About Us

Blue Wave Athletics, Inc. is a professionally-operated non-profit sports organization that delivers top-level training, team play, competition, and recruiting opportunities for high school and pre-high school players.

Features

  • Professionally Managed Club Teams For 11U Through 18U Age Divisions
  • Year-round Baseball Training & Game Play
  • Top Professional Coaches & Trainers
  • Compete In Top Leagues & Travel Tournaments
  • Collegiate Showcase Tournaments For High School Players
  • Convenient Locations & Schedules
  • Professional Management & Admin

Professional Sports Organization

Blue Wave Athletics operates club baseball teams (ages 11 through 18) with plans to add youth softball/fastpitch teams in the future. Blue Wave Athletics also offers youth sports camps and showcase events throughout the year.

Established in 1996, Blue Wave is one of the oldest club baseball organizations in Orange County. Blue Wave teams have played more than 8,000 games over the years and won more than 150 tournaments, 12 national championships, and have been ranked on multiple occasions over the years.

More than 450 Blue Wave alumni have played or are playing collegiate baseball at some of the top programs in the country, including: UCI, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Cal State University Fullerton, Stanford, PENN, Gonzaga, USF, University of Miami, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, Fresno State, Arizona State, Nebraska, Indiana, Kansas, New Mexico State, Sacramento State, UCSB, Santa Clara, University of Central Florida, Clemson, Babson College, Biola, and more.

More than three dozen Blue Wave alumni have played professionally, including current MLB players Dylan Moore (Mariners), Austin Hedges (Cleveland), and James Kaprielian (Oakland).

On top of the above, former Blue Wave players and coaches have also gone one to coach at local high schools, colleges, and the pros, including:

  • Rich Pohle – Brea Olinda HS
  • Bret LeVier – San Juan Hills HS
  • Jason Smith – Canyon HS
  • Brett Kay – Jserra HS
  • Ben Owens – Tustin HS
  • Darric Merrell – Temecula Valley HS
  • Jon Hurst – Diamond Bar HS
  • Drew Hillman – Laguna Hills HS
  • Matt Florer – USD
  • Justin Viele – SF Giants
  • Aron Garcia – Crean Lutheran HS
  • Chris Reiland—Laguna Nigel HS
  • Wes Oberlin – Athletic Director Sacramento State

OUR ALUMNI HAVE PLAYED AT THE FOLLOWING CALIFORNIA COLLEGES OVER THE YEARS

DIVISION 1 TEAMS  School City Conference
Cal Poly Mustangs California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo Big West
Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners California State University, Bakersfield Bakersfield Big West
Cal State Fullerton Titans California State University, Fullerton Fullerton Big West
Cal State Northridge Matadors California State University, Northridge Los Angeles Big West
California Baptist Lancers [a] California Baptist University Riverside WAC
California Golden Bears University of California, Berkeley Berkeley Pac-12
Fresno State Bulldogs California State University, Fresno Fresno Mountain West
Long Beach State Beach California State University, Long Beach Long Beach Big West
Loyola Marymount Lions Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles West Coast
Pacific Tigers University of the Pacific Stockton West Coast
Pepperdine Waves Pepperdine University Malibu West Coast
Sacramento State Hornets California State University, Sacramento Sacramento Big Sky
Saint Mary’s Gaels Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga West Coast
San Diego Toreros University of San Diego San Diego West Coast
San Diego State Aztecs San Diego State University San Diego Mountain West
San Francisco Dons University of San Francisco San Francisco West Coast
San Jose State Spartans San José State University San Jose Mountain West
Santa Clara Broncos Santa Clara University Santa Clara West Coast
Stanford Cardinal Stanford University Stanford Pac-12
UC Irvine Anteaters University of California, Irvine Irvine Big West
UC Riverside Highlanders University of California, Riverside Riverside Big West
UC San Diego Tritons [h] University of California, San Diego San Diego Big West [h]
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Big West
UCLA Bruins University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles Pac-12
USC Trojans and Women of Troy University of Southern California Los Angeles Pac-12

 

