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In Memoriam: Eric Schwartz
The Nokona Baseball family lost one of its own on November 15, 2017 with the passing of long-time coach, Nokona dad and good friend, Eric Schwartz.  Eric epitomized the Nokona spirit and touched the lives of many players and their families.

He was most in his element on the baseball diamond or at the Nokona Athletic Center, surrounded by kids eager to learn from what he did best: coach and mentor up-and-coming ballplayers with an emphasis on practice, perseverance and excellence.

Eric was a valued coach and will perhaps be best remembered by the countless hours of batting practice that he would throw at the NAC.  He had a "rubber" arm and selflessly devoted his time throwing to anyone and everyone regardless of age, group or team.

We are grateful for everything Eric did for the Nokona Baseball program and he will be deeply missed. His family has requested that the Nokona program set up a memorial fund in Eric's name that will be used for future scholarships. To contribute to the scholarship fund, please send donations to:

Eric Schwartz Scholarship Fund 
c/o Nokona Baseball
60 Pleasant Street
Ashland, MA  01721

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Jack Ambrose Joins Nokona As Instructor

Nokona Baseball is very pleased to announce the hiring of Jack Ambrose as a full-time instructor and coach to the Nokona staff. A former standout collegiate player at Western Kentucky and later Northern Kentucky, Jack has been instructing and coaching at various levels for the past six years, including high school, travel baseball and the Lou Tompkins All-Star Baseball League.

Jack adds in-depth knowledge and insight to Nokona Baseball's hitting, pitching and fielding instruction programs. We welcome the addition of such an experienced and talented teacher and coach to our staff. Jack will be starting full time on the Sept. 1, 2017 and will be available for lessons at that time.

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Nokona Dominates Elite Brown University Tournament

Nokona Baseball displayed a "show of force" at this year's New England Elite Tournament at Brown University in Providence, RI. Both the Nokona 17U and Nokona 18U teams went undefeated in pool play and faced each other in the championship game—a win-win for the Nokona Baseball program, competing against some of the best elite baseball squads in Southern New England.

Nokona Fields All-Stars at 10U, 11U, 12U Levels

Nokona 12U's Elite Baseball All-Stars

Nokona 11U's Elite Baseball All-Stars

Nokona 10U's Elite Baseball All-Stars

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Nokona Custom Gloves Now Arriving!

Nokona Baseball teams with players of ages 10-14 years compete regionally in the Elite Baseball League (EBL), while the college prospect teams with players of ages 15-18 compete at a variety of college showcase events locally, regionally and nationally.

Competitive tournaments across the region and around the country are hosted by Perfect Game, CABA, Triple Crown, USSSA, ECTB, Pastime and other elite baseball organizations. 

Player selection takes place in late summer/early fall and workouts begin in late fall at our indoor training facility located at 60 Pleasant Street, Ashland, MA (the NAC). The Nokona Baseball outdoor season begins in the spring as the weather permits.  Learn more...

Nokona in the News

Nokona Baseball graduates have gone on to continue their academic and athletic excellence at these colleges and universities:

Nokona's Javy Vazquez on the field for BP at the ALDS with Houston's Jose Altuve

Nokona 17's (uncommitted) Sam Rohrer '18 and (uncommitted) Sean Birch '18 combined for a no-hitter last night in Nokona's 1-0 win at the Boston Invitational.

John Donnellan, catcher for the 13U Nokona Chiefs—2017 Concord Cannons Showdown champs—crouches in behind the plate.

Nokona 13Us Win Concord Cannons Showdown

Congratulations to the Nokona 13U Chiefs on capturing the Championship in the 2017 13U Concord Cannons Showdown.

Nokona Alumni Win NEWMAC Crown

Congratulations also to Nokona Alumni Mark Webber, Matt Cuneo and Sean Harrington of the Babson College baseball team, which won the 2017 NEWMAC conference championship. The Babson Beavers now move on to the NCAA Regionals to be held in Harwich, MA.

Class in Session at 'theNAC'

Nokona Athletic Club Staff

Bottom (left to right): Matt Healy, Jeff Paulsen, Brandon Anderson. Top left to right, Dan Sullivan, Geoff Cuneo, Gerry Carroll. For biographical information including baseball and coaching experience, click here.(missing from photo: Mike Lyon)

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Nokona Baseball Announces New Free Custom Glove Program for All Nokona Players

Nokona Baseball is very excited to announce its new Free Custom Glove Program for all Nokona Players for next year's season.

In 2017, Nokona Baseball will provide all ballplayers in its program with a free custom personalized Nokona Ballglove (a $400.00 value). Since 1934 Nokona has been handcrafting premium ballgloves and today remains the nation's oldest baseball glove company—and manufacturer of the only baseball glove still made in the USA. The Nokona Baseball program is pleased to be able to provide our ballplayers with one of the finest products made for baseball today. The glove design and color is custom and specific to our Nokona Baseball program.

Nokona Baseball — Home of "theNAC", a premier training and development athletic center in Ashland, MA designed specifically for Nokona ballplayers. Click here to learn more...

Nokona Alumni Skidmore Outperforms in Cape League Play

Nokona Alumni Brendan Skidmore crushes a home run for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He currently leads the Y-D Red Sox in home runs (3), RBIs (19), is second in hits with 30 and at-bats with 130. Congratulations, Brendan, on an outstanding summer on the Cape.

Four Original 2005 Nokona Players at Collegiate All-Star Game

Four members of the original 2005 Nokona Baseball team at the Future's Collegiate Baseball All-Star Game at Fitton Field in Worcester MA, July 13th 2016. From left to right, John Friday (Franklin Pierce College, Rindge NH), Matt Cuneo (Babson College, Wellesley MA), Ryan Sullivan (Southern New Hampshire University, Hooksett NH) and Luke Cuneo (Furman University, Greenville SC).