Hard Knocks Baseball Academy, the City of Milton, and Hopewell Youth Association are excited to announce the formation of a new 12u team known as the HYA Hard Knocks Hawks. The team will be professionally coached by Chris Mele of Hard Knocks Baseball Academy. Coach Mele is a former college catcher and pitcher and is the owner/operator of Hard Knocks since 2002. He’s coached multiple travel teams to championships since 2003 and started the baseball and softball programs at Holy Redeemer Middle School in 2008, winning the baseball NAML championship in 2009. Coach Mele does not have a son on the team and will be solely responsible for lineups, positions, playing time, etc. This is not a “daddy ball” team. Coach Mele will be assisted during games and practices by experienced youth coaches that he selects.
The team will play out of the beautiful fields at Bell Memorial Park (Milton, GA) and have access to indoor facilities at Hard Knocks. The team will play a limited schedule of tournaments in the fall, have a professionally lead winter workout program, and resume tournament play in early spring. The team initially will compete at an AA/AAA level. We anticipate players who are selected for the team will have prior travel experience, though any dedicated, talented player is welcome to attend tryouts. The team will have a roster of 11-12 players.
We have a Cooperstown certificate.
*WE STILL HAVE A FEW SPOTS AVAILABLE -Tryouts will be on Saturday, July 29th at Bell Memorial Park (15245 Bell Park Rd, Milton, GA 30004) from 10:00am-12pm. Please submit form if you wish to attend!