Last Updated: September 19, 2015
2015-2016 FALL REGISTRATION
Sunday, September 27
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Riverbend Elementary School Commons (Main Door)
Player Fee: $200 (each player receives a t-shirt and hat)
The player fee is for the winter practices (October - March). Baseball players of ages 8-18 are welcome to join. Players must be at least 8 years old as of April 30, 2016. If you are interested in signing up your child to participate, please bring the registration form found below and the player fee(s) on Sept. 27th (checks are payable to Midnight Suns Baseball).
OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2015 PRACTICE SCHEDULES
10U Practice Schedule (ages 8-10)
12U Practice Schedule (ages 10-12)
14U Practice Schedule (ages 13-14)
18U Practice Schedule (High School)
Players ages as of April 30, 2016. 10 year olds will be placed either in the 10U or 12U group based on the player's ability.
CHAD BENTZ JOINS MIDNIGHT SUNS BASEBALL
JUNEAU, Alaska (9/24/2014) – Midnight Suns Baseball is pleased to announce that former MLB pitcher and Juneau’s own Chad Bentz has joined their coaching staff for the 2014-15 season. Bentz started out his baseball career playing for Gastineau Channel Little League teams in the late 1980’s and into the 90’s. He attended Juneau Douglas High School where he was a star for the Crimson Bears baseball and football teams before graduating in 1999. He was Alaska’s Gatorade Player of the Year for baseball in 1999.
Bentz then attended college for 2 years where he pitched for national powerhouse Long Beach State. He also pitched for the Anchorage Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League for 2 summers (1999-2000). In 2001, he was drafted in the 7th round by the Montreal Expos and made history on April 7, 2004 by becoming only the second pitcher, after Jim Abbott, to play in the Major Leagues after being born without one of his hands.
Along with his pitching abilities, Bentz was also impressive as a hitter, with a .500 batting average for his MLB career. Bentz is one of only three players raised in Alaska to ever play in the “show”. He is also the only Alaskan to ever get a hit in the MLB. Not bad for a boy who overcame many obstacles he has faced in his life, both geographical and physical.
Bentz played professionally for the Montreal Expos (2004) and the Florida Marlins (2005). After his MLB career, Bentz went back to college at Castleton State College in Vermont where he earned his teaching degree in physical education. After living in Vermont for several years, Chad and his wife Christie and daughter Kyla have recently moved to Juneau.
“I’m very happy to return back to Juneau with my family. This is where my dream to one day be a professional baseball player started,” Bentz said. “I’m really excited about joining the Midnight Suns Baseball program and coaching kids from my hometown,” he said. “My philosophy is to teach young players how to play the right way, along with the proper mechanics. I want to help motivate players to reach their goals of playing at the next level, from high school to college to even playing in the major leagues like I did. I believe that with hard work and determination, these players can do anything they set their minds to. I’m a perfect example of this and I hope to be able to inspire some kids.”
Bentz and Midnight Suns Baseball begin practicing at the Dimond Park Field House on October 2nd.
2015-2016 MID-SEASON PLAYER REGISTRATION
Midnight Suns Baseball will accept registrations for the January - March 2016 practice sessions. Players will need to bring to their 1st practice a completed registration form (see below) and $100 check made payable to Midnight Suns Baseball. Players of ages 8-18 are welcome to join. Interested players must be at least 8 years old as of April 30, 2016. Practices schedules can be found on the 10U, 12U, 14U and 18U web pages.
ABOUT THE MIDNIGHT SUNS BASEBALL CLUB
The Midnight Suns Baseball Club is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for our youth in Juneau to build character and develop life skills while learning how to play America’s favorite past time - baseball. We focus on developing fundamental baseball skills, the importance of teamwork, and teach them how dedication, commitment and a strong work ethic can help them accomplish any goals they set for themselves, both on and off the field.
The Midnight Suns Baseball Club offers a winter skills development program for players from age 8-18. The program is from October through March leading right up to the Gastineau Channel Little League and high school baseball seasons. MSBC offers practices and clinics conducted by guest coaches with college, minor league and major league baseball experience.
MSBC also offers to those selected for the 18U, 14U and 12U teams the opportunity to travel out of state. In the past, the 18U team has traveled to California and Arizona in the fall and spring while the 14U team has traveled to Arizona during Spring Break and the 12U team has traveled to Washington State during Labor Day weekend.
The Midnight Suns Baseball Club had two major accomplishments in 2015. The 12U travel team placed 3rd out of 14 teams at the 8th Annual Tom Creaser Memorial Tournament in Lacey, Washington. This tournament took place during the last weekend of May. Later in the summer the 2015 Juneau American Legion baseball team competed in the Alaska state tournament in Anchorage and the NWCART tournament in Logan, Utah. For the 3rd straight year Juneau American Legion took 3rd place at state. The NWCART qualification was the second consecutive one for coach Andy Macaulay. We would like to thank Coach Andy, the former MSBC President, for all of his hard work and success! To read more please check out this summary: http://alaskalegion.com/news.php?nid=492.
MSBC looks to continue the great Juneau American Legion tradition by providing our youth opportunities to play competitive baseball during the summer. For more information about the Post 25 team, please visit the web site at: www.post25baseball.org.
The Midnight Suns Baseball Club is funded through a variety of sources that includes pull-tab gaming revenues, player fees, donations, fundraisers and is partially funded by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenues.