This is Coach Knight. Haven't been on here in a while but I used to post quite a bit.
I recently retired after 13 years as a high school head coach....but I will be working in conjunction with America's Team and ACIS travel and taking a team to Italy at the end of July. I am looking for players and I hope that some of you may know of kids looking for the opportunity of a lifetime.
This trip is NOT purely for all-state or D1 caliber players. The level of play depends on region but will be comparable to high school, so you don’t need to be a superstar to make the trip…..just a solid high school player. Most importantly, we want quality kids that love the game, carry themselves with class and who will appreciate this wonderful opportunity while being an ambassador of the United States. Parents and families are welcome to make the trip as well.
The trip is pricey (as you would expect for a trip overseas) but includes nearly everything. I have been in Europe twice before to play baseball and I can tell you that it would be the trip of a lifetime. I teach World History, but we will also have a guide from Italy with us 24/7 and we will visit the most incredible landmarks in Italy (Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, etc.).
If you are an interested player, a parent of a player or a head coach of a school or summer team and have some players that might want to go with me, I need the following information:
Name (1st & last)
Positions the individual is capable of playing (listed in order with best position 1st)
Year in school and high school you currently attend
Coach I can call/email for a recommendation (with some form of contact information)
We will take between 12-14 players, so it is 1st come, 1st serve. Once I have an opportunity to call or email your contact person and they vouch for you being the kind of person we want on a trip like this, I will send the information to Brigham Joy. Brigham is the founder and director of America’s Team, and he will send you an official invitation and provide you with all the details so that you can decide if this trip is right for you.
As I said, I was a varsity head coach for 13 years. I played collegiate baseball and 3 years in the professional ranks, as well as having had the opportunity to play for a Team USA in Holland in 1998. This is a legit chance for a young man to travel to Italy and play baseball while seeing sights that most people are not fortunate enough to experience in their lifetime. Also, they will be getting quality coaching and contacts from people like me that will undoubtedly help them if they aspire to play at the collegiate level.
If you have questions about me (Coach Knight) or the trip, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope some of you will take this wonderful opportunity to play baseball overseas!
Sincerely, Coach Jim Knight