Citi Field in New York, PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Comerica Park in Detroit, Rogers Centre in Toronto, Progressive Field in Cleveland, Wrigley Field in Chicago, Miller Park in Milwaukee
Catch a foul ball. Get that prized autograph during batting practice. Sit in the dugout and make the call to the bullpen on a behind-the-scenes stadium tour. That’s just the start of this ultimate baseball fantasy tour. You and fellow fanatics will take in 7 Major League Ballparks, with 7 exciting games. It’s the dream teen tour for the game’s biggest fans.
This trip begins in New York. You may fly to New York within our designated arrival times to be greeted by our staff or if from the area you may be dropped off at the airport to meet up with our arrivals from out of town. For those requiring it, we are happy to assist you with arranging flights to New York.
For your return home from Chicago, we head to the airport for morning flights in designated times. Our leaders help you to check-in and remain in the airport until flights have departed.
This is the perfect summer program for fans that love baseball and travel. Imagine seeing your favorite players and teams on the road while enjoying great camaraderie and friendships with others who share your passion. You will also be checking out many exciting attractions and doing a ton of incredible things from whirlyball to go-karts and amusement parks to jet boat rides because we are not just about baseball!
Welcome Orientation, Subway Series Game – New York Yankees vs. New York Mets
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor State Street, Sportway Go Karts
Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Whirlyball, CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame
Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians, Cedar Point Amusement park, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, Willis Tower, Navy Pier, Seadog Extreme Jetboat, drive to Milwaukee to see the San Francisco Giants vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Getting to throw out the opening pitch in front of thousands of fans at Camden Yards was a nerve wracking but thrilling experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Aaron Marks, Fairfield, CT
Being able to explore the town of Cooperstown and getting autographs and used baseballs from the game was one of my favorite things. It was great meeting Lou Piniella, Denny McClain and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar!
Dylan Bernstein, Roslyn, New York
The trip was amazing! I loved Cooperstown and being able to get the autographs of 4 Hall of Famers. I got to meet Yogi Berra in person which was amazing. Trip was the best!
Logan Schwartz, Harrison, NY
I loved the behind the scenes access with stadium tours at Camden Yards, Fenway and going on to the field and into the dugout at Yankee Stadium.
Eli Tash, Sherman Oaks, CA
In Chicago, it was cool hanging in the hotel of the visiting Tigers and being able to meet, take pictures, and get autographs from Magglio Ordonez!
Scott Davis, Montville, NJ
The highlight of my summer was in Cooperstown, NY. I had the best experience of my life! Not only did I get to see the induction of Cal Ripkin and Tony Gwynn but I actually met and had the opportunity of programming Pete Rose’s iPhone. I actually got to set up Charlie Hustle’s cell phone. This is something that I will never forget and certainly is a story I will one day tell my kids and grandkids. What a thrill!! This was the best trip ever!!!
Alex Estis, Roslyn Heights, NY
Visiting PNC Park is a moment I won’t forget. This is an experience that many people dream of doing but never get the opportunity to do. How many people my age have had the opportunity to visit all of these ballparks?
Connor Moldo, Los Angeles, California
I got 65 autographs including All-stars, made new friends, and had a great overall experience! Loved the baseball trip!
Greg Ackerman, Roslyn, New York
Seeing Ricky Henderson get inducted into the hall of fame was amazing!
Ethan Mintz, Short Hills, New Jersey
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At Westcoast Connection nothing else comes first. From our extensive trip planning department through our management team and our leaders, it is our single biggest priority! Safety procedures, equipment – we’ve got it covered. All Trip Leaders and Directors are certified in First Aid and CPR. We are extremely proud of our safety record and welcome all questions you may have in this area. Please see more under Safety First.
Once you are on your trip, you will have sensitive leaders that are caring, approachable and always there for you. Your Trip Director and Trip Leaders are people with incredible backgrounds including teachers, guitar players, IRONMAN triathletes, SCUBA divers, volunteers, and so much more.
Every staff member takes part in and must complete our extensive training weekends that review our philosophy and procedures to provide a well-supervised and fun-filled program.
Our Trip Directors, the individuals responsible for overseeing each itinerary, take on the roles of teachers, coaches, camp counselors, mentors, concierges and hosts. They’ve been trained to provide individual attention and create an all-inclusive family atmosphere (our EACH & EVERY philosophy). There’s a definite art to building dynamic groups, and we’ve worked hard to master it! We want you smiling on day one right through to a teary goodbye at your farewell banquet.
Our leaders are non-smokers. To learn more about our staff, please visit our Summer Leaders section.
We can’t say it too many times; this is a really incredible group experience. To begin, Major League Madness is a unique program where everybody already knows they have much in common from day one – a love of our national pastime. Great dynamics and group bonding goes way beyond traditional ice breakers – imagine Rock, Paper, Scissors championships, Ninja tournaments, fantasy drafts, baseball trivia contests and so much more. We work hard to get everyone moving beyond first impressions and creating an atmosphere of total acceptance. Our staff hiring and training emphasizes social safety and establishing an inclusive culture. Many of our travelers come as individuals. This mix helps eliminate cliques at the outset and establish an open environment that benefits you. We take great care in assembling groups to create an unforgettable social experience.
