Big Sky Baseball is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to play fall baseball to advance their skills. But first, a note from Helena Senators Head Coach Dave Thennis:
Players and Parents,
As baseball season ends players will have other opportunities both athletically and academically. It is my opinion that players should not specialize in baseball and certainly do not want them to stop playing other sports because they feel obligated to specialize in baseball. I believe multiple sports/experiences can make a more seasoned athlete. However, if a player only has interest in playing baseball and would like to continue playing in the fall, here is an opportunity.
What is it?
Big Sky Baseball is the Premier High School fall program in the region since 2000. Specifically designed to guide and enhance the process of advancing players to the college or professional level. The Select program provides an excellent learning atmosphere, competition and exposure for its participants. The purpose for Big Sky Baseball is to give talented and hardworking high school baseball players the opportunity to receive exposure to both college and professional baseball scouts and coaches. We train and prepare players to travel and play in high school showcases on the weekends in the fall season, to gain exposure and build relationships while allowing many coaches and scouts to see our players play. We want to showcase your specific talents and we will play you in positions that best suit your baseball talent, for playing in college. By playing with Big Sky Baseball not only does it allow you showcase your talent it makes you a better baseball player for the next summer season. Our purpose is not to change your swing, fielding technique or pitching mechanics, unless you want us to do so, to improve your skills. We respect your Coach and his work with your baseball skills. We want to compete, but winning is not the primary objective. Rather, we want to allow other coaches to see you play your best. We will not press you to work hard to improve your talent. You are responsible for your preparation to showcase your ability; we will help you in any way if you would like us to. The Big Sky Baseball staff is well respected by coaches from all over the country.
Big Sky Baseball has joined forces with Mountain West Baseball Academy. By doing this we will the only teams from this area in 2 of the most scouted events, not only that we attend, but in the country. These events are the Slammers Labor Day Trny and the AZ Fall Classics for each class. You will also have a chance to apply for Academic Game try outs Senior and Junior weekends in AZ. There is certain criteria that has to be met to be able to try out for the academic game. I can let you know how to apply for the academic game try-outs if interested. Complete schedules will be posted on the website as soon as they are finalized.
Senior Blue, Senior White, Junior (maybe 2 Jr teams depending on numbers) and Sophomore/Freshman Each team plays between 20-24 games against other high school showcase teams. The senior teams play some junior college programs. All games are played with wood bats.
Big Sky Baseball has had many players move on with great success. Numerous players have moved on to college every year. And a few drafted out of high school or college. Current pro players: Justin Black, New Hampshire Wild (formerly Atlanta Braves), Caleb Frare, New York Yankees, Tanner Chleborad, Baltimore Orioles, Gage Hinsz, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Andrew Sopko, Las Angeles Dodgers. Since 2010 the AA Montana American Legion State Tournament MVP has participated in Big Sky Baseball in the fall. Numerous players from South Dakota and Wyoming have been named MVP’s and Big Stick award winners in their respective states as well.
This is just to name a few of the accolades of former players. As we have numerous players get college players of the year in their respective conferences or for their college team.
Tuesday, Aug 2nd in Three Forks at 5pm at Imerys field. 1800 Bench Rd.
Wednesday, Aug 3rd in Great Falls at 4pm at Don Olson Field.
Friday, Aug 5th in Billings at 5pm at Emmanuel Halos Field, 328 S. Shiloh Rd.
Saturday, Aug 6th in Rapid City at 10:30am at Fitzgerald Stadium (Post 22 Field)
Sunday, Aug 7th in Three Forks at 11am at Imerys field.
***TRY OUT DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. WATCH WEB SITE.***
$50 Non-Refundable try out fee. The fee of making a team is $1100 ($500 non-refundable deposit when teams are posted to have your spot on the team). This year you will be able to pay the fee online with debit or credit card. This info will be sent out with final rosters. There will be a $25 service fee to pay on line though. Cash or check will still be accepted as well. This fee covers: tourney fees, uniforms (excluding pants, socks and belt), coaches travel expenses, wages for each coach, field use, umpires and some equipment. Players are responsible for there own wood bats.