TRAVEL TEAM POLICY
The Baseball Club of Chatham, N.J., Inc. (“BBC”) offers Spring and Summer Travel Baseball Programs for serious players who desire a higher level of baseball competition. To be eligible, a player MUST participate in the BCC Spring Youth League. A player may elect to tryout for either a Spring Travel Team or Summer Travel Team or both.
II. TEAMS & TRYOUTS
Teams will be formed at the following levels: U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, and U14.
A. Age and Grade Eligibility
In 2021, Chatham’s teams will be determined by age. For U13 – U14, returning players will have the option of trying out for the team that corresponds with their grade. Newcomers to the program will be placed or their age appropriate team.
A player cannot play at a certain age level if the player’s “baseball age”— i.e., the player’s age as of April 30, — is greater than the age required for that level.
A player’s “baseball age” for the season is defined as his age as of April 30. For example, a 5th grade player who turns 11 on 4/30, will be considered a U11 and cannot be considered a U10. A returning player who turns 11 on 5/1 is considered a U10 but if the player is in 5th grade, he may elect to try out for the U11 level (mostly 5th graders). The election must be made prior to tryouts for that level; no player can rescind the election to play at a certain level after tryouts have begun. Please email
with any questions regarding age eligibility.
Notice of time and place will be posted on the website and disseminated by email to all BCC Youth League participants. Registration will take place through BCC’s website, which can be accessed through the following link: www.chathambaseball.com.
Players will be evaluated and scored in three primary skill areas: throwing, fielding, and hitting. Hitting will be evaluated using batting cages Voluntary, organized workouts may be held prior to tryouts.
The coaching staff from Drew University’s Baseball team will administer the tryouts and evaluate each participant. Players will be assigned a random number to wear for the tryout. The player will be called by that number rather than his name, and none of the evaluators at the try-out will have the names of the tryout participants.
Withdrawal from Tryout Consideration. A player may withdraw from tryout consideration within 24 hours of the final tryout session. After that 24-hour period, all players are considered to be committed to play on a Travel Team, if selected. Accordingly, if a player withdraws from program consideration outside of that 24-hour period (even if teams have not yet been announced), that player will become ineligible (subject to a BCC review) to try out for either Spring Travel or Summer Travel the following year.
C. Selection & Team Formation
Players will be ranked by skill level based on tryout scores, past performance for prior Spring and/or Summer Travel Teams (if applicable), and coach feedback including attendance record.
There will be a Spring Travel Team Ranking List and a Summer Travel Team Ranking List to account for those players who elect to participate in only one Travel season.