North Reading resident Chadem Felix, 12, will be playing for the Stars and Stripes National Baseball league in their Winter World Championships in Florida. Felix was scouted at a baseball camp he attended this past summer.
"He is so excited for this opportunity," his mother Lindsay Felix said.
Felix started playing baseball on a North Reading Little League team when he was five-years-old. He has played on AAU and private teams as well, but has now "finally found the right level of play that fits his game and style at this National Level with The Stars and Stripes Baseball League," Lindsay Felix said.
The Stars and Stripes National League is an invitation only league for U9-U18 players "that take the game and play of baseball to the next level." Players are chosen nationwide and coached by current college baseball coaches and MLB coaches.
Felix was scouted as an RBI hitter and first base player for the championships, which take place in Orlando from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2. To prepare for the game, Felix is practicing at the RAMS Athletic Complex.
The teams will play a series of nine games with wooden bats and will receive "state of the art pro-level training and learn fundamentals that carry them through to the next level of their baseball careers."
Felix credits two of his little league coaches, Rich Doucette and Mark Kavonian, for his "determination, knowledge and passion for the game of baseball."