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Welcome to the Braves Baseball website!

 

Braves Baseball is currently holding

private tryouts for our (2020) Baseball Season

for the following Age Groups:

Braves 7U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U Teams

 

REGISTER NOW: Click Here to Register for 2020 Braves Private Tryouts:

 

(2020) Braves Travel Baseball Private Tryouts:  

Email Braves Baseball to Schedule a Private Tryout for 2020 Season:

7U / 8U: 

9U: 

10U: 

11U: 

12U: 

13U: 

14U: 

15U: 

16U:  

17U:


2020 Braves Tryout Location:

Harvester Park - Middle Field
15W400 Harvester Drive
Burr Ridge - 60527
 
*If Rain occurs on tryout Date & Time
Tryouts will be moved indoors to:
 
*Legacy Sports Training Facility
7964 S. Madison Street 
(Burr Ridge, 60527)
 
*We try to have 2 Braves Teams Per Age Group each Season*

*2 Teams Per Age Group is not a gurantee - Braves Organization reserves the right to add more or less teams Per Age Group depending on number of players that tryout for 2020 season.

 

If you would like to be considered for the Braves,

please contact:

To schedule a Private Tryout for 2020 Season.

 

Braves Baseball will be very selective in tryout process for upcoming 2020 season

  • Our criteria for Braves 2020 selection process will be based off of multiple facets:
  • Skill level
  • Baseball IQ
  • Player commitment to 2020 winter practices, season games, tournament games etc..
  • Player Attitude, Player Focus, Player Desire
  • *Parent behavior in regards to: Parent non-productive Involvement, Parent Disruption, Parent unsolicited interference with Teams, Organization, Coaches, Trainers and Braves Staff.

Braves Organization has the right to offer and or refuse potential players a spot on a Braves Team based off of the best interest of Braves Teams and Organization.

(No matter how good of a player - Braves will politely decline to offer a commitment letter to any potential player if above criteria cannot be met.)

Braves Baseball: Marcus Nettles & Cesar Carrillo

Braves Baseball is proud to annouce our two newest acquisitions to the Braves Training Family.

Former MLB Players Marcus Nettles & Cesar Carrillo

Marcus & Cesar will hold specility training camps every Sunday Starting September 29, 2019.

 

 


by posted 09/15/2019
Braves 2020 Season: Prospects Team Tryouts

Braves 2020 Season Prospect Teams

Team Ages: 10U, 12U, 14U

Braves Prospect Team Consists of: (4) Out of State Tournaments

October 2019: Las Vegas

December 2019: Florida

February 2020: Arizona

*June / *July 2020: *Georgia / *Illinois

*(To be determined)  

Tryout Fee: $25. Per Player for Prospects Team

Tryout Registration Link: http://assn.la/Reg/?r=3:189995

Tournament Player Fee: $250. Per Player Per Tourney

Welcome to the 2020 Braves Baseball Prospects Team Tryouts:

BRAVES BASEBALL PROSPECTS TEAM:

This is a tryout for the top players (approximately 15 players) at each team age group.  It is designed to produce elite baseball players by building on their existing skill set. Players will train together and against one another in scrimmages and small area games to develop their skills, work on game situational play and improve their overall competition level.

This team will practice for a total of 6 weeks; which consists of a week prior to each tournament and additional practices as needed. These practices will not conflict with your regular season travel team. Selected players will be offered the opportunity to compete in at least two tournaments and possible exhibitions games.  This means that not every player will be asked to participate in every tournament or game.  Please note that if your player declines the opportunity to participate in a tournament, he or she will not necessarily be offered a third opportunity.  Additionally, it is important that you accept or decline playing opportunities as soon as possible so that we are able to fill our rosters.

 Braves 10U, 12U & 14U Prospect Teams:

  • This 6-week program includes: The following sessions prior to each tournament.
    • 1-hour skill development session on Tuesdays
    • 1-hour hitting Session on Wednesdays
    • Scrimmage game on Thursdays
    • 1-hour Pitchers / Catchers Bullpen Session on Saturdays
    • Guaranteed invitation to two tournaments.
      • As stated above, if your player declines the opportunity to participate in a tournament, he or she will not necessarily be offered a third opportunity.
  • Prospects Team is available for players that have played at a Gold level or higher.
  • Tryouts for Prospects Team: Friday August 30, 2019 (5:30 - 7:30PM)
  • Tryout Location: Gower Middle School Baseball Field
  • Tryout Address: 7941 S. Madison Street (Burr Ridge - 60527)
  • Potential tournament dates: (Dates may vary)
  • October 4 - 6, 2019 (Las Vegas)    
  • December 27 -  29, 2019 (Florida)
  • February 14 - 16, 2020 (Arizona)  
  • *June 26 - 28, 2020 (Georgia or Illinois) (Either June or July)
  • *July 17 - 19, 2020 (Georgia or Illinois) (Either June or July)   
    • Tournaments are an additional cost.
  • Coaches:  Tom Barry, Anthony Lococo, Mike Mule, Jimmy Breslin, Bryan Taheri, Michael Rizzo.
  • Jerseys:
    • For tryouts, all current Braves players are required to wear their 2019 White alternate jersey. 
      • Once players are selected, both current Braves and new players named to the Braves Prospects Team, will receive new jerseys.
      • If a player needs a new white alternate jersey for any reason, there is a $30 replacement fee.
  • Fees:
    • Tryout / Evaluation Fee: 
      • Baseball Players: $25. Per Player
    • Prospect Team 6 Week Training Camp Session Fee: (One Time Fee:)
      • 10U Players: $295.
      • 12U Players: $295.
      • 14U Players: $295.
      • 14U Pitchers Only: $150.
    • Tournament Fees: TBD (Approximately $250. Per Tourney)

