Lincoln Dodger Baseball
Although tryouts are officially over there are still opportunities to join 1 of our teams. Please see the 2017 tryouts tab above for roster availability. ALL of our coaches have coaching experience and focus on teaching proper fundamentals of baseball, mental preparation and good sportsmanship.
About the Dodgers
The Lincoln Dodgers Baseball Organization has been providing opportunities for young players to showcase their athletic talents since 1997. Founded by Bob Bade, the Lincoln Dodgers are committed to providing a quality select baseball program for Lincoln area youth to develop the skills needed to play at the high school level and excel in the sport. We are proud to say that we have more of our players making their high school teams than any organization in Lincoln.
The Lincoln Dodgers have a tradition of providing a positive, competitive environment for players, ages 8-14, to learn fundamentals, sportsmanship, and skills needed to reach their individual potential. We are also the only organization with our own training facility with no additional fees for unlimited availability. Individual instruction is also available.
In each age division, we will field up to three teams to provide additional opportunities for Lincoln area youth to play select baseball. We encourage players of all ages and experience levels to attend tryouts. Each Lincoln Dodger team plays an average of 40-55 games per season and participates in USSSA State and World Series tournaments.
The Dodgers Approach to Youth Baseball
Baseball is a sport that is meant to be enjoyable for players, parents, and coaches. Dodgers’ coaches have been chosen based on our view that they have the knowledge, skill, dedication, and attitude necessary to coach your sons to become successful ball players.
Although we may not win every game we play, we do intend to identify and field the best players possible at each position to try to win each game. Players are required to participate in all practices and to be at all games including tournaments. Your commitment is for the entire season.
On average, all players will have an opportunity to play during non-tournament games. However, for tournaments, the coaches will decide the best lineup of players for each game, with the goal of winning these games, to progress as far each season as possible. Our philosophy is that each baseball player will improve more quickly as a result of competition, especially at these levels.
If you, as a parent, expect your son to play every inning of every game, then the Dodgers organization is not for you. The coaches intend to be fair and to try to identify the strengths of each player; but ultimately, they will have to make a decision as to which nine players should be on the field at any given time.
By mid-April, we hope to know the two or three positions best suited for your son. We will then have him playing those positions to help him learn how to approach a variety of fielding situations, to develop strategies related to those positions, and to know what to do at any given moment in a game.
As a parent, we would expect that you support your son and the coaches, and that you not attempt to coach from the sideline. Cheering and offering encouragement is truly appreciated. However, with all the things that each player must learn and do to hit and to field, it is essential that the coaches be the ones telling the players how to hit, catch, and to play a particular position.
Respect for coaches, other team members, opponents, and umpires are an essential part of the Dodgers’ team philosophy. Temper tantrums, profanity, throwing of equipment and disrespect of the coaches will not be tolerated. Players will be benched if they do not conduct themselves as good sportsmen and team members.
As an organization we strive to make playing select baseball as affordable as possible. Having said that, a lot of resources go into fielding each team for the season. Your player fee will include most everything that your son will need without any additional cost. We will provide your son with a full uniform, medical insurance, indoor workout facility, regular season games, tournaments (including team gate fees), State and World Series.
Players fees for each age group will be for 2017 will be:
8yr old team – $725*
9-13yr old team – $875*
14yr old team – $900*
** $250 commitment fee is due within 24hrs of accepting a roster spot. (Applied to player fee.)
The Dodgers provide each player with:
- UIniform (Pants, belt, 2 jerseys and hat.
- Supplemental medical insurance.
- Use of indoor facility
Each player must provide their own:
- Long-sleeved blue undershirt (Many players choose to wear UnderArmor, which can be purchased at almost any sporting goods store)
- Cleats (Molded 12 & Under; Metal 13 & 14’s)
Suggested optional gear:
- Additional pair of uniform pants
- Batting helmet
- Back pack bat bag.
To be eligible to play for the Lincoln Dodgers, all parents must:
- Sign the approach to baseball form and return to the coach.
- Sign medical release form and return to the coach.
- Provide a copy of player’s birth certificate to the coach.
Forms will be linked soon!
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