment asked of players that participate in other sport’s travel programs.
Travel baseball players are expected to attend scheduled team related activities as defined by practices, games and team events. Examples of acceptable absences include school activities or events, injury, illness, death in family, family events (e.g., weddings, graduations) and faith-based events.
When possible, early communication with coaches on potential schedule conflicts is requested. This will help the teams manage the situation as best as possible. With the AAA, AA, A structure of Travel Baseball it is more difficult to call up players from other play levels and this will result in sub-optimal experience for the team. If a Travel Baseball player misses a scheduled team activity (other than an acceptable or excused absence) a discussion with the coach, player and parents will occur. If there are repeated unapproved absences the coach can decide to sit the player for part of a game or for a full game based on the circumstances. Repeated ongoing absences will be reviewed with coach, player and EBA Travel Commissioner to determine what further action may be needed.
Coaches may excuse a player’s absence for what is deemed extraordinary circumstances. These circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and should be addressed with the coach/commissioner prior to the absence.