GMLB has a long-standing tradition of fielding Tournament Teams to compete in tournaments throughout Massachusetts and New England to provide additional opportunities for selected GMLB players beyond the regular GMLB season.

Travel baseball allows players to experience a higher caliber of competition and to participate in additional practices and games during (usually) the late spring and summer months. Travel baseball is more demanding than the regular season; teams practice and play more often, and the play is more competitive. That said, the primary goal of GMLB and its tournament coaches is to provide a fun, rewarding experience for every player. GMLB travel teams value sportsmanship and skill building. While it may be more result-driven in terms of wins/losses, player development is a major focus.

Players must attend tryouts for consideration of a spot on a tournament team, unless they have contacted GMLB or the manager ahead of time and the reason for missing or trying out later is approved. Spots are not guaranteed for any player, including for those who played on a tournament team the previous year. Players unable to attend tryouts due to injury may be granted a waiver from the team manager or Board of Directors; however, it is strongly encouraged that all players attend tryouts whenever possible. All

Tournament teams are required to adhere to the same Cal Ripken age requirements as during the spring rec season. What does a player’s “League Age” mean? A player's League Age is determined by his/her age on April 30th of the current year. For example, a player who turns 9 years old on April 29th of this year would try out for the 9U Travel Team. Conversely, a player who turns 9 years old on May 2nd of the current year would try out for the 8U Travel Team. This is because he/she is still 8 years old on April 30th. The only exception to the age guidelines is at our youngest age level, the 8U team. Since there are no age levels below 8U offered, it would be appropriate for younger players to try out for the 8U team (for example, League Age 7-year-olds). It’s not uncommon for a few 7-year-olds (or younger) to make the 8U team each summer.

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