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NEW 2019-2020 Season Information

Jr. Statesmen Baseball Registration & Tryout details are here...
Open to all baseball players living within or attending the Webster Groves School District. Continue reading below for the details on our program, including our mission, goals, business structure, player expectations, season highlights and player fees.

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Development Teams
 For 9u-11u (3rd-5th Grade) players
No tryouts / No cuts
Online Registration is OPEN <<click this link

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Club Teams 
For 12u-14u (6th-8th Grade) players

Online Registration is OPEN <<click this link


Tryouts 

Informational flyer available HERE

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Jr. Statesmen Baseball (JSB) Player Account Payment Site - Coming Soon

NOTES about Registration / Player Account Payments

  1. Click the link above and click on the blue [ACCOUNT] button and log into your family profile
  2. Club Team players that make the team will already be registered after tryouts, so to make a payment, click on “View Unpaid Invoices” under the Account Options.
  3. Click on the blue [Details] button, then the blue [Make Payment] button and follow the prompts to complete your transaction
  4. Once your payment is complete, you will receive both a confirmation message on the screen and a confirmation email to the address within your players profile
  5. To update the email address or other contact information, click on your players name, click Edit Info, and [Submit].

JSB Player Fees Payment Schedule
Development Teams - 50% due at registration; Final 50% due January 15, 2020
Club Teams - 50% due by September 1, 2019 as acceptance of roster spot; Final 50% due January 15, 2020

Club Teams (12u-14u = 6th-8th Grade) - tryouts required, see date/time details below
Club Teams (12u-14u = 6th-8th Grade) - tryouts required, see date/time details below

Player Expectations

We believe players at this age should enjoy the game of baseball. We want them to learn and develop solid fundamental baseball skills, so they are prepared for the high school team. To be successful on and off the field, we have outlined the following expectations for all our Jr. Statesmen Baseball players.  

• Respect > for themselves, their teammates, their coaches, their opponents, the umpires, and their parents.   

• Hustle > always, in practice and in games. Working hard and taking pride in the job they are doing will translate into life-long work ethic skills.  

• Team > this program is bigger than one player, it is about building a team. Each one of us will support each other in our actions, our words, and our deeds. We will have a no tolerance policy for negative activities toward another player.

Dual Roster Expectations for Club Team Players
This is a competitive program and we are putting together a very substantial game and training schedule that starts in September and will run through June. In high season you can expect 3-4 game or practice obligations per week. The coaches are not all about winning, but they are not approaching games with the pressure of even playing time. The players that are best at position, committed to the routines, and put in the most work will see the most play time. That is why we hold tryouts for our Club Teams and select players that we feel would be a good fit for the program. 

As the official feeder program for WGHS, we are looking for players that make this their home program and make our practices and games their top priority. We don’t want to discourage players from getting extra reps and would encourage private one-on-one training; but we feel that the amount of baseball and style of baseball our program is offering will be a full plate for our players and dual rostering is not advantageous. Our expectation is that each and every player will give us their full attention.

Player Costs

To keep this program affordable for all players living in or attending the WGSD, we are committed to keeping the cost of this program at a lower price point compared to other baseball clubs. Our leadership is all voluntary, with only paid head coaches for the Club teams, a paid Skill Development Coach for small training sessions, and a paid Coach Development Coordinator to work with all of our JSB coaches. We will schedule teams in local games, leagues, and tournaments to help families only incur local travel expenses (i.e. gas and mileage). 


2019-2020 Player Fees
Include uniforms (practice shirt, jersey, pant, belt, JSB hat), indoor and outdoor practice facilities, league play, local tournaments, team equipment and incidental fees (administration costs, end of season party, etc), skill development coaches, and Winter Warm Up. 

  • $1,100 per player for Club Teams, also includes hired team coaches and Fall Development & Professional Training* with one local tournament. 
  • $700 per player for Development Teams, with an optional add-on of $150 for Fall Development & Professional Training* with one local Tournament.

*Fall Ball 2019
Our Fall Ball opportunities will be heavily focused on development and professional training.  We are excited to announce that JSB is partnering with St. Louis Cardinal coach Joey Hawkins, supported by other professional players and coaches from the Cardinal system to offer players a focused 6-week training program in September and October. The Player Fees noted above include this 6-week instructional training, all facilities / equipment for the sessions, and one local tournament.  In addition to these professional training sessions, the players will have team workouts with their dedicated head-coach. If teams decide to pick up extra tournaments, based on player availability, there will be an additional cost of $35 per player per tournament.

WGBSL Partnership

The Webster Groves Baseball & Softball League will serve as the umbrella organization for Jr. Statesmen Baseball program. Bringing their long-standing trust with the community, broad infrastructure, administrative support and marketing reach. 

