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M.F. ZUTTION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

SAN MARINO CUP

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BOYS U12, U14 & U16

JULY 2-19 2014

ITALY: UDINE, VENICE, TUSCANY, ROME, REPUBLIC OF SAN MARINO,

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MILAN


M.F. ZUTTION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

& SAN MARINO CUP

BOYS U12, U14 & U16

JULY 2-19 2014

The USSSA Baseball Tour

The USSSA Italy Baseball Tour is a specifically customized international baseball tour for USSSA Baseball. The 18-day baseball tour to Italy will be filled with international competition, quality instruction and coaching, and sightseeing to some of Italy’s most historic and famous sites.

GENERAL ITINERARY Wednesday, July 2 Excitement builds as USSSA Baseball departs Chicago-O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on an overnight flight to Milan, Italy for an 18-day baseball tour to Italy. Due to the time differences between the United States and Europe the team will arrive in Milan, Italy in the morning. Thursday, July 3 Upon arrival in Milan at Malpensa International Airport (MXP) the teams will be met by their full-time bilingual tour manager and bus driver and will transfer via private motorcoach to Udine, which is located in the northeast corner of Italy, near the Slovenia border. Following lunch and checking into the hotel the teams will have an afternoon training session in preparation for participation in the M.F. Zuttion Baseball Tournament. Welcome dinner at the hotel. Evening at leisure. (Udine) Friday, July 4 Participation in the M.F. Zuttion Baseball Tournament (group play). The 3-day tournament will draw teams from Italy and other European countries, as well as USSSA teams. Morning and afternoon games. Evening set aside of sightseeing and team activities. (Udine) Saturday, July 5 Participation in the M.F. Zuttion Baseball Tournament (group play). Morning and afternoon games in group play. Following dinner Opening Ceremony and parade for the M.F. Zuttion Baseball Tournament. (Udine)


Sunday, July 6 Participation in the M.F. Zuttion Baseball Tournament. Morning and afternoon playoff games and finals followed by the Closing Ceremony and Awards. Late afternoon sightseeing in Udine. Dinner at the hotel. Evening at leisure. (Udine) Monday, July 7 Following breakfast, the group will transfer to Venice, the world famous city of canals, architecture, and history. Venice is built on 177 small islands with over 150 canals and 409 bridges. Upon arrival outside of Venice, the group will have a private boat transfer to Venice via the Grand Canal. Upon arrival at Piazza San Marco the group will begin a guided sightseeing tour. Lunch and free time for additional sightseeing and shopping. In the early evening depart Venice for Padua, which is located just outside of Venice. Dinner and evening at leisure at the hotel. (Padua) Tuesday, July 8 Depart for Tuscany, the heart of the Italian Renaissance, and the spa town of Montecatini Terme, which is located outside of Florence. While en route the group will stop in Vicenza for both lunch and sightseeing, which the city center is an UNESCO Heritage Site and home to one of the most famous Italian architect of the Renaissance, Palladio. Following lunch and the tour the group will continue onto Montecatini Terme. Late afternoon training session. Evening dinner and leisure time. (Montecatini Terme) Wednesday, July 9 Following breakfast the team will visit Cinque Terre. In Cinque Terre the group will have the opportunity to admire the breath taking panorama views and visit some of the 5 beautiful villages on the seashore composing the “5 Lands�: Manarola, Rio Maggiore, Corniglia, Monterosso and Manarola. The group will take a boat cruise from Portovenere, stopping in 2 of the 5 villages. From Monterosso the group arrive by train in Levanto to meet back up with the motorcoach. Lunch and leisure time in Levanto. In the late afternoon transfer back to Montecatini Terme. Dinner at the hotel. (Montecatini Terme)


BOYS U12, U14 & U16 M.F. ZUTTION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

& SAN MARINO CUP

JULY 2-19 2014

Thursday, July 10 The day will be begin in with a training session in Florence at a local Florentine youth baseball club. Lunch in Florence followed by a guided sightseeing tour to such sights as the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, and Signoria Square. Late afternoon additional free time for shopping and sightseeing in this beautiful and historic city. Dinner at the hotel and leisure time in Montecatini. (Montecatini Terme) Friday, July 12 Following breakfast at the hotel the group will depart for Rome, the Eternal City and Italy’s capital. Upon arrival in Rome, the group will lunch prior to a guided tour of “classic” Rome to such sights as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forums, and the Coliseum. Dinner at hotel. (Rome) Saturday, July 12 The day will begin with a training session at a local baseball club in Rome. Following the session and lunch the group will visit Vatican City for a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Following the tour the group will have time for additional sightseeing and shopping around Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Dinner at the hotel. (Rome) Sunday, July 13 Morning at leisure in Rome for additional sightseeing. Following lunch the group will travel to Nettuno, which is just south of Rome and located on the Mediterranean Sea, for friendly matches versus Nettuno Baseball Club, one of Italy’s famous baseball clubs. Following the games return to the Rome for dinner at the hotel. (Rome) Monday, July 14 After breakfast the group will depart for the Republic of San Marino, the world’s oldest republic, which overlooks the Adriatic Sea and beaches of Rimini and Riccione. Upon arrival in San Marino the teams will have a training session at the Olympic Stadium. Afternoon check-in at the hotel with free time to explore San Marino. Dinner at the hotel. Evening team activities and tournament check-in for the San Marino Baseball Cup. (Republic of San Marino)