 


by posted 08/16/2019
Achieve Sports Medicine - Partnership

Braves Baseball is proud to announce that Achieve Sports Medicine is now the official Sports Medicine Team for the entire Braves Baseball Organization. 

Please Read Below: The vast benefits of our Partnership with Achieve Sports Medicine.

 


 


by posted 06/24/2019
Braves Baseball Training: Orlando Florida August 9-12, 2018 (v4)


by posted 08/15/2018
Braves Baseball Training: Orlando Florida August 9-12, 2018 (v3)


by posted 08/15/2018
Braves Baseball Training: Orlando Florida August 9-12, 2018 (v2)


by posted 08/15/2018
Braves Baseball Training: Orlando Florida August 9-12, 2018 (v1)


by posted 08/15/2018
Braves 16U: 1st Place Champions "All-Star Challenge"

Congratulations to the 2018 Braves 16U Team 

for Winning 1st Place in the "All-Star Challenge" Tournament in Carpentersville, IL.

July 6 - July 8, 2018 Tournament Champions!

Team Players:

Devon Allen, Charlie Buh, Emanuel De La Torre, Zak Freitag, Matthew Houlihan, Michael Gioia, Bailey Lapka, Anthony Luciano, Patrick Meehan, Ryan Murawska, Nic Novak, Theo Parianos, Tellis Parnell Jr, Pino Walztoni

Team Coach: Chris Cunningham


by posted 07/10/2018
Braves 8U Black: 1st Place Champions "Memorial Day Tourney&

Braves Baseball 8U Black Team

Congratulations to the 2018 Braves 8U Black Team 

for Winning 1st Place in the

"Chicagoland Sunday Baseball League" Memorial Day Tournament

May 26 - May 28, 2018 Tournament Champions!

Team Players:

Quinn Champion, Kameron Cox, Rikhil Doshi, Matthew Drew, Brody Elting, Braydon McMillen, Ryan Miller, Omari Mosqueda, Drew Murante, Evan Schwartz, Quentin Sweeney, Bryce Wilson

 

 


by posted 07/10/2018
Braves 10U Black: 1st Place Champions "MAJESTIC PROSPECT GA

Congratulations to the 2018 Braves 10U Black Team 

for Winning 1st Place in the "Majestic Prospect Games" Tournament in Wheeling, IL.

June 29 - July 1, 2018 Tournament Champions!

Team Players:

Kamran Alikhan, Thomas Bell, Carson Ebeling, Colin Kuchay, Johnny Louise, Michael McMahon, Sammy Murante, Aidan Polich, Blake Ragsdale, Nikko Roberts, Vincent Skokal, Landon Thome

Team Coaches: Tom, Jim, Joe


by posted 07/10/2018
Braves 15U Black: 1st Place Champions "Silver Series Champs

Congratulations to the 2018 Braves 15U Black Team 

for Winning 1st Place in the "Silver-Series Championships" Tournament in Aurora, IL.

June 1 - June 3, 2018 Tournament Champions!

Team Players:

John Creviston, Jeremy Fox, Armani Garcia, Michael Gioia, Matthew Houlihan, Ryan Kudia, Luke Laurence, Arturo Mora, Nate Mosqueda, Robery Pauly, Jacob Perez, Andrew Sloyan, Will Stubitsch

Team Coach: Mike Meyer, Ralph Laurence, Danny Houlihan


by posted 06/01/2018
Braves Baseball: ELITE Training Camp: Palm Beach, Florida

In affiliation with our Florida & Dominican Republic Training Partner

(Top 10 Baseball Academy)

Elite Baseball Trainer Jimmy Breslin

Will host & conduct an:
Exclusive "Elite" Player Training Program for Braves Baseball Players.
 
"Elite Player" Training Program will consist of:  
 
8 Days Baseball Developmental Training:
(3 Baseball Trainings Sessions Per Day)
 

Early Bird Morning Training Session: 2 Hour Early Morning Session Daily @ 6AM

(Break)

Late Morning Training Session: 3 Hour Late Morning Session Daily @ 9AM

(Break)

Late Afternoon Training Session: 3 Hour Afternoon Session Daily @ 4PM

Dates: (Arrive: July 15, 2019 - Depart: Anytime after July 24, 2019) 

Camp Dates: July 16 - July 23, 2019  

Location: Palm Beach, Florida

Camp Focus: "Elite" Player Training Program

Price Per Player:

$500.00 Per Player  (Early Bird Discount) March 1 - March 31, 2019
*$75.00 Deposit Due at Registration
(Monthly Payments Available & Final Payments Due July 1, 2019) 
 
 
$575.00 Per Player (Regular Registration) April 1 - June 30, 2019
*$100.00 Deposit Due at Registration
(Monthly Payments Available & Final Payments Due July 1, 2019)
 
 
$650.00 Per Player (Late Registration) July 1 - July 30, 2019
*$125.00 Deposit Due at Registration
(Monthly Payments Available & Final Payments Due July 1, 2019)
 

 

Braves Baseball Recommended Travel & Accommodations:
 
Airline Travel: Southwest Airlines (recommended)
 
Hotel Info: Multiple properties to chose from:
Palm Beach & Fort Lauderdale Area's (recommended)
*We will secure Group Hotel Rates.
 
