2021 TACONIC RANGERS 9th-12th Grade Fall College Prep Prospect Program-
For rising 9th-12th Grade players in the Fall of 2021 (2025, 2024, 2023, 2022 HS Graduates) who are interested in playing college baseball and who are interested in joining the Taconic Rangers organization for the Summer of 2022.
The 9th-12th Grade Fall College Prep Prospect Program will be directed by former NY Mets Minor Leaguer and current Taconic Rangers North Travel Program Director, Al Hammell.
-We will use the 9th-12th Grade Fall College Prep Prospect Program to evaluate interested players to help us develop our college showcase level 15U, 16U, 17U rosters for the Summer of 2022.
-The Taconic Rangers will also be developing an 18U+ Taconic Rangers college summer league roster. This team will participate in the Hudson Valley Collegiate Baseball League (HVCBL) during the Summer of 2022. Rising 12th Graders will be eligible for the 18U+ college roster HVCBL and are encouraged to participate in our Fall Prospect Program for development purposes if they are interested in playing in the HVCBL in the Summer of 2022.
The 9th-12th Grade Fall College Prep Prospect Program will consist of:
-2 weekends of Optional "Role-Call" Showcase Tournament Play 16U, 17/18U- Labor Day and Columbus Day Weekends- Extra Cost/Details TBA
-4 weekends of Saturday/Sunday baseball sessions with a work-session/development workout each Saturday and then a college coach/campus showcase day each Sunday.
- Saturday baseball workout/development sessions will run for approximately 2 hours each week at the Dutchess Community College Baseball Field. Players can choose to attend these workouts depending on their own weekly fall schedule. Each Saturday session will consist of baseball development/skill work session for players looking to play a position in the Taconic Rangers program. Pitchers can come throw long-toss, do flat-ground work, and throw a bullpen on these days. Players are also encouraged to visit and attend college campuses or attend college campus prospect camps on their own on Saturdays in the fall.
- Sunday Showcase baseball sessions will include a player development workout session in and then we will transition to Red/Blue Rangers game play with pitchers throwing live sets to hitters with either the college coach present at the campus being visited, or we will have invited DI, DII, and DIII coaches attending at the DCC Baseball Field. This will depend on the availability of college campuses in the fall due to Covid circumstances.
-5 weeks of Tuesday-Thursday evening (6:00pm or 7:00pm time slots) performance and strength/agility training sessions (10 total sessions) at NORTHSTAR SPORTS with professional NorthStar trainers.
- Tuesday/Thursday evening performance sessions will be strength/agility workouts held in two separate time slots (6:00pm/7:00pm) for 5 weeks (10 sessions in total) at NORTHSTAR SPORTS 66 Page Park Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Players can attend twice a week, once a week, or not at all, depending on their own weekly fall schedule. All position players and pitchers will be provided with their baseline physical strength and agility metrics as well as their baseline Hitting/Pitching RAPSODO and BLAST MOTION baseball metrics to be utilized to track hitter/pitcher progress as we prepare for our Taconic Rangers Winter Workout Program at NorthStar Sports beginning in November. We are excited about our partnership with NorthStar Sports and the use of these performance metrics to enhance our Taconic Rangers player development program.
-Weekend of October 15-17 with selected Summer of 2022 15U, 16U, and 17U rosters attending a college showcase tournament event.
- Sal Agostonelli College Showcase Tournament- Baseball Heaven, Yaphank, NY or attendance at an alternate tournament event. (This tournament will be attended by our Summer of 2022 selected rosters for 15U, 16U, 17U teams)
-Spots in the 2021 Taconic Rangers 9th-12th Grade Fall Prospect Program will be limited at each position and will be given on a first-come/first-served basis once a player is accepted into the fall program. Current Rangers players get first opportunity to enroll.
