Frequently Asked Questions

 
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How strong is the competition overseas?

The competition is very good (everywhere we travel). That is a big part of how we choose the locations we visit. We want our players to have a good challenge.

 

Can family and friends travel with the team?

Yes. Families and friends are welcome to join us, and many have done so in the past. Parent packages can be customized to suit whatever type of experience you’re looking for. 

Please contact Coach Quinn, if you are interested.

jayquinn@planet-baseball.com
646-820-6005

*The only part of the trip that is (usually) not available to parents is the team bus, or team vans. We do our best to create a college / professional team feel.

 

When does the team practice?

We do everything overseas.

We will practice as a team before our first game, but Planet Baseball players come from all over the U.S. and Canada.

The guys are with their local teams (high school and travel ball) before and after the trip.

 

Why was I invited to join Planet Baseball?

We have a many friends in the baseball world (high school, travel ball, college coaches, pro coaches, and pro scouts). Through our connections, we try to reach out to as many good players as possible.

 

Is it safe to travel where you guys are going?

Yes. SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. We stay in, and travel through safe places (where we have been many times before)… and our staff members are with the team on and off the field.

 

I want to join Planet Baseball…but I have never traveled that far from home...

Many players and families have that same thought. These trips are an amazing baseball & life experience…and a huge confidence builder, even for those that have plenty. Join us for this adventure and you will be rewarded greatly.

 

 

Do you have any fundraising options?

 

“GoFundMe” is a great way to make this trip possible: (http://www.gofundme.com/online-fundraising/)

Many former Planet Baseball players have been successful fundraising with GoFundMe.

It takes just a few minutes to set up an account, and your friends and family can track your progress as you collect donations through email, facebook…etc.

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What is the cancellation policy? Can I get a full refund if I decide not to go?

To reserve a spot on a Planet Baseball trip there is a deposit in the $950- $1,500 range (the amount will vary depending on trip location). The deposit is non-refundable, however, if you have paid in full, and there is a cancellation, you will receive a refund (of the difference between the overall cost and the down payment). The deposit can also be saved, and used a credit for a future trip.

 

Can Planet Baseball trips help me get a college baseball scholarship/roster spot?

Yes. It is not unusual for Planet Baseball players to earn themselves college baseball roster spots by impressing the visiting college coaches (on and off the field)…and we’ve helped many others navigate the college recruiting process, to find good baseball programs / schools for them.

 

Can I extend my trip?

Yes. If a player has a parent / guardian with them (or has permission) he may meet us at our starting point, or stay behind after the trip has been completed. The cost of the trip will remain the same unless the early arrival/late departure costs more than the originally intended flight plan. In that case Planet Baseball asks that the player / family pay the difference in cost.

 

Are there tryouts?

No tryouts. We reach out to players that we think are a good fit for Planet Baseball. If you’re up for a challenge, and up for an adventure (and there are roster spots remaining) you are welcome to join us.

 

What documents do I need in order to travel?

A valid passport is all you need (no passport needed for Puerto Rico! U.S. Territory) We will remind you… but please make sure that it’s updated well before you fly. It can take a while to get a new passport (or renew an old one). For passport information, refer to http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.

 

When should I get my passport?

It usually takes 4-6 weeks to get a new passport…so apply well in advance of your trip. If necessary (for an extra cost) you can get your passport in 2 weeks or less.

 

What are the accommodations like?

We stay in hotels. Nice places. Safe / good neighborhoods. Two or three guys in a room. Everybody has their own bed.

 

What happens if my son gets hurt, or gets sick while traveling in another country?

Planet Baseball purchases international insurance for all players traveling. In addition, our staff has mapped out medical facilities in all locations in case of emergencies…but it would be wise to check your insurance plans, so that you know ahead of time what you are already covered for overseas.

 

Will we receive pictures and videos after the trip?

Yes. We will be posting a lot of pictures and videos on Facebook (Planet Baseball) & Instagram (theplanetbaseball). All will be free to download.

 

Will there be a “Game Tracker” for the games overseas?

We will send daily game and travel updates, but we usually don’t do a game tracker. We have found that our guys play better & make greater gains with our coaching staff during the trip, when they’re not worrying about their stats.

 

My son plays travel baseball…is it wise to leave the country for 2 weeks, and miss games / showcases / tournaments?

Coming from experience, coaches will understand if you miss a handful of games (or an event). This is a once in a lifetime experience, and the boys will be receiving elite level instruction, and playing against strong competition.

 

How much does the trip cost?

The cost will vary depending on trip location & events, but we keep it as low as possible (while still giving the full cross-cultural experience).

 

How much spending money should I bring?

All expenses are covered while traveling with Planet Baseball...but but most guys will bring a little extra cash for extra snacks, drinks, and souvenirs.

 

What currency will be used in the cities I am visiting?

To view the currency and current conversion to the American Dollar (USD) please visit:
http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/.

 

How do I exchange money to the local currency?

