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Baseball Academy Dominican Republic

Our Top 10 Dominican Academy centers around our Baseball School and our Virtual On Line Academy 

Baseball Academy 

The Baseball Academy has year round and summer players from the USA who are honing their game as they prepare for high school ball, college scholarships, the draft and free agent signings. They live and play along side  our Dominican prospect players who are preparing for the July 2 signings with MLB teams. 

We practice 3x a day, play games and relax on Sundays. 

The baseball academy is open 12 months of the year and we invite players to attend for a holiday camp, or a few weeks during the summer or to stay longer as most of our players do. Our average summer stay is about 6 weeks. 

We have gap year players who stay with us all year long prepping for their next step and we have HS students who stay with us for 4 years completing their frosh, sophomore, junior and senior  years with us. 

We have a 45 bed facility, training areas, fields, team buses, batting cages, swimming pools, lounges, locker rooms, and full time professional coaches. 

 

Academic On LIne Virtual Academy 

The Virtual On Line Academy is open from August to June as our students prepare for college completing their high school academic requirements. 

Students can enroll in whichever on Line program suits their academic preferences with some of our students on private programs such as the Connections program, or the Laurel program while other families avail themselves to the state run programs which are free. 

We have a private air-conditioned classroom. We have 4 wifi systems for broadband access. 

The players engage in academics on a schedule that fits their needs.

Parents can interact as needed. 

Their  is no charge for our classroom or wifi or support system as it is part of our overall program for students living with us. 

 

 

         The Top 10 Virtual High School    

       Mission Statement

 

To provide baseball players with a quality online academic opportunity as we prepare them to be successful in college and life while living away from home as they relentlessly pursue their dream to be a college scholarship or MLB baseball player

 

The Top 10 Virtual Academy

 Why

The Online Learning Approach?

 

Many parents who are in the “know” are seeking alternatives to the traditional brick and mortar education as they endeavor to improve their child’s journey to acquire  academic knowledge and achievement. Virtually all educators now agree that the traditional method of teaching is out dated, inefficient and requires an overhaul. The existing economic structure of allocating taxpayers monies in exchange for student attendance is the main dynamic holding things in place as we wait for the inevitable but slow change to a more efficient model.  All educators agree that most learning takes place in different environments under varying conditions, yet we stay with the old model of same environment, same conditions, same basic schedule, and same teaching model with a new coat of paint.  

In addition, many parents of athletes who are serious about competing for a college scholarship have come to see that the traditional brick and mortar schedule interferes greatly with the training demands required to develop a scholarship athlete.

As a result, many of our top baseball players across the country are foregoing the traditional high school schedule as it severely limits the flexibility needed to develop a scholarship baseball player.  Many elite baseball players are now overlooking or discounting high school baseball as it is no longer needed as a vehicle or stepping stone for college.

We have answered both demands with our Top 10 Baseball Academy in the Dominican Republic as we have combined the Top 10 Virtual School with the Top 10 Dominican Baseball Academy together for the best of both worlds. 

Our players train rigorously in baseball 3x a day while completing a full high school academic schedule at the same time. This allows them to seize the day and the opportunity that awaits them as a scholarship athlete.

Our Top 10 players have gone on to become National Collegiate Champions and MLB signees.

This year one of our students Jake Eder was on the mound for Vanderbilt as they beat Michigan for the D1 National Championship and one of our students Sammie Peralta tossed the pivotal winning game for Tampa as they won the D2 National Championship. Sammie was drafted immediately thereafter by the Chicago White Sox while Jake will be drafted this coming June. 

You need to send your baseball player/student to the DR to experience our full immersion approach.

 

TRAVELING TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO TRAIN

 

Academy Player Development Program

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Anytime during the year an individual player can live at the Top 10 Academy in Juan Dolio.  We have a private enclosed Villa setting near the beach just 25 minutes from the airport in Santo Domingo.

Our compound is composed of 10 separate buildings to accommodate players and families comfortably. 

