All Star Village
All Star Village
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karlaro
Orange County, CA12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We shelled out plenty of cash for a 2 bedroom suite. I will list the positives:
1. Convenient location
2. The suite came with a kitchen and we saved $ by going to Walmart and buying our own food.
3. The fields are beautiful
The cons:
1. Suite 18 has steep stairs to climb at the entry. There was no one to assist in taking luggage up... Family members are older and I had an injured ankle. A gentleman volunteered to help us when a staff person laughed and said that they didn't have bellmen to assist with luggage.
2. The furniture is a mismatch of 1980s furniture.
3. Kitchen doesn't have a light source aside from the hood light.
4. The bathroom has carpet. They did install tile around the toilet, but the tiles are loose and not grouted.
5. The carpet on the stairs is Grey felt and the rest of the unit has emerald green carpet. I saw some bugs crawling in and out of the edges of the carpet.
6. The wood surrounding the doors and windows are rotted and crumbling.
7. The prices at the souvenir store and tavern are beyond ridiculous.
8. No reserved parking for those of us staying on premises. So if we need to go to the store, we may have to park across the street and do the long walk (or wait for the shuttle)
9. There is no check in office or number to call for housekeeping services.
10. There should be an "outlet" available for families to exchange items that they bought but left behind (fold up chairs, coolers, room fans, etc) . Especially since this property doesn't offer any amenities.

Let me add that in addition to all the costs of playing and staying here,they charge $99 for a live link to the games (for family and friends to watch games from home) $99!! That's crazy.
Written July 30, 2022
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Anthony G
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
The owner doesn't care about any of the players. He makes $14 million keeping costs low, employees cheap and uneducated, and the amenities expensive.

