Page updated December 20 2016
Schedule & Format (12u-Rookies)
Monday, December 26th – Arrival & Check-in 12:00pm to 10:00pm Player Check-in Hilton Hotel – Downtown Miami – CONCERTO A Room
12:00pm to 10:00pm– Players will receive their uniform and pick/choose their POWER SHOWCASE Home Run Derby batting order.
FYI – PLAYERS ARE TO BRING THEIR EQUIPMENT (gloves/turfs) TO THE BALL PARK EVERY DAY, AS THEY WILL HAVE MANDATORY SHAGGING TIME SLOTS.
FOOD/DRINKS are permitted in the stadium. ADMISSION is free.
Also, parents and coaches, I strongly suggest a group text for communication and a daily meeting spot for player check-in.
Tuesday, December 27th – 7:30am to 11:00am – MLB Scout Day & Welcome Dinner 3:00pm to 6:00pm
7:30am – Player Check-in will be third base dugout with your respective team/coach.
7:45am – 8:00am – Scout Speech Intro – Pittsburg Pirates Nick Presto
8:00am – 11:00am – Defense & Batting Practice
3:00pm to 6:00pm – Welcome Lunch/Dinner
Wednesday, December 28th – 12U ROOKIES (FUTURE STARS) POWER SHOWCASE HOME RUN DERBY PRELIMINARY ROUND & Mental Strength Session with Michael Cooper – Marlins Media Room
During the preliminary round, each participant will receive 15 outs with the bat of their choice. The field dimension will be 225ft-225ft-225ft. The pitching machine will be set at a velocity of 50 mph from a distance of 50 feet.
The top two finalists will advance to the Championship Round on December 30th 1:00 – 3:00 PM
*WILDCARD: If a Player hits the furthest Home Run and does not finish in the top two, then he will also advance to the finals.
1.) Preliminary Round POWER SHOWCASE Home Run Derby
7:30am to 7:45am – Player Check-in with Eddie & Jerry Gonzales at the Third base dugout.
8:00am to 8:30am – Player Introductions
8:45am – National Anthem performed by Jennae Katic
9:00am to 12:00pm – Future Stars Rookies POWER SHOWCASE Preliminary Round Begins – It is MANDATORY that all players shagg and catchers catch during the derby.
2.) TEAM MEETINGS – You will meet your Head Coach at the Diamond Club Entrance and walk as a team to the visitor’s clubhouse (PLAYERS ONLY).
4:30pm to 5:00pm – National League – Visitors Clubhouse – Coach Jerry Gonzalez
5:00pm to 5:30pm – American League – Visitors Clubhouse – Coach Todd Fitz-Gerald
3.) BOTH TEAMS – MEETING WITH MICHAEL COOPER – HUMAN PERFORMANCE MENTORS – PARENTS ARE 100% ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND – Location – Marlins Media Room
5:45pm Players Check in at Marlins Media Room
6:00pm to 7:00pm – Michael Cooper – Human Performance Mentors
4.) Mandatory Shagging – Three-hour time-slot.
7:15pm to 10:15pm – Players will be escorted from the media room by their Head Coach to the field. Enter the field through the Third Base dugout.
Thursday, December 29th – 12U Rookies All-American Game – 3:00pm to 6:00pm (three-hour time limit)
OFFENSIVE MVP ANNOUNCED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE GAME
Coaches, kindly have your line-up cards filled out and ready to be handed in one hour before your scheduled game time. Josh Turner will be by to retrieve it from you.
Please keep in mind that the actual starting time of the game may vary and will be dictated by the length of the two Preliminary Round Home Run Derby groups taking place beforehand.
2:30pm – Player/Team Check-in – Coaches please have a designated place to meet.
Once an assessment has been made on a projected starting time – address accordingly.
National – First base dugout – Head Coach Jerry Gonzalez – Hand in Line-up cards.
American – Third base dugout – Head Coach Todd Fitz-Gerald – Hand in Line-up cards.
Players get loose (pitchers/catchers & coach to bullpen)
Depending on time constraints, we might have player introductions. Again, everything depends on the length of the home run derby.
3:00pm to 3:05pm – Home plate meeting Coaches & Umpires
3:05pm to 3:10pm – Players Line-up on respective first/third foul line
3:10pm to 3:15pm – National Anthem performed by JILLIAN FLAHERTY
3:20pm – First Pitch