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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...

About Our 2017 Teams

The teams, competitiveness levels, and developmental focus areas for Nokona Baseball's 2017 season are:

  • 18U Nokona Chiefs College Commitment Team -- The Nokona 18U College Commit team is comprised of players who have committed to a college, will be entering their freshman year in the fall to play baseball, and are looking for a place to play during the summer. Games and tournaments will be played regionally, with less emphasis on travel than Nokona's College Prospect teams.
  • 17U Nokona Chiefs College Prospects Team -- The Nokona 17U College Prospect team is comprised of predominantly rising seniors in high school whose desire it is to play college baseball and who are looking for a summer schedule in which they will be provided exposure to a number of college coaches through local, regional and national tournaments, as well as through Nokona's own college showcase events.
  • 16U Nokona Chiefs Prospects Team -- The Nokona Chiefs 16U team is comprised of a mix of rising sophomores and juniors in high school whose desire it is to play college baseball. The 16U summer schedule is a bit heavier in terms of the number of travel and showcase events both regionally and nationally, with a strong emphasis on college exposure. For many players this is the summer when they begin to get recognized and followed by college coaches and the preliminary stages of recruitment begin.
  • 16U Nokona Braves Prospects Team -- The 16U Nokona Braves team is comprised of a mix of rising sophomores and juniors in high school whose desire it is to play college baseball. The 16U summer schedule is focused more regionally, with one national event and less emphasis on  travel as the 16U Chiefs Prospect Team.
  • 15U Nokona Chiefs Prospects Team -- The 15U Nokona Chiefs team is comprised predominantly of rising sophomores in high school whose desire it is to play college baseball. The 15U summer schedule is focused on playing in well-attended local, regional and national events that provide maximum college exposure for the players.
  • 14U Nokona Chiefs Team - The 14U Nokona Chiefs team is a continuation year on the big diamond with an emphasis on preparing the player for the next level. With fundamentals in place, the goal at this age group is to not only continue to hone individual skills but to develop the baseball mindset so that players can mature and grow in a team environment with a clearer understanding of the game. The extended season includes multiple competitive tournaments where players can showcase their talents in preparation for their high school careers.
  • 14U Nokona Braves Team
  • 13U Nokona Chiefs Team -- The 13U Nokona Chiefs team is the transition year to the full-size diamond (60' 6" from the rubber on the mound to the leading edge of home plate, with 90-foot basebaths).  The team convenes in the fall to get the players started and for coaches to gain a better understanding of what the developmental needs are for individual players. Emphasis during winter months is placed on mechanics as well as strength and conditioning to prepare the player for the extended spring/summer season and tournament play that includes wood bat and BBCOR (Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution) bat restrictions.
  • 13U Nokona Braves Team
  • 12U Nokona Chiefs Team -- The 12U Nokona Chiefs team is a key transition year to prepare the players for the big diamond at the 13U level. The focus is on providing another year of strong foundational baseball skills and knowledge development as the players compete during their final season on the smaller diamond. As players grow in stature, physical abilities and understanding of the game, they are groomed to transition to the big diamond the following year. The team convenes in the fall to get players on track with their physical conditioning and skills development, and for coaches to gain further insight into the progress and developmental needs of each individual player. As with most other levels in the Nokona Baseball program emphasis during the winter months is on mechanics as well as strength and conditioning to prepare the player for the spring season and tournament play that stretches into late summer.
  • 11U Nokona Chiefs Team -- The 11U Nokona Chiefs team is a transition year to the intermediate diamond (50-foot mound-to-home distance, and 70-foot basepaths) for the players.  The focus is on providing another strong developmental foundation for the players as with the 10U players, coupled with the continued teaching of transitional elements, such as leading from bases, stealing, and working from a stretch as pitchers. Players compete under open-base rules. This is all in preparation for the set-up year when they transition to the big diamond at the 13U level.  The team convenes in the fall to get the players started and to give coaches a better understanding of the developmental needs of each individual player. Emphasis during winter months is on mechanics as well as continued light strength and conditioning begun at the 10U level, in order to prepare the players for the spring season and tournament play.
  • 10U Nokona Chiefs Team -- The 10U Nokona Chiefs team is an introductory year for the players to the Nokona Baseball program.  The focus is to provide a strong developmental foundation, coupled with the teaching of some transitional elements, such as leading from a base, stealing, and working from a stretch while pitching. The players compete on a diamond with a 46-foot distance from the mound to home plate, and 65-foot basepaths. This is all in preparation for the following year, when they transition to a 50-foot mound-to-home distance, and 70-foot basepaths—commonly called an "intermediate diamond."  The team convenes in the fall to get the players ramped up for the coming season, and for coaches to gain a better understanding of what the developmental needs are for each individual player. Emphasis during winter months is on mechanics as well as an introduction to light strength and conditioning to prepare the player for the spring season and tournament play.