New local select baseball team formed for boys 12 and under

October 7, 2009

By Tim Pfarr

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A new select baseball team is being formed in Western Washington for boys younger than 12.

The team is known as Warriors 12U, and it has six committed players.Warriors co-founder Michael Stein, of Newcastle, said the team has also offered positions to four more boys, and he is hopeful all four will commit.

The team held two public tryouts, but is still looking for an experienced catcher and a front-of-the-rotation pitcher. Players interested in joining the team should contact Warrior’s head coach Carson Cook to schedule an individual tryout, as the team will not hold more public tryouts.

The team will take a total of 13 or 14 players and is also open to letting a few of its members split time between the Warriors and another team, although Stein said having members split time is not ideal.

The team is advertising on the Internet in an effort to fill its vacancies.

“It’s been fun,” Stein said. “Like starting up anything, it’s a lot of work initially.”

Michael Stein’s son, Jake Stein, is the only Newcastle player committed to the team at this time.

The team will be a member of the baseball league PONY, as well as the United States Specialty Sports Association.

Michael Stein said the team, like other select teams, is designed to provide a more competitive atmosphere for those who desire it. He said the team will act as a bridge for boys who wish to play at the high school or college level, as the competitive environment will allow them to improve their skills and prepare for higher-level play.

Stein said the team will play about 50 games per year, including tournaments. PONY is different from Little League in that the rules are more like those of Major League Baseball, as players are permitted to lead-off and steal bases, as well as run for first if the catcher drops the ball on the third strike, he said. Also, once a player is substituted out, he may not return for the remainder of the game.

The Warriors begin practicing and scrimmaging later this month. The team will practice four to six hours per week from October to February, but it will practice six to eight hours per week from January to March.

The team will play its first official game in March in a tournament in Arizona.

Potential players can e-mail Cook at or call 206-402-9108.

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