Lafayette 2018 Advanced Baseball registration is now open! To register, please click here
The AB Spring Baseball program is for local 13 and 14 year olds (players born May 1, 2003 through April 30, 2005), and offers options for different levels of ability through both Gold and House teams. All players living in the Lafayette Little League boundaries (includes the entire cities of Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda) are eligible.
The most competitive teams are the 13 U Gold and 14 U Gold teams, designed for the all-star caliber player with advanced skills. Tryouts were held in November for these teams and the results are as follows:
AB 14 U Gold: Zack Anderson, Will Berrien, Miles Bergman, Anthony Bianchina, Sam Carlson, Jack Cusumano, Evan Malmquist, Connor McPhail, Dante Montgomery, Aiden Nelson, Luke Souza, Will Stryker.
AB 13 U Gold: Kyle Bielawski, Riley Bird, Dylan Breznikar, Matthew Daly, Cole Foster, Andrew Habas, Sean Harrington, Gabe Lund, Mason Michlitsch, Logan Mikalis, Luke Seeyle, Charlie Solari.
Thanks to all who attended evaluations and congratulations to our Gold teams.
House teams also require an evaluation and teams will be selected with the goal of creating competitive balance, with no cuts. Evaluations will be held near the end of January. House teams will play in local league against other house teams for a schedule of approximately 20 to 25 games. House teams are coached by parent volunteers, with additional periodic training from our AB coaches. There is no additional team fee.
Registration is open until January 18, 2018; however, a $100 late fee applies after December 20, 2017. The spring season runs from approximately February to June.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the upcoming season.
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Advanced Baseball ("AB") is a program for local 13 and 14 year olds who have "graduated" from Little League Majors, Pony Bronco, and 12u travel ball to continue playing local baseball. AB offers options for different levels of ability through both Gold and House teams.
In each division, AB stresses a more structured and disciplined environment geared toward preparing each player, regardless of ability, for the demands of baseball at the next level.
The Gold teams are the most competitive, designed for the all-star caliber player with advanced skills. Players must try out and be selected for these teams, and a greater time commitment is required of players. Gold teams play against other Gold level teams in the Diablo 680 League and occasional tournaments. Gold teams are coached by AB head coaches Jon Zuber and Clint Hoover. An additional team fee is required to participate.
Our house teams accommodate the less skilled and still developing player who wants to continue baseball beyond Little League. House teams are selected with the goal of creating competitive balance, with no cuts. House teams play in local leagues against other house teams, and are coached by parent volunteers, with additional periodic training from our AB coaches. There is no additional team fee.
The AB program provides a variety of options to transition every 13 & 14 year old player up to the full-size baseball diamond. Field dimensions include 50'/70', 54'/80', and 60'/90' depending upon the age and division.
Feel free to contact our Division VP with questions.
|14 Gold||2x/week||~ 25-35, incl tournaments||60/90|
|13 Gold||2x/week||~ 25-35, incl tournaments||54/80|
VP Advanced Baseball
Jon is not only a former big leaguer and one of the greatest players in Cal baseball history, but is also one of the top youth coaches in Northern California. Since 2012, Jon has been head coach of Zoots Baseball. Forty-four of his Zoots have gone on to play college ball; thirteen have been selected in the MLB draft. During five years as an assistant coach at Cal, Jon helped develop 7 All-Americans, 10 players who made it the major leagues, 3 first-round draft picks, another 6 drafted in the top five rounds, and another 8 drafted in the top ten rounds. In the 2007-08 seasons, Jon helped coach the Bears to consecutive .300+ team batting averages for the first time since 1991-92. Jon has also been head coach at Acalanes High School and lead instructor for Lamorinda Baseball Academy.
Jon played high school ball at Campolindo High School before moving on to the University of California. At Cal, Jon led the Bears to the 1991 NCAA Midwest Regional finals and the 1992 College World Series, and was named a three-time 1st Team All-Pac-10 selection, 1992 Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year, and 1992 NCAA East Regional MVP. He is Cal’s all-time career leader in hits (292), doubles (61), and putouts (1,299), and ranks third in runs scored (187), fourth in walks (137), and sixth in both batting average (.364) and RBI (148). Jon was an outstanding pitcher, too, ranking seventh in career saves at Cal (13). In 2003, he was inducted in the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame.
In 1992, Jon was drafted in the 12th round by the Philadelphia Phillies, and between 1996 and 1999 played first base and outfield for the major league club. As a minor leaguer, Jon was selected to six Minor League All-Star Games, set the single season record for doubles (37) while playing for Clearwater, and was the 1996 Scranton Wilkes-Barre Player of the Year. Jon’s professional career also included stints with the NY Yankees, Yokahama Baysters in Japan, and Milwaukee Brewers.
Following a strong collegiate career at Cal and professional career in the Houston Astros minor league system, Clint has established himself as one of the top baseball instructors in the region.
In addition to his work as a lead instructor for the AB Program, Clint is the lead hitting coach for Acalanes High School (2016 NCS Champions) and a private hitting instructor, and was previously a head coach with the Lamorinda Baseball Academy. He has coached more than fifty players who have gone on to play college baseball, and six who have made it to the professional ranks. The local high school rosters are filled with players developed under Clint’s instruction.
Clint’s baseball foundation was honed as a shortstop at Campolindo High School in the mid-90s, where he was a three-time selection as First Team All-League and team MVP.
Clint continued his playing career at the University of California, Berkeley and was an instrumental part of the success of the program in the late 90s. While primarily a first baseman, Clint displayed his versatility, also seeing action at second, third, and catcher. In the Cal record books, Clint sits 4th in RBI and 5th in home runs on the all-time career leader’s list.
At the conclusion of Clint’s decorated career at Cal, he was drafted in 2001 by the Houston Astros organization. He spent his minor league career in the New York-Penn League where he played for the Pittsfield Astros and Tri City Valley Cats. Almost immediately after finishing his stint as a player, Hoover began his foray into coaching