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New Balance and Program 15 Launch Baseball Grassroots Program To Find and Develop Amateur Baseball Talent with the Training and Guidance of MLB Veterans

September 1, 2016

Global athletic leader New Balance and Program 15, the premiere baseball player development and training system, have officially launched a nationwide search for amateur baseball talent with the roll out of the Future Stars Series.

New Balance - Program 15 The Future Stars Series is part of Program 15’s goal of “Developing the Stars of Tomorrow”, and aligns with both organizations’ mission to “Change the Game” of baseball both on and off-field. With this new initiative, these two industry innovators are coming together to elevate the game of baseball by providing players across all economic levels an opportunity to reach their full potential through the training, development, and guidance of former MLB players, scouts, and coaches.

Based out of the Marucci Houston 40,000 square foot indoor training facility at Baseball USA in Houston, TX; Program 15 boasts a faculty and staff that includes multiple Major League All-Stars and World Series veterans including former MLB Vice President of On-Field Discipline as well as Houston Astros and New York Yankees General Manager, Bob Watson.

“Our program is specifically designed to develop each individual player’s ability to his full potential, then to get that player the results that their ability deserves”, says Program 15 President and Director of Development, Jeremy Booth. “Our commitment is the same, whether it’s a young man with the desire to move from select ball to playing in high school, from high school to being recruited by a Division 1 college or from college to MLB draft pick.”

Recognizing the staggering odds for an amateur player to reach the Major Leagues, New Balance and Program 15 are committed to providing every player in the program with the opportunity to grow and reach a level of achievement matching their highest potential. While that may not be enough to secure an MLB contract, it can translate into playing baseball at the high school level as well as the opportunity to earn scholarships from Junior College to Division 1 University Baseball programs, something that has been out of reach for many of these young men until now.

To make these opportunities economically accessible to more players, Future Stars Series will help families focus their financial resources to the level of baseball that best matches the individual player’s potential. New Balance will contribute to this effort by providing baseball and training apparel and footwear to all athletes as they participate in Program 15 training and competition.

Future Stars Series is not just about discovering and developing the MLB Heroes of tomorrow, it’s about discovering and developing the leaders of tomorrow, by creating real opportunities where they don’t exist today: opportunities for an education, opportunities for a future.

In a grassroots effort to reach as many undiscovered players as possible, Future Stars Series skills and evaluation camps along with program tryouts will be held at 16 regional satellite locations across the United States and one in Canada. Dates and locations to be announced.

For the latest Future Stars Series updates and announcements follow @ftrstarsseries on Twitter.

To learn more about New Balance baseball, visit http://www.newbalance.com/men/featured/baseball/, and follow @NB_Baseball on Twitter and @Nbbaseball on Instagram.