Prospective Player's and Families
Thank you very much for your interest in our Academy Baseball Program. Our staff takes an enormous amount of pride in preparing players for their next level. Player development is our first priority within our program philosophy. Our goal this year is to put the most competitive teams possible within each of our age divisions. Each year we sit down to assess our coaching performance and program goals. Please review the information below to learn more about our 2022 program and tryout details.
Here is the tryout information:
*FRIDAY SEPT 17 @ NORTHWEST DIAMOND SPORTS (19380 SW 90th Ct. Tualatin, OR 97062)
10u/11u/12u: 4:30 arrival/drop-off
5p-7p tryout—hitting, pitching, catching
13u/14u: 6:30 arrival/drop-off
7-9p tryout—hitting, pitching, catching
*SUNDAY SEPT. 19 @ WALUGA PARK EAST (15505 Quarry Rd. Lake Oswego, OR 97035)
10u/11u/12u: 4:45 arrival/drop-off
5-7p tryout—fielding, catching
13u/14u: 6:30 arrival/drop-off
7-9:30p tryout—fielding, catching
If you can't make the tryout, please let us know and we will be able to set up a separate personal tryout time
If a rain-out occurs we will have a back up tryout @ the NWDS Baseball Academy at the same time.
Our goal is to continue as the best academy in OR, with the best hands-on instruction and academic-style approach to coaching, including:
* Ensuring that we teach players how to properly play the game.
* Increasing pre-season and in-season production with improved strength, conditioning, and SAQ programs.
* Forming more competitive teams based on players playing within their prospective age division.
* Increasing player preparation by expanding classroom settings, the use of drills, and implementing new training technology.
* Academy team cost will range between $3700
(To keep the cost low, players are required to purchase the Nike players pack at discounted price for an additional cost. A link will be provided to all players participating in our 2022 season).
What We WILL Develop:
Fundamentals: Through daily routine we will consistently focus on fundamentals of the game.
1. NWDS Spring Training Classes
2. Position Specific Training
3. Practice 2-3x Weekly (min-90)
Competition: we travel to and bring to us, the best competition and most respected programs in the NW!
March - July: 30 to 45 games.
Classes: Weekly classes will be available in all areas of the game for players that want to practice 3 to 5 times per week.
Knowledgable Players: spring training, post-game breakdown, end of year meetings, players keep learning!
1. NWDS Classroom Discussions
2. Video Analysis Programs
3. Quiz and Homework Assignments
About the NWDS Academy Baseball Program
The NWDS Academy Baseball Program started in 2006 with a primary goal of combining all our services into one comprehensive program, formatting the program similar to collegiate/professional baseball. We teach players through various modes of training and use a systematic and academic-style approach to teaching.
Along with high school prep, our secondary goal is to help guide players to collegiate careers and perhaps even professional baseball. The program's first graduating class has since moved on to high school baseball with players achieving accolades with leagues-honors, state-honors, national recognition, 6 Division 1 players, and a couple looking at professional careers right out of high school. Our staff is very proud of all of its players and their achievements but most importantly their development of strong character and becoming great young men.
Why We're Different
The NWDS Academy Baseball Program separates itself from other programs with a few key components and we believe that it starts with us as a staff. At the top, Jose Cepeda, former major leaguer and scout, with a wealth of experience from playing and coaching at the professional level. We also have 4 full-time staff members, a rarity in this business, especially in the state of Oregon. For our full-time staff, this is our primary source of income, which means we work together to tackle projects and continue the development of our programs. We completely understand that the program is expensive. You are paying for a full-time professional coaching staff that is available to your son every day for 6 months out of the year.
The academy program also includes a college equivalent schedule with professional practice plans and classroom education. There is also an extensive amount of traveling out of state that might require at least 1 plane trip. We do not allow dads to coach in our full-time program for quality and political reasons that create problems in many leagues and organizations. We separate ourselves from our competition by carrying 10 - 11 roster spots, while batting the entire line-up at all times will ensure maximum development for your son.
Every depth chart in every high school program is different making it difficult to be a starter as a one-dimensional player. NWDS requires every player to learn multiple positions to give them more opportunity to play at the high school level. We concentrate on the mental-emotional growth as much as the physical growth of our players. Players are challenged more in the game mentally vs physically due to the constant failure. We never overlook this aspect of the game.
Being a part of the NWDS Academy Program isn't about a title, it's about an experience - one that should last a lifetime. We understand the value of athletics and the shaping of our youth and how that will apply to a young man's life beyond baseball. This is the very reason we take an in-depth approach to teaching. We believe that our passion, excitement, and looking at the game in-depth, will encourage players to do the same with every aspect of their lives, starting with baseball.
Tryout and Selection Process
Players are expected to try out each year to earn their position on the next season's roster. Every player will need to register their information using the link above. All players need to bring all the necessary gear and equipment to the tryout.
Some players will be offered a roster position immediately following the workout. Others will be placed on a depth chart and contacted within two weeks after the last tryout date.
Players that are not selected for a position on a team roster: are encouraged to call to set up a meeting to discuss player strengths, weaknesses, and how they can create a plan for development.
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