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Hi Sam and Josh,
"Please let Josh know we said hi as well. Not sure you saw Seth made the DIII All South region team as well this past year. thanks again and it just shows you and Josh have run an outstanding program." "Thanks Sam I guess all those trips up north has really paid off for Seth."
POST GRADUATION FOLLOW UP:
Just wanted to send you a message letting you know how Seth has been doing since signing with the Independent League. This is last night, Also saying thank you to Josh for working on his batting back n the day.
It really hit home after his last college game he took his jersey off and just sat in the dugout looking at it. Sam that was so hard to watch from the stands. It has been such a blessing for him to get the call to go try out for this league. its a long trail though and he knows it. one of the guys on the team has the White Sox looking at him so they have been to the games. just hope maybe a little more angle dust of luck will hit seth to maybe be seen.
I wanted to touch base with you, and let you know the Jake has decided to attend Alvernia University to further his academic education and play baseball. My family and I would like to “Thank you” for your outstanding leadership efforts, and the great deal of confidence you showed in Jake’s pitching ability…we are VERY grateful you came into our lives! Because of the sheer confidence you showed in him, it has truly carried over to his high school baseball career, as he is enjoying his Senior Year at Downingtown West, and is having a solid Senior season pitching for the Whippets. There are not many coaches we’ve come across that we can say this about, but your Calmness has resonated with Jake, even though it was only for a short period of time, you have been a true influence on his life…”Thank You!!!”.
Sincerely in baseball and life,
Diane, Ed and Jake
Why I don't pay for Baseball....
A few years back someone asked me " Why do you pay so much money for your son to play baseball?" They felt it was just a waste and could not understand my commitment to all the time, travel and money. As I now start all over with Sachin I want to share an answer someone else had which answers it perfectly. I wish I thought of this answer myself!
Well I have a confession to make, We don't pay for baseball. Personally, I love watching him play.
So if I'm not paying for baseball then what am I paying for? I pay for the moments when my son becomes so tired he wants to quit but doesn't. I pay for those days when my son comes home from school with tons of homework and is "too tired" to go to practice but shows up anyways. I pay for my son to learn to work well with others and to be a good team mate. I pay for my son to deal with disappointment, when he doesn't get the position he's hoping for, but still has to work hard for the one he received. I pay for my son to make and accomplish goals. I pay for my son to learn that it takes hours and hours of hard work and practice to create something beautiful, and that success dose not happen overnight. I pay for the opportunity that my son will have and to make life-long friendships. I pay for the opportunities that he may have in the future because he learned how to be a student-athlete.
I could go on but to be short, I don't pay for Baseball, I pay for the opportunities that baseball provides my son to develop his attributes that will serve him well throughout his life and give him the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far it is a great investment.
Keep going Austin, and let's turn it up Sachin!
Just wanted to send you a quick note about how Sean is doing in Log College baseball this year. Firstly, he LOVES the training. Secondly, he is on a 7 game hit streak!! Still plenty of room to improve, but his bat is finally coming alive after being MIA for the past two seasons.
It's a great thing to watch and I don't think he would have progressed this much if it weren't for the time and effort you and Josh have put into him.
Thank you very much and we really look forward to the tournaments!
I hope you and your family are doing well. I am reach out to thank you, Josh and others that worked with Spencer while he was at the Academy. Last night we had Spencer’s graduation and tomorrow and Friday we have his freshman orientation at Holy Cross. As his Senior year comes to a close Janet and I were reflecting back on the year. From an athletic standpoint he scored 1000 points in basketball, made first team BAL, 4th team All Southeast PA, hit 500 with 31 RBIs and had a great Carpenter Cup game on Monday. You and the team at the Academy played a large part in these accomplishments. However in my eyes a bigger accomplishment was receiving 6 local / regional scholarships that were based on Leadership, Character and Academics. You and your team also played an important role in these accomplishments.
