The Club Baseball Team at Northern Michigan University is formed to create a competitive level of play for those students interested in playing baseball competitively at the next level. Our objective is to establish and maintain a high level of competition on the field while pursuing excellence in the classroom (2.0 minimum GPA with at least 12 credits per semester). Our secondary objective is to establish a foundation for the University to build on if and when it desires to form a school-sponsored intercollegiate baseball team. The concept of club baseball is a collegiate club baseball program allowing students the opportunity to continue playing competitive college baseball after High School. We have successfully gathered enough together talent to be accepted into the NCBA league in order to compete for a Club Baseball National Championship. This year, we are definitely up for the challenge and hope to give people the opportunity to continue playing the game that they loved after high school, while positively representing their university.
**The team carries a 25-33 man roster with at least 1 coach (Kane Beauchamp).
Currently (as of the 2014 season), dues are $250 per person first semester and $200 every semester that you continue playing. These dues cover the costs of jerseys, pants, a Richardson hat, and some equipment and travel fees. Players are expected to chip in some money while traveling, and typically only breakfasts would be provided. Whenever possible, the team funds will cover a couple of hotel rooms and some gas if the team drives individual cars. Helmets, baseballs, and catcher’s gear are all team provided as well.
Participant Must Supply
First, all club members must have a year-long PEIF pass in order to play. Athletes are encouraged to purchase their own glove and cleats based on their needs, though the team can also get you discounted prices on anything Rawlings-made or any kind of BBCOR Demarini bats as well. Batting gloves are another optional item that players can get on their own, as well as a belt (green or black) and socks (green). Under Armour/Cold Gear is also highly recommended to wear underneath the jersey during games or practices of lesser weather.
Mostly within both upper and lower Michigan, but possibly Spring Training in Plant City, Florida (a pay-to-go opportunity) for spring break. If the team advances to playoff/postseason baseball within the NCBA, additional travel would be required. Games are on Saturday (typically 2 games) and Sunday (1 game), so if traveling further than the Upper Peninsula, we would leave on Friday in the early afternoon and return Sunday night after our last series game. During travel, we still expect players to use time management to fulfill academic responsibilities.
Practices are held Monday through Thursday from 5:30-7:30pm on the Marquette Blues Fields (the corner of Presque Isle Ave and Wright Street). On inclement weather days, we send people to the PEIF to do weight training/agility conditioning. We also train indoors on our own during breaks and particularly in between fall and spring seasons when there is snow on the ground. Occasionally, we choose 1 weekend day to practice as well.
**Note: The number of days you attend practice factors into your play time and whether you get the opportunity to start, but we understand if you have prior commitments on some days or if you have class/academic work to come first, as long as you let us know ahead of time.
Years of baseball experience is highly recommended, but anyone is welcome to try out for us and attend practices. If you make the active roster, you are to fill out certain paperwork throughout the year to be eligible with both the NCBA and NMU Rec Sports as a club member. Typically we hold a tryout in the first two weeks of school (to be announced each fall) during a selected weekend. We do not hold an official tryout in the spring, however we welcome anyone wishing to try out individually (contact the club President to set this up).
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