The official site of the Northwest Indiana Shockers Travel Baseball Club
Northwest Indiana Shockers Baseball Club 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
Mallee teaching the same hitting concepts and techniques as he does with Major League players
Ho Chunk Baseball Facility
Great Lakes Youth Sports Events
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!
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."
Founded in 2009 by Major League Baseball Hitting Coach John Mallee, the Northwest Indiana Shockers summer travel baseball teams are considered one of the top programs in Northwest Indiana and Eastern Illinois. Those players selected will train and follow the same training drills and practice structure that Minor and Major league teams utilize in professional baseball during the winter months. The goal is to make this the best learning and playing experience for all the players.
As part of the Northern Illinois Metro League (NIML), the season runs April through July, with try-outs taking place in August then practices and workouts starting in November.
The Shockers teams participates in various tournaments, sanctioned by several National baseball organizations, approximately 40-60 games per year.
John Mallee, along with his professional staff, will help train the team throughout the fall, winter and early spring months. The team will practice once a week during the winter at an indoor training facility for 1 1/2 hrs per week. Players will have the option to hit 2-3 times each week in our indoor batting cages. Each team will be limited to 12 players to insure everyone gets maximum playing time.
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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."
2017 Season Tryout Dates
All Tryout Dates and times are specific per each team
Contact the Manager to secure your tryout spot!
All Teams will be looking to add some new players
10u (Manager Cordero Torres)
12u Blue (Manager Rick Renner)
12u Grey (Manager Brian Born)
13u (Manager Mike Small)
14u Blue (Manager Rick Wiening)
14u Grey (Manager Brian Neyhart)
NWI Shockers on 2017!
Due to the overwhelming amount of players in the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland area. The NWI Shockers have decided to expand our program in 2017. Our organization success is based on great families and outstanding players who all have the desire to become the best players on and off the field. Our goal for the 2017 season is to field teams in the age groups of 9u,10u,11u,12u,13u,14u,15u, and a high school exposure team that consists of 16-18u players.
If you are interested in becoming a Manager or coach we are currently taking applications for the 2017 season. If you are a player interested in playing for the NWI Shockers our tryouts for 2017 season will be held in late July. (times and dates TBA)
Please contact us to set up an interview or if you would like more information about the NWI Shockers.
Mick Curran breaking down infield mechanics with the 10u & 11u teams