Sunday, December 27, 2015

2016 Perfect Game - Take the Title!

Whether you are new to Perfect Game's enormous range of tournaments, showcases, recruiting or scouting information, and player profiles or not, a new year brings opportunities to win a team national or world championship as well as build individual player statistics and notoriety at each event!

Perfect Game (PG) records player's top results depending on the categories being measured from PG showcases and tournaments. Each event that the player participates in is listed under the player's profile information. Upcoming PG events are listed below!

Memorial Weekend (May 27-30, 2016) is the first chance in Indiana for any team to play in a Super Qualifier!  9u, 10u, 11u,and 12u teams will compete in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the PG Super 25 Super Qualifier title.  The winning team in each age group will receive a paid berth directly to the Super 25 National Championships in Fort Myers, Florida for the dates listed.

  • 9u National Championship is July 17-23, 2016
  • 10u National Championship is July 17-23, 2016
  • 11u National Championship is June 24-30, 2016
  • 12u National Championship is June 24-30, 2016

  • PGBA Indiana Qualifiers offer the chance to win a  paid berth to the PGBA Indiana State Championships and get all your player and team data into the powerful PG player profiles just like in the PG Super 25 events. Each age group winner receives the paid berth to the PGBA Indiana State Championship. Qualifiers are on the following dates.
    • 11u, 12u, 16u PGBA Indiana Qualifier is June 9-12, 2016
    • 9u, 10u PGBA Indiana Qualifier is June 24-26, 2016
    • 16u,17u PGBA Indiana Qualifier is June 23-26, 2016
    PGBA Indiana State Championship is open to all teams to challenge for the only PG Indiana State Title!  Player data is added into the powerful PG player profiles just like in all the PG events. 
    • 9u,10u,11u, 12u, 13u, 14u Indiana State is July 14-17, 2016
    • 16u, 17u Indiana State is July 21-24, 2016

    Take the Title in 2016 ... Play Perfect Game! 

    More information on PGBA or Super 25 tournaments can be found at OnTurf Sports or from the Perfect Game websites.

    Sunday, November 8, 2015

    OnTurf Classic Powered by DICK'S Sporting Goods

    The year end tournament for the OnTurf Sports Baseball League is growing up.  As quickly as our kids go from tee-ball to high school sports, so has the OnTurf Classic gone from a small tournament to one that has a tournament, skills challenges and giveaways!  The OnTurf Classic powered by DICK'S Sporting Goods will be July 8-10, 2016 at Morsches Park in Columbia City, Indiana.

    First OnTurf Sports Champions 2008
    12u Summit City Lightning
    The 3 game format tournament is open to all teams but has always been the year end tournament for the OnTurf Sports Baseball League.  League teams are seeded into this tournament depending on their finish order in their age group standings.  This tournament is popular with coaches, players and spectators because the entry fee for league teams is only $225, teams can be the tournament champion even if coming up short during league play and the July weather is perfect for baseball.  With the additional of the skill challenges to the tournament, players will experience more that the game has to offer.

    Ages 8u through 14u will have chance to not only win the tournament championship but each age group will have different skills challenges that they can participate in.  Weather permitting the Saturday night of the tournament will be set aside for players to compete against their peers from all the other teams.  Around the Horn will involve nine players from each team throwing the ball at lightning speed to be crowned the champ.  Instead of quick arms, it will be the quick feet of one runner who will be the champion of the road runner base running challenge.  Last but not least will be 11 and 12 year old players swinging for the fences in the event that everyone loves to watch.  The icing on the cake is that all the competition winners will receive awards from DICK'S  Sporting Goods!

    All the tournament information, DICK'S Sporting Goods promotions, skills competition rules, and age groups that can participate can be found at 

    Some benefits are first come first serve so don't wait!  Get registered and paid for this tournament today!

    Friday, October 9, 2015

    Tournament Pricing BPA - NSA Tournaments

    A new year brings some updates to Baseball Players Association (BPA) and National Softball Association (NSA).  For 2016, BPA and NSA have standardized the insurance requirements with Westpoint Insurance to maintain the pricing and excellent coverage for teams.  Coaches and team schedulers will notice that the insurance change also appears in the BPA and NSA tournament pricing.

    The tournament pricing for each tournament will show two prices depending on if a team has the Westpoint insurance or not.  The first price listed from OnTurf Sports is the full price with no discount. Teams should consider purchasing the BPA or NSA Wespoint insurance policy. It applies to other sanctioned tournaments (check individual requirements), is in most cases the best insurance coverage AND is still cheaper than most policies that can be purchased!
    1. Teams Without Westpoint Insurance - Tournament directors will purchase a weekend policy for the team through Westpoint insurance to cover the team that does not have a BPA or NSA Westpoint insurance policy.  This allows teams to participate no matter what insurance policy they have besides BPA or NSA insurance.  Checks should be made for the entry fee price and online payments should use the full entry fee amount option.
    2. Teams With Westpoint Insurance - Teams that submit a BPA or NSA Westpoint insurance policy will receive an instant $25 discount from OnTurf Sports at the time of payment.  Checks can have the entry fee minus the $25 and online payments will offer the entry fee less the $25.

