Club Spokane Dodgers Philosophy
The Club Spokane Dodgers were founded in 2001 for the serious player looking for a more competitive and rigorous baseball program. The original players were all 12 years old at the time. Over the past seven years the Dodgers have evolved from a select-level travel club into a tight knit group of players and parents that we like to call the Dodger family. One of our mottos is "once a Dodger...always a Dodger."
The 2014 program will feature Dodgers 18U and Dodgers White. Both teams will play an 18U schedule. The Dodgers 18U club is managed by Jeff Simmelink with Ryan Simmelink and CJ Perry as assistant coaches. The White club is managed by Ron Huffman with Mike Helmberger and Spencer Ansett as assistant coaches.
The mission has changed somewhat each year as the players have become older. An indoor winter program was added that focuses on improving individual skills, agility, and conditioning that prepares the players for their high school seasons.
The Dodgers goals for 2014 are:
- Teach the game of baseball and the life lessons that accompany it.
- Play baseball "the right way" and "respect" the game at all times.
- Play against the best competition in the Pacific Northwest
- Provide college guidance and exposure opportunities for our players.
The coaches are serious about developing our players into being good citizens and conducting themselves appropriately both on and off the field. The lessons learned with the Dodgers will prepare our players to be future leaders in their communities. Club Spokane encourages the players to pursue other competitive high school sports, activities, and hobbies as a way to develop the complete student athlete.