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Old 06-11-19, 01:43 PM
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Average Cost of Travel Softball Teams?

How much does the average travel softball team cost to participate?

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Old 06-11-19, 08:00 PM
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14U to 18U $1200 to $1500 Does not include travel cost to and from tournaments or hotel cost.
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Old 06-12-19, 12:28 AM
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It varies.

My kid played with Lasers for a coupla years, I think it was $600.

Didn't pay much, if any at all, after that.

Didn't go to tryouts either.

Just kinda wait for them to call.
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Old 06-12-19, 11:14 AM
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It varies.

My kid played with Lasers for a coupla years, I think it was $600.

Didn't pay much, if any at all, after that.

Didn't go to tryouts either.

Just kinda wait for them to call.
How long ago was that? That's really cheap for the upper level programs. We are paying about $1200 and we've added several families that have said that was cheaper than what the previously played.
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Old 06-13-19, 04:48 AM
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She was a freshman in college this year so it's not exactly ancient history.
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Old 06-13-19, 04:53 AM
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And what exactly is it that makes "an upper level program"?

Ask the guy running the show what he would have without you.

Tell him to be specific.
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Old 06-13-19, 10:20 AM
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Anything decent 3-4 years ago was over $1.0K plus travel costs. Still a better deal than JO volleyball which for a national team is now pushing north of $3.0K plus travel expenses; also this level includes travel that is roughly 50% through air. When all is said and done you are looking at $5.0K-$6.0K for a teen to play a sport.
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Old 06-13-19, 12:24 PM
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Went through travel baseball a few years ago and now starting to go through travel softball.

One thing that I did not like about travel baseball was the increased costs of tournaments for the older age groups. Thought it was a bit of gouging but I understood it because the size of the field was much larger and fewer facilities to handle these type of games.

For softball, that shouldn't be the case. 8U softball to 18U softball basically use the same size field. Also, there are no "super fields" to play on. There are no equivalents in softball to the Minor League parks that charge excessive fees to play baseball on their fields. Even the college baseball fields are significantly nicer than most of the college softball fields. Plenty of HS softball fields are just as nice as most college softball fields. Can't say that for baseball most of the time.

So the question becomes, what is the added expense for older softball attributed to?
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Old 06-13-19, 03:14 PM
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And what exactly is it that makes "an upper level program"?

Ask the guy running the show what he would have without you.

Tell him to be specific.
I would have thought the Lasers would be a lot higher than $600 but great for you and your daughter that it wasn't. Maybe upper level program wasn't the right terminology, but there's definitely a difference between playing for the Lasers, Hawks, Outlaws, Doom, Bandits, as opposed to a lot of other organizations. The names alone tend to draw the better players. But I agree, it's not necessarily the organization that makes it upper level but the players in that organization.
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Went through travel baseball a few years ago and now starting to go through travel softball.

One thing that I did not like about travel baseball was the increased costs of tournaments for the older age groups. Thought it was a bit of gouging but I understood it because the size of the field was much larger and fewer facilities to handle these type of games.

For softball, that shouldn't be the case. 8U softball to 18U softball basically use the same size field. Also, there are no "super fields" to play on. There are no equivalents in softball to the Minor League parks that charge excessive fees to play baseball on their fields. Even the college baseball fields are significantly nicer than most of the college softball fields. Plenty of HS softball fields are just as nice as most college softball fields. Can't say that for baseball most of the time.

So the question becomes, what is the added expense for older softball attributed to?
I think it's the "showcase" principal in softball. The tournaments that can claim to draw the most college coaches are definitely the most expensive. We've found that sometimes those claims are valid and other times not so much.
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Old 06-13-19, 03:22 PM
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Travel team info on teams and coaches

https://www.fieldlevel.com/pgyweng6/softball/placements

It would be nice for a website like this for Ohio teams...

Now the west playing model would not work in Ohio and only a handful of organizations would be able to pull it off but it would help parents when looking.
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Old 06-14-19, 01:32 PM
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I think it's the "showcase" principal in softball. The tournaments that can claim to draw the most college coaches are definitely the most expensive. We've found that sometimes those claims are valid and other times not so much.
Is there additional hidden cost to a showcase? Do they pay the coaches to be there to recruit? Or is it simply that they can charge more if the impression is that there will be coaches there?
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