DIVISON 2 TEAMS School City Conference
Azusa Pacific Cougars Azusa Pacific University Azusa PacWest
Biola Eagles Biola University La Mirada PacWest
Cal Poly Pomona Broncos California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona CCAA
Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros California State University, Dominguez Hills Carson CCAA
Chico State Wildcats California State University, Chico Chico CCAA
Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles California State University, Los Angeles Los Angeles CCAA
Cal State Monterey Bay Otters California State University, Monterey Bay Seaside CCAA
Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes California State University, San Bernardino San Bernardino CCAA
Cal State San Marcos Cougars California State University, San Marcos San Marcos CCAA
Concordia Eagles Concordia University, Irvine Irvine PacWest
Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego PacWest
Stanislaus State Warriors California State University, Stanislaus Turlock CCAA

 

DIVISON 3 TEAMS School(s) City Conference
Caltech Beavers California Institute of Technology Pasadena Southern California
Chapman Panthers Chapman University Orange Southern California
La Verne Leopards University of La Verne La Verne Southern California
Redlands Bulldogs University of Redlands Redlands Southern California

 

NAIA TEAMS School City Conference
Antelope Valley Pioneers University of Antelope Valley Lancaster Cal Pac
Hope International Royals Hope International University Fullerton Golden State
Marymount Mariners Marymount California University Rancho Palos Verdes Cal Pac
Vanguard Lions Vanguard University Costa Mesa Golden State
Westcliff Warriors Westcliff University Irvine Cal Pac
Westmont Warriors Westmont College Santa Barbara Golden State

 

COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEAMS School City Conference
Antelope Valley Marauders Antelope Valley College Lancaster Western State
Canyons Cougars College of the Canyons Santa Clarita Western State
Cerritos Falcons Cerritos College Norwalk South Coast
Chaffey Panthers Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga Inland Empire
Citrus Fighting Owls Citrus College Glendora Western State
Cuesta Cougars Cuesta College San Luis Obispo Western State
Cypress Chargers Cypress College Cypress Orange Empire
Fullerton Hornets Fullerton College Fullerton Orange Empire
Golden West Rustlers Golden West College Huntington Beach Orange Empire
Irvine Valley Lasers Irvine Valley College Irvine Orange Empire
Mt. San Antonio Mounties Mt. San Antonio College Walnut South Coast
Orange Coast Pirates Orange Coast College Costa Mesa Orange Empire
Rio Hondo Roadrunners Rio Hondo College Whittier South Coast
Saddleback Bobcats Saddleback College Mission Viejo Orange Empire
San Bernardino Valley Wolverines San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino Inland Empire
Santa Ana Dons Santa Ana College Santa Ana Orange Empire
Santa Barbara City Vaqueros Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara Western State
Santiago Canyon Hawks Santiago Canyon College Orange Orange Empire

Building on this foundation, Blue Wave now fields 11U through 18U club youth baseball teams based in Irvine, CA, at the Orange County Great Park and train and play on a regular basis in some of the top local, regional, and national tournaments and showcase events.

All Blue Wave teams are professionally coached and managed by some of the leading trainers, coaches, and administrators in Southern California.

Blue Wave Athletics, Inc.

8 Peacock

Irvine,  CA  92604

(949) 202-7748

What We Do

Blue Wave provides beginning, intermediate, and advanced baseball instruction and training for players that want to take their game to the next level and stay one step ahead of the competition for youth All-Star, high school roster, college, or professional baseball opportunities.

Blue Wave’s formula for success in developing ball players at any level is based on the following directives:

  • Employ the best “professional” baseball coaches and trainers available for each specific age group to deliver the “right training and coaching at the right time” as players develop and progress through their baseball career.
  • Deliver exceptional value and results through consistent, year-round training, practice sessions, and game play.
  • Compete in the top leagues and tournaments in the area, region, and nation to ensure players go up against the best competition available.

TOP COACHES & TRAINERS

Blue Wave coaches and trainers have come from some of the top colleges, MLB teams, and high school coaching staffs in Southern California over the years, including: Cal State University Fullerton, Long Beach State, Stanford, Sacramento State, Fresno State, Vanguard, OCC, IVC, Angels, Rockies, Red Sox, Mets, Mariners, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and more.

Blue Wave has been fertile proving grounds for coaches in Southern California as well, producing many notable high school and club coaches as well.

