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Challenge Program Vision Statement
Myers Park Trinity, through volunteer commitment and community spirit, will provide and perpetuate the highest level of Challenge baseball for the youth and families participating in our League, without sacrificing the benefits, traditions and long term success of our regular season program. 

 

Purpose
The Challenge Program is designed for those athletes who, in addition to participating in the League’s regular spring and fall seasons, want to experience extra baseball in a more competitive “tournament” environment. The Challenge Program addresses the needs of those athletes who possess above average baseball skill, and provides an opportunity for them to play baseball at the highest level for their age group, while maintaining the experience of playing for a regular season team, all without paying the same level of fees typically associated with travel or academy baseball. In addition to providing a more competitive environment, the Challenge program will also re-emphasize the character and skill development provided in our regular season program.

Who Participates
Myers Park Trinity's Challenge experience is available for baseball players, ages 8-14 who participate in the League’s regular season baseball program. There are two formal Challenge seasons, the spring and the fall. The spring season starts in February and runs through Memorial Day. The fall season starts in late August and runs through late fall.

All challenge players wishing to play in spring Challenge Program must also play for a regular season spring team. Challenge players ages 8-14 who participate in the fall Challenge program do not have to play on a regular season fall team.

Players in all age groups must tryout in order to participate in the Challenge program. As with most elite/Challenge/travel opportunities, not all players will make a team. In some cases, more than one team per age group can be created. The creation of more than one team depends on four factors: 
  • Demand
  • Talent
  • Pitching and catching depth
  • Availability of qualified coaches

While tryouts are open to all players, it should be noted that players considering this program should be able to demonstrate above average baseball skills. Moreover, for those players selected to play on a Challenge team, additional costs are associated with this program. Challenge fees are used to pay for tournament registration fees, uniforms and equipment for all age groups.

Time Commitment
Challenge tournaments are typically played on Saturday and Sunday or some teams may opt for a Sunday-only option.  Parents should understand very clearly that a Challenge tournament weekend typically consumes the entire weekend.

Playing Time and Other Information
Each coaching staff will emphasize proper baseball development for each age group through planned practice sessions to ensure player and position development. Each coaching staff will focus on proper fundamentals and is encouraged to apply a fairness standard when allocating playing time for all participants. Fair playing time in a Challenge context is not the same as equal playing time.

There are no minimum play rules in Challenge baseball. Parents who believe that the most important parts of a youth baseball experience are equal playing time and equal opportunities to play a variety of positions should not consider Challenge baseball as an option for their child.

It is also recommended that each team request parent or other volunteers to act as team score keeper for tournaments, team representative to organize team refreshments over the weekend tournaments, and grounds crew to help during “home” tournaments.

Age Requirements
Please note that Little League and the various Challenge/Travel organizations have different birthday cutoffs, meaning that some players could be considered one age for Little League and a different age for Challenge (those players born between May 1st and August 31st).  At MPTLL, all players are required to try out for the Challenge team based on their Little League age.  Players may be asked to play "down" according to their Challenge age under special circumstances (i.e. lack of player availability) or to form a second team.  Any such decisions will be made at the discretion of the Challenge committee and coaching staffs.
       

Challenge Bats
While Little League play requires that bats have the USA Baseball stamp, many Challenge tournaments do not. Generally, Challenge bats are considered to have more “pop” than a USA stamped bat. Typical tournament administrators of travel ball tournaments that our Challenge teams will play in are: Perfect Game, Top Gun, USSSA and Carolina Challenge Baseball League. Please consult these respective tournament administrator websites for more information.

Questions / Comments / Concerns
Please do not hesitate to contact [email protected] should you have any questions, comments or concerns.


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