Your team may decide to enter regional or out-of-town tournaments. Typically it's best to sit down with your coach and identify tournaments that he would like to play in. Once you have a plan, present the plan to the team and parents.
The Club covers the entrance fee for two (2) tournaments, so players/teams do not need to pay registration fees for these tournaments. Travel expenses associated with these tournaments will be the responsibility of the team/player/family. Teams may also elect to participate in additional tournaments prior to, during, or after the season. The decision to play in additional tournaments should be a collaboration between the coaching staff, team manager, and parents. The cost of such tournaments is solely the responsibility of the team/parents. The cost of tournaments scheduled during the season should be equally divided amongst all members of the team, whether or not all the members participate in said tournament(s).
Like all other parents, parent coaches are responsible for their own travel expenses. However, if your team is booking enough hotel rooms, your coach's room may be comped by the hotel.
Most tournaments are hosted by a few large companies that we have linked below.
Big Bear Tournaments
Once your team has agreed on a tournament, you will need to do the following things:
- Complete tournament application ASAP so space doesn't fill up. Never assume that you are in the tournament just because you sent in the application. Always verify.
- Connect with the HYHA Treasurer to submit your downpayment.
- Most tournaments require you to stay at a tournament-approved hotel. You should send your preferred hotels to the tournament director.
- Once you receive your hotel block, share information with parents so they can reserve their rooms.
Some other things to consider:
Plan team outings. Oftentimes teams will plan dinners or activities to do when out of town. This is an excellent way to team build.
Consider looking into getting a banquet room one night at your hotel for the kids to play in. If they are unused, the hotel will often give you one for little to no cost.
Some teams prepare door signs for each player. This helps the kids and parents know where everyone's rooms are.
When you have early games, the kids may not have time for breakfast. Ask parents to donate healthy snacks like granola bars or fruit for a quick bite before or between games.
Ask for penalty box volunteers ahead of time.