Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley, California
The Sharks will begin training as a team in January and will play together through the end of June. During these months, players will be expected to train/play 3-4 days a week. All practices will take place in Huntington Beach or Fountain Valley. Practices will focus on conditioning, mechanics, and efficient drills that will allow for maximum growth in our players.
Jan-Feb: Practices 3x per week
March-May: Practices 2x per week, Games 2x per week
June: All-Stars if eligible
The Sharks will submit as a 9U Pony Select Team for Spring 2023 and will play the full Spring Season as well as any All-Stars if eligible. All players must age-qualify for Pony 9U (born 5/1/13 or later).
Season play will include 15 games plus a single elimination playoff immediately following the conclusion of the season. Teams will play 1 weekday and 1 Saturday game per week.
*First games will start in Early March 2023
*Playoff games will be played mid May 2023
After the primary 6-month commitment, Sharks players can opt to stay on the team for the Summer season (July and August) or do other sports or go elsewhere.
The Sharks is focused on training, player development, and high-level local play rather than distant tournaments. This is not a travel ball club, and the team will not be traveling to Spring Training, Cooperstown, etc. Foreseeable tournaments could include a Memorial Day tournament and the Pony All-Star Tournament if the team is eligible.
Art has been coaching baseball for 37 years, at both the youth (HVLL & FV Pony) and adult levels. He also assisted as a high school baseball coach for 5 years. He loves working with young ball players to help them achieve their full potential.
Total Team Fee = $1200
This fee covers uniforms for the Spring 2023 season, including 2 jerseys, a hat, socks, belt, and dry-fit practice shirt.
Tournaments are not the focus of this team. However, it is possible we will play in 1-3 local tournaments over the course of the 6-month commitment period. Players will be expected to pay the entry fee of any tournament divided by the number of the players on the team.
First monthly fee will be due January 1, 2023. Monthly dues cover practice fields, facilities, equipment, and scrimmage costs. Sharks management and coaches are 100% volunteers and are not be paid. On occasion, outside coaching consultants may be hired for specialized instruction.
If you are interested in joining the Sharks, you can request a tryout by completing this form.