The North Wake County Baseball Association is a non-profit organization that has been in operation for over 30 years. During this time NWCBA has held a clear mission of providing positive and memorable baseball experiences for young players 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.
North Wake's baseball history is marked with the exciting exploits of thousands of players. The excitement may be as simple as a 6-year old wearing his uniform the night before his first game, or a young player discovering he has made his middle school or high school team or a 17-year old that is notified that he will be receiving a college baseball scholarship. For all North Wake's players the truly memorable experience is being able to enjoy the game of baseball with friends.
Baseball has a great history and the Board of NWCBA hopes all our young players have a positive experience and carry lasting memories with them.
League Appreciation Day at Dick’s Sporting Goods
NWCBA is celebrating with a League Appreciation Day at Dick’s Sporting Goods!
On MARCH 7-9, 2014, Dick’s Sporting Goods will hold a special Appreciation Day for all of our participating players, coaches and their family members.
Check out the details here: (Dicks Flyer and Coupons for Event). All of our members will receive 20% off their ENTIRE Purchase! So join us for Appreciation Day at Dick’s Sporting Goods as we gear up for the upcoming season.
Tryout update!!!!!!!!!!!! 9:30am groups affected..
Due to today's line of storms that came through we are going to be forced to cancel the 9:30am tryout sessions for all leagues on Saturday 2/22 as the fields will not be dry in time. All remaining session will go on as planned at their scheduled time, including Tuesday's make up sessions. Before you come out tomorrow, please check our weather hot line for any last minute updates, 919-480-8111 as it will be updated at 10am if there are any further changes/updates.
For those kids that were scheduled for the 9:30am sessions we would ask that you attend any of the other sessions that are posted for your age group on either Saturday or Tuesday.
We appreciate your patience as we work through the weather challenges the Mother Nature has thrown at us.
NWCBA Town Hall; Sunday, February 23rd starting at 5pm
North Wake County Baseball Association will be holding a Town Hall meeting at West Millbrook Middle School on Sunday, February 23rd starting at 5pm.
The event is slated to be held in the gymnasiumcafeteria and we will be planning to cover a variety of topics to include: Team Parents, Schedules, Open Day, Infrastructure Improvements, Fundraising, Travel Program, NW Night at The Mudcats, Work Days, Clinics and Q&A.
Registration closing for Tball/Rookie/Minor/Major Leagues.
Final reminder that today is the final day for registration for all the leagues (except jr leagues closes 3/17). If you have any issues with registering, please send me an email and I will be glad to help you out.
The North Wake Nitro 9u team is looking to fill a couple spots on their current roster. Season will run March 1st through July 31st, most tournaments played usually no more than one to two hours away (with a majority right in the Raleigh area).
The Nitro will be hosting some open workouts over the next few weeks so if you are interested please contact Head Coach Steve Rohrs at 919-943-7612, or email at . Opening like this are rare and will fill fairly quick!
North Wake County Baseball Association will be holding a Town Hall at West Millbrook Middle School on Sunday, February 23rd starting at 5pm. The event is slated to be held in the gymnasium and we will be planning to cover a variety of topics to include: Team Parents, Schedules, Open Day, Infrastructure Improvements, Fundraising, Travel Program, NW Night at The Mudcats, Work Days, Clinics and Q&A. Please plan to join us at this event.
Field Work Day and Free Kids Clinic Saturday March 1st
Dear Parents and Players,
In preparation for the spring season we are reaching out to all of you to help us get the fields in shape. Safety is priority one for the kids and coaches when they are practicing and playing. We hope to see at West Millbrook Middle School on Saturday 3/1/2014 to help get all the fields ready for the 1st practices.
Contact: Board member Rob Lease (
) will be coordinating all the work day activities.
NWCBA Field Work Day
In preparation for the upcoming Spring Baseball season, we have scheduled a Field Work Day on Saturday, March 1st from 1pm to 4pm to help with improvements and maintenance related items to the following fields: West Millbrook Middle School upper and lower fields, Wakefield Middle School field, Wildwood Forest School field, and Fox Road School field.
