Tell that to those who are getting cut out of scholarship $$$ and contracts Looking Pretty Does Not Get Scholarships or Contracts. The Radar Gun Will Cut Most Players From Reaching the Highest Levels. Tell that to those who believe speed doesn't matter.
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In fact most of our students go well beyond the intial 4mph average improvement we give them. We just like to keep the number low because people think we are crazy when they hear players improving 10 or 15mph. Yes...it happens.
Congrats To Simeon Lucas - Drafted By The Indians in the 7th Round of the 2014 MLB Draft
Fastball USA Student Simeon Lucas was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 2014 draft in the 7th round
Congrats To TJ Brown!!!!
TJ Brown pitched South Elgin High School into the State Finals. The Dominican University bound Pitcher threw the final innings to defeat Evanston High School along with pitching key innings leading up to the championship. Good luck to TJ and South Elgin High School in the State Finals!!!
TJ began with Fastball USA in 7th grade throwing 56mph. While closing out the Super Sectional Game the Radar Gun Showed 88MPH. A tremendous job of hard work and a great attitude by TJ.
Congrats To Anthony Santos
Anthony Santos Signs With BlackHawk College
Congrats to Anthony Santos of York High School, and Team Fastball USA. Santos was selected as a ALL STATE player after an incredible senior season in which he dominated on the mound and at the plate. This fall Santos is heading to Blawkhawk College as a top recruit. Santos has been training at Fastball USA since he was 8 years old. Santos has recorded ball exit speeds as high as 99mph and has several times throwing 88mph on the mound.
The Facts Are If You Don't Improve Baseball Power Your Career Will End Sooner Vs. Later
Fact - Baseball Players From All Over The United States Are Attending Fastball USA To Gain Baseball Power
Fact - Baseball Organizations From All Over The United States Are Bringing The Fastball USA Road Show To Their Home Town
Fact - Fastball USA is the leader in the United States when it comes baseball power development
7 Different Times A Fastball Student Has Been Drafted
Fact - Now over 100 players have reached or exceeded either throwing or hitting a baseball 90mph or more.
Fact - Seven Players Have now either thrown or hit a baseball 100mph or more.
The Problem is many don't care about baseball power until it's too late. Don't Make This Huge Mistake!!!!
Think About it.......
Professional Baseball Scouts and the best college baseball schools in the country recruit power ability first and then pay attention to skill. The problem is the rest of the baseball lesson world prepares you for skill NOT power.
Remember..... Are you developing to become a 90mph thrower? Are you developing to become a more powerful hitter?
Are you developing your ability to move faster?
The Cold Hard Truth That Most Don't Get Until It's Too Late!
> Scouts don't care if you paint corners if you don't throw hard enough
> Scouts don't care if you have a great glove if you have a weak arm/bat.
> Scouts Don't Care if you can make contact if you can't drive the ball.
The Problem is...........
Baseball Academys, Lesson Providers, Private Lessons are all geared for success now. They will tell you that mechanics will help you throw harder, or that power will come over time with growth or strength.
Will it?You might want to speak with the hundreds of students that have come to me because they lost power following the advice of many.
You may want to talk to the hundreds of frustrated baseball players who were told all that mattered was throwing strikes, mechanics, making contact, going oppo, and then could not land a college scholarship, or a pro contract.
TODAY - I have players coming to Fastball USA near Chicago literally from all over the United States. They have lesson providers on every block, but they travel hundreds and thousands of miles because they know they need something different.
For those out of town you have several opportunities to attend my weekend boot camps near Chicago. For those local to us you have the golden opportunity to train with us on a regular basis.
If you don't believe me, I invite you to read the stories below of our local and national students who have defied the odds. These players and parents chose NOT to follow traditional lesson B.S. They knew baseball power would help get them to another level.
Make Baseball Power A Priority and Start Now!
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Read The True Stories Of Fastball USA Students
Ethan Bloom - 100MPH Club
Ethan Bloom signs with Lewis University.
Ethan is a member of our 100mph club. Ethan has reached ball exit speeds of 102mph. Bloom is one of the top hitters in the class of 2014 and will be attending Lewis University Next Fall.
