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The purpose of the JCB Advanced Baseball program, known as the Diamond Kings (DK), is to provide advanced instruction to all players (5U to 18U) that have an abundant enthusiasm for the game of baseball with the opportunity to learn and compete at a higher level without the associated monthly fees of a “travel” program and without paid coaches.

JCB DK teams have also given back to the community by volunteering at local events (e.g., Habitat for Humanity). JCB Advanced Baseball Program is a fantastic opportunity for players, coaches, parents, and their families to build long-lasting relationships and to assist with local community events!

Selection Process

Grading criteria for evaluations will spell out exactly what 1-5 means on the grading chart for head coaches to grade the players. We will use the Team Genius app to evaluate and summarize results. Providing more transparency and continuity to our league.

Players must attend a JCB Diamond Kings tryout to be selected unless an injury prevents attending a JCB Diamond Kings tryout and this will be addressed on a case by case basis. This will be held in August for Fall, January for Spring, and April for summer all-stars.

Different age group Head coaches will grade the JCB Diamond Kings tryouts. No assistants will run the tryout. All grades will be entered for automatic grading. Scores will be reviewed the day of the evaluations by the Coaches Coordinator and JCB All-Star Director. Final rosters will then submitted to Board for approval.

Only the Diamond Kings Elite team manager is announced at the start of each season and team evaluations will be done at end of each season to determine that the manager deserves to stay as manager the next season. Returning Elite team coaches have first dibs at the job if the evals are good each season. If not we will open up an interview process to replace him or her.

After the JCB Diamond Kings Elite team is picked each fall and spring, the Diamond Kings Select team will be selected next if enough qualified players for a second team tried out at the same time.

7 players must be picked from the top 12 scored players from tryouts (including makeup tryouts). Other players are picked based on team needs, scores of tryouts, and past performance in rec and past AB teams. After the Elite team is picked, the Select team must pick 7 from the next higher 12 scored players left from the tryout.

JCB Diamond King rosters will be a 12 man roster for the Elite team and Select team but not more than 14. If a player decides he does not want to play for the Elite team he cannot play for the Select team.

In the fall, JCB Diamond Kings Elite coaches will hold instructional camp 2 days a week from Sept 1 to the end of October for all Elite and Select players as well as those considered bubble players. The camp will be try-out based. The top 24 scores will be invited in each age group. Only the top 12 can opt-out of playing Rec baseball in the Fall. Every other player must play Rec in Fall. 6 camp slots will remain open for any Rec players who are on the bubble. Rec Player invites are invited by Rec Head Coach Nomination only and submitted to the Coaches Coordinator during the rec season.

JCB Diamond Kings Elite teams do not have to play rec in fall as long as they play at least one travel tournament a month with a preference 3-4 tournaments (or DH for younger teams with no available tournament exposure) as a guide during fall. Select teams must play rec in the fall. Failure to participate in Rec will lead to immediate camp ineligibility.

In spring, rec is required by all teams in JCB in order to qualify for all-stars (10 game schedule). The Elite teams can play up and mix with another A team to play doubleheaders to count for the all-star requirement. Select teams will stay in rec in spring in all groups (except 12u who cannot play up in 13u per Cal Ripken rules). Rec has priority since we are part of JCB if they need coaches from our JCB Diamond Kings. 



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450-106 State Road 13N, #231
St Johns, Florida 32259

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