1 Team 1 Family
Being a part of the Jacksonville Crusaders is like being part of a bigger family, the Crusader Family. Our team members train together hard and often and the bonds that develop on the field also develops in the stands. Our parents are all dedicated to the development of each players skills. We want to win games! More importantly, we want to drive home from every tournament saying “that was great a weekend, we played our best and we’re a better team because of it”.
An environment of encouragement from both coaches and parents prevails around the Crusader family. Our players and families look forward to get togethers and traveling as a group. Watch us practice or watch us play, and see why we are “1 Team 1 Family”.
Coach Jeremy Haynes
“If you’re going to do something, do it the right way”. These words from Coach Jeremy’s father echo in the mind of our young coach daily as he builds the Crusader Family. Growing up in small town rural America afforded Coach J the opportunity to focus on developing his skills. While many large city athletes contend with the distractions of growing up, “Where I come from everyone knew each other, it was small town America. More importantly, everyone knew my parents. Growing up, I saw my Dad invest hard work and time in the future of our family. These lessons ring loud in our approach to developing baseball players. Mom is a nurse and watching her caring nature taught me how a kind word of encouragement can be the medicine we sometimes need.”
After graduating High School where he earned “All State” 3 years, Coach J was drafted in the 17th round by the Boston Red Sox as an outfielder. After signing a letter of intent to play at Florida State University, he decided to take the Junior College route and attended Tallahassee Community College as a utility player where he earned “First Team All Conference”.
Following his sophomore year he signed a professional baseball contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as a starting pitcher. He spent 5 years in the organization earning top prospect ratings and reaching the double A level. In 2009 he earned an invite to pitch in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. Coach J spent his last season playing in the Atlanta Braves Organization.
Every year, Coach J along with Jonathan Jones (Certified Trainer) and Lorenzo Cain (Outfielder, Kansas City Royals) hold their Annual “Jerald D. Haynes Game for Gifts” baseball camp to honor the memory of Coach J’s dad. Baseball players from all over North Florida assemble in Madison, Florida to enhance their training. The money raised is used to buy Christmas presents for those hospitalized during the holiday season. When asked his motivation for this ministry, Coach J states “my dad taught me, you must give in order to receive”.
Jacksonville Crusaders Baseball
Watch Us Play
How often do you play?
The Jacksonville Crusaders train often, as we believe repetition along with proper coaching is the foundation for progressive baseball development. Both teams meet on Mondays and Wednesdays for practice. Our practice is from 6:15 until 8:00. Typically each team will play 2 tournaments per month.
Also, local double-headers and pick-up games do occur. All practices are at San Jose Athletic Association, also known as AC Skinner Park. Sans Jose Athletic Association, located at 7641 Powers Ave. San Jose has a great facility and is great family environment.
How to Join Our Family
Both teams are currently full. We are now looking to complete our Titans roster. Please use the contact form below for more information. Showcase baseball begins June 1st
Tryouts are normally held each August in preparation for a good start to the fall season. Teams carry a roster of 12. Once a roster is established we do not replace players with walk-ons. As a development club, we are committed to training and playing our roster. In the event a roster spot becomes available, tryouts are held for the open position.
During tryouts, coaches are looking for player skill, temperament and coachability. A great group of kids with a great group of parents is key to the success of the Jacksonville Crusaders.