The summer baseball season is nearing its end, but that is no reason to hang up the glove and cleats for the year. The North Valley Baseball Academy (NVBA) has created a comprehensive and competitive fall travel ball program to build on the skills developed through the summer. The inaugural season of the North Valley Channel Cats will feature competitive travel teams at the 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U age levels.
“I wanted to create a comprehensive fall program to offer area baseball players the opportunity to develop their skill set while playing in some top level regional tournaments,” said owner Paul Bethke. “We have a wealth of baseball talent in the North Valley, and the season is far too short up here to not continue into the fall.”
The travel program includes multiple practices, position specific training and the chance to participate in a minimum of two regional tournaments in areas like the Twin Cities, Iowa and Missouri. In addition, NVBA is excited to partner with Altru Sports Advantage to provide an 8-week (16 sessions) EXOS Athletic Performance Enhancement program. The program will be baseball specific and will be held on site at NVBA. Each Channel Cat player will have a membership to NVBA through November for unlimited use of the facility. Not to mention, each player will receive the official t-shirt, hat, practice shorts and team jersey of the Channel Cats.
The fall program is focused around the NVBA philosophy of baseball skill development as well as developing character of our athletes. The NVBA coaches take a positive approach to teaching, and stress with our athletes a positive mental approach to the game to achieve success in baseball and life.
“I participated in a travel program like this with an academy in the Twin Cities when I was young,” said NVBA coach and former University of North Dakota baseball player Drew Sannes. “It definitely helped me develop as a player, as a person and helped me reach my goal of playing Division I baseball. I would encourage any young person who has an interest in baseball to give it a try.”
Evaluations will be held soon so players are placed in the level best suited for them. As part of the evaluation process, each player will receive a personal evaluation from our HitTrax program and other relevant personal statistics.
Even if you are planning to participate in another fall sport, such as football, you can still continue your baseball training by participating in the fall travel program. If you have questions or would like to sign up for an evaluation, contact NVBA at 218.399.0188.
Lets Play Ball – In the fall!!