The objective of the League shall be to implant firmly in the children of the community the ideas of good sportsmanship, honesty,loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children.
We are excited to announce a partnership with the Compete Academy to provide our youth players a professional instructional clinic this fall. The program will begin on Saturday, September 10th at 2pm and run 6-weeks through October 15th. Each session will be two-hours held at Byron Johnson with an indoor facility available in case of inclement weather.
The program is open to boys ages 6-12 as of 4/30/2017. These are players in our Rookie (machine) through Majors division in the Spring.
The instruction will focus on age-appropriate throwing or pitching, hitting, fielding as well as strength and agility. All instructors have tremendous experience with baseball at the collegiate and professional level including MLB. Please see instructor bios below (these are likely instructors but may change weekly).
To register please click here or follow the menu above entitled 2016 Registration.
In high school, Steve Garrison was an All State pitcher and committed to continue his career at baseball powerhouse University of North Carolina. However, after a standout high school career; Steve was selected in the 10th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. After 6 years in the minor leagues, Steve made his major league debut with the New York Yankees against the Seattle Mariners in 2011.
In receiving a Master’s Degree in Education, Steve wrote his research backed thesis on the physical and educational development of student-athletes. Since then, he has written extensively on the growth and development of student-athletes both on and off the field. In high school, Steve was an All-State honoree, helping Toms River East to the only Group IV State title in Toms River history. A member of the school’s Hall of Fame, he finished his high school career as school’s career leader in batting average and on base percentage. As a Division I infielder, Steve was a four year starter in the Southern Conference at Wofford College. After being featured in Baseball America; hit game winning triple against the #2 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. Steve would finish his college career among school leaders in home runs, walks and on base percentage.
Kevin Needham was one of the most decorated high school players in New Jersey. An All-Shore, All-State, player of the year honoree, Kevin received a scholarship to continue his playing career at St. John’s University. Kevin finished his career as a four year two way starter at the D1 level. Currently one of the top young coaches in New Jersey.
Matt played 8 seasons (2001-2008) of professional baseball after being drafted in the 11th round (320th overall) of the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent 6 seasons with the Phillies and pitched as high as class AA (Reading Phillies). After becoming a free agent, Matt played for teams in the Atlantic League (Newark Bears-2007/2008, & Bridgeport Bluefish-2008), and in the Carolina League (Salem Avalanche-Houston Astros, 2007) until he sustained a career ending shoulder injury which led to his retirement in 2009. Over the past 7 years he has coached youth travel baseball teams, run coach’s seminars, hosted camps, coordinated team trainings, conducted pitching/fielding clinics, and developed a throwing program that teaches players how to approach the game with proper mechanics and mental strength. Most recently, Matt was the 10U manager for the USA – LABC national baseball team which participated in an international baseball tournament in the Dominican Republic. Matt continues to perfect his craft and find ways to help the players of tomorrow set and reach their goals. Matt’s experiences as a player, coach, and instructor have provided him with the skills and mindset/motivation which he continues to pass along to players who are looking to take their skills to the next level.