How do I know my player is ready for select baseball?
Does he have a passion for the game? The most obvious difference between recreational baseball and select baseball is the time commitment. Select baseball teams practice more and play more games. The most important thing a player can bring to the Greater Cincinnati Baseball Club is enthusiasm and energy. As for talent, we recommend that you bring your player out for a tryout. The coaches are happy to give you an honest assessment of his abilities. For many of our younger teams, we're evaluating potential and coachability as much as the player's current skills.
What league do you play in?
All of the Cincinnati Galaxy teams currently play in the Southwest Ohio League (SWOL). Our teams are currently slated to play in the Continental or American divisions at each level as available. The Continental League is designed for newer teams. The American League is more competitive, but typically involves less travel. Our teams typically choose to participate in an out-of-town tournament once or twice per season.
What is the time commitment?
The younger teams in our organization play 25 to 30 games per season. Older teams play between 30 and 35. That breaks down to a typical week that includes one weekday practice, one weekday game and one weekend game. Tournaments and doubleheaders sometimes have teams playing two to four games in a weekend, and there are often more practices early in the season.
When is the season and when do you start practices?
Official mandatory practice starts indoors in January at our facility, Excel Baseball & Training. Some coaches may offer off-season practices at the batting cages or conditioning sessions that are voluntary. Practice heats up in February and March, with scrimmages beginning at the end of March. The season is usually underway in earnest from April through mid-July.
What about missing practices or games for other sports or family vacation?
We ask that you make every effort to attend all games and practices as your team is depending on you. We recognize that many of our players are involved in other sports and ask that baseball games take precedence over practices for your other activities. There is more leniency surrounding off-season practice, but excessive missed practices during the season can lead to reduced playing time. For family vacations, we understand the schedule may conflict. If you have a known conflict, please inform your coach as soon as possible so he can be sure the team is prepared for the absence. When possible, we ask that you schedule vacations after the end of the season.
How much does it cost?
Our organization rates are among the most reasonable in SWOL. To maintain this low cost, we utilize fundraising and solicit corporate sponsors. You can expect that your player will be asked to participate in fundraising activities. If you know of someone who may be in a position to make a corporate donation of services, equipment or funds, please contact us. The fee includes uniforms and helmets, as well as field, umpire and tournament fees. The team does not furnish matching bat bags, cleats, or other specialty gear, although these items in the Galaxy colors or with the Galaxy logo are available. Teams with exceptional fundraising may be able to receive some of these promotional items.
Will our team be traveling?
Travel to tournaments outside of Greater Cincinnati is a possibility that is determined by each coaching staff based on the competitiveness of the team and the willingness of the parents to participate. In the event that a team travels, travel expenses, such as mileage and overnight hotel, will be required from each participating player over and above the registration fee. We expect and encourage older teams to take an overnight tournament.