Ground Transportation - Car Rental: (recommended)
 
Recreational Activates & Attractions for Families In Fort Lauderdale:
Beaches, Water Parks, Minor League Baseball Games, MLB Baseball Games.
 
Plan your Summer Vacation around Baseball Training.

 

 

 

 


by posted 03/30/2018
Braves Baseball Training Academy - Coaching Certification

In affiliation with our Florida & Dominican Republic Training Partner

(Top 10 Baseball Academy)

Elite Certified Baseball Trainer Jimmy Breslin

Will host & conduct
Coaching Certification Program for all Baseball
Head Coaches & Assistant Coaches. 
 
2 Sessions Available:
 

Session 1: (Arrive: July 15, 2019 - Depart: Anytime after July 20, 2019) 

Session 2: (Arrive: July 22, 2019 - Depart: Anytime after July 27, 2019)

Certification Program Dates: July 16 - July 19, 2019

Certification Program Dates: July 23 - July 26, 2019   

Location: Palm Beach, Florida

Coach Certification Program for Head Coaches & Assistant Coaches.

Price Per Head Coaches & Assistant Coaches:

$99.00 Per Session & Level Certification

Registration Link: http://assn.la/Reg/?r=3:161576

Head Coaches: (Level 1 & 2 Certification Training)
Assistant Coaches: (Level 1 Certification Training )  
 
Coach Certification Program Includes:
LTAD (Long Term Athletic Development)
Periodization
Sequential Movement Biomechanics Training
Progressive Modular Block Training 

 

Braves Baseball Recommended Travel & Accommodations:
 
Airline Travel: Southwest Airlines (recommended)
 
Hotel Info: Multiple properties to chose from:
Palm Beach & Fort Lauderdale Area's (recommended)
*We will try and secure Group Hotel Rates.
 
Ground Transportation - Car Rental: (recommended)
 
Recreational Activates & Attractions for Families In Palm Beach:
Beaches, Water Parks, Minor League Baseball Games, MLB Baseball Games.
 
Plan your Summer Vacation around Baseball Training.

 

 

 

 


by Jimmy Haimann posted 03/01/2018
Congratulations Jim Thome on 2018 Hall of Fame

Braves Baseball

Congratulates our good friend

Jim Thome #25

on his 1st Ballot

2018 Hall of Fame Induction

Congrats Big Fella - You Deserve it!


by posted 01/25/2018
Braves Baseball - Development Training Programs

 

Braves Baseball Academy

with our Florida, Dominican Republic affiliate:

(Top 10 Baseball)

Introduce:

Certified Braves Baseball Instructors

Along with Elite Certified Instructor Jimmy Breslin

Baseball Development Programs:

LTAD Program (Career Development)

Periodization Program (Yearly Program)

52 Week Baseball Player Development Training Program

Chicago Player Development Training Program

Florida Player Development Training Program

Las Vegas Player Development Training Program

Dominican Republic Player Development Training Program

Baseball Head Coaches & Assistant Coaches Training Certification Program
(Level 1 & Level 2 Coaches Certifications Available)

by posted 01/22/2018
Braves Baseball - Development Program

                                                                

 

Braves Baseball Academy

and our Florida, Dominican Republic affiliate:

(Top 10 Baseball)

 

Who We Are:
We are professional baseball instructors and coaches. Who are dedicated to developing baseball players and helping them move forward to the next level. Our Instructors work full time, year round developing our players.

 

What We Teach:
We teach major league actions, footwork, and techniques. This allows a player to develop properly. It is not enough to hit a ball hard or to throw hard. Eventually your tools and actions will be evaluated using the 2-8 MLB system. Your batting average and trophy collection will have no bearing on your baseball future. We develop our players to have perfect balanced swings and perfect glove and body actions that allow them to look smooth, play the game effortlessly, and perform at the highest possible level.
 
We teach the game of baseball from the feet up.
 
Braves Pitchers: We make sure that their bodies are developed so that they can pitch with proper mechanics and as we move forward we teach them how to use the body to throw a ball and to take the stress off of the arm. Our pitchers are videotaped and analyzed closely for various red flags than can derail a career prematurely.
 
Braves Hitters: We make sure that they understand each component of the swing and then how to integrate each part of the swing so that they can have a short powerful balanced swing. Our trainers & instructors are dedicated to our players and our profession and because this is our profession, we do not have a different day job and then teach baseball on the side which many coaches and trainers have to do. Teaching baseball 7 days a week is what we do.

