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Top 10 Florida Baseball is proud to announce that we now have a Baseball Academy for both USA and International players in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.
This is now our keystone location for Player Development.
We train here year round.
Years ago, we discovered that the baseball system and training that occurs in the United States is piecemeal and insufficient.
In the USA, the focus is clearly on teams, and leagues and lessons.
By examination, this does not prepare players sufficiently. Over 94% of our US varsity players are not skilled enough to play at the college level.
By contrast, over 80% of the Dominican High school aged players are skilled enough to play at the college level.
Th answer lies in the focal points of their training program and the overall approach.
This is why MLB calls the Dominican Republic home.
This is why all 30 MLB teams are in the Dominican Republic.
This is why MLB ends many of its top draft picks and key prospects to the DR for seasoning in the Rookie Ball League and the Dominican Winter League.
Boca Chica is home to over 19 MLB training academies.
This is where the Rookie Academies and Development Camps are for the Yankees, Rockies, Mets, Marlins, Rangers, Red Sox, Mariners, Giants, Angels, Diamond Backs, Orioles, White Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, Pirates, Rays, Astros, Indians, and Royals as well as the Japanese Professional Baseball League.
As you know, the Dominican Republic is the premier hot bed of baseball and the number one training location in the world for baseball players.
There is no place in the world quite like it.
Why else would all 30 MLB teams converge on the same location?
You have to see it to believe it.
The entire country is caught up in the sights, sounds and motion of baseball.
If you want to improve your game, come to the DR.
If you are serious - dead serious about baseball - you need to be here.
Yes, the local indoor hitting facility you frequent a few times a week with your year round membership is fun, and nice, and seemingly productive but you are missing the boat as they say.
Most USA players go to the gym 3-4 times a week, hit a few times per week, and practice with the team a few times per week. Then they get a few lessons, and play in fall and spring leagues and play in some showcase events or college camps.
This is a camouflaged hole.
Nobody wants to step into a hole. You could get hurt or fall down.
But if the hole is camouflaged........ Well...... that is different......
You almost can not be blamed - it was camouflaged.
But if you step back and inspect the baseball landscape closely, and look at the actual results of our player development progress, our system is severely lacking - yet very profitable ......so therefore change will be slow to come.
Follow the money.
If you want to find out why this small country sends more players to the MLB per capita than any place in the world, come take a look.
The DR is the place.
This is baseball heaven and baseball central.
This is our home away from home.
We will house and train players from the USA, Dominican Republic, South America and the Caribbean Islands year round as we help them accomplish getting to the next level.
The American players have the option of a short stay or an extended stay. The summer time is very popular for American players who come for 2-8 weeks as they prepare for their upcoming middle school, high school or college season.
Currently we have American and foreign players living there full time, year round as they prepare to get signed either as a free agent or as they pursue a college scholarship opportunity.
The Dominican players that you will be living with are all projected to be signed eventually by a MLB team, so they are pretty good to say the least.
If our 16 year old player is not throwing close to 90..... well.... he better be by the time he is 16.
You will be challenged to keep up with them. They throw hard, run fast and have fancy glove work.
They do not get tired and they barely need water.
They are gunning for those MLB contracts and college scholarships and college coaches are stepping off the plane every day to come look for them.
The word is out.
More and more academies are opening every day.
The best place in the world to train and practice and to develop as a baseball player is the DR.
The International players are permitted to sign a MLB contract at age 16 so preparing players to be ready for an MLB scout is our bread and butter.
As a player, you are either ready for this or you are not.
We know exactly what the scouts want to see, and it is not your trophy case or batting average. If you do not have the exact actions and skill set they are looking for, both they and the college scouts will over look you regardless of how many showcases you go to back home and how big your batting average is.
We will feature Dominican players from age 14-17 year round in our Academy with USA players aged 12-24.
All players in our Academy will live, practice, train and compete under our 24 hour a day supervision.
We have a full major league sized field.
We have two houses next to each other on a quiet dead end street, two blocks away from our field.
The houses are near the beach in a very safe neighborhood.
We supply 3 meals a day, live in coaches who all played MLB - and a full time cook.
We train 5-6 days a week 2-3x per day. Sometimes we have 4 training sessions per day.
The new Top 10 Dominican Academy is located at Norte Guayacanes, Nuevo Proyecto.
Executive Director Jimmy Breslin and Coach Tony De La Cruz direct the Academy.
You can contact Jimmy Breslin at 561-577-2055 or at Bteam1008@aol.com
Jimmys Dominican contact number is 829-554-8660
You can contact Coach Tony in the DR at 809-890-1075
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We teach the game from the feet up.
