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Cooperstown - A Sandlot Tradition

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Cooperstown or Bust - A Sandlot Tradition

Why Are We Raising Money

The costs for parents/guardians to send their sons to the Cooperstown Tournament are 4 times what a normal season cost might be for participation on a community travel team.  The tournament fees exclude all costs of travel for the player to and from the tournament location. In addition to the Cooperstown Tournament Fees for their player, parents and families who will also want to make the trip to witness their sons having this wonderful Cooperstown Experience will have a week's worth of their own travel, lodging, and meal costs to cover.

Our goal as a team and as an extended baseball family is to raise the money required to cover the Cooperstown Tournament fees. We believe this is a worthwhile endeavor as all of the boys on the team have over the years developed a sincere love of the game of baseball, have put in countless hours of practice and training time to maximize their development, and are growing into fine young adults partially as a result of the life lessons and values they've learned from the game.

We are proud of our players and our families and we are certain that their extended families and their community are proud of them as well.  We are asking for your support in recognizing these young athletes, their accomplishments, and their growth by supporting our team's Cooperstown Trip fund raising efforts as much as you are able. Our hope is that with the help of our extended families, friends and our community we will be able to cover a large portion of the team's Tournament fees. In doing so we also hope that all of the parents of our players will be able to make the trip to Cooperstown in June 2017, to share in a truly remarkable and memorable experience for their sons.
 

Our Trip

OUR COOPERSTOWN ALL STAR VILLAGE TRIP

 

In June 2017 our team hopes to be traveling to Cooperstown All Star Village for a once in a lifetime baseball and community experience. Over the years it has become a annual tradition for a Sandlot 12U team to make this pilgrimage to the birth place of baseball, to honor the game and to recognize and reward our sandlot youth baseball players for their dedication and commitment. Please enjoy the brief trip description below that these youth athletes will get a chance to experience in the summer of 2017
 

HAVE BASEBALL GLOVE, WILL TRAVEL:

 
CASV is located in Oneonta, NY (nicknamed “The City of Hills”) which is located in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, lying between Binghamton and Albany and of course just south of Cooperstown, NY and The Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

 

CHECK-IN, AWE THIS IS SUITE:

 
Players and families arrive at CASV around 10:00am and first get moved into their bunkhouse in Players Village. With the exception of a 3-hour period on move-in day and move-out day, Players Village is only accessible to players and coaches for the entire week. So parents usually enjoy getting a quick look at where their sons will be residing for Cooperstown week

Players Village has 8 Bunkhouses, each of which houses 8 teams in 8 teams suites. The team suite acts as home base for both players and coaches for the week and is really no more than a large room with enough bunk beds to sleep 20. The suites have electricity and are air-conditioned, but do not have plumbing or bathroom facilities. All teams share three communal bath room buildings that have showers, toilets, and sinks.
 
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LOOKING DAMPER IN THAT UNIFORM:

 
After bunkhouse move-in is completed, players and coaches go to admin/medical check-in to ensure their paperwork is in order. There players are provided their Cooperstown Home/Away Uniforms each consisting of a high quality wind breaker, jerseys, hats, socks.

CASV stresses that the institution of baseball is to be held in the highest regard and baseball is a team sport. Thus all players competing at CASV are issued the same uniforms. There are no names on the back of their jerseys, only numbers and the CASV staff holds strictly to only allowing players to wear plain white pants (no piping or colored trim permitted). Players are encouraged to stand out through their play on the field, not by what they are wearing. A Cooperstown jersey is a valued possession to the young players attending and many have them framed when they return home from their trip.

The parents parking area sits high above the playing fields and as the parents are walking in each day they have a view of all of CASV fields from one vantage point. Depending on the year you attend, each field has a navy blue team playing a white team or a red team playing a navy blue team. The only problems the uniforms seem to cause is for the parents who forgot what field their son is playing on.

