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13 Must Ask Questions for a Texas Baseball Select Team

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Once you have determined which is the appropriate level of play is for your child then on to the “fun” part…finding a Texas Baseball Select team. Still don’t understand about the 4 levels of play. Click to read the “Informational Guide to USSSA Baseball Texas” for a complete breakdown of North Texas Baseball. 

 However, prior to that you should be thinking about how will you know the team is “right” for your child. 

Below are some of the FAQs you should immediately ask.

Note: If you decided to participate on a single A level program, then majority of these questions are not applicable. The coaches in the A level programs tend to be volunteers and/or dad’s that may some about the game and want to help out. The A level programs are really about learning the game, learning some fundamentals and generally run by the local city sports association in a draft format.  Pro-Tip: Ask if you can work out with the team! That way you can see how your child interacts with the other team players and how the coaches run their practice!

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1. What are the Texas baseball team fees & additional costs?

I want parents to beware of the incoming sticker shock when it comes to joining a Texas Baseball AA or higher team. These costs comes from my direct experience and chatting with several select baseball parents over the years. Please note that I will not state which teams or organizations are at what price range. However, it is important to state that some teams or organizations will offer financial aid to help qualifying kids that want to play play.  

  • For the Fall Season: Expect a range of $700 – $1,800 (or more)
  • For the Spring Season: Expect a range of $1,200 – $2,400 (or more)  

These prices are dependent loosely based on the number of games played, the size of organization, is this an independent team, # of paid coaches, indoor facilities, workshops and more. 

Additional costs:

  • Team uniforms – $200 and up; mostly dependent on # of uniforms, baseball bag, hats, and misc.
  • Private lessons – $30 and up; can be 1/2 hour based or hourly depending on who is giving the lesson
  • Baseball equipment – $100 and up for basic baseball equipment and training aid products (bats, gloves, and cleats) 
  • Travel  Costs – if your team travels to other cities / states or plays in regional / national World Series tournaments. 

2. Where exactly does the North Texas baseball team practice and at what time?

The baseball team tryouts location may not be the same place where the team practices. Most teams practice at their local city baseball fields. Some organizations may have a turf infield to get in their work.

Also, parents should take in the afternoon drive time into consideration. Some parents, myself included, have driven up to an hour to take my son to practice. This is Texas baseball and the traffic can be rough! 

Just be aware that this is just as much of a parent commitment as the players commitment to the team. 

3. Does the baseball team or organization offer indoor facilities and how much access do you have to them?

This is a “nice to have” perk especially during the rainy season. The baseball team will be getting in some work regardless of the weather. Ask if you can go in for some additional cage time during non-peak hours. This could also drive up the team and organizational costs mostly for upkeep and rent. An alternate solution is the team may rent a baseball cage at a local baseball facility.  

4. How many days does the baseball team practice and for how long?

If your looking to be on a competitive team then they should practice like one. A minimum of at least TWO days of full practice a week should be the baseline. Three of more is ideal and the practices should be at least an hour or more. 

5. How many spots are available for the upcoming season?

This is a good first indicator of retention and quality of a select baseball team. The high quality and competitive Texas league teams tend to stay together so one or two spots available are generally the norm. If a select baseball team is looking for 5 or more than you should ask a bit more of questions to understand the context. 

For example, my son’s baseball team had a mix of 11U and 12U boys so by the time Fall came around we had to make a hard separation due to field expansions. So we were looking to fill the other half for both upcoming 12U and 13U teams. 

6. Ask the prospective select team if they are looking for preferred positions?

Asking what are the needs of the baseball team is also a good indicator of amount of playing time your ballplayer may get. If your son is a catcher and the team has 4 great catchers then he may not make the team or he may not play that position. 

Kids that are left handed also need to pay attention. Most teams do not have many left handed players due to limited spots they normally play at. Most left handed players play 1st base, Pitch, or are in the Outfield.  

7. How long has the select baseball team been together?

Parents that are looking to introduce their child at an early age 4U-6U this may not really matter. Older kids, especially at 9U and up it starts to be important because you run the risk of the team not forming due to the lack of quantity of players. You don’t want to hear notice a couple of weeks before the Spring season officially starts that you don’t have a team. 

Additionally, if the team has a good core of kids that have been together a few seasons then building team chemistry isn’t as hard with the new incoming players. Team chemistry is vital in the big games.

8. How many games or tournaments do you expect to play?

It is great to set expectations up front. Seeing if the there are any regional or out of town tournaments is good to know for planning and budgeting purposes. Additionally, if the parents are willing to pay for an extra tournament then you could play more. 

  • In the Fall season, you can expect about 2-3 tournaments on average. (6- 9 games minimum)
  • The Spring season is about 9+ tournaments on average. (27 games minimum)  

Some Texas baseball teams commit to a # of games and play in a TEBA league. TEBA is a select baseball league where you have weekly double headers for a period of time. Thus, a 6 week season could net about 10-12 games. 

9. Are you a Paid Coach?

Most select baseball teams have a paid coach. There are high caliber teams that do not have a paid coach and still rely on volunteers. Paid Coaches take the personal out of practice and games and they are expected to teach or train your child the game of baseball. 

Inquire about their background, where they played, # of years experience, etc… You are placing a lot of time, energy and money into the team so make sure the coach meets your expectations. 

10. Will the select baseball coach have assistant coaches?

I personally always found it a positive to have an assistant coach to help run and manage the practices / games. Not all assistant coaches are paid coaches. It is not a deal breaker if they do not have an assistant coach depending on the number of kids and caliber of the baseball team.

11. What is the his baseball coaching style?

Pay attention to how the coach interacts with the kids. Coaches will be a big influence on your ball players life so make it a positive one. You know your child best, so look for coaches that will compliment or pull out their best. 

Some coaches are very instructional and laid back while other coaches are very passionate and may yell. Again go with what you and your ball player are comfortable with and let them tell you if they like the coach. They may surprise you. 

Pro-Tip: Every coach will tell you about how they focus on development of your kid. Watch the tryout and practice very carefully. You can quickly see which coaches talk the talk vs. those that walk the walk.   

12. How does the coach communicate with the parents?

This seems straight forward but ironically it is not. Parents need to know be informed of unexpected changes for practice locations, game time updates and more. Most teams use popular messaging apps to facilitate this. Also, it is good to know about how coaches feel about upsets parents approaching them post a game or tournament. 

Some policies I have seen is a 24 hour post game “cool down” period for coach and parent. Maybe little Johnny sat on the bench the whole game and the team lost on a mercy rule. Right after the game may not be the best time to chat. 

13. Is the expectation for additional practice outside of team practices?

If you are like our situation, we joined a select baseball team at 9U. My son had a good attitude, worked hard and motivated. However, he was behind on some fundamental skills and we “chose” to take our son in for additional lessons to help his confidence level and increase his baseball skills. 

Some teams, even AAA or Major levels, do require you seek extra lessons outside of team practices. Team practices are expected to be about team strategy like turning doubles or how to handle a bunt. The coach may expect your ball player to know how to properly to field a ground ball. 

Again, learn about what the expectations are from the coach early on and this will help you decide if this is the right fit for your son or daughter. 

Select Texas Baseball – Summary

I hope these baseball FAQs will help both incoming and veteran guide the conversation if they are in the market for a new select Texas Baseball team. The thing you have to remember is that your the customer and the select baseball coach is providing a quality service. So just make sure it is the type of service you are expecting. 

Big take-away is the dollar amount per season is not indicative of the quality of baseball training. It is 100% about the coach! 

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