Diamond League Co-champs (2017)
Akron A's 16u Showcase team finished 10-2 in the Diamond League which earns them a tie in the league standings.
Buckeye Elite (2017)
Akron A's place in top third of rain shortenend Buckeye Elite Tournament.
Akron A's showcase team goes 2-1 and misses the cut in a tiebreaker to advance in the Buckeye Elite tournament.
Diamond League Tournament (2017)
Congrats to The Akron A's 16u Showcase team for winning the Diamond League Tournament!! They went 6-0 over the weekend winning tonight 3-2. Excellent pitching, defense and most of all, heart! I'm proud of these young men!
Field sites (click this link to find a map to the field)
Coach (2019): Jonathan Kountis
Coaching Philosophy: The purpose of the showcase team is to allow those players who can compete at a higher level an opportunity to play in a highly competitive environment. This team will apply to tournaments only but the tournament will be highly competitive with exceptional competition. Playing in these tournament will allow the kids to be looked on by scouts and better their overall play vs. great competition. But more importantly, these are players who need to continue to challenge themselves against the best competition which is the REAL reason players who are accepted should play on this team. Playing on this team will require a commitment both from a training perspective and financially. The goal will be to keep the costs to a minimum, which we will discuss in more detail during the team meeting after tryouts. We will also plan to have a smaller roster of around 16 players which players will have to compete for opportunities for playing time.
Games: The A's team has applied to play in the Diamond League and several showcase tournaments. We travel to out of town tournaments within Ohio. There are about 5 tournaments that we are going to compete in.
Roster: 16-17 players (approx.) including/plus potential pitcher only (P.O.) at the coach's discretion.
2019 Team Tuition: Approximately $1,600 plus uniform and travel. The tuition is broken down into two categories 1) Team expenses 2) Uniform and Travel
FUND RAISING NOTE: We have several OPTIONAL Fund Raisers planned for this season. All proceeds are divided among the participants based on participation (more partcipation = higher percentage of the proceeds).
September 29th - Golf Outing (more information to come)
Other Fund raisers to be announced.
Team expenses - $1,600 per year (payable in installments)
Installment schedule: 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 - $400 deposit (non-refundable), set up player fee auto debit
$150 monthly payments September – April
Pay in full by September 15th and receive a 5% discount AND save the 3% credit card processing fee
Set-up recurring credit card payments and save the 3% credit card processing fee
If a players quits for any reason, NO REFUNDS.
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 - $50 - $150 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.
Travel Expenses - We will organize a room sharing plan for players so parents will not necessarily need to travel with the players even though you are certainly welcome to.