La Jolla Youth Baseball announces a partnership formed with the UC San Diego Tritons Baseball program. With only 2.5 miles separating their respective baseball facilities, there is a natural affinity between La Jolla’s 63-year old youth baseball organization and UCSD’s NCAA Division II Tritons, a leader in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Tritons Head Coach Eric Newman, the CCAA Coach of the Year in 2012, is heading into his fourth season with UCSD. Coach Newman also has a son in LJYB and helped coach the Shetland All Star team in its journey to the PONY World Series Tournament last summer.
Before coming to UCSD in 2012, Coach Newman was the pitching coach at the University of Nebraska, where he reached out to its youth baseball community and developed a successful program at the Cornhusker’s facility.
Newman has some baseball roots in San Diego. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Padres in 1994 and he pitched professionally for eight seasons in the minor leagues for the Padres, Cubs, Diamondbacks and Dodgers.
Developing a relationship like this takes time, but organizers will get the ball rolling Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 with the UCSD Tritons coaches and players hosting the first annual LJYB Pre-Season Clinic for registered LJYB players in the Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony divisions. There will be three 90-minute clinics starting at 9 a.m. for Pinto, 10:30 a.m. for Mustang and 12:30 p.m. for Bronco and Pony together.
What is particularly exciting for these young players is the opportunity to work out at the UCSD Tritons Ballpark, which just completed a significant multi-million dollar expansion of its facilities at 3432 Voigt Drive.
These clinics will be age-appropriate, but full of fast-paced skills and drills. In preparation for LJYB Assessments on Jan. 24, the LJYB players will work on throwing, fielding, base running, hitting and for the more advanced kids — pitching and catching. Thanks to Coach Newman, his coaches and players are volunteering their time to conduct these clinics. As a result, this Pre-Season Clinic is free of charge!
The following Sunday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon, the UCSD Tritons coaches and players will host another clinic specifically for the LJYB managers and coaches, providing them with tools and techniques to run better practices and teach the finer points of baseball. It is a rare opportunity to have access to world-class facilities, coaches and players.
Hopefully, the LJYB players will be inspired to play more baseball, attend games this spring at the Tritons Ballpark, and in the summers attend Tritons baseball camps.
— 2015 Key Dates for La Jolla Youth Baseball —
Jan. 10: Last Day to register online at ljyb.org
Jan. 11: UCSD Tritons pre-season clinic for LJYB players
Jan. 18: UCSD Tritons pre-season clinic for LJYB managers/coaches
Jan. 24: Assessments
Feb. 1: Teams formed, practices start
Feb. 28: Opening Day!
— For more information about La Jolla Youth Baseball, visit ljyb.org