2021 TACONIC RANGERS 14U-18U FALL COLLEGE PREP/PLAYER ID PROGRAM-
For any area rising 14U-18U players in the Fall of 2021 (2026, 2025, 2024, 2023, 2022 HS Graduates) who are interested in playing college baseball and who are interested in joining the Taconic Rangers Organization for the Summer of 2022.
The 14U-18U FALL College Prep/Player ID Program will be directed by former NY Mets Minor Leaguer and Taconic Rangers Fall Program Director, Al Hammell and the Taconic Rangers Coaching Staff.
The Taconic Rangers coaching staff will use the 14U-18U FALL College Prep/Player ID Program to evaluate interested players for the TACONIC RANGERS NORTH and SOUTH programs to help us develop our 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, and 18+ rosters for the Summer of 2022.
The Fall Program will consist of:
-5 Weekends of Saturday/Sunday baseball development sessions with a work-session/development workout each Saturday at DCC and then a Regional DIVISION I College Campus workout/showcase day each Sunday.
- 5 Saturdays Baseball Workouts- baseball workout/development sessions will run for approximately 2 hours each week at the Dutchess Community College Baseball Field. Players can choose to attend these workouts depending on their own weekly fall schedule. Each Saturday session will consist of baseball development/skill work sessions for players looking to play a position in the Taconic Rangers program. Pitchers can also come to these workouts to throw long-toss, do flat-ground work, and throw a bullpen on these days. Players are also encouraged to visit and attend college campus prospect camps on their own on Saturdays in the fall.
- 5 Sunday College Campus Sessions- (Tentative: Fairfeld University, Lehigh University, St. John's University, Marist College, TBA) These baseball sessions on campuses will be approximately 3 hours each week to will include a player development workout session and then we will transition to Red/Blue Rangers game play with pitchers throwing live sets to hitters with either the college coach present at the campus being visited, or we will have invited DI, DII, and DIII coaches attending at the DCC Baseball Field. This will depend on the availability of college campuses in the fall due to Covid circumstances.
-10 weeknights of Tuesday/Thursday evening (6:00pm or 7:00pm time slots) strength/agility training sessions (10 total sessions) at NORTHSTAR SPORTS with professional NorthStar trainers.
- Tuesday/Thursday NorthStar performance sessions will be strength/agility workouts held in two separate time slots (6:00pm/7:00pm) for the 5 weeks after Labor Day (10 sessions in total) at NORTHSTAR SPORTS 66 Page Park Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Players can attend twice a week, once a week, or not at all, depending on their own weekly fall schedule. All position players and pitchers will also be provided with their baseline physical strength and agility metrics as well as their baseline Hitting/Pitching RAPSODO and BLAST MOTION baseball metrics to be utilized to track hitter/pitcher progress as we prepare for our Taconic Rangers Winter Workout Program at NorthStar Sports beginning in November. We are excited about our partnership with NorthStar Sports and the use of these performance metrics to enhance our Taconic Rangers player development program.
-Spots in the 2021 Taconic Rangers 14U-18U Fall College Prep/Player ID Program will be limited at each position and will be given on a first-come/first-served basis once a player is accepted into the fall program. Current Rangers players get first opportunity to enroll.
FALL 2021 Dates and Tentative Sites:
September 11-12- Saturday DCC Workout/ Sunday Fairfield University Campus Showcase Day
September 18-19- Saturday DCC Workout/ Sunday Lehigh University Campus Showcase Day
September 25-26- Saturday DCC Workout/ Sunday St. John's University Campus Showcase Day
October 2-3- Saturday DCC Workout/ Sunday Marist College Campus Showcase Day
October 15-17- Saturday DCC Workout/ Sunday Fairleigh Dickinson University Campus Showcase Day
The Division I Colleges that have been visited in the past by the Taconic Rangers Fall College Prep/Player ID Program for on campus Sunday Showcase workouts include: Fairfield University, St. John's University, Siena College, Marist College, Stony Brook University, Sacred Heart University, Army West Point. Note: Due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19, the College campus field showcase workouts will be contingent upon campus field availability for the Fall of 2021. Otherwise, Sunday workouts will take place at the DCC Baseball Field with invited college coaches in attendance.
-There will be no partial registrations and no refunds. Make-up dates will be announced in the case of inclement weather.
-Please understand that your participation in the Fall Prospect Program DOES NOT guarantee you a spot on a Summer of 2022 Taconic Rangers 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U or 18U+ roster.
-For the Fall Program, positional play time, batting order placement, and innings pitched during the weekly workouts and Red/Blue game play will be based on ability and performance as evaluated by the Taconic Rangers coaching staff.
-Please understand that some players may be designated as "Pitcher Only" during the Sunday weekly Red/Blue game play and for tournament event play. These players will still be able to participate in the weekly workouts as a position player if they so choose. We will work to give all players a fair shot at each position and on the mound to show what they can do during the Fall Program.
-The player fee for the 2021 Taconic Rangers 14U-18U FALL College Prep/Player ID Program is
($425 non-refundable deposit due to secure your spot; Final balance will be due before the 1st Fall Saturday Session.)
This payment includes:
5 weekends of Saturday/Sunday baseball sessions and Sunday college showcase days (8 total sessions); 5 weeks of Tuesday and Thursday NorthStar Sports performance strength/agility training sessions (10 total sessions); Rapsodo and Blast Motion baseball metric measurements; a Rangers jersey, hat, and belt. Players will provide their own gray baseball pants, catcher's gear, and batting helmets.
*Please be sure to have read all of the information above and consider all of these factors carefully as you decide whether or not this is the program for you for this fall season. If you have any questions regarding the structure of the program please call and ask those questions BEFORE committing to the program. Only program credit will be given, no refunds.
-Attention rising 12th Graders (2022 Grads)-The Taconic Rangers will be developing an HVCBL Taconic Rangers 18U+ college summer league team to include college bound seniors and current college players. This team will participate in the Hudson Valley Collegiate Baseball League (HVCBL) during the Summer of 2022. Current Rangers rising 12th Graders (2022 Grads) will be eligible for the HVCBL roster. Rising 12th Graders are encouraged to participate in the Fall College Prep/Player ID Program and the Taconic Rangers/NorthStar Sports off-season training for development purposes if they are interested in playing in the HVCBL in the Summer of 2022.
-Coach Hammell can be reached at 845-527-0897 with any questions at any time.
Taconic Rangers Fall Prospect Program Coordinator