We understand that a big part of developing a well rounded baseball player is consistent defensive training. Our drills and standards mirror what we teach our high school players. Proper throwing and catching technique is in our daily teachings. The importance of that can not be measured and each practice begins with purpose catch and our players being taught proper mechanics.
The transition from swinging little league bats to high school standard BBCOR bats is often a difficult one. We encourage our 7h graders to swing drop 5 bats and our 8th graders to swing drop 3 bats. This eases the difficult transition into high school baseball. It also gives our 8th graders an extra year of swinging BBCOR drop 3 bats leading into their freshmen season.
Physical training and in game awareness
Our program is designed to fully prepare middle school players for high school baseball. The core reason we decided to launch the Junior Spartan Academy is the desire and drive to teach and develop young players. We saw a great need to prepare and teach incoming freshmen for the transition into high school baseball.
Jr Spartan Academy FeeS
Train – Develop – learn
Our program runs year round.
Fees – Jr Spartans Academy is $200 a month.
Q & A
What is J.S.A.? J.S.A. stands for Junior Spartans Academy. It’s designed to train and develop middle school aged players and prepare them for high school baseball.
When does the program run? Our program runs year round and we’ll be off in December and half of January.
Where are the practices? Our practices are at our varsity facility at South High School.
How often do you practice and do you play games? We practice twice a week and play games every other weekend. Once spring leagues start we play every weekend.
Do you have dad’s coaching in your program? No we don’t. Our coaches are either South High Baseball Coaches, or former players that have played College Baseball.
What happens if a player has to miss a week or two? Players missing time have their J.S.A. Fees prorated.
When can a player join? A player interested in our program can join at any time.
With over 15 years coaching and teaching experience at the high school level, Coach Sain has over 200 victories under his belt, multiple league titles, 3 CIF Final appearances, and a Gold Medal won in Arizona at the National Championships. Entering his 12 year at South High, Coach Sain recognized the need for a developmental program to help young student athletes entering South High. That is why we’ve created the Junior Spartans Academy.
Coach Blume is a former Spartan and is the head Varsity Assistant. He’s entering his 10th year on staff at South High. Coach Blume cares deeply for players on all three levels in our high school. Tim ran a top nationally ranked travel ball organization 5 years and has been a part of 3 national championships and was on staff on two of our CIF championship appearances. Coach Blume takes pride in the culture we’ve created at South and is a huge part of our players lives.
Coach Schaefer is entering his 7th year as the head JV coach. He’s a former Spartan and played baseball at South all 4 years. Coach Schaefer has had great success as the head JV coach at South. He specializes in preparing our players for Varsity baseball. Coach Schaefer loves supporting all the players at South and is an advocate to all that wear our uniform. Keith is a great asset to our staff because he understands how to prepare and care for our players to get them to the next level.
Kyle Henmi is an alumni of South High School who graduated in 2014 as a three year Varsity member as a Shortstop. He went on to play college baseball at El Camino College and Azusa Pacific University as a Second Baseman. Kyle graduated with a degree in Kinesiology in 2018. We’re very fortunate to have Kyle on staff with J.S.A.
Nick Cohan is an alumni of South High School who went on to play baseball at California Lutheran University. In 2017 Nick graduated with a degree in Business Administration and his team won a DIII National Championship. Nick looks forward to giving back to the game and coaching young, aspiring athletes.
David Ramirez Jr.
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The Junior Spartans Academy is a developmental youth baseball program in the South Torrance Community. Our goal is to develop young athletes in the game of baseball, while helping them transition from little league/pony baseball to the high school level. Our coaches will work to create an environment which promotes learning and fosters personal growth. Through practice, game play, and physical training, our coaches will work to improve the players fundamentals, baseball knowledge and physical fitness. We are dedicated to instilling values that will contribute to a player’s success both on the field, and in life.