The Valley Center Baseball Club is fortunate to have Jeremy Rodriguez, catcher from the Lake Elsinore Storm (the San Diego Padres Class A+ affiliate), coaching players on the club's home field in Valley Center.
Coach Jeremy works on a regular basis with catchers from both the 14U and 10U teams. The program is a mixture of blocking, receiving, and throwdowns combined with conditioning, flexibility, and agility. The catchers work in a group and compete against each other throughout the sessions.
The best part is the players getting to know Coach Jeremy and his incredible work ethic. Players have come to find that he is approachable and easy to talk to while being a great motivator and able to squeeze another level of performance out of each player.
Jeremy was drafted in the 16th round of the 2011 draft by the San Diego Padres. He is a graduate of California State University Bakersfield, having worked extra hard to complete his degree even after being drafted. He has played for the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres A+) and has also spent time playing for the San Antonio Missions (Padres AA).
Haven't had the chance to meet or talk to Jeremy? Get to know him a bit more by reading an article about him in the Friarhood by clicking here.
With the weather finally starting to cool off and school being in full swing, we all know what it is time for - BASEBALL!
After a fun summer of baseball that culminated in a picnic at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore, with the boys taking team pictures on the field, meeting players, and being on the field for the national anthem, the teams have settled into their fall schedules.
The Valley Center Baseball Club has 2 teams registered in the San Diego Area Amateur Baseball League: a 10U team and a 14U team. This league presents competitive play against other north county teams, and allows the club to host league games in Valley Center, which is a first for the club. The league has scheduled games for the fall as a lead-in to the spring season.
The 10U team, managed by Mike DeAnda, features players between the ages of 8 and 10, many of which are also playing fall ball in VCLL. The 14U team, managed by Rob Baranowski, is a high school and prep developmental program. With player ages from 12 to 15, the focus is on skills development and getting players ready to compete at the high school level. League games are played with players that are 14 and under, but in scrimmages and when able, the 15 year olds are given their chance to play.
To supplement the coaching staff, the club has been using coaching from the high school plus on a regular basis are coached by a player on the Lake Elsinore Storm. Who is that player? Come join the team and find out!
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All Stars are over. Schools are closed. Fields are ready. What next? Time for more baseball!
The Valley Center Baseball Club is having practices, scrimmages, and tournament games throughout the summer. Any interested players between the ages of 7 and 15 should contact a member of the club for more information, of fill out the info form found here.
We are currently fielding teams in 4 age divisions: 8U and 9U made up of players from our younger group, and 13U and 14U made up of players from our older group. We are looking for additional players for depth in these teams, and are looking to form an 11U for ages in-between.
The younger boys have been playing in various tournaments this year and will continue to do so through the summer. The older team completed the spring season in a Sunday league based in Poway, and has set up a summer of scrimmages on Sundays and during the week on the juniors field behind the Community Center in Valley Center.
Players interested in playing for the younger team should show up at the minors field behind the Community Center in VC on Monday, July 7th, at 4pm for an open workout. The older team will be doing the same on the juniors field on Friday, July 11th, at 6pm.
The Valley Center Baseball Club is having open tryouts for all 14 year old baseball players currently in 8th grade to ready for high school with a competitive summer season. Open workouts are Tuesday April 22nd and Thursdays April 24th and May 1st at the VCLL Juniors Field.
The club is looking for players who will be 14 or younger as of May 1st, 2014.
New 14 year olds will practice with the current 13U team in the coming weeks, and will play games when ready against 14U teams at 90-foot baselines. 14U games will be supplemented by players on the 13U team to fill the roster.
"Since the club's inception at the end of last year, we've had a gap in our high school baseball preparation for 8th graders who were league age 14," stated Rob Baranowski, co-founder of the Valley Center Baseball Club and manager of the 13U/14U teams. "With Valley Center Little League not fielding a juniors team, these 14 year olds have been left without local options.
"We are able to make adjustments in our program to accommodate these 8th graders so that all Valley Center students have the opportunity to improve in preparation for continued baseball into high school."
Valley Center Baseball Club will maintain its 13U team, which is currently playing in a Sunday league in Poway. The 13U team will remain on the same practice schedule, with the addition of the new 14 year olds. The club's 9U team also is continuing their practices in preparation for additional games and tournaments.