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About Sting Travel Baseball

Medina Sting Travel Baseball is a non-profit, youth baseball club that provides players from Medina County and outside communities the opportunity to compete and play baseball at a high level.  

Medina Sting is the highest level of competitive baseball under the Medina Youth Baseball Association (MYBA) affiliated programs. 

Medina Sting home fields are Cobblestone Park in Montville Township.  Since Sting is also a part of MYBA, Sting has access to all other fields controlled by MYBA, which include Reagan Park and Mellert Park.  No programs from outside of MYBA have access to these fields which gives Sting an advantage over other programs who have to rent field time or be forced to practice indoors due to lack of field access.      

The home indoor facility for Medina Sting is the Medina Sports Training Center which opened up in the fall of 2021.  

Medina Sting teams play against some of the most elite clubs in the area.  Most of our teams play in the Cuyahoga Valley Baseball Association (CVBA) league and Ohio Prospects League (OPL) as well as competing in tournaments in and out of the state of Ohio.  Sting teams will travel to tournaments such as Cooperstown Dreams Park (12U only) and The Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, SC and Pidgeon Forge, TN.

Program Breakdown

Sting Travel Baseball is the highest level of competitive baseball for players under the Medina Youth Baseball Association affiliated programs.  The program is looking for players from all communities who want to compete and develop at a higher level than where they currently are playing.  Sting teams compete in several different leagues within NE Ohio (CVBA, SSBL or OPL).  All teams compete in tournaments both local and out of state. 

If your player chooses to tryout and receives an invitation to play for a Sting team, below is an overview of costs and what to expect from the program.

Costs

·       $625 registration fee - $375 is due around August 15th.  The remaining $250 is due by mid-October.  You will receive 25 $10 reverse raffle tickets in exchange for  your second payment of $250.  If you sell your 25 tickets you keep the proceeds and can recoup $250. 

·       Uniforms and tournaments are in addition to the registration fee.  Uniforms will run around $160/player.  Tournaments average around $400 per team.  Some tournaments are local and some are overnight.  The head coach can let you know what the team is planning for the upcoming season.   

·       Cooperstown (12U only) approx. $1,200/player. 

·       Ripken (10U-13U) approx. $800/player.

·       All teams fundraise to help offset costs.  Talk with your coach and find out how much was raised to offset expenses from the previous year. 

Games Played

·       On average a Sting team plays a 15-20 game regular season, not including any scrimmages that might be played before league games start.

·       Most Sting teams play between 3-6 tournaments in a season.  Most tournaments are 3-5 games. 

Training/Practices

·       Beginning in January, Sting teams will begin winter workouts twice a week at Medina Sports Training Center.  The Sting program pays for the field time from registration proceeds.  There are no additional costs to the teams unless they choose to do something above and beyond what Sting pays for.

·       Sting Trainer – Sting has an independent trainer to work with the teams and players individually.  The program will pay the trainer to work with the teams during           the preseason.  Each team or parent can individually utilize the program trainer at their own expense if they choose.

Cooperstown/Ripken Tournaments

·       Sting carries a “Grandfather” bid for Cooperstown Dreams Park.

·       The Sting program will make a one-time contribution to the 12U Cooperstown teams to help offset the costs of the trip. 

·       The 12U teams do special fundraising to offset the cost of the trip.

·       Some teams also participate in the “Ripken Experience” tournaments as an alternative to Cooperstown.  Ripken tournaments are played in either Myrtle Beach S.C, Pidgeon Forge TN, Orlando FL or Aberdeen MD.

Tryouts/Rosters

·       There will be 2 teams for each age group (can be 3 teams) – Black (A) and Gold (B)

·       Approximately 10-12 players will be on each team’s roster.

·       Tryouts will be run by the program trainer and there will be 3-5 evaluators for each age group.

·       Invitations will be extended during or after the tryout dates of July 17th – July 24th.

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