YOUTH PROGRAM: 6U-14U
Organizational structure and communication.
Priority on skill development and individual/team fundamentals.
A 12-month development program designed for ALL athletes.
Minimum of 2 practices each week.
Physical conditioning and understanding of preparing to play.
7-11 tournaments (Spring); 3-6 tournaments (Fall)
Fun, family-oriented setting and environment!
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM: 14U-18U
Focus on exposure, development and showcasing each player’s abilities.
Experienced instruction with approach to game situations.
1-on-1 help during the recruiting process.
1 practice each week during the Summer and Fall.
4-5 heavily recruited tournaments during the Summer; 1-2 tournaments (Fall)
1 College team camp in the winter.
When do you have tryouts? How do I sign up?
We offer multiple tryout dates throughout the year for our youth program. The High School tryouts are scheduled by individual appointment throughout the year.If you have conflicts with our tryout dates we can try and schedule a private evaluation but, depends solely on staff availability. Our tryout dates are announced via our social media pages and on our website. If interested please visit the recruitment page under the teams tab in the menu.
How do you select your teams ?
Our rosters are invite only. We use our tryouts to evaluate players but we also count on our vast network of high school, college coaches and professional scouts who constantly recommend players to us. We have multiple teams in each age group and players are placed according to their skill level and where they will get the most opportunity for playing time/exposure.
How you decide what team a player is placed on ?
We group our players based on their ability level and H.S. Showcase according to the overall recruiting process. We strategically place our guys where they will get the most playing time and the best opportunity for growth. We believe all our players will/should have the opportunity to meet their goals be it; become a better player, make my H.S. team or play at the next level. Those goals ultimately fall on each individual but it’s our responsibility to provide the opportunities to make those goals possible.
How much does your program cost ?
Our player fees vary from team to team. Fees are typically split among players on a team and vary depending on the competition level. Team expenses can include team insurance, practice field rentals, batting lane rentals, pitching lane rentals, league fees, tournament fees, electronic applications for team communication and score keeping, team equipment costs, operational expenses, fundraising expenses, head coach salary, head coach travel or head coach uniform expenses. Typically teams will hold fundraisers throughout the season to offset these costs.
It is important to note that being a member of a travel baseball organization is significantly different from being a member of a school, recreation league, American Legion or league all-star team. Anyone considering participation in travel baseball should be prepared to pay out of pocket expenses. Uniforms are ordered on our site and generally in the $150-300 range depending if you are a returning player or a new player. We do offer some opportunities through fundraising events to off-set individual player cost.
What is your approach to playing time ?
We believe playing time is earned and the players that play the best, play the most. All players will get their fair share of playing time but their performance matters. “Fair”, is not always equal in regards to playing time. Players will learn to compete for playing time benefiting them in the long term with their high school programs and at the college level.
How many players are on a team ?
We generally have 12-16 players on a Showcase team and 10-12 players on a youth team. However, every roster is different based on needs determined by staff. We build our rosters in general to have adequate pitching through an entire tournament or showcase.
What is the summer schedule like and does every team attend the National events ?
We will play in multiple regional events at college campuses as well as several National events for our Showcase teams. We generally attend local events, state tournaments and one or two national events with youth teams. Every team does not attend the National events. Each year is different and we will send our teams who we feel are ready to compete at the National level.
Who will coach my son’s team ?
We have a solid coaching staff and your son will have access to our entire group of coaches. We continually feel our coaches should continue to grow to improve our ability to provide a great learning environment. This is accomplished through several continued learning programs available and organizations such as, (ABCA) American Baseball Coaches Association. Our staff is available to all of our players and you won’t find a better collection of people.
Does your program have any Sponsors ?
Faultline Baseball is a participant in Wilson Sporting Goods, “Line Drive Program which is a program open to select travel organizations. We are proud to be part of this program. Our players have year round access to Wilson, EvoShield, Louisville Slugger and DeMarini products at a significant discount. Players will receive this information when they join the program. We have also become partners with Play It Again Sports in Jonesboro, AR. Our players have access to a discounted team shop all year long. In addition, we have partnered with various businesses who graciously support our program through various ad sponsorships. These companies are all recognized for their continued support on our partners page.
How long are youth baseball seasons?
The summer season begins in March/April and typically wraps up in July. The Fall season typically runs August through October. All players are committed for an entire calendar year once selected to a Faultline team.
What age group will my son or daughter play at?
You can enter your son or daughters sport and birth date in the USSSA age calculator to determine their competition age:
How long are tryouts?
Tryout times vary. Individual tryouts can last thirty minutes to an hour and group tryouts can run approximately one to two hours.
What equipment should my son or daughter bring to his tryout?
Players must wear baseball attire and bring their own equipment such as gloves, bats, batting gloves, cleats (no metal spikes on turf fields, long pants for sliding, etc. Players should also bring water and/or sports beverages.