 

 

 
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HANGING AT THE MALL:

 
During uniform fitting and pictures parents are offered guided tours of the Cooperstown Facility and are able to spend some time in the CASV Village Mall area. The guided tour is a great chance for family members to see all of Cooperstown without having to walk it, especially those areas that will be player/coach access only for the remainder of the week.

On Saturday and throughout the week, the Village Mall area is full of activity. Many of the major baseball equipment and gear manufacturers set up tents in the Mall to hand out samples to players and spectators as well as roll out their latest products to the teams attending the tournament. Bat manufacturers have been known to bring their newest bats and loan them to players, free of charge, to try out in game play. Detergent manufacturers with products specific to getting those tough stains out of athletic garments are handing out free samples. The scene in the mall throughout the week akin to going to the State Fair, except for baseball.

The Mall also has souvenir shops, food vendors, seating areas and other activities for both players and their families to enjoy throughout the week. It is the Cooperstown epicenter, complete with outdoor large screen televisions for patrons to check their teams standings and the scores of games completed each day.

FIRE UP THE BARBIE:

 
As the first day at Cooperstown begins to come to a close, most families and players are beginning to feel the burn in their calves from walking the hilly paths of the facility. All that activity usually stirs up an appetite as well. Sunday evening at CASV has the cure for both in the All American Family Barbecue.

As a special event held only on Sunday evening, CASV holds a large barbecue/picnic event for all of the teams and their families in the Fifty State Arena which is a large pavilion in the Village Mall. All teams and families are encouraged to sit down and enjoy some traditional american picnic food together - hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, etc.

One of the many special things about attending Cooperstown is the interaction between the teams competing there. People from all over the country and all walks of life assembled together around the game of baseball and in support of their youth athletes. Players really seem to thrive in developing relationships with other players and teams they meet, even to the point of attending their games when they themselves are not playing. It is Baseball Summer Camp.
 
OPENING CEREMONIES:
 
The conclusion of the first day wraps up with the official start of baseball activities on Saturday evening with the Open Ceremonies. Teams participate in a parade into the 1,000 Seat Stadium. After a short address from the tournament director, CASV has a few fun crowd competitions for willing families to compete in - the Team Spirit Competition, the "New York, New York" song and dance, and the YMCA song and dance (always a crowd favorite).

After the National Anthem comes baseball - finally. Players and team compete in various baseball skills contests including a team Fastest Relay competition and three competitions for individual players - Fastest Player, Fastest Double Play, and Home Run Derby.

POOL PLAY GAMES (SUN-TUE):

 
Sunday through Tuesday all teams play two games per day for a total of 6 pool games on CASV’s major league style fields. At a minimum Revere will be playing at least one game under the lights and a game of one of the fields with a “Green Monster” outfield fence.

Games at CASV begin daily at approximately 8:00am and run continuously on all fields until 11:00pm in the evening. Players prep prior to their games at CASV’s dedicated batting cages and warm-up bullpens located in Player’s Village, just like the pros. Our opponents in our 6 pool games may be from any of the 50 United States and from other countries as well.
 
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IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME:

 
Included in the CASV experience is admission into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Teams are free to attend the Hall of Fame on any day they choose during their CASV week and spend as much of their day there as they like. The Hall of Fame and Baseball Museum visit really serves as a capstone to the whole CASV experience as the tour of the facility is a journey through baseball’s complete history.

Players and families get the opportunity to see baseball artifacts, interact with exhibits, and read about the great game of baseball and the players that made it what it is today - America's greatest game. Touring the Hall of Fame and Museum with teammates, coaches, and families as a group will undoubtedly be memorable and rewarding.

CHOW TIME:

 
Players and coaches are provided three meals a day as part of their tournament fees. All CASV teams eat their meals in an open-air dining pavilion within the Player’s Village. The chow line is buffet style and includes a wide variety of meal choices each day. Players and coaches are free to go through the buffet line as much as they like. Moms are pleased to find out that CASV provides plentiful fruit and vegetable options at every meal, the players seem to be happier with the other options. Coaches will do our best to ensure that kids are eating balanced meals in preparation for each day of baseball.

