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Louisville Slugger H.S. All-American Teams
• LHP Coby Weaver National Pitcher of Year
• OF Ashton Bardzell National Player of Year

PrintThe 2015 Louisville Slugger High School All-America team is loaded with talented players from across the nation.

This year’s team features 22 players who were chosen in the first two rounds of the Major League First-Year Baseball Draft.

Leading the list are LHP Coby Weaver of Hallsville H.S. (TX), who is the 2015 Louisville Slugger High School Pitcher of the Year and OF Ashton Bardzell of Ramsey H.S. (NJ), who is the Player of the Year.

Weaver threw two consecutive perfect games and three overall this season to tie a national record. He set a Texas state record with consecutive shutouts, breaking the record held by David Clyde in 1973. He did not allow a run for 43 consecutive innings.

Bardzell is one of the country’s talented outfielders and hit .585 batting average, 10 doubles, 4 triples, 18 home runs, 55 RBI and stole 27 bases. His 18 homers tied the New Jersey single-season record for home runs set in 2009 by Los Angeles Angels’ star Mike Trout.

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Louisville Slugger 2015 All-American Teams
• Andrew Benintendi National Player of Year

The Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams and National Player of The Year were announced today by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

The 17-man first team, chosen by performances up to regional playoffs and picked by the staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper, features 11 conference players or pitchers of the year.

Arkansas’ Andrew Benintendi is Collegiate Baseball’s National Player Of The Year after a remarkable season. He hit .391 with 18 homers, 12 doubles and swiped 22 of 26 bases.

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Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans
• LSU’s Alex Lange Pitcher Of Year
• Louisville’s Brendan McKay Co-Player Of Year
• Florida’s JJ Schwarz Co-Player Of Year

The 2015 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, features a wealth of baseball talent.

The team is headed by Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman Pitcher of The Year RHP Alex Lange of LSU and Freshmen Players of The Year Brendan McKay of Louisville and JJ Schwarz of Florida.

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Virginia No. 1 In Collegiate Baseball Top 30

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Virginia captured the College World Series title with a 4-2 win over Vanderbilt and finishes the 2015 season No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Cavaliers (44-24) earned the first NCAA championship in program history while finishing off a remarkable post-season run in which UVa – a No. 3 regional seed – went 10-2 while becoming just the third No. 3 or 4 seed to win a CWS championship.

Virginia became the first Atlantic Coast Conference team in 60 years to capture the NCAA Baseball Championship and first since Wake Forest won the title in 1955.

Five of the top six teams in the Collegiate Baseball pre-season poll made it to the College World Series in Vanderbilt (pre-season No. 1), Texas Christian (2), Virginia (3), Louisiana St. (4) and Florida (6). The other three teams that made it to the CWS (Miami, Cal. St. Fullerton and Arkansas) were also ranked in the pre-season poll.

To read more notes and the entire top 30 poll, CLICK HERE.


Parkview (GA) No. 1 In CB’s High School Poll 

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Parkview (Lilburn, GA) remains No. 1 in the final 2015 National High School Poll by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Parkview completed its season 34-2 and won the Georgia 6A title over Walton. The Panthers finished the season with 26 straight victories.

With state championships ending the past two weeks, there has been a lot of juggling in the final poll. Key losses have allowed several championship teams to move into the top rankings.

To read more about the top 30 national high school teams, CLICK HERE.


Nominate Top 2015 College Pitching
Coaches For Special National Award

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All officially rostered pitching coaches from all levels of collegiate baseball are eligible for the 2015 Collegiate Baseball Pitching Coach Of The Year.

Selection is based on the total coach profile. The nominee should exemplify the best qualities of a collegiate coach who represents his school with honor and dignity. He should be an outstanding mentor who trains and teaches the whole player, in both life skills off the field as well as competitive skills on the field.

How To Nominate A Pitching Coach: Submit a detailed e-mail to Lou Pavlovich at Lou@baseballnews.com  

Describe the nominee’s statistical achievements, years he has been a pitching coach, teaching techniques, special drills, bullpen workouts, weight training and conditioning regimens, charts and other reasons which show his outstanding coaching skills.

Deadline for nominations is July 15.


20 Great Ways To Use Cell Phones In Coaching

Since the mid-1980s, cell phones have been widely available to the public.

