Q & A with Coach Andy:
Here are some
of the questions I have received from parents and players over the years
and the answers to them. If you have a question, please feel free to
email me at: email@example.com
Coach Andy Bisceglia - Fox Valley Royals President
1) Q - What makes
the Fox Valley Royals program different from other travel baseball
A - There are some other good
travel baseball programs out there that all serve a purpose. We do not
claim we have all the answers and nor should anyone else. We believe in
player development more than anything else, however that development
goes deeper than just skills. We feel there is something much more
important than what kind of player one becomes and that's what kind of
person one becomes. We believe our program not only develops fine young
baseball players but more so helps develop fine young men. This is the
foundation of our success. Our motto is "Make a Difference" in a
positive way not only on the field but off the field. This is how we
feel we are truly different. We tell our players that 30 years from now
you will not be measured on how many baseball games you won but more so
on the kind of man you have become.
2) Q - Some programs call themselves a National program, what does that
A - I'm not really sure.
I guess any program that does any traveling out of state could be
considered a National program. I really don't think there is any such
thing as a National program.
3) Q - Can you
guarantee my son receives a college scholarship for baseball?
A - NO! No one can and if
they do you should run from that program fast! If you are in our program
we do our very best to put our players in good exposure opportunities in
front of college coaches. However we cannot and will not guarantee we
can get any player into a specific school or get him a college
scholarship. Simply put we cannot (nor can anyone else) make a college
coach like a player. Making a coach like a player is strictly up to the
player himself. We only guarantee two things in our program, and that's
honesty & hard work.
4) Q - What do
you think of the various travel ball website & the promotions of players
A - There are many fine
websites out there and its good to promote but not over sell players.
Its nice for a player and or parent to see the players name on the
website promoting them but really who is the one deciding a particular
player is the best for his age level at a certain position is the state
or country? Or who the best teams are? Websites that over sell players
really hold no weight and college coaches & pro scouts pay no attention
to them. In short don't be sold by hype and over selling.
5) Q - Why do you
think some travel team really hype up there players?
A - To sell there program
to you! They are not confident their program will sell itself so they
use over promotion to solicit players & parents.
6) Q - Do have
A - NO! All of our
coaches are non-parents with either college or professional experience.
7) Q - What do you think of all
the recruiting of players that many of the travel programs do and does
the Royals program recruit players?
A - The recruiting of players is very common and is something many other
travel programs do. Of course its each programs choice on how they get
players involved in their program but the Royals program does NOT
recruit players, period. We may market our tryouts with our website,
mailings and newspaper ads but we DO NOT recruit players in anyway. We
want players & parents to see the value of our program and not have to
contact or oversell them to get involved. We feel if the program is of
high quality then why would they have to recruit any players? That's
probably because they are not confident their program is everything they
think it is and they must oversell their program to players they are
recruiting. Let the players and parents make the choice on what program
they want to be involved with on their own. If someone seems like they
are overselling or making allot of promises your should really think
twice before joining that program.
8) Q - Are travel baseball
programs a business?
A - Some are more so than than others. If you pay a fee and ANY of the
coaches get paid then there are of course business aspects to running
any travel baseball program. Be on the lookout for a program that nickel
& dimes you to death. Some programs tell you an initial cost and then
after you've paid or the season starts they tell you that there are now
additional costs. Get a total fee before you pay a dime.