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US Sports Camps and Nike Baseball Camps to Be Coached This Summer by Cal Baseball Coach, David Esquer


San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) April 06, 2015

Returning for 2015 is the Nike Cal Baseball Camps, directed by Head Coach, David Esquer. Esquer and his staff rotate the curriculum weekly to create a balance between instruction and games, so campers learn by playing and having fun.

The Nike Cal Baseball Camps are the ultimate summer program for youth players. “Not only does Coach Esquer have the coaching experience and accolades, but he has the energy to inspire each camper,” states Mike de Surville, Senior Vice President of US Sports Camps. “He starts each day with baseball trivia, learns the campers’ names, and makes sure it is a fun experience. He wants them to enjoy the game and go back to the days where kids simply just played.”

The three camp programs that the Nike Cal Baseball Camp will offer for the summer of 2015 are the Baseball School, the Baseball Games Camp, and the Advanced Camp. The Baseball School is an all skills camp which covers individual position instruction as well as hitting, base running, situation drills, and game play. The Games Camp emphasizes learning by playing and consists of mostly game time play. Campers will be divided up by age and ability and placed on teams to compete. The Advanced Camp is for players looking to move up on the High School squad or for those looking to play College baseball. College Style workouts, drills, and instruction takes place during this program including discussions on playing in college and what it takes to be a college student athlete.

California head baseball coach David Esquer, the 2011 National Coach of the Year, represents the best in college baseball – first as a player, then as an assistant coach, and now in his 16th year as the leader of the Golden Bears.

Nike Baseball Camps provide focused, intensive training that is essential to improvement for all skill levels. Every facet of the game is covered with an emphasis on fundamentals to help players become valuable team members. At each location, campers are broken into groups with other players of similar age, abilities and goals. Each camp director does their best to advance players to the next level, keeping in consideration each camper’s experience and desire to improve.

Players, coaches, parents and others interested in the 2015 Nike Baseball Camps can visit http://www.ussportscamps.com/baseball/nike or call 1-800-645-3226.

About US Sports Camps

US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America’s largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.







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DeMatha Catholic Is the First High School Baseball Team to Use The Right Profile’s TAP 360 Pro-Level Mindset Assessment Tools to Better Develop Its Athletes


Hyattsville, MD (PRWEB) March 19, 2015

Although the Troutwine Athletic Profile (TAP) has been used by NFL, MLB and NBA teams for decades to better evaluate, coach and develop their athletes, it was not offered to college and high school athletic programs until late 2014. Many pro teams, including the Kansas City Royals, Washington Nationals and the New England Patriots, use the TAP as an integral part of their organization’s talent pipeline, development and mental conditioning programs. The Right Profile recently interviewed DeMatha Catholic high school’s head baseball coach, Sean O’Connor, about being the first high school baseball coach nationally to use the TAP in its athlete development program.

At the heart of the interview lies the main question for any prep-sport baseball fan – with a proven track record like that of DeMatha Catholic and a personal coaching resume that has earned Coach O’Connor an upcoming induction into the Baltimore Boys of Summer Hall of Fame later this spring, why add a pro-level system like TAP 360 to their program? Coach O’Connor was direct. “As I coach, I need to figure out what makes a player tick, what makes a player move on, and what is a great characteristic of an athlete and of an alumnus, that’s what sold me on the whole process.” Even though the coach says he knows these kids really well, he confessed that “the TAP takes it to a completely different level.”

Coach O’Connor has had all of his players take the TAP and is planning to use the TAP 360 reports to enhance player development and communications with his athletes. “If we have the tool to identify (player weakness and development opportunities) and help them, we are going to make them better citizens, better people, and better athletes.” That holistic approach extends to basic communications and trust. “If the players have a trust factor and we have a trust factor, we can be very successful.”

The full text of the interview is available on The Right Profile’s press and media page.

About The Right Profile

The Right Profile’s TAP 360 System is an athlete development & coaching system for the mental game. It is based on the Troutwine Athletic Profile (TAP) taken by nearly 20,000 elite athletes. The TAP 360 System is used by teams in the NFL®, MLB® & NBA® to evaluate and develop professional athletes, and there are specialized TAP 360 versions for collegiate, high school and club athletic teams. The goal of the TAP 360 system is to help athletes develop a champion’s mindset. The system also includes athlete development reports and suggested exercises and activities to improve an athlete’s mental game. For more information, visit athletetypes.com. To take the TAP assessment, visit TakeTheTAP.com. TAP 360 is product of The Right Profile.

About DeMatha Catholic High School Baseball

DeMatha Catholic high school’s baseball team continues its tradition of excellence. The team and its individual athletes have achieved the following accomplishments, among many other:

● 10 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship Titles

● 19 Players in Major League Amateur Draft

● Major League Baseball Player : Steve Farr, Brett Cecil

● 3 Alumni Currently Playing Pro Ball: Brett Cecil, Connor Oliver, and Mike Perez

● 21 Alumni Currently Playing College Baseball







HeavySwing Releases White Paper to Explain Benefits of Handle-Weighted Versus Barrel-Weighted Swing Training for Baseball and Softball Players


Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) March 10, 2015

Baltimore-based baseball and softball training products company, HeavySwing, today released a white paper explaining the benefits and concept of handle-weighted versus traditional barrel-weighted swing training. Citing supporting research and scientific principles, the white paper demonstrates that traditional barrel-weighted training, where the end of the bat is loaded with additional weight during warm-up, can be counterproductive and even detrimental to a hitter’s swing.

