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Boardman Tournament

Akron A's take second place in Chuck Schafer memorial tournament.  The A's fight back three times but lose in extra innings of the championship game.

Team Update

Akron A's win 2017 Strawberry Festival Tournament, NL Division.

Link to SSBL Schedule (click this link to see the name of the field)
Field sites (click this link to find a map to the field)

Coach (2018):  Dante Sabatucci (Manager), TBD (Assistant)

Coaching Philosophy
:  At 14 years old, players are only one year away from High School Baseball and each player should be proficient in at least one position.  Players will be given opportunities to tryout for any position, which includes pitching, but they will ultimately be asked to play only a few positions so they can continue to learn the nuances of each position.  Defensively, the players will be asked to make the routine plays and be able to execute the more fast paced plays like turning double plays, throwing runners out at bases by hitting cutoffs and execute in various situations.  They should be able to think quickly enough to be able to take advantage of their opponents mistakes.  Offensively, the players should have a particular hitting style and be comfortable in a particular spot in the batting order.  They will be expected to have an "approach" at the plate and to be able to execute bunts and sacrifice fly's.  Pitchers will be expected to throw strikes consistently, move the ball around the strike zone, change speeds and have at least one above average "out" pitch. It will be imperative for pitchers to hold runners.  Catchers will be expected to throw runners out consistently, frame pitches, call pitches and be a leader on the field.   Catchers will also be expected to understant their pitching staff and be able to help pitchers with their most common flaws during the game.  Infielders should be proficient at positioning themselves on the field, based on the batter and helping to position outfielders.  Infielders should also be active in their communication with other fielders so that everyone is playing together.  Overall, players will continue to learn the proper fundamentals of the game which should lead to winning to winning most games.  Winning is NOT the most important thing, but TRYING to win is.  This means that they will be expected to be on time for games and practices (players may be asked to arrive up to 90 minutes before game time) and maintain a positive, team oriented attitude.  In short, they will be asked to be a good teammate.  Coaches will understand that these are 14 year old boys and will keep the yelling to a minimum (except in cases where coaches need to get the players attention).  It will be a positive, learning experience for the players and the players will be expected to respect their coaches and teammates at all times.......and the coaches will do the same. 

:  The Akron A's will play in the SSBL and play around 20 regular season games, plus two local tournaments (9 to 12 additional games) plus the State tournament in Columbus.

2018 Team Tuition:  $1,250 plus uniform.  The tuition is broken down into two categories 1)  Team expenses  2)  Uniform

Team expenses - $1,250 per year (payable in installments)

Installment schedule:  The Akron A's training program is a year round developmental program, starting in September each year.  When a players accepts a position on the team, certain expenses are incurred starting in September.  If a player quits during the off-season, the expenses due to the point of his departure, including the non-refundable deposit, are still due and will be expected, even if the player did not participate in all available training opportunities.  The following schedule indicates the amount due during the off-season.

Acceptance of position on team  - $150 deposit (non-refundable), set up player fee auto debit
November 1st - $350
January 1st - $350
April 1st - $350

NEW:  Late fee of $10 per month that any installment is late, accrues each month that the installment is late.  Reminders will be sent by eSoft

Uniform expenses - $0 - $200 This price will vary from player to player based on need.  The goal is to keep the uniform expense as low as possible.  Uniform fee is payable upon the ordering of the uniform some time in the Spring.  The uniform is expected to be two dri-fit style shirts and a hat.  Players will be told what color pants, belt and socks to purchase.  Other uniform items such as team helmet, team warmup jersey etc. will also be offered.   .  The tuition is broken down to explain everything that is included. Coach will be interviewed and selected by the Play Ball Sports Academy staff to meet the standards of our travel team philosophy.  Team tuition will be pro-rated for players who make the team late. 

Dante Sabatucci,
Aug 21, 2017, 10:03 AM