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SLAMMERS BASEBALL CLUB The Slammers are a highly competitive baseball program that competes against some of the Bay Area’s top programs. The Slammers have been around...

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13u Slammers Spring Information

11/16/2016 9:36 PM -


The Slammers are a highly competitive baseball program that competes against some of the Bay Area’s top programs. The Slammers have been around since 2003 and have been a 680 Diablo League (680diabloleague.com) participant since its inception. The Slammers objective is to develop fundamentally sound baseball players who will compete at the high school levels and beyond. The Slammers coaching staff emphasizes development through one-on-one instruction emphasizing a teaching environment during practices and games. The Slammers have a great reputation throughout the Bay Area and have successfully guided players through their high school careers.


Our philosophy of coaching is inspired by the philosophy of teaching. We teach so that our players can teach themselves. We encourage our players to develop a lifelong commitment to personal growth through their own experiences. As  coaches  we  are facilitators  of  learning, skillfully helping  players  understand  their  objectives  and assisting  them  in  finding  ways  to achieve them on their own.  In order to accomplish this we strive to emphasize the importance of the fundamentals, skill acquisition and skill mastery. In order to meet this responsibility we must be prepared to coach in a diverse environment, accomplished by emphasizing these five concepts of coaching:

Knowledge of the Sport – The coaches have years of experience

Enthusiasm – We will encourage a fun atmosphere

Motivation – We will push each player to their maximum capabilities

Empathy – The coaching staff have been in the player's shoes before

Communication – Positive communication equals a strong relationship


To develop baseball players who are dedicated to achieving excellence in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.


The 13u Slammers are the primary step to the Slammers development paradigm. The 13u Slammers’ main objective is to emphasize the beginning teachings of fundamental to advance baseball concepts. Our goal is to develop sound baseball players who will transition into the 14u Slammers program who are then guided through the high school tryout process.

What skills will the 13u Slammers be developing throughout the spring?

The spring season will consist of skill development which will include the following content:  


Part I: Offense Part II: Defense Part III: Catching  Part IV: Pitching
Hitting - Approaches
Situational Hitting
Base Running
Throwing Technique
Infield Footwork
Outfield Footwork
Playing multiple positions
Bunt Defenses
Situation Defense
Catching Technique:
2. Blocking form
3. Footwork
Pitching Mechanics
Changing Speeds
Locating Pitches
Holding Runners
Pitcher Fielding Practice

2017 13u Slammers spring program logistics

League: 680 Diablo League

League Games: 20+

Non-League Games: 5+

Tournaments: 2-3

League Championship Tournament: 1

Practice Days:  2 per week – Wednesdays (Stables) and Fridays (Rancho)

Practice Times: TBD

Practice schedule will be posted on our Team Website: TEAM SCHEDULE (CLICK HERE)

Practice Locations:

1.     Rancho San Ramon Park – 1998 Rancho Park Loop, San Ramon, CA 94582

  • The new facility includes a warm up area - running Track, two 80 ft. Cages and a new baseball field that is suitable for the high school players in our program. 
  • Pregame batting practice is now a valuable option for us, and when a team does not have a game, we will have batting practice on the field.
  • Adding this new field to our list has been a huge uplift to our training methods, and we have the field six days a week with lights now
  • We will be using Rancho San Ramon to its capacity.

2.     Slammers Stables Facility – 8115 Camino Tassajara Livermore, Ca

  • 2 indoor cages
  • 2 outdoor cages
  • Dirt skinned infield
  • 40 ft. x 70 ft. Turf warm up area
  • Video analysis system set up inside the cages
  • Multiple bullpen area

Home Field:

1.     Rancho San Ramon Park – 1998 Rancho Park Loop, San Ramon, CA 94582

How are the practices formatted?

13u Slammers: Teams will have individual practices with their assigned coaching staff. Practice will run 2 hrs. Long. The coaching staff will evaluate players after each practice and give feedback to players about their overall performance collectively. The first portion of practices will be broken up by positions. Coaches specializing in specific skills will run players through drills that will begin from introductory levels to advance as the season progresses.

Spring season timeline:

The spring season will officially begin December 1st and end the first week of June at our 680 Diablo League Championship tournament.

We will then begin our summer tournament season.

680 Diablo League:

The 680 Diablo League has been in existence for over 12 years, and is made up of Interlocking Baseball Leagues throughout the East Bay in Northern California. The league has 70+ teams comprised of seven divisions: 9u, 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u, 13/14u, and 14u. These teams will play against one another throughout the spring season, followed by our league playoffs and championships at Twin Creeks Sports Complex. A group of Interlock Representatives manages the league. Participants in the 680 Diablo League include:

Danville – Moraga - Livermore – Dublin - Martinez - Walnut Creek - Concord – Pittsburg – Brentwood – Orinda – Piedmont – Lafayette - Pleasant Hill

When are game days?

During our regular 680 Diablo League play we will compete in a weekend series. One day will be designated for a double header while the following day will conclude with a single game.

Non-league games will be scheduled on open weekends and or during the spring week days.

Tournament Participation: During the spring season the Slammers will participate in a pre-season USSSA tournament, an in season tournament and possibly a Memorial Day weekend tournament.  

The Slammers will also participate in the 680 Diablo League championships during the 1st week of June.

Tournament Directors:

1. Playnctb.com

2. Playallworld.com

3. TPRbaseball.com

What are the Spring Fees?

The 13u Slammers spring fees for the 2017 season will be $1295. The pricing is all inclusive. League play, tournaments, insurance, facility use and player uniform (no pants) are included.

The monthly breakdown is about $215 a month.

A non-refundable player deposit of $225 will be due once a commitment has been given and the remaining balance is due 30 days into the season. Please refer to our player payment policy (click here).

Payment plans are available with Board approval.

Register online:

Go to Slammersbc.org - Hover over "Contact Us” and click "Register a player"

Click here to Register your player 

Contact Information

For personal evaluations or more information, please contact

Marco Cartagena - 925.209.1564 EMAIL: coachmtraining@gmail.com

Jay Almendral – 925.726.8737 EMAIL: ajcraftmendral@gmail.com



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