Select baseball club with Newcastle roots to hold tryouts for new players

July 19, 2012

By Christina Lords

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NEW — 12:05 p.m., July 19, 2012

The Bellevue Warriors Baseball Club is recruiting players for their 13 and under, 14 and under and 15 and under teams for 2013.

The Warriors team was organized by several parents from Newcastle in August 2009, so children in the area would have a program in place that offered a higher level of competition than was available in the area’s Pony League.

Players may not be older than 15 of May 1. Players who are younger and have advanced baseball skills and physical development may try out for all of the teams.

The coaches for the Warriors have a combined 54 years of coaching experience, with 29 years at the high school coaching level. Coaches aim to build solid players and help attain skills to be successful on and off the field.

Players must be able to dedicate a specific amount of time for fall ball, practice and league play throughout the year. In September and October, players will need to devote about four hours per week to the team, while in November through March, athletes will need to spend about four to six hours per week, with one practice weekend and one practice during the week.

In April through July, the team participates in league play, tournaments and post season play, which requires a four to six day weekly commitment.

While the team plays in the Sandy Koufax division in the Washington State Select Baseball League beginning in April, the team organizes pickup games and other scrimmages to test and maintain their skills year round.

The total estimated annual cost to join the team is about $2,200, which does not include travel-related expenses for participation in out-of-town tournaments.

Email BellevueWarriorsBaseball@hotmail.com or contact Michael Stein at 223-7000 for tryout information. Go to www.bellevuewarriorsbaseball.com for more information on the team.

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