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Over 94% of Varsity Baseball Players miss the College Scholarship Bus
Over 98% of Travel Ball Players miss the same Bus
Conversely- 90% of the parents and players playing Travel Ball actually think they have a real shot at a scholarship because they are an all star in Travel Baseball on an elite team.
If this is what you want for your son - then please study what happens in this business.
And.. it is a business...... Scholarships are money and money is business.
Your trophies and rings and team rankings will not get you onto the bus.
Your batting average and won loss record on the mound will never ever be looked at.
Colleges and MLB scouts are looking for tools, projection and makeup.
If you are not focusing on developing your tools, projection and makeup you will Miss the Bus.
Only the "Best of the Best of the Best"
Catch the Bus
Either you are an Elite Baseball Player as an 17-18 year old or you are not.
Nothing you did as a 12-16 year old matters to the college coaches or MLB scouts - it will be nice memories for you and your family and it will look good on Facebook and on the mantle.
But trophies collect dust.
And Projectable Skills turn into dollars.
Quote from Joe Namath: "If you are not going all of the way, why go at all? "
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Over 95% of the players that train with us for more than 2 years will catch the bus.
Here are some Recent Success Stories
Junior K. came to us a 19 year old boy from the islands who had never played baseball.
His dream was to get a college scholarship and then play pro ball. He had no organized sports experience at all. He had not completed High School. He was skinny and fast. He was 6'3 and weighed 162 lbs with his clothes on. He trained with us full time for almost 3 years.
Over the 3 year period we put 90 lbs of muscle on to his frame topping him out at 252 lbs of all muscle.
We maintained his body fat percentage to 8% while adding tons of muscle.
He now runs a 6.38 laser 60.
His arm velocity went from a measured 64 mph to 94mph.
His raw bat power went from 145 feet to 440 feet.
His ball exit speed went from 62 mph to 94.
His fielding percentage went from 45% to 94%.
The Los Angeles Dodgers wanted to turn him into a shortstop.
The Pittsburgh Pirates wanted to turn him into a right fielder.
The Tampa Bay Rays liked him on the corners.
He turned down all MLB offers to receive a baseball college scholarship which paid all tuition, food and books and led his team in batting average, home runs and stolen bases.
Chris F was a lifetime Boca Raton travel player playing on all of the local elite teams at one time or another as a starter and middle of the lineup player.
He was cut from the HS team trying out as a freshmen. He doubled down and played on two travel teams to prepare for the soph year. He was cut again. He then came to us for an answer. We sent him to the Dominican Republic for an 8 month training program. Our first American Student training in the DR.
His 60 time time went from 7.3 to 6.5
His arm velocity went from 77 mph to 91 mph
His raw bat power went from 255' to 380 feet
His fielding percentage went from 79% to 95%
His ball exit velocity went from 74 to 93 mph
He turned down 2 MLB offers from the Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks who fell in love with his tools and projection. They intended to sign him as a 16 year old International Player.
We asked him what he wanted to do. He said that graduating high school was his mothers dream and he needed to fulfill that journey. Great call and we agreed.
He returned to the same school, became the starting center fielder and was a Palm Beach County All Star and graduated on time.
He attended 1 showcase in Miami and received 3 offers. He is currently attending college on a 90% scholarship.
Grant V was a redshirt scholarship player at a JC in California.
As a redshirt player he did not play, and received little to no instructional or practice time during the entire year.
Realizing that he was up against stiff competition and a system that was overlooking him, his father found us in the DR. Grant brought an incredible desire for success and worked very hard. He trained with us all summer long - attending 4 training sessions per day before returning home. We reinvented him as an offensive and defensive player from top to bottom.
In 8 weeks:
His 60 time went from 7.15 to 6.75
His arm velo went from 83 mph to 88 mph
His raw power went from 320 to 390 feet
His swing mechanics went from 25 to 40
His release time went from 1.2 to .40
His glove went from a 30 to a 40 plus
His body fat went from 12% to 9%
We eliminated all of the american style actions and infused him with a latino salsa.
He secured a scholarship at a different college in the same league upon his return, earned a starting role and was voted to the leagues All star team by the competing coaches.
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Top Reasons To Train With Us
In The Dominican Republic At
Our 1+ Acre Training Compound:
1) Intensity: In The DR,
Our Athletes Train
For 6-8 Hours Or More PER DAY.
2) Reps: Our Athletes
Get More Reps Before NOON Than
They Would Get All Week in The US.
3) Foundation: Baseball Is Won
From The Feet Up. We Teach
The Proper Footwork That Scouts And
Schools Look For In Their Recruits.
4) Speed: We Will Teach Proper
Mechanics To Decrease Your 60 Yard
Time And Get You Up The Line Faster.
