Real, un-disputed baseball development. Team Fastball USA provides the training needed in order for our players to play at the next level.
15U White Wins 14 in a row to begin 2017
Medals and Trophies don't define who we are. We are committed to long term development, today's trophy doesn't mean a thing tomorrow.
Work Ethic! Every Game and Practice is an opportunity to improve
Never Give Up! Playing the game hard 100% of the time is a an expectation.
Leadership: Our program emphasizes developing a group of leaders. We don't wait for one player or one coach to lead. Everyone must lead both on and off the field.
Emphasis on Mindset - We focus on the process NOT the outcome. We are going to win or lose following the process. The process is fearless.
Team Fastball USA
Congrats To The Following Team Fastball USA Players on their recent committment to to play
baseball in college.
Eric Johansen - Aurora University Jack Mizgalski - University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse Brandon Kendall - University of Wisconsin, Oskosh Trevor Niedzwiecki - University Of Wisconsin, Oskosh
Dylan Niedzwiecki - University Of Wisconsin, Oskosh
Sean Cummins - University Of Wisconsin,Oshkosh
CJ Deshazer - Heartland CC, Illinois
Ian Taylor - Saginaw Valley State University, MI
Ryan Loutos - Washington University - St. Louis
Isaac Bracher - Western Tech College, WI
Joe Amore - Western Tech College, WI
Ian Renger - Cornell College
Joe Sarnello - Cornell College
Alberto Garcia - Dominican University
Mike Kovalenko - Robert Morris College
Jeremy Meger -- North Park University
Take A Look At Some Team Fastball Alumni
Rhett Rapshus - Illinois State University
After playing for Blackhawk College his
Freshman year Rhett Rapshus was recruited
by Illinois State University.
Rapshus is another member of our 90mph Throwing Club.
In his first year at ISU he made 13 scoreless
Rhett trained and played on Team
Fastball his junior and senior seasons.
Ethan Bloom - Lewis University
After having a tremendous freshman season at Lewis University, Ethan Bloom has started off the 2016 college season on fire.
Through his first 45 at bat's Bloom has demonstrated why he was one of the best high school hitters in Illinois
when he played for Team Fastball.
This includes 4 Home Runs, 3 Doubles, and 16 RBI's while posting a .333 batting average as a sophomore in his first 45 at bats.
Ethan Routzahn - Dallas Baptist University
Congrats To Ethan Routzahn for committing to play
Baseball at Dallas Baptist University. One of the top
ranked baseball schools in the nation.
In the fall at DBU Ethan was recorded at 92mph. Not bad for a freshman in college.
Ethan began training at Fastball USA
at age 13.
Ethan as a 15 year old was selected as one of
top 36 players in the country by USA Baseball.
Most recently Ethan committed to go to school
and play ball at Dallas Baptist University.
Ethan has thrown a 100mph turn and burn,
and has posted mound reads as high as 91mph at age 16.
Joey Hanley - North Central College
Joey Hanley will continue his
education and baseball career at
North Central College.
Joey is an inspiration to us all. He started playing for Team
Fastball in the 8th grade and
despite battling epilepsy throughout
high school, Joey over came the
obstacles to become a 90mph member.
One of the hardest working students,
Joey has been an inspiration to all
Justin Celeski - Milwaukee School Of Engineering
Justin Celeski is now at the Milwaukee
School of Engineering. Another example
of how Team Fastball players have combined
both grades and athletic
Justin began with Team Fastball as
a member of our 15U team. He went
on to become a a member of our
90mph ball exit speed club and 90mph
He is another example of how grades,
combined with athletic ability can help
you stand out.
Austin Foote - Indiana University
As a freshman Austin was throwing 68-71mph. During his high school years we were able to help Austin become an upper 80mph thrower which allowed him an opportunity to play for Indiana University.
Anthony Drago - University Of Illinois
Anthony Drago played and trained with Fastball USA and went on to be one of the top Chicago Area High School hitters with incredible power.
Mike Diviesti - Butler University
Mike Diviesti- Butler University
Mike Diviesti came to Team Fastball between his
sophomore and Junior year. Team Fastball
helped Mike increase hitting power at the plate
along with arm strength to become one of top
catchers in the Chicago area.