You have always stressed character and academics along with baseball and as a parent it is great to have others share those ideas with your son. As you know baseball is a game of failure and through the years at the Academy, Spencer has learned to deal with failure and stay mentally strong. This sets him up to be successful in whatever life throws at him. Thank you for your support and guidance over the years and I will continue to help recruit players to attend the Academy.
UPDATE: Spencer is currently playing baseball while attending Holy Cross.
Playing college ball, especially with the success I fortunately had, was in a great part due to the instruction and guidance I received at AABA. Beyond that, the support I've gotten from the Academy since graduating HS is second to none and speaks wonders to the type of place you, your father, the Vivian's and everyone else involved have been able to create and maintain. I'm out working in Harrisburg this summer but I'm going to stop in when I get home to talk to Todd about helping out in any capacity possible this summer. Let me know if you ever need anything from me. Again, thanks for everything Josh, couldn't have done it without you. See you soon!
Nate Simon, 2014 Centennial Conference Player of the Year, Gettysburg College
(Nate finished his 4 year career at Gettysburg College as the all-time leader in Hits, RBIs and Most RBIs in a single season)
Hi, wanted to let you know that your efforts in working with Richie in his critical season, between Junior and Senior year has resulted in his acceptance as a roster player at Messiah College, Coach Lightle said one of the items that first attracted him to Richie was the All American Web Site where you had posted a short video on each of the players along with a picture of their best accomplishments, In our emails we had referred coach Lightle to your web site and that small film opened the door that resulted in many follows and face to face meetings and a try out that led to Richie being recruited as their potential next Center Fielder.
My thanks for all you and your family do for young men like Richie, It is a long drive from West Chester to All American, but it sure shortened Richie's road to playing college baseball,
Thank you and may God continue to bless your work
I want to thank you, Josh and your entire staff for helping develop Spencer as a baseball player, as a person and as a leader. I believe there is a direct correlation between the time spent at AABA and him improving to the point where is able to sign on with a D1 program before his junior season. He and I are both looking forward to him getting back to the Academy now that basketball is over as well as playing with AABA this summer. Please pass along my thanks to your guys and especially Josh. I look forward to seeing you soon.
My son Jake came to see you for hitting lessons last Monday and Tuesday, August 5th and 6th. He did an hour session on Monday and 30 minutes on Tuesday. I just wanted to send you a quick note and thank you for the work you put in with Jake. It has really paid off already after only two lessons. Jake only started playing baseball at 13 years old and this year tried out for the 15/16U Delaware Hurricanes travel baseball team. Jake is a good outfielder but has really struggled with his hitting. After doing some research I came across the website for your organization and liked what I saw compared to the other places out there. The draw back was it's an hour drive each way for us but let me tell you, with the results he has gotten already it is well worth the drive for us. This past weekend the Hurricanes played in a wood bat only tournament at the Sports at the Beach tournament complex in Georgetown, De. and Jake batted over .500 for the tournament going 9 for 16 thru 7 games over the weekend. He understands that he has a lot more work to do on his hitting but it has really lit a fire under him and boosted his confidence. We look forward to seeing you again at our next scheduled lesson.
I wanted to touch base with you on a few things for the summer months. I will be on the road for most of the summer working camps and recruiting for the academy. You guys were one of the tops on my list to see while I was back in the area. I was hoping you could email me some dates for showcases/camps that you have set for the summer. Also keep us in mind if any of your players would have interest in the Air Force Academy. As always I am sure you are doing a great job with all of your guys. I will be in touch and please feel free to call if you ever need anything my cell is 215 xxx-xxxx. Tell the staff I say hello and I look forward to seeing you guys soon.
Mark J. Crocco Jr.
Assistant Baseball Coach
United States Air Force Academy Baseball
Mark is the current assistant coach at Presbyterian College
It was nice to see you and Josh at our game yesterday…it is extremely nice to see that AABA has interest in its players outside of the academy…something we did not experience last year.
