What is your typical process for working with a new student?
We start by shaking hands. Don’t bring a wet fish hand shake. I might have to send you away. We say “Shake it to break it.” Come with a firm handshake, it is VERY IMPORTANT no matter how old you are.
From there, we start with a dynamic warm up focusing on what I call a “championship routine.” This routine involves a mix of yoga, pilates, and calistentics and it is designed to help players prepare their body properly in order to minimize the risk of injury.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have pitched professionally for over seven years. I’ve pitched in five countries, 12 teams, and six leagues through out the world. Baseball has afforded me some amazing opportunities to travel and play in a variety of places. The experience of going through adversity through out my career, along with having so many different managers from so many different levels of the game has taught me a great deal and given me a very well-rounded perspective to baseball.
High School Varsity Pitching Coach Experience:
Notre Dame Preparatory High School, Scottsdale, AZ; 2011-12′
Cortez High School, Phoenix, AZ; 2013-14′
Moon Valley High School, Phoenix, AZ; 2014-15′
Club Baseball Coaching Experience:
MADE Baseball, Founder and Manager, 2013-14′(13u and 14u teams)
I have been working with young baseball players and teams for over 10 years. I love the opportunity to share what I have learned from the game, I am passionate about what I do, and I genuinely enjoy helping young players get better and maximize their potential.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
The rate for an intro lesson is $35 for an hour session. This intro training session is at a discounted rate, and it is an opportunity for us to meet and get a feel for each other to see if we both think it will be a good fit. I will work with the player and evaluate his/her ability for the 60 minute session, and focus on teaching whatever aspect of the game the player desires.
From there, if the player is serious about improving in the game further, we will get him/her on a custom training program, or you will be offered the MADE Baseball Development Package, a comprehensive baseball development program for youth players. (recommended)
How did you get started teaching?
I have loved baseball since I was 9 years old. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I wanted to play in the big leagues starting at the age of 10. I experienced a tremendous amount of adversity throughout my pursuit of making it to the big leagues in my life, and I never actually made it. What I did do in my pursuit was travel all over the world playing this great game and it also showed me what it is to #GetMADE. I use this mantra with my players because it is about elevating oneself to a higher level of purpose in sport and pushing oneself to improve on a daily basis, religiously and fundamentally. It is practiced, it is learned, and it is refined…EVEryday.
I love teaching youth players and it provides me with great purpose. To me, baseball has always been a portal through which I have been able to maintain a positive attitude and laser focused drive, and in turn it has helped create the positive and strong person and man that I am today.
What types of students have you worked with?
I work with students from age 6 all the way up to professionals, and everywhere in between. My ideal student is one who loves coming to practice, does what I say to the best of their ability at all times, and has a true passion to excel as a player and a person.
I am/was a left handed pitcher and I especially enjoy working with other young lefties. I specialize in lefty pick off moves. If you have a young lefty, I’m definitely your guy.
What is your approach to teaching the baseball students you teach?
My approach is slightly different with each player I train depending on the age, skill level, and goals the player establishes with me upon the first training session. I prefer to work with players that are passionate and serious about the game, and invest their own time outside of our training sessions to do what it takes.
Although, I am happy to work with those that are younger and/or still at a point where baseball is new and thought of more as an extra-curricular activity. There are many things to learn in the game of baseball that help young men learn how to be better people, so anyone that has any interest in baseball at all with greatly benefit from training with me.
First, we will identify why you are training with me in the first place. We will then establish the goals you set forth with our training, and what you are willing to do in order to achieve those goals.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Find out where they have played. Experience is often the best measure of knowledge in this game, as with anything in life. Although, just because someone is an experienced player, that does not always translate into an effective coach and communicator. It is important to give a coach a chance and go to at least five or more sessions in order to get a good feel for what their coaching style is and to get the most out of the that particular coach’s knowledge that you can.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Really, the questions they should be asking should be to themselves. The student needs to determine in his/her mind if baseball is something they are willing to commit their time, effort, energy, and ultimately heart into. If they are willing to do that, there is almost a guarantee that their experience with any coach they encounter will be a positive one that creates advantages for them in their career.
How are you different than other baseball instructors in Los Angeles?
I separate myself from other baseball instructors by focusing on attitude and approach to the game. To me, succeeding in anything starts with your attitude and your approach. This is “The MADE Way.”
If you choose to train with me you can expect to work hard, have fun, and get the most out of every single training session we have together. My main requirement from my players is that they show up with a great attitude and maintain a strong desire to improve, as a player and a person, every single session, every single day.
What comes with working with you and the MADE Baseball Program beyond the in person training sessions?
If applicable and/or when the time comes, I love helping my players/families get in contact with the right people and advise them of a good path in order to get to the next level. i.e; youth club team, high school, college, pro, independent ball
Also, I always do my best to provide pictures and videos of the sessions free of charge when I can. This is not necessarily included, although I do provide video analysis as a service as well, but I try to get videos to players that ask for them in raw form when I can.