Our History

The Columbus Sharks  were founded in 1996 by Ken Maxwell, Sr. (manager), Joe Fryer, Bill Speaks and Kenny Maxwell, Jr. (coaches).  These four were the coaches of the 1995 AAU National Champions from the previous year, and with most players returning, saw fit to reorganize under the Sharks name.  As 10 year olds, the 1996 Sharks team (pictured at left) not only repeated as AAU National Champions but also were the 1996 CABA World Series Champions, a feat never before or since accomplished in the same year.

The Columbus Sharks was created to offer talented and motivated baseball players a chance to play against other competitive teams. Players have opportunities to improve their individual baseball skills and to learn team strategy with an emphasis on dedication and perseverance needed to play competitive baseball.

Currently the Columbus Sharks is managed by former Sharks coaches and players. The Columbus Sharks is  a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation; no officer or board member receives compensations from any team that participates in the Sharks organization. All fees collected for each team stays with that team for their baseball related operating costs. Our goals are the same as Ken Maxwell’s and Joe Fryer’s when they started the Sharks back in 1996: to help young men learn to work and play hard with a goal in mind; understand good baseball fundamentals; sportsmanship; how to win or lose and to learn from both and finally to help them love the game the way we do at the Columbus Sharks.

Our Mission

The Columbus Sharks Organization is dedicated to quality, championship baseball with a philosophy of building young men with character who understand the 'team' concept. We will develop and cultivate young men, not only to prepare them for the challenges in playing ball, but also the challenges in life.Although the goal of each outing is to win games, the focus is on learning how to win as a team. Practices play an important role in travel baseball, since it is during those times that a great deal of work toward achieving individual and team goals gets accomplished. We hope to provide an intensive learning experience that will be both challenging and fun.

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Kaden Saunders
Shortstop, 13U Sharks
I am a much better player than I was when I started with the Sharks two seasons ago. My coaches and teammates show so much confidence in me that I am making defensive plays that last year I wouldn't even try to make. At the plate, my coaches are teaching me to become a more patient hitter. Playing with the Sharks should definitely have me ready to play baseball in high school.
Sheila Saunders
Mother, Columbus Sharks-Milanovich
We are glad to say we are Sharks and love the families, kids, and seeing the growth Kaden has made as a baseball player under the helm of the coaching staff! Bottom line...we are coming back to the Sharks because we love our Shark family.
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