The SCA Development Model

Continuity is particularly important in youth development. Everyone involved needs to be well informed and pulling in the same direction.

SCA places value on the opinion of the scouting team. SCA youth player is only a member for one year.

This procedure takes account of numerous opinions, set out in re-ports.

Communication with parents is also important. In SCA, a player is considered already talented, but even though he still has lot to learn.

Parents will be kept well informed of what is happening to build concrete communication. There will be an one voice policy. This is key to the development as a player. A comprehensive report of each SCA player is presented twice a year, in April and December. The report is discussed with both the player and his parents. The baseball elements have been subdivided into a number of categories.

  • Hitting, fielding, throwing, speed of action
  • Baseball IQ
  • Athletic personality — speed off the mark, speed from 0 to 10, from 10 to 30, and above 30 yards, mobility, stamina, running skills and jumping power
  • Charisma, leadership ability, match mentality, attitude towards others, teammates, coach, umpires, etc, receptivity to coaching, ability to withstand pressure. Character, teamwork etc.

Facility Overview

The Baseball practice facility features batting cages, bullpens, a strength and conditioning area, and a 4,000 square foot open turf area with technology from HitTrax, Hack Attack softball machines, and Sports Tutor baseball pitching machines, and other cutting-edge technology. We are continuously looking to enhance the way you train. The 5 baseball and softball training facility will allow each player to use technology to enhance all 5 of the core baseball tools – running, throwing, fielding, hitting for average, and hitting for power.

National Team

SCA’s National team competes against some of the nation’s top pro-grams while gaining exposure at national tournaments. Student-athletes within this team will typically commit to top D1 programs and may receive draft interest from almost all 30 MLB organizations. Training consists of intensive workouts and team development that mirrors that of an elite collegiate program.

Junior National Team

SCA’s Junior National team provides 9th and 10th graders with an opportunity to compete at a high level against Varsity teams both locally and regionally. This team prepares student-athletes for the Varsity and National team through a full competition schedule, internal scrimmages, position-specific instruction, developmental opportunities, and more. Junior National student-athletes also begin to understand the college recruitment process in preparation for their next steps.

Varsity Team

SCA baseball offers several Varsity teams to accommodate student-athletes at various levels in their development and high school playing careers. Varsity teams compete against regional and national programs while also participating in regional tournaments. Varsity student athletes have an opportunity to gain collegiate exposure during showcases and tournaments as well as on campus.

Junior Varsity & Freshmen Teams

SCA Junior Varsity and Freshman teams provide student-athletes with the chance to develop and prepare for their progression towards the National, Varsity, and Junior National teams. Student-athletes will be exposed to high-level skill development and training that builds a foundation for incremental growth opportunities. This team competes against other JV and Freshman teams locally and regionally.

Post Graduate Team

SCA’s dedicated post-graduate teams competes against regional competition including Division II and III, NAIA, and Junior Colleges.

Various showcase events, including those on campus, allow student athletes to gain collegiate and professional exposure. Post-graduates do not jeopardize their NCAA eligibility while preparing for their next steps at the collegiate level both on the field as well as with a dedicated college placement advisor and academic staff.

Meet Our Coaches


The next step was to prepare a strengths and weaknesses analysis. SCA uses the acronym TIPS to describe the strong points of a young SCA player.

  • T is for Technique.
  • I is for Insight and Intelligence. The ability to observe and think ahead.
  • P is for Personality. Must be able to communicate with others, provide
    leadership, receptive to his fellow players, and be able
    to work in a disciplined manner.
  • S is for Speed, which is essential for every SCA player. Speed off the
    mark, mobility and speed over long distances.

Development Plan

Every SCA team has 25 players.
During the players’ development, therefore, they play in the two or three positions within the team.

Techniques if he is later to make the right choices in the various positions within the Ajax system.

For this reason the Drills are used extensively age groups. According to the coaching staff, these drills athletes to become more skillfully, but also to improve their balance, speed up their rhythm, SCA system recognizes genuine talent.

During first week/evaluation period, each young candidate is assessed on six different activities by the coordination coach. Again SCA observes players in five different areas:

1 -Technique
2 running and strength training 3- coaching situations,
4 -training
5 – games

Technical demands in the first phase include: In the field of know-how, the first targets are:

  • Learning the rules of the game
  • Learning to keep
  • Learning to look after their bodies
  • Acquiring knowledge of diet in the context of matches and training Running and strength training involves:
  • Learning the principles of good running technique
  • Coordinated running
  • Learning to jump by taking off from one leg and from two legs
  • Maintaining and improving suppleness
  • Strength training by making use of the player’s own body weight
  • Sprinting in all directions!
  • Learning a sporting attitude, in which respect for the opponent is
  • Learning to communicate with teammates, coaches and team
  • Learning to be open to the opinions of others
  • Accepting leadership
  • Learning to accept the referee’s decisions
  • Learning to be critical of their own achievements
  • Learning to analyze their own game
  • Learning to conform to the SCA rules
  • Learning to listen to the coach
  • Learning that baseball is a team sport
  • Experiencing the rudiments of team building
  • Learning to concentrate
  • Learning to be responsible for equipment
  • Learning to avoid injury
  • Learning to listen to their bodies

Twice each year, all the players are assessed on several areas.

These assessments result in one of three recommendations:

A – JC
B – D2/D3
C – D1/Professional

At SCA the youth coaches and players know from the start exactly how the finished structure should look.

The SCA philosophy is as  follows: you can learn a book of coaching drills, study youtube, but the ability to react at the right moment, to make an good decision and to show how things should be done, is much more important.

At SCA you must possess the will to improve. This is the driving principle of SCA and the development scheme.

Example/Model for SCA

Marketing will be Done Through Our Resources

Marketing will be done by using some of the resources our coaches have with the ex/current MLB players and other business owners.

Camps Clinics Fundraising

We will be doing camps, clinics and fundraisers to reach out to the elementary and Junior High/High Schools kids.

Mentorship Program

Teach Motivate Challenge Succeed

S.C.A mentors focus on the athlete’s skills and intellect, S.C.A recognizes the importance of the mental and emotional state of every student. Our program seeks to mold the minds of students into mature and empowered athletes. S.C.A works to provide relevant, real-world experiences both in and out of the classroom.

Investing in Students Life Skills

Career Readiness

We will prepare our student athletes for a transition into the workplace for any career of their choosing by implementing work skills such as: critical thinking/problem solving, oral/written communications, team-work/collaboration, leadership, and professional/work ethic.

Community Service

Throughout the school year, we will take our student-athletes on numerous community outreach trips to teach our young men the value of the surrounding community and how they can make a difference in it.

Money Management

Teach them how to properly handle their money and implement skills that allow them to make informed and effective decisions with all of their financial resources.

Mental Toughness

At Southern California Academy, our student-athletes will be resilient to any challenges and obstacles they face through our Mental Toughness training. We will focus on training these students minds in an effort to instill the mentality needed to be successful in their sport, in the classroom and most importantly in life.