New York Empire Baseball offers instruction, developmental teams, travel teams and runs an indoor facility on the Upper West Side for kids ages 4 – high school. Empire was founded in 2009 with the purpose of enhancing the youth sports experience in New York City. Youth sports should be organized to develop the academic, athletic and social skills of tomorrow’s leaders on- and off-the-field. Through years of experience, the founders saw that this type of development was taking a back seat to profits, unfriendly competition through a win-at-all-costs attitude, and even some vicarious parental involvement.
Don’t get us wrong – New York Empire Baseball believes that competition and development aren’t mutually exclusive – in fact, we believe they go hand in hand – friendly competition brings out the best in all of us. We have been coaching children aged 5 – 17 for the last 5 years, and we treat all of them with the respect they deserve. We strive to provide each child we encounter with the tools they need to succeed on- and off-the-field, today and tomorrow.
Children are coached not by parents, but by exceptional coaches – educated and mature role models who have seen their share of on- and off-the-field successes and failures, and have learned to grow and teach from their experiences. After being a part of New York Empire Baseball, our players are noted by their parents, other teams, and even the other teams’ parents for their maturity, teamwork and for their ability to make smart decisions in tough situations – all in addition to their ability to run, throw, hit and field. Quite simply, we teach life lessons through baseball.