Ethan Bloom Signs With Lewis University
Trevor Svetic - 100mph Club
Trevor Svetic signs with Roosevelt University.
Trevor has posted highs in 2013 of 101mph Ball Exit Speed and 97mph throwing speed. Trevor is a powerful hitter with a powerful arm. Roosevelt University picks up both a 90mph arm and bat. Congrats To Trevor!!!
" We have trained and played for 2 years now and the improvement At Fastball USA is "hands down" better than any other place." Scott Svetic (Trevors Dad)
Trevor Svetic signs with Roosevelt University
Mike Giovenco 100MPH Club
Giovenco Selected by Kansas City Royals in 14th Round
Giovenco Fires a 95mph Fastball
Just wanted to let you know that we do nearly all the same arm care here as we did at fastball. We do numerous variations of all of the arm care on an everyday basis, and also we do ALOT of the flexibiltiy and pre workout warmups that we did at fastball. Fastball USA pretty much prepared me for pro ball, and currently I have over 100 innings on my arm this year, and I have to thank you for teaching me the importance of arm care. In the past, my arm would usually be in pain around this time of year, and I would be experiencing "dead arm". But currently my velocity is still sitting in the 90-93 range and topping around 95mph. Once again, I just wanted to thank you for everything, and please continue to stress the importance of arm care, flexibiltiy, and good old fashioned hard work to the rest of the guys. Thanks, Mike Giovenco
Ron Wolforth Of The Texas Baseball Ranch Says This About Fastball USA....
I have known Mike Ryan and his family for more than 10 years now and for 8 of those years I have conducted two pitching clinics per year in their facility. Mike, Shelly, Steve, Paddy and the entire Fastball family is a truly remarkable team. They have taken Ranch concepts and applied it in their own unique way.
They are not only caring, compassionate teachers and innovators, more importantly, they are simply wonderful, honest, sincere people. I consider Fastball USA as an extension of me and our baseball Ranch in Texas. I have a special place in my heart for the Ryans and all the athletes that train at Fastball. I truly look forward to my visits every year and to see how Mike has applied my pitching concepts to his passion which is hitting.
If you get the opportunity to train with Mike and Steve, I could no more highly recommend it.
Ron Wolforth Texas Baseball Ranch
Joe Perricone Selected By The Tampa Bay Rays in the 2011 MLB Draft
Joe Perricone(Hersey High School) has been recently drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. Perricone trained with Fastball during the winter of 2010 & 11 focusing on conditioning and explosiveness. Joe maxed out at 97mph turn and burn which is the third fastest in our Academy history. Joe is set to play baseball at Coastal Carolina University next year after receiving a scholarship for baseball. Congrats to Joe and continue the hard work.
Mitch Brown Drafted By Cleveland Indians
The 2011 and 2012 Wolforth Pitching Camp attendee was drafted in June 2012 with a 92mph fastball. Brown is considered to be one of the top pitching prospects in the Indians Organization. Congrats to Mitch and his selection and first year success with the Indians. Keep up the hard work, we are all rooting for you.
Austin Butler Signs With Weatherford College in Texas
Austin Butler Signs With Weatherford College in Texas
9MPH Improvement in 12 Months! AND STILL IMPROVING!
The Joey Hanley Story
When I Started I was Weak and Slow ............
I began with Fastball USA the summer entering my 8th-grade year. I was weak, slow, my hitting was less than poor and my command and velocity was nothing to brag about. Then, within months of training and extremely hard work, I say major improvements in my velocity, stamina, speed, command, batting and over-all art of pitching.
I started with a fastball that was 64-67 mph, and now a year later into my freshman year I have a 73-76 mph fastball, 84 mph step behind and a bat exit-speed of 82.
Fastball USA knows how to train a baseball player to go from standard skill to being an extremely hard working, exceptional pitcher or hitter.
Mike Di Viesti Commits to Butler University
Mike Di Viesti Heading To Butler University
Congrats to Team Fastball Catcher, Mike Di Viesti for his recent committment to Butler University to play baseball with the Bulldogs.
