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Congratulations to our East Coast Canes on winning the 16U Championship at the Cocoa Expo May Mayhem Tournament on May 15, 2016!

 

Meet the 16U East Coast 'Canes

Back row: Jake Johnson, Ralph Lawrence, Ian Hanson, Tyler Jones, Levi Vaughn, Layne Cayton, Will Carter
Front row: Graham Keener, Michael Simonello, Jason Buehlman, Quincy Carter, Rod Jones, Ryan Imka, Mark Arden, Hunter Carlsen
 

 

Our travel ball team, the East Coast 'Canes, came together the summer of 2015. Playing 16U tournaments within the state of Florida, our team's ages range from 13 - 16.

Travel ball provides these dedicated players with a higher level of competition and the opportunity to be seen by college and university scouts.

Our players also individually participate in showcases hosted by organizations such as UnderArmour and USSSA, for the opportunity to compete in tournament play with and against athletes from across the country.

This year, one of our youngest players was selected to participate in the Baseball Factory National World Series at Pirate City, Florida.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a Travel Ball parent?

  • I used to have a regular life (actually, many of my friends say that sentence should say, "I used to have a life," period). It doesn't really seem that long ago. Then I became a travel ball parent.

  • I used to think anything over $40 was an exorbitant price for a baseball bat. Now the contents of my son's equipment bag are worth more than everything else in the house; including clothes, jewelry, watches, and my laptop computer.

  • I used to be one of the leaders in my field of work. I still am (you have to keep a good paycheck coming in if you want to support a travel ball habit!).

  • I used to think a double-header was a long day at the ball field. Now after two games, we're just getting warmed up!

  • I used to look for little restaurants that served seafood fresh off the boat. Now I'm a connoisseur of nachos and hot dogs and my kids rate a city by the quality of a tournament's snack bar.

  • Sunflower seeds used to be something I would see at a store and wonder who would eat those things? Now, I don't feel comfortable leaving the house without a bag in my pocket.

  • My lawn used to be like a carpet. It was green, mowed, trimmed, fertilized, and watered. Now I have two big bare spots fifty feet apart and dents in my garage door from fastballs that got away!

  • My car used to draw admiring looks and comments. It was clean and waxed and shined and Armor- All'd. Now, it only draws attention when it wins the "dirtiest car in the parking lot" award.

  • I used to have a garage. Now I have an indoor batting area.

  • My friends and I used to spend Monday mornings talking about a round of golf or movie we had just seen. Now I bore them to death with detailed play-by-play descriptions of five or six low-scoring ball games.

  • We used to sit and talk for hours. We still do-- however, now it's to keep the driver awake when we're headed home late Sunday evening after a tournament.

  • My summer casual wardrobe used to be made up of color-coordinated polo shirts, cool cottons in bright colors, and the occasional "aloha" shirt. Now I have a closet full of T-shirts that have Tournament Names on the front and competing teams on the back.

  • We used to spend our summer vacation relaxing on the beach or visiting family. Now we hit the road with 20 of our closest friends in a caravan that could rival some small town parades.

  • I used to be concerned that I would fall into the trap of living my life through my kid. Now I know that I'm privileged to live my life WITH my kid!!!

  • Yes, I'm a Travel Ball Parent, what could be better!

    Author - Larry Warrenfeltz (University of West Florida)