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Nokona Baseball Parents and Ballplayers,

The Nokona Baseball program is happy to provide a Christmas Giving Tree again this year at the Nokona Athletic Club, with the goal of helping families in need in our community.

The Christmas tree in our café area is decorated with "ornaments", each describing specific gifts or ideas for families we have identified locally who can benefit from our assistance. It's a unique opportunity to participate in the holidays with a true spirit of giving. Please stop in at the Nokona Athletic Club or, if you are a parent, have your ballplayer grab an ornament or two off the tree; the ornaments indicate what to shop for.

We ask that gifts be delivered back to Nokona Baseball and placed under the tree, unwrapped but with the ornaments attached (so we can identify the recipient families).

Please direct questions or comments to me:

Email: Geoff Cuneo <geoff.cuneo@nokonabaseball.org>

Thank you for contributing, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Geoff Cuneo, Co-Founder
GC Baseball Club LLC
dba Nokona Baseball


Dates/Times for December Season Kick-Off Clinics Series

Saturday, December 1st , 8th and 15th:

  • (10U, 11U, 12U): 8:30am - 10:00am
  • (13U, 14U Chiefs, 14U Braves): 10:15am - 11:45am
  • (15U Chiefs, 15U Braves, 16U Braves): 12:15pm - 1:45pm
  • (16U Chiefs, 17U Braves, 17U Chiefs, 18's): 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Players new to the Nokona Baseball system: Don't miss glove fitting Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Nokona Athletic Club!

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NOTE: Fall Ball Registration is now open; see below.

Weather Advisory Information for All Events

Please note that adverse weather may affect scheduling and/or location of games, practices, tryouts and other events on the field.

We will immediately post any changes to schedules and locations right here on our website; we encourage ballplayers and parents to "bookmark" this site and check it frequently during Tryout sessions and the game season to see whether any events have been postponed due to inclement weather. This information will normally appear at the very top of the Home page, and is accessible via a Web browser using a mobile device, tablet or computer.

Information About Cut-Off Dates for Age Groups

Please note that the age requirement cut-off date is May 1. So, for example, a ballplayer who turns 11 prior to May 1 of a given year qualifies for the 11U Nokona Baseball team(s). A ballplayer who turns 11 on or after May 1 of a given year qualifies for the 12U team(s), but does not qualify for any 11U team(s).

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.

Looking to contact coaches and trainers about schedules and offerings? Click here.

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


New for Nokona Baseball 2019 — Show Belts, T-Shirts, Caps and Visors

New for 2019: Nokona’s newest Show Belts... Fully custom leather belts now being worn by MLB teams. Who’s next in the Nokona Baseball Program? We will be displaying these belts and taking orders on Saturday, Dec. 1 at our Clinic Series at the Nokona Athletic Club.

Also new for 2019: Blackout Game hats, Coach visors, Trucker hats and our new Nokona T-shirt commemorating the year Nokona Baseball was established: 2005.


Nokona in the News

U.S. Naval Academy
Hosts Practice
For 2018 Nokona 17U Team

The Nokona Baseball 17U squad recently competed in the Dynamic Baseball tournament in Maryland, where the U.S. Naval Academy graciously offered use of their field to the Nokona team for practice.




2018 Nokona 18U Team


Nokona 16 Chiefs Compete at 2018 WWBA, Lakepoint GA

Thomas Wilson

Griffin Cofsky

Nick Croteau

Matt Shaw

Ryan Donahue


Nokona 11U Team Captures 2018 EBL Division 1 Championship


Epic ISL Battle Between Nokona Teammates

Starting pitchers Aidan Park and Jack Schwartz, Nokona Baseball teammates on last year’s 16U team, celebrate their camaraderie after their classic pitching duel last week where Nobles & Greenough School edged out Buckingham, Browne and Nichols by a score of 2-0 in ISL play. Park was outstanding on the mound; Schwartz pitched a gem. From left, Nobles Assistant Coach Brandon Anderson (who is also a Nokona Baseball coach), BB&N starting pitcher Park, Nobles starting pitcher Schwartz and Nobles left fielder Owen O’Connor.


Congratulations to Springfield College player and Nokona Alumni Sean Babineau on being named "2018 NEWMAC Conference Pitcher of the Year."

Class in Session at 'the NAC'

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.

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...



Houston's Altuve and
Nokona's Vazquez
on the Field at Fenway


Nokona Baseball's Javy Vazquez on the field for BP with the Houston Astro's José Altuve

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).