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Trip Overview:
  • Travel dates: July 10-21, 2011.
  • Countries visited: Belgium, Holland and France.
  • Cities visited: Antwerp and Bruges (Belgium), Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht (Holland) and Paris and Rouen (France)
  • Opponents: Dutch Junior National Team, Belgian Men's National Team, French Men's National Team, and French U21 National Team.
  • Record: 3 wins, 4 losses.
  • Group size: 18 players, 4 staff members.
Basic Trip Itinerary:
  • July 10 - Depart US independently
  • July 11 - Gather group at Schiphol Airport (outside Amsterdam, Holland); sighsteeing in Amsterdam.
  • July 12-13 - Stay in Antwerp, Belgium; games vs Belgian Men's National Team; sightseeing in Antwerp and Bruges.
  • July 14 - 17 - Stay in Rotterdam and Utrecht, Holland; games vs Dutch Junior National Team; sightseeing in Rotterdam, Utrecht and Amsterdam.
  • July 18-20 - Stay in Rouen, France; games vs French Men's and U21 National Teams; sightseeing in Rouen and Paris.
  • July 21 - Return flights to US from Schiphol Airport.
  • A detailed trip itinerary is available at July 2011 High School Trip Itinerary.
Trip Staff:

Each of the staff members listed above has had significant experience coaching and/or teaching HS and college student-athletes, 2 of the staff members have significant national team coaching experience, and 2 of the staff members have significant professional coaching experience.

Trip Cost: $3,695 (included all basic intra-European travel expenses [i.e., ground transport, lodging and meals] and all training and competition-related expenses, but excluded airfare to/from Europe and health insurance). [Note: A full, non-refundable payment was required by March 31, although the payment was potentially transferable from one player to another.  More details regarding transferability of payment are included in the registration documents, which are available via the Form Downloads page.] 
 
Important Notes: 
  • Staff members were available via cellphone and email at all times during the trip to respond to emergencies.
  • Although the legal drinking age in most parts of Europe is 18 (or even less), OWB has a strict policy against alcohol consumption by HS trip participants.  Violations of this policy or other rules of personal conduct would have resulted in the violator being sent home immediately (at his family's expense).
  • As OWB's trip participants serve as de facto ambassadors of US baseball, excellent sportsmanship was promoted and expected
  • Parents and other family members of HS trip participants were welcome to participate in this trip at their own expense.  9 family members ultimately accompanied the team.