LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
The Under Armour Scout League (UASL) was formed to assist high school baseball student-athletes seeking to further their academic and athletic careers. The league is the culmination of efforts by the owners and operators of some of the finest amateur baseball programs in the Tri-State area in conjunction with Under Armour. Our primary goal is to provide our players with the best and most prudent exposure to collegiate coaches and recruiters while also providing them with the training and instruction required for them to succeed at the “next level”. In developing this program, we sought the advice and assistance of college Head Coaches, Recruiting Coordinators, Admissions Directors, NCAA Rules Officials as well as MLB Scouts, Player Development Directors and Community Relations Managers. It is through their recommendations and ongoing participation that UASL will achieve its goals become a valuable tool for players and parents in their recruitment process.
It is our belief that baseball can provide students with opportunities to attend colleges and universities that might otherwise be out of reach for academic or financial reasons. During the course of our summer and fall seasons we will be offering seminars and providing online materials that we feel will provide families with the essentials of the college admissions, financial aid and the recruitment process as well as information on NCAA Rules & Regulations. We at UASL feel that the best information comes from the people who are currently in the field and that information will be accessible through our extensive network of Division I, II, III and Junior College personnel.
The shift from local recreational and league play towards travel baseball programs has provided significant opportunities for private operators to enter the segment and the results have often proven confusing and costly for parents who must bear the financial burden over what may several seasons of play. Our goal here is to provide value and transparency to the equation. Each of our workouts and games are attended by college recruiters and often by professional scouts. This is guaranteed, NOT promised. In our inaugural 2018 summer season over 15 local schools attended our games and addressed our athletes. Our workouts are not only conducted by our exceptional staff but also by the recruiters present on that day. We provide the recruiters with profiles on the players and any additional information they may require from our staff.
Our “on field” staff includes former collegiate and professional players, collegiate and high school coaches and umpires. We employ the same training techniques used by all MLB organizations and collegiate programs and utilize state of the art equipment and training tools.
We expect the league will expand rapidly over the course of the next few seasons but our focus will remain on the individual athlete. Our success will be measured by the number of student athletes we have assisted in achieving their baseball goals not by the number of games won or trophies acquired.
Thomas R. Hopke