Hard to believe that summer is over and Fall baseball is underway, where did the time go? The Board at North Wake is looking forward to another successful season as we continue to provide our families with a great baseball/softball experience. Each year we look for more ways to improve our facilities, communications and your experience with North Wake. As part of this process we have yearly elections of officers to ensure that the we have the right individuals leading the organization. It is with extreme mixed emotions that I have decided to step down as the president after three years of service due in large part to the travel demands of my day job. However, it is with great pleasure that we are announcing that Mark Hammel has been elected as the new president. His dedication and support of the league over the past several years have been extraordinary and is visible by the upgrades to our website. Mark has served as the Vice President over the past year and that role will be now held by Julie Kruse who has been very involved in bringing one of my visions to life, the Parent Committee. Her ability to get others involved to support our league is exactly the kind of skill our organization sorely needs as being a totally volunteer group, we need the time of our families to continue our great tradition.
Please join me in congratulating Mark and Julie on these new roles and I hope to continue to see each of you at the fields.
The FBI ODP Series is hosted three times a year. The Fall ODP is available for Baseball/Softball players who want a long-term training program or for those who want to supplement their Fall season! Every session will include skill development, arm care/arm training, speed and conditioning, and strength training! All ages are welcome. Players are grouped based on age and ability. You can sign up for 5 sessions, 10 sessions or the whole program! To register, click here!
SWING SCHOOL (Tuesdays 5-6 pm)
SWING SCHOOL is available for all Baseball/Softball players looking to improve their swing. Focus will be on developing swing movements and mechanics to create efficiency and develop power. To register, click here!
FAST PITCH FRIDAYS (Fridays 6-7 pm)
FAST PITCH FRIDAYS are available for all Softball pitchers who are looking to learn the mechanics of the Fast Pitch or are looking to take their current mechanics to the next level! Led by Meredith College standout Amanda Bierne! To register, click here!
BULLPEN PITCHING SCHOOL (Thursdays 5-6 pm)
BULLPEN PITCHING SCHOOL is open for all Baseball pitchers ready to enhance their pitching mechanics, learn how to throw harder, and have better command of their pitches. Led by Former SF Giants player, Stephen Harrold! To register, click here!
CATCHERS CLASS (Thursdays 5-6 pm)
CATCHERS CLASS will include learning how to block, receive, throw, develop proper footwork, and how to call a game! CATCHERS CLASS will be taught by Chicago White Sox Catcher, Jeremy Dowdy! To register, click here!
TRACK OUT CAMPS (SEPT 12-15; OCT. 3-6)
Tracked out and want to keep working on your Baseball/Softball skills? Here’s your chance! To register, click here!
The North Wake County Baseball Association Board would like to thank all of our families for your continued support over the years. As you know, NWCBA has been providing a high quality baseball (and now softball) experience to our community since 1979! That having been said, we would like to share some information with you as we prepare for our Fall 2016 season.
First of all, we would like to inform everyone that the Spring 2016 season brought record numbers of players to our leagues. When you combine recreation baseball, recreation softball, travel teams and our new college team, we were close to 1000 players! While this growth is great for our community and demonstrates that the state of baseball in our area is strong, it also presents challenges for our organization.
One challenge that we face is scheduling practices and games for 1000 players. This past Spring, we began utilizing a new software system to help automate the scheduling process. The use of new software, combined with our very high player count resulted in a schedule that a) was unfamiliar to our returning families and b) limited additional practice time. We plan to return to a scheduling system that is similar to the system used in previous seasons, which will allow for 2 or 3 events per week, 12 total practices (including some practice time after games begin), 12 total games, and some room for makeup and additional practice time.
Another challenge was numerous and varying rumors about the future of our home at The Factory. As many of you know, The Factory is under new ownership. We understand that transitions like this could cause concern about the future of the fields. Please know that, while we are unable to predict the future, our current lease extends until December 2020. We are also in constant communication with the new ownership group about next steps to enrich the baseball and softball experience we can offer at The Factory. We are hopeful that The Factory will continue to be our primary home for many years beyond 2020, but if there is reason to change course, we will do so in a way that allows us to continue to provide a high quality baseball experience to our players and families.
