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2024 Travel Coach Position's Now Open

The head travel baseball coach will be involved with various tasks that will develop travel baseball players through Fargo Area Sport's core values. The head coach is required to conduct practices, motivate players, and instruct players in the rules, regulations, equipment, and techniques of the sport.

Travel Coaching Job Application 

Travel Team Information

Fargo Area Sports offers travel ball teams for ages 9-15u. It is designed to give players an additional competitive baseball opportunity playing some of the top competition in the area, state, and region. Fargo Area Sports teams will be given the opportunity  to travel to various tournaments throughout the area in the summer as well the opportunity to compete in the North Dakota State tournament and beyond.

Kids interested in participating in travel baseball are given the opportunity to attend development sessions for their respected age groups beginning in December. These are free of cost as long as you are registered through Fargo Area Sports. Teams will be selected by an independent group of evaluators made up of local high school coaches and college coaches following 3 tryout dates. 

The cost for travel can vary depending on the team's schedule, tournaments, and sponsorships. Below is a rough estimate for what the total cost is for travel baseball.
9-12u - $600.00
13-15u - 800.00

*Note: due to national rules, players must either live in Fargo or go to school within the Fargo School District. (for further questions please contact the Fargo Area Sports office) 

*if numbers allow we will form multiple teams at each age group

Travel Coach Handbook 

Travel Tryout Process


Please Note: if a player attends a development session and they decide not to play Fargo Area Sports for the season. That player will be refunded in full less $15 per development session they have attended. 


Travel vs League

TRAVEL TEAMS (available for ages 9 thru 15): (If interested in trying out, please complete registration in the "travel" registration).
- Must go through a try-out process
- 2 teams are selected if player registration numbers allow
- Must be registered by January 31st
- High level of commitment level
- Will play 35-45 games, including weekends
- Season start/end: April-July
- Can expect to play in 4-6 tournaments, including State Tournament
- 9&10 YO: 60' bases, 46' mound; no leading off, can steal once ball crosses the plate
- 11&12 YO: 70' bases, 50' mound; leading off is allowed
- 13 YO: Will begin the season playing 54/80 and transition to 60/90 after June 1st
-14&15 YO: 90' bases, 60'6" mound
- Those selected to a team will incur an additional fee
- 11&12 YO travel players are NOT eligible for Little League All-Stars if selected to a travel team

Fargo Area Sports offers an opportunity for players looking for a competitive experience.  We offer the travel program for ages 9-15. Players must go through a try out process to be considered for one of these teams with the exception of the 13 – 15 year old age group. Team that are formed in the 13 – 15 year old age group are allowed to submit in writing to the Board of Directors if they choose to participate in the Babe Ruth State Tournament. Each team is considered on a case by case scenario.  Our travel teams are affiliated with Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth International and must follow the rules and guidelines as set forth by these organizations. The deadline to register and declare intent to try out for a travel team is January 31st each year.

TRY OUT PROCESS:

Travel team tryouts are typically held in late February or early March. The tryout schedule will be posted on the Fargo Area Sports website when dates are finalized. There will be two or three tryout dates/times for each age group and a player MUST attend at least one (if two tryouts) or two (if three tryouts) to be considered for a team. Attending all is not a requirement, but it is highly recommended. Once a player tries out for a team, no refunds will be given.

During the tryout process, players will be evaluated and teams will be chosen by an independent evaluator group, along with the head coach of the team. Our evaluators will have no ties to the players (except the head coach if a parent) and are typically local high school baseball coaches, legion baseball coaches, former college baseball players and Fargo Area Sports staff. Parents (unless a head coach) are NOT allowed in the facility during the tryout process. If a player is NOT selected for a travel team, that player will be placed on a Red River Valley League team.

EXPECTATIONS:

Travel teams do require a high level of commitment. These teams can expect to play 35-45 games, (schedule is dependent on each individual coach) which includes some weekend games, 3-4 tournaments and the opportunity to compete at the North Dakota Cal Ripken (9-12) or Babe Ruth (13-15) State Tournament.

