Park City Baseball readies for big 2016 season
Though the fields in town are covered by blankets of snow, Park City Baseball is already preparing for the 2016 season.
The 2016 campaign will feature several big changes in the organization. Former Park City High School Coach Lou Green will be spending a lot more time with the programs this season.
"The big thing, the big change this year, is that a business that I own — Peak Performance Baseball — will be taking over all the baseball coach and player instruction and training for Park City Baseball," Green said. "We’ll hire four paid coaches for 11U through 14U to coach our teams for the spring. We’re pretty excited about that."
Green spent some time with the youth programs while he was the high school’s head coach. He said he wants to keep the connection between the two organizations going.
"Our 14U team will be coached by the high school coach, Eric Morgan," he said. "That’s exciting for them to have the high school coach with them a year early."
Meanwhile, Green will be free to spend more time with all of Park City Baseball’s teams, which range from 8U to 14U.
"In previous years, I’ve had to leave the youth programs in March until the high school season finished," he said. "Obviously, with me giving the high school thing up now, they’ll see me and those guys that we hire pretty much daily."
New Park City Baseball President Dave Wilcox is excited to have Green around more often.
"This year, with him starting Peak Performance Baseball, ironically, the loss of him as a [high school] baseball coach actually turned out to be a good thing indirectly for Park City Baseball," he said. "It gives him a lot more time to work with us."
Wilcox said the organization is happy to have a more defined role for Green in 2016.
"The thing that’s going to be great for us is he’s going to be working with each of the age groups in the program," he said. "He gets time with all the kids, as well as all the coaches. We’re hoping he’ll coach the coaches, too."
Tryouts for the 2016 season start next month. Green and Wilcox said they hope as many players as possible try out for the teams.
"We view ourselves as being a community-oriented organization and our goal is to find a spot for everyone who wants to join," Wilcox said. "We’re trying to be competitive, but we want to encourage everyone who wants to try out to come out for it."
Park City Baseball will be holding tryouts for its spring 2016 competitive 8U-14U teams on Jan. 5 and Jan. 9 at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse. All interested players are welcome. Players who will be 8-11 years old on April 30, 2016, should try out Jan. 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. and Jan. 9 from 9-10:30 a.m. Players who will be 12-14 years old on April 30, 2016, should try out Jan. 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. and Jan. 9 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Interested players should attend both tryouts, if possible. The season runs April 16 to June 11 and eight player clinics will be held from January to March. There is no tryout fee, but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.parkcitybaseball.org. Scholarships are available.
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