Frequently Asked Questions
+ Where is the Ferreira Baseball Academy located?
We are located in the city of Santiago, in the Dominican Republic.
+ What is Santiago known for?
The second most important city & home to the winiest team las Aguilas Cibaenas. .
+ Is Santiago safe?
Compared to other cities in the Dominican Republic, it has lower rates of unemployment which translates to lower crime rates. Nonetheless, like any other city in the world, citizens especially foreigners are cautioned to use street smarts to prevent common crimes such as theft.
+ What is the nearest airport to the Ferreira Baseball Academy?
Cibao International airport (airport code: STI) is 10 minutes from the Ferreira Baseball Academy. Puerto Plata (airport code: POP) is the next nearest airport located 45 minutes away.
+ How far is the Ferreira Baseball Academy from Santo Domingo?
Santo Domingo which is the capital is 2 hours away.
+ How far is the Ferreira Baseball Academy from the nearest beach?
The nearest beaches are located 45 minutes away in Puerto Plata.
+ How much does it cost to attend the Ferreira Baseball Academy?
As a non profit, our service fees do not include any mark ups for profits which allows us to offer below market pricing and cheaper than other baseball academies in the Dominican Republic and world. Pricing is on a case by case situation but expect to pay less than it cost to purchase two Big Mac meals at MacDonalds per day. In return, you'll receive:
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday - Sunday
- Practice, Gym, Games from Monday - Saturday from 7am - 12pm and 3pm - 8pm
+ How many players from Ferreira Baseball Academy have signed professionally?
33 players have signed professionally with MLB teams including the current starting shortstop for the Miami Marlins Adeiny Hechavarria. Most are currently in the minor leagues working their way up to the big leagues.
+ What do you need to register in The Ferreira Baseball Academy?
Use the contact form on the webiste and we will respond with a registration form for you to complete.
+ What are the operating hours of Ferreira Baseball Academy?
We are open 12 months per year from Monday - Saturday from 7am - 12pm and 3pm - 8pm.
+ How do you cover your operating and capital expenses?
The Ferreira Baseball Academy is a non profit and we rely primarily on private donations which can be made on the website and the payments from members.
+ How many employees does Ferreira Baseball Academy have?
Three coaches/trainers available in the mornings and afternoons Monday - Saturday. We also have a dedicated person that watches over housing and lives in the house 24/7 and a cook who also lives in the house 24/7.
+ Where is your home field?
Our home field is located walking distance from the house where players stay and it is very nice. The field dimension are that of a full size MLB stadium, natural grass and extremely well kept. We have one of better fields in the country.
+ Do scouts visit your field often to recruit players?
Every week at least one MLB scout stops by our field to check out our players. When we compete against other teams or have showcases more than one MLB scout show up.
+ What are the requirements to sign professionally in the Dominican Republic?
Compared to other countries, the Dominican Republic has become the preferred hub for MLB teams interested in signing young players. All of the MLB teams have facilities in the Dominican Republic and actively recruit players throughout the year. Unlike the US, there is no draft system in the Dominican Republic. Instead, kids can be signed at anytime after they turn 16.5 years of age. To sign, players are expected to demonstrate certain abilities and it varies by position. For example, for a pitcher, scouts will evaluate the velocity of their fastball (approximately 89 - 90 at least), control and the ability to effectively manage a breaking pitch (i.e. curve ball, change up, etc.). For position players, they evaluate their bat speed, speed running the bases, arm strength, etc. If the players meet these requirements there is a good chance that they can sign professionally and get a signing bonus.
+ What differentiates your academy from the rest?
Our staff, baseball training plan which focuses on teaching the game of baseball correctly and developing the five tools. Also, our focus on education. Every player that attends the Ferreira Baseball Academy long term is required to attend school.
+ CAN FAMILY AND FRIENDS ALSO COME ALONG?
Yes, relatives are encouraged to visit our facilities and stay for the cultural experience and to support their kids in the games. Depending on availability, we can accommodate relatives in our furnished home or assist with finding local hotels.
+ DO THE KIDS EVER PLAY IN TOURNAMENTS?
Although the focus is on player development, we will schedule games and participate in tournaments where they can showcase and apply their learnings.
+ WHAT IS THE FORM OF PAYMENT?
We can send parents an electronic invoice through PayPal where they can pay by using a credit or debit card.
For long term stays, paymnets are made one month in advanced. For example, for the month of May, the payment due date for the month of may would be May 1st and so forth the rest of the months.
+WHAT ABOUT SUPERVISION FOR THE PLAYER
We have very good supervision; bed checks, no alcohol, clean rooms, etc. If a player is caught breaking the rules they will be penalized in the field, normally through physical exercises like sprints for a period of time (usually one hour). Subsequent violations will be followed by warning and could lead to beign expelled and sent home at their own expenses.
+DO PLAYERS HAVE TO GET MEDICAL INSURANCE?
We recommend you call your insurance company and let them know what country you are going to and if they cover the medical part of your trip. Many times you have to pay the medical bills, get them translated and then give them to your insurance company when you return. Also, many companies have a high deductible when you are in a foreign country. We highly recommend Travel Insurance so you can have peace of mind.
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