Here are some quick facts about the program. Please note that much more detailed information will be covered at tryouts and in the recruiting process. There will be a parent meeting at the beginning of each tryout.
Founder and Owner, Scott Watson
I have been the 18u head coach since inception in 2001. I oversee everything to ensure quality and consistency throughout. We are a curriculum based program and not a collection of teams. I am in the trenches during the winter training period and frequent games at all ages. Please visit the About page for more information.
This year we are celebrating 21 years of excellence in mentoring and baseball. We've had 12 players drafted and helped countless kids reach the college ranks. Our program is rich in tradition. Culture, routines, and attention to detail are important to us. We offer a great deal of experience and although we are not perfect, we take pride in providing excellent service.
I've been a head coach for 23 years and have coached over 1,700 baseball games. I have formulated many philosophies that will be shared at tryouts and during the recruiting process. I consider this to be proprietary information as our program is well designed and we simply want to protect our curriculum. In addition, we strongly believe in the term student athlete and not just athlete.
Private Tryouts take place year round
Formal Tryouts - mid July to mid August - visit our Tryouts page
Optional Fall Ball Program - visit our Fall Ball page
Orientation - takes place after all teams are set
Winter Training Program - begins mid October / ends late Feb.
High school players will focus on HS baseball at this time.
Spring Training - early March to mid April / for non HS players.
Games for non HS players begin mid April and end late July. Games for HS players begin after high school ball and ends late July. Younger players that dual roster on a Wave team and little league have a different game schedule, but participate in the same winter training program as everyone else.
WBI Sports (aka The Jungle) is home of the Seattle Wave. It's located at 2027 196th Street SW, STE A-103, Lynnwood, WA 98036. WBI is incredibly organized, well equipped, and distinctevly clean. We recently completed a renovation to include, but not limited to: 2 brand new full length 70' cages with curtain dividers, new screens throughout, a helmet cubbies, sound system, turf area for catchers work, and much more. We also added deadlifting stations and will soon install squat racks, another 70' cage, and more. We have a parking lot out back that has many purposes such as: skill work, tractor tire flipping, base running, more. Visit our Facility page for more information.
Winter Training Program
We believe our winter program is the benchmark in training. We've developed a very precise curriculum over the years. I give a lot of credit to my mentors - Ken Knutson (current Cleveland Indians Throwing Coordinator, former Head Coach at UW, and former Pitching Coach at ASU), Joe Ross (current Area Supervisor Scout for the Kansas City Royals, former PAC 12 coach for 20 plus years), Ron Wolforth (Texas Baseball Ranch, seen on 60 Minutes, ESPN, and more), and many others! We'd not be where we are today without these great baseball minds.
Our model encompasses the following, but not limited to - a defined hitting program, an extensive throwing program (not just for pitchers), arm care protocol, a strength training program, and position skill development. We also focus heavily on mindset (the brain) and nutrition. There are many facets to our overall curriculum, and like our philosophies, we consider it proprietary information. Therefore, we will reveal much of it at tryouts and during the recruiting process. Winter training is thorough and rigorous, but fun. I think you'll find our winter training program to be the most comprehensive one out there.
We currently have 9 clubs and 18 paid coaches. Our coaches are also the instructors at WBI. Many of our coaches played for the Wave and are now much older. All of our coaches have high school, college, and/or professional experience. Everyone is consistent and teaches from the same defined curriculum. We have coaches meetings throughout the year to ensure consistency. Our staff is firm, but fair. We are very professional and lead by example. Everyone understands culture and synergy. We truly have the best staff around. Please visit out Coaches page for more information.
Uniforms and Apparel
We take a tremendous amount of pride in appearance. Each player will receive the following as part of their fees, but not limited to: caps, a helmet, a hoody and/or warm fleece, dri fit training tops, t-shirts, jerseys, training shorts, baseball pants, socks/belts, and a bat bag. All items are new and professionally designed. Parents will have the opportunity to order spirit wear.
Over the years, we have have built solid rapport with many college coaches and programs. Promoting kids to the next level is not new to us. That said, kids have to do the work. There are no handouts. Please visit out College page for more information.
We currently play in the Seattle Elite League. League play will provide approximately 20 games per season.
We play 6 to 10 tournaments depending on age. Most tournaments are local. Some travel is required.
Travel is not included in the team fees. We act as the travel agent. Everything is organized and easy to navigate.
We do not fundraise at this time.
We are very transparent with our fees. We will never ask for another penny and will deliver on everything defined. Fees include any and everything associated with the season - all training, fields, league and tournament fees, umpires, uniforms and apparel, paid coaches, equipment, insurance, and more. The fees will cover everything, except travel. They will be broken down into two parts - a deposit and monthly installments. Fees will be covered in detail at tryouts. The fees in 2020 were $3,480 for 12u and up. It was considerably less for 11u and under. I don't anticipate this changing much. If it were to, it would be very nominal and discussed at each tryout. Again, our fees cover everything, except travel.