- GO PIRATES!!
- Pirates head to the 14th Annual Mount Olive Marauders Memorial Blast Tournament
- We are going to Aberdeen!! - Summer 2014
Welcome! I am very proud to write about a product that I truly believe is much needed in today’s youth baseball landscape. The “product” of which I speak is a club baseball team called the Peapack Pirates. During a time that has seen so many travel programs exploit players, parents and coaches, the Pirates have avoided the nasty travel ball politics that have infested programs and lessened the overall experience for so many.
What’s our secret recipe? It’s simple. We start by recruiting talented players who all share a team-first approach, while also recruiting parents with a similar team-first mentality. We mix these families with four coaches who combine for over 25 years of high school varsity coaching experience and all of whom have played baseball collegiately. Sprinkle in a love of children, an emphasis on sportsmanship and respecting the game and top it off with a healthy dose of player development, and you have a winning recipe and a winning team!
We make no apologies for winning. While many programs may shy away from the importance of winning at the younger levels, we push our players to excel. A winning mentality is something that needs to be ingrained in our young athletes early in their careers. We ask our boys to compete at a high level and we have high expectations in terms of their performance and behavior. It is truly amazing what children are capable of when appropriately challenged to push beyond what they think is “good enough”. With raised expectations comes a sense of confidence, competency and satisfaction that motivates the young athlete to continue to pursue the sport. In short, we strive to develop a mindset as well as a skill set.
While nurturing a healthy competitiveness in our players, we are always mindful of the fragility both mentally and physically of our athletes. Perspective, patience and humor play a large role in the overall philosophy of the program. Additionally, the physical well-being of our players is paramount. Arms are cared for and not sacrificed for team needs. Our roster is built for tournament play so that no pitcher is ever extended beyond what is age and stage appropriate.
The program’s schedule includes spring tournaments and league play followed by a summer of additional tournament play (which includes one annual out-of-state tournament). The fall months sees the team return to league play before heading indoors for practices and tournaments in the winter. The months of January and February are unscheduled. Beyond our practice schedule, the team looks to play 40-50 games for the entire year (March – December).
When baseball-hungry children come together with proper coaching and supportive parents, great things can happen. And great things are happening! I invite you to take a look around our website and see the smiling faces, meet the coaches and read the testimonials from our parents. Peapack Pirates baseball -It’s travel baseball done right!
With such a low turnover rate, it is rare that we have openings on our roster, but in 2015 we will have four spots available for our 10U season. If your child would like an opportunity to tryout for the program, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-619-9432. Please keep in mind that our program caters to those boys suited for a competitive travel baseball experience!
Pirates come from behind to win the Ridge League Championship. Click photo for full story.
Ridge 2014 Spring League 9U Champions!!!
Pirates place 2nd in ECTB tournament in Allentown
Delaware Battle of the Bats!