Baseball Player Magazine College Coaches Camps

02/24/2012, 12:15am (EST)
By Wayne Mazzoni

10/27/12 – 12N-5P – Baseball Player Magazine College Coaches Camp
Some Of The NCAA’s Premiere Division I Baseball Schools Will Be In Attendance.
$200 Per Player Camp Details Confirmed Colleges Pre-Order T-Shirt Pre-Register * Register *


College Baseball Coaches Camp (October Session) is designed to provide players in the high school graduating classes of 2011-2014 with the opportunity to be instructed and evaluated by some of the best college coaches and programs in the region. Players will have to opportunity expand their baseball skills and benefit from a unique, competitive and challenging atmosphere. This camp is specifically designed for the high school baseball player serious about baseball and looking to continue playing at the next levels of the game.


Each player must bring his own baseball equipment. Players should bring a glove, bat, Helmet, cleats/spikes, running shoes or turf shoes, hat, and any other equipment they feel necessary to compete. Catchers must bring their own gear.

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North Carolina Wesleyan
Post (CT)
Sacred Heart U
(Staff to be finalized by March 1)


No Refund/Credit.Weather Policy: Due to the nature and major expenses involved in this camp, our policy must be strict. There are no refunds or credit given at any time or for any reason once you had paid for the CBCC camp. Even if weather, prolonged athletic seasons, injuries, illness (to player of extended family). In conjunction, there will be no credits and/or refunds provided under any unforseen conditions or circumstances not stated above. In the event of weather we will do all we can to get in the most crucial parts of camp. As the fields are turf, we have a good change at doing such.


Please check in at 11:15am


Camp conducted at: St. Dominic Athletic Complex on Northern Blvd


Meals will not be provided. Please bring your own lunch from home.


This is not an “overnight” camp. Players traveling from out of town will be responsible for securing their own hotel accommodations.


There will be no airport transportation offered for this event.


Thank you for this past weeks College Coaches Camp at Baseball Heaven. Your camp was well organized and ran the best out of all the showcases I have attended. – Nick Napoli 

Just wanted to let you know how much my son, Spencer, got out of the Coaches Camp this week at Baseball Heaven. The program was terrific, and he especially enjoyed hearing you talk about pitching. I was very impressed with the camp as well–everything was first class all the way. – Ken Samelson 

First we want to complement you on your College Baseball Coaches Camp as the best organized and well run camp that we’ve seen. Between the skills sessions and the actual games, the boys were always active and also learned new things to improve their skills. –Joe & Sally Veltri 

Congratulations on a fine camp. My son Daniel told me it was the best showcase he has attended, in large part because there was so little “standing around”. The four-diamond facility is well-suited to accommodate such a large number of players, and the coaches kept everything moving. – John Reynolds


Questions regarding Pioneer Baseball Camps at Sacred Heart University? Contact Coach Wayne Mazzoni at 203-260-4932 or e-mail Coach Mazzoni at


Please check your email regularly as this is our primary way we communicate. Any additional information that we need to convey as the camp draws closer will be passed on to you via the e-mail address that you supplied when you signed up for camp. Please make it a habit to check your e-mail daily, this will eliminate any confusion and or miscommunication.


The Truth About Building Velocity

The Truth About Building Velocity

02/22/2012, 9:03pm (EST)
By Brent Pourciau

This is the last thing most young pitchers want to hear, but the truth about pitching velocity is that unless you are born with it you are going to have to do what most people are not willing to do, which is to throw like you were born with it. There are tons and tons of pitchers in this game who want to build velocity but are not willing to do much to make it happen. If you are that pitcher, who is looking for the quick fix or a short cut, then don’t waste your time reading this article.

5 Hard Facts to Increase Pitching Velocity
I am sorry to be the one to tell you this, but there is NO gimmick or device online or in a store that is going to make you throw harder (period!). There is also no one supplement or exercise that is going to make you a superstar. Superstars are made every day through training programs that are designed to develop the elite pitcher using a full spectrum of drills, exercises, lifts and equipment. I will list here the hard facts that make up the most effective training programs for developing the high velocity pitcher. Before I give you this priceless list to build success, I want you to read a quote from a Hall of Fame pitcher who is still one of the hardest throwers ever to play the game.

