Travel Ball

Creating quality young men though high level baseball.
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Five years ago, most families never gave MVP Baseball Academy a thought. One of the reasons for that was that it, compared to other less competitive options, was ridiculously expensive.
Five years later, they now understand the value of MVP Baseball Academy. They now see why all of those extra costs are actually worthwhile.

Of course, it depends. Fees for travel ball can range anywhere from about $3,000 to many thousands of dollars. And when you include the actual travel and lodging, the amount you can spend keeps going up and up.
What you end up spending should depend upon a combination of your family’s budget, your child’s ability and what you want to get out of the experience.

In the first year of MVP Baseball Academy, we’re targeting a player fee of $3,000 for the season. This, of course, doesn’t include unofficial costs like travel, meals, lodging, etc. But that’s the amount that will come from each family through our organization to pay our own fees. So how much does travel baseball cost? Let’s look beyond the fees you pay directly to MVP Baseball Academy. Let’s take a look at the primary factors involved.

1. Training Facility                                                                                                                                

This makes up the biggest expense for the MVP Baseball Academy, and it probably does for many programs. We have partnered with MVP Sports Unlimited, Sacramento CA — a state-of-the art indoor facility with the best of the best instruction. As a result, it’s not cheap!
Compared to the other options, that’s a whole lot of money. But what you get is also worth that extra expense (to us, at least).
There are several tunnels, video analysis capabilities, customized oversized tunnels equipped for infield practice and the best instruction from coaches with top-level experience We’ve seen in the area. It also includes an MVP Baseball Academy membership and discounts on private instruction and camps.

Our practices there include the following:
November – January: Strength and conditioning twice per week
February – May: One practice per week for ages 9-U – 12-U.
June – November: Refer to Manager/Coach
While the facility can get busy, it’s also controlled — it’s not jam packed like others you have practiced at. This provides more opportunities for one-on-one instruction.
In a vacuum, that may not all seem like a big deal. But our coaches know what they’re talking about, and the results prove it. They churn out champions, but their instruction is based on more than just winning — it’s also about building these kids into young men.
This is also a major bonus for coaches. We can take these kids just so far. But these coaches know more than we do and have experienced baseball at some level of, but not limited to, College, Professional or Coaching.
For families like yours who have been through the other levels, we’re looking for a little more — and the facility could easily be the difference.  (MVP Baseball Academy covers these fees)

2. Practice Field Permits

Some teams play as part of a league that has field permits that the teams share. Getting permits for individual teams can be difficult — sometimes impossible.
(MVP Baseball Academy covers these fees)

3. Uniforms

We haven’t yet ordered our uniforms for the 2017 season as we’ll do that together as an Academy. But prices here can vary quite a bit.
We’re expecting to spend about $300 per person. But you could spend as little as $100 or as much as $500 to $1,000. It all depends on the level of customization and the number of uniforms we need.
(MVP Baseball Academy covers these fees)

4. Equipment

This includes a couple of things. Teams will get equipment bags, for example. That can easily cost $100 or more per person.
But this could also include things like baseballs, helmets, catching gear, pitching screens and even bats. Expect that if equipment is needed for your team, that will contribute to the bottom line for all players.
(MVP Baseball Academy covers these fees)

5. Tournament Fees

Each team will pay to enter an individual tournament. That cost funnels down to the players.
A decent rule of thumb here is to expect $50 per player per tournament, but it depends on the tournament. If you want to go to Cooperstown, for example, expect that to be quite a bit more.
Since MVP Baseball Academy is aiming for 12-14 tournaments, we’re conservatively estimating $700 in tournament fees.
(MVP Baseball Academy covers these fees)

6. Insurance

You can’t play in these tournaments without team insurance. However, it’s not expensive, as it tends to cost about $150 per team. So we’re looking at only about $10-15 per player.
(MVP Baseball Academy covers these fees)

7. ‘Hidden’ Organizational Fees

This is one of those things you don’t expect. Sometimes an organization will put together a big party at the end of the season. Or they’ll offer scholarships. Or other team building activities.
These events often fall under “hidden” organizational fees that you don’t realize you’re paying for. The MVP Baseball Academy does add fees for things like these.

8. Gas and Transportation

Your team won’t include these costs in the fees, but you absolutely must account for them.
How far do you need to travel to get to practice? How many practices will there be? How much will gas cost?
How far do you need to travel to tournaments that can be reached by car? How many will there be? How much will gas cost?
How many tournaments will require a plane flight? How many family members will go? What will those tickets cost?
You’ll often find that some of the out of pocket expenses like transportation can end up costing as much as the membership fees.

9. Meals

Don’t underestimate this one. You’re going to eat out a lot more when the baseball season kicks in, particularly if you travel a lot. Account for it!

10. Lodging

Hotels often cost much more than families expect, particularly for the popular tournaments. Rooms become scarce and those hotels then jack up their prices.
Even if you focus on in-state tournaments, you’re likely to play in at least a few that require overnight stays. How will that impact your costs?

11. Team Bonding

The players and their parents become one big baseball family during the season, and team bonding events are absolutely necessary. That could include going to a professional baseball game (because you can never get enough baseball!), fun parks, etc.
More costs you need to account for.

12. Marketing

MVP Baseball Academy needs to be promoted to attract talent. Having a website and social media presence are both required these days. And you absolutely should consider that we will be spending money on advertising (Facebook, Google, traditional) to get the word out.
You may not think this is a big deal, but it will become a bigger deal every single season. It’s why this site exists!
(MVP Baseball Academy covers these fees)

13. Coaches (Sometimes)

The MVP Baseball Academy — and most travel baseball teams — are coached by volunteers. But that’s not always the case. MVP Baseball Academy prides itself on top quality Managers and Coach’s. This is exactly why we pay our staff.
Some parents want to avoid the potential of “Daddy Ball” so they’ll pay for independent coaches. We’re not familiar with many of these cases, but we’ve heard that it can cost anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to $1,000 or more (per player) to hire these coaches.
(MVP Baseball Academy covers these fees)

14. Countering Expenses

In a later conversation, we’ll talk about ways that teams and individual families can limit these expenses through fundraising and sponsorships. The MVP Baseball Academy, for example, is here to help families keep costs down!