5) We'll Teach You To Hit
For Power AND For Average and you will not be squishing any bugs.
Learn the same weight transfer hitting that put Brett, McRae, Boggs, Gywnn, Jackson, Schmidt, into the Hall of Fame.
The same technique used by McGuire, Pujols, Rodriguez, Harper, Cabrera, and Machado
6) Protect AND Improve Your Arm: We Will Teach You Proper Arm Care And Proper Mechanics.
Don't be one of the 75% of travel players who experiences arm trouble before finishing high school.
The system will use your arm and barely say thank you. And if you injure it, they will never take the blame. Protect yourself from the system.
7) Range: We Will Improve Your Defensive Range So You Record Outs Instead Of Allowing Hits.
8) Our Results Speak For Themselves: Our Athletes...
-Make Varsity As Freshmen
-Get College Scholarships
-Get Drafted By MLB
Out students Have attended Notre Dame, Stanford, Miami, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Florida, LSU, USC, Oklahoma, Yale, College of Charlestown, Georgia, Virginia, etc
To Learn More About Our Training Approach- Academy in the Dominican Republic And For An In-Depth Explanation Of Our Philosophy, Please Continue Reading Below...
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Director of Player Development
Phone: 561 577 2055
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New Home for our
Dominican Baseball Academy
Coach Jimmy Breslin is very pleased to make two very important announcements...
First, we are very proud to say that Top 10 Florida Baseball recently made a major property purchase for our Top 10 Dominican Baseball Academy.
As they say in Texas Hold Em and Poker - “We Went All In”.
The new Academy is a private Villa named Hacienda de Flores, situated on one plus acre of rural property just minutes from the beach in Juan Dolio and just 30 minutes from the Capital. As they say location, location, location.
And Top 10 has moved in and we are up and running at our new home.
The second announcement is that our new facility will feature a year round High School Academic Program for our US players who will be training year round in the DR. This program will be the most intense baseball training and academic program ever devised for US students. They will train in baseball for 6 hours per day and accomplish everything they need to do academically for college and much more including SAT preparation.
The Villa property includes:
A beautiful 9 foot privacy wall made of coral surrounding the entire property giving us privacy and security.
9 separate buildings for player and family housing.
A 2 bedroom 2 bath VIP guest home on the west end of the property.
A commercial style restaurant/kitchen producing three meals a day for all players, staff and parents staying on academy grounds.
4 private cabanas surrounded by palm trees and flowers nestled around our large pool.
A 3 bedroom Bunk House on the east end of the property.
A school house with desks and strong wifi for the boys academic courses as well as baseball lessons. Outfitted with a large flat screen smart Tv for video review of our players mechanic's during training and professional athlete mechanic's studies.
A coach's office
A 2 bedroom utility building for staff workers on the north side of the property.
All of the buildings are hurricane proof as they are 100% made out of poured concrete and reinforced steel. There is not a stick of lumber or drywall or plaster anywhere in any of the houses.
The floors in each building are granite and the windows and doors of the main buildings all have wrought iron security doors and windows.
And we have a garage building we are converting to a Restaurant and Recreation House for the players.
The entire property is a tropical rainforest setting with exotic flowers, gardens and elevated walkways.
We have a large swimming pool with outdoor lighting, sound systems and outdoor showers at each end of the property.
And after removing some non productive banana trees, we now have an on site training space for ground balls, bullpen, conditioning as well as a full 70 foot MLB sized batting tunnel.
We have a commercial restaurant and two cozy outdoor dining room settings for players and families.
We will have a gym/workout area and a recreational lounge area for the players between sessions.
We have 3 storage rooms for our equipment and supplies.
Our own deep water well provides water to all buildings.
We have back up generators on site just in case.
This location is:
Nearby we have 2 exclusive golf course communities, a business center, numerous beachside restaurants, local banking, gourmet delicatessens, ice cream shops, car rentals, American styled pharmacies and a special police department to assist tourists.
Within walking distance we have a hotel which can accommodate parents staying for short visits if our homes and pool side bungalows are occupied.
Year Round Academic Program
The Hacienda de Flores was previously a boutique hotel offering seclusion, and luxurious ambiance. And now it will do the same but as a true year round Baseball and Academic school for our students from the USA and Europe. Last year we had our first USA students on a year round schedule and it was a success- so now that concept is going to be expanded - student/athletes can now train with us year round - practicing 3 or 4x a day. This year we will go full blast year round and GO is the word.
We have already had our first full time commitments for next year from the students and parents who visited us this past summer. They personally saw the difference and are preparing to exit the US school system and train year round with us.