Teams schedule their meals as a group but are encouraged to interact and dine with players from other teams while in the dining pavilion. Meals provide a great opportunity for teams to learn more about the other teams attending , get the scoop on upcoming opponents, recap game highlights and generally share the love of the game.
 
 

FREE TIME (NON-BASEBALL TIME):

 
Seven or more games in four straight days is a fairly rigorous schedule for 12 year old arms. So in pool play, teams are limited to only playing two games a day and those games are typically played in the morning/afternoon or mid-day/night. In between games players and families have the ability to have some free time to enjoy any number of things to do on the CASV Campus and in the surrounding community.

Within Cooperstown All Star Village itself players can swim in the glove shaped pool, play games (i.e wiffleball, Frisbee football ,etc.) in one of the open grassy fields, watch other teams games, go to the arcade, gather in the Fifty-State arena for a team picnic or party, hit the All Star Tavern (which is adult/kid friendly and has tv's streaming the CASV games on all fields, or catch up on their pin trading.

The main attraction of Cooperstown in no question the baseball and the Cooperstown Experience. And many families have spent the entire trip at the CASV campus without venturing outside of it. But, outside of CASV, the surrounding communities have a lot to offer as well. There is boating and water sports at Otsego Lake, tons of attractions and shopping in downtown Cooperstown (a baseball memorabilia collectors dream), a public golf course that borders the CASV campus, and a number of kid themed attractions and businesses.

 

PIN TRADING:

 
Definitely one of the favorite player activities is the pin trading between teams. Each of the players and teams participating during the week brings collectible pins to trade. The pins are elaborately decorated, specific to each team, their respective states and hometown's, and are essentially the player currency of CASV. Trading for every pin available is a pursuant most players will spend all of their available free time on until they are finished.

Designing your own team's pin takes careful consideration as the cooler the design is, the more sought after they are by the other teams. Pins design can incorporate a variety of design options like glitter paint, LED blinking lights, "sliders", "danglers", and "spinners". If the actual baseball play is the fun part of the CASV trip, pin trading is the serious business part of the player experience.
 
 
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SEEDING & BRACKET PLAY:

 
Following Tuesday's final pool games, the single elimination championship bracket is formed by the CASV staff. All teams are seeded in the bracket based on their performance in pool play. A coaches meeting is normally held late Tuesday night. It is not uncommon for pool games to go until 11:00pm on Tuesday evening and for coaches not to find out the time and field of their first bracket game until 2:00am Wednesday morning.

Bracket play can best be described as "play until you lose". With 45-50 teams entered in the bracket, games are played continuously through Wednesday and into Thursday. Beginning in the 2016 season, CASV selects the best players from teams eliminated on Wednesday to participate on four All-Star teams that also compete against each other in exhibition games on Thursday morning.

 

CLOSING CEREMONIES:

 
As the day turns to evening on Thursday, bracket play eliminates all but two teams. Prior to the championship game being played, CASV holds its closing ceremonies. Each team and each player is celebrated with their names read over the public address system, taking a individual final walk out on to the field and receiving their own Cooperstown Ring along with a firm handshake from the CASV tournament director. CASV does a great job of making this a special moment for all of the players, coaches, and families. All players who finish their week at Cooperstown and attend Closing Ceremonies get their names entered in the Cooperstown Youth Baseball Hall of Fame. The players really seem to enjoy the thought of their names forever being written into Cooperstown history.
 
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CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

 
In their last evening together at Cooperstown, players and families can sit on the hill the abuts the outfield fence of Field #29 or in the stadium bleacher to watch a grand fireworks show and the Championship game. Contrary to conventional baseball form, CASV puts their fireworks show on prior to the final game being played. Teams who want to get a jump start on packing up and a good night sleep for their journey home on Friday can turn in early, but most try to savor every last moment by staying to watch and honor the two teams that are competing in the Championship and the game rarely disappoints.