UPDATED 7/1/17: The Midwest Bruins will hold open tryouts in early August:
16U Team: Monday, July 31 | 5:30 – 7:30pm | SCABA Lake Shawnee in Topeka, KS
18U Team: Tuesday, August 1 | 5:30 – 7:30pm | SCABA Lake Shawnee in Topeka, KS
- **If you are not able to make one of the above Scheduled Tryouts, send us an email to schedule an Alternate Date (subject to availability)
If you have interest in being a part of the Midwest Bruins organization, please read through the important information below. Then, fill out our ONLINE Tryout Registration Form by clicking the “Tryout Registration” button at the bottom of page.
ALL prospective players MUST SUBMIT the Tryout Registration Form!
Midwest Bruin Baseball GENERAL INFORMATION:
We are here to help develop player character and hopefully 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 high school athletes with the physical, mental, and emotional tools necessary to earn an opportunity to play baseball at the collegiate level. 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: travel behavior, time management, and the importance of academics.
The Midwest Bruins are comprised of 18 and Under young men with the desire and skill to play at the collegiate level. We currently carry an 18U College Prep team and a 16U Developmental team. We strive to present the best baseball experiences for our players by providing:
1.) Quality Coaching – the Bruins are coached and operated by experienced coaches — Rob Smith and Mike Hughes from Smith Baseball Academy (see coaches bios on the SBA website: www.smithbaseballacademy.com) and other SBA certified coaches.
2.) Quality Competition- the Bruins travel to as many Division 1 and other higher level tournament sites in the Midwest as possible.
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 the summer program, Coach Smith corresponds on a daily, weekly basis with a large network of college coaches.
4.) Character Development – the Bruin organization will focus on character development and the student-athlete as a whole — in baseball and in life. Coaches will coach and mentor with class and players will play with class.
The Midwest Bruins primary objective is to physically and mentally prepare players for college baseball. 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(s).
The team will not necessarily be comprised of only players that attend the tryout. We still do other recruiting of players from other cities, states, etc.
The Midwest Bruins have a budget to pay for team expenses. The team budget includes:
-Uniforms- 2 pairs of pants, minimum of 3 jerseys, hat, socks and belt
-Practice Uniform- T-shirt(s) and shorts
-Equipment- Batting helmets, balls, score books, lineup cards, etc.
-Tournament Entry Fees
-Transportation of entire 18U team and coaches to and from ALL games and tournaments on our Team Bus.
-Transportation of entire 16U team and coaches to Overnight/Travel tournaments only on 15-passenger Vans.
-Hotel Accommodations for All players and coaches at Overnight/Travel tournaments
-Winter Practice/Lessons Facilities at Smith Baseball Academy in Topeka
-Mid-week Game and Practice Field Expenses
-and other expenses
The teams’ budget does not include, and these items are to be paid for separately by the player:
Optional Uniforms – Cage Jackets, Extra hat, pants, jerseys, Parent/Family shirts and Fan Gear, etc.
Meals – Each player is responsible for their own meal expenses. *However, at most hotels we stay, there is a daily complimentary breakfast.
For a typical SUMMER season, the budget costs are estimated at:
*$1,375 per player for the 18U team
*$1,075 per player for the 16U team
*There are sponsorship opportunities to aid with finances, if you are interested.
For interested players, our plan is to 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. This is subject to player interest and coaches’ availability over the Fall months. We do encourage our athletes to focus on other sports/activities in the Fall 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.
For players who do play a fall high school sport or those not interested in committing to a Fall Ball weekend schedule, the use of the SBA indoor baseball cages and tunnels are available at no cost to any current/active Midwest Bruin player. SBA does offer private workouts and/or private lessons as well.
*Fall Ball Schedule and Fall Player Fees have yet To Be Determined.
Team Winter Training
Organized Midwest Bruin Team baseball workouts will be held during the winter months at our indoor Smith Baseball Academy in Topeka — typically in January and February. In addition, starting in October, the use of these facilities will be available at no charge to any current/active Midwest Bruin player. SBA does offer optional private workouts and lessons as well.
Summer Practice/Game Schedule
The Midwest Bruins summer teams will begin practice within a day or two after the high school season is over. We will practice or play 1 – 2 times during the week, and then travel to tournaments on the weekends. Keep in mind, many tournaments begin on Wednesdays or Thursdays. If you plan 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. We do strive to have a lot of fun, but it’s not 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 – practice or tournament start
- Thursday thru Sunday – tournament play
Team Kickoff Event
We do have a summer kickoff event at the start of the summer season. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and to bring community support to the organization. Team photos, activities, food and drink, etc.
Player Promotion and Exposure
There is NO SHORT-CUT to recruiting and getting yourself noticed as a ball player. Just like anything else you have worked hard to achieve, it is going to take effort and dedication on YOUR PART! To help you in your pursuit of college baseball, we do our best to help promote our players by preparing our players mentally and physically via our practices and games and by playing in quality showcase tournaments. We also do our best to promote the Midwest Bruin Baseball organization, and more importantly, promote the players in the program through social media, our website, and also direct networking with colleges, coaches, etc.
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN MIDWEST BRUIN BASEBALL!
If you have interest in being a part of the Midwest Bruins organization, please fill out our ONLINE Tryout Registration Form by clicking here:
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