FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS PLANET BASEBALL'S COVID-19 PLAN / POLICY?
On and off the field, the health and safety of Planet Baseball trip participants and staff members is our number one priority. We keep up to date with World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, United States government, and Dominican Republic government information & policy changes, and adhere to federal and local laws.
We understand the invisible nature of Covid-19, and that every town, city, state, and country has their own unique set of circumstances, policies, and regulations. In order to limit risk, we ask that Planet Baseball participants are careful with their interactions and monitor their health in the two weeks prior to traveling to Planet Baseball events and get tested, especially if they have been exposed to a person with the virus or are displaying virus symptoms.
HOW IS THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HANDLING THE COVID-19 SITUATION?
Even with the current international situation, we at Planet Baseball feel completely safe in the Dominican Republic. Especially in Las Terrenas. Restaurants are open, and life is going back to normal.
Check online for up to date information, but Planet Baseball staff has been been living in Las Terrenas & Santo Domingo for the duration of the Covid-19 situation. The Dominican government (local and national) has been quick to respond, informative, and effective.
CAN FAMILY AND FRIENDS TRAVEL TOO?
Absolutely! Families and friends are welcome to join us, and many have done so in the past.
Contact Planet Baseball founder Jay Quinn for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
CAN I JOIN PLANET BASEBALL?
Yes. Our training camps are open to any and all players, within the listed age range for events.
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL OVERSEAS?
SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.
We only travel to safe places (where we have extensive experience), and our staff members are with the group on and off the field.
DOES PLANET BASEBALL OFFER TRAINING CAMP TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS?
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer scholarships for our training camps. We are in compliance with NCAA rules so that all our student-athletes remain NCAA Eligible and make it possible for NCAA college coaches to visit and coach at our training camps.
I WANT TO JOIN PLANET BASEBALL…BUT I'VE NEVER TRAVELED THAT FAR FROM HOME.
You're not alone. This is a great first (big) travel experience!
Baseball in Paradise. Dominican Culture & Spanish Language Immersion.
Island Excursions. Community Service Events.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY? CAN I GET A FULL REFUND IF I DECIDE NOT TO GO?
The trip deposit is non-refundable (but can be saved and used for a future camp, within 12 months). If the full amount has been paid, and there is a cancellation before the camp, there will be an option to receive a refund (the amount of the balance payment). The full amount can also be saved and used as a full credit for a future Planet Baseball camp (also within 12 months). Once a trip begins, we cannot make any refunds or offer any credits.
DOES PLANET BASEBALL OFFER ASSISTANCE WITH THE COLLEGE BASEBALL RECRUITING PROCESS
Planet Baseball does not provide recruiting or scouting services to prospective student athletes. We are in compliance with NCAA rules so that all our student-athletes remain NCAA Eligible and make it possible for NCAA college coaches to visit and coach at our training camps. However, our training camps do provide valuable feedback for participating players and the college / pro atmosphere, helps players prepare to take all aspects of their game to the next level.
CAN I EXTEND MY TRIP
Yes. If a player has a parent / guardian with them (or has written permission) he may arrive early, or stay after the camp has completed. We are more than happy to help with travel arrangements.
ARE THERE TRYOUTS?
If you're up for a challenge, and an adventure (and there are roster spots remaining) you are welcome to join us
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED IN ORDER TO TRAVEL?
You will need a valid passport (exception: trips to Puerto Rico).
If you need help getting a passport last minute, contact Coach Quinn: 646-820-6005
WHERE DO THE PLAYERS & COACHES STAY
Players and coaches stay at quality hotels and beach residences that we have experience with. Two or three players in a room. Everybody has their own bed.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY SON GETS HURT OR GETS SICK WHILE TRAVELING?
Planet Baseball purchases international insurance for all players traveling. In addition, we have local medical contacts, and know the nearest medical facilities in all locations in case of emergencies…but it's always a good idea to check your insurance plan, so that you know ahead of time what you are already covered for.
WILL WE RECEIVE PICTURES AND VIDEOS DURING / AFTER THE CAMP?
Follow us on social media, and you will get everything we have, during and after the camp.
We will be posting pictures and videos on Facebook & Instagram: @ThePlanetBaseball
MY SON PLAYS TRAVEL BASEBALL, IS IT WISE TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY...AND MISS SHOWCASES / TOURNAMENTS
Coming from experience (our staff includes a former D1 coach), coaches will understand if players miss a handful of games (or an event) for our once-in-a-lifetime experience. Players will be receiving elite-level instruction and gaining valuable life experience.
WILL MY SON BE GIVEN A TALENT EVALUATION? (SOMETHING WE CAN SEND TO COLLEGE COACHES)
From our experience, as college coaches & pro scout, next level coaches are not big fans of evaluations, because they tend to be biased & inflated (for a variety of reasons).
Coaches want to see school grades, standardized test scores, a recent baseball skills video, and live competition...if possible.
We will be providing individualized instruction and feedback to help players give themselves the best shot to be successful at the next level, but we do not do formal "evaluations".
HOW MUCH SPENDING MONEY SHOULD I BRING?
The tuition cost covers all expenses while traveling with Planet Baseball…but most players will bring a little extra cash (or a debit card) for extra snacks, drinks, and souvenirs.
Make sure your Debit card is unlocked internationally.
WHAT CURRENCY IS USED OVERSEAS?
WILL MY CELL PHONE WORK OVERSEAS?
Definitely check with your service provider (about calling, texting, and WiFi). Some services will be free, others will incur extra charges. Every service offers different packages.
HOW DO WE MEET, WHEN WE LAND OVERSEAS?
Planet Baseball coaches will be tracking flights, and meeting players at the airport when they land.
Players traveling with families typically meet us at the hotel, but we're happy to provide a ride if you need one.
I WANT TO JOIN PLANET BASEBALL...BUT I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE GOING.
No problem at all! Occasionally players will come with a friend/teammate, but most players travel solo.
These new shared experiences spark a quick bond between players. We believe it's fair to say, expect an incredible experience, and memories that will last a lifetime.
I'M TRAVELING WITH A FRIEND. CAN WE ROOM TOGETHER?
Yes, of course. But please contact us to be sure that we're aware of your request.
ARE ALL MEALS COVERED DURING THESE TRIPS?
Yes. We take good care of the players. The cost of the training camp includes all meals from start to finish.
DOES PLANET BASEBALL HAVE TRIP RULES / GUIDELINES?
Yes. The most important details are in our online registration form. Players and parents receive the full version: "Planet Baseball Code of Conduct" before our training camps begin.
Most importantly, illegal and/or dangerous behavior will not be tolerated. If there is an incident, the Planet Baseball staff will determine the level of severity, and then decide what is in the best interest for the participant and for the group. If an incident is severe enough, or if there is repetitive misconduct, the participant will be sent home at the expense of his family.
CAN I PURCHASE A PLANET BASEBALL FAN GEAR FOR A FAMILY MEMBER?
We do not have an online “Planet Baseball Store” at the moment, but we will have hats and shirts available for purchase (with us) when we travel.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE & DEPART SDQ AIRPORT IN SANTO DOMINGO?
DAY 1 - Please arrive between 8am-5pm (Players & Coaches Dinner and Introductions @ 7pm)
LAST DAY - Depart at any time.