It’s The Player and The System

Jun 27 · 5 min read

How do you enjoy high school baseball, have an opportunity to get recruited without overspending and prevent sitting on the bench because of politics? For some of you I know this is not your first time looking into a club program.

The first thing I want to mention is that if you’ve failed at picking a team in the past its not your fault. There’s a lot of teams out there and it can get confusing. Many times recruiting players can get very aggressive and it’s okay.

What it’s like to be a Tiger in the summer #TigerLife

If you’ve been concerned in the past that you might not be doing the right things I want to put these fears to rest. You just need the right program to guide you through the process. People have said, “If you’re good enough they will find you.” I’m here to tell you they are wrong. It’s a cop-out answer that is further from the truth.

To be seen and get noticed it takes a relationship built around effort from the player and the club. The program needs to provide opportunities and resources for the player to gain skills, knowledge, and strength through winter training, online tools, and a challenging schedule. The player’s responsibility is to maximize his or her opportunity inside this system.

The only way for a person to exponentially grow as a player is through a process, system, and structure of a club high school program, and the only way to do this is through a proven system, not just a team. We believe it’s ours.

When I first had desires to play college baseball I was 13 years old. I was watching the College World Series when Mizzou was playing North Carolina University. I saw my teammates and their parents huddling around a hotel lobby. The announcers were talking about a player who was from St. Louis and who went to a high school where my friends were going. His name was Max Scherzer, and at that point, I realized I wanted to be like him. The only problem was that I didn’t know how to do it. So, I asked one of my coaches and he said, ”play good and they will find you.”

Fast forward to my 8th-grade year and it was time to make a decision on what to do for summer baseball.

I had two choices:

  1. stay with my current independent team
  2. join an established club

Not knowing the difference, I chose to play with my friends, and I would do this my 16U season too.

After two seasons, a couple of showcases, and a college camp I had no interest from potential schools I was targeting. Realizing my decision in 8th grade was hurting me, I decided to try out for an established club.

I went to the try out and made the team. Even though I was in a better situation it ended up being a weaker position because the coaching staff didn’t know who I was and it was a travel team with zero winter training.

So with all of this against me, I went into the summer season not knowing what position I would play, had no idea on who my coaches were, and didn’t even meet any of the players until the first day in June.

My summer was terrible- they put me as a P.O and I didn’t pitch much. I was on a team with a coach who told me I wouldn’t play college baseball. Luckily, I had a support system in my family who believed in me and I had found a way, on my own, to receive a baseball scholarship to Missouri State.

If it wasn’t for my 17u summer I don’t think I would of achieved my end goal. It wouldn’t have led me down this path. My high school baseball career was expensive with a lot of failures.

When deciding on a career path I wanted to change and impact the world I saw as flawed. I wanted to bring security, impact, empathy, passion, and opportunity for the high school baseball player. On my search to do this I ran across a man who had a vision for a club that was organized, structured and wanted to train the teams to the best of his ability.

Some of you might know your son wants to play college baseball and others are still trying to figure it out. But to get to the highest level you need to not just be on a team but a program with structure, training, and a process. Take a lot of reps, see a private instructor, go to invite only events, mix in a college camp, follow up with college, and then rinse and repeat.

Here’s why it’s hard: you don’t know if you’re training the right skills, private instruction can get expensive, most independent baseball teams struggle to get into invite-only events, and you might be going to college camps that are not in your best interest.

Notice, I didn’t say winning tournaments. Winning is actually the last thing you should worry about. It actually probably shouldn’t even be on the list.

An established club makes players more efficient because they are being led down a path that has a proven track record and the opportunities are there for a player who wants to make the most out of his 3 years of recruiting.

It’s not just me that believes in the Tiger Way. Take these players for example: 3 players who came to us in the summer of their 8th grade year.

Sam Grace- DRAFTED ORIOLES (40th Round)

Erik Miller- DRAFTED PHILLIES (4th Round)

Anthony Green- DRAFTED CARDINALS (33rd Round)

Exact quote from one of our trainers on Sam’s first day of training- “He can’t even do 1 pushup, but he’s trying. I hope he can locate his fastball.”

Here is a video of Erik Miller throwing a bullpen his freshman year of high school.

Anthony Green came from a tough situation with not much guidance and our Tiger families helped get him to training, practices, and games.

So what’s the equation of getting into the position these men are in now?

Player’s desire + Player’s Effort X Program’s System = Success

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Here is a glimpse into Tiger Life:

Erik Miller’s Story

Online Training Video From Our Hitting Program

Hitting Coordinator, Steve Hacker, talks about swing path in his 6 week course

Drill Video on Catching

A video we published to the public, but is one of many videos we have on our VIP site.

College Recruiting Seminar

Small clip from our recruiting seminar we hold in St. Louis and publish on our VIP site.

Coaches Talk After a Hard Week of Practice

Alumni Becomes Freshman Of The Year In His College Conference

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