We would be remiss to highlight our challenges without also mentioning some of the positive aspects of this past Spring season. You may have noticed our Opening Day ceremonies are growing with each season. A team parade is a long-standing baseball tradition that we are enhancing as part of our Opening Day ceremonies. We also added a Closing Day to our calendar this Spring, which included six league championship games taking place at one time to wrap up our Spring season. At the conclusion of all games, we announced the winners, runner-ups, all-star teams, and Cal Ripken teams, and recognized those teams with their shirts, trophies, hats, and visors (where appropriate) as a season-ending celebration.
In conclusion, we would like to once again thank you all for your continued support. We hope you have been enjoying your NWBCA experience, and we look forward to seeing each of you back this Fall or next Spring!
We would like to thank for everyone who participated in tryouts for NWCBA Spring Travel Teams. There are still some teams who do not have complete rosters and those coaches may hold another round of tryouts in the Spring.
FBI Baseball is pleased to offer off-season and pre-season baseball training to middle school and high school athletes at the North Wake Baseball Complex at The Factory in Wake Forest. These sessions are designed to prepare student-athletes for Spring tryouts and for the Spring season. Sessions will include strength and conditioning training ran by the Burks Zone, followed by baseball skills development:
Enhanced skill and mechanics:
Long-Toss Program w/ focus on form and arm mechanics
Rotator Cuff Durability
Pre-Season progression beginning in January
REGISTRATION: There are three different options for registration. Click here to register.
½ program (January 9th-February 6th)
Saturday Only (only come on Saturdays)
COST: The cost will differ depending on which program you sign up for.
½ Program- $250
Saturday Only- $175
Joe John- President of FBI Baseball and Guilford College
Joe Cobb- Vice President of FBI Baseball and NCCU
Stephen Harrold- Rockland Boulders and UNC-Wilmington
Jeremy Dowdy- Chicago White Sox and Appalachian State
Kramer Sneed- Los Angeles Angels and Barton University
Darren Burks- St. Augustines and Eastern Michigan
Sean Willingham- North Greenville University
Jonathan Cheng- FBI FUNGO Coach and Heritage HS Coach
The fall season will be starting soon! If you have not signed up for rec or travel - you still have time! We will be holding travel team tryouts this week and registration for the fall season closes on 7/28. Below, you will find key information for our travel and rec programs.
2015 Fall Travel Team Tryouts
North Wake travel program information, tryouts 7/28 - 7/30, click here for details
FBI Fungo travel program information, (tryouts dates depend on age), click here for details
with any travel program related questions.
Rec Baseball/Girls `Softball Registration
Registration Closes on 7/28/15
Baseball tryouts will take place on 8/8, makeups will be held on 8/11. Click here for details
Softball skills assessments will also take place on 8/8 with makeups on 8/11. Click here for details
ALL 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, AND 2022 (17U-11U) GRADUATES AND 9U/8U ARE INVITED TO TRYOUT FOR THE FALL 2015 FUNGO TEAMS. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON TRYOUTS AND HOW TO REGISTER!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR PROGRAM PLEASE CONTACT JOE JOHN OR ANTHONY ZARRELLA AT FACTORYBASEBALL@GMAIL.COM OR VISIT HERE.
FOR A FULL LIST OF FORMER FUNGO PLAYERS PLAYING COLLEGE BASEBALL VISIT HERE!
North Wake County Baseball Association has a long standing tradition of supporting travel baseball in our area. Our teams traditionally participate in Top Gun, Triple Crown, AAU and USSSA events both locally and in Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The program has been a great success and continues to grow! This year we expect greater growth and even more talented players to join the program.
The season kicks off in late July with tryouts and below are further details for your reference. Please help get the word out and forward this webpage.
Because player development and opportunity are the ultimate goals, we will make every attempt to have enough teams to accommodate as many players as possible when justified by the player/talent pool. This could mean that teams are formed separate from the FBI Fungo teams.
Kids wishing to try out for travel should register for the travel team & register for rec ball & pay the rec ball fee. (REGISTRATION LINK)
If they make a travel team, the fee you paid for the rec league will be transferred over toward your travel team fee. Players that are on a NWCBA travel team can't play in the NWCBA League also.
Players age is determined as of 4/30/2016
5/1/2006 - 4/30/2007
5/1/2005 - 4/30/2006
5/1/2004 - 4/30/2005
5/1/2003 - 4/30/2004
For questions about our Travel Teams for other ages and for general information about our travel baseball program, please email
Please check our website for exact dates and registration information @ www.nwcba.com.
