Report to Baseball Spring Training

report to baseball spring trainingWhen should a player report to baseball spring training?  Believe it or not, this issue can be confusing unless you know the start of the season, which isn’t necessarily the first game.

Luckily, baseball players associated with the Major Leagues can rely on their CBA for help.  The general rule is a player does not have to report for spring training workouts more than 33 days before the start of the championship season.  For the 2014 championship season, the Major League season starts on March 31, 2014.  Thus, a player shall be ready to workout for spring training on February 26, 2014.

Please note, the series between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks in Australia is not the official start date as specified under the CBA.

Are there exceptions to the 33 day rule?

Yes, there are many exceptions to the 33 day rule.  In other words, there are reasons why a player shall be required to report before February 26, 2014.  First, injured players may be invited to attend spring training no earlier than 45 days (February 14, 2014).

Also, pitchers (even left-handed pitchers) may be invited to attend spring training no earlier than 45 days (February 14, 2014).  Because a pitcher needs a catcher, the CBA says catchers may be invited to attend spring training no earlier than 45 days (February 14, 2014) too.

Can a player be invited to report to baseball spring training before February 26, 2014?

Yes, all other players (not injured players, pitchers, or catchers) may be invited to attend spring training no earlier than 40 days (February 19, 2014).

When should you report to baseball spring training?

Obviously, if you are a pitcher or a catcher, you need to report and be ready to play by February 14, 2014.  That said, there are a lot of advantages to reporting early.  First, it looks good to both your manager, baseball executives, and support staff.  Second, it looks good to your teammates.  Third, reporting early allows you to get a lay of the land and surrounding area.  Thus, it absolutely makes perfect sense to report on time and preferably early.

When can you report late to baseball spring training?

In a perfect world, you never want to report late.  That said, there are absolutely times when a player might report late.  However, all of these reasons should include seeking prior consent.  Even if you can’t report because your spouse is pregnant or you have a family emergency…always get consent first.  And, get consent as soon as you have first hand knowledge you might report late.