ABR Travel Baseball is a nationally competitive youth baseball organization for players ages 8-12. Players are selected from the Arlington Cal Ripken Babe Ruth League which draws players from the Arlington, Mason District, Falls Church and McLean areas.
The ABR Travel Advantage
ABR Travel offers the most baseball opportunities in our area, period. Affiliated with Arlington Babe Ruth, ABR Travel is able to provide seamless, competitive travel baseball along with regular season house league play from Arlington Babe Ruth. ABR Travel's spring schedule is coordinated with ABR which allows for ABR Travel to practice and play competitive travel baseball schedules during the spring/summer house baseball season. ABR Travel teams participate in the Cal Ripken all-star tournaments and regularly advance into the Virginia State Cal Ripken Tournament. Recently, our 2016 12YO Storm won the Virginia State Championship and the 2016 11 YO Storm finished runner-up in the state. Both teams continued on to the Southeast Regional Tournament to face championship teams from all over the Southeastern United States.
ABR Travel is about player development and competitive play. Our baseball and coaching development programs are coordinated by our parter, The Virginia Baseball Club. The VBC is the premier baseball development academy in the greater Washington, DC area. All of our players participate in a winter development program run by the best and most experienced coaches the VBC has to offer. Additionally, our coaches work and train closely with the VBC staff to maintain and deliver the highest level baseball coaching in our area.
Selection for ABR Travel is on an open and rolling basis. Although the majority of players are selected by an open try out in the fall, our program is open for newcomers and other players who were not able to participate in the fall tryouts. If you are new to the DC Area and are interested in ABR Travel, please contact us to schedule a workout. Our teams are formed in the fall and practice throughout the winter at the Virginia Baseball Club. Following winter workouts players are placed on either our Storm, Aces or Select teams at each age group based on coaches evaluations.
Cooperstown Dream Park
In addition, ABR Travel offers the opportunity for players at the Majors 50/70 level to tryout for team to represent Arlington Cal Ripken Babe Ruth in a week long tournament at Cooperstown Dream Park.
The Arlington Storm program is the top level of competition in ABR. All Storm teams are eligible to participate in the Cal Ripken Babe Ruth Trail, which could include participation in the Virginia Cal Ripken Babe Ruth District 13 Championship, the Virginia Cal Ripken Babe Ruth State Championship, the Cal Ripken Babe Ruth Southeast Regional and the World Series. The Storm also participates in other highly competitive tournaments, some of which will require travel. The 11 and 12 year old Storm teams play on a 50/70 field with full baseball rules. The 9 and 10 year olds play on a 46/60 field. The 8 year olds play in machine pitch tournaments.
Players will be expected to be available for practice up to six days per week, including weekend tournaments, from mid-May through early August, when the Storm teams take an end of summer break. Storm players are eligible (but not required) to continue play with the Storm in the Fall Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League, which runs from September through early November.
The Arlington Aces program also offers a competitive level of play for the 2016 season. The Aces are expected to play a season of local travel competition, in addition to tournament play (when available) from Memorial Day through the end of July. In addition, the 11 year old and 12 year old Aces teams will participate in the 46/60 Virginia Cal Ripken Babe Ruth State Championships at their respective age levels, and the 12 year olds will have a chance to advance to the Cal Ripken Babe Ruth Southeast Regional and the World Series.
Players will be expected to be available for practice and games up to four days per week, including weekend tournaments, from June through July. Based on preference and need, certain Aces players may be selected to play with the Storm in certain tournaments during the Summer and/or in the Fall Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League.
The Select program provides players an opportunity to focus on developing specific skills, combined with a genuine opportunity for a travel baseball experience. Players are expected to be available for practice and games up to three days per week from June through July. Select teams play non-tournaments games against area opponents and participate in a select number of travel tournaments throughout the summer. Select players may be requested to play with the Aces during Summer and/or Fall.
Arlington Babe Ruth (ABR) is excited to announce that it will be selecting a competitive baseball team from our Majors level to compete in a tournament week at Cooperstown Dreams Park.
Players aged 12 and 11 are eligible to try out for the Cooperstown team. The Cooperstown team will participate in a week long tournament in late August in beautiful Cooperstown, New York, against top level competition from across the country. Over 100 teams participate in each week-long tournament. These players participate in a minimum of 7 games, but could play more based on the team’s performance. During their week at Cooperstown, the group will stay in barracks on the Dreams Park campus, competing against other teams and forging friendships with talented players from other regions of the United States. The Cooperstown costs will be in addition to the costs of participation in the Travel Program. For more information on Cooperstown Dreams Park experience please visit cooperstowndreamspark.com.
Tryouts for the ABR Cooperstown team will be held in the Fall of the prior year. ABR will be selecting approximately 12 to 14 players for this team. Be advised that the ABR Cooperstown team is not the same as the ABR 12u or 11u District Storm All-Star/ TravelTeams. While it is possible that a player on the Cooperstown team may also be on the Storm District All-Star Team, making the Cooperstown Team is not a guarantee that the player will make the Storm District All-Star Team.
Please note that all players and parents will need to be fully committed to the Cooperstown experience. This includes practices and potential fundraising throughout the summer, and the actual tournament during the last weekend of August. Please be sure that this commitment level fits into your summer schedule when considering whether to participate in the tryouts.
The full cost of the tournament will be covered by the families of the players, not ABR. The cost requirement while at Cooperstown will be approximately $1,250 per player. This will cover the Dreams Park player fee, and miscellaneous. Additional funds may be required for player travel costs and spending money during the week.