Dominican Republic Camp
December 26, 2017 to January 1, 2018
I visited the Dominican Republic in the spring of 2013. It had a huge impact on me. Before I left, I already knew that I wanted to return. But I didn’t want to just go solo. I wanted to set something up that could provide huge impact on the lives of the people I take as well as the lives of the people we meet.
The time has finally come.
Play In School will run it’s first camp in the Dominican Republic during Christmas Break 2017.
The trip will include baseball games against Dominican teams, workouts with Dominican coaches, community service activities as well as some beach time!
While this trip is not a “recruiting” trip in any way, talking about recruiting, the recruiting process, communication strategy & marketing is what I do. So, expect a bunch of that, for those that are interested.
|December 26, 2017||Arrive|
|December 27, 2017||Breakfast|
AM practice with Dominican coach
PM Game #1
|December 28, 2017||Breakfast|
AM game #2 in San Pedro de Macoris
PM Tour of Historic Colonial Zone
Attend Dominican Winter League Game
|December 29, 2017||Breakfast|
AM Beach workout
All Day Isla Saona Island Catamaran tour & Beach BBQ
|December 30, 2017||Breakfast|
Travel to sugar cane country
AM Game #3
Lunch – Give equipment to local kids
PM Game #4
|December 31, 2017||Breakfast|
AM Game #5 Boca Chica
Afternoon practice with KC Royals Coaches
Dinner banquet with local Dominicans
|January 1, 2018||Depart|
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TRIP INCLUDES:
- 7 days & 6 nights lodging
- All meals included
- Play against talented MLB baseball academies or one of the national teams
- Teams are coached by a guest college coach (TBD) and Dominican Professional coaches
- Local all-inclusive accommodations, walking distance to the beach and baseball field
- Shuttle service to and from Santo Domingo Airport. Large buses are used for transport
- Transportation to and from all games and activities outside of Boca Chica
- Guided tour of Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone
- Meals when joining team on trips outside of Boca Chica (for Parents)
- Island Catamaran cruise to Isla Saona
- Filming of a workout & creation of a Play In School player profile page. (Normally $600)
- Free access to the Play In School College Recruiting “Playbook” online course due out later in 2017. (Normally $500)
*Airfare is not included in the below packages. Flights typically cost $600 RT w/30 day advanced purchase.
Players: $1,997 or 5 payments of $419
Family Members: $1,497 or 5 payments of $319
* Players are more than welcome to come solo. We keep a 5 to 1 (or better) player to coach ratio. But we welcome parents to join us because we think this experience can be just as powerful for you as it is for the kids.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a passport and how do I get one? This is one of the most important items that must be considered ahead of time. Yes, you must have a passport. It can take up to two months to get your passport application processed. For more information on getting a passport the Department of State.
Do I need any immunizations? No immunizations are required for travel to the Dominican Republic.
What airport and what time should I schedule my arrival and departure flights? Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ), known officially as Las Américas International Airport is located approximately 20 miles from Boca Chica. Popular airline companies which fly into Santo Domingo include JetBlue, American, Delta, Spirit and United.
Typical roundtrip flights cost approximately $600 per passenger with more than 30 days advanced purchase. This is also a great opportunity to use frequent flyer points.
Players are recommended to schedule the most convenient arrival and departure flights. For those players who arrive early on the first day, we will have a 4:00pm light workout. This is not mandatory to attend so again, schedule the most convenient arrival flight.
Is it safe in the Dominican Republic? Yes. The Dominican Republic has recently become a popular tourist destination for Americans. Dominicans are welcoming people and especially so with baseball players. We will stay together as a group and players will have a buddy system.
What if someone gets hurt or sick? We don’t anticipate any injuries; however in the unlikely event of an accident during a game, we will have a staff member present with Red Cross first aid certification during all baseball games. We have an emergency plan with a state of the art Health Care provider Hospiten. We have a nurse on staff at our hotel.
What kind of supervision will my son have? We maintain a 5 to 1 player to staff ratio. During times that we are not participating in baseball activities, players will be in groups of four with a coach.
What is the hotel like? There are several facilities we use. All have clean, simple, double rooms with swimming pools surrounded by palm trees. We sleep two players per room. It is within close walking distance of the beach and the baseball field.
What is the food like? We eat a combination of Dominican and American food that includes an assortment of beef, chicken, rice and pasta. Tropical fruit (mango, papaya, pineapple, coconut) is in abundance.
How many games will be played? Plan to play games every day with one day off for sightseeing.
What other activities will we be doing besides playing baseball? We will go to the beach, take a trip to the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo, visit a Major League Baseball Dominican Academy, learn Dominican baseball training techniques and assist in a local community service project such as painting a house or visiting an orphanage.
Can parents come and watch? Family members who are interested in coming are welcome to do so. We can offer a family package; the cost depends on selected accommodations.
Do I need to speak Spanish? No. Some Dominicans speak English, although many do not. This makes the trip more interesting and fun. We will have access to interpreters and at least one of our coaches is bilingual.
What should I pack?
- Baseball related items
- 1 pair grey baseball pants
- 1 pair white baseball pants
- Bat (optional)
- 2 pair royal blue socks
- Royal blue belt
- Enough shorts/t-shirts/underwear to last a week
- One pair of casual dress pants (e.g. dockers)
- One collared shirt
- Tennis shoes
- Donated used baseball equipment (bats, balls, gloves and cleats)
- Beach Towel
- Toiletries (comb, deodorant, toothbrush, etc.)
- Spending money for souvenirs and snacks
- Plastic water bottle
- Favorite snack