 

Braves Sequential Development:
 
Hitting, catching, fielding throwing, running, jumping all start with the feet. If your feet are not working smoothly, these tasks become very difficult. Developing good footwork at an early age is an important link in player development. We develop basic hand and eye skills, we develop body control, we focus on the foot, hand and eye coordination. Then it's about coordinated body movements, it's about explosive movements, it's about balance, then it's about smoothness. Mix in proper mechanics, mental approach and a lot of hard work and we have a working recipe. Along the way, we make sure they have fun and learn how to compete. We teach them how to control their emotions and egos and expectancies. We rebuild their mechanics step by step, we repeat actions until the muscle memory will never let it be done in an incorrect way. Braves Instructors are patient, we are methodical, we are exact in what we are teaching. The players who train with us full time, and who go thru our entire program not only excel, but they are in a class by themselves. Our players will have success for many years into the future. It's guaranteed! As a result, we spend very little time marketing our services because we have a steady stream of clients who have been referred to us by their friends. We appreciate that. We want your player to love the game and to discover how much fun it is to realize his own innate skills. Traditional teaching methods often miss the mark in case you haven't been watching closely.

 

Braves Baseball Academy Focus:
Training your player and helping them become a great player is our focus. Making sure that players receive correct information and positive reinforcement in a structured environment is our focus. Developing your player to be the best that he can be is a serious business for us and that is why we are focused on it 7 days a week.

 

Braves Baseball Academy Goals:
We will guide players so that they can achieve their maximum genetic capability. We help Braves players attain their goals. Our goal at Braves Baseball is to provide a long term comprehensive Player Development Program that is athlete centered, science and coach driven, and supported by family. We work with youth, amateur and professional players. Our services range from skill development to athletic development, to positional development. We focus on one player at a time, one day at a time. We train, teach, mentor, and advise players 7 days a week. Braves Baseball will bring our players to Chicago, Florida, Las Vegas and the Dominican Republic to train and compete. We guarantee that we can bring your player to the next level if you follow our dynamic training program. That is our promise.

 

To accomplish this our services include:

  • Private 1 on 1 Training
  • Semi Private - Small group Training and Conditioning
  • Group Conditioning Programs
  • Holiday and Summer Conditioning and Skill Development Camps
  • Pitching- Catching and Hitting Classes
  • Showcase Opportunities
  • Private MLB tryouts
  • MLB style Training Camps in the Dominican Republic
  • Tournaments in the Dominican Republic
  • Player Advisory Services
  • Player Representation both in the USA and in the International Market

 

The key to success is hard work, preparation, passion, technique, consistency and a long range plan.

Our approach to Player Development embraces all of the above. We teach from the ground up and no stone is left untouched. We teach our players how to stand, walk and run and how to shake hands. They will have swagger and they will learn how to be humble. We have a long term training approach and utilize a modular building block methodology based on years of experience with our training partners and affiliates. If need be, our players will attend dance class or golf class to round out their game. Our players will learn how to teach what they have learned and how to pass it on to younger players. The key is our holistic view and our attention to detail by our instructors. They are also very patient while simultaneously exuding a passion for excellence. The key for each player is to build a strong work ethic on top of an athletic foundation with a respect for both the game and his competition. Along the way we teach him how to move his body like a professional does while learning skill actions that translate into powerful tools. We believe that training and preparation and an expectancy of success are the keys to athletic success. Our players are in training for the Major Leagues, not to make the high school team. Yes, making the High school team is hard and an accomplishment by all means but our players are wired for college and the pros which ensures them a place on the local high school team. We believe that a player development program that is centered around the needs of the athlete which focuses on training first and competition second will maximize his potential for long term success.


by posted 01/20/2018
Greatest Game Ever Played


by posted 01/20/2018
Braves Training Video


by posted 12/31/2017
Braves 12U Tourney Team: 1st Place Champions - Las Vegas

Braves Baseball 12U Tourney Team

Congratulations to the 2017 / 2018 Braves 12U National Tourney Team 

for Winning 1st Place in the "Veterans Day Challenge" Tournament in Las Vegas, NV.

November 10 - November 12, 2017 Tournament Champions!

Team Players:

Trey Butler, Amir Gray, Landon Jasinski, Deion Johnson, Luke Murante, Alex Oddo, Fred Ragsdale, Isaiah Rhodes, Zion Rose, Will Turcich, Shane Walker

Team Coaches: Dennis Butler, Jimmy Haimann, Mark Jasinski, Dorion Johnson, Fred Ragsdale Sr.

Team Record: 7-0 (Undefeated)


by posted 11/14/2017
Braves 9U Navy: 1st Place Champions "Battle of Burbs"

Congratulations to the 2017 Braves 9U Navy Team 

for Winning 1st Place in the "Battle of the Burbs" Tournament in Oak Forest, IL.

July 27 - July 30, 2017 Tournament Champions!

Team Players:

Kamran Alikhan, Jack Altemose, PJ Doppke, James Esposito, Johnaton Esposito, Colin Kuchay, Michael McMahon, Sammy Murante, Aidan Polich, Dylan Pollack, Robert Sansone-Lisiak

Team Coaches: Rich Polich, Vince Esposito, Brian Kuchay, Scott Altemose


by posted 08/01/2017
Braves 11U Red - 2nd Place "Silver Series Championships&quo

Congratulations to the 2017 Braves 11U Red Team 

for taking 2ND Place in the "Silver Series Championships" Tournament in Midlothian, IL.