The rooms are disgusting with ripped bunks and mattresses fit for prisoners. Go to Babe Ruth or any other organization but this one.
Written July 31, 2021
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Erika H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
All Star Village- OFF SITE
•Never saw pictures or condition of room prior to booking the room.
•Cooperstown Village and Southside Diner are affiliated.
•No office to check in
•You have to go to the Southside diner to check in
•No on-site manager (Ginger) is a contact person
•Room smelled horrible
•Everything was very old and falling apart
•Toilet was wobbling
•Windows had screens off
I went to look for a new hotel to stay in.
•An hour later I went back to the diner and spoke to Deanna (one of the owners) returned the keys and asked for a refund. She stated that it was late to call the Village and early next morning I would receive a call regarding the refund.
•Next day I called the diner and requested to speak to Deanna. According to person I spoke to she was unavailable and would return my call back. Never called me.
I did not know the condition of the property before booking the stay, otherwise I would have never made the reservation to stay at that place.
Written August 25, 2021
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james h
Yorkville, IL31 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Those of you parents who have a young baseball player considering planning a trip to the "Cooperstown" (Oneonta) All-Star Village, please read the Trip Advisor reviews before considering on taking your son or team to this one week baseball camp. I have volunteer umpired at the camp on 5 different occasions and enjoyed most of those visits. However in the past few years, it has become evident to me that the ONLY reason that the camp is in existence, is to MAKE MONEY and no other reason. Your team nor child will not be respected or safe in this environment, so please do your research about this baseball camp and go elsewhere or spend your fundraising money on local tournaments.
Written May 25, 2024
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daniel patrick
Marcy, NY11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I don’t know who’s writing all the bad reviews but it’s not for the All Star Village. I, along with my two boys stayed at the village, in the dorms with 68 other teams totaling over 1000+ not including spectators. Are the both rooms dirty at times… yes they are 12 and 13 year old boys who are excited at playing ball and they forget stuff… the staff, and there are a ton of them, clean up the messes as they go, inclusive of laundry. The boys are extremely dirty after playing two games a day and the showers run constantly. The staff comes and cleans the bathroom every morning. The Bunkhouses are air conditioned and the mattress are comfortable with zippered mattress covering. The floors are rubber matted with plenty of windows. Most of our boys were out playing wiggle ball and inevitably other boys joined in… the food was amazing… to feed that many boys three times a day and keep them happy is an amazing feat in itself. This event is for the boys not the parents and ALL the boys I saw were having an incredible time… not one fight or argument just great boys playing a great sport!!!!! WE LOVED IT….. If you boy is into ball GO !
Written July 13, 2023
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lqs
Huntington Beach, CA119 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
One star is generous. This is a trip that requires a whole lot of money to send 12 year olds out for a baseball tournament, with a mandatory stay in the dorms (including food). Outside food is explicitly forbidden in the dorms so you're at the mercy of the cafeteria and tavern and parents aren't allowed into the dorm/cafeteria area so kids are essentially on their own (with hopefully some assistance from a couple of very busy coaches). If you have a child with food allergies, this elevates the situation to a whole other level. Perhaps if you have a more common allergy they're better prepared. However, for multiple allergies or more obscure allergies (soy for us), it's a bit of a train wreck. We have traveled all over the world with allergies to soy and gluten, but typically we have the opportunity to email/call ahead and speak with a chef/manager and have a plan. We also typically travel with a backpack full of food since it's inevitable that the restaurant won't fully understand the allergy, will tell you they're "sure it's fine" or "there's just a little bit in there". If you live in the allergy world, you have that radar that immediately knows when someone doesn't understand and it's better to turn around an eat elsewhere. Again, that's usually with a parent managing the situation and the opportunity for choice. Now you're talking about the 12 year old managing it, only 1 option of where to eat and a team that is going to be done eating by the time your child can figure out what's safe. We started emailing All Star Village over 6 months ago when we first put down our deposit just to make sure this was going to work out and be okay. Totally understand if someone can't accommodate, but they said it would be no issue. Said we could meet with the chef once we arrived. I explained that we were going to need to talk with someone prior to showing up. Was informed that their employees were seasonal and Chef Pat would be back there in Summer. Okay - they say it's no issue and I just need to wait till the season. Fast forward to early Summer when I again reached out trying to connect with the chef or anyone related to food. Nothing , no reply, crickets. Weekly emails with silence. I finally emailed the President/Owner trying to get anyone to reply and they were gracious enough to reply but still nothing other than meet with Chef Pat before 11am or between 4-6pm the Saturday of check-in. There's a group BBQ that afternoon and experience tells me that that food is going to be marinated, covered in sauce, etc and it's going to be an issue because they will have been cooking for hours before we're even allowed to talk with the chef. Our team is also trying to order in dinner from the Tavern the day of check-in and wants our order, but there's nobody to respond so we can't even place that order. Did I mention that my child is on a plane from CA to NY with nothing more than an email saying they would handle everything and several prayers from me that the week goes okay? If you don't have a child who ends up in the hospital due to food issues, maybe it's no big deal. For the rest of us, communication is the key. I'm happy to take on the burden if it's too much for the dining hall, send items that they aren't able to supply, pay extra for the inconvenience, guide my child on what they should/shouldn't choose. However, communication is necessary to make this happen. I am beyond disappointed at the way All Star Village has handled this situation and would highly caution anyone considering sending their child there with food allergies.
Written August 2, 2019
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Billy F
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
I highly recommend NOT staying at the onsite hotel. I was a coach for one of the teams and had my wife stay onsite with my four young daughters. Since I was going to be in the bunks with the players, I did not want my wife leaving at night with the four girls to go stay at a rental house or hotel. We paid the very high price for an onsite "hotel", which was a Queen with bunk beds. We arrived on Saturday, which was an extremely hot day (near 90 degrees) to find that my wife and daughters would be on the second floor and that the air conditioning was not working properly. We reported it immediately and were informed maintenance would look at it. Eventually, maintenance did claim to work on it that day, however, it was not fixed properly. The room was a steamy sweatbox. We reported it again that first day, saying that it was not working properly. We got no response. In the meantime, my wife happened to notice that the tv did not work. That had to be reported as well, which maintenance eventually fixed - the issue was that there was no HDMI cable. Issue #3, there was an enormous beehive right outside the only window to the room and my wife is allergic. It did cool down outside the first night, so opening a window could have helped air out the room, however there were no screens and oh yeah, there was a swarm of bees that would have entered the room. The beehive was reported as well, but again, nothing was done. Day 2 - Still no proper A/C, swarm of bees outside the only window with no screen and, come to find out, the tv volume has a mind of its own, constantly going really loud and really soft. We report all issues again to maintenance, but are told that the head groundskeeper doesn't work on Sunday and that a call would be placed. We are told that the AC unit could easily be replaced if the head groundskeeper ok's it. Sunday passes and we hear nothing back. A lady at the office says that she could bring my wife a box fan if it would help - my wife says yes it would help, the box fan was never delivered. On Sunday night I had to bring my own fan from the barracks, which did help cool the room a bit. Throughout the week, none of the issues were addressed. The AC unit did eventually start to work a little toward the middle of the week, but only enough to keep the room from a sweatbox. The beehive was still there when we checked out, the tv volume did not work correctly and the AC was functioning at about 60%. We again reported all of the issues at check out and asked for someone to contact us regarding the issues. Nobody contacted us, so I followed up with an email the next Monday. It was my opinion that some (not all) compensation was due back. Eventually my emails made direct contact with the owner of All-Star Village. The owner's responses to my concerns were short and in my opinion, with lack of regard. There were no apologies and I was told that there were no complaints about the room the week before or the week after, so therefore no compensation was due back. I reminded the owner that his workers actually admitted that there was a complaint a week before our stay and that I found it hard to believe the the swarm of bees checked in and out at the same time as my wife. I also found it hard to believe that the tv volume was magically working once my wife left. I also reminded him that his own workers confirmed the AC was not working correctly and had made a call to replace the unit. All in all, there was absolutely NO REGARD for any of the issues or concerns for my wife and young daughters. My final email simply asked for an apology and admittance that there were issues, but the owner did not respond. Stay here at your own risk!
Written July 31, 2018
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Ryan T
West Bethesda, MD12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
There’s so many things you need to know.
We’ll start this by covering the coaches.
Hills. There are hills. VERY big VERY steep hills. You will be walking up and down them for days! Prepare yourself.
Gear: we brought the bench coach to store bats/helmets etc. bring yours. Magnetic board for lineup and player positions. Bring your own lineup cards. Theirs suck. Pens and pencils as you must keep a paper book when you are the home team. It rains, bring a pen for when the paper gets damp. Sharpies to write on the jerseys and pants. 2 dozen or so of those 3M removable hooks. It helps keep the kids clothes and towels off the floor. Sorta. Picture pigpen from Charlie Brown. This is how you will live for a week.
Bring OLD crappy synthetic leather baseballs. The batting cages are a deep loose gravel. They will chew up leather baseballs. Bring good balls to throw. Bring a Bluetooth speaker. I use altec Lansing. Why wouldn’t you want music to hit and warm up to? You don’t need a fungo. No place to hit. Just throw the ball. Bring towels. It rains. Keep your barrels and gloves dry.
I always keep tape with me. It works for loose grip tape, blisters, emergency batting glove repairs etc.
we carried 2 buckets of baseballs, the bench coach, and a couple water Jugs in a collapsible wagon. It’s worth having.
We brought a US and Maryland flag. Makes your kids(you know, the one in the blue jersey) easy to find during opening ceremonies. Had them carry it. They were okay with this.
Bring about 1/2 dz power strips. Everyone needs to charge their phone. You will need these.
For the ballers:
Sunscreen. Usual baseball gear. Sunglasses.
Pins. Advice on the pins: 1/2 and 1/2 pin designs are cool. Maybe make 10 per kid that are different. All black or gold or silver for the last couple of days. Those were deemed “rare” and “cool”.
Turf shoes and cleats. Some kids will want turf shoes but cleats work better if the artificial is wet.
Phones. They’ll want to take pics of the stupid things they do. It’s hilarious!
The Zen -5 is still legal. Anything lighter is banned. There was one other bat but I don’t remember which. We didn’t have it.