“The handle-weighted concept is changing the training paradigm in diamond sports,” said HeavySwing President Danny Kenney. “Unlike traditional barrel-weighted tools that can corrupt a batters swing by creating a casting effect, handle-weighted bats provide effective weight resistance training without altering a player’s natural swing plane.”

The white paper highlights the following benefits a player will realize when incorporating handle-weighted training bats into their workout:


Improved slow-twitch muscle development and core strength;
Development of proper swing plane mechanics;
Ability to keep their hands “inside the ball;”
Greater bat speed and barrel exit speed.

According to Kenney, HeavySwing’s handle-weighted technology helps experienced athletes fine-tune their attack on the ball and build swing power, whereas for the younger players, handle-weighted products help develop their baseball muscles while aiding in the difficult BBCOR (Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution) weight drop transition.

Currently, many big-league teams have players who use handle-weighted training products, either in the on-deck circle or in the batting cage. Baseball and softball training facilities and programs have also adopted the handle-weighted training concept, including Maryland-based Baseball Factory, a division of Factory Athletics, and one of the leading player development organizations in the United States.

“I have a philosophy of how I understand and teach hitting, and handle-weighted training bats fit perfectly with that philosophy of working on foundational parts of hitting every day,” says Jason Stein, former hitting coach assistant with the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers. “I’ve coached players of all ages, and when the Major League players I have worked with use a handle-weighted bat consistently, their path to the ball is more consistent which makes their on-field results improve dramatically.”

To learn more about the handle-weighted training concept and how the technology is changing the way baseball and softball players train, please click this link to read HeavySwing’s white paper “Hitting Science 101: Why Handle-Weighted Training is Sweeping Across Diamond Sports.”

HeavySwing baseball and softball training products are available at select sporting goods retailers nationwide and online at http://www.heavyswing.com. For more information or media inquiries contact Jessica Bieber at 410-459-7008 or by email at jessica(dot)bieber(at)fallstongroup(dot)com.

About HeavySwing

Based in Baltimore, HeavySwing manufactures an innovative line of patented handle-weighted training bats that give baseball and softball players of all ages a safe and mechanically sound way to stretch and strengthen their swing. HeavySwing’s integrated system helps players build strength, improve bat speed, and increase core power. The HeavySwing system is used by hitters at every age and level of play, including a majority of big league clubs. Learn more at http://www.heavyswing.com.







‘Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American’ opens in Cleveland on April 12, 2015

CLEVELAND, OHIO (PRWEB) April 02, 2015

Through its legends and myths, its struggles and triumphs, baseball has been a reflection of American society for generations. CHASING DREAMS: BASEBALL & BECOMING AMERICAN on view April 12 – September 7 at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (2929 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, OH 44122; 216.593.0575; maltzmuseum.org) explores how issues around culture, race and community have played out in our national pastime through the stories of athletes, scouts, vendors, team owners, broadcasters, journalists, novelists and, of course, fans. It is the first time the exhibition, organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) and made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence, has been shown outside of Philadelphia.

“Baseball has offered immigrant communities, including Jews and other minorities, opportunities to feel American, whether they’re on the field or in the stands,” says CHASING DREAMS Co-curator and NMAJH Associate Curator Ivy Weingram. “For many, the sport has served as a path to learning, negotiating, sharing in and even challenging what it means to be American, and it has enabled those who might otherwise be on the margins to feel every bit a part of American life.”

Matters of identity and discrimination have been projected on, contested and occasionally solidified through the sport. From Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby breaking the color line in Major League Baseball in 1947 to Cleveland native Justine Siegal becoming the first female coach of a men’s professional baseball team, CHASING DREAMS illustrates how heroes on the field have not only played the game but they’ve changed it. “Whether it’s Thelma ‘Tiby’ Eisen leaving her mark on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s or Cleveland Indians’ Frank Robinson becoming the first African-American manager in the Majors in 1975, the exhibition highlights the challenges of integration and celebrates those who have broken down barriers,” says Maltz Museum Director of Education Jeffery Allen.

CHASING DREAMS also highlights the intersection of sports and values, including first baseman Hank Greenberg stepping up as the first American League player to register for the peacetime draft in 1940, the revelation of backup catcher Moe Berg’s alter-ego as a frontline spy or Sandy Koufax refusing to pitch the first game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur.

