Hardball U to Become Team Citius USA
Having been recognized as one of the premier baseball academies in Texas for its professionalism in youth and high school player development, Hardball U has been offered the opportunity to take charge of the San Antonio and Austin areas for national powerhouse, Team Citius USA. Top players and teams from Dallas, Waco, Corpus Christi (including the Valley) are currently under the Team Citius USA banner in Texas while others play in states such as Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Nevada, New York, and others. San Antonio, Austin, and Central Texas currently are in a developmental stage with several teams already formed.
Team Citius USA and Hardball U have embraced similar philosophies while being independent of each other. Developing the young youth players in a rich fundamentally oriented and fun filled playing environment will provide the template for those potential prospects who want to pursue the dream of playing college and professional baseball or simply becoming an impact player for their high school teams.
Hardball U has been proud of fulfilling its role in assisting the 107 baseball players in the past 8 years who have pursued their dream by accepting the college and beyond baseball challenge. We are equally as proud of the players who have performed for their high schools to the best of their abilities and who have gone on to college pursuing other dreams. The necessary dedication through, lessons, practices, and game competition is irreplaceable in preparation for the challenges of adulthood.
The Staff at Hardball U, now Team Citius USA, is confident that the merger is the next step and in the best interest of our present and future players. This partnership will only enhance what you have grown to expect from Hardball U and offer even more opportunities regionally and nationally for our players.
Hardball U families,
We are excited to be getting ready to kick off the 2014 season and want to touch base on a few upcoming dates for you. The Dec. 15 tryout times have changed. Our league age 13-18 year old players will tryout at Bower Field, 424 Johns Road, in Boerne from 12-2 PM. Our league age 8-12 will tryout at Northrup Park, 37550 IH 10 West, from 3-6 PM. There is a $10 fee to tryout for our alumni players and a $20 fee for any new players who want to try out. We apologize for the fee as we have never charged to try out, but every season we have a few players who come to tryout with no intention to play for us. We welcome one and all, but, we only want new players who are ready to commit.
For the players selected to teams in our December 15 tryouts, we are pleased to announce our January schedule for you to make your arrangements accordingly. We are offering even more value with our system this year. In the past, we have held winter workouts prior to our team workouts that began in February. We again will have winter workouts that focus on individual performance improvements in athleticism and fundamental skills in all facets of the game. These winter workouts will include 6 Saturday/Sunday sessions in January that will prepare the players for our first big evaluation combine the last weekend in January. January 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, workouts will be held at Northrup Park in Boerne with the evaluation combine to follow on January 25-26. There will be more explaination and Q and A at tryouts. Spring/ Summer/ Fall team practices will be held each weekend in February and our 16 scheduled tournament trail will kick off in March. Your boys are going to get the greatest baseball value that we can provide statewide and regionally. There will also be opportunities to be selected to all star teams that will be featured in National events representing Team Citius USA throughout America.
Hope to see you on the 15th.
Jacob Malatek of the New Braunfels Unicorns and Hardball U Cardinal has signed an early scholarship agreement with The University of the Incarnate Word. Jacobs work with the bat and on the mound played a huge roll in Hardball U 18u Cardinals awesome 19-1 record this past summer.
Hardball University is an elite baseball academy grounded in the fundamentals that have made baseball the American pastime. Formerly Alamo Elite Academy, Hardball University is the culmination of a project designed to provide players 10-18 years of age with a multifaceted approach to developing their potential. Each player receives crucial individual instruction while learning to use his abilities for the best advantage of his team. Staff members of the Hardball University organization are committed to readying players for the stair steps to success that occur at each level of organized baseball. Coaches of Hardball U teams have rich backgrounds in the game. All have been players at the collegiate level or beyond. Some have also been high school or college coaches and Division I recruiters. Others have been professional scouts. Such diversity in backgrounds assures that players for Hardball U receive not only excellent instruction but also benefit from a network of contacts as they move from high school into the college arena.
At the heart of the Hardball University philosophy is the belief that every player can, with proper guidance and leadership, meet his goals. A vivid testimony to that philosophy lies in the fact that over 90% of high school seniors who have played for Hardball U and have been rewarded with the opportunity to play college baseball.
Keeping things in perspective before gametime at Hardball U.
Cole McKay of the Smithson Valley Rangers and Hardball U committed this week to Louisiana State University of the Southeastern Conference. After a fast and furious summer of baseball competing for an outstanding 19-1 Hardball U Cardinal team and various appearances around the nation to invited events, such as the Area Code Games in Long Beach, California, the high school junior decided it was time to make a college selection from his many choices. This decision, of course, was to the delight of Hardball U owner Jeremy Tyson who himself is a former pitcher for LSU.
Hardball U 12u proudly display their rings won at the Fall State Tournament in Round Rock going 4-1 and winning the runner up spot.
Hardball U 12u captured their second medal of the fall as they rallied to win the runner up spot at the Octoberfest Tournament at NCFD.
Fall Haul at Dripping Springs, Hardball U12u swept three games and the championship trophy at the Austin Select one day tournament.
Hardball U 18 Cardinal met the challenge of one of the top 18u tournaments in Texas as they completed a 6-0 sweep at Texas A and M University in the Brazos Valley Renegades Summer Classic. Cardinal defeated statewide powers,Brazos Valley Renegades, Houston Heat, Houston Sox, Austin Action, McKinney Marshalls and in the finals Buzz Lightning of Waco.
Hardball U 12u Cardinal finished the season entering the 13u tournament at the Field of Dreams and came out with their fourth tournament championship of the season.
Coach Steve and his amazing 10's did it again. In one of the most remarkable turnaround seasons of perseverance, the Hardball U 10u "never say die" attitude prevailed again as they battled their way to the finals in the Rally Cap Summer Round up tournament at NCFD.
Congratulations 13u for finishing second in the Cooperstown Prep Tournament.
Hardball U 12u Cardinal captured the championship trophy at the Battle of Omaha during the College World Series. Cardinal went 6-0 beating teams from Illinois, Utah, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas.
Hardball U 18u Cardinal smashed to the gold division championship at their first summer tournament at Texas A and M Corpus Christi.
Hardball U 10u stormed to a runners up finish - South Zone State Tournament at the NCFD fields in
San Marcos - With a 4-1 record, Great job "U".
It's a great day to play for " the U"
Coach Noah and his fighting 13u team roared back from an early tournament loss to grab the runner-up spot in the Cinco De Mayo Tournament in San Marcos.
"The U" had to run through the gambit of a grueling four games on Sunday.
Hardball U Cardinal fought it's way through an extremely tough Major tournament capturing second place in the Super Series tournament at McAllister Park. Cardinal roared into the finals with an 8-6 victory over a previously unbeaten opponent who was 17-0 at the time.
12u Cardinal takes the runner-up medal in the Super Series tournament at McAllister Park while running their record to 12-2.
Congratulations to Coach Noah and the 13u for their runner up finish at the USSSA Love of the Game tournament at the Lake Travis field of dreams.
12u Cardinal captured the runner up trophy at the Blue Diamond Super Series "Luck of the Irish " tournament. The Cardinal has run their early season record to 8-1.
. Hardball U 12u Cardinal takes the Championship going 4-0 at NCFD