I brought a ton of powdered Gatorade packets. The only thing you’re allowed to bring in is cases of water. We had each parent bring a case. This is an easy way to make Gatorade for the players. Ask to get a golf cart to deliver them to your dorm.

There is no place to lock up anything. The locker outside fit the balls, bench coach, wagon, and one coaches bag(messenger type bag). That’s it. Lock that just in case. Everything else just sits in your room. We were fortunate. Nothing was taken. Stuff is everywhere.

The dorms have AC and cable TV. We just left it on sports center. The floors are like a gym. Black rubber mat. Very smart! The AC works but it’ll be cold close to it and warm far away. Put the fat coach near it and the skinny coach away from it. Simple math.

The food is good enough. Take advantage of the oranges and bananas. Kids cramp, so do old guys walking hills in the heat. This will help. Tons of bees by the soda machines. They’re punch drunk. Never saw one kid get stung. Did see them panic though and that was hilarious!

Checking kids out sucks. Coordinate a plan to take large groups out at a time or you’ll be walking the widow maker hill repeatedly and cursing peoples names. Make your life as easy as you can.

Good luck coaches, parents, and players! Enjoy your last run on the little field! They grow up fast!
We went when Big Al went. Cool kid. 😁
Written August 20, 2018
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Marie D
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
This was the absolute worst, worst, worst hotel I have ever stayed at. Convenience of being at the park was fantastic, but still not enough to ever recommend. Room was damp, and everything (clothing, bedding, luggage) always felt wet. Horribly dated. Felt like I was in a scene from a 1970’s movie. Booked for 4, but barely had room to move with just 2 of us. Cleaning service was the only reason I gave it 1 star. Personable and did their job. Do yourself a favor and book at the Holiday Inn Express.
Written August 22, 2019
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james h
Yorkville, IL31 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I have visited the Cooperstown "All Star" Village on 5 occasions as a volunteer umpire, the first being in 2008 and the most recent in July of 2019. The head of umpires and the camp director have drastically changed in the past few years, not for the better. In 17 years as an official I have never been treated as I was in my time at the Village this year. Both directors were unprofessional and unorganized in both their treatment of myself and my umpire partner and the umpire supervisor, Oscar, was profane in the presence of both parents and young adults. I had paid extra to stay in a bed and breakfast facility off-site, which was approved by management, and was then told that I was given "special" treatment. I was not given the proper up to date rules for umpires, which led to a team forfeit and ultimately led to myself and my umpire partner being dismissed from the camp on the second day. I would advise any teams considering the Cooperstown All-Star Village to spend their money more wisely and use it for local weekend tournaments.
Written August 9, 2019
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