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Bren Spillane recipient of the 2018 “Passion for the Game” Award
Thu Dec 6, 2018 - John Sarna
The Chicago Scouts Association is pleased to announce Brenden (Bren) Spillane as the 2018 recipient of the Charlie Donovan Memorial “Passion for the Game” Award. The award, which is sponsored by the Chicago Scouts Association, is given to an individual who has exhibited passion for their craft within the game or business of baseball.
Sponsorship Opportunities for 2019
Sat Nov 17, 2018 - John Sarna
Come join the Chicago Scouts Association in providing high school aged baseball players with FREE opportunities in the Chicagoland area and beyond.
Hoosier Bat Underclass Player Highlights
Tue Sep 25, 2018 - Blake Dowson
32 teams traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin from September 22-23 to play in the Hoosier Bat Underclass Showcase. Chicago Scouts Association caught up with a number of players to get to know them a little better and see what their goals are moving forward in their careers.
You Can't Overlook Owen Miller Anymore
Thu Sep 13, 2018 - Blake Dowson (Photo by Tim Campbell)
Miller, formerly of Hitters Baseball, was overlooked coming out of high school. That can no longer be said, as the Mequon, Wisconsin native is tearing it up in his first season of professional ball in the San Diego Padres organization.
2018 Silver & Black Series Standouts
Wed Aug 29, 2018 - Blake Dowson
'21 and '22 grads traveled to Mequon, Wisconsin on August 25-26 to participate in the 2018 Silver & Black Series, hosted by Chicago Scouts Association.
The Mirror of Baseball and Life: The Path of Bren Spillane
Wed May 30, 2018 - Dan Napper
Baseball and life mirror one another absurdly well. Baseball, like life, is filled with ups and downs, highs and lows. More often than not, as a hitter, the 0-4 days filled with three strikeouts arrive more than the game winning Joe Carter type homeruns. The true test with baseball is the same as life: how well do you bounce back? How do you press the reset button the day after grounding into a double play with the bases loaded and one out to end the game with your team down by one? How do you stay commit
Skyscraper Conference set for 2019
Fri Apr 6, 2018 - Dan Napper
A Chance to Touch the Clouds People who have been around high school baseball over the last twenty years will tell you that the problems facing the sport center around one element: travel baseball. “It’s been watered down.” “Too many dad’s coaching their kid.” “Ten different teams for one town.” The list goes on and on. But, what is missed throughout these complaints are the people working with young adults who are teaching the game the right way. And they are doing it for one simple reason,
Chicago Scouts Association identified as a Pitch Smart Full Compliance Organization
Wed Jan 10, 2018 - Dan Berg
CSA joins such influential baseball organizations as American Legion, Little League Baseball, Cal Ripken, Cape Cod Baseball League, Perfect Game and many more.
Chris Singleton recipient of the 2017 “Passion for the Game” Award
Thu Dec 7, 2017 - John Sarna
The Chicago Scouts Association is pleased to announce Chris Singleton as the 2017 recipient of the Charlie Donovan Memorial “Passion for the Game” Award. The award, which is sponsored by the Chicago Scouts Association, is given to an individual who has exhibited passion for their craft within the game or business of baseball.
The Next Great Rivalry
Sun Jun 18, 2017 - Dan Napper, Correspondent
The beauty of competition is that it brings out the absolute best in the absolute best of any particular sport. When an athlete is forced to channel the last ounce of energy that their body contains to pull their team to a victory. It creates a rush of adrenaline and the hairs on the back of the neck begin to stand. The crowd fades away and it comes down to just that moment in time. The world around goes quiet and the focus becomes so adept that time itself seems to slow down. The only thought running
Alek Thomas: Playing Through Pressure
Fri Feb 10, 2017 - Dan Napper, Correspondent
When you reach a point in life, around say the age of 18, you have to make a decision that can be very daunting and intimidating. High school comes to a close and you have to finally realize what you are going to do with your life. Are you off to college, junior college, the work force, military, or perhaps a trade school. What happens though when you are a highly sought after high school athlete who has a decision to make well before most kids. If you happen to be Alek Thomas that decision comes much so
Pierson Gibis recipient of the 2016 “Passion for the Game” Award
Sun Dec 4, 2016 - John Sarna
The Chicago Scouts Association is pleased to announce Pierson Gibis as the 2016 receipient of the Charlie Donovan Memorial “Passion for the Game” Award. The award, which is sponsored by the Chicago Scouts Association, is given to an individual who has exhibited passion for their craft within the game or business of baseball.
Jarred Kelenic: Midwest Motivation
Tue Nov 22, 2016 - Dan Napper, Correspondent
So where does the story start? Jarred is not Robert Redford playing catch with his dad in the wheat field with the ball just firing out of his hand from a young age. Jarred is a kid who played every sport as a young boy and began to fall in love with baseball more and more as his teen years approach. Once he realized where his potential could go to he became the kid who refused to be anything better than great.
Banner year for the Jupiter Fall Team in the MLB Draft
Tue Nov 22, 2016 - John Sarna
Eight players from the 2015 roster selected in the 2016 MLB Draft with 5 alums selected as well.
I-94 League's Path to the Draft
Tue Nov 22, 2016 - Dan Napper, Correspondent
You strain against the sun in your eyes as your glove rises awkwardly to block it from your view. You lose sight for a moment of the ball as it passes into the blinding sphere of fire above you and you stumble trying to track as it descends rapidly towards you. In an instant you are unsure if it is going to hit you in the face or fall safely into your glove and then in a split second you pick it up again and settle comfortably underneath.
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