James McCallum

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Sport: Boy's Baseball
HS Grad Year: 2016
Recruitment Status: Signed
Position 1: First Base
Position 2: Outfield
Ht. / Wt.: 5' 11'' / 188 lbs.
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School: Oakhill High School
Location: Sydney,
Club Team: New South Wales Under 18's
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PERSONAL STATEMENT
I believe I would fit in to your college well as I have a passion and desire to win and I bring a lot of energy and focus to every team I play in. I have a strong background of building and consolidating positive team culture and will lead by example and train with intensity to inspire my team mates. I love the responsibility of leading a team and I will continue to seek improvement in myself and encourage others at all times.

PERSONAL INFORMATION
 
Describe Your Playing Style?: My name is James McCallum and I’m an Australian baseballer. My positions are 1st base and the outfield corners as I’m a left hand thrower and left hand power hitter.
Personal Statement: I believe I would fit in to your college well as I have a passion and desire to win and I bring a lot of energy and focus to every team I play in. I have a strong background of building and consolidating positive team culture and will lead by example and train with intensity to inspire my team mates. I love the responsibility of leading a team and I will continue to seek improvement in myself and encourage others at all times.
Favorite Athlete(s) and why?: • Boston Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia
• Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant
• Washington National’s Bryce Harper
• Los Angeles Dodgers Adrian Gonzales
Other activites and interests: My high school which I currently attend is built around school spirit which I love. I would contribute to your school through hard work and dedication. When baseball isn’t on, school is the most important thing but when baseball is on then baseball becomes the most important thing.

I’m a good student who does well in the classroom, who remains focused and completes the work required thoroughly, always striving for my personal best.

I want to study something along the lines of primary school teaching, nutrition or human movement as I have a keen interest in working with and assisting others, personal fitness, the structure of the human body and also in looking after our bodies through good nutrition. Business and criminology interest me too.

I have a love of all sports - rugby league, rugby union, cricket and football.
Who's been the biggest influence on my sports career and why?: • Mark Shipley
• Glenn Williams
• Tim Harradine
• Bryce Harper, Dustin Pedroia, Kris Bryant

From a young age Mark Shipley has always taken time to analyse, discuss and share the joy and science of the game. He has been one of the best coaches I have ever had. He has always gone the extra mile for me and I appreciate everything he has done. Mark, along with his brother Craig Shipley, have been instrumental in my progress and development as a player, but not only that - as a young man.

Glenn Williams has been a strong role model and also an outstanding coach. The knowledge, hard work and dedication he has put into me is outstanding. I can’t describe how thankful I am for that and the work ethic required for excellence. From the age of 12 to until now he continues to work with me and make a better ball player day in and day out.

Tim Harradine was my first ever state New South Wales coach. He provided me with my ability to grind, hustle in and out and to play baseball the way I play today. He also fostered a love and respect for the game that travels with me. His character is always felt when I play baseball and he was a key factor in setting me up for my future endeavours.

Bryce Harper along with Dustin Pedroia have been instrumental in the way I go about my baseball. Just the way they attack the baseball, play hard and leave nothing out on the field is how I play day in and day out with my baseball. Kris Bryant has also been a major influence in my life with just how he goes about his business. He has just left the journey which I now endeavour to take and now is playing in the Majors. His ability on and off the field is what I base my game around.
About Me: I have represented Australia as an U/18 player in the recent New Zealand Oceania Tournament and hope to be selected soon for the Australian U/18 Baseball World Cup team for Japan. I was also selected as an Australian Cal Ripken World Series player (2010).

I have also been selected to attend the elite Australian Baseball Academy for the last two years (2013 and 2014) and hope to be selected again very soon for this in 2015.

I have represented my home state of New South Wales since Under 14’s (2011), Under 16’s (2012, 2013) and Under 18’s (2014, 2015). We were National Champions in 2011, 2012 and 2015. I was selected in the All Stars team in 2013 and 2015.

At a high school level, I have played for New South Wales schoolboys the last 2 years (2013 at 15 years of age and 2014 at 16 years of age – and being selected in the 2013 and 2014 All Stars team) and was selected as captain of the Australian Schoolboys Team in 2014 which just recently toured the west coast of the USA (Oregon, Los Angeles, Arizona, San Diego).

At my home club in Baulkham Hills, Sydney, I am the youngest player in the long history of the club, to ever play First Grade Sydney Baseball. This is a position I hold as a starting player.