Michael worked very hard over the past year to improve his throwing and hitting power along with his quickness. Michael improved his throwing speed from 74 to 87mph and reduced his pop time to 1.9.
His improvement in ball exit speed also have reached as high as 92mph. Congrats to Mike and continued hard work.
Look at What Mike's Dad Said About Fastball USA and Team Fastball !!!!
We can't say enough about how Team Fastball and Coach Ryan has helped our son not only improve his skills but also improve the way he approaches the game. What he has learned at Team Fastball helped him get recruited and earn a spot on Butler's baseball team starting in the 2013/2014 season.
The key difference between playing for Team Fastball versus other travel teams is that the coaches at Team Fastball work on the skills and attitude that makes one a better baseball player. It is not just about winning a game. We have received many positive comments about how Team Fastball prepares for and plays games from college recruiters who came to see the team play.
That made a big difference in the recruiting process. The only regret we have is not finding Team Fastball earlier. Our son did not join until the beginning of his Junior year.
If your son has dream of playing beyond High School, I strongly recommend Team Fastball.
Tony Di Viesti
Nick Senicka Signs With University Of Illinois Springfield
Nick Senicka Signs With University Of Illinois Springfield
Michael Woods Commits to Oakton College
Coach Ryan and Coach Steve Join Nick Zak and Michael Woods on Signing Day. Congrats To Both Nick and Mike For Signing With Oakton College.
Team Fastball Pitcher, and long time Fastball student, Michael Woods recently committed to Oakton College. Oakton is a Division I, Junior College located in Des Plaines,IL.
Woods is another member of our 90mph club. A top pitcher for Team Fastball for the past 4 years and a student in training since the 6th grade. Congrats to Michael on this accomplishment and we look forward to working with him on his continued improvement.
Nick Zak Commits to Oakton College
Nick Zak is headed to Oakton College, A DI Juco
Congrats to Team Fastball outfielder Nick Zak who recently committed to Oakton College in Des Plaines. Oakton is a DI JUCO and a top school in the area. Nick Zak posted a 91mph throwing speed from the outfield this past summer and improved his offense to become the # 3 hitter in the Team Fastball line up. Zak had an outstanding offensive/defensive summer. He is another long time student. Zak is now in his 4th year with Team Fastball and has been training since the 6th grade. Congrats Nick!
Simeon Lucas Commits To Illinois State University - 99mph Ball Exit Speed
Congrats to Simeon Lucas for his recent committment to play baseball for Illinois State University. Lucas is ranked in our top 5 Ball Exit speed leaders in Academy history recording 99mph. The left handed hitting catcher has attended Explosive Hitting Classes/Black Belt Training and our Explosive Hitting Camp. Congrats and keep up the hard work!
Ethan Routzahn Selected By Team USA
Team USA Recognizes Routzahn As One OF The Best in the United States.
Ethan Routzahn, Team Fastball, has been selected as one of 36 players in the country to Team USA Trials which will be held in August of 2013. Ethan was also the only player from Illinois selected and only 1 of 3 players selected in the northern part of the United States.
At age 14 Ethan was clocked as high as 86mph as part of the Great Lakes Regional team participating at the National Showcase.
Ethan has been training with Fastball USA for the past couple of years and plays for Team Fastball USA.
Austin Foote Headed To Indiana University
From throwing 72mph as a high school freshman to throwing 88mph as a senior. Now Austin is playing for Indiana University
Austin Foote, Team Fastball Alum
Congrats to Team Fastball Left Handed Pitcher, Austin Foote, on his recent committment to play baseball For Indiana.
Foote is the second Fastball student to commit to Indiana in the past 2 years. His fastball climbed from 71mph to 84mph on the mound in less than 3 years. Most recently Foote became a member of our 90mph throwing club. Congrats to Austin and we look forward to working towards continued future goals.
He Was Throwing 72 as a Freshman.....Now He's Headed To Indiana!!
"Before coming to Fastball USA, I was a freshman throwing 72mph. As a kid I was taught to throw with good mechanics and never to just let it fly. But when I came to Fastball it was completely the opposite. Everything is focused on going as fast as you can, even if It means being out of control at first. I started training at the facility and I have seen major improvements in my game.
