Aug 21

Both Texas Elite teams set for ChickfilA Texas vs The World Tournament

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The 8th Annual Chick-Fil-A Texas vs The World Baseball Championships will feature the debut of 14U Team Texas Elite as well as the Original and now 17U Team Texas Elite. Both teams feature some of the nation’s finest talent, with players who love baseball and have labored in the sport since tee ball.

Emerging stars include Gavin Hunt, a 1st Team All-district CF with Arlington Seguin as well as Jalen Pruitt of North Carolina, himself a All-District performer at 2B and who led his team in hitting.

For more information on the tournament, simply click here:

Apr 03

Texas Elite Players named to Perfect Game Preseason Underclass Team

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Congratulations to Jarod Hall of Carrollton Creekview, a sohomore transfer from Carrollton Ranchview who was named to the Rawlings Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All America Teams.

Congratulations are in order too for Texas Elite’s Julian Rojas of  Atascocita, sophomore catcher. Julian was named to the Rawlings Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All America Teams.

These young men put in lots of baseball related hours each year as suggested should be the case if one wants to master his craft per author Malcolm Gladwell of the seminal book, Outliers.

Keep up the great work, Jarod, Julian!

Jan 18

Pro Scout Clinic set for Sunday January 31st in Hurst

By JD Elliby, Pro Scout

Pre-Season Scouting Evaluation Clinic

Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016

Location: ISA – 745 W. Hurst Blvd., Hurst, TX  76053

Time: scheduled one hour sessions beginning at 12pm; 1pm; 2pm

Cost: $125               ***ages 8-14***

Includes *Parents Q&A Session*

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Jan 15

Under Armour selects Texas Elite’s Joshua Simpson

Texas Elite OF Joshua Simpson has long caused scouts to drool over his enormous potential. A two-sport athlete in both football (defensive back) and baseball, Joshua was selected by Under Armour to compete in the Under Armour Pre-Season All American game in Phoenix.

Part of this weekend’s festivities includes a tour of Arizona State University and a visitation with the Arizona coaching staff.

Joshua attends Allen High School and we look forward to a tremendous season from Texas Elite’s own All American prospect.

Jan 14

Texas Elite 13U Two-way talent Kason Bryant

Kason, a credit to his community

Kason, a credit to his community

Kason Bryant dreams big and education plays a major role….

 

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Nov 25

12U Texas Elite Team being formed

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Statewide Elite Baseball aka Team Texas Elite is forming a 12 and under Elite level baseball team for the upcoming season. The team will host its first workout in January. Planned trips include Chicago during the summer.

For more information, please contact Head Coach Mike Smith at 972 742-2161 (email: smitbox@aol.com) or Trent Walton at 214 517-5401.

Sep 18

Scouts Corner-Scouts Don’t Gloss over the truth

By JD Elliby- Pro Scout:

Parents & Players:
I’ve included a link to the video of a young minor league player who has the uncanny ability to barrel up high velocity fastballs under game conditions (key hitting ingredient). His name is Justin Williams. He’s good, but he still hasn’t surpassed Single-A ball. This leads me into my next statement.
Justin Williams – during an Australian Winter League game

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Aug 25

Team Texas Elite holding 13u Tryouts

Joshua at bat

Joshua at bat

 

Team Texas Elite, one of the nation’s top 16u teams is adding a 13u team and will be holding tryouts for the 2016 baseball season. Tryouts for highly skilled minority players will be held on Saturday, September 12th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Tryout location is at Duncanville High School, located at 830 Panther Dr. in Duncanville, 75116.

For more information contact 972 742-2161.

Team Texas Elite’s program plays in 2-4 high profile tournaments each year and purposely does not interfere with player’s regular select team schedules.

Player costs are mitigated by Texas Elite’s staff ensuring that the majority of funds are secured with players usually accounting for as little as 20% of program expenses.

Interested players may sign up for tryout on the Texas Elite website.