“Pitching in the big leagues is a dream. Preparing to pitch in the big leagues is a nightmare” – Nolan Ryan

Understanding the 3 Stages of Learning – It is almost impossible for the beginner to make permanent gains in velocity in a short period of time. Even if you are not a beginner, it is extremely difficult. If you do not have a good understanding of the 3 stages of learning then you could easily become frustrated to the point of quitting just before you experience the results you were working for. I recommend that you read this article on the 3 stages of learning so you will have a good idea of when and how your velocity will improve.
Above Average Strength to Weight Ratio – This is the biggest killer of most pitching velocity programs; they are not designed to improve strength to weight ratio. This means the pitcher has the ability to move more weight than they actually weigh. If high velocity pitchers have longer and faster strides than low velocity pitchers, then this should tell you that high velocity pitchers have better strength to weight ratios. Velocity will not improve significantly until a pitcher’s strength to weight ratio is in the positive.
Triple Extension Training – This is the secret behind a revolutionary approach to increase pitching velocity called 3X Pitching. This approach has proven that implementing the mechanical component of triple extension before front foot strike, along with a series of other components to support triple extension, will not only max out a pitchers ability to build power, but it will also create explosive hip rotation at front foot strike. Without achieving this component, within your delivery, this is preventing you from reaching your top velocity. This component must be trained within both your throwing program and your strength and conditioning program.
Increased Hip to Shoulder Separation – The National Pitching Association in 2005-2006, in their famous Velocity Study, proved that 80% of a pitchers velocity comes from his hip to shoulder separation at front foot strike. All low velocity pitchers have poor hip to shoulder separation. The key to enhancing this hip to shoulder separation is through triple extension and developing core strength. To improve this component it must be a part of a pitchers throwing and strength and conditioning program. I recommend reading the study here
Learning the Olympic Lifts – It is scientifically proven that there is no better, more effective lift in the weight room for enhancing power production than through the Olympic cleans.High velocity pitchers are able to produce high levels of power through their strides, which is proven to be the source of their high velocities. These lifts are extremely technical and I highly recommend that you are supervised by a certified USA weightlifting coach when learning these lifts. Follow this link to find a trainer in your area.

If your current training program does not incorporate any or some of these hard facts to increase pitching velocity then you need to re-evaluate your program and make a decision to either improve the program you already have or move into a program that uses these hard facts like the 3X Pitching Velocity program.

Victory Park Ohio Partners w/the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to Host National Sporting Events.

02/21/2012, 6:49am (EST)
By Tommy Oschip

(North Ridgeville, Ohio) – Victory Park Ohio announced today a multiyear partnership with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission ( The two organizations will work together on two events in 2012 (Continental Cup International Youth Festival and Ohio Senior Olympics) and three events in 2013 (Continental Cup International Youth Festival, National Senior Games and North American Gaelic Games).

Victory Park Ohio is a 67-acre privately owned sports complex in North Ridgeville, Ohio featuring eight baseball/softball fields, nine soccer fields, and four volleyball courts.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission”, said Joseph Borkey, managing partner for Victory Park Ohio. “They have a track record of enhancing the economy through sports and in the next two years, these major sporting events will bring thousands of people to the Greater Cleveland area.”

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has been responsible for attracting, creating and/or managing over 120 events resulting in an estimated economic impact of more than $370 million to Northeast Ohio.

“We are excited to partner with Victory Park Ohio and look forward to hosting many different sporting events together that provide a significant economic impact to our region”, stated David Gilbert, Presi-dent and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

Victory Park Ohio is a member of the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce, Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, Visit Lorain County (Lorain County Visitors Bureau), and Positively Cleve- land (Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau).

“Our management had a vision of the impact a National sporting event could have on the local community”, said Tommy Oschip, Director of Marketing and Promotions at Victory Park Ohio. “With the support of the local Chambers and CVB’s, we now can make sure that we can promote everything that Northeast Ohio has to offer when these guests arrive.”

For more information about the events at Victory Park Ohio, please visit They are also located at and

Justin Karn Named Field Manager of the Long Island Shamrocks

02/12/2012, 9:44pm (EST)
By Kevin O’Keeffe and Brandon Kurz

The Long Island Shamrocks are proud to name Justin Karn the Field Manager for the first year Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League team. Justin Karn is the Head Associate Coach at SUNY Ulster University.

Justin returns to the New York North Atlantic Baseball program, where he was an assistant coach for the New York Atlantics in 2011.

“He did a fantastic job for us all summer and we wanted to promote a coach from within our system that we know and trust. He also has the ability to have a great influence on players because he is young, yet grounded. He is a fun guy to play for if you are a serious ballplayer,” said Shamrocks and Atlantics owner Brandon Kurz.

