April 2008

Jordan BaseballFund Raiser—-Saturday Dec. 15, 2007

Jordan High School Baseball Fundraiser

 

Please help the kids at Jordan High School raise money for their Baseball Team!! This money will help them purchase equipment and uniforms.

 

They will be holding a car wash
 
Lets support our Local High Schools so they can continue their sports programs!
Date: Saturday December 15, 2007
 
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Place: CVS Pharmacy Parking Lot at
6000 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach
Suggested Donation for car wash: $5.00
The Cross Street is E. 6oth Street
 
Thank you in advance for your support!! You not only support Jordan’s baseball team, but you also come out with a clean car. Win Win on both sides!
 

Thank you. Please contact me if you have any questions! Here is the information. Please click on the picture to enlarge!
 

Japan vs USA Tournament—December 28th—30th.

December 28th to the 30th: We are going to be hosting the Japan vs USA Tournament It’s a high school tournament. The Japanese team is from the: AICHI Prefecture
 
Here is the Game Schedule:
 
First game: December 28th, 2007 Game Starts @ 1:00 PM
Second Game: December 29th, 2007 Game Starts @ 1:00 PM
Third Game (Double header) December 30, 2007First Game Starts @ 12:00 Noon
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All Star Scout Game—December 15, 2007

On December 15, 2007 We are hosting The Jesse Flores Memorial All Star Game Sponsored by the: Professional Baseball Scouts of Southern California

It’s going to be a showcase game, featuring high school players from all over the Southern California area.

There is going to be over 150 Scouts from all over in attendance.

Hitting starts at 10:00 AM Game starts at 1:00 PM

Admission will be: $10.00 ____________________________________________________________

Winter Instructional 2007-2008

I will be sending information about the Winter Instructional Soon, including schedules and the registration form for all Academy new comers.

Thank you.

Impressions of Mahogany Luncheon–December 01, 2007

The League of African-American Women, Incorporated held a Luncheon on Saturday December 01, 2007 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA to Salute Mr. Jimmie Lee Solomon, The Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations at Major League Baseball.
 
Read about Mr. Solomon’s Achievements and why he is so committed to our Academy (please click on images to enlarge)
 

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Our Academy players invited to attend the event: (from left to right) Miss Stephanie Gutierrez, Mr. Lewis Carter, Mr. Dominic Smith, , Mr. Cy Wiggs, Mr. Skyler Blocker, Mr. Tyler Mark, Mr. A.J. Mikell, Mr. Darrell Miller, (center) Mr. Joshua Jackson.

  Everyone wanted to take pictures with our kids and of course, they obliged!

  Our kids posing for pictures. I know they all look so shy!! : )

  Congresswoman Diane E. Watson giving a wonderful speech, commemorating the life of the late Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald.

  Greeting the Attendees: Mrs. D. Marie Chappell-Battle, President of The League of African-American Women, Inc.

  Mr. Jimmie Lee Solomon accepting his award.

Mr. Jimmie Lee Solomon giving his speech:

Ms. Brenda Jackson from the Berlin Opera paying tribute to Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald by performing an operatic number

At the table:

The ladies from the League of African-America Women, Inc. Our kids hanging out at the hotel.

Note: Being that December 01, was World AIDS day, Dr. Gail E. Wyatt, UCLA Professor, Dept of Psychiatry & Bio-behavioral Sciences and Associate Director, UCLA AIDS Institute gave a very informative speech on educating our kids, esp. in the African-American Community about the AIDS crisis in the USA.

She made a note of how parents need to take the lead in education our kids.

Japan vs USA Tournaments 09-01-07 to 09-03-07

The Weekly Japanese Newspaper, U.S. Front Line, wrote a story about the Japan vs USA Tournament that took place here at the Urban Youth Academy on September 01, 2007-September 03, 2007. For those of you who can read Japanese, enjoy the article, for those who can’t, enjoy the pictures :) . We would like to extend a gracious thank you to Ms. Mirei Sato, Staff Writer for the U.S. Front Line Newspaper for writing the article. (please click on article to view larger)

 

Our next Japan vs USA Tournament will take place in December of 2007

Here is the

Schedule:

First game: December 28th, 2007 Game Starts @ 1:00 PM

Second Game: December 29th, 2007 Game Starts @ 1:00 PM

Third Game (Double header) December 30, 2007 First Game Starts @ 12:00 Noon

A very proud moment for the Academy-November 14, 2007–PART II

Newspaper Article in the Press-Telegram About The Letter of Intent Signing at the MLB Urban Youth Academy. There are some misspelling errors in the article, but below are the correct names of the players. (Please click to enlarge):

AREA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS WHO HAVE TRAINED AT MLB URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY TO SIGN COLLEGE LETTERS OF INTENT WHAT:

