April 25th, 2008

College Fair


WHAT: The Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy and Tiger Woods Learning Center are hosting a college fair to provide students and their families with information about the importance of a college education. Over 20 colleges will present information regarding: * Preparing for College Admission * Financial Aid * Scholarship Opportunities
WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 2008 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy 901 E. Artesia Blvd. Compton, CA 90221 For more information, please call (310) 763-3479 ext 5 Or send questions to Richard Josefson at tempuya1@mlb.com
The College Fair is FREE and open to the public. Immediately following the college fair, the Urban Youth Academy is hosting the Urban Invitational. UCLA vs. Bethune-Cookman, 5pm Battle of Bands Southern’s “Human Jukebox” vs. USC Trojans Marching Band USC vs. Southern University, 8pm Both games will air on ESPN 2

Winter Instructional League

Hello Everyone!! : )
Thank you to everyone who participated in The Winter Instructional Session 2008
The Last Day Of Instruction for the 8-12 year olds is on Thursday February 14, 2008
& The Last Day of Instruction for the 13-18 year olds is on Friday February 15, 2008
*We will still have activities for everyone. Please check out the information for the
Urban Invitational & The College Fair.
The dates for the next Instructional Session, The Spring Session, will be announced soon.
Keep checking the Academy Updates! As usual, if you have any questions, please contact me.
Z. Aguilar– 310-763-3479 Ext. 0
Have a fantastic day and I hope to see you here during the Urban Invitational & College Fair.

High School Showcase: Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008 1 p.m.

The best high school baseball talent from all over Southern California showed off their stuff for Major League scouts in an exhibition game at the Urban Youth Academy This Sunday February 10, 2008!
Red Team

The Blue Team

60 Yard Dash

Scouts and Spectators

Batting Practice

For more pictures and detailed information about the Event, please visit, http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/community/urban_youth.jsp

Thank you


Meet The Urban Youth Academy Staff

By Popular Demand! Meet the Academy Staff

Mr. Darrell Miller, Director

Academy Instructors–Former Major Leaguers

Mr. George Hinshaw, Education Coordinator Mr. James Bishop, Facilities Manager

Mr. Victor “Vic” Harris, Instructor

Mr. Lorenzo Gray, Instructor

Mr. Carl Nichols, Coordinator of Instruction

Mr. Kenny “KT” Landreaux, Hitting Instructor

Mr. Dave Frost, Instructor

Mr. Kelvin Delgado, Instructor


Mr. Doug Takaragawa, Academy Coordinator & Programs and Scout Teams Manager

Mr. James Roberts, Broadcasting Instructor/Academy Announcer/Baseball Instructor

Academy Instructors–The Minor Leaguers

Coach Andrew Toussaint Coach Johnny Washington Coach Marvin Lowrance

Coach Lyndon Poole

Coach Justin Roberson

Academy Instructors–Softball Coaches

Coach Elizabeth “Liz” Vazquez

Coach Kristen Aufdemberg

Academy Instructors–Junior Coaches

Coach Anthony Gose

Coach Rodrigo Veles

Coach Zach Wilson

The Academy Front Office–


Z. Aguilar


Mr. Richard Josefson

The MLB Urban Youth Academy

Mr. Eldridge Eatman, Property Manager & Caretaker

The Academy Trainer–

Mr. Tony Diaz

The Academy Umpire–


Mr. Edmond Aguirre

Missing: Mr. Leon Murray, Security Manager

I would like to thank the staff for allowing me to go around taking candid pictures of them. Its not easy to pose with a minute’s notice and I appreciate their cooperation.

As usual, if you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you everyone.


Scouting Event: FEBRUARY 04, 2008

High School Showcase: Monday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. PT.

Come see the best high school baseball talent from all over Southern California as they show off their stuff for Major League scouts in an exhibition game at the Urban Youth Academy!

The public is welcome to attend. Free admission.