Tuesday, July 15 Participation in the San Marino Baseball Cup (group play). The 3-day tournament will draw teams from Italy and other European countries, as well as USSSA teams. Morning and afternoon games (qualifications). Evening set aside for sightseeing and team activities. (Republic of San Marino) Wednesday, July 16 Participation in the San Marino Baseball Cup (group play). Morning games in group play. Following the games lunch in Rimini or Riccione, Italy’s famous beach resort, and free time to enjoy the Adriatic Sea. Evening set aside of sightseeing and team activities. (Republic of San Marino) Thursday, July 17 Participation in the San Marino Baseball Cup. Morning and afternoon playoff games and finals followed by the Closing Ceremony and Awards. Late afternoon sightseeing in the medieval city center of San Marino. Dinner at the hotel. Evening at leisure. (Republic of San Marino) Friday, July 18 After breakfast at the hotel the team and group will travel north to Milan, the main city in Lombardy and the capital of the fashion world. Upon arrival, the group will have lunch prior to a guided tour of Milan to such sights as the famous gothic Duomo, the world’s second largest church, the Galleria, La Scala Opera House, and Sforza Castle. Farewell dinner at local Milanese restaurant. (Milan) Saturday, July 19 Morning departure to Milan (MXP) for return flight back to the United States with same day arrival in the Chicago.


BOYS U12, U14 & U16 M.F. ZUTTION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

& SAN MARINO CUP

JULY 2-19 2014

FLIGHT SCHEDULE The program and tour flights are based on Chicago-O’Hare International Airport (ORD) as the gateway city. ABW Companies can coordinate flights from gateways across the United States to accommodate USSSA state and regional baseball teams. Please contact our office via email at steve@abwcompanies.com or at 1-708-675-1500. INCLUSIONS Round-trip international air transportation between Chicago (ORD) and Milan (MXP). • Airline taxes and fuel fees are included up $625.00 per person. • Price guaranteed in US dollars at time of deposit. • Hotel accommodations (3-star superior/4-star hotels) • 4 nights - Udine • 1 night – Padua (Venice) • 3 nights – Montecatini Terme (Tuscany) • 3 nights - Rome • 1 night – Padua (Venice) • 1 night – Milan • Meal Package • Breakfast and dinner throughout the tour • Transportation: All transfers and sightseeing excursions via private motorcoach. • Full time bilingual tour manager will provide team and group with assistance throughout the tour and at each destination. • Guided sightseeing tours of Venice, Vicenza, Florence, Rome, Republic of San Marino, and Milan. • Entry fee to the Vatican Museums • Private boat transfer in Venice • Train and boat tickets for Cinque Terre • Three (3) training sessions • One (1) friendly match, per team vs Nettuno Baseball Club • Participation in the M.F. Zuttion Baseball Tournament – all related fees • Participation in the San Marino Baseball Cup – all related fees • Full service from United Sports Academies including pre-trip preparations, fundraising, administration, newsletters, and pre-trip meetings. • All city entry fees, parking costs, and taxes. EXCLUSIONS • Airline taxes/fuel surcharges that exceed $625.00 per person • Lunches and drinks at meals • Health Insurance • Items of personal nature • Passport


COSTS Based on 50 full-paying players, staff, and boosters: $4,430.00 per person (triple occupancy) BOOSTER PROGRAM The Booster Program is for parents and family members interested in participating on the tour. The program and itinerary is the same as it for the team and players. Accommodations for parents and family members are based on either triple, double, or single occupancy. Tour costs per persons: Triple occupancy: Double occupancy: Single occupancy:

$4,430.00 $4,650.00 $5,160.00 FUNDRAISING In conjunction with our fundraising partner, Reaching Our Goal (www.reachingourgoal.com) will provide players with a fundraising program that can raise a large percentage of the tour costs. Interested players and families should contact Jon Goldman at Reaching Our Goal at 914-364-4311 or via email at jon@reachingourgoal.com .

PAYMENT SCHEDULE & TIME LINES Payment Schedule/Plan: January 15, 2014: $300.00 deposit, per participant March 1, 2014: $1,500.00 payment, per person May 1, 2014: Balance due – per participant Please note we can arrange for monthly payments (January through May) as a payment option. Newsletters: Monthly newsletters will start in March 2014 featuring tour highlights, updates, city highlights, training tips, etc. Tour Meeting: A tour meeting with all players, parents, and coaches will be scheduled for Spring 2014 to review the tour itinerary and answer any questions regarding the upcoming Italy Baseball Tour.


