Why Play for the Cincy Flames?
1. FREE BASEBALL AT 16U & 17U AND 18U IS ONLY $500, PLUS NON-DAD COACHES FROM 15U – 18U
a. You read that correctly! Your team fees for your son’s 16U and 17U years are exactly $0 (there is a $100 administration fee for all players)! The Cincy Flames fully fund those teams, which includes travel, hotels, uniforms, coach’s pay, winter training, and tournament entry fees. At 18U, the fee is only $500 and that fee is partially refundable at the end of the year.
2. TOURNAMENT EXPOSURE
a. The Cincy Flames mission statement includes a goal that ALL Flames go on to play baseball at the collegiate level. In meeting this goal, the organization puts the high school age teams in the best tournaments around the country. We host the Tournament of Champions, which is generally considered the second most highly scouted event in the country (only one other local team has ever played in this event). The Flames also play in the most highly scouted event, the WWBA in Atlanta, GA. We also host the 16/17U Dinger Wood Bat World Series, which is quickly becoming a can’t-miss event for teams in the Midwest.
3. 24/7 USE OF SWOBAT - THE CINCY FLAMES INDOOR FACILITY
a. Every Flames player has access to SWOBAT any time they need. However, we have just installed a key pass system, which will allow all players 24/7 access to the facility!
4. FREE WINTER TRAINING
a. From the beginning of December to the middle of February, the 15U – 18U Flames teams are offered free winter training every Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Instructors and coaches (former college and professional players) are present to instruct, rep, and drill the players. This is an invaluable part of our organization, and one that sets us apart from any other organization out there.
5. WE PRODUCE COLLEGE AND PROFESSIONAL PLAYER
a. At last count there are over 150 former Flames that have gone on to play collegiate baseball (https://www.cincyflames.org/alumni/). The Flames have also produced several professional baseball players, including 3 1ST ROUND DRAFT PICKS:
- i. Alex Wimmers – 21st overall – 2010 – Minnesota Twins
- ii. Kyle Schwarber – 4th overall – 2014 – Chicago Cubs
- iii. T.J. Zeuch – 21st overall – 2016 – Toronto Blue Jays
6. NO CUT POLICY
a. If your son is a member of the Flames, he will continue to be a member of the Flames as long as he wants. We will never tell you your son isn’t good enough and is no longer a part of the organization. However, this doesn’t guarantee playing time at all. It just means he’ll have a spot on the team for however long he/you want it.
7. THE HEADS OF THE ORGANIZATION KNOW BASEBALL
a. CEO Jay Basil has been involved in amateur baseball for over 35 years. He is a former agent for Major League Baseball and had 4 sons who all signed to play Division I college baseball. He has been running tournaments for over 20 years, and knows how to get kids recruited.
b. President Jason Basil was a standout at St. Xavier High School where he was a 2 time All American and 1995 Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year. He went on to Georgia Tech where he still ranks in the top 10 in many offensive categories and was All-ACC three times (1st team 2000; 2nd team 1999, 2001). He was drafted twice (32nd round – Cleveland Indians – 1997; 15th round – Oakland Athletics – 2001) and played professionally for 3 years. Jason understands what it takes to get to the next level, and passes along that knowledge as an instructor in the Flames winter training.