Gragnani Memorial City All Star Game

The Fourth Annual Gragnani Memorial City All Star Game will take place on Sunday, April 10th at the CCSF Arena (Phelan & Ocean Avenue) at 1:00 PM. We will be memorializing Coach Michael Gragnani -8/26/1960-1/4/2011. The girls game begins at 1:00 PM. The Slam Dunk 3 Point Contest begins at 2:30 PM and the Boys Games (AAA, WCAL, BCL and round-robin) begin at 3:00 PM. The game will feature the top seniors from San Francisco. For more information contact Randy Bessolo at 415.418.4568.

Tryouts Girls Basketball

The First Base Foundation is excited to announce that we are now going to have a girl’s high school basketball program! Diane Peterson  will be the head coach of the team. There will be an open tryout for girls entering 8th thru 12th grades being held on Saturday, April 30th at Redwood High School located at 395 Doherty Drive in Larkspur, CA. from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. There will be a great staff of coaches to evaluate the girls and provide written feedback and suggestions on what to do to improve. Players will have the option of signing up for the Bay Area Warriors team and playing in 3 summer tournaments and twice-weekly practice/ skill sessions or the option of just participating in the practice/ skill sessions. My goal for this program is to help develop and improve individual skills and build a cohesive team that competes at an elite level. This is a great opportunity for players to get one-on-one coaching to enhance skills and fundamentals that will help give them an advantage going into their school’s basketball tryouts.
Diane played four years of Varsity basketball at a local high school, two years at a Junior college and receive a full athletic scholarship to play Division 1 at California State University Sacramento. She has been an AAU coach for 4 years and a local high school Varsity coach for the past two years. As a coach, she recognizes the importance of fundamentals and how far they can get you in the game of basketball. Diane is very excited to help give players the tools to succeed in high school and beyond. We look forward to seeing you all at tryouts April 30th!!! GO BAY AREA WARRIORS!

March Madness Fundraiser

Springtime for sports fans only means one thing: March Madness.  68 teams compete for the right to be crowned NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Champion.

For the 6th anniversary, the First Base Foundation will be hosting THE PREMIER CHARITY EVENT / COLLEGE BASKETBALL POOL IN SAN FRANCISCO at Perry’s on Union. Last year, Kolkata helped raise $5,000 for First Base Foundation’s Bay Area Warriors Basketball team.  Thank you Perry for letting us host the event at our favorite restaurant again this year!When: Tuesday, March 15th, 6-10PM.
Where: Perry’s, 1944 Union St.

Mark your calendar now to make sure you don’t miss the action.  As you know, this is the most exciting way to participate in the NCAA tournament (for those of us without any semblance of basketball skills).

For those of you who don’t know, what is The Kolkata?
The Kolkata is a team by team auction of the 64 teams (after the “First Four” play-in games). The play-in games will not be completed at the time of the auction so we will be auctioning off the 16 seed’s slot. 10% of the pool goes to charity with the remainder going to the Kolkata purchasers / high bidders in a variety of incentivized payouts. Payouts are percentage of the entire pool. Last year we set an all-time record with $25,000 pool – and this year we are aiming for $30k. Below are the payouts:

Payout Percentage of pool
Championship Team: 25%
Runner-Up: 10%
Final Four: 10% (split between two teams)
All teams seeded 3-16 who reach Elite Eight: 10% (split between all applicable teams)
All teams seeded 5-16 who reach Sweet Sixteen: 10% (split between all applicable teams)
All teams seeded 9-16 who reach 2nd round: 10% (split between all applicable teams)
Biggest 1st round blowout winner (by points) 2%
Biggest 1st round blowout loser (by points) 5%
Biggest 1st round upset winner (by seeding) 4% (split between teams if necessary)
Biggest 2nd round upset winner (by seeding) 4% (split between teams if necessary)
Charity <First Base Foundation> 10% (+ 10% Match)
Total 100%

Payments: Please bring cash, specifically the kind with Mr. Franklin’s picture on it. There are a number of ATMs nearby.

Come hungry and thirsty! Beer, wine and cocktails as well as Perry’s delicious menu will be available.

Don’t miss it.  Tell your friends, co-workers, and those consumed by the collegiate version of Dr. James Naismith’s invention.  Please mark your calendar for the evening of March 15th.

If you can’t make it to Kolkata this year but you would still like to support a great organization that does a lot for the Bay Area community, then please donate to the First Base Foundation here:

Cal Baseball Classic at AT&T Park March 11-13

Bay Area Warriors alum Mitch Delfino will be playing March 11-13 at AT&T park home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

The University of California baseball program will be hosting the first-ever Cal Baseball Classic this March 11-13 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The tournament, presented by Safeway, will be a round robin format and feature nine games over the three days. A portion of the proceeds from this tournament will go towards the Golden Bears’ baseball program.

Cal will host the following five teams at the Cal Baseball Classic – Long Beach State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Rice, UC Santa Barbara and the University of San Francisco.