BOYS U12, U14 & U16 M.F. ZUTTION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

& SAN MARINO CUP

JULY 2-19 2014

TERMS AND CONDITIONS Registration and Payment Terms: The registration will be considered binding upon receipt of the Registration Form and a $300.00 deposit per person. In accepting registration and group booking USSSA International agrees to carry out obligations listed in the USSSA Baseball Tour itinerary to ensure for a well-coordinated, professionally managed baseball tour and experience. Account Balance: Each participant must be paid in full prior to tour departure. Guaranteed Tour Price: The tour price has been computed with all current tariffs, taxes, and exchange rates taken into account and is guaranteed in US dollars until the deposit due date in the Registration Conditions. If your deposit is received by this date, this is the price that you will pay based on the tour and tour inclusions/exclusions. If your deposit is not received by the deposit due date, USSSA International reserves the right to re-compute your tour costing based upon current tariffs, taxes, and exchange rates in effect on that day which may result in a different price.. Passports and Visas: Please note the difference between a passport and a visa. A passport is issued by the government of citizen’s nationality and must be shown upon request to airlines and immigration officials while out of the country of residence. A visa is issued by a government for temporary travel of a foreign national into that country. All travelers must possess a passport with at least six months validity after the scheduled return for travel to Italy. US citizens do not need a visa for travel to Italy. For additional information please refer to the US Government website on passports and visas at http://www.travel.state.gov for further information. Contracted Airfares: Any deviation from the confirmed dates and flights for the USSSA Baseball Tour could result in a different airfare. Those traveling on different days or flights from the group may be subject to individual contract airfares which might have different fares or different rules than the group. After the tickets are issued, name changes at least 48 hours prior to departure can be done for a fee of $200.00 per change. Airline tickets are non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a $200.00 change fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply.


A Note on Pricing and Airline Taxes/Fuel: The airline negotiated base fare is guaranteed. Taxes and any airline-related fees such as fuel surcharges are included in the tour price up to $625.00 per person. If airline taxes and other fees such as fuel surcharges exceed $625.00 per person the group will be invoiced for the difference. Once the airline tickets are issued (ticketed) if there is a difference between the calculated amount at the time of the Final Invoice and the actual amount on the date of issue, a Supplemental Invoice will be issued. Additionally, the re-calculation of airline ticket taxes due to international exchange rates (since all foreign taxes are subject to this even if the actual tax amount in the foreign currency doesn’t change), might result in an additional cost after Final Payment. The total amount of any changes will be reflected in a Supplemental Invoice. Group Size: The tour cost is based upon a minimum of 45 full-paying participants which must be met in order to maintain the guaranteed price. Falling below this minimum number could alter the tour price. Boosters are parents, siblings, family members or friends that are participating on tour with the group. Boosters are made mentioned in group itinerary. A registration form along with a $300.00 deposit and signed condition form will be needed for each participating booster. Travel Insurance: United Sports Academies offers travel insurance through TravelGuard. Travel insurance needs to be booked at or around the time of deposit. Individual and group policies available. TravelGuard covers trip cancellation or interruption, cancellation due to terrorism, travel delay, baggage and travel document loss, baggage delay, medical expense, emergency medical transportation, and accidental death and dismemberment. For more details or to book travel insurance contact Cathy Degnan at United Sports Academies at 1-800-6565499 or info@unitedsportsacademies.com. Cancellation Policy: Please be aware costs are incurred long before players and teams depart on tour. Deposits and payments are paid to suppliers (airlines, hotels, motor coach companies, and tournaments/soccer clubs) throughout the process and all suppliers are paid in full within 45-days of the trip departure. Therefore, we have strict guidelines regarding cancellation based on our suppliers overseas. Please note that notification of cancellation must be in writing or by email and received by the dates mentioned below. Please note the deposit is non-refundable after two weeks of receipt. The cancellation penalties outlined below are in addition to the $300.00 non-refundable deposit. There are no exceptions to the terms and conditions regardless of reason including injuries and medical issues. Travel insurance is highly recommended. • From date of enrollment to 90-days prior to departure: Full refund less a $200.00 cancellation fee (per person). • From 89-days to 46-days prior to departure: Full refund less a $325.00 cancellation fee (per person). • With 45-days to departure: All funds paid into the traveler’s account will be forfeited due to late cancellation.


M.F. ZUTTION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

& SAN MARINO CUP

USSSA BASEBALL TOURS HEADQUARTERS USSSA International

Addrees 9960 West 191st Street, Suite A Mokena, Il 60448 Ph. 708-675-1500 Fax: 708-675-1505 E-Mail: steve@abwcompanies.com

www.usssahselitebaseball.com/international


M.F. ZUTTION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT