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Take Us Out to the Ballgame! Spring Training with the Braves, Astros and Nationals

Program Number: 5924RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/9/2014 - 3/14/2014; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: DeLand, Florida
Price starting at: $1,036.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Baseball
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Whether you’re a devoted fan, live with the baseball-addicted, or just enjoy The Game, attend Major League Spring Training with the Braves, Astros, and Nationals. Attend at least two and, if available, three MLB Spring Training games during the program. If only two MLB games are available (rare), we will try to schedule a college game. Plan for a grand slam experience and bring those mitts, cameras, and autograph books.




Highlights

• Meet and talk with players, coaches, and others as they share their lives and experiences, and hear from sports medicine experts on the mechanics of pitching and injuries.
• Get to know Society for Baseball Research members who share the history they are attempting to save and delve into baseball controversies, review rules, and discuss how The Game impacts American culture.
• As a special highlight, enjoy an excursion to Disney's Wide World of Sports.



Activity Particulars

Walking to/from bus to stadiums, climbing stairs.



Coordinated by Stetson University.




DeLand

DeLand is within easy reach of Disney World, the Daytona International Speedway, Sea World and Universal Studios. The town itself, known as the “Athens of Florida,” is surrounded by spring-fed lakes and acres of orange groves. The nearby Blue Spring State Park is home to manatees.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with outdoor pool and free parking.
Meals and Lodgings
   Clarion Hotel
  DeLand, FL 5 nights
 Clarion Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Clarion Hotel is just two miles from Stetson University and is just a short drive from many popular Florida attractions like the Daytona International Speedway and the World's Most Famous Beach - Daytona Beach.
  Contact info: 350 East International Speedway Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32724 USA
phone: 386-738-5200
web: www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-deland-florida-FLB59?listpos=1
  Room amenities: Free newspaper. Free wireless high-speed Internet. Cable/satellite TV. Hair dryer. Coffee maker. Iron and ironing board. Pillow top mattress. Wake up service. Refrigerators and microwaves can be requested.
  Facility amenities: Fitness Center. Free Internet. Laundry, outdoor pool, and much more.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please call for pricing. Please call Lillian Hess-Salmeri at 386-738-5200 for additional information or to book your before or after stay.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Please call for pricing. Please call Lillian Hess-Salmeri at 386-738-5200 for additional information or to book your before or after stay.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration begins at 4:00 on Sunday You will be staying at Clarion Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Approximately 1:00 p.m. on Friday You will be staying at Clarion Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. We must have a signed and completed participation information form/health form from you before the start of the program.
  Parking availability:
Free on-site parking for duration of program. A parking pass will be handed out to you on Sunday.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  DeLand, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Daytona Beach
  Nearest highway: I-4 and I-95
  Nearest airport:  Daytona Beach International and Orlando International
  From End of Program
  Location: DeLand, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

DeLand/Clairon

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
American Taxi
phone: 386-255-0000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price varies
Prices are subject to change.

   

Please call for a quote. Please remember that all transportation to and from your destination is your responsibility and not the responsibility of Stetson University.

 

DeLand/Clairon

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
DeLand Taxi
phone: 386-734-8484

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Prices vary, please call.
Prices are subject to change.

 

DeLand/Clairon

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Travelynx
phone: 386-257-3283
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60.00
Prices are subject to change.

   

Please ask for Phyllis. Prices vary and are always subject to change. Transportation to and from the airport to your destination is your responsibility and will not be handled by Stetson University.

 
Driving Directions
  To DeLand Clairon From I-95, take exit 261 to US 92 heading west. Go 20 miles to DeLand. You will reach the hotel on your left (located on 92). From I-4, take exit 118B to DeLand, take a right on Kepler and left on 92. The hotel will be on your left.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: REGISTRATION, get acquainted session, dinner, and orientation.
(Sunday, March 9)
   
 Afternoon: Registration will begin at 4:00 and then we will do a get acquainted activity.
 Dinner: Banquet style. Professors invited to say hello.
 Evening: After dinner we will have our orientation. We will go over the week's schedule and answer any questions you may have.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lectures and field trip.
(Monday, March 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.
 Morning: From Little League to the Big Show with Mr. Wade Rowdon
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Meet Stetson University's Baseball Coach and Chipper Jone's Godfather - Pete Dunn
 Dinner: Dinner will be held at the DeLand Fish House which is located next door to the Clarion. (Menu has varied options)
 Evening: Dennis Corcoran will be giving a lecture this evening. Title - TBA
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Baseball game.
(Tuesday, March 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.
 Morning: Dennis Corcoran - Author of Induction Day at Cooperstown: A History of the Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremony. Break, then board bus for trip to Wide World of Sports.
 Lunch: Lunch at the baseball field while watching the warm up.
 Afternoon: Philadelphia Phillies vs. the Atlanta Braves Lunch will be at the field and we will have GREAT seats!
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.
 Evening: Optional college game - Stetson University v/s N.C. State Transportation will be provided or you may drive yourself.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lectures and ball game
(Wednesday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be held at the hotel.
 Morning: "Where has Sandlot Baseball Gone?" lecture with Dr. Matt Wilson and then board the bus for Kissimmee
 Lunch: Lunch at ball field and watch warm up.
 Afternoon: Baseball game - Washington Nationals v/s Houston Astros
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.
 Evening: We will try and have a class or entertainment for you this evening. This is TBD.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lecture and ball game.
(Thursday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.
 Morning: Class TBA and in the later morning board bus to Viera for game.
 Lunch: At the Baseball field and watch the warm up.
 Afternoon: Game in Viera - NY Mets vs. Washington Nationals GREAT SEATS!
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the DeLand Fish House. (Menu with varied options)
 Evening: "As the Economy goes, so does the Astros" with Mr. Wade Berstler
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast, class, and farewell
(Friday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.
 Morning: "Third Basemen of the Braves in the Modern Era" and "The Social Constructs of American Baseball" with Mr. Wade Berstler
 Lunch: Closing lunch and farewell.
 Afternoon: Independent departures after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Induction Day at Cooperstown: A History of the Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremony


Author: Dennis Corcoran


Description: Nearly every year since 1939, baseball's most outstanding players, umpires, pioneers and executives have been enshrined at Cooperstown in a public ceremony attracting thousands of fans from across (and sometimes beyond) the United States. Whether conferred by the Baseball Writers Association of America, the Veterans Committee, or in the case of 17 Negro League greats in 2006, an ad hoc committee of historians, Hall of Fame membership is the game's highest honor. This book covers the origins and history of the Hall of Fame museum and its election process, provides general information on each year's class and induction ceremony, and includes concise biographical and career discussion for every Hall of Famer, as well as commentary on his (Effa Manley is the lone female) path to election, and highlights of his speech.





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