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jaycoulter

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Posted - 08/10/2023 :  20:16:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
17/18u GAXL (Georgia Excel) is a professionally coached 7th-year travel team that is looking for players to add to 2 existing rosters for the Fall/Spring/Summer 2022-23 season.

Team Contact:

Please contact Kevin Vandiver at kevin.vandiver@gmail.com or Cell 770-712-2515 with any questions regarding tryouts or to find out more information about our teams.

Tryout Date/Time & Location:

8/13/2023 3pm - 5pm

Mount Paran Church North

Field #1

1700 Allgood Rd NE

Marietta, Georgia 30062



Team Info:

We believe in running two teams (A & B) with average-size rosters to maximize development and playing time. This strategy has proven to be very successful for many tournaments and allows us the flexibility to combine rosters for larger tournaments as needed. We also have the flexibility to offer a variety of options for players to not only make our teams as competitive as possible but also make roster adjustments as needed to benefit the players.

We are looking for players and parents that will fit into a team-first culture where we enjoy having fun and working hard to improve. Players are expected to be committed to putting in the effort on their own for the development of themselves. The program and player development will rival any major academy. Our facilities are great, and we have access to an indoor facility as needed over the winter.

Our top GAXL team will play in the highest-level tournaments in the Fall and Summer we can play such as Perfect Game/PBR and occasionally smaller tournaments if the level of teams playing is high enough.

Our 2nd GAXL team will play in mainly Grand Slam tournaments locally along with higher-level tournaments in the region such as PG and PBR based on how the team is performing.

We will combine rosters into one team for the Spring season for those players not playing High School baseball to play in the Academy Prospect League at East Cobb Baseball Complex. We believe in pushing our players to ensure maximum development. This is a separate cost from the fall and summer season.

Facilities:

We will practice (East Cobb Area) at Mt Paran North (Allgood Rd) and Fullers Park on Robinson Rd.

Schedule Expectations:

We will play in 3-5 fall tournaments along with 7-8 Summer tournaments. We will have winter-hitting work with Terry Harper as well as off-season throwing program. Practices will be during the tournaments seasons and will be 2x per week weather permitting

Roster Sizes:

Position Players 12 to 14 based on number of pitchers

Pitcher Only or Pitcher Mostly - 2 to 5 players based on how many position players are pitchers

Cost:

We are not for profit, meaning that we charge what it costs to play and not a penny more. I will share with you the expected cost for the 23/24 seasons at tryouts. We will have the cost finalized as soon as we finalize the rosters.

Coach Bios:

London Lindley Head Coach GAXL

London is a father of two and is currently engaged. London graduated Sprayberry High School in 2014. London has a true passion for baseball and is dedicated to using his tremendous experience to help his players develop and reach their goals. London is a true players coach and works to create a positive and instructional environment.

London has 6 years of professional experience. London played in the Texas Rangers organization for 3 years. London was named the fastest player in his draft class in 2015. He went on to play 3 more seasons in the Frontier Professional Baseball League where he was a part of the 2018 Frontier League championship team with the Joliet Slammers.

Chris Crawford Director Pitching Development GAXL Baseball, Asst Coach GAXL

Chris is a husband and father of 2 boys and 1 girl ages 14-17. Growing up in Marietta, GA - Chris played baseball, basketball, and football at Wheeler High School. Chris attended UGA on a baseball scholarship and was a two-way player outfielder/pitcher and continued his baseball career with Tampa Bay Rays playing 5 years in the organization as a pitcher.

Graduate of Wheeler High School 95 - Wheeler Hall of Fame / Drafted NY Yankees 95 / University of Georgia Baseball 96-99 OF/P - MVP 97, Team Captain 99 / Drafted Tampa Bay 99 - Tampa Bay 99-2004

Kevin Vandiver GM GAXL Baseball

Kevin is married with two kids ages 14 & 16. His family is his priority. Kevin is a high-energy straight shooter with a passion for coaching and development. His best trait is being able to find the uniqueness in each player and cater his coaching style to best suit the player.

Kevin played Baseball, Basketball, and Football through High School. He elected to not pursue college athletics as his abilities we clearly not at that level. Kevin has been coaching baseball for 12 years and started this travel team in 2016 and expanded to 2 teams in 2020. Kevin has held many leadership positions in baseball organizations including many years as Head Coach. Kevin has also coached youth football with Head Coaching experience up to 6th grade
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