Parents - Don't Let Travel Teams Scare You into Decisions
How Travel Teams Try to SCARE You.
Focus on results and long term improvement and everything
will take care of itself. Ha! You never hear that from the slick sales coaches.
Our mission at Team Fastball and Fastball USA Academy is un-disputed long term development. We don't promise quick fixes and we don't go around recruiting teenage players building their ego's telling them how good they are. We don't LIE to them telling them if you don't play for us...then you can't play at the next level. What a joke!
Coach Ryan Calls B.S. on the college recruiting process...
Ever see that stat that says the % of high school players that go on to college is so small? It's small only because a small certain amount of players choose to play college ball. Don't let them scare you. If you want to...you will.
You have been set up!
Instead, we know you will be on a college team if you want to for the most part. Your talent, ability, mindset, and grades will help determine what exactly the next level really means.
Each year in our program we have a few players decide that college baseball is NOT the right choice for them. Key words...the players decide.
Our focus is on undisputed development. Objectively measuring each players progress from the first day they walk into the door until the day they stop playing. A huge emphasis is on both arm velocity and batted ball exit velocity.
Part Of That System -
Here is a hint:
If you want to get recruited....Step # 1
You better be really good.
If you want to be recruited....Step # 2
You better stand out...in a good way.
The organizations that try to scare players into thinking that only a small percentage of people go on to play college baseball are killing our game.
The truth is many college rosters have 40-45 and even more players. Now more than ever organizations have both varsity and JV teams. I have seen rosters as high as 63 players.
No matter what anyone tells you, now you have more opportunities to play college baseball than ever. If the goal is to "get recruited" you are more than likely already chasing the wrong rabbit.
The goal should be constant never ending improvement. Why? Because if you're good enough you will play college baseball.
But... Playing college baseball and being on a college team are two different things. Be careful what you wish for.
Our organization knows the B.S. that most are selling. They (Elite Travel Teams -wink-wink) recruit teenage players telling them how THEY will get them to the next level.
Each summer the teenage player feels like a FREE AGENT at the end of the season. These slime ball coaches make these kids feel great. Then they scare the kid and the parents. GREAT TACTIC.
They tell you that you will NOT get to the NEXT level unless you play for them. You see... Playing for them is the real secret.
The reality is you will get to the next level with or without them. The real key is when you get there, will you actually play? Once again, be careful what you wish for.
For those who believe they are Division 1 players, you will not miss your opportunity because of exposure. You will miss your opportunity because you just were not good enough at the right time.
Some get passed by simply because they were not good enough at the right time.
Now more than ever players who are sophomores and juniors are committing to D1 schools. Even some freshman! If you throw 88mph as a sophomore you are something special. If you throw 81mph as a sophomore, then 85mph as a junior and then 88mph as a senior...you get passed up by D1 schools. Why? Timing. They have already chased the early developers. This will ultimately come back to haunt the college coaches. They will miss out on some of the best players because as you know....the best players at age 15 are not always the best players at age 18. It's one thing if they are already an absolute stud. Coaches are feeling the pressure of recruiting. It only takes 1 coach in the conference to jump at a sophomore or freshman. Then the rest follow.
Speed Does Matter - These players getting recruited young
have something special about them that relates to speed. They throw faster than 90-95% of others in their age group, or runs faster, or hits harder. That is what it takes to get recruited to D1 schools.
What about Exposure? Exposure works both ways. When a college see's you throw a 78mph fastball, and run a 7.5 60 time, and record a ball exit velocity of 77mph than you get exposed. Exposure is not your issue. It's ability.
The reality in 2017 is a player with these numbers can still be on a college baseball team. The difference might be he will be on the JV team, not the varsity team, maybe ever.
So you want to be on a college baseball team? Done.
I guarantee it can happen with very little help from anyone.
Yes, even without a travel team. I run travel teams and I can tell you that you don't need any travel team.
Parents - The travel teams, the tournaments, the showcases, all want you to believe you need them. If your kid is good enough, any college coach would want him if he can help them win. They won't care if he played travel ball, or kick ball, if he can throw a baseball 90mph or hit 400 foot bombs.
Do you want to playcollege baseball? Different story. That will take talent and ability no matter what level you play.
Do you want to play Division 1 College Baseball?
