The selection process for the Area Code Baseball Games should not overwhelm anyone. The process begins with an invitation to a MLB-run regional tryout and invitations are sent based upon recommendations made to those MLB scouts in charge of one of the eight teams. The process to make it on an Area Code Baseball roster is difficult, but it is a rewarding experience. There are approximately 3,000 invitations mailed out each year to attend a tryout, and a total of approximately 200 players are selected to play in the Games in August.
For the 2011 Area Code Baseball Games, the MLB teams putting the Area Code Baseball teams together are the Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees.
The Area Code Baseball Tryouts:
A player must be invited to a tryout. An invitation to a tryout is based on recommendations from scouts. Depending on the numbers at the tryouts, players may be cut during the day. The rosters are usually announced a couple of weeks after the final team tryout. Rosters vary in size between 25-30 players per team. Like the Area Code Baseball Games, the MLB-run regional tryouts are free to the players. The only costs involved are those incurred in traveling to the tryout.
Area Code Baseball Games:
A spot on any of the teams is based on the performance of the athlete at a MLB-run regional tryout. The Major League scouts conducting the tryouts will assess the player and be the sole decision makers for the roster. The team selection is made after each of the final tryouts. The 2012 Area Code Baseball Games will be held August 5-10 at Blair Field in Long Beach, California. Each team will play five games over the six days. Tryout dates and locations can be found on on AreaCodeBaseball.com.
Any eligible player may fill out the Area Code Player Profile. The form will be forwarded off to the Area Code Staff in your region.