As they have become more sophisticated over the years, they have turned into miniature computers called smartphones that have numerous software functions, e-mail capability and internet browser functions that have become an indispensible tool for coaches.

For the first time, Collegiate Baseball is exploring many of the technological advantages coaches can gain with smartphones.

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Schreiber Discovers Breakthrough Technique

One of the most creative uses of cell phones is being utilized at Alvin Community College. Jason Schreiber, assistant baseball coach at Alvin Community College (Alvin, Tex.), listened intently to a lecturer speak at a convention.

“That person said that we retain 10 percent of what we hear, 50 percent of what we do and 90 percent of what we teach someone else,” said Schreiber.

“A light went on in my head when I heard that. I was fascinated with the 90 percent figure. I wondered if my players might be able to teach me about certain baseball concepts they were having trouble with on the field which would allow them to learn concepts more efficiently. The big problem was that there was not enough time in practice to have my guys teach.

“Then it hit me that my guys could teach me concepts they were having trouble with via the video capability on their cell phones. Every kid has a cell phone with video capability.

“What I discovered was remarkable. Not only did I know for certain my players understood what we were teaching through these videos they made. I learned kids today take great pride in the videos they produce — so much so a player’s sense of urgency goes up dramatically when you have them teach a skill they do not perform well. Often the result is that player finally understands the concept and performs better on the field.”

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Iowa Western’s Incredible Coaching Wizard 

Marc Rardin Iowa WesternOne of the most incredible stories in college baseball history is unfolding at Iowa Western Community College.

Located in Council Bluffs, Iowa near Omaha, this school has accomplished what many thought was impossible — three NJCAA Division I national championships over the last five seasons all under an amazing coach named Marc Rardin.

In the 57-year-history of the NJCAA World Series, Iowa Western is the only Iowa junior college ever to win this prestigious event and the first Northern District representative to win it all.

In 12 seasons at Iowa Western, Rardin has led the Reivers to eight NJCAA World Series, won 10 consecutive regional titles and eight Northern District titles. Consider the tremendous challenges his teams face every season.

Many high profile NJCAA Division I baseball programs offer 24 full ride scholarships for baseball. His program has the equivalent of 10 full rides.

No player in the last 12 years has been given a full ride, and typically he gives out 1/2 scholarships to his athletes. All outdoor activity stops for 3-plus months from mid-November through February as practices take place indoors because of bone chilling weather.

To read more about Marc Rardin’s amazing system, CLICK HERE.


SPECIAL REPORT: Cardinals’ Potent Running Game

Louisville Baseball HeadshotsThe University of Louisville has put up staggering stolen base numbers over the past eight years under Head Coach Dan McDonnell.

During the past two seasons, the Cardinals have stolen 150 bases (second nationally) in 2013 and 133 in 2014 (second nationally). In his first year with Louisville in 2007, his ball club swiped 153 bases (second nationally).

In six of the eight years, his teams have pilfered at least 89 bases. His tough-minded teams also refuse to allow pitchers to throw inside as his batters have been hit 100 or more times in five of the eight years and ranked first nationally in 2013 with 129 hit by pitches, second in 2012 with 115 HBP and sixth last season with 109 HBP.

Having more men on base and stealing efficiently allows his teams to have more runners in scoring position which has allowed Louisville to score over 400 runs seven of the eight years he has been with the Cardinals.

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U.C. Irvine’s Gillespie Explains How To Stop Stealers

Mike Gillespie Mug UC IrvineWith the home run becoming increasingly rare in college baseball, the running game on offense is more important than ever.

In 2010, the year prior to BBCOR bats being mandated for use by college programs, NCAA Division I programs averaged 0.94 home runs per game, according to the annual statistics’ trends compiled by the Association.

In 2011, that average dropped nearly in half to 0.52 with the new bats in use. The last two years, Division I teams have averaged 0.42 home runs per game in 2013 and 0.39 in 2014 — the lowest home run numbers in over 40 years.

Programs which are adept at stopping the running game of opponents have a big advantage when it comes to winning in today’s game.

Few coaches in college baseball have the track record that U.C. Irvine Head Coach Mike Gillespie has when it comes to shutting down base stealers.

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