The real truth is now more than ever these coaches are recruiting players younger than ever. This means players who are studs at age 15-16 are getting opportunities. Players who are late bloomers miss these D1 opportunities but can still find their way to a D1 program through Junior College. IF not, they will play and play a lot for what ever level they choose. What most miss badly is baseball at the D2,NAIA, Juco, and D3 levels can be incredible.
You see, if a player is pretty good as a sophomore, but a stud when he is a senior he is often getting passed up by D1 schools. Why? The new recruiting process encourages early commits. This blocks the guys who are real D1 players when it actually counts.
Yes the truth is their are many non D1 players who have obvious D1 talent. If you're a player who blooms later, most opportunities have gone unless you go the JUCO route.
So the real question goes back to....are you in a program that has systemized never ending improvement? Is your program focusing on development or all about showcasing? Just because you throw 72mph as a sophomore doesn't mean you can't throw 88mph as a senior. The current system gives all the hoopla to the 15 year old.
I say don't let that distract you or discourage you. Baseball is a game of survival. Those who dominate now don't always dominate later.
Development to us means undisputed improvement. It is not just getting you to look a certain way. Looking pretty doens't mean you were developed.
Are you so worried about getting recruited that at the same time your talent is standing still? This happens to a ton of players. They get caught in the recruiting trap, and in the process don't continue to improve overall ability. They become a showcase and tournament RAT. They jump from team to team hoping for more exposure. They spend thousands on exposure. These are the ones that really need to use sun block.
The question the college coach might want to ask.......Does this kid really love to play the game or is this college baseball dream been forced? I wonder how a kid choosing a school as a freshman or sophomore can really understand what he wants to do with his life. Especially when it comes to education.
Key questions any player should ask himself....
Do you want to be ON a college team or PLAY college baseball?
Players are getting drafted all over MLB, from schools you and I have never even heard of. It is common Juco, D3, D2, NAIA, and even high school players are getting drafted. Most scouts will not know the back up players at most schools. The key is actually playing the game. Not just being on the team.
Team Fastball is a constant never ending improvement environment. We have created a culture of achievement. We have created a culture of work ethic and an elite mindset for athletes.
Our players know you can't trick the scouts. You are what you are today. What you are today, almost doesn't even matter, because it's not where we will be tomorrow.
All Team Fastball members take part of our systematic development program referred to as TBP. Total Baseball Power.
Position players and pitchers both benefit from the TBP program.
TBP is quite literally the video games of power development. 10 different levels of TBP. It's long term power improvement.
Have we lost the importance of TEAM?
At Team Fastball, we still emphasize TEAM. Yes, I know that sounds crazy in the ME world that has been created thanks to the travel team craze.
We are quite a bit different in our approach to training and playing.
We believe the X factors are just as important as the ability of an athlete. Hustle, attitude, Energy, Body Language, fundamentals, and TEAM first, is our culture.
We don't actively recruit teenage kids. We have a life. We let like minded players, and like minded families come to us. It's a great concept. Players who share similiar beliefs with incredible work habits. Then our players refer other like minded players.
Players who are dedicated.
Players who live and breath improvement.
Our facility, our Team, our culture is so very uncommon.
mindset, Skill Work, arm health, arm care, and overall explosiveness.
If you want results, and getting better is your # 1 goal then Team Fastball is a good choice.
If all you care about is EXPOSURE, then I suggest Sun Block.
We will be busy getting better while you recover from being exposed.
Team Fastball USA Alum
Ian Taylor Commits to Saginaw State University
Ian Taylor has committed to
Saginaw State University in
Ian began as a Freshman
in high school and has
seen his ball exit velocity
climb as high as 99mph.
Ian was also selected
by USA Baseball NTIS
Great Lakes Team
Ryan Loutos Commits to Washington University-St Louis
Ryan Loutos committed to Washington University
in St. Louis. Washington University is considered
one of the top 15 educational schools in the country.
Ryan began playing for Team Fastball at age 15.
Ryan began training when he was 11 years old.
Ryan Loutos is also a member of our 90mph throwing
and hitting club.
3 Players Selected To Perfect Game All Tournament Team in Ft. Myers
Congrats to Fastball players - October 2016
Josh Anderson, Jake Sinnema, and Ryne Singsank.
