Who is Team GA Baseball Academy (TGBA)?
Team Georgia Baseball Academy is entering its 13th year in travel baseball. We are considered one of the top organizations in the southeast and have helped place 400+ players in college baseball over the past 10 years. TGBA is designed with two main goals in mind: Development and Exposure. The end goal is to help our players further their education through the game of baseball.
How will TGBA help promote my son to college recruiters?
Along with a data base of over 150 colleges and professional scouts, Team GA offers Winter Workouts and a Recruiting Seminar to better help promote our players and educate our parents on the recruiting process and how it works.
Where is your facility located?
Our facility is located at the Old Milton High School (86 School Drive – Alpharetta, GA). We have our own field and indoor facility with full access to only Team GA families. This is a major benefit of being in our program as we are not competing for practice time or space with other organizations or groups. Because we have our own facility, we are able to host games, tournaments, etc. which logistically helps our families.
Tell me about your coaches?
Team GA has a combination of former professional and collegiate players as well as former high school and college coaches. Most importantly, our coaches are men of high character.
If my son is offered a spot on a Team Georgia Baseball Academy team – when will we be notified?
We will notify all players within 48 hours of a workout. If not notified in that time frame it is safe to assume the player has not been offered a spot on a TGBA team.
Once notified, how long do we have to decide if we will join or stay with the organization?
We ask for a commitment to the organization with 24 hours of offering you a spot.
How do we formally communicate our commitment and ensure that we have a spot on the team once offered?
An initial verbal agreement, along with the paperwork included in your organizational package must be completed and returned to Team Georgia Baseball Academy by the date of the first organizational meeting in August, along with a down payment and your instructional fee.
How many teams will there be at each age group?
We expect to have two teams in each age group from 10U-17U. This changes from year to year.Teams vary from year to year by age group. This will be determined after tryouts.
When will the rosters for the teams be available?
Rosters will be available before the start of each season depending on age group. (spring for 10U-14U or summer 15U-18U)
What are the dates for fall and summer seasons?
Dates vary by age groups. Fall season dates run from September 1 – October 31. Winter runs from November 1 – February 28 and Summer/Spring season dates run from March 1 – July 28, depending on each age group. Notes: *10U-14U season runs from roughly from September through mid July and is more of a yearlong season. *Breaks are included for players who are participating in other sports.
Does TGBA place on emphasis on development?
Yes. All of our teams practice and have access to the field and indoor facility. Practices are determined by each individual team and our coaches understand that frequent practice is necessary for skill development. This is the primary goal of our organization in developing strong players. This is where we are different as an organization!
Are there opportunities for additional instruction?
Yes. Part of our program is to provide additional instructional opportunities for our players. Though we do work with outside players, our primary goal is to work with our own families. We offer individual lessons as well as lesson packages. We will also start offering camps/clinics beginning in the fall of 2018.
How many games/tournaments do TGBA teams participate in each year?
Games and tournaments are determined by each individual team. The age of the team also determines how many games will be played. The estimate for 14U-18U will be 45-50 games during the summer season and if playing in the fall approximately 15-18 games.
Are TGBA coaches volunteer or paid coaches?
We have paid coaches in the 14U-18U age groups. For the 10U-13U age groups, we have both volunteers as well as paid coaches. For teams with volunteer coaches, they must go through training with TGBA before coaching a team and they are required to have a paid coach at a minimum of five practices during the season to aid in preparation of players.
Are fall and summer fees separate?
Fall & summer fees are separate for the 15U-18U teams. Everything is included in one team fee for 10U-14U.
Are there payment plans available?
Yes. This will be discussed at the organizational meeting and vary by age group. These can also be paid online via our own payment system with a credit card with no transaction fees.
Are there any fundraising opportunities to help with team fees?
Yes. Opportunities vary by team and will be discussed at the organizational meeting. We also have a not for profit organization that can help offset expenses.
What does the team fee include?
Fees include the following as applicable to team: Coach Payment, Tournament Fees, Uniform Fees, Insurance, Instruction, Indoor and Outdoor Facility Use, Coach Travel Expenses, Equipment, Umpires, College/Pro Workouts, Winter Workouts.
What is included in the TGBA Player Package?
The following items are included in each player package: 2 pants, 2 jerseys, 2 hats, 2 socks, 2 belts, helmet, shorts, cleats (molded and metal for older players). Player Packages are mandatory. Additional items are on a team by team or individual basis and are not included in team fees (i.e. bat bags, catcher’s equipment, t-shirts, bats, spirit wear, etc).
Does TGBA provide an opportunity to purchase extra apparel?
Yes. Extra apparel and equipment can be purchased directly through TGBA.
What is TGSA?
TGSA is Team Georgia Softball Academy which is a division of Team Georgia Baseball Academy and is operated by TGBA.
It says in the paperwork that fees we pay are non-refundable. Why is that?
Refunds will be made available for injuries that prevent the player from completing the season or a family move outside of 100 miles. Refunds will not be made available for reasons such as quitting, going to play for another team, not getting along with the coach or players, etc. We tightly budget and pay out substantial tournament fees, insurance, organizational administration, coaches’ salaries, team equipment and other non-variable fees and do so predicated on our teams being full and fully paid. Providing refunds does not allow us to operate within that budget and provide service to the players who remain within the organization. In addition to all of the above, each player is receiving tremendous value in their development above and beyond just the tournament and/or league play. Refunds are at the total discretion of the program director.
My son plays for his high school or middle school team. How does that impact his participation in Team Georgia Baseball Academy?
We practice and work out up until the school baseball season begins (14-18 age groups) and then we shut down practice while they are with their school teams. We gear up again right when school ball ends. Of course, many of our players will still come in and workout at our indoor facility, though TGBA does not have structured practice inside of the high school season. Our facility is a home for our players to use at their convenience toward the improvement of their game. NOTE: If playing for your high school in the fall, you will be asked to provide your coach with a schedule and to communicate any commitments with your high school. Communication is important as we want to stay away from potential injuries.
Who will be the coaches?
We will have coaches for each team and a coordinator for all the age groups. Chris McRaney is the administrator for all teams. We plan to announce all coaches in August. Some coaches/teams may be announced earlier.
What is the cost?
Costs vary by age group and will be discussed when you are offered a spot. This includes everything other than player travel and individual instruction at our indoor facility. Any individual lessons will be a separate cost.
Who do I contact at TEAM GA BASEBALL ACADEMY if I have questions?
Chris McRaney- email@example.com or Randy Phares- firstname.lastname@example.org