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2016-2017 Michiana Scrappers Tryout Information

Tryouts have been completed, however a few teams still have some roster spots available.  If your son fits the need, please email Brian Blondell at michianascrappers@outlook.com 

 

 

13U - 2 spots remain (looking for Pitching, Catcher, SS)

14U - 2 spots remain (looking for pitching)

15U - 2 spots remain (looking for pitching)

17U/18U - 1 spot remains (looking for top level pitcher)

There are numerous choices for travel baseball in Northern Indiana but only a few that offer a high level competitive experience, development, commitment to excellence and growth for the individual player.  If your son is looking to play for the TOP organization and advance his development then the Michiana Scrappers is the organization for you!

Click on the ABOUT US section to REGISTER today!


The Michiana Scrappers and Indiana Dirt Devils have agreed to join forces in 2017.  

The Indiana Dirt Devils, based out of Ashley, IN were 2013 and 2015 BPA World Series Champions (9U & 11U respectively).  "The Dirt Devils coaches have done a tremendous job with their kids and have always been a highly competitive group on the field, notes Director of Operations Brian Blondell.  The opportunity to join forces with them was a win/win on both sides and we are looking forward to continuing to support and develop their players over years to come."

 


Michiana Scrappers Mission Statement

Michiana Scrappers (9U-18U)

The Michiana Scrappers Program provides our 9U to 18U teams with the best in competition, instruction and development.

PROGRAM GOALS

  • to create a structured, disciplined and positive environment
  • to develop confidence, mental toughness and self esteem
  • to maximize both baseball skills and athletic ability
  • to understand that success is a direct result of hard work
  • to cultivate lifelong friendships with teammates
  • to respect the game of baseball, coaches, teammates, umpires and opponents
  • to prepare for future success in baseball

PLAYERS/PARENTS

Michiana Scrappers selects our players based on strength of character, attitude and overall baseball talent.  We strive to select student athletes with a passion to excel both on and off the baseball field.  Our parents are held to the same high standards as our players, we enjoy working with professional, passionate and respectful individuals who are determined to provide their son with the best in competition, instruction and continued development.

SCRAPPER PLAYERS

Our goal is to build strong teams designed to win local, state and national championships, teams with great chemistry and an obvious enjoyment of playing the game of baseball. Players are selected from numerous areas in Indiana and meet the following criteria.

    • Talent – Overall baseball ability
    • Positive Attitude – A positive approach to the game
    • Hustle – Give max effort all the time
    • Coachable – open to instruction
    • Passion – wants to be at the ballpark above all else
    • Commitment – To self, team and Program

SCRAPPER PARENTS

Scrapper parents are expected to support their children during Scrapper related activities in a positive and professional manner at all times.  Our parents understand the importance of working together to achieve team and individual goals.  They possess a healthy respect for the game, coaching staff, opponents, umpire crew and tournament staff in addition to displaying good sportsmanship.

INSTRUCTION

Michiana Scrappers Baseball takes pride in our coaching staff of committed, passionate teachers of the game.  Our philosophies are based on proven baseball techniques and fundamentals which provides our athletes with the best opportunity for success in tournament baseball and continued success in their baseball careers.

The Scrappers Coaching staff is dedicated to successfully blending quality baseball instruction with personal growth in order to develop a complete player.

SPRING/SUMMER SEASON

Michiana Scrappers participates in Premier Baseball, Perfect Game, BPA, USSSA and Triple Crown tournaments competing against the best teams in the United States.  Our goal is to play against the best in order to challenge our players to get the best from themselves.  While we try to divide playing time as fairly as possible among the players, the stronger position players and top pitchers will receive more innings as the season moves on which allows for healthy competition between teammates and serves as a just reward for personal improvement..

Spring Training is designed to incorporate proven fundamentals in all of our youth athletes to ensure they are utilizing the proper mechanics for maximum success today and in the future.  Team strategies are designed to prepare our teams to compete at the high level required for expected championship results.  Every player in our organization will receive 2-3 days of Acceleration Based Training with a Personal Trainer from October-March (schedule is flexible to meet everyone's needs).  Also available are Scrapper Focus Days at P3 Training & Acceleration (a 16,000 square foot indoor facility). 

P3 Training & Acceleration has designed the ultimate weekly Pitcher Workout to improve velocity, command, strength and overall success.  Our weekly bullpens are overseen by P3 specific trainers.  These supervised weekly workouts include bullpen work, flat ground work, pick-offs, medicine ball drills, speed/agility drills and long toss program.

We have also developed an outstanding weekly Hitting Program. During Stage 1 players will learn solid swing mechanics, focusing on Leverage, Stretch, Momentum, Bat Path and Lockout. As players progress to Stage 2 they are introduced to additional hitting concepts: Body Timing, Pitch Timing, Sweet Spot Awareness, Pitch Recognition and Approach.

Optional Workouts are provided during the course of the season to provide those highly driven individuals with the opportunity for additional instruction on the baseball field.

Regular Season is to provide our players with multiple games to exhibit and develop their skills in a competitive tournament environment.  Each player will continue to grow through structured practice repetition, game situations and continued teaching from our coaching staff.

