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Valentine's Day at Residences of Deer Creek
The NWI Shockers 12u team spent their Valentine's Day playing bingo with the patrons of Residences of Deer Creek. It was a great honor to be able to meet all the people who were able to attend. The boys got to tell some of their stories and more importantly they got to hear about some great stories of how baseball was played years ago!
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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."
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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.
Congratulations Jack Huber for being selected to represent Game Day USA 13u in the Disney New Year's Baseball Classic December 29th, 2015 - January 2nd 2016. Jack was chosen from over 2,550 players to participate in this event!
Arizona Diamondbacks select former NWI Shocker Jesse Wilkening
in the 26th round of the MLB Draft.
14u Team is still holding private tryouts. Looking for 1-2 top level players interested in playing.
Contact Robert Wineland at: firstname.lastname@example.org
for a private tryout!
Congratulations goes out to former NWI Shocker alumni Jesse Wilkening for being selected in the 26th round of the Major League Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jesse has also signed a scholarship with the University of Nebraska and set the Indiana High School All-Time hits record!
Cubs Hitting Coach to rebuild Indiana Shockers
Congratulations Aidan Turner for being selected for the 13u Game Day USA All Star game in Sarasota over Thanksgiving Weekend.
Congratulations Enrique Kinney, Joe Joe Dispoy and Jack Huber for attending Game Day USA All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis Indiana. Enrique and Jack winning the 12u All-Star Championship and each hitting home runs during the tournament. Excellent job boys!
Mallee makes Regional cut for team USA
Congratulations Austin Mallee for making the Regional cut for team USA.
Good Luck in North Carolina!
Limited spots are still available for our 10u team.
If interested contact Don Sullivan at
email@example.com for a private tryout!
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."