“This exhibition really covers all the bases, offering a mix of history, heritage, nostalgia and pop culture that will appeal to everyone, from die-hard baseball fans to former Little League players,” explains Maltz Museum Executive Director, Ellen Rudolph. This installation of CHASING DREAMS features an interactive fielding experience, a database of players and 145 original artifacts, including game-worn uniforms, game-used equipment, park giveaways, awards, stadium seats and more. “The National Museum of American Jewish History encouraged us to incorporate local items that fit the major exhibition themes and our partners at the Cleveland Indians and Baseball Heritage Museum helped us to do that.” In Northeast Ohio, the exhibition will include a Louis Sockalexis photograph, Nuevo Laredo Baseball Club correspondence, a Satchel Paige button, an Al Rosen baseball card and other significant memorabilia commemorating the region’s contributions to baseball history.

Historian and Baseball Heritage Museum Administrator Morris Eckhouse sees CHASING DREAMS as a perfect fit for a city with such a rich baseball legacy. “Cleveland has a history of diversity in baseball and a diversity of baseball,” asserts Eckhouse. “With League Park, the Cleveland Buckeyes, Classic Park, Canal Park and other minor league ballparks dotting the landscape, strong college teams and players like Frank Robinson, Ed Delahanty, Quincy Trouppe, Bobby Ávila, Bob Feller, Minnie Miñoso and Al Rosen, this is a community that is most definitely part of the bigger baseball story.”

CHASING DREAMS runs parallel to baseball season and will be accompanied by a schedule packed with related family-friendly events. “From baseball short plays to a screening of ‘The Kid from Cleveland,’ we’ve got a very diverse and fun lineup of programming in place,” says Allen. The fully illustrated 256-page exhibition companion book and a set of baseball cards developed by Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc. for NMAJH and the American Jewish Historical Society will be available in the Maltz Museum Store.

Major support for CHASING DREAMS: BASEBALL & BECOMING AMERICAN was provided by Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation; Richard A. and Susan P. Friedman Family Foundation; Annette M. And Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation; Jane and Daniel Och; Marc and Diane Spilker Foundation; Leesa & Leon Wagner; The Wagner Family Foundation; Harriet and Larry Weiss; Judy and Fred Wilpon; and Sam Wisnia. Additional support was provided by the Oakland Athletics, John Fisher and Lew Wolff; Clayman Family Foundation; Cozen O’Connor Foundation; Gary Goldring; Steve and Myrna Greenberg; Macy’s; Michael G. Rubin; Susie and Robert Zeff; The Morris, Max and Sarah Altman Memorial Trust; Arronson Foundation; William S. Comanor Charitable Fund; Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia; Edward H. & Evelyn Rosen Philanthropic Fund; David Seltzer; and many other dedicated fans.

Locally, CHASING DREAMS is sponsored by Cleveland Indians, University Hospital Ahuja Medical Center and The Treu-Mart Fund. The exhibition and its related programming wouldn’t be possible without the generosity Mercedes-Benz & Porsche of North Olmsted; Audrey and Albert Ratner; Swagelok; Susan and John Turben Foundation; Stephen and Penni Weinberg; Baseball Heritage Museum; Cohen & Company; FirstMerit Bank; Lake County Captains; Barb and Abe Miller; Alvin and Laura Siegal; Akron Rubber-Ducks; Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Corky & Lenny’s; Dollar Bank; Enterprise Corp.; Grant and Jennifer Dinner; Donald and Lynn-Ann Gries; Hahn Loeser + Parks LLP; David Malik; McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA.; Scene Magazine; and Robert and Brenda Weltman. Additional backing for Chasing Dreams is provided by Jim Biggar; Michael and Cindy Duber; Lottie, Rachel and Anita Gray; Ned Grossman; Jack and Minda (z”l) Jaffe; Harvey Kotler; Stephen Spiegle; and Fred Weisman.

For more information on related programs or merchandise, follow @maltzmuseum on Twitter or visit maltzmuseum.org.

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FOR LISTINGS Baseball is more than a game. Its legends and myths, its heroes and flops, its struggles and its moments of triumph tell our national story. CHASING DREAMS: BASEBALL & BECOMING AMERICAN, organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History, explores the central role our national pastime has played in the identity of Jews and other minority communities. See it April 12 – September 7, 2015 at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, Ohio 44122; 216.593.0575; info@mmjh.org; maltzmusuem.org) Open Tuesday – Sunday. $ 12 adults; $ 10 (seniors 60+ and students 12+); $ 5 youth (ages 5-11).

MALTZ MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE The Maltz Museum celebrates culture and identity to encourage connection and promote a greater appreciation of Jewish heritage and the diversity of the human experience. Personal stories of struggle, courage and creativity are brought to life through interactive exhibitions and thought-provoking programs. For more information, visit maltzmuseum.org and follow us on Twitter @maltzmuseum and @stopthehateUS.

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY Located on historic Independence Mall in Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History brings to life the 360-year history of Jews in America. Tracing the stories of how Jewish immigrants became Jewish Americans, the Museum invites visitors of all backgrounds to share their own stories and reflect on how their histories and identities shape and are shaped by the American experience. An open door for all, NMAJH honors the past and contributes to a better future by sharing the power of imagination and ideas, culture and community, leadership and service, in ways that turn inspiration into action. For more information, visit nmajh.org.







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