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No Politics. No Drama. Just World Class Training

DEVELOPMENT FIRST

POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT

NO B.S.

BIG PICTURE APPROACH

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DEVELOPING PEOPLE

SERIOUS ATHLETES

WORLD CLASS MINDSET

COMPETITIVE

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JIM RYAN
Team Director

Jim Ryan is a Team Fastball alum himself and a long time Team Fastball coach. Since 2012, Coach Jim has been the head and assistant coach at every level from 13U through 18U. During that time he has transitioned to head coach, and Team Fastball Director of operations. Many of his players have gone on to play college baseball at all levels including D1, D2,D3, Juco, NAIA. Two of his players have recently signed professional contracts. Ethan Routzahn (Padres) played for Coach Jim and team fastball 14U through 18U. Ryan Loutos (Cardinals) played for Coach Jim from 16U through 18U. Coach Jim carries on the Fastball USA mission of development and big picture being the biggest emphasis.

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. We have trained and played for Fastball 2 years now and the improvement is hands down better than any other place.

— Scott Svetic 

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2024 Team Fastball USA
TRYOUTS

July 8, July 10, July 16, July 23
14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U

All Age Groups, Each Day
Attend 1 Tryout Date

All Times 6:00-8:30pm

All Age Groups, Each Day
Attend 1 Tryout Date

All Times 6:00-8:30pm

A player only needs to attend one tryout,
but it’s possible you might be asked to attend a second date*.

All tryouts held at Fastball USA in Schaumburg, 1261 Wiley Rd., Suite G

*Players are usually notified within 7 days of the tryout if they have made the team or not. In some cases we might extend an offer to come to 2nd tryout for a second look.

Questions about Team Fastball USA?
See Frequently Asked Questions below.

TEAM FASTBALL SCHEDULES

14U TEAM
LOCATION
June 1-2
Wheaton
June 7-9
OFF
June 14-16
Rockford
June 20-23
Primetime Joliet
June 27-June 30
OFF
July 4-7
Iowa
July 11-14
DSP Chicago
July 17-21
Toledo, OH
15U TEAM
LOCATION
June 1-2
OFF
June 7-9
DSP Elgin
June 14-16
NDHS
June 20-23
Carthage
June 27-June 30
Pastime Ozinga
July 4-7
South Bend, IN
July 11-14
DSP Chicago
July 17-21
Toledo, OH
16U TEAM
LOCATION
June 1-2
OFF
June 7-9
DSP Elgin
June 14-16
NDHS
June 20-23
Carthage
June 27-June 30
Pastime Ozinga
July 4-7
South Bend, IN
July 11-14
Primetime Joliet
17-18U TEAM
LOCATION
June 1-2
NIU
June 7-9
Off
June 14-16
Pastime Ozinga
June 20-23
Carthage
June 27-June 30
DSP Elgin
July 4-7
South Bend, IN
July 11-14
DSP Chicago
July 17-21
Toledo, OH
July 24-28
Cincinnati

TEAM FASTBALL ROSTERS

2024 14U ROSTER
GRAD YR
Diego Arzate
2028
Brayden Brauch
2028
Ryan Leland
2028
Joshua Lorang
2028
Ben Mascolo
2028
Connor McCormack
2028
Jack Power
2028
Frankie Salerno
2028
Carter Sander
2028
Tyler Wegne
2028
COACHES
Head Coach - Quinn Neace
2024 15U ROSTER
GRAD YR
Aidric Arndt
2027
Kevin Bautista
2027
Tyler Camp
2027
Madden Cerny
2027
Will Fiore
2027
Bryce Hirschfeld
2027
Jacob Meiners
2027
Brandon Pantoja
2027
Ayaan Shah
2027
Logan Statz
2027
Andrew Swedberg
2027
Dave Vandenboom
2027
Akshay Vemula
2027
Nolan Zuniga
2027
COACHES
Head Coach - Anthony Immordino
Assistant Coaches - Logan Gale
2024 16U ROSTER
GRAD YR
Christian Bartnicki
2026
James Carey
2026
John Frydman
2026
Mason Hopkins
2026
Shawn Kim
2026
Evan Kirk
2026
Andrew Lipka
2026
Colton Morrow
2026
Arjun Patel
2026
Dylan Rauch
2026
Max Salatino
2026
Alex Shaele
2026
Tyler Spejcher
2026
Gavin Steffan
2026
COACHES
Head Coach - Eric Johansen
Assistant Coach - Cole Ratliff
2024 17-18U ROSTER
GRAD YR
Nico Mainolfi
2025
Anthony Braoudakis
2025
Yosman Faneite
2025
Logan Carlson
2025
Vince Delordo
2025
Jaden Holmes
2025
Carter Ratliff
2025
Max Anderson
2025
Benji Escalante
2025
Nick Jimenez
2025
Jason Wolter
2025
Cade Zuniga
2025
COACHES
Head Coach - Mike Ryan
Assistant Coaches - Josh Schuberth, Quinn Neace

Team Fastball USA
PLAYERS ON THE MOVE

Most of Team Fastball USA Seniors have committed to colleges and universities and many of them, no doubt, will be continuing their baseball endeavors at the collegiate level. We are proud to have played a role in their development.
NAMECOLLEGE COMMIT
Sanjiv BhogarajuCarleton(MN)
Ross BloeckerFlorida
Zach DempseyIllinois inst.Tech(IIT)
Mario FerriOhio Dominican
Jeff HedlundMissouri Science/Tech
Quinn HodgmanMacelester(Mn)
Joey IngrattaElmhurst
Tyler JacobsenKishwaukee
Eric LinSouth Alabama
Brendan MeyersBeloit(wi)
Don PetersonPurdue
Jack RyanTriton
Mike ScardinaAurora
John SwiderekHarper College
Will WojtasiakKishwaukee

TEAM FASTBALL CREATES
COLLEGE BASEBALL OPPORTUNITIES

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Austin Foote

Indiana University
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Mike DiViesti

Butler University
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Ethan Routzahn

Dallas Baptist University
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Ethan Bloom

Lewis University
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Chris Iliopoulos

Truman State University
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Kramer Brandt

Rockford University
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Dom Demicco

Benedictine University
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Rhett Rapshus

Illinois State University

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where is your home field?

