A manager designs and coordinates the practice and game plans. A coach is there to assist the manager in team needs. The manager has the final call on all team activity, not a coach. Normally a manager will delegate responsibilities and seniority among his staff. These are things we cover in our RETRO Coaching Clinics as well.
In reality, every player who makes our Varsity roster as a senior will have the option of going on to play college baseball if they so choose. That said, some will opt to only continue as a student due to the amount of time and effort demanded to be a successful student-athlete. For players who earn scholarships to play collegiate baseball, their decision to accept a certain school’s offer is based on the balance between education and athletic opportunities. It is recommended that players, where possible, focus their decision on educational opportunities while athletics being secondary. For example, a player may be offered an athletic scholarship to a school that does not offer a college degree program that is his area of scholastic focus. In this case, a player is advised to pursue his other offers as well as reach out to the programs that do offer his desired scholastic area of focus. After all, education is the most important component of the scholarship. Injuries as well as many other unforeseen instances are a reality in life and collegiate athletes are not immune to them. Ensuring that their education is always in place is their best long-term investment when deciding to accept or reject a collegiate scholarship. RETRO performs yearly College Planning Guide meetings for their players and respective families to help educate them on the process that begins as a freshman in high school through their respective senior year, both on and off the field. We estimate that 80% of our players proceed to play college baseball following their involvement with RETRO.
At the youth levels, we aim to travel at least twice per season if the team is of a tournament caliber level. Our goal is to travel early in the season in order to create a team bonding atmosphere. We will also travel again late in the season to use as a gauge of the progress of the respective team, thus helping formulate a specific training program going into the off-season. As teams begin to become tournament only teams, they tend to travel more. At the youth levels, the Team Coordinator’s and Coaches will work together on scheduling and travel arrangements. RETRO’s administration is here to assist in the guidance of this process when needed.
At the high school level, the organization covers all of the travel expenses for the players. This includes hotel rooms and transportation to and from the tournament. Many of the tournaments start on Thursday’s or earlier in the week, thus making it difficult and expensive for families given they will have to take off work weekly. The player fees cover this responsibility and actually save the families quite a bit of money. We also make sure the players are treated and held accountable the same way they are in college, in regards to responsibilities and etiquette expected on a road trip. This includes, but is not limited to dress codes, laundry, hotel and public appearance etiquette, etc. The JV teams will usually travel 2-3 times during their 8-weekend season. The Varsity team typically travels at least 4 times, sometimes more. The landscape is constantly changing for recruiting, so we try to make sure our families know where it’s important to spend their money as well as how. This is something RETRO takes very seriously and is always working to stay current with what is the best approach for every individual player to obtain QUALITY exposure. In regards to player exposure and recruiting, there is no “cookie cutter” process. We strive to recognize each player’s strengths and weaknesses. Based on this, RETRO works to formulate a plan to put every player on an exposure platform that will help maximize their recruiting success and help them achieve their goals, all the while maximizing their inherent financial expenditures. We have counseling sessions with our high school players, in group and individual settings, to ensure everyone is educated fully.
Costs vary across the program, typically increasing with each higher age level. There is scholarship assistance available for players that qualify and a number of individual fundraisers offered throughout the season. Contact RETRO for more information.
RETRO player fees cover league and tournament fees, Organizational Lead Instructors, winter training, individual lessons (where applicable), individual team practices during the off-season and during the season, and uniforms. Contact RETRO for more information regarding player fee allocations.
The number of games is dependent on the league and age level. In addition, each team will play multiple tournaments, but exact numbers will vary across age levels. Contact RETRO for more information for a specific age level.
Winter training typically starts in December and runs through April. The majority of the training is indoors, with some outdoor workouts in late March and April. These training sessions are run by RETRO Organizational Lead Instructors alongside individual team coaching staff’s. This approach allows the program to not only teach our players, but also teach our coaches.
RETRO’s Lead Instructors have played professional and/or college baseball at a minimum. Many are high school coaches and trainers in the Missouri and Illinois regions. They oversee all off-season organizational workouts, including practice plans, coaching clinics, and individual instructions.
Each RETRO player will get winter workout apparel, 2 uniform jerseys, 2 uniform pants, 2 hats, and a belt. If the uniform pants are knickers, the uniform will also include socks.
Some equipment requirements may vary by age level. All players will need the basic equipment of a bat and a glove. Batting helmets are provided at some levels as well catching equipment. Contact RETRO for more information about equipment requirements for a specific age level.
Community service requirements are usually completed as a team. Projects vary from team to team. Contact RETRO for more information and examples regarding community service requirements.
Yes, all RETRO players must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above. If a player falls below a 3.0 GPA, they will be placed on a probationary notice. The player will still be allowed to participate in organizational activities, unless the GPA drops below a 2.0. If a player drops below a 2.0, he will be suspended from all baseball activities until his GPA rises to the 2.0 level or greater. Youth Age Groups may receive letter recognition rather than number (S = Satisfactory). This will be considered accordingly. In the event a player becomes academically ineligible; RETRO will reach out to the family with an offer of assistance. Through different channels within the program and out, RETRO will work to provide tutoring and other academic support for the player and family. The goal of RETRO is to help the player understand that his academic performance needs to be a priority, not to punish the player, and to help the player achieve better academic results. RETRO fully understands that some academic struggles are due to medical reasons, family hardships, personal hardships, etc. Again, RETRO’s goal is to educate and provide assistance, not punish. Therefore, these situations are always taken into consideration before any decision is made to place a player on academic probation or suspension. RETRO’s goal is to help players realize that if they are not successful in the classroom, playing high school baseball could potentially not be a reality for them. In addition, players that strive to play college baseball are taught the importance of academics being the foundation of their respective scholarship earnings.
Yes, all families are expected to participate in a minimum of two organizational fundraisers each year. RETRO fundraisers can vary from year to year. A couple of RETRO mandatory fundraisers examples include Mouse Races and E-Raffles.
RETRO teams are based at different locations around the metro area, in both Missouri and Illinois. Contact Retro Baseball Club for specific locations.
Several RETRO teams individually practice at Grizzlies Baseball Academy during the winter. Grizzlies Baseball Academy is also home to RETRO Organizational Lead Instructors. Several RETRO players perform individual baseball lessons at Grizzlies Baseball Academy. RETRO will do different events at GCS Credit Union Ballpark, home of the Gateway Grizzlies, throughout the calendar year. Finally, RETRO Organizational Lead Instructors also serve on the Professional Coaching Staff of the Gateway Grizzlies.