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Pony Select Tridents


We are excited to announce an EXPANSION of the NBBA Select Tridents Program set to begin in a few short months this fall!! The Select Program, which was open for 7th and 8th graders this past year, has been a tremendous success, led by current CDM baseball coach — and former professional ballplayer — Brandon Trinkwon. Beginning this fall, we are expanding the Select Program to include 5th and 6th graders (with birth dates between May 1, 2009, and April 30, 2011). We will continue to field our 7th and 8th grade CDM High School feeder teams.  

The Tridents Select Program provides an advanced baseball training program for players who want to take their game to the next level. The Select Program is a perfect complement to our strong (and growing) Pony Recreational league. Registration for the Fall Recreational League will be coming out shortly.   

Below are details and dates for the proposed Select Teams — the Newport Beach Tridents:

  • The teams will be selected, managed, and coached by hired coaches — all of whom have played professionally and are actively still engaged in teaching / coaching / managing.
  • Each team will consist of 10 to 14 players.
  • Practices will start near the beginning of September for the fall season and will run until Thanksgiving. Depending on interest level and team count, the Tridents may participate in the Irvine Select or other local Club League and participate in a regular schedule of games, along with various weekend tournaments where possible. 
  • The spring season will start with tryouts in late January 2022 followed by practices in February, with games beginning in March and running through July.
  • During the regular season, there will be two practices and one or two games a week against other Select teams.
  • Costs for the Select Program will be finalized soon, but will be consistent with that of a club baseball program.
  • Players who earn a spot on the Spring 2022 6th grade Tridents team (those with birth dates between May 1, 2009, and April 30, 2010) will have an opportunity to register and compete in the Cooperstown All Star Event in New York during the summer of 2022.

Tryouts Are Required

Players are expected to try out for the NBBA Select Teams. Player evaluations and roster decisions are made by the hired coaches. Tryouts are open to all players within Newport Beach and surrounding areas and, for the Fall Program, will be held July 19 and 20 in Newport Beach at CDM's High School Freshman Field. Trying out does not require NBBA registration nor is it a commitment to play if selected.  Tryouts for the Spring Program will take place in late January 2022.