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Why are The Canes a Different Brand of Baseball and Softball?

Canes Great Plains has over 16 years of proven experience coaching and developing both youth and high-school-level baseball and softball teams. Our coaching staff was built from years of experience at the professional, collegiate, and high school levels.

We help athletes achieve their goals on and off the field to develop at each level of their journey which requires individualized plans appropriate for age and skill level. As a coaching staff, we focus on what works best for not only the individual but the team as a whole; allowing not only our players, but our entire organization to grow and improve each season.

our mindset is always on long-term player development above all else.  we know what it takes to build a player for the future because we have lived it.  real player development is hard; something people like to say they offer, but they lack the resources, structure, and experienced people that it requires to do it right.  the canes simply do what 99% of the industry won't do when it comes to these things. player development is in the details, it's in the repetition, the simplicity of how to teach the fundamentals of the game that has been lost over time.

Are you Ready to be a Cane?

we know from experience how rewarding it is to take a gifted athlete and prepare them for the next level of high school to the professional level, it's one of our sweet spots that the canes are infamous for.  however, we love identifying the player with pure desire, heart, and athleticism and turning them into something more, something special;  that's what we do better than anyone.  We have the staying power along with a proven track record and brand to back up our athletes that are striving to get to their next level.  come climb with the canes!  #Canesway

Youth: 6U - 12U

  • At this stage of a player’s development, we focus on baseball and softball knowledge and basic fundamentals. This is not the level for players to define themselves by one position in the field. We develop players in multiple positions and develop basic mental toughness that will help them excel in the game and in life. We will compete in each and every game and work on developing our youth teams' skills. However, we do not chase rings. Winning will come as a player and team skills develop.

  • With multiple teams at each age group, each athlete is able to thrive on a team that best fits their unique skill level instead of just their age. We have multiple, proven success stories where an individual on a lower-level team grew and matured to lead their high school team in hitting. Thanks to the development and coaching of our staff, these athletes were able to grow a foundation at this young age and later transfer that knowledge to succeed at even higher levels. We provide convenient locations for teams to practice, allowing for more time spent on skill development and less time spent driving to a facility an hour away.

Prep: 13U - 14U

  • As our athlete's age, they are challenged with higher-level competition as coaches begin to refine their skills. Our staff focuses on players’ mental preparation and game-time mental toughness in order to prepare hitters, pitchers, and defensive specialists to enter high school and compete in the college showcase circuit.

  • We prioritize proper education on arm care and have additional tools and equipment readily available so every aspect of training and rehabilitation can be taught and communicated in a way that will aid their journey. Our top-level teams have the opportunity to compete in high school showcase-like tournaments, allowing players to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to compete at the next level.

High School: 15U - 18U

  • Canes Baseball and Softball provide a unique opportunity for our high school athletes across all skill levels and ages. As a member of one of the top-ranked programs in travel sports, our players are among the first to have the opportunity to be called up to the national-level teams. Canes Great Plains consistently forms Scout teams made up of the region's best talent to major exposure events and recommends players to compete at the national level when a player is excelling. We take great pride in our athletes excelling on the biggest stage. By providing our athletes with exposure to college coaches, and also creating opportunities to play at top college campuses and venues, we are able to cultivate a successful organization centered around the athlete.

  • During the summer we focus on the local and some out-of-state showcases. The fall is centered around regional tournaments that will allow the player to gain valuable exposure and skill refinement. We also believe the fall is our best time to attend some college-specific Canes Only Scout Days.  Throughout the winter, we offer a best-in-class workout schedule, to keep our athletes in shape and prepared for their high school season which also includes hosting College Prep Workshops that help teach our athletes how to communicate with prospective colleges and be responsible for their recruitment journey. There are no resources that a player cannot access when you play for the Canes.   Our system is proven.  We have a high return rate of our former players that return to The Canes as a coach which is a testament to the teachings they experienced as a player and how proud they were to wear the "C".

As a Canes Great Plains athlete, you will be playing with great players and against great players. Our coaching staff, which has more experience working with college coaches and professional scouts than any organization in the Great Plains, will work tirelessly to help each athlete reach their maximum potential.

"Most important advice you emphasized to our kids regularly was that grades and character are really the most important thing. Baseball may open doors but it's the other stuff that will allow you to walk through them."