Justin will be accompanied by two assistants to be named at a later date. For more information on the Long Island Shamrocks and the New York North Atlantic Baseball Program, visit

Baseball America Tabs Baltz As Second Team Preseason All-American

02/11/2012, 7:28am (EST)
By Written by St. John’s University, Photo by Andrew Shurtleff

QUEENS, N.Y. (Feb. 9, 2012) – Already the Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year, a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection and a third team Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American, Jeremy Baltz added another preseason accolade, earning second team Preseason All-America honors from Baseball America.

One of two BIG EAST players to appear on one of the publication’s three Preseason All-America teams,Baltz is joined on the second team by Connecticut second baseman L.J. Mazzilli.

A first team All-BIG EAST selection a season ago, Baltz batted .311 with 12 doubles, three triples and six home runs to post a .483 slugging percentage.  The outfielder ranked tied for third in the BIG EAST with a team-best 60 RBI and also posted a .444 on-base percentage, while swiping seven bags in nine attempts.

The two-time first team All-BIG EAST selection, who was a consensus All-American and the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year as a freshman, has a .356 average, 30 home runs and 145 RBI in his first two seasons with the Red Storm.

St. John’s opens the 2012 campaign at the fourth annual Big Ten-BIG EAST Challenge with games against Michigan State (Feb. 17), Minnesota (Feb. 18) and Illinois (Feb. 19).

New York Islanders Host HCB Youth Baseball Day Feb. 11


02/01/2012, 8:41pm (EST)
Discounted tickets available for Islanders’ Saturday matinee with Kings; HCB to host clinic
The New York Islanders will host Youth Baseball Day at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, February 11, in the Isles’ matinee tilt against the Los Angeles Kings (1 p.m.).
Tickets can be purchased at more than 50 percent off the original ticket price. Lower level end zone seats, which ordinarily sell for $84 per ticket, cost Youth Baseball Day participants just $40. In addition, 300 level end mezzanine seats, ordinarily $40 per ticket, cost just $20.
Each ticket also comes with a free New York Islanders cap and a coupon for 20 percent off any summer baseball camp at All-Pro Sports Academy in Bellport. After the game, all children are invited to walk onto the ice and take a shot on net.
The largest Little League group to attend the game will also receive a free baseball clinic at their home field from Hamptons Collegiate Baseball coaches and players during the summer.
For more information, click on the PDF link below. For discount tickets, contact Bryce Mitchell at 516-501-6824 or at Ask about other fan experiences available, such as riding the FanZam or high-fiving the Islander players.

Bill Gaffney Named Interim Head Baseball

Bill Gaffney Named Interim Head Baseball Coach

02/01/2012, 4:17pm (EST)
By Jill Fisher, Photo by C.W. Post Athletics

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (Feb. 1, 2012) – C.W. Post Director of Athletics Bryan Collins has appointed Bill Gaffneyas interim head coach of the baseball team. Gaffney, who has been involved with the program as an assistant for the last seven seasons, is a veteran coach with experience on both the collegiate and summer league levels. He assumes the interim head coach position following the resignation of head coach Pete Timmes on January 31, who left the position for personal reasons

Gaffney’s tenure as an assistant has seen the Pioneers win two East Coast Conference Championships, post two 30-win seasons, and advance to the 2011 NCAA Regionals.

From 1982-84, he was an assistant coach for the Adelphi Panthers, helping the team to a berth in the 1982 Northeast Regionals. He also was a coach for the Long Island Red Sox summer league team from 1995-03.

During his playing days, Gaffney was selected in the 19th round of the 1979 draft and played two seasons in the Seattle Mariners organization.

Gaffney and his wife, Maureen, a senior Vice President at Winthrop University Hospital, live in Westbury, N.Y., and are the parents of three sons: Mike, who played five years in the Kansas City Royals farm system; Kevin, a graduate of LaSalle University; and Scott, who played five years in the Cincinnati Reds organization; along with a daughter, Laura, a graduate of Bloomsburg University.

Over 1,000 Coaches Convene in Connecticut

02/01/2012, 3:52pm (EST)
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)
World Baseball Coaches Convention

Derek Johnson, Pitching Coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores
The World Baseball Coaches Convention was held again this year at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Convention Center in Uncasville, Connecticut. This ninth presentation of the event was its most successful ever, with over 1,000 coaches and 90 exhibitors in attendance. Due to the quality of the presentations and the interest of the attendees, this is considered one of the most beneficial baseball coaches events in the country.

