The Midwest Bruins are looking for quality ballplayers to join their high school rosters for Fall 2021 and Summer 2022. Graduation years 2022-2025 are invited to submit a tryout form for a possible Tryout Invite.
(CLOSED) 15/16U Team | Tuesday, July 27 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm | Lake Shawnee Bettis Sports Complex – Jerry Robertson Field
(CLOSED) 18U Team | Wednesday, July 28 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm | Lake Shawnee Bettis Sports Complex – Jerry Robertson Field
(CLOSED) * 18U/16U Alternate Tryout #1 | Wednesday, July 21 | 5:00 pm | Hummer Sports Park
(CLOSED) * 18U/16U Alternate Tryout #2 | Wednesday, August 4 | 5:00 pm | Lake Shawnee Bettis – Jerry Robertson Field
*If you are not available to attend one of the above tryouts, please leave us comments in the Comments Section at the bottom of the online Registration Form.
*Please submit a Tryout Registration form for a potential Invite to one of our Tryouts! Registration submission is required.
*REQUIRED Tryout Registration Form is below.
Midwest Bruin Baseball GENERAL INFORMATION:
We are here to help develop player character and to maximize the player’s overall potential — in baseball and in life. We develop players from the inside out. One of our goals is to provide our student-athletes with the physical, mental, and emotional tools necessary to someday earn an opportunity to play baseball at the collegiate level., if desired. We strive to teach our players the fundamentals and skills needed to help with the transition from high school to college. Along with providing players exposure to college coaches via tournaments and our coaches’ recruiting networks, our players will learn other values including but not limited to: respectful and ethical behavior, time management, accountability, and the importance of high academic standards.
The Midwest Bruins are comprised of student-athletes with the work ethic, skills, and desire to pursue the earning of baseball scholarships at the collegiate level. We currently carry an 18U College Prep Elite Team and a 15/16U College Prep Developmental Team. We strive to present the best baseball experiences for our players by providing:
1.) Quality Coaching/Mentoring – the Bruins are coached and operated by experienced coaches from Smith Baseball Academy (see coaches bios on the SBA website: www.smithbaseballacademy.com) and other SBA certified coaches.
2.) Quality Competition- the Bruins compete in the highest-level college-level tournaments/showcases in the Midwest as much as possible. We are the only local organization that is part of the KCCBA league which is comprised of some of the top organizations in the midwest.
3.) Exposure – the Bruins strive to get players as much exposure to as many college coaches/scouts as possible. Through SBA, high school coaching, and this fall/summer program, Coach Smith corresponds on a daily, weekly, monthly basis with a large network of college coaches.
4.) Character/Player Development – the Bruin organization is not solely focused on player exposure/development for our underclass athletes. The program will also focus on character/player development for our older/college committed players as well. Coaches will coach and mentor with class and players will play with class. We will strive to keep building on development and provide mentorship for our student-athletes all the way through high school and into college years and beyond — in both Baseball and in Life.
The Midwest Bruins primary objective is to physically, mentally, and emotionally prepare players for college baseball and/or college life and beyond. We not only want to prepare them to play on a college team, but we strive to prepare them to become major contributors to the success of their college team and community.
Our program is for the serious baseball player who loves to play and practice. We do have a lot of fun, but we are not running a recreational-style program.
The team will not necessarily be comprised of only players that attend the publicized tryouts. We do consider players from other cities, states, etc.
The Midwest Bruins have a budget to pay for team expenses. The team budget includes:
-Game Uniform- game jerseys, hat, socks and belt
-Practice Uniform- T-shirt(s) and shorts
-Equipment- Batting helmets, balls, scorebooks, lineup cards, etc.
-Tournament & Showcase Entry Fees
-Live Streaming Equipment & Data Fees
-GameChanger & Velocity Radar Technologies
-Winter Indoor Practice/Facilities
-Mid-week Game fees
-Practice Field Expenses
-and other team expenses
The teams’ budget does not include, and these items are to be paid for separately by the player:
-Optional Uniforms/Fan Gear – Extra hats, shirts, Parent/Family shirts and Fan Gear, etc.
-Transportation to surrounding area games and most (if not all) Overnight/Travel tournaments will be the responsibility of the Player.
