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BlueClaws Baseball Academy Travel Team Tryouts on June 2nd
Team will be called BBA Claws and open play in August
05/25/2013 9:17 AM ET

LAKEWOOD, NJ - The BlueClaws Baseball Academy is proud to announce an opportunity unlike anything else in amateur baseball. The front office of the Lakewood BlueClaws and BBA are teaming up to start the first ever travel baseball team backed by a Minor League Baseball organization. The team will practice and play out of FirstEnergy Park, home of the '06, '09, and '10 South Atlantic League Champion Lakewood BlueClaws. 

The BBA Claws, which they will be called, will begin practicing in July in order to be ready for the start of the fall season in August. The team will participate in the JSFBL, along with playing in outside tournaments. The Claws will also host their own invitational tournament at FirstEnergy Park. The roster will consist of shore area players and compete at the 16u age level. The team will be ran by Joe Agnello, the director of the BlueClaws Baseball Academy, whose resume consist of nine years of coaching at the collegiate level, and for Major League Baseball player development in Southeast China. 

In order to field their most competitive team, the BBA Claws will be hosting a player tryout on Sunday June 2, 2013 at 6:30pm at FirstEnergy Park to fill the last remaining spots on the team. Anyone that is currently in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade, and interested in trying out should contact Joe Agnello at 732-901-7000 X209 or at   The tryout is free for players and open to the public. 

The BlueClaws Baseball Academy, which opened its doors in September 2012, is a full service, year round training facility that uses both the field and the indoor hitting facility at FirstEnergy Park. BBA provides youth and high school camps and showcases in the summer, along with a full array of camps, team practices, 1-on-1 private lessons, group lessons, and cage rentals all winter long. The mission of BBA is simple: To provide the highest quality baseball coaching and teaching to all ages and players. Their programs are designed to develop talent at the Little League, High School, College, and Professional levels.

"The BlueClaws Baseball Academy programs are designed to teach and coach players of all ages the proper way to practice and train for the upcoming season. These programs will be kept to a small number of players to allow us to personalize each session so each player gets maximum attention. Our goal is to develop talent during each camp that will lead to better player performance. Teaching is at the forefront of every program we run."

Unlike other programs, BBA's sole purpose is to produce players that will be ready to compete at the next level, whatever that level may be. While most amateur players with a measure of ambition look to get themselves noticed by talent evaluators - qualified or otherwise - BBA is simply looking to teach the game to those who want to learn it. The Academy wants to showcase the ballpark amenities while offering the players a chance to improve their fundamentals rather than show them off.

"A lot of kids are focused on the showcases because they are thinking about college, but that's not really what we're going for," Agnello said. "Our focus is on teaching the game and giving players the information and the tools to improve and have a base of fundamentals so that they can perform better when they do get in front of college coaches. The coaches giving them instruction are all college guys and they all know what colleges are looking for, so these are the people you want to learn from."

For additional information on various BlueClaws Baseball Academy summer camps, please visit

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