2019 High School Trip
Travel dates: June 27 - July 8, 2019.
Countries visited: Austria, Slovakia, Czechia and Germany.
Cities visited: Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia), Trebic and Prague (Czechia), Dresden, Berlin and Hamburg (Germany)
Opponents: Slovakia Men's National Team, Czechia and Germany Junior National Team National Teams.
Record: 8 wins, 0 losses, 2 ties.
Group size: 19 players, 5 staff members.
Basic Trip Itinerary:
June 27 - Gather at JFK airport / Group flight to Vienna.
June 28 - 30 - Games and sightseeing in Austria and Slovakia.
July 1 - 3 - Games and sightseeing in Czechia.
July 4 - 7 - Games and sightseeing in Germany.
July 8 - Group flight from Berlin to JFK.
Tom Gillespie - Tour Leader (see Founder - Career Highlights page)
Stephan Rapaglia - Tour Leader and Pitching Coach (see Founder - Career Highlights page)
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
Alan Dean - Trainer / Strength and Conditioning Coach (former Trainer / Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Great Britain National Team program)
Each of the staff members listed above has had significant experience coaching and/or teaching HS and college student-athletes, 3 of the staff members have significant national team coaching experience, and 2 of the staff members have significant professional coaching experience.
Trip Cost: $5,795 (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).
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 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.
Parents and other family members of HS trip participants are welcome to participate in this trip at their own expense. In 2019, several families traveled along with the OWB team.