-Lodging at any Overnight/Travel tournaments will be the responsibility of the Player.
-Travel Meals & Entertainment – If we travel, each player is responsible for their own meal expenses and entertainment costs at travel locations. *However, at most hotels, there is a daily complimentary breakfast.
- 5-6 weeks, late August to mid-October
- 1 practice during the week
- Flexible scheduling for school activities (school activities come first!)
We do offer a Fall Ball program during the months of September/October consisting of 5 – 6 weeks of showcase-style games with a weekly practice scheduled during the week.
We do encourage our athletes to participate in high school sports/activities in the Fall & Winter to help build a full range of mature fundamental motor skills in order to achieve full physical literacy. College coaches prefer athletes that are well-rounded with multi-sport skill sets! But we also do encourage ALL of our MW Bruins student-athletes to participate in our Fall Ball program also! Our Fall program scheduling is scaled-back compared to the Summer baseball schedule!
In addition to our organized Fall Ball Program, the use of the SBA indoor baseball cages and tunnels are available at no cost to any current/active Midwest Bruin player as well!
For our FALL BALL Program, player fees for our 18U and 15/16U players are estimated at: $550 per player
- 8 weeks
- Mid-week games & Weekend events
- 2-3 practices during the week
The Midwest Bruin Baseball summer program will begin practice within a day or two after the spring high school season is over. We will practice or play 2 – 3 times during the week, and then travel to tournaments and showcases on the weekends. Keep in mind, many tournaments begin on Wednesdays or Thursdays. If the player plans on having a summer job, your work schedule will need to be flexible. The season will span approximately 8 weeks during the months of June and July. Practices, games, and tournaments are mandatory – excused only for situations approved by the coaches. Our program is for the serious baseball player who loves to play and practice. We do strive to have a lot of fun, but we are not running a recreational-style program.
Typical summer baseball week:
- Monday: OFF
- Tuesday: Practice or mid-week game
- Wednesday: Practice, mid-week game, or tournament start
- Thursday: OFF or Practice or tournament start
- Thursday thru Sunday: Tournament play
For our SUMMER Program, player fees for our 18U and 15/16U players are estimated at: $1,350 per player
*There are sponsorship opportunities to aid with finances if you are interested.
Team & Individual Winter Off-Season Training & Development:
- Organized Midwest Bruin SUMMER Team baseball workouts will be held during the winter months at our indoor Smith Baseball Academy in Topeka — typically held in January and February.
- Each MWB Baseball athlete will be given FREE one-on-one training sessions with Coach Rob Smith during the off-season months. Additional sessions with Coach Smith or other SBA/MWB coaches can be purchased at the 20% MWB discounted rate!
- In addition, starting in October, the use of these facilities will be available, at no charge, to any current/active Midwest Bruin SUMMER program player.
**ATTENTION: SBA does offer Private one-on-one workouts and lessons to MW Bruin players at a discounted rate. We highly encourage our players to get extra work in with SBA coaches! Hitting, fielding, Pitching and Velocity Training!
Again, we do encourage our athletes to participate in high school sports/activities in the Fall & Winter to help build a full range of mature fundamental motor skills in order to achieve full physical literacy. Get the most out of your high school experience – participate! And, college coaches prefer athletes that are well-rounded with multi-sport skill sets!
Player Promotion and Exposure:
There is NO SHORT-CUT to recruiting and getting yourself noticed as a ballplayer. The MWB coaches work very hard to put our athletes in the best positions for high competition and maximum exposure. But, just like anything else you have worked hard to achieve, it is going to take effort and dedication on YOUR PART also!
To help you in your pursuit of college baseball and beyond, we do prepare our players mentally and physically via our practices, games, and training sessions. We hold our athletes to very high standards, invest major time and energy into personal development, and compete in quality team showcase events in the Fall and Summer. We also do our best to promote the Midwest Bruins, and more importantly, promote the players in the program through social media, our website, and also direct networking with colleges, coaches, etc.
Through SBA, high school coaching, and the Midwest Bruins program, Coach Smith corresponds on a daily, weekly, monthly basis with a large network of college coaches. The Midwest Bruin Baseball program is a highly respected program amongst college coaches and other baseball organizations!
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN MIDWEST BRUIN BASEBALL!
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