Derek Johnson, pitching coach of the Vanderbilt University Commodores, held some of the most widely attended sessions. He spoke on “The Vanderbilt Pitching Foundation”, “Game Day Pitching Routines”, and “The Pitching Star: Understanding Connections in The Pitching Delivery”. Additionally, he was a panelist in the group discussion on “Getting Your High School Players Ready To Play At The Next Level.”

Mark DeJohn, Field Coordinator of the St. Louis Cardinals
Other presenters included Dana Cavalea, Strength and Conditioning Coach of the New York Yankees. His presentations were about “Getting Players Game Ready”, “Common Player Breakdowns and Exercises to Prevent Them”, “15 Minute Proper Warmup”, and “Baseball Speed Development”. He was joined by fellow Yankee, Hitting Coach Kevin Long, who lectured on the “Greatest Misconceptions about Teaching Hitting” and offered many hitting drills in another session.

The Cardinals organization was well represented again this year with Infield Instructor Mark DeJohn and scout Gary LaRocque. The Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Mariners, and Red Sox also had representatives speaking. Former player turned mental trainer Buddy Biancalana gave several presentations on how to succeed in all sports. Former catcher Don Slaught again used his RightView Pro software to offer excellent analysis and advice on spotting hitting deficiencies and how to correct them.

UConn coach Chris Podeszwa demonstrates bunting techniques
College coaches from many respected programs provided a great deal of the instruction. University of Connecticut coaches Jim Penders and Chris Podeszwa represented their school again. Sacred Heart’s Nick Giaquinto and Wayne Mazzoni, Fairfield’s Bill Currier, Wright State’s Rob Cooper, Maine’s Steve Trimper, Mike Leonord of Bates College, Roger Bidwell of UConn Avery Point, and Justin Blood of Hartford added valuable coaching cues to the wealth of information distributed at the convention.

Frequent speaker and Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine interviewed by Sox broadcaster Joe Castiglione.
The best attended session is the Friday night “keynote” given by longtime WBCC speaker and panelist Bobby Valentine. Valentine has always been lauded by the crowd at this event over the years, many of whom consider him “the best athlete ever to hail from Connecticut.” Most in the state consider themselves New Englanders, and after Bobby was named manager of the Red Sox, the enthusiasm for the keynote was very high. This year, Just two people were on the stage, Valentine and the radio voice of the Boston Red Sox, Joe Castiglione.

Castiglione interviewed Valentine for the first half hour, then both took questions from the audience for almost an additional hour. Valentine, never one to withhold his opinion, was asked whether the 2012 Red Sox might be playing more small ball than in the past. “I hate the term small ball,” replied Valentine. “Bunting, stealing, moving runners over, it’s called ‘baseball’. And I hope we’re going to see a lot of it in the American League East.”

The baseball convention is held at Mohegan Sun on Thursday evening, all day Friday, and until midday on Saturday. The World Softball Coaches Convention overlaps and follows this event, running all day Saturday.

Tommy Smith Verbally Commits to Marywood University

01/31/2012, 4:25pm (EST)
By Kieran Black & Brandon Kurz

The Whalers organization is proud to congratulate Tommy Smith (St. Dominic H.S.), who verbally agreed to sign with Marywood University on Friday. Tommy was guaranteed a roster spot to play baseball.

Tommy is a very talented catcher, who specializes on defense. “You better get a great jump off of the pitcher if you’re looking to steal a base off Tommy,” said Whalers owner Brandon Kurz. “He can get rid of the ball quickly and make sharp, accurate throws. He is also an outstanding blocker and he receives the ball very well.”

Tommy is a team leader both on and off the field. “I’ve had the opportunity to coach Tommy for both the Whalers and St. Dominic H.S. Plain and simple, Tommy has given everything he has to us every time he takes the field. Marywood is getting a special kid,” said Whalers Director of Player Development, Kieran Black.

Tommy is also a difficult out at the plate. He has a strong approach and makes consistant contact, putting the ball in play almost every at-bat. His strong work ethic will help improve as a hitter, when he begins at Marywood.

Tommy’s Whalers career is highlighted by a recorded .271 batting average in over 400 career at-bats. He has been a Whaler since he was 15.

The Whalers look forward to him competing for 18u in 2012 and then hope to sign him to play for the Whalers’ collegiate programs in 2013. Tommy will be named to the Whalers Hall of Fame upon his Marywood University arrival.

“The Whalers would like to thank Tommy and his parents for their loyalty to our program. Chris Smith, Tommy’s younger brother is also in our program. It’s a pleasure to watch the Smith brothers grow in our program. We wish Tommy all the best in college,” said Kurz.