All of our pitchers are videotaped and analyzed closely for the various red flags than can derail a career prematurely.
For our hitters, we make sure that they understand each component of the swing and then how to integrate each part of the swing so that they can have a short powerful balanced swing.
Developing your player to be the best that he can be is a serious business for us and that is why we are focused on it 7 days a week.
10 years ago the phrase Player Development was only used in the professional circles of baseball. Now, this word is bandied about by many leagues and teams and coaches because it sounds good and seems to create a positive response to those listening.
That is not Player Development.
Most teams have confused scouting and recruiting and practicing hard with Player Development.
Stretching and practicing hard, 2 or 3 days a week and doing long toss and lots of hitting and game situational work is not Player Development. That is just what good teams do getting a team ready to compete.
However, if you carefully incorporate on an individualized basis:
We have studied the game for a long time and all of it's elements very closely. We have had the benefit of collaborating with great coaches for many years along the road. We follow and study the great pitching coaches across the United States such as Ron Woolford, Randy Sullivan, Dick Mills, and Mike Marshall. We have studied all of the writings and collaborations of Tom House and Nolan Ryan. We have read the various pitching books written by Tom Seaver, Sandy Koufax, Leo Mazzone. We have inspected every long toss program ever developed and every new gadget and gizmo promising a short cut for pitchers.
Over time, we have developed a method of teaching that is quite different than what most players are exposed to.
And along the way,
We have coached both teams and the Little League All Stars at each age bracket.
We have coached Travel baseball in California and Florida for 20 years and won hundreds of local, regional and national tournaments.
We sent players from every one of our High School teams to the MLB.
We have coached and scouted at over 400 pro tryouts and showcase events.
We have coached team USA 14 U team and had the unique experience of winning Gold Medals in both Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
We have studied and practiced at baseball Academies in Cuba, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
We have conducted baseball clinics in Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, South Africa and St Marteen.
We have worked for minor league teams.
We have won National Championships as players and coaches.
All of these experiences individually and collectively have come together to help us form some very strong opinions about how to develop young players efficiently and safely.
We have studied the history of many players and we do not want to see our future young players injured early because of an over emphasis on winning or competing by either dads or coaches who do not realize the inherent dangers.
So, it's a difficult journey to success in the baseball industry for young players and families alike, and if you have not taken the time to study how the many thousands before you have failed, or fallen short or have been prematurely injured or had their talents over looked, the journey becomes even more perilous.
We have studied this journey closely and we want to help and be a part of making yours a success.
Hitting, catching, fielding throwing, running, jumping all start with the feet.
If your feet are not working smoothly, these tasks become very difficult.
Developing good footwork at an early age is an important link in player development.
Then we focus on the foot, hand and eye coordination.
Then it's about coordinated body movements.
Then it's about explosive movements
Then it's about balance.
Then it's about smoothness.
Mix in proper mechanics, mental approach and a lot of hard work and we have a working recipe.
Along the way, we make sure they have fun and learn how to compete.
We repeat actions until the muscle memory will never let it be done in an incorrect way.
We help players attain their goals.
We want our players to peak at a later age when the college or pro opportunities are nearby.
As Jerry Maguire said: " SHOW ME THE MONEY"
We want them to arrive in college with a fresh arm, not anything less.
The key is to commit to a proven long term viewed process and to let the results follow over time.
On a per capita basis, they are sending more players to the MLB than any country in the world. With little to no resources they are bypassing the USA youth system for developing better baseball players.
2) Teaching players to stop at a base on an overthrow as an offensive courtesy or safety measure is counter intuitive to developing players who need to be moving instinctively and aggressively at the next level to succeed.
3) Teaching young players to return the ball to the mound or pitchers circle quickly to stop runners from advancing is counter productive and damaging to gaining game judgement and skills.
4) Giving away trophies for mediocre participation and effort is crippling and not a reflection of any reality I am aware of in society.
5) Having non-certified and poorly trained coaches teaching improper fundamentals such as squishing the bug sets back player development years for most players and they often do not recover. If the parents knew how improper the mechanics being taught were they would be in arms.
I don't think so.
7) Having a Dad who can't throw a strike, pitch overhand in a downward arcing off line angle, from an improper arm slot to an 8 year old is an effective method of teaching? I don't think so.
8) Teaching a player to protect the plate with two strikes is ridiculous. Teach a young boy to protect his younger sister or his house but not the plate.