Daily tickets are $13 for adults, $6 for kids and students and available at Cal Baseball Classic Ticket Information. The tickets will be good for all three games each day at the home field of the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants. Three day tournament passes are also available for $30, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting the Cal Baseball fundraising effort.

The game schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 11th

11am – Rice vs. Long Beach State

3pm – UC Santa Barbara vs. San Francisco

7pm – Louisiana-Lafayette vs. California

Saturday, March 12th

11am – Louisiana-Lafayette vs. UC Santa Barbara

3pm – Long Beach State vs. San Francisco

7pm – Rice vs. California

Sunday, March 13th

9am Louisiana-Lafayette vs. San Francisco

12:30pm UC Santa Barbara vs. Rice

4pm Long Beach State vs. California

Info courtesy of

Warriors Alums Succeed in Collegiate Ranks

Bay Area Warriors alumni have got off to successful starts in their 2011 collegiate seasons. The Warriors currently have players on the following D1 teams, Cal-Berkeley, UC Davis, Navy, San Jose St, USF.  In addition to numerous players at the D2 and Junior college ranks.

•O’Koyea Dickson has gotten off to a blistering start for the Sonoma State Seawolves leading the CCAA in RBI’s this year

•DJ Slaton started off his San Jose St career in fine fashion striking out 8 hitters in his season debut and now has 12 strikeouts in 5.2 IP

•Mitch Delfino (Cal Berkeley) hit a grand slam in the season opener and is currently hitting .417

•Dylan Wheeler (Navy) is hitting .375 while starting at shortstop for his team

Continue to check back for Warrior alumni updates!

Cal Berkeley Career Fair Shows True Excellence

Today we traveled from our offices in Mill Valley to the Cal Berkeley Summer Internship Fair. The storm outside was fierce, local streets were flooded and the blustery freeways felt dangerous and stressful. At several points in our eastward journey we wondered, “Is this seriously worth the trouble?” As we sat over wine and thumbed through the resumes and e-mails we collected, excited about the students and the possibilities of working with them, we decided the answer was a definite “YES!”
The recruiting event was well organized and the students we met were overwhelmingly enthusiastic and competent. The First Base Foundation left with a file full of resumes and several sheets of email addresses. We deeply connected with several people, and as a flexible and growing non-profit, we practically hired several people right then and there-we figure we can work out the logistics later this week.
UC Berkeley is an institution we hold close to our hearts, and we look forward to enriching our relationship as we move forward. We would like to thank UC Berkeley for the opportunity to meet so many of their incredible students, many of whom we hope to work and grow with. Weather permitting; we will definitely be back next year. Thanks again to the whole Cal Berkeley family, especially the Career Center for putting on such a great event!

Kern's Korner: Devon Zenn @ COM

John Kern

On a hot Saturday in February, College of Marin played its second game of the season against Hartnell. College of Marin started out very well, scoring two runs in their part of the first half.  Both pitchers were throwing in the high eighties, but Hartnell’s pitcher did not seem to have much control.  He threw many balls.  Hartnell countered with two runs of their own, but it was all downhill from there.  Devon Zenn produced two big hits, providing momentum to College of Marin. I ended up leaving in the seventh inning, but College of Marin was winning seven to two.  College of Marin’s pitching was clearly superior to Hartnell’s, but neither team hit a home run.  There were about forty people in the stands, watching a game dominated by singles.  I learned while watching this game that runners on second did not usually score on a single, unlike the MLB, where the runners on second usually score.  Overall, College of Marin looked like a better team than Hartnell, dominating throughout the whole game, and finally winning, 10-3.

BAW Alumni Taylor Gamboa Throws No-Hitter

The College of Marin baseball team couldn’t have asked for a better start than what they got from its two pitchers to open the season after no-hitting Hartnell College in a 10-0 win on Thursday. Bay Area Warriors Alumni, Taylor Gamboa, threw eight innings while striking out six and walking six for the Mariners (1-0) before Dino Christiani went the final inning to close out the no-hitter.  Click here to read more about this great game.

Kern's Korner: Tryouts

John Kern

Recently, I watched the Bay Area Warriors tryouts. Although I only saw the hitting, I still got a good sense of what it was like.  Coincidentally, I had my baseball tryouts at Marin Catholic on the same day.  During the hitting section of the Bay Area Warriors tryouts, the pitcher threw the ball very hard, but most hitters managed to make contact.  Everyone trying out wore a Warriors uniform.  At my tryouts that afternoon, it was pouring down rain.  Everybody was soaked, cold, and tired.  When the people hit, they swung late, making the ball go foul.  I think that part of this was that our muscles were tense because of the cold rain.  From what I saw, the tryouts at Drake for the Warriors had much less waiting around.  When you weren’t hitting, you were shagging balls.  At my tryouts, you waited in the dugout for your turn to hit, hit, and waited for the next drill. Overall, I think that the Warriors tryouts were more organized and well-run.