East River Sharks Youth Baseball
Come play with us!
Come play with us!
The East River Sharks offer competitive players a chance to further develop their skills in a more intensive format. With our knowledgeable coaching staff and comprehensive training, players can develop quickly and improve their skills.
The East River Sharks have access to a year-round indoor training facility with batting cages, and conditioning areas. During the season, we call Randall's Island our home.
A unique and comprehensive youth baseball training philosophy unlike any other in NYC with personalized coaching, a focus on teaching fundamental baseball and player development with a unique family focused organizational approach.
Highly experienced, professional and caring coaching are the key to the Sharks organization. Several coaches have former professional playing experience, college experience and all have many years of youth baseball coaching experience. They will get to know every player and every players skill set.
Coach Paul is a twenty-year Physical Education teacher and coach, with a New York State teaching license. He has taught and worked with athletes of all skill levels. He has two master’s degrees: one in Physical Education, Teaching and Coaching, and the other in Psychology. He knows how to motivate and work with children and athletes.
Paul started the East River Sharks in the spring of 2018 with the mission to bring baseball to all players who wanted to play -- regardless of economic status. The organization started with one team and Paul has grown the baseball program to one of the most sought after programs to play for in New York City. In his first season, Coach Paul brought home the 2018 Summer Championship with the 11/12u team, and the following year, clinched the Spring Championship with the 13u team.
Prior to starting the Sharks, Coach Paul coached for the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association for eight seasons, including several travel spring/fall teams. He is a former NYC PSAL assistant baseball coach and JV head football coach for Automotive High School, and, brought his football team to three undefeated seasons!
As a high school player, Paul was recruited by St. John’s baseball program in 1992 and was highly recruited across the country as one of the top outfielders and pitchers from New York.
Coach Paul has dual coaching certifications from the Positive Coaching Alliance, https://www.positivecoach.org/. His philosophy about coaching is that a positive approach gets the most from youth and athletes, and that staying mindful helps on and off the field. Coach Paul has always believed that the difference a coach can make in a young athlete’s life is enormous.
He is certified in CPR, First Aid and child and adult AED. He is a member of the New York State Education Department, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and was a graduation guardian while teaching high school — helping student athletes apply for and achieve athletic and academic scholarships. He has been a mentor to hundreds of students and athletes over the course of his career.
The East River Sharks are a non-profit 501(c)(3) and we accept donations to help cover players, operating expenses, equipment and coaching staff expenses. If you are interested in donating, please contact Coach Paul Talbot for more information. Many of our players are talented and sought after by minor league organizations, but they need your help to continue playing with us. We are happy to provide you with our EIN number or other ways to donate over Venmo or Zelle!
The East River Sharks are a non-profit organization and have kept prices very low in the first few years of our existence – over 50% lower than any other travel team in New York City. We are committed to keeping prices low for our families and offering assistance for some players who need the financial support.
Cost of play
Cost of the uniform
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*No refund policy
We are committed to keeping prices low for our families and offering need-based financial assistance for some players.
More about the Sharks!
The Sharks compete in top level tournament venues around the northeast.
During the winter/spring season, the Sharks have weekly practice at the batting cages. Players will develop batting skills, pitching and take part in conditioning. Outdoor practice will take place during the warmer season,
If you are between the ages of 10-18, the Sharks have a team you can join! Each team is coached by former major and minor league players, former high school and college coaches.
Contact us for more information about the cost structure.
Have a question about the East River Sharks, or want to play for us? Send us a message, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.