College development baseball league holds try-outs
By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Regional - posted Thu., Aug. 18, 2011
A new college development baseball program is starting up this year and looking to recruit players from Massachusetts and Connecticut. The team is called the Western Mass Rebellion, and it is geared toward players who are serious about playing after graduating high school.
Head coach Chuck Jasak wanted to start the league to help players in the area who may get overlooked. “There are very talented players here who deserve to get noticed,” he said.
Jasak experienced the difficulties of the recruiting process firsthand during his high school career. He played for Springfield Technical Community College, but he remembers how hard it was to get noticed and find the right school. He and the rest of the Western Mass Rebellion coaching staff are committed to helping players and parents wade through the system.
“Parents don’t always know what teams are good,” Jasak said. Through this program, the coaching staff will offer players as many resources as they can, including playing in showcase tournaments where scouts are present and contacting college coaches. The team’s first sponsor, Akadema, has also signed on to provide equipment.
Jasak said the staff is looking for 12 to 14 players who are sophomores, juniors or non-committed seniors. The plan is to start conditioning in December and break around March for the high school baseball season.
“We may have some open cage time during the season on Saturdays,” Jasak said. Training will happen at Powerhouse Training in East Longmeadow, Mass. In addition to coaching varsity baseball in Belchertown, Mass., Jasak trains players at the facility through the Advanced Performance Baseball School.
The team’s home field will be at Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass. Travel for games and tournaments will mostly occur in the northeast, but Jasak said they could travel farther for certain tournaments.
Try-outs for the Western Mass Rebellion will be in mid-September. Information on the team, try-outs and the coaching staff, which has playing experience ranging from junior college to the minors, can be found at www.wmrebellion.com.