    April 15-17, 2016 BPA Lead Off Hit - Columbia City, IN

    • Listed Tournament Entry Fee is $425. Noted in red in tournament comments "$25 discount if you have BPA Westpoint insurance." The mailed check payable to "OnTurf Sports LLC" should be sent with the appropriate amount.  Online transactions have both options listed for your selection.
    • Entry Fee for a team that does not have BPA Westpoint insurance is $425.  The tournament director will purchase a weekend policy to allow this team to play in the tournament.
    • Entry Fee for a team that already has a BPA Westpoint insurance policy is $400.  Teams that submit their BPA Westpoint insurance by email at least two weeks prior to the tournament will only pay the $400 entry fee.
    June 24-26, 2016 NSA IWU Championship - Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN

    • Listed Tournament Entry Fee is $400. Noted in red in tournament comments "$25 discount if you have NSA Westpoint insurance." The mailed check payable to "OnTurf Sports LLC" should be sent with the appropriate amount.  Online transactions have both options listed for your selection.
    • Entry Fee for a team that does not have NSA Westpoint insurance is $400.  The tournament director will purchase a weekend policy to allow this team to play in the tournament.
    • Entry Fee for a team that already has a NSA Westpoint insurance policy is $375.  Teams that submit their NSA Westpoint insurance by email at least two weeks prior to the tournament will only pay the $375 entry fee.

    If you have questions on OnTurf Sports tournaments or discounts, please contact us at

    For complete BPA and NSA tournament listings, please see

    Additional Reference
    Reason for the insurance change.
    July 25 Blog Article

    BPA Insurance and tournament discounts available for OnTurf Sports Baseball League teams.
    July 25 Blog Article

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015

    Observations/Tips from 2015 College Softball Showcase

    Softball can be a grind...lots of games, travel, and hotel stays.  This goes for the college coaches as well.  They cannot be at every game in multiple locations.  Depending on the size of the school and their recruiting budget, they may have one person trying to visit as many locations as they can fit into their schedule.   So what does that mean for the player?

    Do your research on the schools that you would choose based on academics.  Would you attend that school even if you were not playing softball? When the opportunity presents itself, being prepared with a well thought out answer will impress any coach.

    Players need to be proactive and reach out to a coach by email before their tournaments or games are played. Let them know your schedule, a little bit of information about you such as positions you play, that you hit left/right/switch, throw left/right, and most importantly your GPA.  In the competitive environment for college positions, students with a higher GPA reduce the risks to the schools.  Said another way - players that put in the time to take care of their grades in high school are projected to do the same in college when time management is much more of a priority.  Colleges do not want to commit time and resources into a player only to have that player ruled academically ineligible.  So the bottom line is provide the information to the coaches so that they feel comfortable to recruit you.

    College coaches want to be successful.  They want to have players that want to be successful.  When you are on the field, run the bases hard every time, know the situation in the game and be a good teammate.  Remember you normally only bat maybe three or four times a game so you can run hard four times to first or maybe even take an extra base, you need to be able to bunt when it is appropriate or have all the skills to do what is called for at the time, and always be a part of the team with encouragement, enthusiasm and 100% effort.  The speed of the game increases from high school to college and you must project to the coach that you can make that adjustment. 

    "From the moment you get out of your car at the diamond until the time that you get back into the car to leave, your actions are being watched." - Coach Craig Faulkner (High School Coach and Four Time Florida State Champion)  It is not going to always be obvious that a coach is watching you play.  Not all coaches are dressed in collegiate apparel when they are at the park.  Some coaches rely on other trusted individuals besides themselves and their coaches to provide feedback about a prospective college player.  You do not know who is sitting in the stands, walking around the diamond, or parking next to you in the parking lot.  Be mindful of what you say and what you do. This goes for players and their families.

    The harsh reality is that not every high school player will make it to play in college.  No one owes you anything. You make our own luck. "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." -Roman philosopher Seneca.  Put the time in to constantly get better, work on your weaknesses, ask questions, be a student of the game and grind your way to your goals!

    Best of Luck!

    Additional information and resources 
    There are many different levels of college softball to play.  Do not close any door or opportunity. Each college or university softball program falls into a collegiate athletic category.  

    The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) has three divisions D1, D2 and D3. The NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)(
    The NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) has three divisions D1, D2 and D3 (

    Athletic Scholarship Opportunities
    Division I (per school) 11.7
    Division II (per school) 9
    Division III (per school) 0
    NAIA (per school) 12
    NJCAA (*varies per school) 24

    Academic Scholarships Opportunities can be added or are available based on the school.