Freshman year I wasn't even in the starting rotation as a pitcher and when I did pitch I walked a lot of people. But after I trained for just one offseason I was the starting pitcher for our first conference game.
I had improved my velocity to 80 mph off the mound in just one offseason. Then over this summer I continued to train with Fastball USA and I improved my velocity to 86 mph off a turn and burn and 82-83 off the mound. In about 2 years, I have gained 14 mph on my fastball because of the great training.
I would definitely recommend Fastball USA to anyone who wants to work hard and has goals of playing at the next level. It is a great way to specifically train for baseball and improve your game in the right way."
Anthony Drago - 100MPH Club - Commits To University Of Illinois
Anthony Drago is headed to the University Of Illinois
Ball Exit Speed 77MPH As A Freshman...
... 102MPH As Senior!
Throwing Speed 74MPH AS A Freshman ...
... 90MPH As Senior!
Ranked as the # 1 Hitting Prospect
in The Chicago Area
Congrats to Anthony Drago on his recent committment to play baseball at the University Of Illinois beginning the fall of 2013.
Drago is also tied as our all time record holder with 102mph ball exit speed and holds are ball exit speed record with a wooden bat at 99mph.
Anthony has been training with Fastball since his freshman year. His ball exit speed has increased from 77 to 102mph. Anthony Was Ranked as the # 1 Hitter at the 2013 Super 60!
Top Ball Exit Speed By Any Player. Congrats Anthony!
Czeszewski Commits to Illinois State University
Jack has been a great addition for Illinois State University
Jack Czeszewski at his signing day for Illinois State University poses here with Jack Ryan
A fixture at Fastball USA for the past 8 years has made a verbal commitment to play baseball for Illinois State University. Jack is currently a junior at Elk Grove High School. Due to Jack's success and improvements, Fastball in some ways could be considered "the house that Jack built". Many of Jacks friends and team members also followed shortly after Jack began training with us. That includes the UIC bound Carl Sugihara who also plays for Elk Grove High School.Congrats to Jack and keep up the hard work.
Jake Turner To Pitch For Northern Illinois University
Congrats to Jake Turner on his decision to play baseball at Northern Illinois University. Turner had an incredible senior year and saw his velocity on the mound climb as high as 88mph from 83mph in a matter of months. Jake has an incredible work ethic and is a great example of how the right training combined with the right mindset can make a difference. Jake is also now a member of our 90mph club. Congrats Jake and keep up the hard work!
Mitch Baker Will Pitch For Judson University
The Mitch Baker Story.......
From Not Making The Varsity Team To Throwing 90MPH in 14 Months!!
Mitch Baker, a tall lanky kid with a dream. Plays Little League, Travel Ball and moves onto his High School freshman and sophomore teams. He has an above average fastball, smooth delivery and told lots of potential... then fails to make his varsity team his junior year. New coach, politics, lack of focus might have sunk him, but he took it upon himself to get better. He had to find his focus.
2010 Mitch goes in 100% to the teachings at Fastball. While missing Spring ball he attends FB 2-3 times a week.
Summertime he attends 2 large Midwest showcases posting the 1st and 3rd highest MPH times out of hundreds of 2011 prospects. Offers from colleges start to come in. Contacts through your organization start to develop. Coaches come out to Fastball to see Mitch work out.
2010 -2011 Mitch continues to work out posting 94 mph turn and burn and 86-88 off the mound. Senior Year he goes undefeated. 2011 Mitchell signs a Scholarship to a local school with strong baseball program. He hits 90 mph off the mound.
Mitch had a strong fall and is slated to play varsity ball his freshman season.
We are indebted to your program and look forward to seeing you during holiday breaks...to keep the focus.
The Baker Family
Kraemer Brandt Signs With Judson University
Kraemer Brandt Signs With Judson University
Team Fastball USA centerfielder, and long time Fastball student, Kraemer Brandt signed with Judson University. Judson University baseball finished 21st in the nation in 2012. Brandt was an original member of Team Fastball. Leadoff hitter and centerfielder, Brandt is a game changer on the bases and with the bat. Congrats to Kraemer and keep up the hard work.
