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36 News Stories
Cedar Rapids Fall Team Tryout Recap
Sun Aug 18, 2019 - Brian Gorsky, Correspondent
Prospects in the 2021 class patiently waited out thunderstorms on Sunday for their shot at making the Cedar Rapids Fall team as well as a chance to display their talent in front of college scouts. Players measured their 60-yard dash times, infield and outfield velocities, pop times, exit velocity and pitching velocity (fastball, changeup, breaking ball). Beginning with the 60-yard dash, four players recorded times under seven seconds with the top time belonging to Antoine Harris (6.8) followed by Austi
2020 Grads Impress scouts in Area Code Tryout Camp at North Central
Wed Jun 26, 2019 - Brian Gorsky, Correspondent
Area Code tryouts continued on Tuesday, June 25 at North Central College; this time featuring players in the 2020 graduating class and a much better day of weather. Again, a number of college coaches and scouts were in attendance as athletes measured 60-yard dash times, outfield/infield velocity, catcher velocity, pop time, and pitching (fastball, breaking ball, change up) velocity.
Young Talent evident at Area Code Tryout Camp at West Suburban Sports Complex
Wed Jun 26, 2019 - Brian Gorsky, Correspondent
A plethora of college scouts were in attendance for Area Code Baseball tryouts at North Central College in Naperville, IL on Monday, June 24. Underclass prospects hoped to impress in the field, on the mound and with the bat in several categories such as the 60 Yard Dash, Infield/Outfield Velocity, Catcher Velocity and Hitting Exit Velocity. The pitchers took to the mound as well to showcase their Fastball, Curveball and Changeup.
White Sox Area Code Underclass Tryout Camp Summary
Sat Jun 8, 2019 - Brian Gorsky, Corresponden
Each year, the Area Code Baseball Games gets underway with the Area Code Baseball Team Tryouts. The Area Code MLB teams will use the tryouts to select their final team that makes it out to the Area Code Baseball Games on August 5 - 9, 2019 at Blair Field in Long Beach, California. The Area Code Underclass teams will be selected from those tryouts as well as from a few of the underclass-specific tryouts on the schedule.
John Rave and the Road Less Traveled
Tue Jun 4, 2019 - Dan Napper
John didn't follow the typical expectations of a high school ball player who wanted to play in the pros.
Bren Spillane recipient of the 2018 “Passion for the Game” Award
Thu Dec 6, 2018 - John Sarna
The Chicago Scouts Association is pleased to announce Brenden (Bren) Spillane as the 2018 recipient of the Charlie Donovan Memorial “Passion for the Game” Award. The award, which is sponsored by the Chicago Scouts Association, is given to an individual who has exhibited passion for their craft within the game or business of baseball.
Sponsorship Opportunities for 2019
Sat Nov 17, 2018 - John Sarna
Come join the Chicago Scouts Association in providing high school aged baseball players with FREE opportunities in the Chicagoland area and beyond.
Hoosier Bat Underclass Player Highlights
Tue Sep 25, 2018 - Blake Dowson
32 teams traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin from September 22-23 to play in the Hoosier Bat Underclass Showcase. Chicago Scouts Association caught up with a number of players to get to know them a little better and see what their goals are moving forward in their careers.
You Can't Overlook Owen Miller Anymore
Thu Sep 13, 2018 - Blake Dowson (Photo by Tim Campbell)
Miller, formerly of Hitters Baseball, was overlooked coming out of high school. That can no longer be said, as the Mequon, Wisconsin native is tearing it up in his first season of professional ball in the San Diego Padres organization.
2018 Silver & Black Series Standouts
Wed Aug 29, 2018 - Blake Dowson
'21 and '22 grads traveled to Mequon, Wisconsin on August 25-26 to participate in the 2018 Silver & Black Series, hosted by Chicago Scouts Association.
The Mirror of Baseball and Life: The Path of Bren Spillane
Wed May 30, 2018 - Dan Napper
Baseball and life mirror one another absurdly well. Baseball, like life, is filled with ups and downs, highs and lows. More often than not, as a hitter, the 0-4 days filled with three strikeouts arrive more than the game winning Joe Carter type homeruns. The true test with baseball is the same as life: how well do you bounce back? How do you press the reset button the day after grounding into a double play with the bases loaded and one out to end the game with your team down by one? How do you stay commit
Skyscraper Conference set for 2019
Fri Apr 6, 2018 - Dan Napper
A Chance to Touch the Clouds People who have been around high school baseball over the last twenty years will tell you that the problems facing the sport center around one element: travel baseball. “It’s been watered down.” “Too many dad’s coaching their kid.” “Ten different teams for one town.” The list goes on and on. But, what is missed throughout these complaints are the people working with young adults who are teaching the game the right way. And they are doing it for one simple reason,
Chicago Scouts Association identified as a Pitch Smart Full Compliance Organization
Wed Jan 10, 2018 - Dan Berg
CSA joins such influential baseball organizations as American Legion, Little League Baseball, Cal Ripken, Cape Cod Baseball League, Perfect Game and many more.
Chris Singleton recipient of the 2017 “Passion for the Game” Award
Thu Dec 7, 2017 - John Sarna
The Chicago Scouts Association is pleased to announce Chris Singleton as the 2017 recipient of the Charlie Donovan Memorial “Passion for the Game” Award. The award, which is sponsored by the Chicago Scouts Association, is given to an individual who has exhibited passion for their craft within the game or business of baseball.
The Next Great Rivalry
Sun Jun 18, 2017 - Dan Napper, Correspondent
The beauty of competition is that it brings out the absolute best in the absolute best of any particular sport. When an athlete is forced to channel the last ounce of energy that their body contains to pull their team to a victory. It creates a rush of adrenaline and the hairs on the back of the neck begin to stand. The crowd fades away and it comes down to just that moment in time. The world around goes quiet and the focus becomes so adept that time itself seems to slow down. The only thought running
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