There are several reasons why it has taken so long for BullyBats to join the world of travel ball. If you have read any of my articles on this subject, you probably have a decent idea of the position I have taken on the subject. I firmly believe a young athlete needs to be playing more than one sport throughout the year. The notion they have to focus on one sport year around at an early age, in order to reach the highest levels, is truly absurd in my opinion.
My personal experiences with playing different sports have helped me develop in so many more areas that made me a better athlete, and ultimately a better baseball player. By the time I was ready to focus on one sport in college, I was a well developed athlete ready to focus on baseball. I cannot imagine I would have made it to professional baseball, had it not been for the other sports. They taught me so much more about my body, mind, and spirit, which transferred from sport to sport. If your contention is the path to MLB or college scholarships is to play one sport year around starting at age 8, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. Take a look at this article and see what “The Great One”, Wayne Gretzky, has to say on this topic.
Striking a Balance
While I have many thoughts I have on this subject, BullyBats travel ball is a movement forward to start the pendulum swinging back to a more balanced life for our youth. I get it that “pay for play” is here to stay, and who am I to try and slow down the train. I also understand the challenges players and families face when looking at the baseball landscape. “Rec” ball is not enough, and “travel ball” may be too much. The BullyBats Travel program will develop a balance between the twelve month travel programs, and 2.5 months rec ball leagues. I believe we have created a program at BullyBats that will help develop players at an equal or greater level in baseball, while also developing as a person. Giving them more of an opportunity for balance and flexibility to play other sports, enjoy hobbies, vacation with family, and more.
In the past year, BullyBats camps and instruction programs have sent players to play college ball at University of Delaware, Rider, Wilmington University, Salisbury State, Susquehanna, and more. Our instruction and programs are proven to show we know what it takes, and it isn’t twelve months a year. Our programs are built to get more out of players in less time. Players need to be away from the game, in order to get excited each time they come back to the game, it’s human nature.
Sun, Aug 23rd
and Sun, Aug 30th
Delcastle Rec Park
6:00pm – 8:00pm
As I write this article and prepare to start this program, I can’t help but think of the movie Jerry Maguire with Tom Cruise. When Cruise’s character has an epiphany that less clients would be a better way to make sure each client was taken care of better, he is fired. Cruise and his epiphany were about “less is more”, in a world of people thinking more is always better. While faced with naysayers scoffed at this vision, eventually it is realized. Our program’s goal is to build through the concept that less is more, and we know how to achieve this.
To learn more about BullyBats Travel Program and to register for tryouts, please click here and you will have most of your questions answered.