  • The 9 and 10 year old teams will be Cal Ripken affiliated and play on 60’ bases with a 46’ pitching mound distance. There is no leading off, but stealing is allowed once the ball crosses the plate.
  • The 11 and 12 year old teams will also be Cal Ripken affiliated and play on 70’ bases with a 50’ pitching mound distance. Leading off and stealing is allowed.
  • The 13, 14 and 15 year old teams will be Babe Ruth affiliated and play on 90’ bases with a 60’6” pitching mound distance.

Players who are selected to a travel team will incur an additional fee on top of the initial registration fee to cover additional game field cost, umpires, tournaments, etc. This fee must be paid to the Fargo Area Sports office by May 15th each year.


**Please note: For 11 and 12 year olds, any player selected to one of the travel teams will NOT be eligible for the Little League All-Star teams as you may only play on ONE post season team. Travel players are NOT eligible to play in the NIT tournaments.

Registration Listing

2024 Baseball Registration (Summer)

Please read and review all information provided below before registering your son/daughter:

Registration:
  • Registration Open Date: November 1, 2023. A $10 discount will be given to anyone who registers by 12/31/2023.
  • Registration Deadline: March 1st, 2024 for everyone EXCEPT Travel/Little League interested players. We will continue to accept registrations after this date. Please be aware that you may be waitlisted but typically, we do not have an issue finding you a team. 
  • The deadline is January 31st, 2024 for those players trying out for a 9-15U Fargo 61's travel team or the 12U and 13U Little All-Star Teams.
  • If you're trying out for a travel team (9-15U), please select the travel option during your player's registration. For additional information regarding our travel program, please visit the travel page by clicking here.
  • If you're trying out for a Little League team (12-15U), please select the Little League option during your player's registration. For additional info regarding our LL program, please visit the LL page by clicking here.
  • If you're interested in trying out for Little League and Travel, please select both options.
  • During the registration process, you will have the ability to request a certain coach or player(s) to participate with for the RRVL. This is not guaranteed but we do our best to accommodate these requests. If you would like to make a request, please confirm with the other player(s) or coach to register for the same division (Competitive/Recreational).
  • Registration will be on a first-come basis whether or not you have played in previous years. All players registered by the March 1st deadline are guaranteed placement on a team. Anyone registering AFTER March 1st will be placed on a waiting list. A $25 administrative fee will be assessed for late registrations.
  • A payment plan option is available when you check out after 1/1/2024. Half of your payment will be due upon registering and the other half will be automatically taken out on 3/1/2024. There is no payment plan option available before 12/31/2023 or after 3/1/2023.
  • No refunds will be issued after teams are created.
  • You have the option to offset some of your registration fees. We have partnered with PushSave for this option. To learn more about this, please click here.

Age:
  • For the RRVL league, we are accepting both Cal Ripken & Little League age charts. The player may choose which age group they want to compete in. For example, if Sam was born in August of 2013, the Little League age chart has him as an 11-year-old for the 2023 season; the Cal Ripken age chart has him as a 10-year-old. So, Sam would have the option of playing in either the 10 or 11-year-old division.
  • If a player would like to sign up for travel baseball, the player must sign up under the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Age Chart.
  • For anyone interested in being eligible for the 12-15U Little League all-star process, the player must sign up under the age listed on the Little League age chart.
  • To view the age charts, please click here.

Schedule:
  • NO REGULAR SEASON FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES FOR ANY AGE DIVISION (this does not apply to Travel teams or optional tournaments)
  • Fargo Youth Baseball teams play approximately a 20-game interlocking league schedule. Ages 5/6U will play other Fargo teams. 7-15U will play teams from Fargo, WF, Moorhead, and surrounding towns.
  • Due to field availability, games may not be able to be made up. We encourage teams to schedule additional games outside of the regular league schedule. Please contact the Fargo Area Sports office for additional information.

