Blue Wave Varsity is coached by Aron Garcia, one of the top youth coaches in Southern California with a winning tradition and has seen several hundred of his players go one to college ball and professional over the past dozen years.

His Blue Wave Varsity-Garcia team for varsity starting high school players and will compete in either the 18U or 17U division in the top local tournaments and showcase events this summer, including:

  • May 27-30 Baseball Factory Memorial Day Classic will officially kick off the summer season and be held at Azusa Pacific and East LA College. This is a 3-game guarantee, and our team will compete in the top 18U division. Local college recruiters are expected to attend, BF scouts also score each game. Baseball Factory is a top-tier recruiting service and several Blue Wave alumni have been recruited through their team showcases over the year.
  • June 9-12 Five Tool SoCal Regional will be played at Amerige Park and East LA College with a 4-game guarantee. Five Tool is one of the top collegiate recruiting services and hosting several events in California for the first time. They expect to have several recruiters and scouts at each of their events. Blue Wave will compete in the 17U division for this metal bat showcase.
  • July 1-8 USA Premier Firecracker Classic. The oldest and largest event of the summer with a 4-game guarantee and played at OC Great Park and local fields. This is a wood bat tournament and draws local college recruiters for teams that make the semi-finals and championships games at the Stadium.
  • July 15-17 California Travel Ball Varsity Showcase at OC Great Park expects to be the top event of the summer with an invite-only 30 top Club Teams and for varsity-level players in a single division. Hosted by CCYB, each team plays 9-inning wood bat games each day for three days at OC Great Park with the top four teams advancing to a championship. Coaches from CSF, UCI, CSUN, and USC are already committed to not only scouting but will select an All-Tournament Team and host a workout for the team on Sunday night after all games are finished. Recruiters from UCLA, SDST, and others are also expected to attend.
  • AUG 1-7 Five Tool West World Series will cap the summer season with an invite-only national championship level showcase with a -game guarantee played at Amerige Park, East LA College, Biola University, and Great Park, Irvine. 30+ teams will compete for this event that is expected to be heavily scouted. Blue Wave  will compete in the 17U division for this metal bat national event.

The player fee for the Blue Wave Varsity-Garcia team is $895 for position players and free for a qualified pitcher only. The player fee includes five tournaments, practice sessions, and scrimmage games. The deposit is $300 with the balance due prior to the first practice session. All fees are refundable prior to the first scrimmage game or tournament game. Payments can be made upon approval.

Blue Wave Varsity players will play a minimum of 20 games and are provided with a recruiting profile on our Blue Wave Varsity team listed on Field Level.


Tryouts for new players will be held 5:30-8:30 PM Monday May 2 at OC Great Park Baseball Field 9, Irvine. New players must register online at to try out, practice, or play with any Blue Wave team or participate in any Blue Wave event. There is no cost to register.

Returning players do not need to re-register but need to sign up and pay a deposit upon approval by the respective Blue Wave coach.

Those interested in playing in any of the games or events above, please contact Steve Kruse (949) 202-7748 or



Longtime Orange County youth baseball Coach Aron Garcia is director of player development at all levels for Blue Wave’s highly regarded High School Player and Collegiate Preparation Programs that are focused on developing players for the next level for any ballplayer at any age.

Garcia is one of the top youth team coaches in the Western region and excels at preparing players for high school, college and beyond. In his 18 years as a coach, several hundred of his former players have gone on to play college and professionally.

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 high school varsity-level teams have won numerous tournaments and showcase events.

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 shortstop. 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 Northwood High School, and currently at Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine.

Aron Garcia

Head Coach & Trainer
Vice President of Player Development