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2019 Northwest May Melee
Join Cherry City Baseball Club as we fill the gap between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day with a weekend of exciting baseball.
Held May 18-19, 2019 at Geer Park in Salem (14U), as well as Timber Linn Park in Albany (12U & 10U). This event is open to all Minor, Junior and Senior American level JBO teams, as well as AAA level Travel teams, Little League teams and Cal Ripken teams.
Game schedules are now live. You can follow along on Tourney Machine.
Dan Hughes (cherrycityBC@gmail.com) 503-484-7247
2019 Cherry City Summer Launch Party
Join the Cherry City 14U and 12U teams as we launch into Summer with our 3rd annual tournament.
Held June 8-9, 2019 at Geer Park in Salem, as well as Bryant and Timber Linn Parks in Albany. This event is open to all Minor, Junior and Senior American level JBO teams, as well as AAA level Travel teams, Little League teams and Cal Ripken teams.
Cost for the 3-Game Guarantee tournament is $375 for Minors (10U); $425 for Juniors (12U) & $475 for Seniors (14U).
For more information, contact Dan Hughes (503-484-7247) or email us: CherryCityBC@gmail.com
Cherry City’s Philosophies
Cherry City’s main philosophy is that “individual attention breeds team results.” What do we mean by that? It means that we focus on the development of your child’s abilities. We want each kid to see significant improvement in their abilities by the end of each season. And in return, the team will benefit as a result of those improvements. We want them to be as prepared as they can be for the challenges that lie ahead in High School and College baseball.
Cherry City’s Goals
A long time high school coach in Salem told me that his biggest issue he has with kids coming into his program, is that he has to teach or reteach so many of them, the “fundamentals of the game.” He said too many kids don’t know where to throw the ball when they get it, or how to hit the ball in the right spot given the situation, or even how to properly field a ball. Our goal is to prepare kids for High School and beyond by giving them the tools they need to succeed.
Cherry City’s Values
We value sportsmanship, teamwork and safety above wins, trophies and individual statistics. We have a unique offseason training program that will prepare their bodies for the season. We have a detailed warmup/stretching regimen that they will do before every practice and every game to limit injury.
We believe that the Salem region has the talent to perform at the highest level and win State championships. We are looking for hard-working kids who love baseball and want to better themselves, their abilities and their community.
We look forward to seeing you at the Ballpark!
What is Cherry City Baseball Club?
Cherry City Baseball Club is a non-profit youth organization with a goal to provide top-quality baseball instruction to the youth of the Salem Metro area. Our mission is simple: To combine the fun of a Little League team, the competition of elite travel ball, and the instruction quality of private lessons, at an affordable cost.
How we do it?
With sponsors and private donations, coupled with fundraising efforts by the players, we can keep our league fees down. The fundraising opportunities that arise will act as team-building exercises as well as helping the kids to feel real ownership of their place on the team.
Where are the tournaments?
To save on costs both to the organization and the families, the tournaments we will participate in are mostly in the state of Oregon. Most will be close enough to travel to and from each day. There may be one or two that would require an overnight stay (Seattle area). It is our intention to collect enough in fundraising efforts and sponsors to help contribute to those costs.
How much are the fees?
Our goal is to make this experience as affordable as possible. Therefore, our League fees for 2019 will be $400. This is comparable to the price of a JBO season and a fraction of the cost of most Club teams. Our players get personal and group instruction from January through July. The cost may be split up into a few manageable payments, and some partial scholarships are available.
Are there hidden costs?
The registration/participation fee, along with all money raised by fundraising and sponsors goes towards paying for tournaments, jerseys, hats, pants, belts, socks, team insurance and team registration with NW Nations. Food and gas for travel are additional expenses to expect, but that’s why we aim to stay local with our travel.
Extra fees for tournaments?
The cost of all tournaments we participate in is covered by the registration/participation fee. Hotel accommodations (if necessary) as well as food and gas are extra costs that may be offset by additional fundraising, but not guaranteed to be fully covered.
How many kids?
We are looking for a roster of 12 kids for each team, so that we are still able to play if we are missing a player or two due to illness/injury or other school/family function. Players not chosen will be placed on a call-back list and may be called upon later in the year if roster needs arise.
Is playing time fair?
Playing time is determined by work ethic and determination in practice. We do not guarantee that every kid will play an equal number of innings, but every effort will be made to ensure that it is as close to equal time as possible.
What level of play? Competitive? Fun?
The level of play will be determined by the players selected for the team. We are not looking to “stack” the team, we want kids who want to play and want to learn and want to get better. Our goal is to win more than we lose, but we believe that more can be learned from a loss than can be learned from 10 wins.
We aim for this program to be a blend of different types of programs, with a twist. We want to incorporate the FUN of Little League, the COMPETITION of a travel ball club and the INSTRUCTION of private lessons. We have a unique conditioning program and have other unique training drills that will keep the kids on their toes, and having fun, while learning how to work together as a team.
How much experience do the coaches have?
Our coaching staff is headed up by manager/fielding coach Dan Hughes. Coach Hughes has been around the game of baseball either as a player, scorekeeper, journalist, assistant coach or manager for over 30 years. Coach Hughes managed the South Salem JBO 12U Junior American team to a Valley District title in 2015. Dan also coached for North Salem JBO in 2016. He is a supporter of the Positive Coaching Alliance. Dan is the manager of the 12U team.
Hitting coach Emmett Gauntt starting playing little league at age 7. At age 8 he started playing catcher and did so through high school graduating in 1989. In 1999, he began coaching an 1860's vintage baseball team in Portland OR. He coached this team until 2006 when he started coaching little league baseball for South Salem Little League. Coach Gauntt coached little league until moving over to South Salem JBO in 2013 and North Salem JBO in 2016. He is also a supporter of the Positive Coaching Alliance. Emmett is the hitting coach of the 12U team.
Pitching coach Gary Mulhern played organized baseball for 22 years as a Left-handed pitcher and first baseman. This included Little League, High School, Junior College and "A" league adult baseball. Gary has also coached basketball, 8 man football, basketball, as well as Special Olympics and Challenger Little League. Gary is the pitching coach of the 12U team.
Manager Kris Tackett started playing baseball at the age of 5 and played all the way through high school. Kris was a four-year Varsity player for North Salem. Coach Kris took a break from baseball, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. After returning from Iraq, Kris began coached for North Salem JBO in 2017 and 2018. Kris is the manager of the 14U team.
Coach Anthony Kittson started playing baseball at age 5. He played for Parrish Little League, winning 3 District titles and a State Championship along the way. Anthony began coaching at Parrish in 2012 at the Juniors level (13-14 year olds) and was selected as an All-Star coach that season. Anthony returned to the playing field in 2017 and coached at North Salem JBO in 2018. Anthony will coach the 14U team.
Catcher's Coach Shane Tennis started playing baseball at the age of 5. He played for Pioneer Little League before moving onto JBO and winning a State title. Shane was a 3-year Varsity player at McKay High School and has also coached a year at McKay. Shane will coach the 14U team.
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