Ohio Spikes Headquarters & More
Diamond Dreams is committed to supporting travel baseball and softball. In fact, Diamond Dreams is the training home of the Ohio Spikes, which offers different levels of play as described below. While our facility is open to the public and to all teams looking for a quality, indoor facility, the nonprofit Spikes enjoy a special relationship with Diamond Dreams. The Spikes' headquarters are located on our Upper Deck and members of the Spikes receive discounts on team rentals, individual memberships and Baseball 365 training. In fact, members of all teams who train at Diamond Dreams receive discounts on Baseball and Softball 365 training.
Ohio Spikes Showcase
Showcase Level Baseball
The Ohio Spikes Showcase team(s) were created for the highest caliber high school players. The program was developed by highly credible, well connected, former pro and college players with a commitment to the college recruitment process. The program offers year-round training, including optional participation in the Diamond Dreams High School Fall Academy at Canal Park, home of the Akron Rubber Ducks. The Academy includes Division I level training and is followed up with optional Speed & Agility, Strength & Flexibility and Sport Specific training at Diamond Dreams. Showcase teams will play the highest level of summer competition, focusing on heavily scouted tournaments and round-robin invitationals.
Program participation is by invitation only; and, the Spikes strive to focus on players from Stark and neighboring counties. The Spikes seek players and families who are dedicated to accomplishing the goal of playing baseball at the highest level.
Ohio Spikes Elite
Elite Level Baseball
The Ohio Spikes Elite Level Baseball program competes at the highest level in Ohio and surrounding states. Over the years, Spikes elite teams have been state champions, state runners-up and competed favorably at a number of in-state and out-of-state national tournaments. Spikes elite teams will train more, travel farther and play stiffer competition. Elite level players are identified at tryouts and discussions are held with both players and parents to confirm their level of commitment. Please note that the Spikes may have more than one elite level team at each age group.
Given the time and financial commitment, and depending upon each player and family's individual circumstances, some elite level players may be better served playing for Spikes select level teams.
Ohio Spikes Select
Select Level Baseball
The Ohio Spikes Select Level Baseball program competes at the highest appropriate level, mostly within the state of Ohio. Spikes select level teams will train slightly less, play in a competitive travel league and play in fewer tournaments, most of which will be in Northeast Ohio. Spikes select level teams will typically travel out of town at least once per season, typically to the state tournament or to one of the top turf complex destinations. Please note that there may be more than one select level team at each age group.
With a lighter training schedule and fewer overnight tournaments, Spikes select level team expenses are expected to be lower than Spikes elite level teams. Players tryout annually and may move up to elite.
Community Level Baseball
The Diamond Dreams Community Level Baseball program is unique; it involves less commitment and arguably more fun! Our community teams have at least 75% of their rosters made up of players from the same school district. These teams play in the appropriate level of a local travel league and also play in anywhere from one to several, community-level or higher travel tournaments.
These teams maintain their own identity but benefit from the resources of Diamond Dreams and the Ohio Spikes, which include discounted uniforms, discounted indoor training, organized fundraising, coaching education, practice planning and tournament expertise. Our community teams also receive discounts on Baseball 365 training.