I am now, more than ever, convinced we made the right decisions switching from XXXXXX and coming to your organization.…
Again, thanks for coming out and having interest in these guys…
18 June 2010
As our son Tom has graduated recently from Gwynedd-Mercy College, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank each of you and your staff for your efforts in preparing Tom to play and succeed in baseball at the college level. I know that he thoroughly enjoyed his time as a member of the All American Baseball Academy. The time each of you spent with him is greatly appreciated.
As a direct result of the lessons he learned at the Academy, he earned his degree in four yrs, with a 3.1 GPA, played four years of baseball, and competed in four league playoffs and two NCAA playoffs; he even shows up in a few spots in the GMC record book, most significantly as third all time in appearances, games finished and combined shutouts, as well as fifth all time in ERA. It was a wonderful experience for him [and us]; one that he was more fully able to appreciate due to his time at the Academy - where he also learned that it’s not all just about the baseball.
His induction into the All American Baseball Academy Hall of Fame at Cooperstown in 2006 was a very proud moment for us. He has not often had his individual talents/achievements recognized. As you know, he’s not a guy that really stands out in terms of athletic ability when you first look at him – he’s not real big, not real fast, doesn’t thrown real hard, but as Coach Vivian said in his speech at Cooperstown – he works real hard. He’s kind of like Novocain – you have to give him time to start working on you, and when all is said and done – you look back and say – “Hey – that was pretty good”. We are thankful that you showed him the value of hard work and practice.
We are sad to see his active time in baseball come to an end, but we agree that he got the most he possibly could from the experience; we are thankful that you each had a large part in preparing him for that.
Our heartfelt thanks,
Tom and Cindy Weiss
By Joe Mason
For the Times
Kyle Levocz knew the Father Judge High School baseball team was going to need an ace pitcher this year. So instead of worrying about who was going to fill that role, he decided to do it himself. Levocz is a senior righty from Torresdale, and when his junior baseball season came to an end, he dedicated himself to becoming a top-flight pitcher. Not because he wanted to, but because he needed to.
"We had nine seniors graduate last year, it kind of wiped us out," Levocz explained. "I played everywhere. I was a catcher growing up because I had a strong arm.
"But we really needed a pitcher and I wanted to do it," he continued. "I spent the entire offseason working out at the All American Baseball Academy, and I learned a lot while there. I got a lot stronger, I learned a lot of tricks, and I had fun. I just put in the time to get better."
At the academy, Levocz learned from coaches like former Reading Phillies pitching coach Tom Filer. The academy, coupled with the hard work Levocz put in during workouts in the weight room, has certainly paid off for him this spring.
The inexperienced Crusaders have battled the top teams in the Catholic League Red Division and still remain in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Judge is 4-6 in divisional play, good enough for fifth place in the competitive league. The top six teams qualify for postseason play, and at this point in the year, that's exactly what the Crusaders are shooting for.
"We're still really young, so we make some mistakes that inexperienced teams make," Levocz said. "But we're so much better than we were when we started this year. The young guys have shown so much improvement."
A lot of the team's success is because the younger players have stepped up. But much of it is because their leader is performing so well on the mound. Levocz is 2-1 on the year, including a 4-3 victory over Archbishop Ryan on April 30. According to the hurler, he has pitched seven innings in each of his outings and has yielded only two walks. That's going to win games.
"Kyle has worked himself into becoming a very good pitcher," said Judge coach Tim Ginter. "He goes out and gives us very good pitching, and he's worked himself into doing that."
Even if he's not throwing rockets toward the plate, he's still punching people out.
"I don't throw that hard, so I have to spot my pitches, and I've been doing that really well," Levocz said. "My fastball hits about eighty (miles per hour). I'm more of a junk-ball pitcher . . . I just throw it up there and hope to hit my spots."
Levocz is just as successful in the classroom.
He ranks in the top 10 percent of his class at Judge, and next year he will continue his academic and baseball career at Ursinus College. He will major in biology, with future plans to attend medical school.
"The baseball coach up there contacted me and he was really great about everything," Levocz said. "It's a good school, it's not too far away, it's exactly what I'm looking for."
