BLUE WAVE VARSITY-GARCIA

BLUE WAVE VARSITY-Garcia 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 on to college and professional ball over the years.

His Blue Wave Varsity-Garcia team is open to all varsity starting high school players and competes in the top division (17U/18U)  in some of the top local tournaments and showcase events in Southern California, including:

  • Five Tool Baseball
  • Baseball Factory
  • USA Premier Baseball
  • Prospect Wire
  • CCYB – Adidas Showcases

BLUE WAVE VARSITY-Garcia is for ALL high school varsity starters regardless of grad year – from incoming freshman (2028) to graduating seniors (2024 grad) and be playing in the top age division for each event we play this Summer 2024.

TRYOUTS 1ST WEEK OF MAY

New Players must tryout at the conclusion of the general CIF season and posted at www.bluewaveathletics.com and set for:

  • MON MAY 6 – 7:00 PM @ OC GREAT PARK FIELD 9 (Upperclass & Underclass)
  • TUE MAY 7 – 7:00 PM @ OC GREAT PARK FIELD 9 (Upperclass & Underclass)

New players must register online at www.bluewaveathletics.com/registration to tryout, practice, or play with any Blue Wave team or participate in any Blue Wave event.

There is no cost to register and no cost to tryout!

RETURNING PLAYERS MUST CONFIRM STATUS

Returning players do not need to re-register but need to confirm their status with Either Coach Garcia or Steve Kruse at

OPTIONAL PRACTICES & GAMES

Players selected for Blue Wave Varsity can also practice weekly in May and into June and July based on field availability. To date, the following practice sessions are scheduled:

  • TUE MAY 14 @ 7 PM AT OC GREAT PARK FIELD 9
  • TUE MAY 21 @ 7 PM AT OC GREAT PARK FIELD 9
  • TUE MAY 28 @ 7 PM AT OC GREAT PARK FIELD 9
  • TUE JUNE 4 @ 7 PM AT OC GREAT PARK FIELD 9

These 90-minute practice sessions are optional for all players and cost $25 a player when attended.

Blue Wave plans to set up one or two scrimmage games in May as players return from CIF playoffs, etc., with first tournaments starting over Memorial Day weekend as scheduled below.

Tune-up games or scrimmages are priced separately and optional for players that can make them.

Going into the summer, each Blue Wave team will play in three or four tournaments/showcase events as listed.

Each event is priced separately and paid two weeks prior to event and only payment guarantees spot on roster. Package pricing is also available for various team events.

All players must be approved and confirmed for the events by respective coach or contacting Steve Kruse (949) 202-7748 or

BLUE WAVE VARSITY-GARCIA SUMMER SHOWCASE EVENTS

  • May 30-June 2 Five Tool California SoCal Summer Kickoff provides three games guaranteed against top local teams at various Orange County locations. Cost is $200 per player, Pitcher Only is free. Roster spots are limited.
  • June 21-25 USA Premier/Prospect Wire Firecracker Classic at OC Great Park, Irvine. Prospect Wire has joined forces with USA Premier Baseball to take the granddaddy of all SoCal summer showcases to the next level by deliver five games against the best teams in the Western Region. This event features:
    • Great Facilities and Competition
    • Live Scoring and Live Streaming
    • Scouting Coverage by the PW Scouting Staff
    • Full Social Media Coverage
    • Player Profiles Updated with Stats and Awards
    • Tournament Leaderboards, Player of the Game Coverage, MVP & MVPitcher Awards
    • PW All American Identifier Event For Grad Classes 2026, 2027, 2028

Cost is $275 per player, Pitcher Only is free. Roster is limited.

  • July 11-15 CCYB 2024 Travel Ball Upperclass Team Showcase delivers three, nine-inning games in front of local college recruiters and scouts for 2023, 2024 and 2025 grad year players. This has been the most-attended event in Orange County for college recruiters in the past two years with the following schools attending: UCLA – UCSB – LBST – CSUN –  CSF –  USC –  UCI – SDST – ASU – GCU – APU – Hope – Concordia – St Mary – UC Davis – Bakersfield – Georgetown – TCU – Santa Clara – LMU – Cal State Bakersfield – Cal Poly – UC Riverside – Lewis & Clark – New Mexico St – Pepperdine – CBU – UCON – Pacific – Oregon – Oregon St – Washington St – University of Washington – Stanford – CSUSB – UCSD – Golden West – TCU – CSLA – Arizona – Arizona St – Cal – Hawaii – BYU – Cal Baptist – NY Yankees – Boston Red Sox – Phillies – Santa Clara – UNLV – Blue Jays – Chicago Cubs – Fresno St – ECUI – Westmont – Utah – CMS – UC Davis – Matinek  – Cal Baptist – Fresno St – Claremont Mudd Scripps – Pomona-Pitzer – Westmont – SDCC – FJC –

 Cost is $275 per player, Pitcher Only is free. Limited roster.

  • July 25-28 Baseball Factory 17U Southwest Championships at OC Great Park, Irvine. Play four games against top teams in front of top college recruiting scouts from Baseball Factory. Free Personal Player Profile, Internal scouting presence and social media coverage, top performers recognition. Cost is $250 per player, Pitchers Only are free. Roster is limited.

Package price for all four above events is $795.

Once selected to play on Blue Wave Varsity-Garcia must pay for the first event the player can play in or deposit of $225 on the Package price.

All payments are made to Blue Wave Athletics by Zelle.

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Contact Steve Kruse (949) 202-7748 or to be added to any Fall event.

A WINNING TRADITION

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

(562)301-6516

 

ABOUT BLUE WAVE

Established in 1996, Blue Wave is one of the oldest and most respected “non-profit” club baseball organizations in Orange County. Blue Wave teams have played 6,500+ games, won 150+ tournaments, 12 national championships, and been nationally ranked on multiple occasions.

More than 400 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, Nebraska, Indiana, Kansas, Sacramento State, UCSB, Santa Clara, Clemson and more.

More than three dozen Blue Wave alumni have played or are playing or coaching Major League Baseball (MLB), including current Mariners Dylan Moore, Oakland A’s starter James Kaprielian, Rangers catcher Austin Hedges, Angels catcher Chad Wallach, and San Francisco Giants hitting coach Justin Viele.

Former Blue Wavers in college positions include Wes Oberlin Director of Development – Athletics at Sacramento State and Matt Florer, Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator.

Former either former Blue Wave players or coaches include Brett Kay (JSerra), Rich Pohle (Brea-Olinda), Bret LeVier (San Juan Hills), Jason Smith (Canyon),  Gabe Cota (Irvine),  Ben Owen (Tustin), and Drew Hillman (Laguna Hills).