Baseball Travel Teams

TOP PICK BASEBALL ACADEMY
11U – 13U

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

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
  • 11 weeks of hitting
  • Position Specific Training
  • Pitching/throwing and arm care
  • Kairos Sports – Team Communication App
 

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

35+ Game Schedule

$2,450 + Uniform Fee

TOP PICK BASEBALL ACADEMY
14U

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

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
  • 11 weeks of hitting
  • Position Specific Training
  • Pitching/throwing and arm care
  • Training with Rapsodo, HitTrax, and Driveline to maximize skill development
  • Kairos Sports – Team Communication App
  • Professionally Coached Team
 

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.

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

6-7 Tournaments

40+ Game Schedule

$2,650 + Uniform Fee

TOP PICK BASEBALL ACADEMY
15U – 17U

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

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
  • Driveline and POWER included
  • Training with Rapsodo, HitTrax, and Driveline to maximize skill development
  • Kairos Sports – Team Communication App
 

6-7 Tournaments in June and July and in some circumstances compete in profile tournaments and showcases with college coaches in attendance. Teams will potentially participate at the following tournament locations and organizations in 2024 along with local venues in the Chicagoland area:

  • Perfect Game in Marion, IA
  • PBR at the Rock Summer Championships in Franklin, WI
  • Bullpen Tournaments at Grand Park in Westfield, IN
  • TBK Sports Complex in Bettendorf, IA
  • PBR Kansas City Summer Championships at Creekside Complex in Kansas City, MO
  • Omaha, NE-during the College World Series

$2,700 – $3,100 + Uniform Fee

Pitcher Only Cost: $2,100 + Uniform Fee

TOP PICK BASEBALL ACADEMY
TRAVEL TEAMS

Players will be placed on teams that best fit that individual 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.
  • ADAM NORTON– Former University of Notre Dame standout and PBR Indiana Player of the Year in 2009
  • 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, was drafted in the 2nd Round of the MLB draft, 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
  • JEREMY MORTON– Former college player at Elgin Community College and current Varsity assistant coach at Dekalb High School
  • 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 and current Pitching Coach at Elgin Community College