Ever wondered how to make the high school, college team or get drafted to the major leagues?
Cal Knights Baseball Academy, a non-profit organization, is hosting the Second Annual Orange County Baseball Conference. Rather than coaching baseball skills or teaching fundamentals, this event helps aspiring ball players learn what team coaches and scouts look for in picking prospective players. Local coaches and MLB scouts will share their unique perspectives on a variety of relevant baseball topics such as what MLB scouts look for, college recruiting, getting noticed, attitude, performing well academically, and preventing injury. Scheduled to speak are:
- Chris Ashbach- Head Baseball Coach, Mission Viejo High School
- Michael Burns - Head Baseball Coach, Trabuco Hills High School
- Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, South Orange County Orthopaedics
- Mike Gonzales- Head Baseball Coach, El Toro High School
- Jake Haney- Head Baseball Coach, Crean Lutheran
- Steve Hernandez- Anaheim Angels Area Scout
- Brett Kay- Head Baseball Coach, JSerra Catholic High School
- Sommer McCartney- Head Baseball Coach, Saddleback College
- Lou Punto- Boston Red Sox Draftee/Cal Knights Coach/Father of LA Dodgers, Nick Punto
- Nate Trosky- Trosky Baseball and Milwaukee Brewers Scout
- Jeremey Wooten- Head Baseball Coach, San Juan Hills High School
While most tend to think it's mainly about ability and physical characteristics, future players do not realize that coaches are apt to rely on other tangible and intangible qualities such as grades/GPA, attitude on and off the field, dress, and appearance. Last year's event drew over 300 guests, most of whom were prepared with notebook in hand to jot down key points from the Conference's guests speakers.
The Conference is Thursday, November 29, 2012 6:00 PM at the Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo. There is $5 per person advance purchase or $10 at the door. For more information or reservations go to www.calknightsbaseball.com/events.