June 9 - June 11, 2017 Tournament Champions!

Team Players:

Ethan Bocanegra, Raymond Eaves, A'mare Hall, Jalen House, Landon Jasinski, Brandon Juska, Alex Keizer, Nay Nay Mirnada, Luke Murante, Fred Ragsdale, Dominic Scardigli, Will Turcich, Shane Walker

Team Coaches: Jimmy H, Mark Jasinski, Mike Mule, Chris Cunningham


by posted 07/31/2017
Braves Baseball

Braves Full-Time Travel Baseball Organization

The 2019 Braves organization is a full time travel organization that will play full-time travel baseball in various travel leagues as well as local and out of state tournaments.

Braves Teams try and play 30 - 50+ Games each season via travel leagues and tournaments. (This is not a guarantee due to area weather and field conditions each season.) 

Here, you'll be able to get news, information, schedules, rosters, game results, directions and much much more. Check back frequently for the latest information on Braves Baseball!


by posted 06/22/2017
Braves Travel Baseball

Travel Baseball is the most competitive form of youth baseball. It is best summarized as "Play to Win." Consequently, travel players are chosen through a try-out by the organization appointed trainers & coaches. Additionally, this approach may not always result in equal on field playing time for all players.

by posted 02/21/2017
Legacy Sports & Braves Baseball

 

Braves Baseball and new state of the art indoor training facility “Legacy Sports” located in Burr Ridge have created a training partnership for all Braves Teams. 

Legacy Sports Training Facility is the official  "Home of Braves Baseball"

Braves Teams will conduct all winter and indoor training at Legacy Sports Training Facility in Burr Ridge. 

Legacy Sports is located at:
7964 S. Madison St.
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
 
Legacy Sports Training Facility offers Batting Cages, Pitching Tunnels, High End Artificial Turf Training Areas for Team Development and Training. 
 
Legacy Sports Training Facility is not only limited to physical and mental training of all players but also offers video training and analysis of each player and team!
 
630.974.6667

by posted 01/08/2017
Braves National USA Team

 
"BRAVES NATIONAL USA TEAM"
 
Is looking for the TOP 11U, 12U & 13U ELITE Players in the Nation!
to Join the Braves National USA TEAM!
 
Braves ELITE National USA TEAMS will play 3-5 National Tournaments
Starting in 2019.
 
Braves National USA Team will combine the very best players from their Elite Teams across the country. 
 
The 3-5 National Tournaments starting in 2019
will be a combination of the best Elite Braves Players
from across the country. 
 
*We are currently looking to add additional Elite players from across
the Nation to our Braves National USA Team.*
 
**If you are located in the USA and feel you have what it takes
to make the Braves National USA Team**
 
Email:
 

by posted 08/28/2016
Las Vegas Braves 13U Tryouts

Las Vegas Braves 13U Tryouts

Las Vegas Braves are looking for 13U ELITE Players

for National Tournament Team.

 

Las Vegas Braves will play 3-5 Elite National Tournaments

Starting in 2019.

 

National Tournaments won't conflict with their current regular season schedules.

 

Our 3-5 National Tournaments for the 2019 season

will be a combination of the best Elite Players

from Braves Baseball Teams across the country.  

 

The combination of the 4 best Elite Players from each

Braves Team will represent the

Braves Organization in the 3-5 National Tournaments.

 

If would like to be considered for Braves Baseball National Team:

Please contact:

 

Registration Link for Las Vegas Braves Tryouts:

http://assn.la/Reg/?r=3:119675


by posted 07/26/2016
Florida Braves 13U Tryots

Florida Braves 13U Tryouts

Florida Braves are looking for 13U ELITE Players
for National Tournament Team.
 
Florida Braves will play 3-5 Elite National Tournaments
Starting in 2019.
 
National Tournaments won't conflict with thier current regular season schedules.
 
Our 3-5 National Tournaments for the 2019 season
will be a combination of the best Elite Players
from Braves Baseball Teams across the country. 
 
The combination of the 4 best Elite Players from each
Braves Team will represent the
Braves Organization in the 3-5 National Tournaments.
 
If would like to be considered for Braves Baseball National Team:
Please contact:
 
Registration Link for Florida Braves Tryouts:

by posted 07/24/2016
Braves Baseball - Facebook Page

Braves Travel Baseball Organization 

is Now on Facebook - Come "Like" our page.

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/Burr-Ridge-Braves-Travel-Baseball-1378894852126655/

 


by posted 07/10/2016
Braves Baseball & Instagram

Braves Travel Organization 

Now has Instagram!

Email us any Braves Game, Player Pictures etc...

and we will add them to BRAVES BASEBALL

Instagram Page @ burrridgebravesbaseball

https://www.instagram.com/burrridgebravesbaseball/


by posted 06/10/2016
About Braves Baseball:

Braves Baseball is a professionally trained youth baseball organization committed to the quality development of players from 8 years old into high school. To ensure the highest level of player development, all Braves Teams use professional trainers to provide training, development and input in managing each Braves team.