WGBSL Commitment

·      Securing of practice and game fields
·      Administration and Registration
·      Equipment, uniform and trophies
·      Marketing support
·      Scheduling of WGBSL league and Private & Public school games
·      Payment processing
·      Insurance compliance

 

Jr. Statesmen Baseball

Jr. Statesmen Baseball (JSB) is a competitive baseball program designed to mentally and physically prepare 3rd thru 8th grade (9u-14u) players for Webster Groves High School (WGHS) baseball. Community-minded and community-grown, this program is open to any player living within or attending the Webster Groves School District that dreams of playing for their high school team. Who doesn’t want to be a Statesmen!

Trust the Process. Celebrate the Success.


Program Mission

Our mission is to build a program that trains and develops players from an early age (3rd grade; 9u), so they are ready to play for the Statesmen in high school… and that they stay in the Webster school system, because we have the training and experiences they are seeking. 


Program Goal
Our goal is to instill the fundamental aspects of the game along with promoting Statesmen baseball ideals, a strong work ethic, sportsmanship, and teamwork while celebrating each player's successes on and off the field.

Business Structure
We are a non-profit, Amateur Sports Organization under the umbrella of the Webster Groves Baseball Softball League (WGBSL) so that we can leverage their administrative services (online registration / payments); insurance coverage (for players, coaches and board members); coordination of private and public-school games, and community outreach. Direction for the program is guided by the JSB Steering Committee made up of the five volunteers listed at the left, along with the advice of the Webster Groves High School Baseball coaching staff. 

JSB Baseball Teams
The Jr. Statesmen Baseball teams are structured in two levels: Development Teams (9u-11u) and Club Teams (12u-14u). We are proud to offer an opportunity for kids to play on the same team with their school friends, so they begin building camaraderie as a team that will take them on into high school. 

•  JSB Development Teams - As the player's first introduction to the principles, routines, and philosophies of the WGHS Baseball program, the goal of these skill-development teams will be to prepare players for the Jr. Statesmen Club and Webster Groves high school teams. No tryouts are required, so there is a roster spot for everyone.

•  JSB Club Teams - These team rosters are filled with 6th-8th grade AA and AAA level players selected from tryouts held each summer. The goal of these club teams will be to enjoy the game of baseball while developing solid fundamental baseball skills, so they are prepared to tryout for the high school team.


JSB Coaches
Coach qualifications, requirements, and selections will be set by the Jr. Statesmen Steering Committee, Advisers, and WGBSL Board of Directors.The Development Teams will be led by dedicated and qualified volunteer coaches and the Club Teams will be led by both paid and volunteer coaches.
 All coaches are required to participate in a coach development program facilitated by the JSB program. The coaching philosophy within this program will be under the guidance of the WG Head Coach to ensure we are adhering to the appropriate development levels for each age group.


 Season Highlights for the JSB Program

• January-March: Winter Warm Up (Club Teams: mid-Jan thru mid-Mar | Development Teams: mid-Feb thru mid-Mar)
  March-June: Indoor & Outdoor Routine Practices (two nights per week )
  April–May: Club Teams play a series of Private & Public School Games (12-15 games) 
  April–June: All Teams play Leagues + Local Tournaments (15-18 games) 
  June: Jr. Statesmen Baseball Summer Camp with WGHS Varsity Coaches (open to JSB and non-JSB players) 
  July: Club Team tryouts for 2020-2021 Season 
  September-October: Fall Development & Professional Training with one Local Tournament* (Club Teams: required | Development Teams: optional)

  December or January: Jr. Statesmen Baseball Winter Clinic with WGHS Varsity Coaches (open to all JSB and non-JSB 4th -7th graders, sorry no 8th graders per MSHSAA rules)

JSB Steering Committee

·  Eunice Harris (Club Teams)  
HarrisFamily03@charter.net

·  Chris Hansen (Development Teams) 
loftylola@gmail.com

·  Jerry Pinkner
·  Paul Kuehler
·  Tyson Sturgeon

Baseball Winter Clinic

·  Open to anyone (JSB and non-JSB players)
·  Players in 4th-7th Grades (10U-13U)
·  Two half-days over Winter Break
·  9 am - 12 noon

·  Led by WGHS Varsity Baseball Coaching Staff
·  Location: Center St. Louis
·  Cost: $60 per player

Summer Baseball Camp

·  Open to anyone (JSB and non-JSB players)
·  Two Camps: 6th-8th (12U-14U) Grade and 3rd-5th (9U-11U) Grade in the 2019-2020 school year

·  Monday-Thursday in June and July (dates TBD)
·  9 am - 12 noon
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Led by WGHS Varsity Baseball Coaching Staff 

·  Location: Webster Groves High School - Plymouth Field 
·  Cost: $120 per player

JSB Club Team Tryouts

·  Open to any player that lives within or attends the Webster Groves School District
·  Players entering 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades (11U-14U)
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Tryouts held in July (two dates offered; you choose one)
·  Location: Webster Groves High School - Plymouth Field
·  Tryouts are Free 

Sponsors

Please support these local community businesses as a thank you for their Sponsorship of the Jr. Statesmen Baseball program. 

          

               

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