Dominic Demicco- 100MPH Club - Commits To Judson University
Improved 25mph in 12 Months.......How about that for results?
Demicco is greeted by his team after hitting a 3 Run Homer on a Championship Day For Team Fastball
Fastball USA Student improves Ball Exit Speed from 72mph to 97mph....Improves 25MPH in 20 Months!
The Dom Demicco Story is called.... Getting Results!
I did not know what to call this but I think "Getting Results" is appropriate where my son Dominic is concerned. Dommo has a mathematics and science background so the marriage between our family and Fastball USA could not be have worked out better.
As a matter of fact, I think most of the kids that frequent the Fastball workouts and measurement nights must have the same love for math and science that Dommo has...
As somebody who records the hitting and throwing metrics of the boys, I have never seen so many kids compete as hard as these boys do and take the number I yell out to them as seriously as the kids at Fastball!
All the kids at the measurement nights are looking for that extra 2 or 3 MPH difference from the last metric night and I have seen every kid there not only raise their number from the time before, they raise their expectations for the next measurement night 30 days down the road!
One fateful August evening in 2009, my son and I went to Fastball USA on a referral from Steve Brandt as a place that serious kids should check out if they want to pursue a baseball career in earnest.
That was 20 months ago and Dommo loves fastball more today than he did the first time he stepped into the "Dojo"!
Dommo would like the opportunity to play baseball at the next level and he thinks Fastball USA is the only academy that feeds his hunger to progress in the manner he has and will continue to do so.
Here is his dramatic progression purely from a hitting perspective. In August 2009 Dommo was 5'10" and weighed 150 pounds. His bat speed was 73 MPH and his exit speed was 72 MPH.
In 20 months of intense training at Fastball he has gone from a skinny 14 year old boy to a very strong 16 year old man.
He is now 5'11.5" and weighs 168 pounds (all muscle) and I can honestly say the strength is all a bi-product of the black belt workouts at Fastball.
I am not talking bench and curl strength, Dommo quit lifting weights a year ago.
I am talking about functional core strength specific to that of major league baseball players.
His bat speed is now 97 MPH which matches his exit speed!To put this in its proper perspective, these numbers are the same as most major league ball players outweighing Dommo by 20 - 50 pounds.
Because I am not a scientist, I do not know how these metrics can be achieved, I just know when he goes to Fastball good things happen!
Mike - he likes the no nonsense personality of you and coach Steve.
In this world of establishments patronizing their clientele and sugar coating things where their kids are concerned, Fastball USA takes the exact opposite approach.
While this might not be for every family seeking a baseball academy, the families that frequent Fastball USA will have the best chance of their son or daughter playing at the next level no matter what that level is.
The DeMicco's will be there until you kick us out!
Thanks for all the hard work with my son.
John Thomas Commits to the University Of Indianapolis
The John Thomas Story -
Throwing Speed and Ball Exit Speed Jumps In One Off-Season
"I chose Fastball USA because I was in need of something different that works. The old pitching and hitting mechanics are no where near the velocity and performance you can get with these guys.
My biggest frustration before fastball was not having the strongest arm. I used to not like playing long toss because my arm would hurt but now I have fun doing it without no pain and I can watch my ball just keep carrying like never before.
When I first started Fastball Training, my fastball averaged in the mid to high 70s and now I average in the low to mid 80s.
My exit speed before fastball was 80 and now its 90+!! These numbers have all been measured in this past year. Fastball USA is the way to go if you want to take your game to the next level!!"
Thanks coach Mike and all others!
Carl Sugihara Will Play For UIC Flames
Carl Sugihara will be playing for the UIC Flames. Sugihara has spent the past four years training with Fastball USA working hard to achieve his goals. Carl's throwing speed increased from 73mph to 91mph in a three year span. Carl is also an outstanding hitter. As a freshman his exit speed was 73-75mph. Today Carl is hitting the ball 88mph - 92mph with 90mph plus bat speed.
Congrats to Carl. Keep up the Hard Work!