Congratulations to the following players on making the 8U and 7U North Wake Fungo Cal Ripken teams for the Summer of 2015. These players and teams will represent North Wake in the Cal Ripken District and State Tournaments. Players below will receive an email from FBI Baseball regarding next steps. Decisions were made based off of the average ranking of every player in the categories of hitting, throwing, flyballs, groundballs, and running. Thank you to all who tried out for these teams. Players below are listed in no specific order.
8U North Wake
8U North Wake
Zach St. Laurent
7U North Wake
Miguel A Delgado Dassori
FBI Baseball will be hosting three different week-long Summer camps at the North Wake Baseball Complex. FBI Baseball Summer camps are designed to incorporate a high level of instruction mixed with a fun environment. Please see below for more information on FBI Baseball Summer Camps!
North Wake Baseball Complex at the Factory
INDEPENDENCE DAY CAMP
Monday June 29, 2015 to Thursday July 2, 2015 REGISTER
BOYS OF SUMMER CAMP
Monday July 6, 2015 to Thursday July 9, 2015 REGISTER
Monday July 27, 2015 to Thursday July 30, 2015 REGISTER
Catching - Receiving, blocking, throwing/footwork drills, game calling.
Base Running - Primary/Secondary leads, jumps, routes, steals, sliding techniques (bring bathing suit on Thursday for slip n’ slide!)
All camps will be directed by FBI Baseball Staff: Anthony Zarrella, Darren Burks, Sean Willingham and other former collegiate baseball players.
Campers must fill out registration form online. You may register the day of camp, however, please pre-register if possible.
Campers should report to the North Wake Baseball Complex between 8:30 am and 9:00 am on the first day of camp. In case of rain, call (919) 480-8111 or check @fbibaseball twitter handle to see if any camp will be conducted. Friday may be used as a makeup day if necessary.
What to Bring
Campers should bring the necessary items for baseball participation including baseball shoes, hat, glove, bat, helmet, and an extra shirt. We encourage all campers to leave valuables at home. Campers may bring snacks to eat during breaks.
Thank you for supporting this great family/team event. This is just a final reminder that you can pick up your tickets at the Will Call window located behind home plate.
Don't forget to get there early so the kids can participate in the pre-game parade @ 6:30 pm
North Wake Night with the Mudcats
Purchase deadline extended to May 5th...
Please join North Wake Baseball as we celebrate a night with the Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium! The Carolina Mudcats will host the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 15th.
All North Wake players will have a chance to participate in a Pre-Game parade at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 each and a portion of ticket sales will go back to our organization. This is a great opportunity for team building and to show your pride for North Wake Baseball.
For your convenience, tickets may be purchased online through May 5th. Please use the link below to order your tickets today!
North Wake will receive special incentives based on the number of tickets we sell. Players may be allowed to run on the field, throw out the first pitch, sing the National Anthem, etc. The more tickets we sell the more perks we will receive so gather your teams and bring the whole family out for a memorable event.
For more information, please contact Darren Burks.
Thank you for all your support and your 6th sense to help find the gloves, cleats, bats, and stray socks before every game and practice. We thank you for bringing your kids to us and for spending part of your busy and hectic day's on the field with your son or daughter.
Your tireless work as equipment managers, sports psychologists, team trainers, coaches, chauffeurs, and team cheerleaders is what makes our work possible. All of our work teaching your children this great game of baseball, simply takes place against the backdrop of your love and support.
On behalf of all the board, commissioners and coaches, we wish you a very Happy Mother's Day!
NWCBA Girls Softball League’s Inaugural Season starts this Fall 2015!
REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 15!
The North Wake County Baseball Association is proud to host Northern Wake County's only girls’ softball league. It is our mission to provide positive and memorable softball experiences for young players, ages 5-15, in the triangle area. North Wake has always had the stated goal of optimizing player development through quality practice and age appropriate competitive playing environments both through leagues and travel team opportunities.
Rec League Structure
Tball: ages 5-6
Rookie: ages 7-8
Minor: ages 9-10
Major: ages 11-13
Junior: ages 14-15
A skills assessment will take place to ensure balanced competitive play
In the event where there is below minimum registration players will be invited to attend a skills assessment/try-out for the opportunity to play on a travel team (additional fees apply)
NWCBA has a longstanding reputation of a first class baseball organization. It is our honor to welcome all softball players into our growing community. If your family is interested in the NWCBA Softball League please contact us!