After all, selecting a college to continue your baseball career isn't brain surgery. But if it was, it would be good practice for Levocz.
"My goal is to become a neurosurgeon," he said. "I have (advanced placement) biology and I really like it. I think doing something like that would interest me, and I could also help out."
But before he's saving lives, he wants to hang a banner.
"Winning the championship is the ultimate goal, it's every team's goal," Levocz said. "We still have a lot of work to do; we're just going out and playing hard every day." ¥¥
Submitted by John Levocz on May 7, 2009. It appeared in the Northeast Times
My son has been to many different baseball facilities in the area and none have compared to the level of instruction he received at the Academy. Every coach who worked with him understood exactly how to help him make adjustments and corrections in his mechanics. We can't remember ever getting so much quality attention. Many Thanks, Neal N.
Coaches of the Academy,
Just wanted to drop you guys a line and give you a little update on things. My last couple years of college ball at Wingate has been great. It's my senior year and im gearing up for the most important year of my carreer. I went to Boise Idaho this summer and played in the Boise Collegiate Summer League. It was a great experience and really took my game to a new level. The last few years here I have had some upper classman ahead of me up the middle, but I have worked hard and played every inning on the jv level, 30 games a year and dressed for varsity games. I have a good chance to start this year at second base. After this year I have been offered a Graduate Assistant position......and I look forward to starting my coaching career. I always appriciated the help and instruction you guys have given me and it really helped me get to where I am today. I hope all is well and I plan to stop in over winter break to catch up.
Brett Hontz Named an All American!
To: Coaches, All American Baseball Academy
From: Duane Hontz
Re: Brett's success!
Date June 21, 2008
Now that Brett has completed his college baseball career, we would like to, first of all, thank you again for all the positive impact your training at All American had on Brett! We wanted to pass on to you the success that he enjoyed during his senior season at Division II Carson-Newman College (TN).
As the ace of the staff, Brett compiled an 11-1 record with six complete games, 98Ks and only 13 BB in 100 innings. For this effort, he was named South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of The Year, All-South Region Pitcher of The Year, and was selected as an NCAA Division II First Team All American! If you're interested in the articles, pictures and stats visit C-Ns website at www.cn.edu or the Conference website at www.thesac.com
Thought you might like this update on Brett. Thank you again for all you did for him!
Mr. and Mrs. Duane Hontz
Newtown Square, PA
The Hanes family wishes to thank the All American Baseball Academy for the recent induction of our son, Kevin Hanes, to the Academy's Hall of Fame. What an honor for Kevin to have played in this outstanding program for ten years and to receive this award. As a parent with two high school and collegiate athletes and physical educator/coach for thirty years, I have experienced many programs. The Academy's program is unsurpassed in its primary focus on instruction of proper mechanics, disciplined instructional drill and practice sessions and emphasis on respect for the game in work ethic, uniform and behavior. Beyond all of this, it is a place where coaches care and care for their players in the most personal way. Coach Bob remains a phone call away to celebrate, commiserate or get Kev in the cage to check out the swing! Thanks to all of you at the Academy.
I thought my son's coaches would teach him how to hit. I was wrong. He struggled through half the season before we heard about All American. We enrolled him in a hitting clinic and in four weeks he was tearing the cover off the ball. We can't wait for the next program! - Laura H
Hi my name is Joan Woltemate. My son Mark took hitting lessons two winters ago with Josh. I just wanted to say what an amazing person Josh is. Mark has been crushing the ball ever since he worked with him and he is so happy! Actually, Mark had always been used as a leadoff hitter and since working with Josh they are batting him third or fourth. It has really made such a difference. We will be back for more. You guys do such a great job! Thanks, Joan W (Mark is now playing college baseball at Chestnut Hill)
When our son told us he wanted to play college baseball we didn't know if he was good enough to be recruited. His high school coach always played his favorites and our son didn't get many opportunities. The coaches at The All American Baseball Academy evaluated him and designed a program to develop his skills. He now starts for his college team and his dream has come true. We are thrilled that he can get a great education while playing the game he loves - Bruce B. (Ken went on to be named Conference Rookie of the Year)
Our daughter's softball coach teaches the girls to be slap hitters. At one point he even had her switch hit to bat left handed so she could be closer to first base. Some of her team mates were taking hitting lessons at All American and they were hitting over .500. We wanted our daughter to hit like that. Coach Vivian taught her the line drive theory of hitting and last weekend she hit three homeruns. Her coach doesn't tell her how to hit anymore! Thank you so much. - A happy softball dad.