The two best options are exchanging money at your local bank, or bringing a (reloadable) debit card to make ATM withdrawals. Both options will give you very good exchange rates.

 

Will my cell phone work internationally? How can I communicate with friends and family back home?

You can purchase an international plan with your service provider… but a great (and free) way to communicate with friends & family back home is via text, email, Skype, or other free messaging options (when we have a WiFi at the hotel, restaurants…etc).

 

When do we get the team flight details? (Europe Trip)

Team flight info is will be posted on the Europe website page ("DESTINATIONS" section).

 

When do we meet at the Airport? (Europe trip)

We will meet at the airline check-in counter 3.5 hours before our flight.

Please allow plenty of time on both ends of the trip, so that you won't miss flights if there are delays. 

 

How does the team meet in Puerto Rico? (SJU Airport)

Planet Baseball coaches will meet you at the airport when you land (unless you're flying with family...then we will meet you at the team hotel).

We will be tracking flights, texting, calling...etc.

It's a very small airport, but please wear something RED (shirt or hoodie), so that you are easy to recognize.

 

When do we meet in Miami? (Cuba Trip)

We will meet, and have a team dinner @ 7pm the night before we fly to Havana, Cuba.

Please plan to arrive in Miami in the morning or early afternoon, in case of any flight delays.

 

I want to join Planet Baseball...but I don’t know anybody else going...

Occasionally, players will come with a friend...but usually all of our guys are traveling solo.

Definitely a little bit of an adventure, but our guys have an incredible experience and make friends / bonds that last a lifetime.

This a great baseball trip…and and incredible life experience.

 

I'm traveling with a friend. Can we room together?

Yes. No problem at all.

 

Are all meals covered during these trips?

Yes. The cost of the trip includes all meals from start to finish.

...and we like food. There will good stuff, and lot of it :)

 

Does Planet Baseball have a 'Code of Conduct' ?

Yes. Players and parents will receive the "Planet Baseball Code of Conduct" before our trips 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.

 

The drinking age is lower in other countries. What is Planet Baseball’s alcohol policy?

Trip participants of legal drinking age (in the countries we visit) will be given the OPTION to try traditional, and locally made, alcoholic beverages from the countries that we are visiting (IN A SAFE AND CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT). The decision to drink, or not to drink, will be respected by all players and coaches.

 

How do I call internationally?

To call internationally from the US you must dial the country code (easy to Google), then the phone number.

To dial to the US from abroad you must first dial +1, then the phone number.

 

Can I purchase a Planet Baseball hat, shirt, or jersey for a family member?

Yes. Contact Coach Quinn.

jayquinn@planet-baseball.com
646-820-6005

We don't have a Planet Baseball store / shop...but we always have a few extra items available for family and friends.

 

When should I arrive (or depart) SJU Airport in Puerto Rico?

DAY 1

Please arrive between 8am-5pm (We will have a Team Dinner & Introductions @ 7pm) 

LAST DAY:

You can depart at any time, however, later is better (Especially during our winter trip, when we celebrate New Year's Eve on our last night)

 

What does my son need to bring with him?

 

PACKING LIST

GENERAL:

  • PASSPORT
     
    • MOST IMPORTANT, CAN’T FLY WITHOUT IT
      • (passport not necessary for Puerto Rico)
  • Board Shorts / Swim Suit
     
  • Refillable Water Bottle
    • (for tours and game days)
       
  • Wall Outlet Adapter
    • (European trips)
       
  • Cash/Debit Card
    • (not necessary, for extra snacks & souvenirs)
       
  • Small Umbrella
    • (in case of rain on tour days) 
       
  • Sweatshirt
    • (beautiful weather…but can get cold at night)
  • Sunblock + Insect Repellent
    • (for Cuba & Puerto Rico Trips) 

BASEBALL:

  • Cleats & Turfs
    • (in case we can’t hit in spikes)
       
  • Baseball Gloves
     
  • Baseball Socks
    • (2-3 pairs blue & red if they show)
       
  • Baseball Undershirts
     
  • 2 Pairs of White Baseball Pants
    • (plain, or with stripes are fine)
       
  • Baseball Belt
    • (preferably navy blue, red, or black) 
       
  • Wood & Wood Composite Bats
    • (we will provide some too)
       
  • Athletic Shorts
    • (for our light morning practice on day #1)

PLANET BASEBALL PROVIDES:

  • 2 Planet Baseball Jerseys
    • Both are Red, White & Blue
  • Planet Baseball Hat
  • Dri-Fit Planet Baseball Practice Shirt
  • Wood & Wood Composite Bats
  • Helmets
    • (you are welcome to bring your own)
  • Extra set of Catcher’s Gear

BAGGAGE

(Europe & Cuba Trips)

INCLUDED:

(1) Free 50 pound Checked Bag

Baseball bats need need to be checked

(1) Small Carry-on Bag (9" x 14" x 22")

(1) Personal Item / Backpack

*Laundry (BASEBALL CLOTHING) will be done after every 2 games.