Dutchess Baseball Initiative
The Dutchess Baseball Initiative is operated through Arlington Community Educational Sports Inc., a newly formed non-profit organization that is committed to serving youth and scholastic baseball communities throughout the Dutchess County region in order to educate and benefit local baseball players and families.
The Dutchess Baseball Initiative operates a Middle School/High School Player College Development travel baseball program for area baseball players interested in playing college baseball.
We field college development travel and showcase baseball teams at the 13u-17u level.
We work to provide a balanced approach to travel baseball at these level which includes competitive summer travel game play, attendance at college showcase tournaments, summer player development practice sessions, and a Saturday/Sunday Fall Ball player development and evaluation program.
Another important function of our organization is to support the community-based travel baseball structure for area teams ages 8u-12u by offering indoor facility usage for community-based travel baseball programs at this age group. We work to actively support a travel baseball model that promotes a focus on community based travel team participation at the 8u-12u age groups to help our local leagues meet their stated goals while developing community-minded programs.
Our cooperative relationships with Dutchess Community College help us to provide local participating 8u-17u baseball players with all of these opportunities. This includes our pre-season team indoor training program for travel teams, mentorship based indoor/outdoor baseball clinic opportunities, summer instructional camps, and any other logistical support that will work to enhance the community-based and showcase level travel structure.
Our hope is that by promoting this model, we will help to limit the splintering of our local leagues at the youth levels and ultimately increase the overall participation in area youth baseball while strengthening all of our area youth baseball leagues and our scholastic baseball programs.
The Dutchess Baseball Initiative is directed by Dutchess Community College Head Baseball Coach, Al Hammell.
Please call (845) 527-0897 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about our programs.
Dutchess Baseball Initiave History
The Aces Dutchess Baseball Initiative project was initiated in the fall of 2011 through discussions and planning centered around attempting to build an organization that would work to serve the Arlington Central School District scholastic baseball/softball programs and the surrounding local communities in addressing the recent trends associated with the advent of multiple independent “travel” teams and the effect of such programs on our local youth community leagues and scholastic programs.
The project was designed to incorporate both a mentorship based youth sports skills/core values development program, as well as incorporating a common sense, financially manageable streamlined approach to travel play and development for our youth level, middle school, and high school athletes.
The Aces organization worked in a cooperative effort with the Arlington Central School District, Dutchess Community College, and the Dyson Foundation. The Dyson Foundation is a local foundation that works toward improving people's lives through grant funding, promoting philanthropy, and strengthening the capacity of nonprofit organizations. In addition to the foundation's support of the Aces organization, the foundation has also made a substantial commitment to the Arlington Central School District and to Dutchess Community College to initiate and provide funding for a staged facility improvement approach in supporting upgrades to the athletic facilities and equipment at the schools to help support the overall effort. The initial steps taken provided these staged facility upgrades that service both the baseball and softball programs and any other potential future sports programs that wish to become involved in this effort. To date, the Dyson Foundation has supported upgrades that have included the installation of a "Field Turf" infield surface for the baseball field; installation of indoor/outdoor batting cage facilities for baseball and softball at both AHS and DCC; the purchase of makeshift portable fencing and field equipment to transform the AHS soccer and football "Field Turf" fields into youth baseball/softball turf game fields; fencing upgrades to the AHS baseball/softball batting cages, dugouts, and bullpen areas; the installation of electrical lines to the AHS baseball/softball fields and the batting cage area; and the purchase of outdoor permanent and portable bleacher systems to be utilized on the baseball/softball fields and alternate AHS athletic fields during the fall season.
The Aces organization, by design, is committed to working cooperatively within the local baseball community in Dutchess County by promoting community based baseball league play and supporting a strong mentorship based program philosophy by utilizing the current structure to build a youth sports development culture centered around the current high school and college players serving as role models, supporting, teaching, and mentoring younger players from our local communities.