Houston Heat Select Baseball, Inc., a non-profit corporation, is one of the premier select amateur baseball organizations in the state of Texas. Membership is exclusive, and is by invitation only. Houston Heat Baseball was formed and designed to provide a complete baseball experience for the exceptional amateur baseball player by providing the highest level of competition, player development and exposure to college coaching staffs and professional scouts.
Members for our 18-under and 17-under teams are chosen each Spring based on their performance at the high school varsity level. Members for our 16-under and 15-under squads each year are primarily chosen from a series of invitational tryouts in either late Spring and early Fall. Even though we use the age-under classifications mentioned above, we actually design our Heat teams by school classification (Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen) instead of by birth date.
For members of our 17-under and 16-under teams, participation at this level provides the opportunity to play with many of the premier players in the area against the best players and competition in the state of Texas. This opportunity will enhance a player's future plans in baseball, whether it is to advance to the college or professional level. We are highly recognized by college coaches and professional scouts for showcasing our players throughout the state, and the contacts we have with them is a valuable resource to the young player and his family. Our goal is to provide the best opportunities for our players to showcase their talents to these coaches and scouts in a winning and positive atmosphere.
The Houston Heat teams and players are expected to conduct themselves in a first-class manner, both on and off of the field. Our organization will continually stress good attitude, sportsmanship and the importance of mental composure to each player. These primary items include respect for the game, respect for your parents and teammates, and to prepare yourself academically to be able to play at the next level. The Heat organization wants players that realize the importance of preparation and have the desire to compete with the best against the best. The Heat coaching staffs are selected by our Board of Directors. No player’s parents are included in our official coaching staffs.
The Houston Heat is a charter member of the Premier Baseball Association, an elite national organization that includes approximately 26 of the top select organizations in the country (primarily from Texas and the Midwest) and the Heat will provide two teams in each of the Premier National Championships for Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen each summer. The Houston Heat is also affiliated with Texas Premier Baseball (Kyle Chapman, Houston Select, Austin Slam, Austin Wings, Arlington A's, Dallas Mustangs, South Texas Sliders, Ft Worth Cats, North Texas Titans, and the College Station Twelve); and nationally with Perfect Game, the NABF and AABC. We are also linked strongly with USA Baseball, as typically the Heat will provide 1 or 2 players for the NABF national team participating in the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in Cary, North Carolina, each summer. Former Heat players Scott Kazmir, Austin Creps, Homer Bailey, Kyle Russell and Cavan Biggio have previously been selected from this annual tournament to participate on a USA National Team.
The 17-under teams each play approximately 40-50 games during the summer. These Houston Heat teams will compete with the other Houston area Texas Premier select baseball teams in several showcase and/or tournaments in the local area beginning in early June and will participate in two or more summer national select tournaments, including Perfect Game’s 17U WWBA National Championship in East Cobb, Georgia, and to Premier Baseball’s Junior Championship in Joplin, Missouri. The tournaments selected will be chosen based on the outstanding competition level and the exposure level to be provided to our players. One of the primary goals of the organization during the summer is to provide our juniors the opportunity to perform in front of numerous Texas area college coaches and professional scouts. During the Fall of each year, the 18-under and 17-under squads will participate on weekends in showcase-style doubleheaders or events beginning in September. In October, we will send one 17U team to Perfect Game’s WWBA Underclass World Championship in Ft Myers, Florida, and will send one 18U team to the most prestigious event in the country during the year, Perfect Game’s WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Florida. The Heat won the world championship of this elite event in 2004 and was the runner-up in 2006.
Each of the 16-under and 15-under teams will participate primarily as tournament teams. These squads will play in 6 to 8 tournaments each season. The Heat will send two teams to the Premier 16U Championships in Lubbock, Texas, and two teams to the Premier 15U Championships in Dallas, Texas, during the month of July. We will also send one 16U team to Perfect Game’s WWBA Woodbat 16U Championship in East Cobb, Georgia, each summer. Each of our young squads will play in older age group tournament brackets as often as possible.
The 18-under summer Heat squad will consist of current graduated seniors only and will play in the local Stan Musial League, a collegiate wood bat league that plays during the week on local fields beginning in early June and plays until late July. The Heat also has one Heat College team that consists of players that have played during the spring at the collegiate level. These two teams will use this opportunity to prepare for their upcoming fall college season.
For each of our teams, the player fee's for each season will be reasonable and affordable and will include player uniforms, caps, insurance, tournament fees, league expenses and everything except the player's travel expenses. We are incorporated as a non-profit organization; therefore, none of our directors are paid a fee. Sponsorships and fund-raisers are used primarily to lower our player fees for the year.