Fraser Valley Baseball Academy is a cumulation of several organizations whose owners saw a need and vision to bring together baseball organizations within the community to provide top level coaching and training to the youth of the Fraser Valley. Brian Finnie, owner of the UFV Cascades Baseball organization and The Yard Baseball Academy, Corey Eckstein, owner and operator of Yale Baseball Academy, Sandlot Baseball and Abbotsford Cardinals, began discussions in 2018, seeing that the organizations were close physical proximity to each other (20 minutes apart), to join forces to provide baseball training and coaching to players from pre-teen to university age.
Those discussions resulted in the forming of Fraser Valley Baseball Academy, which officially announced its appearance in the baseball scene in September 2018 in the Fraser Valley, spanning from Abbotsford to Chilliwack and surrounding areas. The baseball community should see this merger as an exciting collaboration of excellent instructors and coaches, who are working together to provide the best training to all those who participate.
The organization as a whole can boast incredibly qualified coaching staff, many who have played at the collegiate level, having been drafted, as well as having played professionally. All coaching staff have a love and passion for baseball and a strong desire to see players succeed in their skill, development and character.
Our vision is to not only see the existing programs continue to grow (UFV Cascades Baseball, Yale Academy, Fraser Valley Cardinals, group and private training), but we have a vision to see other programs develop that will benefit our community; namely, Challenger Baseball, Girls Baseball, Selects Teams, coaching minor baseball association teams, to name a few. We believe in giving back to our community through providing the best programming possible in the baseball industry.
Fraser Valley Baseball Academy strives for excellence in the providing of baseball training and coaching to players from pre-teen to university age, by ensuring our coaching and administrative personnel are well trained, understand the game of baseball, desire to grow and development young people.
We desire individuals to be the best they can be, not only as players, but also the best teammates, sons or daughters, friends, siblings, students and individuals of character and integrity in all their activities and actions. We do this by leading by example and exemplifying the same qualities we wish to see in our players. We do this by ensuring our coaching staff continue to learn and grow themselves in the best methods and styles for training individual players.
We value each individual for who he or she is as an individual.
We value learning what it takes to become a teammate.
We value developing trust in relationship—between coach and player, between players, between management and staff, between FVBA and the families with which we interconnect.
We value mentorship and desire to provide opportunities of growth and leadership for the students and youth who are entrusted to us.
We value strong worth ethic in all that we do, leading by example through our hardworking and diligent coaching and administrative staff and expect no less from those who participate in our programs, all the while showing this can be done in a fun and positive environment.