While the trend among many organizations in “travel baseball” is to form as many teams as possible, we have taken the exact opposite approach, focusing on the quality of instruction to each individual. We are focused on helping players with elite level skills to maximize their athletic potential.
The Niagara Junior Thunderwolves program is about the total development of the student-athlete. Our top priority, is to help each individual maximize their potential, both on and off the field. The young men/women who are accepted into the NJT program pocess the athleticism and tools to be successful. Our goal is to help them improve every facet of their game.
Each player is treated as an individual and is given instruction by quality instructors. All of our instructors have college baseball experience. Each instructor must have a stellar reputation, a strong knowledge of baseball, outstanding communication skills, solid leadership qualities and a true passion to help players develop.
Our showcase program has seen 50 student-athletes commit to playing college baseball over the past five years. During that time, 23 of our student-athletes have received Division I or II scholarships, more than any program in Western New York. In addition, our program has seen two alumni drafted (Charlie Mack & Matt Cross).
Our success has attracted many college coaches to our games, creating high exposure opportunities for all of our players. Our 2016 team saw 11 players selected to participate in Prep Baseball Reports New York Games, and the NJT have been invited to some of the best tournaments in the country, including Perfect Game's WWBA Underclass World Champioship in Fort Myer's, FL.
Program Pillars; Be Great!
We are committed to helping kids maximize their potential, and one of the key attributes to getting the most out of themselves, is to keep from getting into their own way. We believe that mentality is everything, and that mental toughness can be taught, and mastered. Our players are taught how to focus on the process, rather than outcomes, and how controlling our responses with relentless positive energy can transform our futures. We learn to embrace adversity, while working towards our goals.
Benevolent; act of kindness and goodwill towards others, "we" over "me" mentality
Ethics; moral principles that govern our groups behavior
Gratitude; grateful for the opportunities that we have been blessed with
Responsible; choose your response, control what we can control
Excellence in Effort; being at our best in everything that we do, every day
Attitude; energy givers, relentless positive energy
Toughness; mentally and physically, embrace adversity
Process vs. Outcome
Every day is a good day to live your dream #CollegeTrainingGround
The NJT play in the local travel circuit as well as participate in some of the top tournaments throughout the country. Our teams have participated in tournaments in NY, PA, OH, MD, SC, KY, MI, NJ and FL. Our goal is to challenge the student-athletes in our program by competing against the best teams possible.
Player Development & Quality Instruction
NIAGARA JR THUNDER WOLVES