We are seeking parent volunteers to help in these efforts. Most of the duties will include dragging and raking of fields, adding dirt/clay as needed, removal of weeds, mound/bullpen repairs, batting cage repairs, and replacement of needed bases and home plates. As a thank you to the parent volunteers, we will conduct a Kid Clinic for the children of the Field Work Day Volunteers which will be held at the same time as the Field Work Day. Please see the below information regarding the Kid Clinic.
Please follow the quick registration link above and let us know you will have and how many of your children will be attending the clinic.
For all volunteers, please plan to meet first at the West Millbrook Middle School lower field parking lot to accommodate the drop off of your kids for the Kid Clinic and then we will assign school locations to each volunteer. Thank you in advance for your continued support of North Wake County Baseball. We look forward to a great Spring Season.
Children of Work Day Volunteers, ages 8-12, are invited to attend a free baseball clinic that will take place at the same time as the Work Day (between 1pm-4pm). At the clinic, children will be instructed on baseball fundamentals (throwing, fielding, hitting, base running) by former college players and current Wake County high school players. The clinic will include instruction and drill work that is tailored to the younger player. Work day volunteers should bring participating children with them when they report to West Millbrook Middle School for the Work Day -- while parent volunteers are working on fields, their children will participate in the clinic. Please be sure that your child wears baseball appropriate attire, including a protective cup, and brings a glove, a baseball hat and, if possible, a baseball bat (baseballs will be provided). Water and a snack will be provided (if your child has any food allergies, please be sure to let one of the instructors know).
Spring 2014 Registation closing soon! Don't miss out...
The Spring season for leagues is just around the corner and REGISTRATION deadlines are fast approaching. Feb 2 is your last day to have guaranteed spot.
Please review the schedule below for all the key dates. I will be sending out additional information regarding our NW Field Work Day. We need everyone's help on the work day to get the fields ready for practices so please sign up when the workday email comes your way...
Waitlist Registration will then run from February 3rd – February 16th
(If you register during this period, your child is not guaranteed a spot in the league, but will be placed on a team if spots are available.)
Registration closed February 17, 2014
(No registrations will be accepted Feb. 17 and beyond)
OTHER KEY DATES FOR SPRING 2014
Saturday, Feb. 22nd Tryouts @ THE NORTH WAKE BASEBALL COMPLEX
Tuesday, Feb. 25th Makeups
Thursday Feb. 27th Coaches Draft Party @ Mill Room in the Factory
Saturday March 1st Field WORK DAY – Volunteers Needed!
(Help us prepare all of your game & practice fields for the
(Work Day will also include instruction for North Wake Players
while you work!)
Sunday March 2rd Coaches Clinic at West Millbrook Middle school fields
Monday March 3rd Team Practices begin
March 22nd Opening Day Games and Celebration
May 25thSeason Ends
May 28th - June 1st League Tournament
June 2rd - 6th All Stars
JUNIOR LEAGUE DATES
October 15th, 2013 -March 2, 2013 Open Registration (Guaranteed Spot)
For those interested in playing for FBI Fungo during the 2014 Season, please take note of dates and times below. All players must pre register for tryouts, this ensures we have all of your correct information, you have signed the release form, and that we don't exceed the number of player's we can handle on a particular day.
To Register Please visit the FBI Baseball Website, and click on the "Prospect Form" tab under FBI FUNGO on the navigation bar.
FBI FUNGOTRYOUT DATES AND TIMES
Date: Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
Time: 1-5 pm
Eligibility: 14 U, 15U, 16U, 17U
Location: North Wake Baseball Complex Field #4
EVERYONE MUST REGISTER AT LEAST 1 DAY PRIOR TO THE DATE OF TRYOUTS.
PLAYERS CAN REGISTER ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS, ONCE CAPACITY IS REACHED FOR A GIVEN TRYOUT, WE WILL CLOSE REGISTRATION FOR THAT DAY.
TEAMS WILL BE CHOSEN BY FEBRUARY 9TH.
WHY CHOOSE FBI FUNGO?
· 3-4 Workouts/Week in the Summer
· Supervised Weight Training and Speed Training
· Exposure to College and Professional Scouts
· Private Facilities
· Play alongside some of the best players in the Triangle Area
Hope everyone in the North Wake Family had a restful and safe New Year!
