About Our 14u Baseball Team

Hornets Baseball is a not-for-profit organization providing a high-level baseball experience for 14u players. This is an advanced, development-first program for players that want to build a strong foundation, improve performance, and gain a higher understanding to play competitive baseball at the teen level, high school, and beyond.

 

Hornets Baseball is open to all competitive baseball players with previous travel baseball experience and typically draws from Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware PA counties.

Past teams have represented:
  • Arcola Middle School

  • East Norriton Middle School

  • LaSalle High School

  • Owen J. Roberts Middle School

  • Perkiomen Valley Middle School East

  • TE Middle School

  • Valley Forge Middle School

  • Westtown Middle School

Expert Coaches

The Program is directed by a very experienced coaching staff that includes D1 and D3 college level playing experience, college level coaching, and recruiting expertise. These coaches teach team concepts, conduct specialized position training, instruct in-game strategies, and provide positive enforcement to handle the mental aspects of the game. They speak to players from personal experiences providing easily digestible lessons.

 

Head Coach Ben Krentzman does not have a son, relatives, or family friends on the team. This allows him to make unbiased decisions in the best interest of the team with a focus on teaching and building every player to be the best they can be.

What Parents Like:
  • Advanced development to play into high school and beyond

  • Expert coaches with high level playing and coaching experience

  • Head coaches/coaches that choose players, rosters, lineups, and pitchers do not have sons on the teams.​

  • Less expensive than academies while still providing high value

  • Great price including full uniforms (2) and no hidden charges; Broken into 4 payments

  • Never driven by profits or expenses; Focused on players

  • Family friendly, pre-set schedule for future planning

  • Travel radius <2 hours; Avoid overnight stay

  • Highly organized, structured, and communicative

  • Very positive and supportive environment – no yelling

A Complete Offering

Our program is designed to provide players with an advanced experience with a cohesive, end-to-end offering:

  • Winter workouts with specialized instruction

    • School team preparation

  • Outdoor practices

  • Prep and single games

  • Tournament competition

Tournaments

Hornets Baseball has played at MSI, In the Net, ECTB, PBT, BSE, and we are constantly evaluating other venues. We will evaluate the team at the end of the season for extra Perfect Game or Ripken Tournament not included in the regular schedule.

Mission

Hornets Baseball is not driven by profit or accolades. Our goal is to build competitive baseball teams with a focus on individual player development that is rooted in a very positive and supportive environment. Player success will be built on the following pillars:

 

  • Physical

  • Mental

  • Emotional

 

Baseball is very difficult. No player ever got better because their coach yelled at her/him repeatedly. It’s the emotional aspect of the game and the critical role confidence plays that is never addressed enough. By focusing on building confidence through support, allow failure to learn, positivity, individual instruction, and a cohesive team culture - success then has a chance.

 

Players

The roster is designed for skilled players willing to make the Hornets a priority. We will develop their abilities and knowledge to play more than one position.

 

A big benefit to our program is our integrated winter workouts. This is where early gains are made and it gives our players a big head start and a big advantage when they have to tryout for their school team. We will do mock tryout drills, talk about the tips and best practices to have their best tryout, and have them in baseball shape, far ahead of their classmates.

Player Requirements
  • Make the Hornets a priority

  • Be accountable!

  • Commit to the team with >80% attendance at games and practices

  • Positive attitude with team over themselves

  • Support teammates in practice and games

  • Represent Hornets Baseball in a positive manner, on and off the field

Parent Requirements
  • Help player to attend >80% of all team activities

  • Support the team concept not just your own player

  • Communicate to coaches and other parents in a constructive, civil manner

  • Refrain from any actions or dialogue detrimental to Hornets Baseball

  • Do not coach from the sidelines (Interferes with called plays)

  • Be part of creating a positive and fun environment

 

Beyond Baseball

While we are developing baseball players, we’re also committed to developing young men. This age is critical in understanding how to work within a group dynamic, listening to the viewpoint of others, processing advanced instruction, preparation, respect and support for teammates and coaches - all while coming together with those of different backgrounds and experiences to achieve a common goal. Accountability and maturity will be part of regular messaging.

 

The team will be purposely challenged with tough competition. It will be in these times of adversity that we will teach and support a positive response and how to work through these challenges.

 
Apply

If this matches your objectives and commitment, please fill out the Tryout Form now to reserve a spot at our October 6 and 25 tryouts.

What is Hornets Travel Baseball Team?

An independent 14u baseball team that plays tournaments and games in southeastern PA and New Jersey. It is best suited for players living in Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester counties of Pennsylvania from Conshohocken to Kimberton and West Chester to Broomall.

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