6-12 year olds
Vision: To see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
Mission: To lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.
Strategic Initiative: Train young men in baseball, life, and faith through practicing excellence on the field, serving others, and glorifying Jesus Christ in all things.
WHY FCA BASEBALL?
FCA baseball is starting in response to the rapid growth of travel baseball and the unfortunately all-too-common “win-at-all-cost” philosophy and coaching style. We are launching this program to be different and to offer an alternative for families and players who want to maximize their baseball skill development in an environment that emphasizes faith and family values.
To that end, we focus on the development of the COMPLETE BASEBALL PLAYER and are dedicated to helping our players reach their potential while preparing them to compete at their highest level. This means teaching our players the proper mental and physical approach to all facets of the game while keeping the game fun. At the same time, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and SPIRITUAL GROWTH are central to everything we do. As we stay true to our commitment to provide a quality baseball program while giving God the glory—win or lose—we will create a credible platform to share the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
"But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)
Character development and spiritual growth are the foundation for everything we do on and off the field. We strive to create an environment where players can see and learn what it means to be a disciple of Christ wherever they are in their journey.
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:45 (ESV)
We believe that service is a fundamental aspect of character development in young men. FCA baseball offers multiple opportunities for players and their families to serve and share the love of Christ within our local communities.
AS AN ATHLETE
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it (win)." 1 Corinthians 9:24 (ESV)
At FCA baseball we believe that a positive and encouraging environment is better for learning and being challenged to grow. All players are important to the overall team and bring unique value to be highlighted. We focus on teaching sound fundamentals and techniques, along with the current mental and strategic aspects of the game. We play to win, but not at the sacrifice of good sportsmanship and respect for the game.
Tryouts will be held on the 22nd and 29th of May from 1:30-3:30 from @ L. A. Dodgers Academy (2607 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278).
There may be additional tryout(s) added in June as needed.
Please register online and complete the prerequisite waiver. We will call you regarding your son's tryouts the week following the last tryout date (May 24- 28) to let you know if team or not. If the response time needs to be extended that will be communicated at tryouts. If a roster spot is offered you will have 48 hours to accept that spot, which will be made official by paying the first installment of the annual program fees. Details will be provided by the manager at that time.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our team(s) play will play in 1-2 tournaments/friendlies (non-tournament games) a month, and in a fall league. and some weekend friendlies (for players to continue to build their skills and build team camaraderie. Playing fall baseball is not mandatory; all costs associated are not included in the standard fees for program participation.
FCA Baseball, with our training partner, Los Angeles Dodgers Training Academy, will provide 2 indoor turf skills training days (1 weekday, 1 weekend),1 field practice/friendly game on the weekend. Weekday indoor skills training will include strength and conditioning.
End of June, FCA SB baseball will gather for a kickoff night. The event will include speakers who cast a vision for who we are as a program and what it means for a family to have a son as part of the program.
FCA baseball team(s) will look to participate in the South Bay Pony League (SBPL). Each team participates in tournaments as well. The majority of tournaments are within driving distance and do not require booking hotels.
Throughout the season we run various types of events that foster team building. Movie nights, service projects, and other activities that will take place throughout the year build team chemistry, work in the community and make the experience of being on an FCA baseball team fun and rewarding.
We understand one of the keys to each player’s success, as well as our program, is outstanding coaches who collectively share in our club’s coaching philosophy. You can expect each coach within FCA to:
Interact with and motivate players with a positive and encouraging demeanor.
Encourage academic excellence.
Teach the game of baseball and work hard to help each player improve
Seek opportunities for players to succeed.
Be approachable and communicate with honesty and openness.
Devote time and attention to our players spiritual growth.
Broaden players’ perspectives on college opportunities.
Be the best coaching role model, both on and off the field.
Provide a highly competitive environment that is fun and promotes player safety
Provide excellent team leadership and communicate timely and effectively with parents.