Blue Wave 16U is for incoming high school freshmen (grad year 2024) that want to play extra games and selected local showcase events during the remainder of summer, Fall, and Winter months until players begin regular CIF games at the end of the year.

There are no mandatory practices for this team as most players have high school practices and games during the week. Optional team hitting sessions on Thursdays are available.

Otherwise, the team will start playing single USA Premier League games starting in July and August and in the Fall at the OC Great Park in Irvine as well as selected local showcase tournaments as scheduled and available.

This team is coached by Aron Garcia (see adjacent profile) and will carry 12 to 15 players for games and showcase events depending on pitching.

Players pay game, tournament, and showcase fees based on costs and number of players once the event is scheduled and finalized. Players do not pay for any game, tournament, or showcase if you do not play.

All players pay a $100 Fall Season Team fee to cover admin and operations costs. Players also pay for a cap and shirt if needed.

Those interested should contact Steve Kruse (949) 202-7748 at


Aron Garcia

Head Coach & Trainer
Vice President & Board Director


Northwood High School assistant Coach Aron Garcia is head coach Blue Wave’s highly regarded High School Player Preparation Program that is focused on developing seventh and eighth graders for high school baseball.

Garcia is one of the top youth team coaches in the Western region and excels at preparing players for their freshman year of high school and beyond.

Garcia’s teams are consistently competitive and highly ranked every year, he has more than 70 tournament and league titles to his credit, as well as 14U national championships in 2009 and 2010.

His 14U team was 67-14 in 2010, ranked 18th in the nation by Perfect Game national scouting service, and finished first or second in more than a dozen tournaments over a five-month span. His 11U team won 7 out of eight tournaments they entered in 2015 and were ranked No. 1 in Southern California and No. 10 nationally by USSSA.

Garcia’s 2018 Blue Wave 12U team won eight tournament titles in eight months, compiling a 53-8-2 record that was capped off with the Cooperstown All Star Village Week 9 Championship.

Garcia is also well experienced in playing in national tournaments; he was a member of the 1987 Northwood Little League team that played Taiwan in the Little League World Series.

He was featured in a feature article in the OC Register about his experience in the LLWS, as well as when he was featured in a June 27, 1988 Sports Illustrated as “The Comeback Kid.” And, in case you missed it, you can read the online version here HERE.

He was also a four-year varsity starter at Irvine High School, where he played short stop. After high school he attended Saddleback College, where he played baseball and football. He has coached baseball and football since 1996 at Irvine High School, Mater Dei and, currently, Northwood High School.