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PLEASE READ EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT BELOW REGARDING FLASH CLUB/TRAVEL BASEBALL!

Oregon FLASH began in 2014 as a single 3rd grade basketball team wanting to participate at a competitive level. The ethos of the entire Oregon FLASH organization since its inception has been rooted in creating a positive learning environment whose core mission is player development throughFun,Learning,Accountability,Sportsmanship, andHustle.

“Flash” forward 5 years and FLASH now has 450 youth participants between its competitive and grade school recreational basketball programs. Memorial Day 2018, Oregon FLASH sponsored a group of Raleigh Hills Little League players in a regional tournament to gain experience playing competitive baseball. Oregon FLASH Baseball became an avenue for this group of boys to play baseball in local tournaments against club teams through 2019. In August of 2019, FLASH Baseball made its national debut at Cooperstown All-Star Village in Oneonta, NY. 
 
The passion, energy, and desire for FLASH Baseball has now grown into something we are excited to officially announce. Beginning in Spring 2020, FLASH Baseball will be a full-fledged club program in the Portland metro area whose mission is to develop and harness the skills of youth baseball players. Up to this point, FLASH baseball has been solely parent coached which has been instrumental in getting the program through its beginning phase. While parent volunteer coaches will still be involved in the program, we know the turning point for this club will be bringing on experts in the field.
 
With that, we are thrilled to announce that Dale Solomon and Eddie Kunz will be joining the FLASH Baseball program as the Director of Player Development and Director of Instruction. Their profiles are below:  

Dale Solomon will serve as the Director of Player Development for FLASH Baseball. He grew up in Southern California playing elite baseball with the San Diego Stars and Trombly Baseball. Dale moved to Oregon in 2005 to play at Oregon State University where he was a part of back to back National Championships in 2006 & 2007. He now resides in Tigard, OR with his wife Whitney, and two children. Dale will target the key attributes to help expand, grow, and prepare each athlete for the next level.

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Eddie grew up in Portland, Oregon, attended Parkrose High School graduating in 2004. Eddie went on to play for the Oregon State Baseball program from 2005 – 2007 winning Pac 10 championship in 2005 & 2006 and then going on to win a national championship with Oregon State Beavers in 2006 & 2007.  In June 2007 Eddie got drafted by the New York Mets with the 42nd overall pick in the first round. Within a year Eddie made his MLB debut on August 3rd, 2008 against the Houston Astros. In 2011, Eddie was traded to the San Diego Padres to finish out his career. After 8 years in playing professional baseball Eddie now resides in Sherwood, OR with his wife, Nicole, and 3 kids. Eddie will bring his vast knowledge, passion, and love for the game to FLASH baseball. Not only will this be for the kids to grow and develop in the game of baseball, but the skills for life. Eddie and FLASH Baseball couldn’t be more excited to join together and be a part of this growing program. 

 

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Brian Erickson, will serve as the Program Director and will oversee recruitment and the general direction of Oregon FLASH Baseball. Jon Lee will continue to serve as the Executive Director for Oregon FLASH’s Baseball and Basketball Programs. His role with FLASH Baseball will be to oversee community outreach, marketing, and logistics. 
 
As it pertains to FLASH Baseball, like it is with any new organization, some of the micro details are still in development. We also know that many families are in the process of researching, and possibly even committed to, other baseball programs for next Spring. Therefore, we felt it prudent to inform families about FLASH Baseball even if some of the details are still being ironed out.

What we do know is development of the players for their long-term success in the game is the core of FLASH Baseball. Studies and many collegiate/professional coaches all agree that the demands of youth baseball lends itself to early injury and/or burnout. Our aim is to keep the kids healthy…healthy physically and a healthy love for the game of baseball—not to squeeze in as many games as we can over a period of five months.Instead, we feel our players and families will be best served playing in 8-10 tournaments from March – July (approximately 40 games).  Optional practices will begin in January/February with individual instruction available on a scheduled basis followed by twice a week practice beginning mid-March.  We know these kids have commitments to school, potentially other sports, family, etc. We want the players to be well rounded and maintain a life outside of the baseball field. It is also important that families have flexibility in the Summer for vacations. 

Tryouts are scheduled for Thursday, October 17thfrom 6:00PM – 8:00 PM and Friday, October 18thfrom 6:30PM – 8:30PM at the BALL Facility. We will be hosting tryouts for players in the 10U – 14U age group. Final number of teams and age groups will be determined post tryouts. Players only need to attend one session. Please register online prior to 10/15/2019. There is no cost to tryout. You can register here.  For those who missed tryouts, please email [email protected] for separate evaluation.  
 
We anticipate the full season cost of FLASH Baseball club to be around $2100 which would be inclusive of tournament entry fees (not associated travel cost, if any), uniforms, practice facilities, equipment, and non-parent coaching staff. Multiple payment options will be available to provide financial flexibility to families.
 
We are also planning on having a parent information session. More information to come on this, but the goal of the information session is for parents to gain a better understanding of FLASH’s mission, what makes us different vs. other clubs, and Coach Dale’s instructional philosophy.
 
As mentioned above, the goal of this program is to reach any and all kids interested in participating in a baseball club. While most of us have come from a smaller baseball community, we encourage you pass this email along to any additional families that might be interested in the program.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us directly. We look forward to the opportunity of your child joining the inaugural season of the FLASH Baseball club.

In the meantime, make sure to ‘like’ our Facebook Team Page to stay connected! 

Brian Erickson
Program Director
Oregon Flash Baseball
[email protected]



 

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