The 2018 Braves Full-Time Travel Teams play a competitive baseball schedule with local area travel teams in the WSBL (West Suburban Baseball League) and ILTBL (Illinois Travel Baseball League) as well as tournaments.

Braves Teams will try and play 40 - 50 Games each season via WSBL, ILTBL and Tournaments. (This is not a guarantee due to area weather and field conditions each season.) 


Our Goal is to develop all Braves players to their fullest in a competitive program.

*All Braves Teams Winter Training & Practices are held indoors starting first week of November.

 

What's included with Braves Baseball:

 

  • Professional Training 
  • Indoor Winter Training - starting 1st week of November every season.
  • Braves Baseball Uniform - Jersey, Hat, Pants, Socks, Belt, Helmet and Batting Bag
  • Focus on Baseball Development and Fundamentals
  • Local Tournaments as well as possible overnight tournaments
  • Managerial input by Braves Trainers to help Braves Team Coaches maximize our player development and team strategy. 

 

What's Expected from Braves Players and Parents:  

 

  • Commitment - We need all Braves players and parents committed to our overall goal of player development and training!
  •   Positive Attitude - Help Braves Players understand - baseball is 90% mental and their attitude on the field and in life helps develop their skills on and off the field.
  • Patience - Braves players need to understand that mistakes and errors are made and we need to have patience to learn from our errors and mistakes on and off the field and this requires patience.

by posted 06/02/2016
Braves 11U: 1st Place Champions "Play The Turf" Tourne

Congratulations to the 2016 Braves 11U Tourney Team 

for Winning 1st Place in the "Play the Turf" Tournament in Jacksonville, IL.

2016 Memorial Day Weekend Tournament Champions!

 


by posted 06/01/2016
Braves 10U - 2nd Place "Play The Turf" Tourny 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Braves 10U Tourney Team

for taking 2ND Place in the "Play the Turf" Tournament in Jacksonville, IL.

 


by posted 05/31/2016
Braves 10U Elite - 1st Place PBR Junior Futures Selection Tourny

Congratulations to the 2016 Braves 10U Elite Team

for winning 1st Place in the PBR Junior Futures Tourney Undefeated!

The 2016 Braves 10U Elite Team went undefeated and WON 1st Place!

 

 


by posted 04/21/2016
Braves Training & Development Partnership

 

Braves Baseball Training Academy has an exclusive training and development partnership with our very own Florida & Dominican Republic affiliate Top 10 Baseball Academy. 

This exclusive designed development and training program will help further develop the skills and fundamentals of all Braves Organization Baseball Players. 

The Braves organization is here to help develop players at every age level to become better players on and off the field. 

Braves Baseball is committed to each Player and Family in our organization and we expect the same in return from our players and families.

Our Full-Time Braves Training Staff are 100% committed to the development of all Braves Teams and Players and we are looking towards the growth of each player and their future.

Training is tough and it will be a lot of work and dedication from both the players, parents and families!  

We will give each player the very best tools and training to succeed, learn, develop and grow as baseball players.

We are happy to announce that with our new exclusive training partnership we will be able to train in Chicago, Florida, Las Vegas and Dominican Republic year round.

                      


by posted 08/24/2015
Braves Organization Shares - Mike Matheny Philosophy

Burr Ridge Braves Travel Baseball Organization

Share & Implement Mike Matheny Baseball Philosophy

"MUST READ FOR ALL BRAVES FAMILIES"

 

Letter from Mike Matheny.....(St. Louis Cardinals Head Coach)

I always said that the only team that I would coach would be a team of orphans, and now here we are. The reason for me saying this is that I have found the biggest problem with youth sports has been the parents. I think that it is best to nip this in the bud right off the bat. I think the concept that I am asking all of you to grab is that this experience is ALL about the boys. If there is anything about it that includes you, we need to make a change of plans. My main goals are as follows:

(1) to teach these young men how to play the game of baseball the right way,

(2) to be a positive impact on them as young men, and

(3) do all of this with class.

We may not win every game, but we will be the classiest coaches, players, and parents in every game we play. The boys are going to play with a respect for their teammates, opposition, and the umpires no matter what.

With that being said, I need to let you know where I stand. I have no hidden agenda. I have no ulterior motive other than what I said about my goals. I also need all of you to know that my priorities in life will most likely be a part of how I coach, and the expectations I have for the boys. My Christian faith is the guide for my life and I have never been one for forcing my faith down someone's throat, but I also believe it to be cowardly, and hypocritical to shy away from what I believe. You as parents need to know for yourselves and for your boys, that when the opportunity presents itself, I will be honest with what I believe. That may make some people uncomfortable, but I did that as a player, and I hope to continue it in any endeavor that I get into. I am just trying to get as many potential issues out in the open from the beginning. I believe that the biggest role of the parent is to be a silent source of encouragement. I think if you ask most boys what they would want their parents to do during the game; they would say "NOTHING". Once again, this is ALL about the boys. I believe that a little league parent feels that they must participate with loud cheering and "Come on, let's go, you can do it", which just adds more pressure to the kids. I will be putting plenty of pressure on these boys to play the game the right way with class, and respect, and they will put too much pressure on themselves and each other already. You as parents need to be the silent, constant, source of support.

