Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT LEAGUE(S) DO YOU COMPETE IN?
FCA Teams compete in both the Seattle Elite and Koufax/Mantle leagues
DO YOU TRAVEL OUT OF STATE FOR TOURNAMENTS?
This varies with each team. Most teams travel for at least one tournament each year – common destinations include eastern Washington, Arizona, and southern California. Our 18s take an annual trip to Arizona prior to high school season. The majority of our games and tournaments are local.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE A CHRISTIAN TO PLAY FOR FCA?
Absolutely not. Although FCA is a Christian organization, we welcome players of all denominations and belief systems. That said, every player participates in six Bible studies throughout the season led by our club Chaplain. Prayer is also included in each practice and game and our coaches will lead devotionals throughout the season. Please see the Christian Ministry description in our About section for more details.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PLAY ON AN FCA TEAM?
The cost per player is typically $2,800 - $3,400. Each team creates a budget including all costs for the year, divides by the number of players and arrives at the per player cost. Budgets are communicated to families and rarely deviate from actual costs. We establish a payment plan which includes a $500 non-refundable amount to secure a roster spot, followed by 5-7 equal monthly payments. Hotel and travel for out of town tournaments are typically in addition to the player fees. We are transparent with our funds and strive to be outstanding stewards of our families’ money. You will know how your player fees are being spent!
DOES FCA OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?
We have a club goal to build a scholarship fund, but as of now, we do not have one available. That said, if you make our team, we don’t want money to be a reason you decide to not join FCA. We can be creative in helping you fund player fees and/or come up with options that may work for you. We will do what we can to make it work…just let us know if you need help.
HOW CAN I BECOME AN FCA COACH?
Head to our Contact Us page and let us know!
We are always on the lookout for men of strong character with solid coaching experience and baseball credentials to join our team. If you've got a heart for teaching, coaching, and building strong men of character, we would like to speak with you. Note that all FCA Coaches must go through a thorough selection process, including a background check.
DO YOU REQUIRE FUNDRAISING?
This is up to each team. We’ve had teams use fundraising in the past to off-set player fees, add training, fund travel expenses, etc.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE CONFLICTS WITH HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL?
High School Baseball takes precedence. Our older teams break for high school ball and startup again in May as the season is ending. Our 14U team may have players in high school on a JV or C-team. If the high school coach allows, players will join FCA practices and games when there are no conflicts.
WHAT’S YOUR THOUGHT ON PITCHER ONLY PLAYERS?
We will carry pitcher only players on our 18U roster. These are typically athletes who strongly desire to pitch in college and want to invest their skills development time in reaching the highest competitive level possible. For younger ages, we believe every player should be developed in a primary and secondary position – a pitcher only would be an exception.
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON PITCH COUNTS?
We follow the American Sports Medicine Institute guidelines with more stringent restrictions added by FCA’s pitching coach Caylor. Please see our Training tab and Pitch Count Guideline section for complete details.
DO YOU HAVE COACHES WITH SONS ON THE TEAM?
Yes, some teams may have a father who coaches or manages the team. And, we have found some of our best and most respected coaches are fathers with sons playing for them. We understand the concerns with dad-coaches and are open with candidates if we are not confident they can be effective. If you have concerns or had a bad experience, please feel free to ask us how we’ve been successful making this work. We have one of the highest player retention rates in the State for a reason – in part, because we have fathers who equally love coaching their sons and their teammates.