We have batting cages, training areas, and major league sized fields. 

We have players that come for just one week, or for the entire year.

Players have visited us from New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, California, Maryland, N. Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Germany, Hungary, Colombia, Venezuela, Aruba, St Martin, Panama, Curacao, Bahamas, Cuba and more. 

Players of all ages can attend as we can easily accommodate both the young player and the professional athlete. 

For players who wish to stay for a semester or the entire year the minimum age is 13. 

Most American players stay for 4-8 weeks during the summer or for 1-2 weeks over the school recess periods. 

NEW: We now have an online Academic Program for players that want to train full time. 

The live in players can now attend middle school and high school classes online daily at our Academy so that they can graduate HS on time and attend college. 

The players will train 3x a day for a total of 6-8 hours a day of baseball instruction. And they will attend classes and do homework for 3-5 hours daily depending on his curriculum. 

New: Prospect Player Program

 In addition, Coach Jimmy B is going to implement a special program that he has used successfully in the USA to send players to such schools as Stanford, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. The program has 3 parts.

First Phase:  On or prior to arrival I personally test the students on their actual knowledge of the basics of science, math, reading, writing, history and computer program literacy. Our experience has been that most of our students actually do not retain much of what they supposedly learned in school and the amount of short cuts they are using to get good grades boggles the mind. 

Second Phase: Once we determine the students true strengths and weaknesses an in house remedial program is developed to strengthen the weak areas.  

Third Phase: At the end of the day we as parents want our sons to be successful in what ever career path they choose. We want them well educated, with many skill sets which will allow them to be confident and able to solve problems regardless of the nature or complexity. To accomplish this we must not be singly focused on baseball. And conversely, we have found that the most successful baseball players possess other skill sets which helps to propel them forward in their baseball careers. 

Therefore to develop additional skill sets and to further propel them forward in baseball and life we will offer a variety of activities in our Life Skills Program which will include:

 

  • learning spanish
  • golf 
  • tennis
  • basketball
  • ballroom dancing
  • yoga
  • mechanical trade skills 
  • fire starting skills
  • compass skills 
  • horseback riding
  • purchasing and negotiating prices in the local marketplace 

 

 

Ok.... back to just baseball for a moment. 

The success that our year round baseball students players have had is nothing short of outstanding. 

 

Over the years, we have had over 60 boys drafted or signed with MLB teams. We have had the pleasure of many of our boys being selected in the first round. 

We have sent boys on scholarship to Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Miami, Virginia, Stanford, Florida State, LSU and many other schools. 

One of our players, Jake Eder from Florida recently was ranked as the # 9 incoming college freshmen in the USA. We passed on offers of over a million dollars in the 2017 MLB draft to continue his education. He was later drafted by the Mets as a courtesy selection as they wish to develop a future relationship with him.  Jake started training with us at age 9 and is now at Vanderbilt. 

One of our players, Junior King from St Martin started baseball at age 19 with us. He was 6'3, 162 lbs but fast. He had never played before and was not proficient in any sport so we were starting from scratch. Junior now weighs 235 lbs with bulging muscles. He throws 90 mph, runs a 6.4 60, hits bombs over 400 feet and is now on a baseball college scholarship after coming very close to signing with the Dodgers and Pirates.  

One of our players was cut from his HS team as a freshmen and as a sophomore. After 9 months in the DR with us, we turned down 5 offers from MLB teams to sign him to a contract and he returned to the same HS as the starting centerfielder hitting in the 3 hole. Soon thereafter at his first showcase, he has received 3 college scholarship offers. 

One of our players Josh Martinez was a D1 college shortstop but received no offers in the draft. He trained with us for 10 weeks and signed his first professional contract soon after he returned home. 

The bottom line is the American baseball development system is suspect and self serving while the Dominican coaches know how to develop elite players and arms.

If you want to be an elite player, going to the DR is a must. 

The price varies based on your length of stay. 

Call Coach Jimmy B at 561-577-2055 for assistance pricing your trip. 

