Developed by the Erie Sports Center www.eriesportscenter.com with the support of the Erie SeaWolves, our program focuses on developing advanced baseball players in the "travel team" or "club" level. This program is for athletes that excel in rec or little leagues and are looking for a higher level of competition.
The Jr. SeaWolves are the highest level of baseball for the Erie Sports Center baseball program and the ambassadors for their age group. Even at the highest level of competition, the focus will be on training in a positive environment that develops players according to their skill sets and age groups. We believe that our baseball teams can be used to teach valuable life skills to our youth that will teach them to be leaders on and off the field.
As a club team of the Erie Sports Center, our training facilities will be at the Oliver Road location which includes a brand new indoor dome, renovated gymnasium, a new outdoor field, batting cages as well as additional fields and batting cages that are in development. This allows our team and organization to operate in central location and create one, strong culture for all of our teams similar to a University sports program.
Our teams will have access to all training equipment that is used with the Erie Sports Center baseball program which includes pitching machines, batting cages, nets and other training tools.
Through the Erie Sports Center baseball program we also have access to schedule special training sessions with some of the best coaching talent in our area in the off seasons.
Our coaches are part of the Erie Sports Center family and are commissioners and representatives of the Erie Sports Center baseball programs. All of our coaches are volunteers that promote coaching athletes in a positive and fun environment. We believe in winning but this is not life and death. Players and coaches will make mistakes and it is how we respond to mistakes that show our character.
Each coach will have their own style but the overall culture of teaching the skills and building a team in a positive environment will be integral to each teams.
Head coaches will have access to some of the best facilities and resources in the area through the Erie Sports Center. The Erie Sports Center baseball program has developmental connections to Erie SeaWolves, Mercyhurst University, Gannon University as well as the local high schools and colleges.
Our coaches are certified by the Erie Sports Center baseball program and are screened according to standard background checks.
We believe in staying local and developing here but also believe that it is good to have some exposure to different challenging environments. Each team is different but our baseline is to play 3 to 4 local tournaments along 1 travel tournament to a location selected by the coaches and parents. Tournaments have different costs and it is up to each team to fundraise accordingly if they exceed the standard allotment for tournament dues from registration
Playing time and positions are at the coaches discretion. These coaches goals will always be to put the players development first and each player develops at their own pace. Players development occurs first in practices. Travel teams do not rotate every position similar to rec or little league teams. This is because travel teams will be shifting, working cutoffs and running certain defenses that are unique to certain players. During tournaments there may be very little rotation depending on the team.
Our coaches also understand that players develop differently through their youth and need to know different positions as they develop. In this level of baseball the athletes typically have 2 or 3 positions that are best fit for their skill sets. This takes time for coaches to develop and players and parents must understand that coaches will not put underdeveloped players in positions where they can have teammates or players "turn" on them. Our coaches will always put the players development first.
We believe in multisport athletes and during the offseason our teams will hold practices but they are not mandatory. Offseason practices will be once a week and coaches may add additional specialty sessions for athletes. All offseason practices are focused on building skills, having fun and keeping team chemistry together.
During the season (late March through August) coaches will increase to have multiple events per week. This could include 2 practices during the week and a tournament on the weekend.
Our coaches will do our best to set schedules as soon as possible for in-season and off-season training to help all parents. However tournaments and certain league games may fluctuate times based on weather, field availability and other circumstances outside of the organizations control.
We believe in building a stronger community through baseball. Throughout the year, the Erie Sports Center baseball program and the Jr. SeaWolves will host events that promote growing the sport of baseball in our community. These will include skill sessions, camps and other fun baseball centric activities. Our coaches are expected to be involved in these events when time allows and we also expect our parents to help with these events as well. These events are times that we can give back to the community and show our kids that power of community service.