Michigan Sports Academy Summer Teams Tryout
Tryout for 2018 Summer Teams
Ages: 15 (or incoming Freshman) through 18 (Players are placed on either 16U or 18U teams)
Date: Saturday, August 5th, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Place: Saline High School
*** There is no pre-registration for the tryout.
*** We will have releases that will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
*** There will be a parent meeting during the tryout.
MSA tries to accommodate as many players and create as many teams as possible, but some players who tryout will not be placed on teams. Players who are picked will be notified. Each year the specific team policies and costs will be given at the tryout and first parent meeting.
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Michigan Sports Academy began its 16U and 18U programs in 2007. Since that time former MSA players have gone on to play college baseball at the following colleges or universities:
Albion College, Aquinas College, Ball State University, Bowling Green University, Calvin College, Cedarville College, Claflin University, Cleary University, Concordia University, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Georgia Southern University, Grand Rapids Community College, Henderson State, Hope College, Jackson Community College, Kenyon College, Madonna University, Michigan State University, Oberlin College, Ohio State University, Owens Community College, Saginaw Valley State, Santa Barbara Junior College, Siena Heights University, Spring Arbor University, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, Western Illinois University, Wheaton College
In the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Major League Baseball Drafts former MSA players Eric Haase (Cleveland Indianis), Victor Roache (Milwaukee Brewers) and Myles Smith (Boston Red Sox) were taken in the eighth, first, and fourth rounds respectively. In 2015 former MSA player Mark Weist was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 23rd round.
All players that make the MSA teams become members of MSA and can use the facility unlimited throughout the year.
MSA schedules six fall practices during September and October. Practices will be run by the MSA staff with all the teams working out together. All these practices are voluntary, although it is highly recommended that players attend (for their own benefit).
From mid-September through mid-December players can participate in MSA workouts. Players can come up to four times a week to do workouts that are done by top professional athletes. These are great supplements to the workouts that are done at their high schools. These are supervised by Coach Harrison.
Players are also given a "body test" that evaluates their strength and flexibility.
MSA Teams have weekend hitting, throwing and speed workouts in January and February. These focus on three areas: arm preparation, hitting mechanics and running techniques.
Players and parents are also given counseling on the process of picking a college and MSA coaches will help in contacting colleges.
MSA is a big supporter of high school baseball programs, because of this we do not hold any workouts during the high school season. As college coaches ourselves, we would not want our players practicing with another team during our season (or preseason).
Each team plays in six tournaments from mid-June through July.
MSA HAS THE FOLLOWING GOALS FOR OUR SUMMER TEAM PLAYERS:
1. Learn to play the game with enthusiasm
2. Prepare them to play for their high school or college teams
3. Learn how to play for the team
4. Play the game unafraid to make mistakes
5. Learn how to present themselves in their dress, actions, and hustle on the field