Overview

Sportika Gallagher Baseball Academy

Sportika Gallagher Baseball Academy Director: Nick Franke, Jr. Email

The Sportika Gallagher Baseball Academy was created to help each player reach his fullest potential both on and off the field. The full year schedule was designed to provide practice time on the field (indoor at Major and Mini Sportika/ Outdoor), indoor hitting, speed & agility training as well as strength & conditioning training provided by Parabolic, and the option of ongoing academic support  (tutoring) and college counseling provided by Brainstorm. Additionally, Sportika Gallagher Baseball Academy student-athletes will have access to our in-house recruiting service to provide marketing services and college placement support.

We teach the game of baseball at a high level but much of what we teach and expect will be life lessons that go hand in hand with becoming not only a great player but also a great human being. We prepare our student-athletes by developing and refining their athletic skills, and also focusing on delivering life-skills and mentoring curriculum throughout the season through our Sportika-Goodworx partnership.

We instruct the technical and mechanical aspects of becoming the best player you can be, and we also develop hard-working, self-disciplined, organized, confident, and caring athletes.

The Sportika Gallagher Baseball Academy includes teams from the ages of 8-17. High school age teams (14-17U) participate solely in fall and summer tournaments and winter training. Teams from 8-13U participate in USABL fall, spring and summer leagues as well as select tournaments. The focus at all age levels is development through practices run by a qualified, positive coaching staff. The high school age teams participate in showcase tournaments almost exclusively so we can expose our players to the road ahead of them and help them achieve playing at the next level, whatever that level may be.

Academy Mission Statement

Academy Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Mission of Sportika baseball is to mold young men into hard working student athletes. We believe practice is the main proponent in this process. Many organizations simply put teams together and put them out on the field. Sportika creates a family environment by spending inordinate amounts of time together in the fall, winter and summer practicing to develop not only fundamentals and skills but mental toughness and fortitude only achieved by putting in countless hours of hard work. We not only are here to help our athletes get to the next level, but to have the best chance of success once they are there. Many of our coaches played at a high level and understand the pressures and requirements necessary to be successful. The hard truth is most of us are not lucky enough to play in the major leagues. Most ballplayers end up in the working world, and baseball is a phenomenal tool that can be used to prepare student athletes for the real world. Creating an environment that stresses accountability, communication, and work ethic is our idea of a successful travel baseball academy; not simply how hard a kid can throw a ball or how far he can hit it. We believe in the process, commitment to the process will eventually allow players to throw the ball harder and hit it farther and know how to use those tools.

Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff

Nick Franke, Jr.- Director of Baseball

A lover of baseball, Nicholas Franke Jr., has been involved in the sport for over 30 years. Nick started playing and practicing the sport at the young age of five. He developed his skill throughout elementary, middle school and high school playing for their respective teams. He pursued the sport in college where he played for two years. Nick has spent a lot of time the field playing and coaching baseball. He coached two years of high school baseball and has taught in numerous camps and clinics. Later, Nick used the skills he learned playing baseball and applied them towards his work with special needs children. Realizing the devotion, commitment, and patience learned from years of playing baseball helped with developing his skills and the skills of the children Nick taught. While teaching special needs children, Nick also ran the Titans Baseball Academy for twelve years. Nick has been on the field for 30 years playing and coaching baseball. He believes in hard work and training but also the love of the game.

Nick Criaris- Assistant Director of Baseball

Player

  • Played at St. Peter’s Prep 2001-2005
  • All State 2005, All Hudson County 2002-2005
  • Hudson county player of the year 2005
  • Drafted in 18th rd. Of 2005 draft (Red Sox)
  • Played catcher at Broward Community College 2005-2007 All conference both years, All region 2007
  • Played catcher at FAU 2007-2009

Coach

  • Coached for Broward College 2012, 2013-15
    Hitting and Catching coach, 1st and 3rd.
    base coach
  • Coached for South Florida Elite Squad 2009-2012
  • Coached for South Florida Breakers 2013 &2014
  • Private hitting and catching coach in Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward county
Coaching Staff
  • Rich Saitta- 8-9U (Young Guns) organizer and Head Coach
  • Cody Reilly- 14U Head Coach
  • Ben Collincini- 15-17U Assistant Coach, Pitching Coordinator
  • Tony Foti- 12-13U Head Coach, Pitching coordinator
  • Jerry Vasto- 14U Assistant Coach, Pitching Coordinator
  • Matt Krank- 15-17U Assistant Coach
  • Mike Pagano- 12U Head Coach
  • Mike Manges- 12U Assistant Coach
Academy Teams

Academy Teams

YOUNG GUNS ROSTER
  • Niko Antoniades
  • George Burdge
  • Christian Cannon
  • Andrew Dimarsico
  • Michael Fogarty
  • Skylar Garcia
  • Brandon Rice
  • Jace Saitta
  • Nick Stabile
  • Josh Sosinov
  • James Stark
  • Drew Walsh

 