Let the record stand right now that we will not have good umpiring. This is a fact, and the sooner we all understand that, the better off we will be. We will have balls that bounce in the dirt that will be called strikes, and we will have balls over our heads that will be called strikes. Likewise, the opposite will happen with the strike zone while we are pitching. The boys will not be allowed at any time to show any emotion against the umpire. They will not shake their head, or pout, or say anything to the umpire. This is my job, and I will do it well. I once got paid to handle those guys, and I will let them know when they need to hear something. I am really doing all of you parents a favor that you probably don't realize at this point. I have taken out any work at all for you except to get them there on time, and enjoy. The thing that these boys need to hear is that you enjoyed watching them and you hope that they had fun. I know that it is going to be very hard not to coach from the stands and yell encouraging things to your son, but I am confident that this works in a negative way for their development and their enjoyment. Trust me on this. I am not saying that you cannot clap for your kids when they do well. I am saying that if you hand your child over to me to coach them, then let me do that job.

A large part of how your child improves is your responsibility. The difference for kids at this level is the amount of repetition that they get. This goes with pitching, hitting and fielding. As a parent, you can help out tremendously by playing catch, throwing batting practice, hitting ground balls, or finding an instructor who will do this in your place. The more of this your kids can get, the better. This is the one constant that I have found with players that reached the major leagues....someone spent time with them away from the field.

I am completely fine with your son getting lessons from whomever you see fit. The only problem I will have is if your instructor is telling your son not to follow the plan of the team. I will not teach a great deal of mechanics at the beginning, but I will teach mental approach, and expect the boys to comply. If I see something that your son is doing mechanically that is drastically wrong, I will talk with the instructor and clear things up. The same will hold true with pitching coaches. We will have a pitching philosophy and will teach the pitchers and catchers how to call a game, and why we choose the pitches we choose. There is no guessing. We will have a reason for the pitches that we throw. A pitching coach will be helpful for the boys to get their arms in shape and be ready to throw when spring arrives. Every boy on this team will be worked as a pitcher. We will not over use these young arms and will keep close watch on the number of innings that the boys are throwing.

I will be throwing so much info at these boys that they are going to suffer from overload for a while, but eventually they are going to get it. I am a stickler about the thought process of the game. I will be talking non-stop about situational hitting, situational pitching, and defensive preparation. The question that they are going to hear the most is "What were you thinking?" What were you thinking when you threw that pitch? What were you thinking during that at bat? What were you thinking before the pitch was thrown, were you anticipating anything? I am a firm believer that this game is more mental than physical, and the mental may be more difficult, but can be taught and can be learned by a 10 and 11 year old. If it sounds like I am going to be demanding of these boys, you are exactly right. I am definitely demanding their attention, and the other thing that I am going to require is effort. Their attitude, their concentration, and their effort are the things that they can control. If they give me these things every time they show up, they will have a great experience.

The best situation for all of us is for you to plan on handing these kids over to me and the assistant coaches when you drop them off, and plan on them being mine for the 2 or so hours that we have scheduled for a game, or the time that we have scheduled for the practice. I would like for these boys to have some responsibility for having their own water, not needing you to keep running to the concession stand, or having parents behind the dugout asking their son if they are thirsty, or hungry, or too hot, and I would appreciate if you would share this information with other invited guests...like grandparents. If there is an injury, obviously we will get you to help, but besides that, let's pretend that they are at work for a short amount of time and that you have been granted the pleasure of watching. I will have them at games early so we can get stretched and loosened up, and I will have a meeting with just the boys after the game. After the meeting, they are all yours again. As I am writing this, I sound like the little league Nazi, but I believe that this will make things easier for everyone involved.

I truly believe that the family is the most important institution in the lives of these guys. With that being said, l think that the family events are much more important than the sports events. I just ask that you are considerate of the rest of the team and let the team manager, and myself know when you will miss, and to let us know as soon as possible. I know that there will be times when I am going to miss either for family reasons, for other commitments. If your son misses a game or a practice, it is not the end of the world, but there may be some sort of repercussion, just out of respect for the kids that put the effort into making it. The kind of repercussions could possibly be running, altered playing time, or position in the batting order.

Speaking of batting order, I would like to address that right from the top as well seeing that next to playing time this is the second most complained about issue, or actually tied for second with position on the defensive field. Once again, I need you to know that I am trying to develop each boy individually, and I will give them a chance to learn and play any position that they are interested in. I also believe that this team will be competitive and when we get into situations where we are focusing on winning; like a tournament for example; we are going to put the boys in the position that will give the team the best opportunity. I will talk with the boys individually and have them tell me what their favorite position is and what other position they would like to learn about. As this season progresses, there is a chance that your son may be playing a position that they don't necessarily like, but I will need your support about their role on the team. I know that times have changed, but one of the greatest lessons that my father taught me was that my coach was always right...even when he was wrong. The principle is a great life lesson about how things really work. I hope that I will have enough humility to come to your son if I treated him wrong and apologize. Our culture has lost this respect for authority mostly because the kids hear the parents constantly complaining about the teachers and coaches of the child.

