By colin99 •  Updated: 10/02/14 •  3 min read


Baseball Dugout Diaries Issue 1 (February 11, 2013) – Traveling baseball registration began on February 1 and ends on February 15.  In order to tryout for our local traveling program, you must register your son online and pay a $25 non-refundable tryout fee.  If your son makes a team, then the registration is another $225.  We will discuss the uniform fee later…

In my opinion, the $225 fee is a fair price for a 10u traveling program. Those teams play in the Metro League which is traveling league in Minnesota where traveling teams from different areas of the state compete.  Most teams are from the Twin Cities metro area, but there are some outstate teams that also compete in that league.  Teams are also registered to play in three tournaments throughout the season.  So, between the Metro League, tournaments, umpires and equipment, I am certain $250 is a good deal.

Bubble Player Note

One thing I did want to mention in this post was a section of registration that asked parents to determine what to do if their player was considered a “bubble” player after tryouts.  Read the exact text below:

“Some kids shutdown when put into situations where they are overwhelmed, where others strive to be challenged.

Thus the Bubble question is intended to help your child succeed in baseball and to get the best out of your child by putting them at the level that best fits their personality. This question will only come into play if your child is on the Bubble for making a AAA or AA team. This will not affect them making an A Traveling team.

Selecting Bubble Up indicates that your child can handle being in the bottom 1/3 of their team and will strive through it and will not get discouraged.

Selecting Bubble Down indicates that your child would do better being in the top 1/3 of their team rather than the bottom 1/3.”

When I first read this question, I was taken back and a little surprised…  However, the more I thought about it, the more I liked the  question.  It gives parents and kids somewhat of a choice on placement if they made a team.

I would love it if you would share your thoughts on that part of the registration in the area below.  Have you ever seen a comment like that on a registration below?  What would you choose for your son?

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