  • RJ Conover
  • Connor Dalton
  • Jake Dubnik
  • Jagger Golden
  • Nick Lynch
  • Shane McIntrye
  • MJ Parulis
  • Zach Schwartz
  • Tommy Sciarra
  • CJ Simone
  • Jordan Walsh
  • Dieter Von Harten
SPORTIKA TITANS 11U ROSTER
  • Dylan DeGrazio
  • Vinnie DePonte
  • Nick Graziano
  • Jagger Jacobson
  • Vincent Picozzi
  • DJ Ragosa
  • Mike Santise
  • Billy Sivilli
  • Max Silberman
  • PJ Raneri
  • Chase Territo
12U ALLSTAR VILLAGE ROSTER
  • Parker Fegan
  • Logan Salas
  • Chris Collina
  • JD Graziano
  • Dylan Neves
  • Robert Havens
  • Aaron Freud
  • Jack Green
  • PJ Raneri
  • Billy Sivilli
  • Jagger Jacobson
12U COOPERSTOWN ROSTER
  • Dan Ciprian
  • Alex D’ambrosio
  • AJ Greenspan
  • Andrew Li
  • Aadhi Nayar
  • Christian Zabotka
  • Adrew Zottar
  • Ryan Kopf
  • Aex Monero
  • Dylan Newman
  • Arian Rodriguez
  • Erik Johnson
  • Eric Wong Jr
13U NICK FRANKE ROSTER
  • Nick Arthurs
  • Christian Bernardini
  • Jack Cambell
  • Dean Daddio
  • John Grano
  • Justin Herbstman
  • Reece Moroney
  • Kyle McSorley
  • Jake Smith
  • Mike Villani
  • Brandon Weiss
  • Paul Crivera
13U TONY FOTI ROSTER
  • Larry Casey
  • Paul Crivera
  • Thomas Devito
  • Vincent Dilleto
  • Michael Diver
  • Martin Dwyer
  • Nick Galindo
  • Michael Inacio
  • Lenny Maisucci
  • Sean Mcgarry
  • Dean Pandolfi
  • Ian Pedulla
  • Todd Post
  • Justin Bufano
  • Anthony Gubitosi
14U SPORTIKA ROSTER
  • Dom Canzona
  • Luke Centani
  • Nick Sartario
  • Chris Sottile
  • Jake Jacobson (500)
  • Andrew Neves
  • Steven Davis
  • Joe Dibernardo
  • Daniel Bellavia
14 U -PETO ROSTER
  • ANTONIO ANTONIADES
  • ALEX FARBER
  • CJ FOLGORE
  • AJ GARCIA
  • JACK KERN
  • KARAN PATEL
  • JAKE PETO
  • MATEO SALESI
  • NICK SELLARI
  • SELVADHARSA SELVAK
  • PJ SYVERTSEN
  • B WEHRINGER
  • JOSH WEISNSTEIN
  • CJ WISNIEWSKI
  • THOMAS ZAMMITTI
  • CHRISTIAN LUCADAMO
14U SPORTIKA TITANS ROSTER
  • John Carnemolla
  • Ryan Centani
  • Rylan Fegan
  • Lenny Iacoviello
  • Maurzio Iacovello
  • Jake Knorr
  • Riley Morrow
  • Nick Vaughn
  • Paulie Dipaulo
  • Jack Norkus
15U SPORTIKA TITANS ROSTER
  • Jack Greenspan
  • Drew Montgomery
  • Anthony Mauro
  • Jason Sparkes
  • Eli Greis Smith
  • Bobby Kuczynski
  • Joey Tuttoilmondo
  • Tyler Castellano
  • Douglas Doyle
  • Ethan Mann
  • Anthony Cristello
  • Adam Goldberg
  • Robert Wolf
16U SPORTIKA TITANS ROSTER
  • Nick Campisi
  • Nick Carnemolla
  • Brett Hilsheimer
  • Justin Holmes
  • Nick Mchugh
  • Nick Moss
  • Ivan Navarro
  • Anthony Pennise
  • Kyle Sciallo
  • Matt Venezino
  • Brendan Whalen
  • Alec Schartz
Tryouts

 SPORTIKA BASEBALL TRYOUTS

DECEMBER 2nd 2017

7U, 8U, 9U 9:30- 10:30 AM

10U, 11U, 12U 10:30-11:30 AM

13U, 14U 12:30- 1:30 PM

15U, 16U, 17U 1:30-3:00 PM

$20.00 Per child | Tryouts are for new players only

No tryouts required for current players

Please check the website for registration at Sportikasports.com

https://tinyurl.com/SportikaBaseballTryouts2017

ALL SESSIONS WILL BE HELD AT SPORTIKA,

150 WOODWARD ROAD, MANALAPAN

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to tryouts to allow time for check-in

Players should be dressed in baseball clothing as well as bring the appropriate equipment (Hat, Shirt, Pants, NO Shorts, Rubber Cleats or Sneakers only, No metal cleats.)