As I think some of you are aware with the introduction of the new year I have been elected as the new President of North Wake. First and foremost I want to thank Ken Shuey for his leadership over the past decade as North Wake has made tremendous strides in becoming one of the best organizations in North Carolina. We have spent a significant amount of energy to secure a top notch facility, improve the infrastructure around it and upgrade the grounds to make The Factory a home we can all be proud of for the foreseeable future.
Now it is time to redirect our attention to our next set of priorities to continue on the foundation that we have created under Ken’s leadership. Specifically, our plans are to focus on communications, improve our instruction and mobilize our family base. Each of these efforts are vital to further improving our organization and improving the involvement of the North Wake families which are the core of what make our organization great.
In the area of communications we are forming a parent committee that will have representatives from across the organization to provide much needed insights into the important issues that are being faced by our families today. We will be appointing a chairperson and this group will report monthly into our Board structure to ensure we have open lines of communication. In addition, Tim Wheeler is trying to secure a facility to hold a Town Hall Meeting later in February whereby the Board Members and parents can interact and we can lay out our plans for 2014.
For instruction, we have asked Jason Martinez to lead up an effort to enhance our yearly coach’s clinic and add an in depth skills session for the kids right before the season starts. There will be more information to come in the next few weeks, but we believe this will be a huge step to help our coaches/kids.
Last, but not least, we need to ask for your help. One of the things that we need to do a better job of going forward is asking for increased parent participation in our league as we have specific areas that need to be addressed. Below are the most critical:
If you have expertise in these areas please contact me directly at
I am looking forward to a great year and know that I can count on each of you ensure we provide the right environment for our kids to grow as our future leaders. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at the email address listed above as I would love to hear your input.
3rd Annual FBI BASEBALL ODP (OFF-SEASON DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM)
North Wake partners with FBI baseball and Fully Armored to provide players with advanced training and conditioning to help prepare them for the spring season. Below are the details for the upcoming Program.
Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual FBI BASEBALL Winter Off-Season Development Program. Last year we had over 75 participants so make sure to sign up quick!
FBI Baseball partners with FULLY ARMORED 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 begin with FULLY ARMORED strength and conditioning training followed by baseball skills development with FBI Baseball:
Arm Strength Development & Throwing Mechanics Rotational Power & Hitting Mechanics Speed Development & Base Running Quickness, Agility, & Fielding Core Stability & Overall Athleticism
1st Hour w/ FULLY ARMORED:
Arm Strength Bat speed and Rotati onal power Base running speed First-step quickness Lateral agility Functional movement assessments and exercises to improve immobility, instability, and inefficiency which limit performance and increase injury risk.
2nd Hour w/ FBI BASEBALL:
Enhanced skill and mechanics for: Hitting
Video Analysis Long-Toss Program w/ focus on form and arm mechanics Rotator Cuff Durability Pre-Season progression beginning in January
Flyer: ODP Flyer Link DATES: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from December 14th-February 8th
Congratulations to the following Fall 2013 Raffle winners!!
Grand Prize (Flat Screen TV, $750 value): Joni Hayes
First Prize (Apple iPad, $600 value): David Scott
Second Prize (Apple iTouch, $200 value): J. Modlin
Third Prize ($50 gift card): Jen Miller, Joe Noon, Mike LaSasso, Terry Bogan, Robert Kissell,
Mark Milam, Amy Clifford, The Kimball Family, Christine Brown,
11U Knights/Tribe Off to a Fast Start for Fall Travel Season
11U Knights/Tribe Off to a Fast Start for Fall 2013 Travel Season
The North Wake Travel Program was well represented this past weekend at the Top Gun Coach's Appreciation Tournament in Rocky Mount as both the Knights and Tribe came away with Championship Trophies and berths into the Winter World Series at the end of the year.
The 11u's went a combined 8-0 this weekend with the Knights defeating Pirates Baseball 6-5 in the Division 1 Finals and the Tribe defeating the South Wake Storm 5-3 in the Division 2 Finals.
For those interested in playing for FBI Fungo during the 2013 Fall Season, please take note of dates and times below. All players must pre register for tryouts, this ensures we have all of your correct information, you have signed the release form, and that we don't exceed the number of player's we can handle on a particular day.
