Academy Baseball is ready for the 2012 season

Thu 13 Oct 2011

Academy Baseball will begin its winter programme on Saturday, October 22 with a national practice session at the new National Training Centre at the MK Dons Academy Dome at Woughton-on-the-Green in Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire. 

Academy Baseball is the premier winter baseball training programme available to all young athletes 10-25 and is the only winter training programme in the UK supported by Major League Baseball. Academy Baseball also offers a player development pathway to the Major League Baseball European Academy, which is attended by MLB scouts.



Academy Baseball provides an opportunity for young players to increase their knowledge and understanding of the game and offers them more chances to reach their full potential.

The programme offers players who have the appropriate level of commitment an opportunity to practice and improve their baseball skills with players who have similar levels of commitment, with quality coaches who follow a plan of continuous development and in a programme that recognises each age group's ability to learn different aspects of the game.


New facility

The 2011-2012 winter season will be the first for Academy Baseball at Milton Keynes, following the closure last spring of the long-time National Training Centre at Upper Heyford. The move represents a bright future for Academy Baseball, as Woughton-on-the-Green is currently the home of the MK Bucks Baseball Club, which provides the Academy with access to an adult baseball field as well as other amenities including a domed indoor football field, outdoor astroturf fields, changing rooms, a social area and meeting rooms. 

It is hoped that continued development will lead to an outdoor training facility that Academy Baseball and Academy Softball as well as GB programmes in both sports can call home. 

Read more about the new Academy facility in Milton Keynes, the Woughton-on-the-Green Sports Pavilion.


Online registration

Registration for Academy Baseball is now open and both registration and payment for the 2011-2012 season can be completed online.

Register for Academy Baseball today.


New pricing structure

For the first time this year, Academy Baseball will allow players to choose a membership package suited to their financial and travel needs. A National Membership at £75.00 will enable players to attend all National and Regional practices across the UK. A Regional Membership at £55.00 will enable players to only attend regional practices. All memberships include a hat and T-shirt but other items can be purchased either at the time of registration or later.

The reason that the cost of a full Academy Baseball membership has gone up this year is due to increased costs associated with moving from Upper Heyford to the new facility in Milton Keynes, where usage rates per hour are higher.


Dates and times

Academy Baseball will practice on the following dates and times this winter.

National Practices at Milton Keynes

13:00-17:00 for Under-13s
15:00-20:00 for Under-16s, Under-19s and Under-25s


Saturday, October 22, 2011 (Coach Meeting 10:00-12:30)
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012

Regional Practices

10:00-12:00 for Under-13s
12:00-15:00 for Under-16s, Under-19s and Under-25s


Sunday, November 6, 2011
-- South: Horsham
-- North: Bolton

Sunday, January 29, 2012
-- South: Horhsam
-- South (2): TBD
-- North: Bolton

Sunday, February 5, 2012
-- South: Horsham
-- South (2): TBD
-- North: Bolton

Sunday, March 18, 2012
-- South: Horsham
-- South (2): TBD
-- North: Bolton


Age groups

The age groups for 2011-2012 are organised as follows.

Age Group Age on October 31 Training Focus Training Outcomes
Under-13 10-12 years old Train to have fun Players learn to play every position on the field as well as developing an understanding of the game.
Under-16 13-15 years old Train to compete Players begin to develop more position-specific skills but retain a well-rounded athletic programme of development. A greater emphasis is placed on competition and the drive to win.
Under-19 16-18 years old Train to win Players learn the nuances of the game through competition and skill development. The spirit and drive to win is developed further by helping players understand that preparation leads to success, success to winning and that winning is FUN!
Under-25 19-24 years old Train to excel Players are encouraged to reach their own level of excellence through pursuit of a dedicated programme according to their positional and individual needs.


Any questions?

Learn more by visiting the Academy Baseball homepage.

Anyone with questions about Academy Baseball should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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