Game Nights (Red River Valley League):
  • 5U & 6U: Tuesday & Thursday
  • 7U: Monday & Wednesday
  • 8U: Tuesday & Thursday
  • 9U & 10U: Monday & Wednesday
  • 11U & 12U: Tuesday & Thursday
  • 13U: Monday and/or Wednesday 
  • 14/15U: Monday through Thursday (schedule will be released in April, pending field availability)
Season Tentative Start Dates (Red River Valley League):
  • May 13: 7U, 9U, & 10U
  • May 14: 8U, 11U & 12U
  • May 20: 13U
  • May 21: 5/6U & 14/15U

Coaches/Team Managers:
  • FYB is a volunteer-based organization. If you're interested in coaching or being a team manager with FYB, please select the co-coach or team manager option when getting to the team staff portion. Any help is greatly appreciated!
  • All coaches will have the opportunity to create their own teams by submitting a list of players to the office by March 1. All other players will be placed on teams with consideration given to competition level, school affiliation, and neighborhoods.
  • For additional info regarding coaching or being a team manager, please click here.

Travel vs League:
Below is a quick reference breakdown of the features of Travel Teams and Red River Valley League (RRVL) teams. Those choosing to play in the RRVL will have the opportunity to choose from either “Competitive” or “Recreational” when registering for the season. We will place your child at the level that you choose. We do try to keep players from the same neighborhoods and schools together, however, there may be some instances where this is not feasible due to roster limits.

TRAVEL TEAMS (available for ages 9 through 15): (If interested in trying out, please complete registration in the "travel" registration).
  • Must go through a try-out process
  • 2 teams are selected if player registration numbers allow
  • Must be registered by January 31st
  • High level of commitment level
  • Will play 35-45 games, including weekends
  • Season start/end: April-July
  • Can expect to play in 4-6 tournaments, including State Tournament
  • 9&10 YO: 60' bases, 46' mound; no leading off, can steal once the ball crosses the plate
  • 11&12 YO: 70' bases, 50' mound; leading off is allowed
  • 13,14, 15 YO: 90' bases, 60'6" mound
  • Those selected to a team will incur an additional fee
  • 11&12 YO travel players are NOT eligible for Little League All-Stars if selected to a travel team

RRVL (competitive option):
  • Will be placed on a team with others who selected this option if registered by March 1st
  • Skill level: Advanced
  • Higher level of commitment
  • Will play other teams that selected the competitive option 18-20 games scheduled
  • 18-20 games scheduled
  • Season start/end: April-July 
  • 12 & Under will play 1 game twice per week. 13-15-year-olds will play 2 games (doubleheader) 1 time per week. 
  • Practices 2-3 times per week
  • Option to be selected for the Little League All-Star Team (Ages 12 - 15 only)
  • No games on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (unless the team chooses to play in a tournament)

RRVL (recreational option):
  • Will be placed on a team with others who selected this option if registered by March 1st
  • Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Will play other teams that selected the recreational option
  • 18-20 games scheduled
  • Season start/end: April-July
  • 12 & Under will play 1 game twice per week. 13-15-year-olds will play 2 games (doubleheader)
  • Practices 1-2 times per week
  • Option to be selected for the Little League All-Star Team (Ages 12 - 15 only)
  • No games on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (unless the team chooses to play in a tournament)

Additional Information:

2024 Season Preview: https://tinyurl.com/8w9x66z3


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Fargo Area Sports office: 701-232-9225 or [email protected].

5u & 6u - Baseball

Registration closes on 04/15/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 05/31/2024 to 07/28/2024
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$125.00

7u - Baseball

Registration closes on 04/15/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 05/13/2024 to 07/28/2024
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$225.00

8u - Baseball

Registration closes on 04/15/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 05/14/2024 to 07/28/2024
$225.00

9u - Baseball

Registration closes on 04/15/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 05/13/2024 to 07/28/2024
$335.00

10u - Baseball

Registration closes on 04/15/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 05/13/2024 to 07/28/2024
$355.00

11u - Baseball

Registration closes on 04/15/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 05/14/2024 to 07/28/2024
$355.00

14/15u - Baseball

Registration closes on 04/15/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 05/31/2024 to 07/28/2024
$375.00

How to Register

New to Fargo Area Sports? Please click the following link for directions on how to register for the season. Should you still have questions or issues registering, please contact the Fargo Area Sports office:

https://stacksportsportal.force.com/helpcenter/s/article/SportConnectSupportClubProduct360035874692Registration20ParentGuide?b=0011T00002RaROcQAN

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