    DivisionNJCAA Scholarship Guidelines
    Division IColleges may grant full athletic scholarships (tuition, books, fees, room & board), up to $250 in course required supplies and transportation costs one time per academic year to and from the college by direct route. Each sport has limits on the number of scholarships that can be granted. 
    Division IIColleges may grant athletic scholarships, but scholarships are limited to tuition, books, fees and up to $250 in course required supplies. Each sport has limits on the number of scholarships that can be granted. 
    Division IIIColleges are not permitted to offer any athletic scholarships
    NOTE: If a sport does not have the numbers to break into separate divisions, it operates under the Division I scholarship guidelines. 

    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    New Little League Rules Division - OnTurf Baseball League -LLR

    Would your little league or local house teams like to get in more games against new teams?  OnTurf Sports wants to assist baseball teams in any way we can so that kids can have as many opportunities as possible to play baseball.  Little league or local house league age teams can now gather together under a new division created by OnTurf Sports called the OnTurf Baseball League-little league rules (LLR).  The league is intended to organize teams wanting to play little league style rules against similar teams from their area with the benefits that go with the league.
      • Any team or organization of teams following little league style rules 
        • Enter one team, two teams .... or all your league teams.
        • Rule Examples: No lead offs, steal once the ball crosses the plate.
        • Playing distances of 46 foot mound and 60 foot bases
        • 10 through 12u equivalent to the little league age division
      • Teams can be made of any age eligible players (All-Stars or Non All-Star teams)
      • 13 through 14u equivalent to the Babe Ruth age division following high school rules
        • Enter one team, two teams .... or all your league teams. 
        • No teams exclusively playing travel baseball in this division
        • Rules Examples: Lead offs, steals
        • 13u playing distances can be 54 foot mound and 80 foot bases or 60.5 foot mound and 90 foot bases
        • 14u playing distances of 60.5 foot mound and 90 foot bases
        • Combined 13u and 14u players on the same team will play 14u playing distances.
      • OnTurf Sports will organize the teams geographically to enable them to put together the entire schedule in one evening.  The location will be worked out among the participating teams.  If you need to travel, this will minimize the travel time and expense.
      • Little league or house teams can send one person to schedule for multiple teams OR one person from each team can schedule for their team
      • Teams can schedule their games with the other teams for any day, time and location that both teams agree to.  
      • Play your normal league games at your park as you have always done AND combine with other youth baseball organizations. 
      • Play as many or as few games as you desire against other little league or house teams.  
      • Teams will be organized as soon as they are formed by their local organizations.
      • After registration, payment and the scheduling meeting are completed by March then the games can begin.
      • Games can be played on any date for as short or long of time that the organizations want.
      • Games can be played on any day of week as long as both teams agree.
      • Get more games against different teams or just play different teams
      • Play games in new places for new experiences
      • Schedule all your games with the other teams in one evening
      • Get equipment and apparel discounts from Dick's Sporting Goods
      • Optional - Teams can play 
        • a LLR year-end tournament with other LLR league teams at the end of July/first of August for $225 where OnTurf Sports secures the fields, schedules all the games, gets all the umpires and provides baseballs (gate fee not included for spectators) OR
        • against travel teams using high school rules in the OnTurf Classic July 10-12 for $225 where OnTurf Sports secures the fields, schedules all the games, gets all the umpires and provides baseballs (gate fee not included for spectators)
      • For Your League
        • Your league can sell concessions at all the games
        • Increase the control the coaches have to schedule the games and opponent.
        • Get a built in year-end tournament with no extra work
      • OnTurf Sports organizes the teams, records all the game results on our website, determines the standings, and awards the winners
      • OnTurf Sports will reach out to and gather a larger number of teams for the LLR year-end tournament for kids to play against than what each organization can do individually.
      • Optional - Get a great price on discounted league insurance ($30 BPA Sanctioning Reguired in addition to the insurance price based on the age group of the team) 
      • Register each team with the coaches contact information OR a single league person handling the entire league. Click here to register your team.  
        • Registration establishes that you are interested. Commitment to the LLR league is given at the point of payment.  An online payment and check option will appear after registration.  You can choose to use a credit card or mail a check to the address provided.
        • Additional information will be sent to the email provided.
        • Teams will use this contact information provided in case of rain-out or similar situtation
      • LLR League Fee
        • $150 OnTurf Baseball League-little league rules (LLR) or equal to about $12-15 per player depending on the number of players per team.
        • Optional - $225 - LLR year-end tournament July 29-31 or Aug. 5-7
        • Optional - $225 - OnTurf Classic July 10-12
        • If you are considering playing in the LLR year-end tournament or the OnTurf Classic without playing in the league, the tournament entry fee is $375.  You can play in both the LLR league and get the LLR year-end tournament or the OnTurf Classic tournament for $375.
        • If playing in the tournament, both the LLR league and tournament are paid up front at the same time.
    Questions? Please email us at

    Little League is the registered trademark of Little League Baseball and Softball.  The term little league in the above article are used as a general reference to the rules followed by the teams and not necessarily the affiliation of the teams to the organization.

