2016 Rod Dedeaux Foundation Scholarship – May 01, 2016 DEADLINE!!!


Academy Members, Families and Friends,

The MLB Urban Youth Academy sincerely appreciates the Rod Dedeaux Foundation’s generosity and commitment to youth baseball and softball in providing a scholarship opportunity exclusive to our Academy members planning to advance their education at a college or university.

If you or your child is graduating from high school in 2016 and interested in applying for the 2016 Rod Dedeaux Foundation Scholarship, please carefully read the information below together with the attached application.

  • Application must be postmarked or delivered to MLB UYA by May 1st, 2016

Completed applications should be submitted attention to Rocky Gholson at the MLB Urban Youth Academy , 901 E Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90221 via drop off or snail mail. Incomplete, emailed, faxed applications will not be considered.

Thank you and best of luck!

– Academy Staff

In 2016, the Rod Dedeaux Foundation will award a $5,000.00 college scholarship to one (1) male baseball player and one (1) female softball player. This scholarship is renewable annually provided the winners maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA).

  • Application must be postmarked or delivered to MLB UYA by May 1st, 2016

Click Here for Application: 2016 Rod Dedeaux Foundation Application

APPLICANT: Please be sure to fill out each section of the application and attach all requested materials.


  • Listed current UYA City/School you are affiliated with
  • Your Goals and Aspirations essay should be no longer than 500 words and must be enclosed with your application materials. (Include how you would benefit from the scholarship)
  • Please submit your transcript with the application materials
  • Parents’ or guardians’ Financial Data: By their signatures, they also agree to provide proof of income, including copies of income tax returns, if required. Alternatively, you may include a copy of your FAFSA and Student Aid Report (SAR). If no proof of income is provided, the Financial Data Section must be completed.
  • Sign the Consent, Assignment and Release form (page 4). If you are under 18 years old, the form must have your parent/guardian signature as well.
  • Application materials must be mailed in one packet

Other Notes:

  • Applicants should be available for an interview at the MLB Urban Youth Academy
  • Incomplete, e-mailed, or faxed applications will not be considered
  • We suggest that you keep copies of your application materials
  • You will be informed on June 1, 2016 as to whether or not you have received a scholarship
  • Scholarship Awardees will be invited to attend and receive their Award at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner on June 30, 2016 at 7:00pm at The Jonathan Club: 545 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California, 90071

About Rod Dedeaux:
Raoul “Rod” Dedeaux, legendary USC and USA Olympic baseball coach, Founder of Japan – USA Baseball series, Father of International Baseball and “Coach of the Century”; Rod loved the taste of victory on the baseball diamond and his tremendous collegiate accomplishments of 11 national titles and 28 conference titles prove just that.

Rod’s most enduring legacy was his ability to use the sport of baseball as a platform to provide a positive, lifelong impact in the lives of thousands of young adults; his heart (and now his foundation) was always focused on mentorship and guidance demonstrated through his tireless coaching to promote teamwork, sportsmanship, discipline, a sense of fair play and having a great time.

About the Rod Dedeaux Foundation:
The Rod Dedeaux Foundation was formed to continue Rod’s spirit by supporting youth baseball and softball programs in underserved areas. Currently, inner city organizations are fighting for survival as public funding is drying up, coupled with the game’s waning popularity with children in urban areas. Through the efforts of the Foundation, youth receive more than just uniforms and renovated facilities, they receive a sanctuary from challenging environments and a support system specifically designed to build character and academic support to enable underprivileged youth to achieve their dreams.

Attention All Academy Softball members!!!

The Urban Youth Academy is inviting all Academy Softball members to attend the Long Beach State Softball game for FREE!!! This event will take place on Sunday, April 17th from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will be at the Long Beach State softball field located at 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840.

All members will need their own transportation.

ONLY Academy softball members will get in free. Everyone else will have to pay.

Below are the ticket prices for the game.

  • General admission: $9
  • Youth (3-12) : $6

Please RSVP to Shayna.kimbrough@mlb.com by Thursday, April 14th.

Thank you!!!

– Staff

2016 UYA Jackie Robinson Day Play Ball Clinic

2016 UYA Jackie Robinson Day Play Ball Clinic


Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy invites you to a FREE Play Ball clinic in celebration of Jackie Robinson Day!!!


At the Play Ball Clinic:

~ Learn/review basic fundamentals of baseball including hitting, fielding, and throwing

~ Receive instruction from MLB Urban Youth Academy coaches and athletes

~ Boys and girls ages 7 to 12 are welcome to attend

~ Stay and enjoy a viewing of the movie “42” following the Play Ball Clinic


When:                         Saturday, April, 16, 2016    

Registration:             12:00pm – 1:00pm

Play Ball Clinic:        1:30pm – 3:00pm

Location:                   MLB Urban Youth Academy

On the campus of El Camino College-Compton Center

901 E. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA. 90221


Register to participate in the Play Ball clinic by emailing: Domingo.Najera@mlb.com

Only a few spots remain, sign up today!!!


