UPDATED 4/1/17: The Midwest Bruins are still filling roster spots for Summer 2017.
If you have interest in being a part of the Midwest Bruins organization, please fill out our Tryout Registration Form by clicking the link below:
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, scorebooks, lineup cards, etc.
-Tournament Entry Fees
-Transportation of entire 18U team and coaches to and from games and tournaments
-Hotel Accommodations for 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, 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:
$1,300 per player for the 18U team
$1,000 per player for the 16U team.
*There are sponsorship opportunities to aid with finances, if you are interested.
We may or may not play in organized Fall Ball tournaments. This is subject to player 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. Starting in October, 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 lessons as well.
Organized Midwest Bruin Team baseball workouts will be held during the winter months at the indoor Smith Baseball Academy — typically in January and February. In addition, starting prior to that 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 will begin practice within a day or two after the high school season is over. We will practice or play 2 or 3 times a week, and then travel to tournaments on the weekend. 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.
Team Kickoff Event
We have a summer kickoff event at the start of the season. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and to bring community support to the organization. Team photos, food and drink, 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 Tryout Registration Form here:
Midwest Bruin Baseball