My son Corey was in a car accident and the doctors thought he would never walk again. Thank you for the great job you did working with him. Because of your efforts, Corey walked on to the Florida A&M baseball team as a freshman. Thank you so much for all the encouragement and great instruction. B. Thomas
My son had so much trouble throwing strikes. He also complained all the time about pain in his elbow. My wife and I took him to many different baseball schools and he worked with many young instructors who couldn't seem to diagnose his problem with control or his nagging elbow pain. When we discovered The All American Baseball Academy we could see a world of difference. Everybody claims to have "qualified" instructors but this staff is extraordinary. They picked up immediately on mechanical flaws and not only did his control improve, he no longer has any pain at all! Thanks for all your help. We're convinced and we'll be back. - Paul W.
Many people take credit for Matt's development as a player but, Matt started at the All American Baseball Academy when he was 13 years old and now that he's a professional player, he credits the Academy for being a large part in his life.Matt Willard, Academy Hall of Famer, Credits All American Baseball Academy For His Success
Matt Willard sent us the following testimonial, on May 3, 2005. The Council Rock North High School graduate trained at virtually every facility in southeastern PA at different times. He has a good idea of how we make the difference in helping players improve.
Coach Wernick and Coach Vivian,
It's Matt Willard, an academy member back in the good ol' days. I just wanted to write to you guys to thank you. I honestly believe that the instruction I received from each one of you was some of the most valuable instruction I've ever had. Working out at the Academy is a big part of why I'm here at Arkansas today. From you guys, I learned to play the game the right way. I feel like I developed my swing and was able to improve the defensive part of my game greatly. Baseball is a game of repetition and fundamentals. That's what each of you has always stressed to me. There is no doubt in my mind that the hours I spent taking ground balls and hitting at the Academy improved my ability level tremendously. We worked hard when I was there, and I gotta thank you for that. Hard work is vital, especially in this game.
Just a little update about how we're doing -- We're about three quarters of the way through the regular season down here at the University of Arkansas. As of right now, we have a 33-13 record, which is ok. We won all of our non-conference games except for one. The rest of our losses have been in SEC games. We started off the year hot, playing our way up to a number 5 ranking in the country for a while (not to brag, I hate bragging). But recently we've been in a funk, things just haven't gone our way the past couple weekends. I'm not worried though. Florida comes into Fayetteville this weekend. It's a big series for us. Every weekend in the SEC is a battle: everybody beats everybody. It's just gonna come down to who finishes the strongest. Playing down here is awesome. We've got the best field in the country. We've got great coaches who expect perfection. My teammates are all great guys. And we've got the best fans in the country by far. On a weekend game it's not unusual to have 7 or 8 thousand people there. Two weeks ago, against LSU, we had 9,500 people. Walking out onto a baseball field and seeing that is something hard to describe. I'm redshirting this year, which just gives me another year to work on my game and to get bigger. I still practice, dress, and travel, just don't get to play for now. We're gearing up for the final couple weekends and then hopefully another post-season run like last year.
I hope everything is going well and I hope All American continues to do the awesome job it has been doing for years. I said it before and I'm gonna say it again. I credit the Academy for helping me to get where I am now. Thanks. I will do my best to stop in this summer, but it's gonna be hard with summer ball. I wish everyone the best.
UPDATE! Matt was drafted by the Cleveland Indians after his Junior year and he is rostered with The Lake County Indians, as of May, 2008
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