Blue Wave coaching alum include Bret Kay (JSerra), Rich Pohle (Brea HS), David Bacani (Santa Margarita Catholic HS), Bishop Griggs (Saddleback HS), Bret LeVier (El Toro), Jason Smith (Fullerton JC), Ben Owens (Tustin HS), Benny Bonilla (Trosky Baseball), Matt Sorensen (Golden Valley HS), Kevin Conlin (Estancia HS), Darric Merrell (Temecula Valley HS), Louis Baltierra, Mike Fuchs, Charlie Phillips, and more.

And former Blue Wave players are now also making their way into the coaching ranks, including Justin Viele (LA Dodgers), Matt Florer (LMU), Jon Hurst (Diamondbar High School) and Carlos Cornejo (Mater Dei).

CONSISTENT PRACTICE AND GAMES

As they say, “practice makes perfect.” And, Blue Wave lives by these words with twice-weekly practices for pre-high school (11U-14U) teams, one practice typically is focused on hitting and the other on fielding.

Though consistent practice is the most important element for any team, the “game is the thing” and no one plays more consistently than Blue Wave teams, which play a minimum of two tournaments a month (or league games on weekends) to average of 6 to 8 games per month, more if possible.

PLAY AGAINST THE BEST

All Blue Wave teams play in highly competitive Spring, Summer, and Fall/Winter leagues as well as local, regional, and national tournaments throughout the year.

Pre-high school teams (11U-14) typically play in local tournaments, including USSSA, AAU, Xtreme Diamond Sports, PreGame Sports, Hardcore Baseball, and more.

Most Blue Wave youth club teams travel for MLB Spring Training games in March and some Blue Wave 12U teams travel to Cooperstown New York in the Summer to compete in week-long tournaments there.

High school-level Blue Wave teams participate in AABC-sanctioned 18U Connie Mack and 16U Mickey Mantle leagues or major collegiate showcase tournaments and events hosted by USA Premier Baseball, Under Armour-Baseball Factory, Perfect Game, USA Baseball, Arizona Fall Classics, and others.

How We Do It

Blue Wave is focused on individual and team development by providing beginning, intermediate, and advanced skills training at twice-weekly practice sessions, then reinforce what players learn in practice during live game situations – all on a regular and “consistent” basis.

Besides consistent practice/training sessions and regular game play against top competition, Blue Wave’s winning formula is based on age group and “having the right coaches at the right time” to move players up the ladder of success.

TEACH THE FUNDAMENTALS

For example, the 10U and 11U age levels are considered “Club Baseball 101” years where coaches work on the basic fundamentals of the game – such as base stealing, holding runners, cutoffs, and pick-off plays.

Typically, 10U and 11U players start at the “AA” or “AAA” level of play, where they make as many mistakes as they do plays. Besides just learning the fundamental skills required to catch, throw, hit and play the game, for many of them this is their first experience with playing for coaches that demand more discipline and a higher level of play from them.

Players at this age lack confidence, so it is important to have coaches that can balance discipline and instill confidence in young players at the same time. It takes more patience to work with players at 10 years old than it does with players at 18.

 

LEARN TO PLAY THE TEAM WAY

By the time players reach the 12U age group, Blue Wave teams compete at the AAA to Majors level, which is the top competition classification for club and travel teams. This is also the age where players begin to play in some national travel events.

At 13U and 14U, Blue Wave focuses on preparing players for their first year of high school baseball. At this age level, most Blue Wave coaches also coach at local high schools, such as Mater Dei, Northwood and others in the Irvine area, many of the same schools that the players will be attending.

PREPARE FOR HIGH SCHOOL

By the time a Blue Wave player steps on a high school field for the first time, most have had from 8 to 18 months of practice and game play at a 9th grade (freshman) level. They practice with high school coaches at high school facilities as 7th and 8th graders.

As a result, Blue Wave has one of the most successful high school prep programs in Southern California – 95% of the players make their high school teams as incoming freshmen.

Once players enter their high school years, Blue Wave gives them the advanced skills and training at the 15U and 16U levels to keep its players one step ahead of the competition for starting positions on the high school varsity team, as well as some of their first looks from college recruiters and scouts.

READY FOR COLLEGE

By the time players make a Blue Wave 17U or 18U team, they are well groomed to enter their “recruiting years” for college scholarships and, on occasion, for professional opportunities. At these ages, Blue Wave participates in top college showcase events and works with leading recruiters from across the nation to place players that are in their last year or two of high school.

More than half the players on Blue Wave 18U teams find collegiate and professional playing opportunities each year.

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