Team Georgia Baseball offers developmental options for younger age groups starting at 7U-12U. The "Team Georgia Elite" junior developmental program is based on a fundamental belief that youth baseball for players typically belongs in the local community and should be focused on high level development and core fundamentals. Often times, these teams are existing local teams and players that assimilate into our organization for developmental purposes. Teams eligible to partner with us for the "Team Georgia Elite" junior developmental program should be based in Fulton (North Fulton), Forsyth, Dawson, Cherokee, Cobb, Gwinnett, Hall counties, or in the greater Columbus, Georgia area. In some cases, additional locations not listed above are approved if players will be able to commit to practice and training.
This model promotes playing closer to home for young players and an opportunity to get a higher level of coaching with the combination of Team Georgia coaches being directly involved with instruction, training, running practices. This will also allow for stronger bonds and relationships to be built as players move into our teen programs down the road which is the ultimate goal of this youth program.
Typically, these younger teams culminate at 12U with a trip to Cooperstown, Ripken, etc. which should be centered around families, friends, community, and fantastic baseball memories. This junior development program allows us to take players all the way through younger ages working with parent coaches, so when the 12U season is done families are not having to search for another program.
Though the program will be developmental, the goal is to have teams playing at a AAA/Major level starting at the 10-12U age groups. This may take a couple years to do in some age groups, though we are confident based with the developmental history of our program, we will be able to achieve it sooner versus later.
8-12U Team Georgia teams have paid coaches who run practices, provide pitching, hitting, and skills instruction, but do not coach in games. Staff coaches offer support and training for the parent coaching staff. TGBA will provide a coach for games as an option if desired by a specific team. This program requires volunteer coaches who will coach any games that a Team Georgia team plays through 12U. At 13U and older, Team Georgia will always provide paid coaches for all events and advanced players will have the option of playing on a TGBA National, TGBA Scout, or TGBA Prime depending on skill level (concurrently in some cases). Coaches must be approved by TGBA and submit information for a background check.