All 3 were named to the perfect Game underclass
all tournament team
4 Team Fastball Members Selected For USA Baseball NTIS
August 3rd, 2016.......Breaking News!
4 Team Fastball USA Players and Students Have Been Selected by USA Baseball NTIS for the Great Lakes Region.
Congrats To the Following players for being recognized by USA Baseball NTIS.
Zach Schwartz - 14U Selection
Bryce Burton - 17U Selection
Jack Ryan - 13U Selection Ian Taylor 17U Selection
All three will compete in Cary,NC at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in August of 2016. The Great Lakes Team is comprised of the best 18 players in the midwest. This is also step 1 in the process of potentially making a USA National Team.
All 4 play for Team Fastball USA and all 3 train year round with Fastball USA.
Congrats To all 3 and keep up the hard work.
Jack Ryan Makes Team USA 12U National Team - Wins The Gold Medal
Jack Ryan is congratulated after he crushed a 3 Run Homer vs. Japan
Fastball USA Player Wins Gold Medal With USA National Team!
After a week of tryouts at the USA baseball National open and the National Trials, Jack Ryan was selected to Team USA out of hundreds and thousands of players.
The 12U National team won the Gold Medal in Taiwan defeating Chinese Taipei 7-2 in the championship game.
In addition Jack made the most of his opportunity Jack Ryan led Team USA and the tournament
with 3 home runs, most run scored and also led in slugging percentage. Jack also posted the 2nd highest batting average, 2nd in RBI's for USA.
In the end Jack was named to the all-tournament team as an outfielder. Team USA went 7-1 in route to winning the gold medal at the World Cup in Taiwan.
16U Wins Evanston Tourney
16U Gold Wins At Evanston Tourney
13U Extra Inning Walk Off Win Sends Them To their 2nd Championship game in 2015
13U Extra Inning Walk Off Win Captures Second Tournament Trophy in 2015
13U Team Fastball Sweeps the first round of the MSBL playoffs
16U Black and Gold Success at the Cincy Flames Tourney
Gold was 6th in runs scored out of 76 teams in Pool Play. Black advances in the tournament and trailed the winner 1-0 in the 6th before getting washed away by rain.
16U Black and 16U Gold Pose For A Picture in Cincy
16U Black Makes it to two different semi-finals in big tourneys in 2015
Coach Jim Ryan gives instruction to the 16U Squad
13U Wins 3 Games in one day finishing 2nd in Iowa
13U Battles by winning 3 games in 1 day placing second in Iowa
We are looking for families who are 100% dedicated to the development process. We are not looking for drama families. We are looking for parents who will be supportive of their son, but NOT instrusive in the process. We believe energy and environment is crucial in the development process. We don't need negative people. If you're a negative person don't bother having your player tryout. We believe in having a tremendous environment in which failure is an option. We Believe failure propells us to do great things. We encouarge our players to be aggressive. Make aggressive mistakes. We encourage players to be accountable for their actions. We encourage players to act and re-act on their own, not through their parents. If you want to be a supporter of your player and let the development process happen, Fastball USA is the right place for you. I emphasize we are a no B.S. drama free environment. We want you to have a blast watching your kid play. We want you to support your child in achieving his dream.
If you make a Fastball USA Team -
* You Get Un-Limited Access to our Elite Training Classes Includes Explosive Hitting and Black Belt Training which
is a combination of Baseball Specific Strength/Speed/power
along with throwing velocity/Arm Health/Skill.
* Our emphasis is on the development of speed and power
especially for hitting and throwing and quickness. A huge
emphasis is placed on athleticism improvement for each
* Our Total Baseball Power System (TBP) is a systematic
approach on challenging advanced players to push themselves
beyond what they normally would accomplish.
* Our High School Age players typically have a desire to play
* We are actively seeking players who have both the work ethic and
talent to be a Fastball USA player.
* Tuition Options - Parents can spread tuition payments out over
the course of 10 months or pre pay and receive a discounted rate.
. NO other program provides the RESULTS and the number of training hours combined with team at this cost. A flat fee will cover all costs. Total fee depends on which team you will play for.
Any other program providing over a 100 hours plus of training? Led by a professional scout, college coach, professional players, and our professional staff?
To play at the highest levels it takes the ability to standout.