2013 High School Trip
Travel dates: July 5-18, 2013.
Countries to be visited: France, Czech Republic and Germany.
Cities to be visited: NYC (group will gather in NY area on July 5), Paris, Prague, Munich and Regensburg.
Opponents: French 18U and 21U National Teams, Czech 18U National Team, Swedish 18U National Team, Belgian 18U National Team, French and German "major league" teams. 11 games expected, weather permitting.
Group size: 22 players, 4 staff members.
Basic Trip Itinerary:
July 5 - Gather group in NYC area, attend NY Yankees game.
July 6 - Team practice, NYC sightseeing, depart NY on group flight for Paris, France.
July 7-10 - Games and sightseeing in Paris.
July 10-14 - Games and sightseeing in Prague, Czech Republic.
July 14-17 - Games and sightseeing in Bavaria, Germany (Munich, Regensburg, etc.).
July 18 - Return to NY on group flight from Munich Airport.
Date Time Opponent Location Score
July 8 4:30pm France Junior NT Paris, France 7 - 7
July 9 2:00pm France U21 NT Paris, France 6 - 8
July 9 5:30pm Paris University Club Paris, France 5 - 12
July 10 9:00am France Junior NT Paris, France 5 - 2
July 11 10:00am Sweden Junior NT Prague, Czech Rep 7 - 1
July 11 2:30pm Czech Republic Junior NT Prague, Czech Rep 6 - 11
July 12 10:00am Sweden Junior NT Prague, Czech Rep 8 - 3
July 12 3:00pm Czech Republic Junior NT Prague, Czech Rep 13 - 5
July 13 10:00am Belgium Junior NT Prague, Czech Rep 6 - 2
July 16 6:00pm Regensburg Legionaere Regensburg, Germany 1 - 11
July 17 6:30pm Haar Disciples Haar, Germany 6 - 3
Tom Gillespie - Tour Leader
Stephan Rapaglia - Tour Leader and Pitching Coach
Justin Cronk (http://diamondcollegeadvisory.com/who-are-we.php) (Founder of Diamond College Advisory Team, LLC and former Head Coach at Shenandoah University) - Head Coach
Stan Exeter (http://www.ursinusathletics.com/sports/bsb/coaches/index) (Head Coach, Ursinus College) - Assistant Coach
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: $4,895 (includes all basic intra-European travel expenses [i.e., ground transport, lodging and meals] and all training and competition-related expenses, but excludes airfare to/from Europe and health insurance).
Staff members are 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 will result 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 is promoted and expected, and all OWB 2011 and 2012 trip participants did a superb job in this regard.
Parents and other family members of HS trip participants are welcome to participate in this trip at their own expense. In 2011 and 2012, several family members traveled along with the OWB team.