NAX JUNIOR BASEBALL PROGRAM

Program

5 Tool Fieldhouse is partnering with Northern Alberta Xtreme (NAX) to bring the Edmonton area an elite baseball program for athletes aged 14-16.  This program is available to select athletes who want to take their game to the next level.  In-depth individual skill work throughout the fall, winter, and spring will be the focus, as well as team fundamentals which will be what each of our players will need as they move on throughout their career.

The NAX Junior Evening Program will be an after school program which will allow athletes to attend the high/junior school of their choice.  The program will run 3 days a week and consist of outdoor practices, and then move indoors to 5 Tool Fieldhouse during the winter months.  If players chose, they may attend John Maland High School or Riverview Junior High School in Devon.  While attending John Maland or Riverview, our athletes will have direct access to NAX educational staff who will guide each athlete through their academics and college prep programs.  If kids chose to take advantage of the NAX Academic option baseball training and strength & conditioning will take place during the school day.  Contact Jason Stewart at jstewart@naxhockey.com on how to enroll.

Athletes intending on moving on to post secondary opportunities will need to learn how to manage academics, athletics, and training.  At the NAX Baseball Program, we will focus on being involved in those aspects for our athletes to ensure they have a better chance of being successful at that level.  We also educate and aide families in the process of finding a post-secondary option.  

coaching staff

Our coaching staff brings tons of experience and knowledge to the NAX Evening Baseball Program.  Mike Johnson played professionally for 17 years, as well as 10+ years with the Canadian National Team.  He played for 5 seasons in the Major Leagues for the Baltimore Orioles and the Montreal Expos.  His career also took him overseas to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan for parts of 6 years.  While with the Canadian National Team, Mike participated in 2 Summer Olympics Games (Athens 2004 & Beijing 2008).  He was also a part of the 2011 Pan American Games gold medal team which was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mike has been coaching locally since 2011  He has also been involved with the Canadian Junior National Team since 2011 as a guest coach and full time staff member.  He has had the privilege of coaching many athletes who have gone on to play in the MLB.  Such players include 1st round picks Mike Soroka (Atlanta Braves) and Josh Naylor (San Diego Padres).  He has also coached locally in the Edmonton area at multiple levels.  He is excited about passing on everything he has learned throughout his career to the athletes of the NAX Baseball Program.

Todd Betts was originally drafted in the 14th round by the Cleveland Indians; that was the beginning of a career that spanned over 13 years. Todd played for multiple organizations and experience a huge amount of success individually and with teams he was a part of including MVP Awards, All Star selections, Hall of Fame Inductions and Team Championships.  Todd is also an Olympian who participated in the 2004 Games in Athens, and played in Japan and Taiwan.

Todd's coaching experience is second to none.  He has coached at all youth levels and even at the professional level.  Being a professional hitter, NAX Elite is very excited to have Todd developing our athletes.  He has an unbridled passion for the game of baseball and looks forward to working with all the hitters.

Assisting Mike and Todd will 3 coaches that will aid in the day to day aspects of our athlete's skill development.  Austin Doris who grew up in Valleyview, AB, and played his local baseball right here in Edmonton before attending Lake Region State College.  Alberto Gonzalez from Cuba where he grew up playing baseball.  He has a degree in Sports and Physical Culture and has coached at various levels within Cuba, Canada and the United States, including International events with the Cuban National Team.  He has worked with many of the top MLB Players currently in the Major Leagues.  Ismael Hernandez has coached many different sports at a competitive level.  Although he is newer to coaching, he brings unbridled energy and a passion to help kids get better every single day.  We are excited about our staff and our ability to cover all aspects of the athlete's development. 

Structure

Training will begin in September with outdoor practices and local games 3 days a week in the evenings.  Outdoor schedule will be subject to change due to weather, but we will have the option of moving practices indoors.  Once winter arrives training will resume indoors at 5 Tool Fieldhouse 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday & Friday).  Indoor weekday time slots will run 7:00-8:30, and times may alter slightly around the Christmas Break and Exams.

There will be an option for Spring games based on athlete availability and interest.  Spring games will be a pay as you play option, and not included in registration fees.  Based on the interest of our athletes and families we will look to play in either out of town tournaments or exhibition games.  The extra fee will cover travel, accommodations and meals.  

NAX and 5 Tool are partnering with Premier Strength Sport Performance to bring the best option in Strength & Conditioning for our athletes. Premier Strength has trained athletes at all levels for the past 20 years with amazing success.  NAX is driven to provide not only the best coaching in the Edmonton area, but the best in Strength & Conditioning for our athletes with individualized programs and instruction. Strength Training will be available in the Fall, but it will work around the outdoor schedule.  Once we move indoors, training will be before practices for an hour or hour and a half.  

NAX will do everything we can to provide our athletes post secondary options.  We will be assisting in videos, analysis and submission to schools. Our goal is to work with our athletes and their families to educate and aid them in their selection of a post secondary program they will succeed at and hopefully meet the economic and social requirements of our NAX families.

Roster size will be limited to 20 players.

Registration & Admission 

NAX Elite Junior Baseball Program September thru April $700/Month + GST

3 Days a Week - Monday, Tuesday & Friday 7:00-8:30pm

                              

Strength & Conditioning Training Monday & Friday  5:30-7:00pm

                              

There will be payment plans available to families.  THERE WILL NOT BE A PRO-RATED OPTION. A deposit will be required as a first and last payment.  If that payment is not received by August 31st, 2021, athletes will not be allowed to participate in training.  Furthermore, if families chose to participate in a monthly payment plan, players will not be able to participate if accounts are not kept up to date.  Payments can be made through 5 Tool Fieldhouse via credit card, debit or e-transfer. All Cheques must be made out to 5 Tool Marketing Inc.  Email registration forms to registrar@5toolfieldhouse.com

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