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WHat does it mean to be a Dirtbag?

The Scottsdale Dirtbags is a premier program dedicated to the development of young men in both baseball and life.  This edition of the program began in 2013, but we are based on the Long Beach State Dirtbag philosophy formulated in the late 1980’s, best represented by this quote: 

 “Being a Dirtbag means giving 100 percent in everything you do...going all out on every play, and always putting the team before yourself”.  

We reward both effort and attitude and demand our players respect their opponents, the umpires, and the game in general.





From USSSA website

"Year in and year out, the USSSA Wilson DeMarini Elite World Series has been the "Who's Who of Travel Baseball"! If you truly want to see how your team stacks up, this is the ONLY event that will do it. Hands down, the "Elite" is the pinnacle event for which all other travel baseball championships have been measured. You will play at the nation's finest sporting venues against the absolute toughest competition for eight straight days and then, and only then, one team will stand above all other as the USSSA Wilson DeMarini Elite World Series Champion!

Given the long standing history of this event as the "Grand Daddy Of Them All", it's easy to see why people say, "If you're not playing in the USSSA Wilson DeMarini Elite World're just not playing real baseball!""

News Release 7/17/17


For Immediate Release

Monday, July 17th, 2017




Scottsdale – The Scottsdale Dirtbags Director of Baseball Operations Paul Chavez announced the hiring of Chris Matzner as the head coach of the 13U Dirtbags Grey and 14U Dirtbags Black teams for the upcoming 2017-18 season.  Chris Matzner, a native of southern California, joins the Dirtbags for the upcoming fall season after coaching stints at various elite southern California club programs and Valencia High School. Most recently, Chris was a coach at ASAP Baseball Academy and Head Coach of the Junior Varsity team at Valencia High School. 


“We are very excited to have a coach with Chris’s background and enthusiasm for the game joining the program.  Chris’s coaching philosophy and emphasis on playing the game the right way are very much aligned with what we are trying to accomplish with the program,” said Paul Chavez.  “The growth of the program into the older age divisions will necessitate our Club to find coaches with backgrounds similar to Chris.  We see Chris being a big part of developing our middle school platform,” says Eric Carlson, Club President. 

Chris Matzner has been the head JV baseball coach at Valencia High School for the last 3 seasons and has been coaching at the high school for the past 5 seasons.  Chris attended Valencia High School and graduated in 2007. While at Valencia, he played three years on varsity. He was a team captain his junior and senior year and also won defensive player of the year honors during both seasons. His senior year, he was a second team all league selection and earned a scholarship to play at Cal State LA. He was named the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year his senior season and is part of the Valencia Baseball Hall Of Fame. 

While at Cal State LA, Chris started all four years at third base and earned all CCAA academic honors each year. He was named team captain during his sophomore, junior, and senior years at CSULA. He also was named team MVP during his junior season. Chris graduated with his bachelors and teaching credential in 2012 after his last season playing. 

Chris recently relocated to Phoenix with his wife Hayely who just started her Surgical Residency Program at John C. Lincoln hospital in Phoenix.  Chris is a Special Education Teacher who will begin teaching at Pinnacle High School this August.  Chris received his Bachelor's Degree and Teaching Credential in 2012 from Cal State Los Angeles, and just recently finished his Master's Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine in 2017. 



Scottsdale Dirtbags Baseball is a 501c(3) non-profit youth sports organization serving Arizona’s youth since 2008.   The Dirtbags are headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona with a membership representing the entire Phoenix area.  Teams at various levels and ages learn the game of baseball the Dirtbags way which emphasizes sound fundamentals, discipline, and a respect for the game.  


Looking for more players to fill a 2nd 13U team!

Scottsdale Dirtbags are looking for more players to form a 2nd 13U team. If interested please contact Paul Chavez at or 480-512-9121

Scottsdale Dirtbags are looking to form a 14U team for upcoming season

Scottsdale Dirtbags are looking to form a 14U team for upcoming season. Interested players please contact Paul Chavez for further details. or 480-512-9121

10U Dirtbags finish 2nd in the USSSA International World Series

Scottsdale Dirtbags were represented by our 10U and 11U Black teams in the Majors Division in the USSSA International World Series featuring the Elite teams from the West Coast.  After winning six straight elimination games against some of the top programs in the country the 10s fell one run short of the Championship.  Both teams are looking forward to returning next year.#DirtbagNation#WE>I.

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Our Club

The Scottsdale Dirtbags are an Elite Club Baseball Organization located in Scottsdale Arizona.  The Club is dedicated to provide an opportunity for youth in the area to participate in a competitive and enjoyable environment where they can experience life lessons and build relationships to help them grow as young men.  Spring of 2017 will be very busy for our Club as the Dirtbags will have a 8U, 9U, 10U Black, 10U White,  11U Black,  11U White and 12U Black.  

Eric Carlson

Scottsdale Dirtbags

Phone: 602-803-0897

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