To Register Please visit the FBI Baseball Website, and click on the "Prospect Form" tab under FBI FUNGO on the navigation bar.
Fall Registration - Important dates fast approaching
This is just a reminder that the open registration period will be closing in 2 weeks (July 21st). After that, spots are not guaranteed and the discounted rate is eliminated. Below are some important links and the 2013 important date schedule.
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.
For the upcoming 2014 season we will be holding tryouts for all age groups (9U - 13U) on Wednesday July 24th and Thursday July 25th starting at 6:30pm. The rain date is Friday July 26th at 6:30pm and interested players are expected to show up for all workouts.
The flyer below has the contact information for the coaches of the existing travel teams at each age group. Our intention, with these tryouts, is to fill open roster spots and potentially create an additional team at each age group provided we have adequate talent and coaching available.
All players interested in trying out for a travel team MUST complete the registration process
(Travel Registration Link) before attending the tryouts. There is no fee to tryouts, if selected to a team you must log into your accounts and pay the registration fee prior to attending any practices or games.
The travel season will run from approximately August 2013 through July 2014. The associated fee structure for the year will be discussed at the parent information meeting that will be held at 6:30pm Wednesday July 25th under the picnic pavilion at The Factory.
If you have specific questions regarding tryouts for the below ages, please contact the coach listed below.
For questions about our Travel Teams for other ages and for general information about our travel baseball program, please email Joe Sande @
Registration is now open for this Summer's Baseball Off-season Development Program, hosted at the North Wake Baseball Complex at The Factory in Wake Forest. This unique program combines the most advanced performance training with technical skills instruction.
All High School and Middle School age baseball players are welcome.
Each day includes strength and conditioning with Fully Armored Sports Performance, followed by skills instruction with FBI Baseball.
"My son attended the baseball development program put on by Fully Armored and Factory Baseball Institute. I was truly amazed at the performance improvements my son made. I witnessed a measurable increase in my son's strength, quickness, and overall playing ability."
July 8th-31st, Mondays/Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 PM
$175 for the 4-week program
Over 75 players participated in the last ODP, so register early!
Congratulations to the players ( 7/8 yrs ) and coaches of the Nationals!! After a lot of hard work in practice throughout the spring, the Nationals were able to pullout the victory during the Rookie league tournament at the North Wakes Baseball Complex.
All camps will be directed by Joe John, Director of FBI Baseball. Coach John is currently the Head JV Baseball Coach at Heritage HS and has years of experience coaching at the college and high school level. Assisting with the camps will be FBI Baseball Staff, Joseph Cobb and John Cheng, other former collegiate baseball players and FBI Fungo players. FBI BASEBALL announces two summer camps for 2013. The Independence Day Summer Camp will be held July 1-July 4, 9-12:15 pm and the August All-Skills Camp will be help August 5- August 8, 9-12:15 pm. To sign up, please click HERE.
Campers must fill out and return the application form found on the Summer Camp Page at http://www.fbibaseball.org/page/show/747078-summer-camps. You can pay online or can make checks payable to FBI Baseball. You may register the day of camp, however, please pre-register if possible.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE:
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 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.
In our continuing support of Travel Baseball, North Wake will be holding tryouts for the 11U team for the upcoming 2012-2013 season as follows:
Friday 9/21 @ 6:30pm - West Millbrook Upper Field
Saturday 9/22 @ 5:30pm - West Millbrook Upper Field
The expectation is that players will attend only one of tryout dates as the intent is that cuts will be made after Saturday’s tryout. There will be an additional workout prior to the final team being determined. Kids that are selected for the team will be contacted by the coach directly via telephone and will have 24 hours to accept their slot.
Our travel programs are for those kids that display the skills for an advanced level of competition and are willing to make a deeper commitment than the traditional league program offers. The season runs through July 2013. The team will play in events throughout central North Carolina, but the ultimate schedule is set by the coach. Traditionally, teams have played in events in Goldsboro, Greensboro and Oxford, in addition to 1 or 2 overnight trips to locations such as Charlotte, Spartanburg and Myrtle Beach. Teams will have approximately 2 events (practices/tournaments) per week.
