Development Programs - El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association

Development Programs

Camps, Clinics, and Seminars

Chihuahuas NeXt Develpment Programs includes a series of partnerships with Major League Baseball (MLB), National Professional Fastpitch (NPF), USA Baseball, USA Softball, and the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). Through these partnerships, Chihuahuas NeXt is able to offer players from El Paso and the surrounding areas opportunities typically not available to aspiring baseball and softball players. 

Not only does BYAA’s Chihuahuas NeXt program bring to El Paso MLB, NPF, and NCAA coaches and players but they also send El Paso and surrounding area players to camps, clinics, and showcases to help them on their journey to college.

In 2017, two softball players were chosen by BYAA’s Chihuahuas NeXt staff to apply for the Elite Development Invitational. Brenna, from Chapin High School, and Nadia, from Hanks High School, were accepted to participate in the Elite Development Invitational. They were 2 of 90 young ladies across the USA chosen to participate. 

The summer of this year, we will be giving 2 more softball players the opportunity to attend the Breakthrough Series softball event and 3 more softball players to attend the Elite Development Invitational! Congratulations Mia, Brenna, Vanessa, Savannah, and Montserrat!

Compliance Seminar

Other programs held for area youth include camps, clinics, and development series. Every year BYAA brings in scouts, coaches, and compliance directors to provide a free Compliance Seminar for student-athletes wanting to play college level athletics.  In January of 2018, BYAA brought in Lindsey Webster, a former Compliance Director from Cal State University- Northridge and UMASS player, to bring excitement to this seminar. At the seminar, compliance directors speak of what GPA and courses are needed to enter the school as a student-athlete as well as what scores on SAT’s and ACT’s are needed. Along with Lindsey Webster, BYAA brought some other very impactful and knowledgeable people including Rusty Gerhardt (current Major League Baseball Scout, former professional and college player,  ), Nick Theodoreau (former Division I player and LA Dodgers player), Brian Green (current NMSU head coach and former player), and Sara Plourde (current Canadian National Team Player, NPF Player, and former UMASS player). 

NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements

This document will help you to understand what is required from you as a high school student-athlete to enter college athletics with the NCAA, whether it's Division I, II, or III.

NCAA Perspective Student-Athlete Brochure

This document is a full guide as to how to register to become a potential student-athlete with the NCAA.

NJCAA Eligibility Requirements Brochure

The National Junior College Athletics Association also has its own rules for eligibility. If you are planning on attending a junior college first, please utilize this document.

NAIA Eligibility Requirements Brochure

Along with the NCAA and NJCAA, the NAIA also has requirements for admission into its athletic programs. You can find that information here.

For more information about these different college athletic programs, please visit the NCAA, NJCAA, or NAIA website.

Camps and Clinics

And if this is not enough, BYAA’s Chihuahuas NeXt also brings in huge talent for their once-a-year PRO-Style Clinic as well as other camps and clinics held throughout the year. In 2018, the PRO-Style Baseball Clinic featured John Shoemaker, (former Defensive Instructor for the Los Angeles Dodgers and current Manager for the Arizona League Dodgers), Travis Barbary (Catching Coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers), and Marty Reed (Bullpen Coach for the Atlanta Braves). The PRO-Style Softball Clinic featured Jenn Salling (Canadian National Team Member), Lindsey Webster (former UMASS Player), Sara Plourde (Canadian National Team Player and NPF Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs Player), and Kristine Gunnoe (former CNU assistant coach and Longwood University player). Throughout the year, BYAA’s Chihuahuas NeXt will hold several camps and clinics that bring in talent from across the USA and around the world. Click here to be directed to our Calendar page to stay up to date.

College Prep Academy

The BYAA College Prep Academy provides opportunities through education and first-class player development that aims to elevate the standard of excellence for attaining higher education and maximize the baseball potential of youth in the El Paso region. The BYAA College Prep Academy is committed to educating and preparing our members by providing the educational resources and national-level baseball instruction critical to becoming a collegiate student-athlete. Members of the BYAA College Prep Academy receive access to facilities at The Base, speed and agility training twice a week at The Base, instruction from former and active professional baseball players instructing hitting/fielding/pitching/catching, registration into the Chihuahuas NeXt Instructional Summer League, attendance to the NCAA compliance seminar, membership with The Princeton Review, and college prep placement tutoring. Beginning October 2018.

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