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 or

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:

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:
  • 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

MLB Urban Youth Academy Dodgers RBI Registration

It’s time for Dodgers RBI Baseball!

Please go online to to register your son or daughter in our much anticipated Summer Program!


  • Dodgers RBI fee: $25
  • Payments can be made as cash, check, or credit

In order to participate in Dodgers RBI at the MLB Urban Youth Academy you must be an Academy Member.

The following divisions can pay on their designated days in person between 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (NO EXCEPTIONS)

  • T-Ball – Tuesdays
  • Coach Pitch/Junior Softball – Wednesdays
  • Minor/Major – Thursdays

Saturdays will be broken into set times when each division can pay (NO EXCEPTIONS)


  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • T-Ball/Coach Pitch
  • 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Minor/Major
  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Junior Softball

Division Breakdown

  • Ages 5 to 6 (T-Ball)
  • Ages 7 to 8 (Coach Pitch)
  • Ages 9 to 10 (Minor)
  • Ages 11 to 12 (Major)
  • Junior Softball (Ages 9 to 12)

Please note we will open Dodgers RBI Junior/Senior Baseball and Senior Softball registration will begin MAY 1st, 2016!!!

  • Ages 13 to 15 – Junior Baseball
  • Ages 16 to 18 – Senior Baseball
  • Ages 13 to 18 – Senior Softball

Please email with the subject line: “Dodgers RBI”  if you have any questions

– Staff

Major League Baseball: Urban Youth Academy – Compton Celebrates National Athletic Training Month (NATM)


Meet: Jennifer Hernandez, ATC (pictured right)
Hometown: Lake Balboa, CA
Degrees/Educational Background: Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training from California State University, Northridge, class of 2008 and later this year I am completing my Master’s of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Medicine and Sports Injury Studies from California State Univeristy, Long Beach.
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Team: New York Yankees
Why I Love Sports Medicine: “Helping the athletes get back to playing the sport they love and helping them stay safe and healthy; it’s very rewarding. It’s always fun to be around the athletes, to joke, laugh and have a good time when they are injured and unable to play or participate. I am always supporting the athletes and remind them to keep a positive attitude. As the athletic trainer, I always have the best seat in the house in the dugout right next to the athletes. Growing up playing sports I was always injured and did not have access to an athletic trainer. I lost a lot of playing time because I was injured and did not have anyone to correctly diagnose my injuries and help me rehabilitate to get back in the game. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I learned about athletic trainers and what they do. It was then that I decided to become an athletic trainer to help athletes never have to experience what I did without an athletic trainer. Many schools are still without athletic trainers.
Fun Facts: “I am currently working on my graduate thesis at CSULB studying elbow stresses in high school pitchers. I am hoping to use this study/data to help further prevent injuries in high school athletes and educate athletes, coaches, and parents. I am also serving as liaison for the MLB UYA Pitch Smart and Play Sun Smart initiatives, trying to spread the word and educate the parents, coaches, and athletes of the MLB UYA.

Meet: Evamarie Balderas, Sports Medicine Student Aide (pictured left)
Hometown: Visalia, CA
Degrees/Educational Background: Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training from California State Univeristy, Long Beach.
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Team: San Francisco Giants
Why I Love Sports Medicine: “Initially I started out pursuing a registered nursing program, until I took an internship with my mentor Dennis Goebel, MA, ATC. He saw that I was excelling during my internship and made the suggestion that I go into sports medicine. Soon after I transferred into a sports medicine program and quickly developed a passion for studying pitching and throwing mechanics. I’ve always loved the sport of baseball, since I was young, so being an integral part of the athletic training staff at the Urban Youth Academy is the perfect concoction of sports medicine and baseball.”
Fun Facts: “When I was younger, I played the violin, bass, and drums. I was a member of the jazz band in high school – we recorded two CDs, so technically I’m a recording artist. Additionally, I am a dog and cat mom – my dog’s name is Beans and my cat’s name is Mr. White. They’re the best of friends and love to snuggle together.


Attention Softball Members:

Sign up for a pitching clinic with former Cal State Long Beach stand out pitcher Erin- Jones Wesley!

The clinic is Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the softball field.

RSVP to with the member’s first/last name and age.

The first 20 members will be accepted. We also ask members to bring a catcher if possible so the clinic will run as efficient as possible. The catcher can be another Urban Youth Academy member or a parent.  Membership forms must be completed and waivers signed to participate as a catcher.  Lastly, please check our blog and monthly softball schedule regularly for future pitching clinics.

– Staff

Today’s College Baseball Double Header Cancelled – 03/06/2016

Academy Members, Family and Friends,

Today’s college baseball double header of Doane University (Nebraska) vs. Marymount California University has been rained out.

Please check the Marymount California University Website for additional information.

Thank you!!!

  • Staff