James Pagni Signs With North Park University
James Pagni Signs With North Park University
Ryan Hinchley LHP Cracks 90MPH Head To UIC - Headed To U.I.C.
Ryan Hinchley is one of the areas best Left Handed Pitchers. Ryan did his initial evaluation with Fastball USA during the summer of 2009 in which he posted a 81mph fastball. By December of 2009 Ryan's velocity increase was almost un-believable. At a showcase in December of 2009 Ryan hit 90mph for the first time, and consistently posted 88mph velocity with much better control.
Congrats to Ryan. Keep up the hard work!
In 2013 Trevor Svetic Reached 101mph Ball Exit Speed and 97MPH Throwing Speed
Read About Trevor's Fastball USA Experience
The Trevor Svetic Story -
No Place Like Fastball USA
Let me start by saying "Playing for Fastball is like no other Training Academy". I have 2 sons and have played baseball for a lot of different travel teams and other training facilities over the past 13 years.
Playing and training for Fastball USA is like playing for someone who really cares about the player, it’s like a family atmosphere both on and off the field. Mike Ryan takes pride in his craft and works to improve each and every player that comes through his facility.
We have trained and played with Fastball USA for 2 years now and the improvement is "hands down" better than any other place. My son has always had power, but things are much more refined (exit speed 96 mph) and he has more understanding behind the science of hitting a baseball.
The videos he uses as a teaching tool break down every part of some of the best hitters in baseball, this is where the science comes in.
Mike also took the time to find flaws in his throwing mechanics (infielder), this was always a source of chronic pain. His throwing velocity has improved (80 mph) and along with that, the pain has been reduced.
The Explosive Hitting and Black Belt Classes keep my son in good shape all winter long, and get him prepared for high school tryouts in the spring.
The Black Belt workout also keeps him healthy all season long, which means more innings on the field, and less on the bench. I see other players with all sorts of muscle injuries during the high school season, because! they aren't prepared physically.
Last year, Mike brought in a nutritionist and a "mindset coach", to help all the players during the season. This was very informative for play on the field and going forward in everyone’s personal life, as well. You’re not going to find this anywhere else. These are just some of the things that set Fastball USA apart from other training and academy facilities.
Thanks, Mike and the “Fastball Team”
Brian Wilhite - Indiana University
Brian Wilhite - Ball Exit Speed jumped from 72 to 92 in 2 years
Despite coming in with only 72mph ball exit speed as junior, Wilhite worked hard with Coach Ryan on power development. Ball Exit speed power jumped as high as 92mph by the summer after his senior year in high school. 20MPH in less than 2 years. Now he is playing for Indiana University.
Ryan Bull - University Of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame Player, Ryan Bull Jumped From 89mph to 95mph in one day working with Coach Ryan
University Of Notre Dame player Ryan Bull went from 89mph of ball exit speed and jumped to 95mph.
Pete Tountas Drafted By The New York Mets & Boston Red Sox
Pete Tountas worked with Coach Ryan througout his high school career and into college. Tountas played for Jefferson CC, and the University of Evansville. Tountas was selected twice in the MLB draft by the NY Mets and then by the Boston Red Sox.
Mental Game Training With Adam Kotowski
Explosive Hitting Class Video Session
Adam Kotowski Mental Game Class - Limitless
More info to follow on Adam Kotowski's 2014-15 Off Season Mindset training for Fastball USA players and Fastball Academy Students.
Baseball development is far more than just mechanics and some conditioning. Fastball USA and Team Fastball are lucky to have Adam Kotowski training our players on how they can be extraordinary. The mind is far more powerful when it comes to our daily life and our performance on the field. Having a tremendous mindset has made a huge difference for our athletes.
Follow the link below and listen to a Fastball student who came through in the clutch time after time using Coach Kotowski's methods.
Jon Ernest To Play For Kalamazoo College - Credits Coach Kotowski Mental Game Program For Clutch Hits
Fastball Student Jon Ernest Comes Up Big and Credits Adam Kotowski's Centering Process Learned at Fastball USA.
Watch This Interview With Jon After His Game Winning Hit For Oak Park River Forest. Congrats To Jon as he will go on to play College Baseball at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.