I need all of you to know that we are most likely going to lose many games this year. The main reason is that we need to find out how we measure up with the local talent pool. The only way to do this is to play against some of the best teams. I am convinced that if the boys put their work in at home, and give me their best effort, that we will be able to play with just about any team. Time will tell. l also believe that there is enough local talent that we will not have to do a large amount of travel, if any. This may be disappointing for those of you who only play baseball and look forward to the out of town experiences, but I also know that this is a relief for the parents that have traveled throughout the US and Canada for hockey and soccer looking for better competition. In my experiences, we have traveled all over the Midwest and have found just as good competition right in our back yard. If this season goes well, we will entertain the idea of travel in the future.

The boys will be required to show up ready to play every time they come to the field. Shirts tucked in, hats on straight, and pants not drooping down to their knees. There is not an excuse for lack of hustle on a baseball field. From the first step outside the dugout they will hustle. They will have a fast jog to their position, to the plate, and back to the bench when they make an out. We will run out every hit harder than any team we will play, and will learn how to always back up a play to help our teammates. Every single play, every player will be required to move to a spot. Players that do not hustle and run out balls will not play. The boys will catch on to this quickly. The game of baseball becomes very boring when players are not thinking about the next play and what they possibly could do to help the team. Players on the bench will not be messing around. I will constantly be talking with them about situations and what they would be doing if they were in a specific position, or if they were the batter. There is as much to learn on the bench as there is on the field if the boys want to learn. All of this will take some time for the boys to conform to. They are boys and I am not trying to take away from that, but I do believe that they can bear down and concentrate hard for just a little while during the games and practices.

I know this works because this was how I was taught the game and how our parents acted in the stands. We started our little league team when I was 10 years old in a little suburb of Columbus, Ohio. We had a very disciplined coach that expected the same from us. We committed 8 summers to this man and we were rewarded for our efforts. I went to Michigan, one went to Duke, one to Miami of Florida, two went to North Carolina, one went to Central Florida, one went to Kent State, and most of the others played smaller division one or division two baseball. Four of us went on to play professionally. This was coming from a town where no one had ever been recruited by any colleges. I am not saying that this is what is going to happen to our boys, but what I do want you to see is that this system works. I know that right now you are asking yourself if this is what you want to get yourself into and I understand that for some of you it may not be the right fit. I also think that there is a great opportunity for these boys to grow together and learn some lessons that will go beyond their baseball experience. Let me know as soon as possible whether or not this is a commitment that you and your son want to make.

Thanks,

Mike Matheny

 


by posted 08/24/2015
Braves 9U - Takes 1st Place in Hinsdale 4th of July Tourney!

Congratulations to the 2015 Braves 9U Team for taking 1st Place in the 4th of July Hinsdale Tournament!

Out of 16 Teams in the Hinsdale Gold 9U Division

The 2015 Braves 9U Team went undefeated and WON 1st Place!

 


by posted 07/31/2015
Top 10 Things Your Kid Wants You To Do!

Top 10 Things Kids Want Parents To Do in Youth Sports

 
"Organized youth sport is a valuable form of recreation for millions of children (Weinberg & Gould, 2007) made possible by substantial adult involvement (Weiss & Fretwell, 2005). Coaches and parents can be a source of support or a source of stress throughout the "sport careers" of young athletes (Fredricks & Eccles, 2004; Smith & Smoll, 2007). Some adults may behave in ways that promote stress in children simply because they do not understand how children want them to behave (Omli, LaVoi, & Wiese-Bjornstal, 2008)."
-From Kids Speak Project
We hear the extreme stories in the news: "Youth league parent jailed for punching coach (or umpire)".

Umpires tell me there is more yelling and jeers from parents at youth levels than at the high school and college levels.

We see it in more subtle ways in players as a youth league coach.
  • Coaching kids from the stands or by the fence, kids do worse because they are confused that the coach is telling them one thing and a parent another.
  • Parents who criticize for every out or error that leads to kids being overly critical of their own performance. The exceedingly high expectations parents place on them can't be met so kids tense up and under-perform.
So what's the primary solution? The development of new educational programs for parents at the local league levels? A greater emphasis in umpires ejecting parents for disruptive behavior?

The simple solution is to listen to what your kids want.

What do they want? According to Dr. Jens Omil, of the Institute Child Development at the University of Minnesota, who asked kids as part of the Kids Speak project, here are the Top 10 Things Kids Want Parents to Do at Youth Sport Events:
  1. Go to their games and watch them play.
  2. Tell them that they did a good job.
  3. Clap after their team does something good.
  4. Encourage them after the game if their team lost.
  5. Encourage them while they are playing.
  6. Control your own emotions.
  7. Say “good try” if they make a mistake.
  8. Bring treats for them and their teammates.
  9. Take pictures or video of the game while they play.
  10. Compliment the umpire or referee if they make a good call.
And here are the Top 5 Things Kids DO NOT Want Parents to do at Youth Sports Events:
  1. Tell them to break the rules.
  2. Swear or say “bad words” loud enough for them to hear.
  3. Say mean things to the other team or umpires.
  4. Yell at them if they make a mistake.
  5. Argue with parents from the other team.
Pass this article along to parents, coaches or anyone associated with youth sports. Let's have a great season out there.
 

by posted 07/15/2015
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