    Saturday, July 25, 2015

    2015-2016 BPA Changes and OnTurf Sports

    For teams playing in Baseball Players Association (BPA) tournaments and/or leagues, a few changes have been made to the registration and acceptance process.  You may have received an email, seen a posting on Facebook or read a tweet with this information.  We are taking the explanation one step further.

    For the Fall of 2015 and the 2016 season, BPA has made the following changes
    1. The BPA sanctioning period will be August 1 to July 31.  The old time period was September 1 to August 31. Any new BPA/Westpoint insurance policies will match the new sanctioning dates.
    2. The BPA sanction fee is now $30.  The BPA sanction fee gives you the required BPA sanction number which enables you to enter your team in BPA sanctioned events and leagues plus purchase the required BPA/Westpoint insurance.
    3. BPA/Westpoint insurance is now required to be purchased by teams to play in a BPA sanctioned event.  The change was necessary because too many teams nationwide did not have sufficient coverage for their teams and the resulting claims from these teams were driving the insurance rates up for everyone.  To stop the insurance companies proposed price increases, BPA and Wespoint Insurance recognized the need for great coverage.  If the teams had a standard Westpoint insurance policy with the top notch team coverage, the insurance rates could be held at the current levels.  The Westpoint insurance policy can be used for all of your tournaments and in most cases will have higher coverage amounts at a smaller price than what you have been purchasing in the past at a higher price.
    So how does this relate to OnTurf Sports?

    The BPA OnTurf Sports Baseball League - NEBL, NWBL, SEBL, and SWBL divisions will require BPA/Westpoint insurance as a sanctioned league.  The insurance will also be required for all sanctioned BPA tournaments.  

    Here's how OnTurf Sports can help!

    Teams wanting to play in the BPA OnTurf Sports Baseball League now have the following options and benefits through OnTurf Sports.

    Teams must be registered and paid for the league by September 1, 2015 for Fall insurance coverage and January 8, 2016 for Spring and Summer insurance coverage.

    OPTION 1: Register for the league one time and pay the appropriate fee and OnTurf Sports will handle all the paperwork to get your team a

      BPA sanction number, BPA/Westpoint insurance and entered into the OnTurf Sports Baseball League you desire. The sanction number and insurance certificate are emailed to the person registering the team.

      BENEFIT - Minimum $50 Savings - Get a minimum $50 discount on your insurance by being a part of the BPA OnTurf Sports Baseball League 

    OPTION 2: Register for the league and the OnTurf Classic tournament plus pay the appropriate fee and OnTurf Sports will handle all the paperwork to get your team a

      BPA sanction number, BPA/Westpoint insurance and entered into the OnTurf Sports Baseball League plus the year end league tournament OnTurf Classic. The sanction number and insurance certificate are emailed to the person registering the team.

      BENEFIT - Minimum $200 Savings -  Get a minimum $50 discount on your insurance plus $150 discount on the OnTurf Classic by being a part of the BPA OnTurf Sports Baseball League
    OPTION 3: GET the LEAGUE for FREE.  Registered and paid league teams can also get a $150 discount on three (3) tournaments.  Option 1 and 2 above can still be purchased in addition to taking advantage of Option 3.  Ask OnTurf Sports for all the details. Exclusions Apply.

               BENEFIT Minimum $150 Savings - Get a minimum $150 discount on 3 tournaments. 
    For more information on the OnTurf Baseball League divisions, please visit the webpages below or email us at

    Information on OnTurf Sports 2016 tournaments are planned to be released October 1, 2015 at this time.

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

    11u and 12u PG Super 25 All Tournament Team

    Some of the best and brightest players shared their talents in Columbia City June 5-7 in the Perfect Game Super 25 Super Qualifier.  The winning teams now advance to the national tournament in Marietta, Georgia July 16-21 where a single PG Super 25 national champion will be crowned!  

    Two teams will represent the Ohio Valley Region in the PG Super 25 national tournament.  In a disciplined and many times exciting display of skill, the Cincinnati Spikes completed a perfect sweep through the field to take the 12u title.  The 11u Midland Warriors used big bats and timely combinations of pitching and defense to win the championship.  Of course these two teams had players with standout performances but so did many of the other teams in the field. Here are the top performers making up the All Tournament Team.

    Midland Warriors 11u Pitcher - Colin Ames #2 and Hitter - Luke Marsh #14
    In the championship game, Luke Marsh had a grand slam and 6 RBI

    New Haven Bulldogs Black 11u Hitter - Jack Warnock (9-10, 3 HR)

    Cincinnati Spikes 12u Pitcher - Evan Webb (4 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K's) and Hitters Will McCracken and Sergio DeCello combined for 9 hits, 4 HR, 8 RBI.
    Sergio hit a grand slam and had 5 RBI's in the championship game.

    Coach Christensen noted that Webb had a consistent approach to all hitters and was able to get ahead in the count and challenge hitters.  Hitters put the ball in play which allowed the defense to make plays.  Coach followed with the hitters McCracken and DeCello had a good approach at the plate in key situations where the team needed big hits and runs.