Aug 25

Next up for Texas Elite: Chick Fil A Texas vs The World International Baseball Championships

Joey on the Bump

Joey on the Bump

 

Team Texas Elite takes on the field in the 7th Annual Chick-Fil A Texas vs The World International Baseball Championships, held in Grapevine, D/FW and surrounding cities.

Sponsors include title sponsor Chick-fil-a and Friendly Chevrolet, who is the transportation sponsor, along with MVP trophy sponsor Phoenix Bats. Hotel Sponsor is the Grapevine Comfort Inn.

Teams from Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Oklahoma, Florida, Illinois, New York and other areas will participate in the event.

The Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau again partners with Chick-fil-a Texas vs The World, as MLB Scouting Bureau will put on a free workout, with reports going to all MLB teams.

 

Aug 18

Scout’s Corner-Be Prepared during Tryout

Pro Scout JD Elliby

Be prepared for the unexpected during a tryout…

Parents, it’s our job to have our young players ready to put their best foot forward at a tryout. This means that we’ve done enough prepping as we lead up to the moment and when the tryout begins, we (parents) exit stage right.

 

Don’t let the first impression be one of a potential “management intensive parent.” It’s hard, but let the coaches take care of everything. Your son will reach out to you if he needs you.

 

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about prepping the player.

 

First off, he should look the part (most of the players that I’ve encountered definitely look like ballplayers). Secondly, they should maintain eye contact with the coaches as they are giving instructions (this is more for the younger participants). The next step is to show that your motor runs properly; that means hustle at all times.

 

It will be hard for the coaches to “truly” assess every player at once. There will be times when a young man slips through the cracks. One thing that will help you avoid slipping through the cracks is having “visible” signs of baseball actions (i.e. solid fundamentals and the ability to perform your basic baseball tasks). Now if these actions are performed at game speed, you will definitely stand out.

 

****Ok, enough of the small talk.

Hitters, you don’t have to step into the cage and pull every ball that you see! I see this at many of the tryouts that I conduct with older prospects. The special hitters have a plan and they work through their progressions.

 

As a scout, when I watch hitters during BP; the ones who stand out are the ones who have bat control and show the ability to follow a plan. First round, up the middle/opposite field (with balance). ***There is a sense of urgency to show your POWER, I know I know I know! Well, show them that you know how to handle the bat and that you have some rhythm at the plate (this catches my attention during the early rounds; and I pay closer attention as you rotate through).

***Now if you are brutally strong and a dead pull HR circus act type – then by all means, turn and burn from the moment your feet touch the dirt – but there are only a handful of those around & they can be pitched to (holes on the outer 1/3).

 

Parents of hitters – prepare them to face a BP pitcher who throws slower than what they are used to hitting off of. It never fails; a young man is having trouble timing the BP pitcher’s soft loopy pitching style. You have to be able to adjust. The idea is to not be overlooked. Once you make the adjustment, work your routine (even if you have to shorten the program; take a pitch or bunt one; work opp field or up the middle; up the middle; turn it loose). You have to come up with a game plan with your parents or preferably your hitting instructor. If hitting lessons aren’t in the budget, send me a private message and we can try and figure out a game plan; but hopefully you can lean on your coaching staff.


Parents of pitchers – know the distance that you will be throwing from and make sure that you are capable of taking your bullpen session mindset to the tryout mound with you. We have to return to the “just playing a game of catch” thought process. Arm strength is a precious commodity, but the ability to command the strike zone trumps pure arm strength at all levels. Now, if arm strength is your calling card, then by all means, show it (arm strength is definitely a separator). They can hit 100 mph fastballs in the TV League – I also see the big boys swing and miss on a well placed change-up. **Now 100 mph is special, don’t get me wrong!** Play to your strengths – but remember that strikes are important. ***’1st pitch strikes’ – is actually a stat line***

 

Enough of this rambling. Just be prepared. It’s tough to have a crash course right before tryouts. It’s often counter-productive, especially if the coaches have never seen you before.

 

Best of luck!

 

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