For serious baseball families one of the key questions is this? Why would you spend from 7:00 in the morning till 3:00 in the afternoon covering what actually amounts to about only 3 -5 hours worth of academic material? And then only have 2 hours left for baseball? And then not qualify for a baseball scholarship because you just missed the cut? It is virtually impossible to reach elite level status on this schedule.
If you follow the Olympics, or gymnastics or tennis at the higher levels you will notice that many of the performers are school aged athletes who spend the majority of their day training to be elite athletes and they receive 3-4 hours of academic structure as well. Baseball is now going that way with many of the top HS athletes across the USA opting to leave their local school system to train full time.
At Top 10, we want our players to receive college scholarships and to receive their college education. However, securing that scholarship today is more difficult than it was 10 years ago with so many baseball athletes training on a serious full time basis under good coaches. The bar of excellence has been raised and we need to do the same.
Therefore, we will structure our Top 10 Dominican Baseball Academy so that each student athlete receives 6 hours a day in baseball and 3-4 hours of academic work daily. We will be able to do so because everything is on site, self contained and geared for maximum efficiency of time. No traveling, no driving, no waiting for classes, no moving from class to class, no unproductive free periods, no boring lectures, no napping in class, no cheating, no texting friends, no distractions from students that do want to be in school learning.
I am sorry to report that the US educational system has fallen tremendously over the past 30 years. At one time our schools were highly ranked worldwide, but currently we rank #21-40 depending on which area of education we are looking at. Yes, we outspend most every country in education, and our resources are virtually unlimited yet we rank very low. You are paying the price with hard earned tax and tuition dollars and our children will pay later in many ways.
The level of graduating students in the USA is at a record high but their actual readiness and proficiency is at an all time low.
The reasons cited are many and the arguments rage as the various institutions and unions fight for more money from the gov’t but with teacher salaries and school grades often tied to student scores on state standardized testing the table is set for a mediocre education. The teachers have solved this problem by often supplying the answers to the students with Work Sheets that contain the answers.
This system creates an environment of Teaching to the Test Grade as opposed to actually ensuring that genuine proficiency occurs. School systems encourage this because their grades and gov’t funding is also tied to student test scores. Add in the facts that many students have their cell phones available and can text or snapchat liberally, are listening to non positive music selections containing violent and negative messages, viewing who knows what on instagram and youtube, it’s amazing the kids are doing as well as they are.
We can not change the world, but we can offer a high quality education and intense baseball training environment which no one will be able to match.
Also, and this is very important - we have adopted a local neighborhood of young dominican and Haitian boys who are living - I am sad to say in virtual squalor - no running water and no electricity so you can only imagine. Therefore we are collecting used clothing, used baseball equipment, books, school supplies and canned food for local distribution on each return.
If you have anything that you think might be useful we would be most appreciative.
Coach Jimmy B
Top 10 Florida Baseball is proud that our Dominican Republic Baseball Academy for both U.S. and International players is our centerpiece 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 a secure compound surrounded by a 13ft coral wall. Inside we have a full sized batting cage, area for ground balls, catch, bullpen and conditioning. There are 9 buildings including a commercial kitchen and school house. There is a full sized pool in the center of the property and accommodations to meet any need.
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.
Check out the Dominican link or just give us a call for more information.
YOUR NEXT LEVEL AWATES!!
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. This is called recruiting good players who can win trophies.
Our most recent big success was taking a 19 year old boy who never played sports and over a 3 year period taught him baseball from the ground up and he is now a college scholarship player, starting in right field.
One of our players was cut from his high school team, we trained him for 8 months and he was offered 3 MLB contracts.
Most teams have confused scouting and recruiting and practicing hard with Player Development.
Stretching and practicing with your team 2 or 3 days a week and doing long toss and lots of front toss hitting 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 results, and for participation is rampant 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 up 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 so that he is "zoned properly"..and then again spend thousands of dollars on lawyer fees taking away the boy's trophy or future opportunities because he was not "playing for the correctly zoned team".
Little League is non profit but the execs make 6 digit salaries while they rake in hundreds of millions of dollars from tv sponsors because of the market appeal and popularity of these young players and then give barely a bus ride and a few medallions back to the kids in exchange in the name of protecting amauteurism.
As a result of their near sightedness and unwillingness to teach and develop players...... Travel ball was born ......and became their number one nemesis and rival.
In reality, its pay to play. If Mom and dad can pay, there will be a team for him. Travel ball money then gets distributed upwards thru a multi-level organization providing a number of slick promoters a substantial income.
For a while these travel teams were strong, but now if you have money you can find a team, greatly watering down the product. Because of recruiting and sponsorships travel ball at the top is strong, but follow these players and you will find out that most of them do not succeed at the higher levels of baseball. And at the middle and bottom , travel ball has never been more saturated or weaker or watered down.
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.
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
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