Tournament Featuring Teams From Division I Schools and Historically Black Colleges and Universities Major League Baseball today announced that the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy will host its first Urban Invitational Baseball Tournament from February 29 – March 2. Two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, FL) and Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA), will face off against collegiate baseball powerhouses UCLA and USC. The participation of HBCUs in the Urban Invitational is part of MLB’s ongoing diversity and youth initiatives.
“The Urban Invitational Baseball Tournament is a part of our continued focus on reviving the majesty of baseball in the African American community,” said Major League Baseball Executive Vice President of Operations Jimmie Lee Solomon. “This tournament, along with the other programs at the MLB Urban Youth Academy, the Civil Rights Game and many of our other efforts, is reflective of the League’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and engagement of our nation’s young people. Our goal is to make sure that every child who wants to play baseball has an opportunity to do so.”
Tournament games will be played at the MLB Urban Youth Academy, USC’s Dedeaux Field and UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium beginning Friday, February 29 and continuing through Sunday, March 2. Both games on Saturday, March 1, 2008, will be played at the MLB Urban Youth Academy and broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans attending on that day will also be entertained by a live performance of Southern University’s, “Human Jukebox” and USC’s Trojan Marching Band, as they bring their unique musical performances to Compton, California. Bethune-Cookman University and Southern University baseball teams will square off against each other at 1:00 P.M. (PST) on Sunday at the Academy.
“ESPN is proud to be associated with Major League Baseball’s urban initiatives,” said Len DeLuca, ESPN Senior Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions. “The second Civil Rights Game and new Urban Invitational — 40 years since the tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — are on the heels of our observance last year of the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. ESPN is honored to join with MLB to celebrate baseball’s cultural history.”
Tickets to the games being played at the MLB Urban Youth Academy will be available for purchase on game day for $5.00. Proceeds from the ticket sale will benefit the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy, which is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
“On behalf of our team, I would like to say how honored we are to have been invited to an event like this, especially in its first year,” said Bethune-Cookman Coach Mervyl Melendez. “We hope that the Urban Invitational Baseball Tournament continues to grow and more people notice what Major League Baseball is doing for college baseball and Historically Black Colleges.” “Our program is very excited to represent UCLA in the tournament at the MLB Academy,” said UCLA coach John Savage. “We are honored to be able to play in the inaugural event. Our players are looking forward to the exciting weekend of baseball.”
Major League Baseball is committed to addressing the issue of African American participation in professional baseball. Through Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and the establishment of the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California, MLB has pledged its resources to bringing urban youth back to America’s pastime. The inaugural Civil Rights Game in 2007 also reinforced the League’s dedication by paying tribute to legendary African-American players who broke barriers and made important contributions to American society.
HBCUs have long offered quality education and athletic programs and have a proud tradition of outstanding baseball players. Hall of Famer Lou Brock, former most valuable player Andre Dawson and current Milwaukee Brewers star Rickie Weeks, all rose from HBCUs. Twelve HBCU players were selected in the MLB 2007 First-Year Player Draft. Through the annual Urban Invitational Baseball Tournament, MLB hopes to help these programs revitalize baseball in the African American community.
The MLB Urban Youth Baseball Academy encompasses more than 15 acres on the campus of El Camino College, Compton Center, the Academy is a state-of-the-art facility featuring four fields including a show field, batting cages and other training facilities. The Academy operates on a year-round basis, offering free baseball and softball instruction, as well as clinics to youth throughout Southern California
Game Schedule (all times Pacific):
1. Friday, February 29, UCLA vs. Southern University, 6PM at UCLA
2. Friday, February 29, USC vs. Bethune-Cookman, 6PM at USC
3. Saturday, March 1, UCLA vs. Bethune-Cookman, 5PM at MLB Urban Youth Academy
*Battle of the Bands – Southern’s “Human Jukebox” and USC Trojan Marching Band
4. Saturday, March 1, Southern vs. USC, 8PM at MLB Urban Youth Academy
5. Sunday, March 2, Southern vs. Bethune-Cookman, 1PM at MLB Urban Youth Academy
6. Sunday, March 2, USC hosts UCLA, 1PM at USC
Contact me if you have any questions.

Southern University USC


We are resuming Instructional Program Starting Today Tuesday January 29, 2008

Hello Everyone, Happy Tuesday.

FYI We are going to resume our Instructional Program this week.

Remember, today is for the 8-12 year olds.

The Instructional Starts immediately at 4:00 PM. Don’t be late.

Instructional Cancelation From Tues Jan. 22, 2008 To Fri. Jan. 25, 2008

Hello Everyone!

Due to the heavy rainfall and the rain predicted for the rest of the week, we have to cancel the instructional program for the week.

From Tues Jan. 22, 2008 To Fri Jan. 25, 2008

If you have any questions, please call or email me. Thanks Z.

2nd Day of Winter Instructional League 2008 Wednesday January 16

2nd Day of Winter Instructional League 2008 Kids 13-18 years of age, first day of practice is tomorrow
Wednesday January 16, 2008 Time: 4:00 PM — 6:30
If you are coming back from the Fall Instructional 2007, you should have signed a 2008 release form.
If you are new, you should have completed an enrollment packet.
Call me if you have any questions!
Thank you.

Instructional League 2008 First Day January 15, 2008

Kids 8-12 years of age, first day of practice, Tuesday January 15, 2008. Time: 4:00 PM — 6:30 PM