There is so much more to a teen travel experience than just traveling. Summer after summer we love nothing more than the many calls and notes from parents sharing with us how they can’t believe how much their son or daughter has matured, helps out more at home, is more outgoing and confident, is more poised, more responsible and more worldly having had not just the summer of a lifetime, but a life changing experience as well. It’s amazing how much growth can occur when you are having fun, feeling socially safe, branching out into new friendships, and being yourself.
Our experience lends itself to trying new things and stepping just outside of one’s comfort zone. With a taste of age-appropriate independence and a well-deserved break from overly scheduled lives during the school year, teens can enjoy a very healthy reprieve from the usual pressures associated with home and school. We want you to be empowered and will provide opportunity to grow as a leader and further develop your self-confidence!
Living, experiencing, working and learning together, our trip members are afforded the chance to interact with other teens who share both similar and different backgrounds and interests. Everybody grows in their social acceptance of others.
By the end of the program we hope to have lit a spark – to travel, to learn, to meet new people, to try new things and to explore. With new friendships, new memories and new life skills on which to build, our teen travel experiences are truly unforgettable.
There really is a difference in how different summer programs operate! Motivated teens going away with qualified leaders is a given. But what sets us apart is the depth of our qualified personnel that allow us to perform with the greatest consistency at the highest level.
Your Trip Director and Trips Leaders are with you throughout your program. They have daily contact with one of our two 24-hour Communication Centers and are in regular contact with our Company Directors. Our Company Directors are the most seasoned veterans who each oversee specific programs providing support to trip staff and to assist with any situations that may arise. Our Company Directors alternate between traveling to visit programs and being reached in the office.
Program visits enable us to provide ongoing support and development to our Trip Directors, allows trip staff to have a sounding board for their own progress in reaching trip goals, helps us to identify any challenging areas for improvement while it still has relevance to your summer rather than as a mention on your end-of-summer survey, and helps us to identify the future Directors from the current crop of all-star summer staff. These visits are by Company Directors along with our Regional Supervisors, who are former Trip Directors with further experience out in the field. Collectively our planning, supervisory and management team is an incredible resource with over 420 summers of combined teen travel experience. This way, we can lend a hand wherever and whenever a little extra effort is called for. Last year, we had 208 scheduled supervisory trip visits to make sure all was running well, provide ongoing support to our staff in the field and have fun! This investment in depth of personnel is unrivaled in teen travel and is a critical element to achieving consistent, excellent program quality and surpassing client expectations!
Included in the trip tuition are all activities and entertainment described, breakfast and dinner daily, lunches as indicated on your specific program, gratuities, taxes, land transportation, accommodations, and fanatical customer service from our full-time team and summer Communication Centers. This can add up to tremendous value!
Once your action packed day is over, you’re going to need a place to crash. For more detailed information, visit the section marked Where We Stay. Trip members have their own bed to ensure a proper night’s rest.
Whether enjoying Fenway Franks in Boston or Bulls BBQ in Citizens Bank Park, a definite highlight for fanatics has been sampling the best of each ballpark’s cuisine. Our leaders will point out the local fanfare so that you’ll have a good time scouting the park for that much talked about treat!
On baseball tours, we include all breakfast and dinners. Breakfasts are usually served buffet style at your hotels. When you are at night games, you will dine at the ballparks. On other days, you will enjoy family style meals and open menu order at a variety of restaurants such as the Cheesecake Factory, Famous Dave’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Dave & Buster’s. For lunches, on days with afternoon games, we enjoy ballpark food. On touring or travel days, you will have the option to choose from a variety of restaurants either in trendy areas of the places we are visiting or while traveling to our next city.
We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive personal experience in this area. Please speak with us to review your needs.
You will ride in a chartered deluxe, air conditioned motor coach with a professional driver. Our buses have entertainment systems for music and movies, and are equipped with restrooms.
You will only need to bring one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in our packing list as we visit local laundromats weekly. We will supply the detergent and dryer sheets. Don’t worry if you’ve never done laundry before, most of our travelers have not either! We’ll walk you through the Westcoast Connection laundry lesson, and in no time at all you’ll have the hang of it. Parents, we know the thought of your children doing laundry is making you smile!
While you’re out having the summer of your life, your parents should feel like they are in on the action as well. We post updates to our blog and Facebook page and e-mail photos approximately once a week so those at home can be in on the fun. Parents also have access to our dedicated office Trip Monitors 24/7 for any questions and/or concerns. We’re as in touch as any trip operator could possibly be via smartphones with e-mail and text. The goal is uncompromising safety and peace of mind, day after day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Participants may bring their personal cell phones.
In last summer’s surveys, 99% of responding teens and parents said they would recommend us to others. We must be doing something right!