Northwest Indiana Shockers Baseball

The official site of the John Mallee - Northwest Indiana Shockers Travel Baseball Club

Northwest Indiana Shockers Travel Baseball Club in Schererville is a 501 (c)3 non for profit organization committed to the development of young players on and off the field. 

Andy Loomis going over different types of pitches

John Mallee working with the 12u & 13u teams

John Mallee - Northwest indiana Shockers Travel Baseball Club & Baseball Training

NWI Shockers kicked off their 2016 season on November 1st.  Hitting Clinic with John Mallee, Pitching with Andy Loomis and infield with

Mick Curran.  Thanks to everyone who made the day outstanding! 

Mallee teaching the same hitting concepts and techniques as he does with Major League players

July 18, 2015.  John Burbridge

John Mallee was taking a break last Wednesday night before catching a flight to Atlanta the following day to get back to work. 

" I truly believe the second half of the season is going to be much better than the first half, not that the first half was a disappointment,"  said the Schererville resident, who is also the Cubs hitting coach.  "We have a very talented team, but other teams are talented, and some with more experince than us."

"It's a learning process.  The longer you stay in the league and know your opposition, the more likely you'll be able to make adjustments.  It's like in boxing...some guy knocks you out with a left hook, you're going to be prepared for that in the rematch."

As a former hitting coach with the Astros and Marlins, Mallee is familiar with working with young budding talent - - and not just at the major league level.

A baseball instructor in the offseason, Mallee founded the Indiana Shockers youth baseball organization in 2009.  In time, the program grew to seven teams.

"But when I was with the Astros, I was contemplating moving my family to the (Houston area),"  Mallee said.  "I felt I had to tell the players and families that I might be leaving to give them a chance to try out for other teams.  That's why we cut down to two teams."

But then Mallee was offered his current position in the Cubs.

"So I ended up staying here," he said, "and I hope to stay here for the rest of my life."

Now more firmly rooted in the region, Mallee is planning to rebuild the Shockers with teams ranging from 9u through 14u.

Obviously, Mallee will rely on a staff to manage and direct the teams during the season while he concentrates on his own team.  He will be more hands on during the winter months before spring training.

Mallee hopes the Shockers will field teams in time for the fall season.  He also hopes the Cubs will be active in the fall, particularly deep into October.

"We're seven games above.500 (47-40), and a lot of people said we wouldn't be that good at this point,"  Mallee said.  "I know our guys are going to continue to grow and get better.  It's time now to put the pedal to the metal."

Cubs Hitting Coach to rebuild Indiana Shockers

One parent describes their experience with the Shockers organization..."My son's experience with the Shockers has been excellent!  The training he received from you exceeded my expectations and I believe is unmatched in the Northwest Indiana area.  I have seen significant improvement in his level of play and confidence from the beginning of the season."

Ho Chunk Baseball Facility


Great Lakes Youth Sports Events

Northwest Indiana Shockers Travel Baseball Club in Schererville is a 501 (c)3 non for profit organization committed to the development of young players on and off the field. 

Founded in 2009 by Major League Baseball Hitting Coach John Mallee - Northwest Indiana Shockers Baseball Club and  baseball training are considered one of the top travel baseball programs in Northwest Indiana and Eastern Illinois.  Those players selected to one of the travel baseball teams will train and follow the same baseball training drills and practice structure that Minor and Major league teams utilize in professional baseball during the winter months.  Under the guidance of John Mallee, his professional instructors will help train the teams throughout the off season months.The goal is to make this the best learning and playing experience for all the players.

The Northwest Indiana Shockers travel baseball teams benefit by being part of a large, growing, and professionally run organization. 

Benefits include:

Professional Instructor's: 

Hand-picked by John Mallee, these instructors will train the managers, coaches and players at all ages so you know your son will be taught the proper way from the beginning of off season training through the end of the season's last game.

Large Indoor Practice Facilities:

 "Strength in numbers" - With the growing number of Shocker teams, we are able to secure the best indoor practice facility while maintaining the lowest costs for players families in the area. The Sparta Dome located in Crown Point, IN. is now our location for team practices and professionally run progressive clinics taught by our top-notch instructor's.

Hitting, Pitching and Catching Facilities:

It is very important to stay on top of your game by maintaining and fine tuning your skills throughout the off season. Our facility has two hitting lanes and one pitching/catching lane that can be used weekly with professional instructor's on-site.        

Tournaments & Games:

Teams are part of the Northern Illinois Metro League (NIML) which will play weekday games (8-10 games) beginning in April and ending in June.

The Shockers teams can expect to participates in various tournaments, sanctioned by several National baseball organizations, approximately 40-60+ games per year.

The managers of each team will determine how many tournaments their team will play and where they will be played. (Some may require a hotel stay) 

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Mick Curran breaking down infield mechanics with the 10u & 11u teams