20 Undeniable Signs that You’re a Travel Ball Parent





  1. You regularly find sunflower seeds in your dryer’s lint screen.

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2. You go to the store and there’s no room for the groceries you just bought because you forgot to unpack all the sports equipment from last weekend’s tournament.
3.  And all that baseball equipment is probably worth more than the vehicle that it’s packed in.


  1. You don’t even notice the fact that there’s an athletic cup sitting on your kitchen counter. And it’s been there for a week.

5. You’d rather use the bathroom in the woods than enter the disgusting porta-potties at some ball fields.

6. You wind up with some of the darndest tan lines.

7. When putting together Christmas cards, you can’t find a single family photo that wasn’t taken at a ball field with your kid holding a trophy.

8. You get nasty-grams from your homeowners’ association about your neglected lawn.

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9. You think it’s odd when people ask your son what his shirt means.

10. You find baseballs in the strangest places.

11. You have a dozen empty water bottles rolling around the foot of your car on any given day.


12. The wildest parties you’ve been to lately were at the Hampton Inn, Courtyard or Holiday Inn Express swimming pools.

13. Friends and family members who don’t understand travel sports think you’re in some kind of a cult. But you wouldn’t have to miss so many family reunions and birthday parties if your relatives would just have them at the ball field.


  1. And speaking of relatives, the parents and siblings of your kid’s teammates have become your second family. Baseball bonds are pretty strong!

15. It’s the first of June and you suddenly realize that the last free weekend you had, there was snow on the ground.

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16. Your child has gone to school with remnants of eye black still on his face.

17. You have enough shirts from former and current teams to clothe a small village.

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18. Your dishwasher occasionally does laundry.

19. Speaking of cleaning, you’re pretty sure you’ve killed a few brain cells scrubbing baseball pants. And you choose hotels based on their laundry facilities.


  1. When tournaments get rained out, you have no idea what to do with your weekend. Most likely you’ll wind up at the batting cages with a few buddies from the team.


For more parenting humor you can relate to, download author Angela Weight’s latest ebook, Just Kidding, Not Really. It’s perfect reading for in between tournament games or in the bathroom.



Angela Weight

Founder and publisher of Travel Ball Parents.com, Angela Weight is still a little shocked to be running one of the most popular youth sports parenting sites on the web. Click the ABOUT US tab to read her story.

13 thoughts on “20 Undeniable Signs that You’re a Travel Ball Parent

  • June 8, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    21. You’re primary care Dr is an orthopedic surgeon

  • June 8, 2017 at 11:38 am

    when you pack every snack and toy you have in the house to keep the younger siblings busy during the games…

    when you have to get a bigger vehicle to support everything you have to take to games..

    when you search endlessly to find the National Championship dates and location to schedule vacation…

    when you question why is there a colored stripe on the side of his white pants that means I can’t bleach them? I think they just want to torture the moms, who silently make a competition to see whose boys pants are always the whitest and brightest…

    when you feel like you live out west since his pants always have red dirt on them…

  • June 8, 2017 at 4:21 am

    You do laundry at the car wash! (Best way to wash those white pants)

    You dont have time or money for a vacation. Your child’s “Nationals” or “world series” is your annual family vacation.

  • October 13, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Number 20 the last 2 weekends! Drove us crazy. Now I am counting hours and constantly watching the Weather Channel until Saturday morning. Looks like a beautiful weekend for baseball.

  • October 4, 2015 at 2:29 am

    This is funny and true.

    21. When you check your smartphone in the morning, the current location on Google Maps starts at the tourney and quickly flies to your house.

    We used to know an Angela Weight in CA who looks like you, so we’re guessing it is? We’re a travel ball family, too!
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    • October 5, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Steve,

      I remember you from Grace Bible Church. How are you guys? And what age group travel ball are you doing?

      • October 6, 2015 at 6:33 am

        Hi Angela, you remember well! We’re doing okay. Our three boys sure are growing up. They are 14, almost 11, and 8. Our middle son, Elijah, is the ballplayer. He is playing on an 11U travel team this season, and has been playing non-stop since he was four. We have been playing travel ball for two years now. How are you and yours?
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  • October 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    This softball mom approves! Instead of cups, there are bows, bows, bows everywhere.

    • October 2, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks, Asani! I have softball friends and, yes, I bet y’all do have bows, bows, bows everywhere! Appreciate your comment!

  • October 1, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I love this article. I’ve been a travel ball coach for many years. I no longer have kids on the team, but I love to coach. All 20 of your points are spot on. Very funny (only kidding, not really!) Actually, I got a good laugh today. Thanks.

    • October 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Aw, thanks for your comment, Ed! Yeah, I don’t know what I’ll do when my kids outgrow their travel ball days.


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