Academy Members, Families and Friends,

Due to current field conditions and expectation of more rainfall, ALL WORKOUTS ARE CANCELLED THIS WEEKEND and the Academy will be CLOSED.

  • The Academy office will be CLOSED
  • All Academic Assistance and Tutoring are CANCELLED
  • All college baseball games at the Academy this weekend are also CANCELLED

Please check our blog for updates at http://mlburbanyouthacademy.mlblogs.com/

We hope to have a better idea of our field conditions and status of workouts after the weekend.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Have a great weekend, stay dry and please drive safely.

– Staff



Good Afternoon Academy Members, Family and Friends,

ALL WORKOUTS TODAY ARE CANCELLED due to rain and poor field conditions.

The status of workouts for Saturday will be determined by 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Please let us know if you have any questions and always remember to check the blog for any additional updates.

Thank you very much!!!

– Staff

Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit and Run (PHR) Skills Event – Sunday, April 24th


Attention Baseball and Softball Players Ages 7 to 14:

Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit and Run is a friendly skills competition. This competition gives both boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, a chance to showcase their pitching, hitting, and running abilities.

The MLB Urban Youth Academy will be hosting a Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit and Run event on:

  • Sunday, April 24th, 2016
    •  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sign-ups
    • Start April 6th
    • Ends April 21st
    • Open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14
    • NO registration fee
    • Applications available in the front office
    • Please submit a copy of the player’s birth certificate with your application

Email questions to Bryana.simpson@mlb.com or Silvester.rodgers@mlb.com

Thank you,

– Staff

Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy Jackie Robinson Day Play Ball Clinic, Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy invites you to a FREE Play Ball clinic in celebration of

Jackie Robinson Day

At the Play Ball Clinic:

~ Learn/review basic fundamentals of baseball including hitting, fielding, and throwing!

~ Receive instruction from MLB Urban Youth Academy coaches and athletes!

~ Boys and girls ages 7 – 12 are welcome to attend!

~ Stay and enjoy a viewing of the movie “42” following the Play Ball Clinic!

When: Saturday, April, 16, 2016

Time: Registration: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Play Ball clinic: 1:30pm—3:00pm

Location: MLB Urban Youth Academy on the campus of El Camino College-Compton Center: 901 E. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA. 90221

Register by APRIL 10th to participate in the Play Ball clinic to: Domingo.Najera@mlb.com

The Play Ball Clinic is limited to the first 100 participants, sign up SOON!

Wear Your Cap on Opening Day!!! 04/04/2016 – Monday #CapsOn


Opening Day has long been an unofficial “National Holiday,” and we want to
celebrate this fact by encouraging fans everywhere to show their team pride by
wearing their favorite baseball cap on Opening Day.

We ask that you wear your cap in the office, outdoors or anywhere on Opening Day –
– and encourage your friends, family, business partners, vendors, EVERYONE to do the same.

Thank you for your support.
Play Ball!

Sample Social Media Copy:
1. Because it’s OK on Opening Day, I’ll be wearing my cap all day in the
office! #CapsOn
2. On April 4, I’ll be wearing my cap. Make sure to get your #CapsOn too!


Jaszee Childress Named March’s Urban Youth Academy Member of the Month

Editor’s Note: Started January 2016, Academy Member of the Month is awarded to Urban Youth Academy members for their commitment to success both on and off the field. Through the splendor of the National Pastime, Major League Baseball founded the Urban Youth Academy in 2006. Aimed at setting the standard for baseball and softball instruction, mentorship, vocational programs and education assistance in urban America, the Urban Youth Academy also set out to enhance the quality of life in the surrounding communities.

Jaszee Childress

Hometown: LONG BEACH, CA

Urban Youth Academy Member Since: 2015
Age: 7

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate Chip

Favorite Book: “Anything with dogs!

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Sport: Softball

I’m happiest when: “I’m with my family.

My Proudest Accomplishment: “Being the March 2016 Academy Member of the Month

What My Coaches Think:

Jazsee may be soft-spoken, but her softball skills are loud. She’s fearless when she’s out on the field.” – Coach Bryana

One of the things that stands out to me about Jaszee is that she’s always encouraging her peers. She’s truly a team player.” – Coach Shayna

Since Jaszee’s been introduced to the sport of softball, I’ve watched her develop over the past year and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her. She’s a softball star in the making.” – Coach Marisa




April 2016 Baseball & Softball Workout Schedules and Information

Academy Members, Family & Friends,

The workout schedules for April 2016 are now available. Please carefully read to make yourself aware of any new changes.

