SO CAL CATCH TEAMS MINISTRY
FCA Teams Mission
To see baseball players impacted for Jesus Christ and trained in sports ministry as they are given the opportunity to play in a competitive team environment.
“Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told Simon. “From now on you will be catching people!” Then they brought the boats to land, left everything, and followed Him. - Luke 5:10b-11
Jesus Calling His Disciples
When Jesus was gathering his first disciples he came upon Peter, James, and John who, the Gospel says, had been fishing all through the night and had caught nothing. After spending some time teaching His message, Christ turned his attention to the fishermen. At the Lord’s bidding, they returned to their boats and, putting their faith in Christ’s words, once again let down their nets. And they caught an abundance of fish, enough to break the net, enough indeed to fill two boats and to cause both nearly to sink. Peter seeing this miraculous catch of fish, confesses to the Lord that he, Peter, is a sinful man. Christ responds that while they now catch fish, soon they shall be catching people.
In 2013 FCA Baseball introduced the So. Cal. Catch, a competitive team arm of the FCA Baseball ministry. The Catch Collegiate played its first game at Whittier College on June 3rd as a member of the prestigious California Collegiate League. The CCL is home to national powerhouse summer ball teams like the Santa Barbara Foresters and the San Luis Obispo Blues. The Catch Collegiate program brings elite college athletes to Southern California to compete and train in both baseball and the Bible.
HIGH SCHOOL / YOUTH
In 2014 through the vision of FCA Board member Paul Huante FCA Baseball launched its first competitive youth team. The Catch 14U team opened play in the fall of 2014 when it promoted Sean Rooney to the position of Youth Teams Director. Under Sean's direction the Catch Travel program has expanded to 5 teams ranging from 12U to high school. The focus for the FCA Youth Team Program is focus on development of both mind and body and the aim is to train and deploy these young athletes ready to take on both baseball and life!