Any good hitting coach will tell you that the idea is to hit the ball hard regardless of 1 or 2 strikes so why teach an improper mental approach which is fear based, which does not work?
10) Implementing a pitch count system such as is used is a band aid on a serious wound. The system needs a serious overhaul and they have only paid it lip service, so as to insulate it's own valuable reputation. The Execs have the facts and the knowledge and the ability to fix it but they have not, nor will they until it affects their bottom line finances and reputation. They hold valuable ground in our industry and could be a lighthouse for sensible change but it is not going to happen.
They would rather spend months of investigation into figuring out what side of the street a boy lives on and then again spend thousands of dollars on lawyer fees taking away the boy's trophy or future opportunities and on press conferences explaining how they are a pillar of truth in society because some other adult spent thousands of dollars to find out that another adult manipulated the system for his own ego driven needs.
They make hundreds of millions of dollars from tv sponsors because of the market appeal and popularity of these players and then give barely a bus ride and a few medallions back to the kids in exchange in the name of protecting amauteurism.
In reality, its pay to play, and the money gets distributed upwards thru a multi-level organization making a number of promoters fairly well off. For a while these travel teams were strong, but now if you have money you can find a team, greatly watering down the product.
Travel baseball is now a 12 month of the year operation, with trophies and rankings and point systems driving ego driven adults to push our young players harder then should be allowed which means that thousands of players are being over played and over used which is leading to hundreds of thousands of premature and avoidable injuries.
Miguel Cuello, Bruce Charlebois, Doug Jennings, Scott Benedict, Chad Upton are just a few of the guys who are teaching the game properly and protecting players from injuries. I intend to expand this list soon as I can because we do have a number of great coaches here in S. Florida but they are in the minority.
Ok.. listen to this.
They are like sheep following each other and the baseball circuit hoping for their eventual payday of a college scholarship.
Thus the failure rate at high school and college is incredibly high for our baseball players.
And the baseball system is not there to protect them.
Not even close.
At a very expensive private school where I was coaching, I was once told by the Athletic Director that 42 boys signed up JV and Varsity baseball and because we only had 36 uniforms I had to cut 6. Oh.. so that's how we figure it out how many to cut?
I was wondering how to do that efficiently.
6 Boys who wanted to play HS baseball had to be cut because their $38,000 private tuition didn't cover a uniform. Beautiful.
My reflex action was to tell him it would not happen that way and to find money for uniforms. I only wish I could have found stronger and wiser words.
I've seen local schools here in Boynton Beach cut over 25 freshmen going out for the Fall JV team.
The fall season where games mean nothing, and the costs of running a team are minimal.
So we sent 25 young freshmen and sophs home to an empty house, so they could play videos and goof off because we couldn't afford a t shirt and a hat and find a volunteer coach.
What makes me think some of these kids wanted to play baseball and were stopped by an uncaring system and then years later we spent hard earned tax payer money on federal grants to find out why some of these same kids got in trouble and failed?
This is an uncaring system.
Would it be that hard to field a second recreational type team for development purposes?
Why do only the best players get to participate in a sport?
Those are our tax dollars at work but they are not working for the general good of the public or our children.
Colleges only take the best 6% of the HS players anyways so whats the big deal about letting those 25 kids play.
With over 1,300 high school in Florida, I figure we are chasing away over 30,000 baseball players/students who want to learn how to get better.
Now factor in basketball, soccer and the numbers get mind boggling as to how we take care of our next generation.
So we chase away over 50% of the kids that want to learn and we focus on the other 50%.
So we focus on them real hard goes the theory.
And, come graduation time, 94% of them fail to move on to play college ball.
So clearly, we spend our HS development time on those 6%.
Now, next time you see a college coach, ask him how prepared most of those 6% are for college baseball and you will see his exasperation and frustration quickly.
Our best 6% are definitely not ready for the next level says the college coaches in unison, and the players are arriving over used and partially injured with bad actions, habits and approaches.
MLB is drafting our best players out of HS and college and they too are failing at an alarming high rate at a quick pace as well. We are being outpaced, out played and out coached by the Dominicans and coaches from Curacao and Cuba to name just a few.
The Dominicans are dominating this race to the MLB.
Dominican now comprise almost 50% of the Minor League system.
We are in the minority and people will take pot shots at us.
Ron Woolford of the renowned Texas Pitching Ranch and Randy Sullivan of the Pitching Armory in Tampa are two of the finest instructors in the USA and coaches are taking pot shots at them all day and every day because they are baseball savvy, opinionated, unconventional and stubborn about being advocates for players first.