REMINDER: Always check our BLOG before heading to the Academy to make sure there are no last-minute changes or cancellations of schedules workouts.

There will be NO BASEBALL OR SOFTBALL WORKOUTS on Saturday, April 16th, as we are planning a special event. Details coming soon.


The Academy softball development program has made some minor changes.

  • Wednesdays & Thursdays
    • Ages 7 to 9 Open Workout from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Ages 10 to 12 Open Workout from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Erin Jones-Wesley pitching clinics for softball pitchers are for ages 9 to 18 and will be held on Saturdays 04/23 & 04/30.
    • RSVP information will be posted on our BLOG as soon as it becomes available.
  • All other workout groups, dates and time remain the same. Please refer to the April 2016 Softball Workout Schedule for more detailed information

April 2016 Softball Workout Schedule

El Camino College Compton Center softball program’s games are listed on the schedule. Come out and support ECC Compton Center’s softball program to see what the competition looks like at the community college level.


The Academy baseball development program’s workout groups, dates and time remain the same. For safety reasons and to keep workouts moving, we thank you in advance that your child ONLY attends workouts that our staff decides is appropriate for them. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

  • T-Ball Open Workouts
    • Grades K, 1st & 2nd (Ages 5 to 8)
      • SATURDAYS 10 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
      • SUNDAYS 10 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
      • NO WORKOUTS ON SAT 04/16
  • Youth Baseball Open Workouts
    • Grades 3rd, 4th & 5th (Ages 9 to 11)
      • TUESDAYS 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
      • SATURDAYS 12 P.M. – 2 P.M.
      • SUNDAYS 12 P.M. – 2 P.M.
      • NO WORKOUTS ON SAT 04/16
  • Intermediate Baseball Open Workouts
    • Grades 6th, 7th & 8th (Ages 12 to 14)
      • WEDNESDAYS 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
      • SATURDAYS 1 P.M. – 3 P.M.
      • SUNDAYS 1 P.M. – 3 P.M.
      • NO WORKOUTS ON SAT 04/16
  • High School Baseball Open Workouts
    • Grades 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th (Ages 14 to 18)
      • THURSDAYS 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
      • SATURDAYS 10 A.M. – 12 P.M.
      • SUNDAYS 10 A.M. – 12 P.M.
      • NO WORKOUTS ON SAT 04/16

Please read carefully for additional information and refer to the April 2016 Baseball Workout Schedule for more detailed information.

April 2016 Baseball Workout Schedule

The workout schedule lists various college and high school games to be played at the Academy. El Camino College Compton Center, Marymount California University and Bethesda University are proud to call the Academy their home this year. Watch local high school and collegiate level baseball competition right here at the Academy.

CLOSED WORKOUT—RSVP ONLY Information and Instructions: 

CLOSED WORKOUT—RSVP ONLY offers individualized instruction in a small group (Limited Space Available) for 1 Hour Blocks from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. in either Hitting, Defense by Position and/or Pitching Instruction on SELECT MONDAYS ONLY (04/11 & 04/25). One-hour blocks are available for RSVP (2 hours maximum/Duplicate Instruction RSVP NOT Allowed). The CLOSED WORKOUT—RSVP ONLY is available only for the 3 age/grade groups below:

  • Youth
    • Grades 3rd, 4th & 5th (Ages 9 to 11)
  • Intermediate
    • Grades 6th, 7th & 8th (Ages 12 to 14)
  • High School
    • Grades 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th (Ages 14 to 18)


    • To: uyarsvp@mlb.com
  • RSVP Email Subject Line:
    • Closed Workout RSVP
  • Required Email Information:
    1. Member’s name
    2. Grade
    3. Age
    4. Group (Youth, Intermediate or High School)
    5. Defensive Position
    6. Type of Instruction Requested (Hitting, Defense or Pitching) You may select up to 2 different types of instruction
  • RSVP Deadline Information:
    • RSVP will only be accepted beginning Tuesday the week prior to scheduled date and close at 5 p.m. the Friday before scheduled date, unless all blocks are FULL prior to the deadline.
      • For Mon 04/11 – RSVP from Tue 04/05 till 5 p.m. Fri 04/08
      • For Mon 04/25 – RSVP from Tue 04/19 till 5 p.m. Fri 04/22
  • ONLY Successful RSVP will receive confirmation via email stating time of workout(s) and type of instruction
    • Once you have submitted an RSVP request, please be patient as confirmation emails will be sent out over the weekend following the close of each RSVP period
    • If you do not receive a confirmation email stating a confirmed workout time and type of instruction, you or your child will not be allowed to participate.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to allow proper time to warm up and stretch. Helmet use required for Hitting Instruction. No spikes allowed in batting cages. Always arrive fully dressed in baseball attire and wear regular athletic shoes.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you,

– Staff


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