Players, parents, board members and coaches braved the chill to set up the Missoula Mavericks indoor winter training facility in January. Batting cages, T-stands, baseballs and bats made their way from Mavericks Stadium to the former Sears warehouse at 2505 Garfield Street, near Southgate Mall.
Winter training will begin January 6 and run weekdays from 4-6 pm through tryouts at the end of March. Prospective Mavs players and returners are encouraged to attend. Mavericks “A” Head Coach David Feeley says the indoor training is a good way for the athletes to “knock off some rust and prepare for the season, especially if they’re not playing a winter sport like basketball.” He says it’s also a great way for coaches to look at players and “see what they’ve got.”
The heated facility will have batting T’s and cages, pitching mounds and an area for players to play catch. Players can work on hitting, pitching, catching and fitness during the off-season to give them a better chance at success during tryouts.
Mavericks President Kyle Cunningham thanked Southgate Mall for working with the team to make the warehouse available. He says the facility is terrific because of a high ceiling, lots of space and its central location. “The indoor training will give kids an opportunity to workout through the winter and hopefully avoid sore arms in the spring.”
Prospective players ages 13 to 18 (as of Jan. 1, 2016) are invited to join the training beginning January 6 and running through the end of March when tryouts are held. The cost will be $175 for three months of weekday practice with coaches in attendance at every session. Cunningham noted, “If players attend every session it works out to $1.75 per hour for individual instruction from coaches, the facility and the chance to work out with other players. Anyone intending to try out for the Mavs in the spring is strongly encouraged to attend.”
Parents must sign a liability waiver before practices begin. Please send us a message via Facebook if you have any questions. Go Mavs!
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The Laughing Grizzly Bar & Grill will feature the Missoula Mavericks Baseball Club at its Growl 4 Good community night January 20th. One dollar for every pint sold will be donated to the Mavs to help support field and stadium improvements in advance of the July American Legion AA championship tournament.
The Mavs will host an informational table with players, coaches and board members answering questions. Parents, players and supporters of the Mavericks are encouraged to attend the event to thank the Laughing Grizzly for their fundraising support.
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The Missoula Mavericks have signed major sponsors for the 2016 season and the American Legion AA State Tournament. In February, Paradise Falls signed on to the the “Official Fan Headquarters” of the Mavs. Paradise Falls is a long-time supporter of the Mavs and we’re happy to make the relationship official! Universal Athletics joined the team in January with the “Mega Welcome” sponsorship. UA will be featured at the gate to Maverick Stadium, welcoming fans all season and through the state tournament in July. Bob Wards Sports & Outdoors and DA Davidson are our “Halo Sponsors,” which permanently puts their logos on the turf surrounding home plate. Another major sponsor, TrailWest Bank, will feature “Split the Pot” contests at every home game and the tournament. We’re also happy to welcome State Farm Insurance agents Riley McGiboney, Bob King, Darby South and Jake Eby to the team with the “Diamond Sponsorship.” State Farm’s logo will appear on uniform patches for the AA, A, and B teams this season. More sponsorships are available to support our premiere amateur baseball team. Show your Mavs support this year when thousands of additional fans will be in Missoula for the state tournament. Email tournament director John Yovetich for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Destination Missoula and the Tourism Business Improvement District have awarded the Missoula Mavericks a $5,000 grant for the American Legion State AA Baseball Tournament to be held in Missoula this summer. The tournament is expected to bring thousands of elite high-school aged ball players, families and fans from around the region to Lindborg-Cregg Field July 26-31, 2016.
The Missoula Mavericks are one of the premiere amateur baseball organizations for high school players in the Northwest. More than 100 home games take place during the spring and summer with more than 12,000 spectators in a regular season.
A study conducted by Destination Missoula estimates the economic impact of the tournament at nearly $500,000. The grant will be spent on hospitality, with the goal of boosting stays in Missoula hotels during the run of the tournament.
Director for the 2016 tournament, John Yovetich, said the non-profit Mavericks are grateful for the generous grant. He said the tournament “represents a significant opportunity to present Missoula in a positive light” to attendees from around the Northwest and Canada. Mavericks President Kyle Cunningham added, “Our recent renovations to the field and facility should provide for an excellent tournament. Grants like this are important to allow us to showcase Missoula and all of the things Missoula has to offer.” Head coach Brent Hathaway said, “This grant will further assist the Mavericks organization and the community of Missoula to host the finest state tournament possible. Our guests will be impressed.”
The volunteer board of directors has sponsorship packages available for the 501c organization for the 2016 season, including the championship tournament. Contact John Yovetich at 406-239-6841 if you’re interested in sponsoring the Missoula Mavericks.
The Missoula Mavericks will be hiring 2 assistant coaches for the Mavs “B” team for the 2016 season. The position will remain open until filled. If you are interested, or know someone who may be interested, please contact Manager Brent Hathaway, at email@example.com. GO MAVS!!!