Got baseball dreams? Open tryouts set for new Fisher Cats youth travel team program

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First tryouts August 17 &18 for Manchester-based youth program

Be a Fisher Cat in training.
Be a Fisher Cat in training.

MANCHESTER, NH — The New Hampshire Fisher Cats announce a new initiative at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.  The team is launching its own travel baseball program to be based at its Manchester ballpark and to begin play in the fall of 2015.  The new program will field teams for players ages 14-17, and will focus on developing skills to allow these players to compete at their next level.

To begin the program, the team will conduct two open tryouts at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.  The schedule is as follows:

  •             Monday, August 17 at 5:30 p.m. – 14U and 15U players
  •             Tuesday, August 18 at 5:30 p.m. – 16U and 17U players

Players should attend the tryout based on their age prior to May 1, 2016.

 The program will be led by Steve Pratt, the Fisher Cats’ VP of business development and general counsel who played professional and Division I college baseball, and has more than 20 years of coaching experience.

 “This is the next step for our team in expanding our community involvement while also contributing to the growth of the game we love,” said Rick Brenner, Fisher Cats president and general manager. “Our mission is to provide these players with comprehensive coaching and the opportunity to develop their skills at a first-class facility, and to prepare them to continue their playing career beyond the youth level. We are fortunate to have Steve’s experience to spearhead this program through its beginning stages.”

 The travel program is open to players in New England and the northeast, and will begin play with a light schedule this fall.  Beginning in 2016, teams can expect to play a robust schedule from May through August featuring multiple tournaments each month, as well as a series of individual games throughout the season.  Select tournaments and games will be played at the Fisher Cats’ ballpark.

Players interested in joining the new program should plan to attend the upcoming tryout on Aug. 15. Aspiring athletes need to come dressed for baseball and bring the proper equipment.  A $50 tryout fee can be paid on the date of the initial tryout.

Pratt played professionally in the San Francisco Giants organization after his career at nationally-ranked University of California-Santa Barbara, a Division I program. His varied coaching career includes a stint at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, which plays in a league that ranked as the strongest high school league in the nation in 2014. While there, Pratt led the team to the second championship in school history.  He also coached for the San Diego Tide, an elite travel organization in southern California. Many of Steve’s players have gone on to play in college at all levels, including Division I and II.

 The program’s mission is to coach young players to play the game the right way, to improve their skills, and, in conjunction with both of those goals, prepare them to play at the next level appropriate for their ages and skill level.

 For more information, contact Steve Pratt at

The Fisher Cats return home on Monday, July 27 for a seven-game homestand at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.  The set includes three Atlas Fireworks shows, Kids Wallet and Kids Glove giveaways, WMUR Play Ball for CHaD Night, Firefighter Appreciation and jersey auction to benefit MDA, and the first Splash Day of 2015.  Tickets and the full promotional schedule are available at

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