Elkins Off-Season Baseball
Frequently Asked Questions & Information
What is Summer Baseball?
-Our program is different from what many other local schools do as we focus on getting the incoming players prepared for fall athletic period & spring tryouts instead of focusing on playing meaningless summer league games.
Who can play?
-Any incoming freshman that is 1) zoned to Elkins 2) has proof of acceptance into the Engineering Academy.
How are players selected?
-All interested players will be required to attend a workout & all players will be allowed to stay on during the summer training session.
How many players are selected?
-Based on previous years, we anticipate anywhere from 14-20 players.
Does participating in summer training guarantee a player will be in the athletic period and make a team in the spring?
-Absolutely not. A player is not excluded from nor guaranteed a spot on the school team in the spring because of their status in the summer.
Who will be coaching the team?
-To remain in line with UIL rules, no coach who is employed by Elkins High School is permitted to coach during the off season. The Off Season Coordinator will hire outside personnel to run the team. Our preference is to hire a former Elkins player. All hired coaches are required to go through a background check both by our sponsoring league and FBISD.
How long does the season last?
-We anticipate a twice weekly, five week training session followed by a 2-3 day camp.
Are there any games planned?
-At this time, we do not have plans to play in games, but instead we will focus on doing everything to get your son ready to play in the spring.
Why should we play summer baseball?
-Because the team is coached by former Elkins players, all incoming freshmen on the team will get a head start on Elkins specific terminology, coaching methods, and practice drills. Since our summer coaches are the first to be around the players for any meaningful time, they are able to provide evaluations and feedback to the school coaches about all players. Since tryouts in the spring for the school teams are only a few days, it is a great benefit to incoming new players to participate in in summer freshman baseball to get their name on the radar of the school coaches.
Can my son still play on his select team?
-We have no rules forbidding a player from participating with a select team as well as his Elkins summer team. We do ask that any player who is going to participate in the summer training do so for the duration.
What is the cost for the summer season?
-Cost per player does vary slightly each year depending on the number of players, but we make every effort to keep the fee under $160 per player.
Is this only for incoming freshmen?
-Yes. We currently have no plans to host teams for returning players during the summer. This is the time that players are free to participate in select baseball with a team of their choosing. Our summer program is for incoming freshmen only. During the fall portion of the off season, teams for returning players will be formed.