FALL 2021 Dates and Tentative Sites:
Saturdays and Sundays:
September 4-5- Labor Day Weekend- OFF
(Optional Role-Call Tournament Play 14U, 16U, 17/18U- Extra Cost and Details TBA)
September 11-12- DCC/Fairfield University Campus Day (Tentative)
September 18-19- DCC Workout/College Site TBA or DCC with Colleges Coaches in attendance
September 25-26- DCC Workout/College Site TBA or DCC with Colleges Coaches in attendance
October 2-3- DCC Workout/College Site TBA or DCC with Colleges Coaches in attendance
(The Summer of 2022- 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U Taconic Rangers Rosters will be announced after October 2-3 session.)
October 9-10- Columbus Day Weekend- OFF
(Optional Role-Call Tournament Play 14U, 16U, 17/18U- Extra Cost and Details TBA)
October 15-17- Sal Agostonelli College Showcase Tournament- Baseball Heaven, Yaphank, NY or attendance at an alternate tournament event.
(This tournament will be attended by our Summer of 2022 selected rosters 15U, 16U, 17U)
Division I Colleges that have been visited in the past by the Taconic Rangers Fall Program for on campus Sunday Showcase workouts include: Fairfield University, St. John's University, Siena College, Marist College, Stony Brook University, Sacred Heart University, Army West Point.
Note: Due to circumstances surrounding Covid-19, the College campus field workouts will be contingent upon campus field availability for the Fall of 2021. Otherwise, Sunday workouts will take place at the DCC Baseball Field with invited college coaches in attendance.
Tuesdays and Thursdays:
(Baseball performance training sessions will be held at NORTHSTAR SPORTS)
September 7-9- choose 6pm or 7pm time slot
September 14-16- choose 6pm or 7pm time slot
September 21-23- choose 6pm or 7pm time slot
September 28-30- choose 6pm or 7pm time slot
October 5-7- choose 6pm or 7pm time slot
-There will be no partial registrations and no refunds. Make-up dates will be announced in the case of inclement weather.
-Please understand that your participation in the Fall Prospect Program DOES NOT guarantee you a spot on a Summer of 2022 Taconic Rangers 15U, 16U, 17U, or 18U+ roster.
-The final Taconic Rangers rosters for the Summer of 2022 will be selected after the October 2-3 weekend.
-Please understand that players who are NOT selected to a Summer of 2022 15U, 16U, 17U roster, will NOT gain a spot on the final fall tournament rosters for the last weekend October 15-17. That tournament will be reserved for players selected to summer rosters.
-For the Fall Program, positional play time, batting order placement, and innings pitched during the weekly workouts and Red/Blue game play will be based on ability and performance as evaluated by the Taconic Rangers coaching staff.
-Please understand that some players may be designated as "Pitcher Only" during the Sunday weekly Red/Blue game play and for tournament event play. These players will still be able to participate in the weekly workouts as a position players if they so choose. We will work to give all players a fair shot at each position and on the mound to show what they can do during the Fall Program.
-The player fee for the 2021 Taconic Rangers 9th-12th Grade Fall Prospect Program is $850.
($425 non-refundable deposit due to secure your spot; $425 Balance due before the 1st Fall Session)
This payment includes:
4 weekends of Saturday/Sunday baseball sessions and Sunday college showcase days (8 total sessions); 5 weeks of Tuesday-Thursday NorthStar Sports performance strength/agility training sessions (10 total sessions); the Rapsodo and Blast Motion baseball metric measurements; a college tournament events in October (if selected to a 15U, 16U, 17U roster); a Rangers jersey, hat, and belt. Players will provide their own gray baseball pants, catcher's gear, and batting helmets.
*Please be sure to have read all of the information above and consider all of these factors carefully as you decide whether or not this is the program for you for this fall season. If you have any questions regarding the structure of the program please call and ask those questions BEFORE committing to the program. Only program credit will be given if your player does not participate.
-Coach Hammell can be reached at 845-527-0897 with any questions at any time.
Fall Prospect Program Coordinator