    Mizuno Northern Indiana Elite 12u Pitcher: Mason Lee (1 Win, 6 IP, 1 ER) and Hitter - Carter Bond (10-16, 3 doubles, 7 RBI)

    Michiana Scrappers 12u Pitcher - Kyle Tupper (1 Win, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 9 K's) and Hitter - Lukas Fozo (5-7, 1 double, 3 RBI)

    Summit City Vipers 12u Pitcher - Callan Wood (1 Win, 5 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 1 Save) and Hitter Callan Stauffer (3-8, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored)

    Monday, May 25, 2015

    Baseball Recruiting Guidelines

    If you are a few years or a few months away from trying to land a college baseball position, it is always helpful to have a point of reference.  The baseball recruiting guidelines noted are for educational purposes.  Every year players that do not meet these numbers make a college team and are solid contributors.  Work everyday, compete, and take that spot at the next level.

    Much of this summary of information comes from the NCSA baseball recruiting guidelines.  We do not promote nor recommend the NCSA.

    Division I: 

    The typical Division I baseball player is ‘polished’ and already has all the tools necessary to be successful as a freshman. As opposed to the Division II baseball player, the typical DI player needs far less development, if any. The position players possess at least 4 of the 5 measurable tools – hit for average, hit for power, arm strength, speed, and defensive abilities. The pitchers display a command of at least 3 pitches with high velocities. On average, they have the ability to throw many innings, and most often they are only used on the mound and rarely as position players. Most D1 players come from large high schools. Many of these programs are considered the best in their area or in the state. In addition, most DI players have been awarded accolades such as All-Area, All-County, or All-State. 

    The average characteristics by position are as follows: 

    Right Handed Pitchers:
    -Height: 6’1”
    -Weight: 180 lbs.
    -Over 1 K per Inning Pitched
    -ERA below 2.50
    -Velocity: 88-90 MPH (Verified by neutral source) 

    Left Handed Pitchers:
    -Height: 6’1”
    -Weight: 180 lbs.
    -1 K per Inning Pitched
    -ERA below 2.50
    -Velocity: 85-87 MPH (Verified by neutral source)  

    -Height: 5’11”
    -Weight: 170 lbs.
    -60 Yard Dash: 6.6 (Verified)
    -Velocity for OF: 86-87 MPH (Verified by neutral source) 

    Middle Infielders:
    -Height: 5’11”
    -Weight: 175 lbs.
    -60 Yard Dash: 6.8-6.9 (Verified)
    -Velocity from INF: 85+ MPH (Verified by neutral source) 

    -Height: 5’10”-6’0”
    -Weight: 180 lbs.
    -Pop Time: Sub 1.95 (Verified by neutral source)

    Corner Infielders:
    -Height: 6’2”
    -Weight: 200 lbs.
    -Power Numbers: 8+ HR, 30+RBI 

    Division II: 

    For some colleges, especially those in the southern states and out on the West Coast, DII Baseball is an extension of DI. There are very few differences between the typical West Coast or southern DII player and the average DI player. For the DII schools up north, the athletes may be a notch below the average DI and perhaps a little less polished. They may not throw as hard, play for the top high schools programs, or possess at least 4 of the 5 measurable tools. This is not always the case, as there are some very solid DII Baseball Programs in the North. However, it is no secret that overall, the better baseball schools are those located in warmer climates. 

    The Minimum Requirements by position are as follows: 

    Right Handed Pitchers:
    -Height: 6’0′ (Preferably taller)
    -Weight: 175 lbs.
    -Averaging about 1K per inning pitched
    -ERA below 3.00
    -Velocity: 85 MPH 

    Left Handed Pitchers:
    -Height: 5’10′ (Preferably taller)
    -Weight: 165 lbs.
    -Averaging about 1K per inning pitched
    -ERA at 3.00 or below
    -Velocity: 83 MPH 

    -Height: 5’10″
    -Weight: 165 lbs.
    -60 Yard Dash: 6.8 or below
    -Velocity from the OF: 82-86 MPH 

    Middle Infielders:
    -Height: 5’9″
    -Weight: 165 lbs.
    -60 Yard Dash: 6.9 or below
    -Velocity from the INF: Low 80′s MPH from SS 

    -Height: 5’10″
    -Weight: 180 lbs.
    -Pop Time: 2.0 or below 

    Corner Infielders:
    -Height: 6’0″
    -Weight: 180 lbs.
    -Power Numbers: 4+ HR, 20+ RBI 

    Much can be determined on film. It is very difficult to measure defensive abilities on paper. Fielding percentage cannot be used as an accurate statistic because it is difficult to calculate and it can be easily manipulated. Most Division II players have received several accolades, such as All-Conference or All-Area. 

    Division III: 

    Some DIII programs are stronger than others, but there seems to be more continuity with the physical characteristics of DIII players than there are for DII or NAIA. 

