3 Sandy Juniors Receive Scholarships to the MLB Academy

May 10th:  

The strength of the Sandringham Junior Program was shown again recently, with 3 Sandy juniors being granted scholarships to attend the MLB Australian Academy Program.

Selected to attend from Sandringham were Jordan Barnett, Josh Meyer, and Jackson Boyd.

The Academy runs for a month from mid-June, on the Gold Coast.   Run since 2001, the MLB Australian Academy Program is a partnership between Baseball Australia and Major League Baseball, and aims to improve the quantity and quality of young baseball players coming out of this region.  The Academy seeks to provide a pathway for elite players from this region to improve their skills in preparation for the rigors of professional and international baseball.

The Academy enables MLB clubs to sign and develop young Australian and Oceania players on Australian  soil – allowing them to mature and minimize the impact of homesickness and cultural change when young players venture to the US for their first full season.

The program concentrates on three primary developmental components:
· On-field player development with instruction and games
· Academic and life-skills education
· Sports Science and Medicine

The players are submitted to high-level instruction and skills development on the field from 8:00am to 3:30pm, six days per week, including a 50 game schedule and four strength & conditioning sessions per week. Physical resilience testing is conducted at commencement, and used to individualise each player’s training during and following the program. Athletic measures are also collected: running speed, arm strength and bat speed.

In addition to the baseball instruction, the players are provided with academic tutoring, sports psychology and lessons in life-skills. Academic tutors assist the individuals’ three-hour school sessions four evenings per week, and on Saturday mornings.

Players are selected following the National Youth Championships, recommended by the state High Performance Managers and local scouts.

Typically about 70 players, ages 15-19, from Australia and Oceania countries are selected to attend.

It is a great honor for the players selected, and the club congratulates Jordy, Josh and Jackson on their scholarship.  It is a great opportunity to further enhance their skills in a professional environment, and we look forward to the boys returning to Sandy in the summer stronger players for the experience.

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