2017 Important Info and FAQ's
Updated on 01/14/17
Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
1) What if my son is committed, can / should he still play for the Blaze in 2017?
Nearly every NCAA and NAIA college does NOT have a summer program for their incoming freshmen. Nearly all college coaches on the West Coast now have at least heard of the Blaze, and will actually be pleased to have your son playing with us. Their hope is to have their incoming players playing in solid programs in order to get at-bats, innings, and stay in baseball shape. Several senior players in the past have played for the Blaze before their freshman year of college, including Chris Mariscal (Fresno State), Jordan Brink (Fresno State), Jordan Luplow (Fresno State), Seth Batty (UC Davis), Brett Bishop (Cal), Sean Silva (UNLV), Andrew Rich (UC Davis), Alec Mehrten (Fresno Pacific Univ), Nick Youpel (Univ of San Diego), and Korie Walkley (CSU Bakersfield), to name a few.
2) Are there other teams that have committed seniors playing summer ball?
Some of the best teams we play are senior-only teams!
3) What if my son is committed, will he still get playing time in 2017?
The same philosophy that we’ve had for the past seven years will remain—committed or uncommitted, we’ll be aiming to put a great team on the field every summer. We want the BEST players in the Tri-Valley to play HERE; thus, it makes no difference whether or not your son is or is not committed. The best players will play. With roughly 60 games between our two older teams, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to get everyone in. As I’ve preached in the past, you can get as many or as little at-bats and innings as you please.
4) What is the goal for my committed / uncommitted son for 2017?
If committed, we’ll be aiming to get your son prepared for his first college season getting at-bats and innings AND, this will be your son’s last chance to really go out and ENJOY the game without the pressure of “who is watching me.” If you son is uncommitted, we’ll be doing everything we can to help him with exposure. At the completion of the 2016 season, the Blaze has had 196 players move on to collegiate ball. We’ll be aiming to keep that number growing!
5) What’s the cost for 2017?
My concern is balancing all the costs of the team and running a first class organization without “breaking the bank” of families. In 2008, cost was $850 for the 60 game schedule. Since then, we have reduced it and in 2017, it will be $700.
6) Why do we commit so early?
It takes a tremendous amount of time, effort, planning and focus to put together a solid and well-run team each summer. Additionally, several of our tournaments require deposits as early as March! Hats, jerseys, shirts, insurance and other important items all need to be ordered in March. In short, to go to the right tournaments and to have a good team, preparing early is a necessity.