    The Minimum Requirements by positions are as follow: 

    Right Handed Pitchers:
    -Height: 5’9”
    -Weight: 160 lbs.
    -1 or less than 1 K Per Inning Pitched
    -ERA below 4.00
    -Velocity: 81 MPH 

    Left Handed Pitchers:
    -Height: 5’9”
    -Weight: 160 lbs.
    -1 or less than 1 K Per Inning Pitched
    -ERA below 4.00
    -Velocity: 79 MPH 

    -Height 5’8”
    -Weight: 160 lbs.
    -60 Yard Dash: 7.0 or below
    -Velocity from the OF: 78+ MPH 

    Middle Infielders:
    -Height: 5’8”
    -Weight: 150 lbs.
    -60 Yard Dash: 7.1 or below
    -Velocity from the INF: Upper 70′s MPH from SS 

    -Height: 5’9”
    -Weight: 165 lbs.
    -Pop Time: 2.1 or below 

    Corner Infielders:
    -Height: 5’10″
    -Weight: 170 lbs.
    -Power Numbers: 2+ HR, 20+ RBI 


    The discrepancies in characteristics are very severe when it comes to NAIA baseball. Some NAIA schools are playing at a DII level, while others are competing at a lower DIII level. NCSA found a mix of D2 criteria and D3 criteria make up the recruiting guidelines for this league.  

    Junior College Baseball: 

    Unlike NAIA, junior colleges do have 3 divisions for the purpose of separating stronger JC programs from the weaker ones. While there may be somewhat of a drop off in talent between Division III junior college and Division I and Division II junior colleges, there is little difference between DI and DII junior colleges. Many of the junior college players lack the ‘polish’ to be considered DI players coming out of HS, but they already possess the necessary physical tools to be successful at the DI level. All they need to do is harness and polish those skills. The GPA’s of most of the junior college athletes are lower than those attending 4 year schools, suggesting that these athletes need to two years to mature academically as well.  

    Preferred Grades for All Divisions:
    3.0 GPA +24 ACT + 1000 SAT (out of 1600)
    (No scores needed for underclassmen) 

    In order to compile these Recruiting Guidelines, NCSA tracked hundreds of former NCSA student-athletes who have gone on to compete at the collegiate level, polled college coaches across the nation, and analyzed college rosters at all levels of competition. 

    Baseball by the Numbers

    In 2014 - Schools Offering Baseball (
    NCAA Division I 300
    NCAA Division II 264
    NCAA Division III 380
    NAIA 183
    Junior College 386
    Total 1,667

    Athletic Scholarship Opportunities
    Division I (per school) 11.7
    Division II (per school) 9
    Division III (per school) 0
    NAIA (per school) 12
    NJCAA (*varies per school) 24

    Academic Scholarships Opportunities can be added based on the school.

    1,667 schools sponsored varsity College Baseball teams during 2014:
    Average Athletic Scholarship
    NCAA Division I - $13,986
    NCAA Division II - $7,112
    NCAA Division III - $ -
    NAIA 183 - $6,946
    Junior College - $2,768

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    "The Series" Competition in Detail

    Introducing The Series - the game within the game for individual players.  The Series is broken down into three categories - The Combine, The Challenge and The Classic.  Each provides a unique experience for the individual player.  Players are evaluated on their skills with the best players advancing to compete at the next level.  The Series provides tools for players to learn more about the game, techniques and skills that they can use to improve their game.  Read more about the creators of The Series at

    The Combine (Your Rating) $199 - For the Summer of 2015, The Combines will not take place but they will begin in the Fall of 2015 as the full competition begins.  The Combine portion of the competition establishes your rating during one day events.  Your results compare you against players from around the country.  The Leaderboard will display on the player rankings in each of the categories.  Players will be evaluated in seven categories.
    Position Players:
    • Athleticism
    • Arm Strength
    • Hitting
    • Arm Accuracy
    • Power
    • Fielding
    • Throwing
    • Athleticism
    • Fastball Velocity
    • Fastball Command
    • Fastball Life
    • Secondary Pitch Velocity and Control
    • Secondary Pitch Command
    • Delivery Mechanics
    Evaluations will be formulated by a network of elite baseball coaches and scouts who evaluate talent on a daily basis. Based on performance at The Combine, select players at each age group will be invited to compete in territorial two to three day round robin events  – The Challenge.

    The Challenge (Your Rise) $299 - Beginning in the Summer of 2015, players are able to participate in The Challenge directly without going through The Combine event.  180 players from each age group are placed on teams to play in 3 games over two to three days.  The players are again evaluated in game play situations.  The top players will move on to – The Classic.

    The Classic (Your Reward) Free for Players Selected - In 2015, 56 teams in each age group will be formed to participate in The Classic.  "Teams of 18-22 players in each age group from each territory will compete over eight days in Ft. Myers, Florida in a true baseball festival atmosphere.  All teams -US and International - will compete until a champion is crowned at each age level.  This is the culmination of your ultimate baseball journey."

