2U Travel Baseball Team to Hold Tryouts in Michigan
CANTON, MI--In an effort to boost quality of play in Michigan baseball, a local travel ball powerhouse has decided to expand its organization into the toddler age group. Boys and girls, ages 2 and under, are invited to tryout for this year-round tournament-only travel team later this month.
The Michigan All-Star Elite Gold have been training some of Michigan’s top 12-year-old MLB prospects for the past ten years, and their president believes it’s time to start getting more aggressive about grooming players from a younger age.
“We really just believe as an organization that the younger kids get involved with competitive baseball the more likely they are to love the game. The more they love the game the better they’ll be,” explained Andy Gassman, president of the organization for the past six years.
The practice and playing schedule is expected to be demanding, which will likely rule out any possibility of participants playing other sports.
“Even though most so-called experts say it’s best for kids to play multiple sports when they’re young, we know that the earlier kids specialize in a sport, the better athletes they will be. MLB scouts, college coaches, and current pros are wrong on this one, and we’re going to prove it to them,” Gassman explained.
The team plans to run year-round with tournaments almost every weekend. During the winter months, they plan to travel to Florida.
So far, the team’s tryout has garnered over 50 registrants. While some parents are obviously excited for the opportunity, others are skeptical, claiming it’s likely a move to generate more revenue for the organization which is “for profit”.
“This is absolutely not for money,” Gassman says, “If it was about money, we wouldn’t be charging $800 instead of our usual $1200 tryout fees. This is strictly for the good of the kids.”
The tryout will be held on April 24th, 530pm at Canton Sports Center.