I am proud to have pot shots taken at me.
As a player and coach I have been very fortunate and won 4 national Championship Rings as well as a Minor League Championship Ring.
As a Head High school coach here in Florida, I had some great teams who worked really hard and thus the boys managed to leave me with record for the highest winning percentage at each of the 3 schools schools I had the honor of coaching for.
I am still the only Florida High school coach who made it to the State Championship Game in the first year of an inaugural program at Trinity Christian.
As a Travel Ball coach for the Florida Dream Team I was part of an amazing run where we won over 50 consecutive tournaments.
As an instructor I have helped over 60 players get drafted.
As a scout and trainer I have tabbed over 18 first round picks before they were 14 years old.
As a 14U Team USA National Team coach, we won 3 gold medals and 1 Bronze in International COPABE competition.
As an instructor over 95% of my full time students have received college scholarships.
Study this it closely.
I suggest that you watch it over and over.
Watch the bat path closely, and you will see how the bat path is short and compact to the ball with no back side lag.
Watch how the hands start the swing, but that the hips lead the way, with the hands following.
Watch how the foot gets down, with plenty of time to spare.
Watch closely how the rear foot does not turn, but rather how it "releases" and that this release is a result of hip and knee action.
Watch the balanced and complete finish.
Top 10 Player Omar Wiliams had a spectacular showing in Arizona recently at the PowerShowcase held at Chase Field the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Omar hit the second longest home run of the event at 485 feet. See Omars video clip below.
Jovan Robinson from Top 10 Baseball also participated in the Power Showcase. Jovan ran a 6.71 60 and he hit numerous big blasts with his new swing. His furthest home run traveled 444 ft.
The Top Ten baseball coaching staff recently returned from Columbia where they conducted a 2 day coaching clinic in Medelllin on the weekend of Feb 5 and 6th in 2011.
Coaches Drew Hall, Jimmy Breslin, Bryce Breslin, and Fernando Bernacett assisted the Medellin Academy Director Pablo Abreu working with over 50 youth players ranging in age from 8-16. Coach Abreu has coached on the Columbia National team and is originally from Pinar del Rio in Cuba.
Top 10 Players Omar Williams and Jovan Robinson were invited to compete in the Power Showcase event this past week at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This invitation only event features the top high school players from all over the world as they ran the 60, showed their glove skills and competed for Home Run Derby honors.
This is the event that launched 2010 First overall MLB pick Bryce Harper to the top of the baseball world.
Both Jovan and Omar showed very well with Omar coming in 6th place out of 95 players. Omar was in the running for the Longest Home Run honors right up to the very end.
When the dust had settled.... Omar had the 3rd longest home run which measured out at 485 feet!
Congratulations to our Top 10 players Omar and Jovan.
Top 10 Player Omar Williams just returned from Arizona where he competed in the Power Showcase at Chase Park.
Omar represented Top 10 and his home country of St Marteen in this prestigious national show case event which featured the best high school aged players in the world. This was an invitation only event which lasted 3 days at the home field of the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of MLB scouts.
Omar came in 6th overall in the Home Run Deby event hitting one ball 485 feet!
Congratulations to Omar. Look for afeatured article soon on this event.
This video shows something that virtually no one can do.
Top 10 Baseball Academy player Omar Williams recently concluded his regular season at Lake Worth Christian with a .680 batting average.
This outstanding achievement placed Omar # 1 in Florida in 2010 and 5th in the nation for high school players.
Omar was recently named to the Sun Sentinel 3A-2A-1A First Team All County as an utility man.
Congratulations are very much in order for Omar. With pitchers working around him regularly, Omar led the team in walks, rbi's, batting average and home runs, hitting 6 home runs.
Top 10 Director Jimmy Breslin credits Omar and his work ethic for his success. "He is blessed with some great hands but his dedication and hard work really paid off for him. This year we changed him a bit... we went to a deeper extension and finish and modified his coil so he needed to work extra hard in the pre-season to smooth it out. He rarely missed a day of hitting in the 5 months leading up to the season, often spending 6 hours at the field said Breslin. In 5 months, he took 3 days off, so he was ready. He's very smart with a great work ethic.... a tough combination to beat."
Omar has also recently been selected as the catcher for the French National 21U team. They will train this summer in Orlando at the home of the Houston Astros before leaving for the European Championships in August.
Omar Williams and Edwin Romero - Houston Astros Bench Coach
Head Coach & Director
Phone: (561) 577-2055
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