    To learn more visit   

    To register visit

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    Travel Ball Expectations and Scholarships

    As we quickly approach the start of another travel ball season, it is a perfect time to offer some food for thought on the expectations for not only this season but overall travel ball expectations.  Simplify your thoughts down to your team and your son or daughter.  What is it that you hope they take away from this season? Or what is the end result of their travel ball career?  Are sports about life lessons or is travel ball about athletic scholarships?  Yes to both?  Yes and Maybe? Yes and No?

    Yep, it crosses every parents mind at some point!  It would be nice to get part or even better ALL of college paid for through athletics.  Your mind races a little just thinking about that possibility.  Let's back up a second.

    Parents have different perspectives to these questions and rightfully so.  We all have diverse upbringings.  We come from various parts of the country, unique environments to our home lives, and a multitude of athletic experiences.  We all have different expectations. 
    ex·pec·ta·tion (noun)
    a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.
    1. a belief that someone will or should achieve something.

    Reference -Google definitions

    Consider having a single set of expectations for this season and every season to follow.

    What if you approach travel ball with the mindset that
    • my son or daughter plays travel ball in the summer because they enjoy the game, they want an experience that varies from the local league, they need a more challenging baseball or softball experience, and they want to learn more about the game
    • the entire family is a part of the experience and no matter what the game results are, we are still a family with a goal to have an enjoyable time together. "We enjoyed watching you play."
    • if we focus on always providing the best learning and training experience for my son or daughter, the opportunities will come.  If the skill and hard work are in the heart of the player's make-up, maybe even someday that opportunity will be an athletic scholarship.
    "Success is where preparation and opportunity meet." 
    - Bobby Unser (3 time winner of Indianapolis 500)

    So what should you expect?  There are going to be good game and bad games.  Things won't always go the way you want.  Your son or daughter will fail from time to time.  They will show up every game and be a contributing member of the team.  They will listen to instruction and apply what they learn to the best of their ability.  They will grind through season after season because that's what successful people do.  If they have prepared and improved their physical and mental skills each year, opportunities will present themselves.  There might not be athletic scholarships but there will be opportunities to be successful at anything they do because they have spent years training and being encouraged to do so.

    Best of luck!

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    The meaning of the BPA Classes -Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum

    Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum are the class level choices that coaches are given when sanctioning his or her team for the Baseball Players Association (BPA) season.  As with any team ranking or placement, the class level chosen depends on the perspective of the individual setting the ranking.  Although ranking a new team can be difficult, most teams are conservative when establishing their class level for the first time.  Of course there are teams that play above or below the class selected but the majority of the teams get it right.

    After watching teams, talking with the coaches, and recording the results of BPA tournaments for over five years, we wanted to highlight the class levels and add more description to each to better explain the differences.  Just remember, in the game of baseball any team can win or lose in a one game scenario.  Upsets happen every year.  The class level of a team does not determine the heart, drive and determination of the team to work hard, improve and play great baseball.

    The classifications are listed on as
    Bronze - Recreation All-Star Teams 
    Silver - Travel Teams
    Gold - Elite Travel Teams
    Platinum - Major Elite Travel Teams

    Teams may play in any tournament with the class level designated by the tournament.  Teams are always allowed to play up into any class higher than their level.  (Ex: bronze can play in silver classification and above)

    Bronze -
    Teams that are formed as a beginning level travel team (first year of play), as a recreation league all-star team from a local area, or local league team are at the bronze level.  Unless the coaches have travel ball experience and know what to expect, first year teams typically require some time to get acclimated to the high school rules and increased level of play available at the travel ball level.   If teams are splitting time between the local league and a travel ball schedule either as an all-star team or local league team, they will usually select the bronze level.

    Teams at the bronze level are encouraged to play any and all teams to determine what level they are capable of playing.  Players will benefit from playing against different players, dealing with new fields and surroundings and competing against teams that may prepare and play in a way that varies from what they are used to seeing.

    Silver - Teams that have travel ball experience, play only a travel ball schedule or have been the best team at a recreational league all-star level tournament sanction at the silver level.  Teams at the silver class level have played travel ball in the past or understand the demands and challenges they will face in travel baseball.  The majority of the teams that are BPA sanctioned fall into this category.

    Teams at the silver level typical have several players that are skilled at their age level.  The teams have 2 or 3 players that can throw strikes and are developing more players to be able to pitch.

    Gold - Teams in the gold class only play travel baseball.  They regularly compete at a high level for BPA league and tournament championships as well as at other sanctioned tournaments.

    At the gold level, teams will have 6 or more players with very good fundamental baseball skills in terms of pitching, hitting, fielding and base running.  Coaches are actively seeking out strong competition to improve their team, raise the teams level of play and win games.

    Platinum - Teams in the platinum class only play travel baseball.  They regularly compete and win at tournament championships anywhere they play.

    The entire roster is made up of players with very good baseball skills and instinct.  Teams at this level have a balanced pitching attack of multiple players.  Players are learning high level baseball skills.