Any questions please contact:

[email protected] or [email protected]

 

Camps, Showcases, Clinics

Camps, Showcases, Clinics

Clinics

Sportika is offering 2 new programs starting in January:

Sportika Mini Major League

Ages 5-7 years old

Each 90 minute session will be run by two of our professional coaches. The first half of the session, the players will be focused on learning the fundamentals of the game, such as hitting, fielding, throwing mechanics and base running. The second half of the session, our professional coaches will provide live pitching in a game-type atmosphere to teach players not to be afraid of the baseball.

Dates: January 4th – February 8th (January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, February 1st, 8th)

Cost: $150

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/minimajorleague2018

Swing Series 2018 (Check out flier in photo gallery)

In each 90 minute session our players will work on many topics including:

• Swing Analysis
• Situational hitting approach
• Pitch recognition-location
• Pitch recognition- Off speed pitches
• Creating proper muscle memory
• Swing plane mechanics
• Hitting to all parts of the field
• Pre-season and in-season training routines

January 10th- February 28th
Wednesdays

Ages 8-12: 5:30pm-7pm Ages 13-17: 7pm-8:30pm

Cost: Members: $375 Non-Members: $450

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/swingseries2018

Held at Mini-Sportika: 323a Fairfield Road, Unit 10, Freehold, NJ 07728

Camps

Sportika will host a number of showcases and clinics throughout the year. They will consist of different types and purposes such as all-purpose fundamentals, pitcher/catcher clinics, hitting clinics, and college showcases where players will go thru pro-style workouts in front of college coaches where they will be evaluated by the college coaches themselves. These events will be age exclusive. Specific events will be posted as they are planned and scheduled.

Showcases

Sportika will host a number of showcases and clinics throughout the year. They will consist of different types and purposes such as all-purpose fundamentals, pitcher/catcher clinics, hitting clinics, and college showcases where players will go thru pro-style workouts in front of college coaches where they will be evaluated by the college coaches themselves. These events will be age exclusive. Specific events will be posted as they are planned and scheduled.

Lessons

Lessons

Lessons

Sportika’s coaching staff has individuals available for lessons/training in all aspects of the game. There are many coaches available that are happy to accommodate all skill levels based on expertise, level of commitment, and availability. Please contact Sportika to match t

Schedule Your Lessons[email protected]

 

BASEBALL NEWS

BASEBALL NEWS

Baseball News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPORTIKA AND GALLAGHER BASEBALL MERGE PROGRAMS TO FORM SPORTIKA GALLAGHER BASEBALL

Manalapan, N.J. (Nov. 30, 2017) – Sportika Sports and Gallagher Baseball announced today that their two baseball programs have officially merged to form Sportika Gallagher Baseball. The merger is an exciting development that fits perfectly into the Sportika mission to develop the student-athlete while also providing new opportunities for growth as an individual.

“As the Director of Baseball, I am excited for us to partner with Gallagher Baseball,” said Nick Franke, Jr. of Sportika. “Our collective game now is to continue to build the Sportika Gallagher brand into becoming the best program in New Jersey.”

Founded by Dave Gallagher, a nine-year Major League Baseball (MLB) veteran, the Dave Gallagher Baseball Academy has become a premier baseball learning academy in New Jersey. It has generated scholarships for its students totaling over $1,000,000 in tuition and professional contracts, all while showcasing a strong emphasis upon fundamentals, training and good sportsmanship.

“I am thrilled to be partnering with an organization that mirrors my passion of developing young student-athletes,” said Gallagher. “Sportika Gallagher offers long-term stability in a top of the line facility for New Jersey athletes.”

Gallagher himself played 17 years of professional baseball. He was originally drafted by the Oakland Athletics as the number three overall selection in the 1980 MLB January Draft (Regular Phase), which made him the highest drafted player ever from the State of New Jersey. He was then taken by the Cleveland Indians with the eighth overall pick in the 1980 MLB June Draft (Secondary Phase). After developing his game in the minor leagues, he eventually enjoyed a nine-year MLB career that included time with seven different clubs (Indians, White Sox, Orioles, Angels, Mets, Braves and Phillies).

“The future is bright for Sportika Gallagher Baseball,” said Jeffrey L. Jordan, Sportika CEO. “Nick Franke, Jr. has done a tremendous job this past year building our brand, and this merger with Dave Gallagher Baseball will only strengthen and accelerate our growth and stability. Sportika Gallagher’s goal is the become the best program in the state for the development of young baseball players, and student-athletes in general.”

Sportika Gallagher Baseball will be hosting tryouts this Saturday on the turf fields at Sportika Sports, which is located at 150 Woodward Road in Manalapan, New Jersey. Sessions will be run in the 7U to 17U age divisions, and tryouts are for new players only (current players do not need to attend).

For the latest information about Sportika Sports and its programming, make sure to visit SportikaSports.com and follow us on social media: @SportikaSports

 

Tryouts

Tryouts

Tryouts

Tryouts – Coming Soon