The Generals Baseball Club of the Ozarks, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, compete in the M.I.N.K. (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas) League, ranked in 2015 by Baseball America as one of the Top 10 collegiate summer leagues in the country. The team plays at Meador Park in Springfield, the primary home field for the organization since 1996 & also at Barnhouse Field in west Springfield. Generalsí games are webcast via the internet through Point Streak & on select web radio stations around the league.
Player applications for 2017 can be downloaded here. (Sending in the application does not provide a roster spot without approval, but simply increases consideration.) Roster makeup is heavily upperclassman: SR, JR, & JUCO Soph. Seniors who have completed their college eligibility & are looking to sign with a professional league are given roster preference. Freshman position players are considered only after late April. Red-shirts are not taken from any level of college baseball unless a former player.
Players or coaches with questions can contact Manager, Rusty Aton, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. 417 832-8830 or email to email@example.com
Because the Generals operate as an unfunded state and federally registered not-for-profit organization, all players contribute the amount necessary to cover the cost of the season. Player contribution for 2017 are $275 for pitchers and $375 for position players. Fees collected help cover uniforms, league dues, insurance, plus most overnight travel expenses. The actual out of pocket cost to players can be greatly reduced by fund raising programs set up by the team. This includes easy to print off and sending out tax deductible donation letters to family friends, and businesses.
Once a roster spot is offered and accepted, a $100 non-refundable deposit must be returned immediately with the Player Registration Form & Code of Conduct. Player fundraising documents are sent out via email immediately after signed contact and deposits are received.Players are Provided With:
Players To Provide:
It is recommended that players provide their own newer solid white and solid grey pants (no piping and no old practice pants) to ensure correct length and fit. If you do not have any, a pair(s) can be loaned in limited sizes.
Housing: Housing for players without friends or family in the Springfield area is provided through area host families or subleased houses/apartments. Host families are limited supply and go to players in order: pitchers, senior position players, all other position players. Any one receiving one is requested a $100 donation offset host families incurred expense. Arrangements are set up in early May & only after signing a player code of conduct agreement. Strict rules apply to staying with host families. Apartment/House cost average $250 per month and still require a code of conduct to be signed.
Employment: Limited jobs are typically available for players looking to make extra money however players are responsible for securing employment.
Transportation: Transportation around southern Missouri is the responsibility of all players. All players must bring a vehicle and drive themselves to work and local/southern division games or receive prior clearance before signing on to play. Team transportation for long road trips in the form of a team owned van is available for position player and pitchers who are expected to play those series.
Position players will have team owned composite bats available or can use their own wood bat. Players may use any approved wood bat.