13U,14U play at Salk Park in Rolling Meadows just 5minutes from our facility.
12U will play at Kimball Hill Park also in Rolling Meadows.

15U through 18U Play mainly a tournament schedule with a few non tournament games mixed in from time to time.

Where is our training facility located?

1261 Wiley Rd. Suite D, Schaumburg.
We are near Meachum and Golf.
Wiley Road runs right next to I90.

When are games played?

12U through 14U 
Typically will play in the MSBL which usually has 18-20 games. We will typically also add in 3 to 4 tournaments which brings the season right around 40 games.

15U through 18U
We typically play in 6 or 7 tournaments depending on how manys are guaranteed in each tournament.

15U through 18U
typically begins around mid June and goes through the end of July.

12U through 14U games typically begin in mid April and goes through the 3rd week of July.

When are games played?

Coaches are hired and have typically consisted of former college coaches, former and current college players, high school coaches.   We have proudly brought back many alumni to help coach our teams.  Nobody knows the Fastball USA system better than those who did it.   Coaches are paid.      Coach Jim Ryan is alumni of Team Fastball USA and director of Team Fastball Youth divisions and some high school divisions.   I am the director of typically 2 – 3 teams each year.     To view our Academy instructors, click on coaches.

What is your organization's mission?

Simple.  It’s to help each player improve.   Development is our #1 priority and we have put together an Elite Training Program for all of our players to take part of for an entire year.
Our Elite Training Program has been written about in books, and has attracted baseball players from all over the world.    We look at the big picture.   Keep getting 1% better over time and then those 1%’s will add up.    We are NOT about just winning games, and rankings, ect…   No matter what, our mission is to help your player get better.

It’s really simple.  We want those who train together to play together.  We want families
who care about getting better and development more than they care about winning.
Players who have a strong work ethic, passion for the game, but are willing to put in the time it takes to improve.

Our teenage athletes attend training multiple times per week most of the year.  They get access to our Explosive Hitting Class, plus our Elite Black Belt Program.   Black Belt Training is an emphasis on athleticism, strength, quickness, agility all as it relates specifically to baseball.   It also has a arm strength, throwing, pitching portion in which has been known to boost velocity.    A huge emphasis is placed on arm care and big picture mindset.

What are your views on playing time?

At the high school age level typically players will not sit more than 50% of the time.
They will at very least be in the line up, on defense, about 50% minimum.  We follow high school rules, so typically we bat 9 or 10, and use 4-5 subs.  Playing time includes being an EH or DH. Typically if a player sits out a game he will very likely play the next game.

Of course performance will matter.  Players who are performing will play more. We don’t let a player sit and become a bench warmer.   Every player will know his role and what he can bring to the team.

Youth Teams we typically bat the entire order and players will get moved around based on their current ability level on defense.

We have a specific system for pitchers in terms of rest and recovery.  This includes Pitchers will NOT pitch until they have had proper rest.  1 hour per pitch they have thrown in the previous game.   This means if a pitcher throws 24 pitches we will give him a minimum of 24 hours rest before he pitches again.

We also take into consideration playing defense could be stressful after pitching.  We watch and monitor this closely as an attempt to keep arms healthier.

How many players do you roster?

Typically the roster size is 12 at 12U, and 13U and 14U may have around 13.
15U through 18U typically will have 14 position players.
If a player makes the team as a pitcher only, he will be told so up front.

We don’t want to burn players arms and bodies out by having super small rosters.
We want players to play, but we are NOT interested in sacficing a players health just to win games.     We feel these rosters sizes combine plenty of playing time with a healthier
approach to baseball.

What are the fees?

The fees change year to year but mainly consist of two elemements.
First …  A training fee.   The training fee covers your player to attend un-limited training
to our elite training program un-limited between September 1st 2021 through July of 2022.  Training fees and details will be sent directly to you if your son is offered a spot.

The second fee is a team fee which covers coaches fee’s, tournament fee’s, and everything
that goes with running a team. Team Fees are generally around $1500.00 but this will
be detailed if your son makes the team on the exact fees.

What's your philosophy on pitch counts?

We look at stressful innings.   A player who throws under 20 pitches in an innning has not had a very stressful inning.   If he goes more than twice is likely to be taken out of the game.    We look NOT just at the total pitch count.  We look most importantly at how stressful are the pitches.   For example some pitchers will throw 60 pitches in 3 innings and others might throw 60 pitches over 5 innings.    We look closely at pitches per inning even more than the total pitch count.     For every 1 pitch a pitcher throws in a game we will give them 1 hour of rest.    48 pitches would require 48 hours of rest before pitching again.

How important is the training?

We believe if you’re not going to attend training at least 2x per week through most of the off season, we are probably not the place for you.     We don’t hold it against players if they are playing a high school sport.   We realize they might only be able to make it once per week while that sport is going on.

What are your thoughts about playing other sports?

The younger the player is we actually encourage them to play multiple sports.    You still will need to carve out time to be consistent with your training.

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