Arlington Travel Baseball or ATB is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with bylaws and an elected board of directors.
ATB was created to fill a travel baseball void in Arlington County, provide a defined structure for travel teams in Arlington County to operate and to assist the County by providing one central organization for travel baseball (e.g., field requests, etc). Most importantly, we are committed to developing strong athletes and community citizens by focusing on positive instruction, character building and teamwork.
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Below is chronology of Arlington Travel Baseball. It also includes the latest news on our efforts to become an Arlington County affiliated organization. (Last updated on April 15, 2012)
September and October, 2011 – Arlington Travel Baseball (ATB) is officially formed in September in Arlington, Virginia, with a mission to provide Arlington County youth baseball players an opportunity to acquire superior skills through higher levels of competition. Bylaws are adopted and a board of directors is elected. ATB applies to the IRS to be recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. ATB launches www.ArlingtonTravelBaseball.org.
Early December, 2011 – ATB and Arlington Youth Baseball Authority (AYBA) begin discussions about Arlington Travel Baseball and its spring season.
December 15, 2011 – ATB board president, Mary Ann Klimas; vice president, Richie Pacheco; and secretary Steve Finn present an overview of ATB to Arlington Little League during an ALL board meeting. In addition to making the presentation, questions posed by ALL are answered by ATB.
January 1, 2012 - ATB reaches out to CRBR requesting the opportunity to make a presentation to their board.
January 7, 2012 – ATB board members (Klimas, Pacheco and Finn) attend AYBA’s January meeting, presenting an overview of ATB and answering questions posed by AYBA board. ATB requests AYBA's endorsement to Arlington County to become a County affiliated group so that open tryouts -- with the goal of fielding one team per age group -- may be held in early March with practices starting shortly thereafter. ATB expresses the urgency of a decision since at least 3-4 weeks are needed to effectively promote tryouts. In addition to requesting space for tryouts for four teams, ATB requests space for one weekday and one Sunday practice per team as well as space for a limited number of scrimmages. ATB makes special note that practices will be reduced/suspended during ALL/CRBR district tournaments to minimize any potential player conflicts.
January 11, 2012 – ATB receives follow up questions from AYBA. ATB provides AYBA with written responses to each question on January 18.
January 19, 2012 – ATB board members (Klimas, Pacheco and Finn) present an overview of ATB to Cal Ripken Babe Ruth during CRBR’s board meeting. In addition to making the presentation, questions posed by CRBR are answered by ATB.
January 27, 2012 – ATB receives notification from the IRS that is officially approved as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
February 13, 2012 – AYBA holds its February board meeting and Arlington Travel Baseball is on the agenda. ATB board president attends the meeting to answer questions posed by the AYBA board. ATB board president expresses the urgency of a decision since 3-4 weeks are needed to effectively promote tryouts to ensure that all interested players and families are made aware of them. Toward the end of the meeting, two motions are put forth for a vote. In a nutshell, one would allow for ATB to obtain field space for the spring season; another would allow for field space beginning with the fall season. The vote is postponed due to the late hour. A vote by email or at the next board meeting is expected.
March, 2012 - AYBA unanimously approves ATB for affiliation through Fall 2012.
April/May, 2012 - ATB obtains approval by the Arlington Sports Commission. As a result, the Sports Commission recognizes ATB as an affiliated group. Further, Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation (PRCR) places ATB on its priority list for athletic field and facility allocation.
Summer, 2012 - ATB conducts tryouts with players selected for 9U, 10U, 11U and two 12U teams. Practices are underway in August as teams ready for play in the Future State Prospects Baseball League (FSPBL).
September 9, 2012 - ATB's fall 2012 season is in full swing with 5 teams participating in the FSPBL this fall. The season wrapped in early November with 3 of our 5 teams participating in the FSPBL Championship tournament. The 12U Assault took their division title! Congrats to all of our teams!!
November, 2012 - ATB holds tryouts for the 2013 season. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the sessions. For 2013, Arlington Travel Baseball will field two 9U teams, one 10U team, one 11U team and two 12U teams.
December, 2012 - The AYBA passes a motion approving ATB's plans for the spring and summer seasons. ATB is excited to be able to provide a year-round experience for our players.
2013, 2014 and beyond - ATB's year round program is underway. In fall 2013 and 2014 ATB teams played in the Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League (NVTBL).