“To help Alaskan baseball players realize their potential by providing professional instruction and the opportunity for individual development by means of athletic competition.”
Each year the Alaska Baseball Academy selects the top High School baseball players from around the state of Alaska to participate in one of the largest and most prestigious showcase events in the nation. The Arizona Senior Fall Classic held each October has a tremendous following and last year 477 college coaches and recruiters from 243 schools attended the event. The fall classic is set up to maximize the player’s exposure to both the professional scout and the college recruiter.
One testimonial from an NCAA Division 1 coach states: “The AZ Fall Classic is one of the most beneficial tournaments we attend. The location and facilities are fantastic for college coaches and professional scouts.”
Last year the 2017 Alaska Baseball Academy team was young but talented and represented our organization and our state well at the Arizona Senior Fall Classic. The best part of having a young squad is all the returning players the following year and we’ll have plenty this year. Almost all of our 2017 seniors have received college baseball offers and all but one of them has committed to play college baseball! That is impressive for a team from the 49th state.
The Senior Fall Classic showcase we attend has more top end high school prospects than any gathering west of the Mississippi and with typically close to 500 college coaches and recruiters in attendance, along with multiple scouts from all 30 MLB clubs. Participating in this showcase is always a fantastic opportunity for our players to get unbelievable exposure. In 2017 we once again had a good following of MLB and college scouts on our trail during much of the tournament.
Our Alaska Baseball Academy Junior Sockeyes teams also had fantastic seasons. The 12U Sockeyes started slow but ended the season strong. The 11U squad played in 4 tournaments and finishing with 3 championships and one 3rd place finish. The 3 championships included a second consecutive Alaska State Comp Team Championship. Both Junior Sockeyes teams traveled to Arizona for USSSA tournaments as 12U teams and both were only one game away from the championship game losing in the semi-finals.
We are looking forward to another great year in 2018. We have expanded to 4 comp teams in the Junior Sockeyes family. We have a 10U team, two 12U teams and a 14U team. We intend to travel to Arizona in September with the 12 & 14U squads.
God bless all of you and remember the main reason we play this great game is to HAVE FUN!
Major League scouts were very interested in 6’5″ 1B/LHP Nathan Bonck of Ketchikan while Willie Homza of South kept the college recruiters buzzing during the entire tournament. Both players ended up hitting .500 for the tournament; as did Juneau Douglas standout Nathan Klein. Willie’s younger brother Jonny also hit a solid .400. Our players showed well in the showcase and I will be surprised if any of our seniors are not playing college baseball in 2015.
For the first time in our 10-year history we placed 2 players on the prestigious Arizona Fall Classic Academic game in the same year, which is open only to players with a 3.5 GPA and SAT score of 1,700 or better. Willie Homza of South High and Eagle River’s Mike Rosenberg were both selected from a tryout pool of over 200 players. Congratulations to Mike & Willie!
Dear Coach Wylie,
Following the Arizona Classic in October I was invited for official college visits by 3 NCAA Division 111 schools who I had contacted, or who had seen me play at the showcase. The schools were Occidental College in Los Angeles,; Lewis and Clark College in Portland; and Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. The coaches att all three schools were very positive about my prospectsfor a spot on their rostersand continued to contact me during the the application process. I also retook my SAT and improved my score to a 1950 super score. All 3 schools offered me admission. Two of the schools Lewis and Clark and Pacificoffered me substantial academic scholarships. This week I decided to attend Lewis and Clark College.
Thank you for choosing me for the Alaska Baseball Academy team. The timing of the showcase got me to focus on the type of school and the baseball experience I wanted to pursue. I think the exposure I got there helped me acheive the goals I set – to get a great educationat a great college and play baseball. Thank you so much for the part you’ve played in making this opportunity happen.