Post Season provides our players with state and national tournaments against the best from across the United States.

PRACTICE

Michiana Scrappers practices 1 to 2 times a week.  Practices include team strategies with individual offensive and defensive instruction by our highly qualified coaches.

Come be a part of the Scrappers family!


Demarini/Wilson & Michiana Scrappers Ink Partnership

The Michiana Scrappers and Demarini/Wilson have joined into a Partnership to supply all Team Equipment.

Beginning in 2016 the Scrappers teams will wear all Nike apparel and Demarini equipment along with Wilson products.  "This is latest partnership with Demarini/Wilson is just another example of the growth of the Michiana Scrappers organization, notes Director Brian Blondell.  We are very excited to join forces with now 3 of the top brands in Baseball/Softball with Nike, Demarini and Wilson".


Brady Perez Selected for Youth Baseball Nationals All-Star Game

Brady Perez, a member of the 13U team, was selected to the Youth Baseball Nationals All-Star Game after a tremendous week of baseball in July.  Perez hit 5 homers over the course of 6 games.  During the All-Star game, Perez went 2-3.


Brooks Jones earns All-Star Honors

Brooks Jones, a RHP/2B, from the 13U Scrappers was honored at the Youth Baseball Nationals in Elizabethtown, KY National Tournament for his performance on the field.  Jones batted close to .600 for the entire week and also did not allow a run on the mound for the Scrappers team that finished 4-3 .


Ryne Buckley participates in Gatorade Junior All-American Games in FL

Ryne Buckley, a member of the 12U Michiana Scrappers, was selected to participate in the Gatorade Junior All-American Games in Sarasota, FL over the Thanksgiving Holiday.

 


Michiana Scrappers Partners with Nike

The Michiana Scrappers and Nike have come to an agreement for the 2015-2016 season.  All Scrapper teams will be outfitted head to toe in Nike Apparel.  This is an exclusive agreement and the only one offered in Northern Indiana.  "This is a great moment for the Scrapper players, families and coaches, notes Director of Player Operations and Founder Brian Blondell.  The Scrappers organization has continued to grow over the 11 year history and this agreement with Nike only continues to strengthen our position in Northern Indiana as the top organization to have your son/daughter apart of."

 


Andrew Wellwerts picked up by Frontier League

Andrew Wellwerts, a former Michiana Scrapper and Chicago State University Alum, was added to the Frontier Greys Roster.  

Wellwerts was a standout pitcher in High School before attending Chicago State University (Division 1).



13U USSSA Elite of the Elite Lenz Field Champions



11U State Champions



Michiana Scrappers 12U Black wins BPA's Gold Division World Series


Evan Miller Sets IPFW Single Season Record for Strikeouts

Evan Miller, freshman at IPFW, and former Michiana Scrapper from LaPorte High School was just announced as the Single Season Strikeout Leader at IPFW, a Division 1 University, that competes in the Summit League.



Scrapper Players earn trip to Disney's Game Day USA Championship

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan Mullen and Jake Shreiner, of the Michiana Scrappers 14U Orange team, have been selected by Game Day USA and coaches to participate in the 2014 Game Day USA New Year's Eve Baseball Classic.

The boys were selected based on their performance at the Game Day USA All Star Event in Indianapolis, IN (another selected event).  Jake hit over .700 during the weekend long event.

"This is a tremendous honor for Nathan, Jake and all their families, as well as the entire Michiana Scrappers Organization, notes Director of Player Operations Brian Blondell.  This is just another example of what our program can do for players and the commitment these guys have put forth to give themselves this opportunity.  As an organization we are very proud of their efforts, but more importantly how they represent their family and themselves."

Good luck to Nathan and Jake!

Mastodons named All-Americans

IPFW freshmen Evan Miller and Brock Logan have been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Baseball Team, announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
 
Miller, a starting pitcher and LaPorte, Indiana native, led the Summit League with an IPFW-record 94 strikeouts against just 42 walks in 80 innings during the season, going 6-5 with a 4.50 ERA. He added one save in the Summit League Tournament, holding opponents to a .223 batting average. For his efforts, he was named Second Team All-Summit League.
 
Logan, a designated hitter from Goshen, Indiana, finished fourth on the team in batting average, hitting .295, playing in 51 games and starting 39 times. He slugged three home runs and drove in 28, scoring 22 times. During the season he had 10 multi-hit games, including a 4-for-4 effort against Murray State on February 22, scoring three times. Logan was named Second Team All-Summit League as a designated hitter during the 2015 season.



Ryne Buckley earns trip to Disney

Congratulations goes out to Ryne Buckley, of the 11U Michiana Scrappers, as he was recently selected to participate in the Game Day USA Disney New Year Eve's Classic.

This recognition comes after Ryne was selected for an All-Star event and participated up in Wisconsin the first weekend of August.  Only the top players from all of the All-Star events are selected for this great honor.  



BPA 9U Spring Fling Champions



10U Game Day Midwest Prospects Runner Ups


Every Parent Should Read

Mike Matheny, is the current manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, wrote this letter that he handed out to all of his parents of the travel teams he coached.  All parents should read this letter.


Ashton on 10U Scrappers crowned Home Run Derby Champion at BPA World Series