Seven Southern California area high school players who have trained at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy will sign college letters of intent Wednesday with their respective schools. Name, High School, Hometown, College

Anthony Gose – Bellflower High School – Bellflower – Arizona

Jamaal Grimes – Polytechnic High School – Long Beach – Cal Poly Pomona

Ray Hanson – Wilson High School – Long Beach – Arizona State

Kyle Higashioka – Edison High School – Huntington Beach – UC Berkeley

Jordan Hinshaw – Polytechnic High School – Long Beach – Cal Poly Pomona

Ricky Oropesa – Etiwanda High School – Rancho Cucamonga – USC

Zach Wilson – Wilson High School – Long Beach – Arizona State

Matt Akiyama- Bishop Montgomery-Torrance-Cal State University Bakersfield U

A Very Proud Moment for the Urban Youth Academy–November 14, 2007

AREA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS WHO HAVE TRAINED AT MLB URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY TO SIGN COLLEGE LETTERS OF INTENT:

Seven Southern California area high school players who have trained at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy will sign college letters of intent Wednesday with their respective schools.

Name, High School, Hometown, College

Anthony Gose – Bellflower High School – Bellflower – Arizona

Jamaal Grimes – Polytechnic High School – Long Beach – Cal Poly Pomona

Ray Hanson – Wilson High School – Long Beach – Arizona State

Kyle Higashioka – Edison High School – Huntington Beach – UC Berkeley

Jordan Hinshaw – Polytechnic High School – Long Beach – Cal Poly Pomona

Ricky Oropesa – Etiwanda High School – Rancho Cucamonga – USC

Zach Wilson – Wilson High School – Long Beach – Arizona State

Matt Akiyama- Bishop Montgomery-Torrance-Cal State University Bakersfield U

WHERE: Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy El Camino College, Compton Center 901 East Artesia Blvd. Compton, Calif. 90221 310-763-3479

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m.

For additional information about the Academy or upcoming clinics and seminars, please call the hotline at (310) 763-3479, or visit http://www.youthbaseballacademy.com/

(a special thanks to Ben Platt from MLB.COM for 2 of the pictures)

(left to right): Ray Hanson, Zach Wilson, Ricky Oropesa, Kyle Higashioka, Anthony Gose, Jamaal Grimes, Jordan Hinshaw (click on pictures to enlarge)

  (left to right): Jamaal Grimes, Jordan Hinshaw, Ray Hanson, Ricky Oropesa, Zach Wilson, Kyle Higashioka, Anthony Gose

  (left to right): Kenny Landreaux; Academy Instructor, Jamaal Grimes, Jordan Hinshaw, Ray Hanson, Ricky Oropesa, Doug Takaragawa; Academy Coordinator/Scouting, Zach Wilson, Kyle Higashioka, Anthony Gose, Darrell Miller, Academy Director

  Zach Wilson Ricky Oropesa Ray Hanson Matt Akiyama Kyle Higashioka Jordan Hinshaw Jamaal Grimes Anthony Gose

Major League Baseball Umpire Camp

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL UMPIRE CAMP WERE HELD NOV. 4-11 AT THE URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY IN COMPTON, CALIF.

Aspiring umpires had the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from some of Major League Baseball’s finest at the second annual MLB Umpire Camp Nov. 4-11at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy.

The eight MLB umpires that served as instructors at the camp include crew chiefs Tim Tschida and Larry Young and umpires Gary Cederstrom, Kerwin Danley, Brian Gorman, Sam Holbrook, Jerry Layne and Brian Runge. Also joining the staff will be MLB Umpire Supervisors Rich Rieker, Cris Jones, Jim McKean and Marty Springstead, MLB Medical Services Director Mark Letendre, Professional Baseball Umpire Corp. (PBUC) representatives and several Minor League Baseball umpires.

Field instruction for the umpire camp were held at MLB’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California, and classroom work will take place at the Holiday Inn Long Beach (California). The camp is open to men and women ages 18 and up with a high school diploma or GED.

Campers are not required to have previous umpiring experience. About Major League Baseball Umpire Camps http://www.mlbuc.com/ Major League Baseball Umpire Camps is a non-profit entity providing world-class umpire training with opportunities for attendees to earn scholarships to one of the two professional umpire schools/academies.

MLBUC offers attendees to improve all facets of their work, including plate work, base work and positioning, rules interpretations, Mechanics For The Two-Umpire System, the system worked in the lower Minor Leagues, as well as “Tips from the Trainer” to improve physical well being and prolong your career. A big thank you to Ben Platt from MLB.COM for the pictures!

 

Z.

Stretching Exercises for Umpires

These are the stretching exercises the umpires use to keep limber and make oh those very difficult calls…(please click on picture to enlarge)

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