IVL Baseball Philosophy

Professional instruction and hard work is a recipe for success.


Baseball isn’t just a game, but a game within a game.  Strategy, discipline, physical and mental play, are all parts of becoming a complete player.  Learning these skills will benefit, enhance, define, and develop our athletes.  This is our goal!  Inspiring them through the education of basics and in game knowledge, will advance their game beyond the competition.  Through repetition, sound technique, and becoming their own coach, the athletes progression will help them become an asset to their team.  This will also help them with their own individual development as a player and person.  The staff at IVL Baseball is set to implement these values in order to mold an all around athlete and person.

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    IVL ProTips

    • The Most Wasted 20 Minutes in a Catcher’s Life

      It seems that many players and coaches recognize how little time is allocated during practices for catchers to work on their catching skills, like blocking, exchange drills, pickoff throws, and proper handling of passed balls with a throw to the pitcher covering home plate, just to name a few.

      Often times it has been said to me ...

    • Having A Pitch Plan

      How many times within a game do you as a coach ask yourself this question: Why is my pitcher throwing that pitch in that situation? We wonder numerous times throughout games how can pitch selection be so misguided. Therefore, a generic “pitch plan” is important, not only so the correct pitch is called in greater frequency, ...

    • Change Up: The Pitch for a Strong Arm’s Lifetime

      I have a vivid recollection of a great coach, John Scolinos of Cal Poly Pomona (CA), teaching our star national team Australian pitcher a change of pace pitch in about one minute. The reason the scene stays with me is because a week later the pitcher beat the World Champion Korean National Team at the ...

    • Batting Fundamentals

      1.   Don’t grip your bat at the very end. Leave, say, an inch or two. Also, leave at least an inch or more space between your hands; that gives you balance and control of bat, and also keeps hands from interfering with each other during the swing.

      2.   Take position at plate, especially against right-hand pitchers,back of ...

    • Bunt Young, Bunt Often

      Bunting is a very big part of the game of baseball. And when a bunt is laid down the right way, it is very difficult to defend.

      I have always been big on bunting and feel it can be taught at a young age. There are basically two types of bunts: the square bunt and the ...