    Those are the four classifications of BPA as described by OnTurf Sports.  Just remember that playing youth baseball has little to do with the level your team is sanctioned and more about getting better and enjoying the game.  Use the classification to rank your team or let your team demonstrate what they know about the game!

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Common Baseball Bat Questions

    Purchasing a baseball bat?  Looking to purchase a bat?  What are the bat rules and what can you use?
    These are the common bat questions that come up each year.  Although slight rule changes do happen from time to time, there have been very few major bat changes especially for the younger age groups in some time.  Despite this, check the written rules from the sanctioning organization that you will be playing before you purchase that new bat!

    Travel Team Bat Rules
    Included below are the references from Baseball Players Association (BPA) and Perfect Game (PG) rule books. Look them over and be familiar with them. Pay special attention as players go from 14u to 15u where the (-3) or drop 3 rule and BBCOR rules apply.  The drop 3 rule is the numeric difference between the length of the bat and the weight of the bat.  BBCOR stands for Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution and it represents the ratio of the ball exit speed to the pitch and bat speeds or the trampoline effect of the bat.  A BBCOR stamp or mark on the bat ensures that a non-wood bat performs comparably to a wood bat.

    The selection of the bat at the youth level is typically only restricted by the 2 and 3/4 inch barrel size (big barrel) and the certification that the bat is manufactured meeting BPF (1.15 or less) restrictions. BPF or Bat Performance Factor measures how fast the ball comes off the bat.  A stamp or mark on the bat will show that the bat meets this restriction.  For youth ages, the numeric difference between the bat length and weight will vary greatly and is not restricted to the drop 3 rule.

    Those are the basics of the bats in today travel ball games.  Your in-house league, non-sanctioned tournament or tournament not sanctioned BPA or PG may vary so always be aware of the rules that you are playing.  These rules are in place to promote safety and a level playing field.  So choose your bat wisely and there will not be any problems when your player steps into the box.

    Baseball Player Association (BPA) Bat Rules (pg 14-15)

    The official bat shall be a smooth round cylinder with a knob that is permanently and securely fastened and shall not exceed more than 2 ¾ inches in diameter at the thickest part and not more than 36 inches in length. There shall be no devices, attachments or wrappings that cause the handle to become flush with the knob. Molded grips are illegal. Only bats and devices designed to remain part of the bat, such as weighted bats, batting doughnuts and wind-resistant devices are legal at any location. A non- wood bat must have a safety grip of cork, tape or composition material. The grip must extend a minimum of 10 inches but not more than 18 inches. Slippery tape or similar material shall be prohibited. In the 15 and under age divisions and above the bat shall not weigh numerically more than three (3) ounces less than the length of the bat. Example: A 33 inch bat cannot be less than 30 ounces. NOTE: It shall be a State Director option to enforce in the 14U age division. If the Director uses option in 14U, Director must post its use on all tournament information. World Series Directors have the same option and obligation to post the rule to be used in all tournament information.15 NOTE: In the 15U and above age divisions non-wood bats shall meet the Ball Exit Speed Ratio (BESR) or BBCOR performance standard, and such bats shall be labeled with a silk screen or other permanent certification mark. NOTE: All legal bats are permitted to be used which includes the use of the big barrel bats in all divisions of BPA play.

    SECTION 4 No laminated or experimental bats shall be used in the BPA Baseball Program, until the manufacturer has secured approval from the BPA Baseball National Office of its design and methods of manufacture. NOTE: Any bat designated by the manufacture for sports other than baseball may not be used.

    SECTION 5 CUPPED/BROKEN, CRACKED BATS An indentation in the end of the bat up to one inch in depth is permitted and may be no wider than two inches and no less than one inch in diameter. The indentation must be curved with no foreign substance added. Bats that are broken, cracked or dented or deface the ball (tear the ball) shall be removed without penalty. A bat that continually discolors the ball may be removed from the game with no penalty at the discretion of the umpire.

    SECTION 6 The bat handle, not more than 18 inches from its end, may be covered or treated with any material or substance, which improves the grip. A bat choke may be used on the handle of the bat which would not make it an altered bat. Any such material or substance, which extends past the 18 inches limitation, shall cause the bat to be removed from the game. PENALTY: If the umpire discovers that a bat does not conform to Sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 above until a time during or after which the bat has been used in play, it shall not be grounds for declaring the batter out, or ejected from the game. PENALTY: Please refer to Rule 7, Section 8(f) to an addition penalty(s) regarding a batter using an altered or a tampered bat.

    SECTION 7 No bats will be allowed to stay in the area outside the batter’s circle.

    Perfect Game Super 25 (PG)
    Select Rules and Age group at

    9u through 13u - 5.03 The official bat shall be constructed of wood or aluminum or any other material or combination of materials.  Max of 2 and 3/4 barrel and manufactured meeting BPF (1.15 or less) restrictions.

    14u through 17u -5.03 The official bat shall be constructed of wood or aluminum or any other material or combination of materials.  All non-wood bats must meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) standard.