The accommodations include:

  • Airport greeting and pick up 
  • 7 day a week lodging - bunk bed style 
  • 3 meals a day -Nutritious Dominican fare 
  • Snacks and Bottled Water 
  • Daily coaching instruction 
  • Video Tape analysis 
  • Games 
  • 3 Practice sessions per day
  • Wifi 
  • Live in coach - 24 hours a day -7 days a week 
  • Swimming Pool
  • Recreation Area
  • Security
  • Airport departure escort

Not included:  

  • personal expenses
  • telephone
  • additional snacks or food
  • personal expenses
  • airport departure transfer cost

We train as a group 4x times per day. 

For players that would like to have 1-1 personal coach, during  your visit just let us know. 

 

     Call 561-577-2055 for additional information 

 

                 Important Note to parents and players: 

Living in the Dominican Republic training like a Dominican player is an intense baseball experience for most American players.  The best description might be that it is a Spartan Approach. The amenities are few. The day to day living conditions can be difficult by American standards and the baseball schedule is rigorous. This is a Dominican Academy and not an American sleep away camp.

Most of the players we have brought there do really well, as it is safe, fun, and entertaining in many ways,  but about 1 out of 20  struggle. 

What makes it challenging and difficult? 

  • 3-4 training sessions daily
  • Unrelenting sun
  • Intense training 
  • More running and throwing and hitting than you have ever done
  • Intermittent electricity
  • Different diet
  • No air conditioning
  • Bunk bed style living 
  • No air-conditioned ride to the field 
  • No hot showers
  • No Mom to pick up after you   
  • Less time for Facebook and social media
  • Early morning wake up calls for training
  • Non manicured playing fields
  • Stiff competition
  • Language and cultural barriers

If you are going there with the intention of working hard, and becoming a better player who can learn to adapt and make adjustments in a challenging environment you will do fine.  You will go home a more mature person, a better baseball player and one who appreciates the opportunities your family has given you in the United States.

That is our overall goal.

Making you a better baseball player is definitely our primary focal point and we will get that done guaranteed, but a big part of the program is the overall experience that can not be replicated here in the USA. 

The opportunity of lifetime will be presented to you in our Academy.  What you do with it, and how much you learn and develop will be dictated by your attitude, approach and willingness to become mentally stronger and physically more skilled.

If you are ready for a challenge, come to the DR. 

Payment and Refund Policy for the DR: 

For players staying less than 6 weeks - the entire payment needs to be made in advance of your arrival. 

Full time and Extended Players pay 60 days in advance and monthly thereafter. 

Discount packages and scholarship packages must be paid in full prior to arrival.  

Cash Refunds can only be extended to cancellations requested 30 days prior to arrival which were paid in full. A fee of $175 will be charged to cover processing and handling. 

Players that do not arrive as scheduled or who depart early for any reason will receive a credit for unused monies, and can come at a future time to train with us. 

There are no cash refunds for no shows or early departures. 

 

Call Coach Jimmy B - 561 577 2055

 

 

    


We visited one of our signees- Pozo at a Saturday Dodger game


All 30 MLB teams have their developmental academies in the DR


Junior King taking some side toss- notice the PERFECT MLB technique and body position


American Players Jake Eder and Connor Breslin join our Academy for 1 week of intense training and game action.


Coach Jimmy assisting a player with our "Baseball Stretch"


Hungry boys gathering around for lunch together


Coach Jimmy B demonstrating receiving the double play feed with both hands on a left foot touch


Coach shaping up a future 2baseman - stiff front side glove action with a short backside arm action


Coach explaining what scouts want to see and what college coaches need to have


Coach is explaining why seeking excessive bat speed in a quest for power upsets tempo and rhythm and balance and how it takes the bat out of the hitting zone prematurely which hurts both power and consistency


Here is Coach Jimmy B helping a player find a comfortable spot in the pre - launch position


Coach Jimmy B being honored at a academy in Santo Domingo and talking to the players about how important school was to their future