Baseball Travel Teams

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9U – 10U

Travel Fee $2,650 + uniform cost

Parent lead coach assisted by professional instructors. All travel coaches will complete the USA Baseball Coaches Certification Program.

Play and Develop on a Competitive Team.

4 week fall program 2 days per week to work on base fundamentals of the game. (20+ hours)

2 winter indoor practices/week 

  • hitting development, pitching and throwing instruction, defensive skills and base running

1-2 games/week in season via league play

In season practices scheduled around games and tournaments

5-6 Tournaments

30+ Game Schedule

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11U – 12U

Travel Fee $2,650 + uniform cost

Parent lead coach assisted by professional instructors. All travel coaches will complete the USA Baseball Coaches Certification Program.

Play and Develop on a Competitive Team

5 week fall program with 2 practices per week to work on base fundamentals of the game. (20+ hours)

The focus will be on developing the proper fundamentals in hitting, pitching and defense in position specific training. Players will be introduced to an off-season strength and conditioning program to build power and remain healthy.

  • 2 indoor winter practices per week Jan – March
  • 12 weeks of hitting
  • Position Specific Training
  • Pitching/throwing and arm care
  • 12 weeks of Strength & Conditioning

In season practices scheduled around games and tournaments. Outdoor practices will focus on situational training and reaching gameplay age specific goals around holding runners on base, double plays, cutoffs and baserunning.

1-2 games/week in season via league play

6-7 Tournaments

40+ Game Schedule

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13U – 14U

Travel Fee $2,850 + uniform cost

Parent lead coach assisted by professional instructors. All travel coaches will complete the USA Baseball Coaches Certification Program.

Play and Develop on a Competitive Team

5 week fall program with 2 practices per week to work on base fundamentals of the game. (20+ hours)

Baseline player metrics taken in the fall season. Player metrics remeasured once throughout the season to determine growth and assess a player’s abilities and areas for improvement. Individualized development plans for conditioning and training will be in place based on these measures.

The focus will be on developing the proper fundamentals in hitting, pitching and defense in position specific training. Players will be introduced to an off-season strength and conditioning program to build power and remain healthy.

  • 2 indoor winter practices per week Jan-March
  • 12 weeks of hitting
  • Position Specific Training
  • Pitching/throwing and arm care
  • 12 weeks of Strength & Conditioning

 

In season practices scheduled around tournaments. Outdoor practices will focus on situational training and reaching gameplay age specific goals around holding runners on base, double plays, cutoffs and baserunning.

13U and 14U travel teams – 1 to 2 games/week in season via league play

6-8 Tournaments

45+ Game Schedule

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15U – 18U

Travel fee $2,850 + uniform cost

Lead by a Professional Head Coach and supported by Top Pick Professional Training Staff. All travel coaches will complete the USA Baseball Coaches Certification Program.

Play and Develop on a Competitive Team

5 week fall program with 2 practices per week to work on base fundamentals of the game. (20+ hours)

Baseline player metrics taken at tryouts. Player metrics remeasured once throughout the season to determine growth and access a player’s abilities and areas for improvement. Individualized development plans for conditioning and training will be in place based on these measures.

The focus will be on developing the proper fundamentals in hitting, pitching and defense in position specific training. Players will be introduced to an off-season strength and conditioning program to build power and remain healthy.

  • 2 indoor practices per week starting in December
  • 12 weeks of hitting
  • Position Specific Training
  • Pitching/throwing and arm care
  • 20 weeks of Strength & Conditioning (twice weekly)

In season practices scheduled around tournaments. Outdoor practices will focus on situational training and reaching gameplay age specific goals around holding runners on base, double plays, cutoffs and baserunning.

6-8 Tournaments in June and July with potential to compete in profile tournaments and showcases

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TRAVEL TEAMS

Players will be placed on teams that best fit that indiviudal player’s overall abilities.

Tournaments to take place in the Chicagoland area and neighboring states within a few hours driving distance.

High level instruction from tenured coaches and seasoned players is a key element of the Top Pick Travel Academy. Meet the talented staff that will work to develop our players.

TOP PICK PLAYER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTORS AND COACHES

  • BRIAN KANE- Director of Travel Teams and Player Development
  • BILL ANGELO- LEAD INSTRUCTOR Head Coach Elgin Community College
  • RALPH RISKE- LEAD INSTRUCTOR Hitting Coach Elgin Community College
  • RYAN RICHARDSON- Former starting SS at St. Charles North HS, Elgin Community College and Michigan State University. Was named 2010 Daily Herald Player of the Year.
  • TIM TARTER- Former All American at Grand Valley State and current assistant coach at Marmion Academy
  • JOSH LATIMER- Former NCAA D1 player and current head coach at Dekalb High School
  • PRESTON LARRISON – 1998 Amateur Draft Tampa Bay Devil Rays, University of Evansville Collegiate Player, 2001 Drafted in the 2nd Round, played 7 years with the Detroit Tigers club, West Aurora High School Varsity Coach
  • BRAD MEDGYESI- Played shortstop at North Central College, advanced 60 players to college level, 22 years coaching experience
  • BENITO ROMAN CRUZ- Trainer of many marquee players from Puerto Rico, 25 years coaching experience, 4 years advancing players at Top Pick Athletics
  • TYLER NUNEZ- Former college player at Elgin Community College and Augustana College
  • JASON SULLIVAN- Four year starting 2B at Central Michigan University and former IHSA ALL STATE player at St Francis Prep (Wheaton)
  • AUSTIN LOVELADY- Former college player at Elgin Community College
  • ED AMBRE- LEAD TRAINER Strength & Conditioning Program