How does MADE Baseball separate themselves from other Baseball Programs?
Led by Coach Isaac Hess, MADE Baseball is a group of some of the top Baseball Experts and Private Baseball Coaches as well as Strength & Baseball Specific Conditioning Coaches in the greater Los Angeles area.
Each of our coaches has played at least 4 years of college baseball and 90% of our coaches have 5+ years of professional playing experience.
We teach our players how to pitch, hit, field, run, and THINK like Champions. Many of our players have gone on to play in college as well as professional baseball.
In working with our staff, you have access to our expert group of fun-loving, like-minded, knowledgeable, and positive baseball coaches. There is no other baseball coaching staff in that exists like the MADE Baseball Instructors.
What types of students have you worked with?
Our MADE Baseball Coaching Staff has worked with students from age 5 years old all the way up to professionals, and everywhere in between. From beginners who just want to learn about the game or pursue getting on a men’s league team or even a co-ed softball team, to advanced professionals who are trying to refine their craft and make it to the highest level possible, we’re here to help. We’ve even worked with some older men that are 50+ that want to prepare for Adult Baseball Fantasy Camp in Arizona and/or Florida.
*If you want to get better, we want to help you improve.
Our ideal student is one who loves coming to practice, does what we ask to the best of their ability at all times, and has a true passion to excel as a player and a person. Also, a student who takes the initiative to use the tools we’ve given them and go above and beyond what we ask them to do. To be honest, you will find that if you are one of these types of students that you will receive a lot more of our attention and care, along with our extra time to help you get to where you want to go with the game.
How did you get started teaching?
Every instructor on the MADE Baseball Staff has a deep love of baseball and has dedicated the majority of their life to pursuing greatness in the game. We are all baseball men, and will be for life.
We started from young ages and had the blessing of being influenced by amazing mentors and coaches along our path. Each of us has a tremendous amount of value to add to your player, and a unique perspective and set of knowledge to share.
Some of the household names that our baseball coaching staff have learned from are:
Tim Raines, 23 year MLB veteran and Hall of Famer
Daryl Evans, 20 year MLB veteran, 414 career homeruns
Mako Oliveras, Mexican League Manager w/over 20 years managing experience all around the world
Kip Gross, 5 years in MLB and 5 years in Japan Professional League
Rick Forney, 13 year veteran manager of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, the longest independent ball manager in history
Willie Upshaw, 10 year MLB veteran
Andy Haines, current big league hitting instructor with the Milwaukee Brewers
What is your typical process for working with a new player?
We have two rules:
1) Always Have Fun.
2) Always Do Your Best.
We start with a quick discovery session. Here we will chat for a few minutes to establish the goals of the player along with set our expectations for the session to follow.
As the session begins, we will always start with a dynamic warm up. We are focused on helping our players create their own “championship routine” with a fun mix of dynamic stretching and movement preparation, as well as calisthenics. This routine is determined by the age, skill level, and fitness of the player and it is designed to help our players program their ability to move properly, as well as prepare them to maximize performance and minimize the risk of injury.
After our warm up, dependent on the desired areas of improvement of the player and what we will work on, we will go into a throwing program where the MADE Baseball Coach will test and evaluate the throwing mechanics of the player, or, if a focus on hitting training is desired we will begin with tee work and soft toss drills where we will test and evaluate the mechanics of the player’s swing and determine an appropriate plan of action. From there we will continue to evaluate the player throughout the lesson and give feedback and drills and some suggested homework as we finish the session.
What do you enjoy about the work you do?
We enjoy everything about being full time baseball coaches and professional youth mentors. Working with youth athletes is our passion and purpose because it gives us the opportunity to make a positive impact in our community through the game that we love. This game has given us so much, and we have been fortunate to be able to teach so many players over the past decade.
The best part about being a youth coach is that we have the opportunity to help young players create a healthy and positive foundation for the physical and mental aspect of their game, on and off the field. Also, the relationships we’ve had the blessing of being able to create with working with young players and families and seeing them develop over time is incredibly rewarding to each and every one of us.