The cost for the entire program for each player is $300 which will cover field space, insurance and baseballs for the season.
Fall Registration closes Sunday @ midnight 8/5/2012.
The commissioners, schedulers and the league reps need to prepare for tryouts that will be held for ages 7-15 on Saturday 8/11 @ the Factory facility. Starting Monday registration will be closed and we will start a waiting list. Even if you are wait-listed, please attend tryouts so that coaches will have tryout data if needed.
Please finish up all registrations before Monday.
Congratulations to the following players for being selected to the GRFBL AAA North Raleigh Team. Coach Gunger is very excited about this falls team and their potential and can't wait to get the season kicked off!!
Paschal Ammons East Wake
Corey Brassington Leesville
Scott Clark Heritage
Alec Creel Sanderson
Sam Duncan Leesville
Ben Igo Cardinal Gibbons
Clark Jones Wakefield
Luke Jones Heritage
Kevin Kirkley Heritage
Justin Kunz Heritage
Joe Lenoir Leesville
Denny Lynch Cardinal Gibbons
Sean McLawhon Sanderson
Josh Mims Leesville
Tyler Peterson Heritage
Dylan Reget Heritage
Mitchell Stumpo Ravenscroft
Graham Upton Heritage
Justin Wheeler Leesville
In our continuing support of Travel Baseball, North Wake will be holding tryouts for the upcoming 2012-2013 season as follows:
9's/10's: Thursday, 7/26 and Thursday 8/2 6:30pm
12's/13's/14's Tuesday 7/31 and Thursday 8/2 6:30pm
Location: NWCBA Facility @ the Factory in Wake Forest
Our travel programs are for those kids that display the skills for an advanced level of competition and are willing to make a deeper commitment than the traditional league program offers. The season runs from August 2012 through July 2013. Each team will play in events throughout central North Carolina, but the ultimate schedule is set by the coach. Traditionally, teams have played in events in Goldsboro, Greensboro and Oxford, in addition to 1 or 2 overnight trips to locations such as Charlotte, Spartanburg and Myrtle Beach.
The expectation is that players will attend both tryout dates as the intent is that cuts will be made after each round if the size of the group requires. Kids that are selected for the teams will be contacted by the coaches directly via telephone and will have 24 hours to accept their slot. Kids that are not selected for a travel team will have the opportunity to play in the Fall League that starts with tryouts the weekend of 8/11.
Teams will have approximately 2 events (practices/tournaments) per week. For those kids that are involved in Middle School Baseball, the events will be scheduled around these commitments.
The cost for the entire program for each player is $300 which will cover field space, insurance and baseballs for the season.
If we have rain we will use the following dates:
9's/10's Friday, 7/27 and Friday 8/3
12's/13's/14's Wednesday 8/1 and Friday 8/3
St. Patrick's Day Hitting Camp. Sunday March 17th 2-5pm
FBI Baseball St. Patricks Day Hitting Camp
Players will focus on the proper fundamentals of the swing. Although every hitter is different there are some underlying fundamentals that most hitters use to be successful. We will focus on a few different techniques that we believe are needed to be a good hitter. The ability to consistently get the barrel of the bat on the ball is heavily impacted by a player’s eye-hand coordination. Players will work on drills that will help them improve this under taught skill. Players will be taught the nuances of pitch patterns. Understanding what a pitcher is likely to throw in a given situation increases the hitter’s ability to hit that particular pitch hard. We will work on drills that cover all these aspects of hitting. This camp will teach you everything you need to become the best hitter you can be! Camp will be limited to the first 50 registered players. Player to coach ratio will be 5:1.
Below is a link to our first issue of the NWCBA News, a publication of NWCBA that we hope you will find informative. Our intent is to publish the newsletter periodically throughout the year to keep NW families up to date on all relevant North Wake baseball news. In each edition of the newsletter, you will find important information about our league, including upcoming dates to remember, and even the occasional story about an interesting NW team or family. The first issue contains important information about changes that are coming to our league, as well as information about the North Wake Baseball Complex, the F.B.I. Institute, upcoming tryouts, commissioner and coaches meetings, and clinics.
In addition, we have included the story of one NW family that is trying to make a difference in the world of international youth baseball.