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"CHANGE IS GOOD"

"CHANGE IS GOOD"

As an instructor, I've always felt that it is important to make sure that the information we give to catchers, coaches and parents has been run through the gauntlet before it's presented. We want to make sure that the future generations of catchers have the best possible information and not just what is easiest to teac...

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2016 School Dayz

2016 School Dayz

Attention 7th and 8th grade baseball players: Did you make the junior varsity or varsity squad of a South Carolina high school this spring? If so, we'd like to hear about it! Send us a message on Facebook (search Junior Diamond Prospects if not a friend) or send an email to Richard Edwards at Richar...

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The Stanford Infield Drill is an Easy Way to Get Reps

The Stanford Infield Drill is an Easy Way to Get Reps

Baseball season is a long one, and oftentimes practice repetitions are hard to come by. One of the keys for any high school coach is getting the players significant reps in a short period of time. For Jeffrey Nyce, the Stanford Infield Drill accomplishes just that. The Lower Merion (Pa.) High School baseball coach has...

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Back to the Future: Bryce Leasure

Back to the Future: Bryce Leasure

Trapped in the past on Junior Diamond Prospects...Bryce Leasure made a name for himself as a member of the Carolina Classics and the Carolina Prospects on our site.  Year What Junior Diamond Prospects had to say about Bryce Leasure 2010  Bryce Leasure, C - This was our first viewing ...

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Rocco Reid

Rocco Reid

Every good team must have a solid foundation of arms they can trot out to the mound. Without adequate pitching, travel teams can be in for a long season. The exceptional teams have a "stopper" they can turn to at any given time to give them a competitive outing time in and time out on the mound when they need it the mo...

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How One-Sport Athletes are Changing Youth Sports

How One-Sport Athletes are Changing Youth Sports

The best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell wasn’t the first to propose what is generally known as the 10,000-Hour Rule, but his research — particularly his book Outliers: The Story of Success — has done more to advance the theory than perhaps anyone else’s. The 10,000-Hour Rule states that it takes the aforementioned am...

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4 Ways To Optimize Your Batting Order

4 Ways To Optimize Your Batting Order

Here are four tips for making sure that your batting order is designed to maximize your offensive potential. An optimal batting lineup can help add about 1 run every 10 games. Is it a huge deal? No. But ever edge matters. While lineup optimization is a complex topic (with varying opinions), the tips listed below are a...

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Back to the Future: Shannon Glover

Back to the Future: Shannon Glover

Trapped in the past on Junior Diamond Prospects...Shannon Glover made a name for himself as a member of the Columbia Heat, the Downtown Tigers and the SC Hurricanes on our site.   Year What Junior Diamond Prospects had to say about Shannon Glover 2008  The second inning was much of th...

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Cancer at the plate, Miracles on deck, Testimony in the hole, 'W' is outcome!

Cancer at the plate, Miracles on deck, Testimony in the hole, 'W' is outcome!

By: Austin Alexander - September 21, 2015 For the second straight week, an evil disease called cancer has stricken a member of the DP team - this time it is with a heavy heart that that I report my wife Rita and I got the bad news last Tuesday following a series of doctor's appointments and tests. Stage 3 breast canc...

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Area Scouts Wanted!

Area Scouts Wanted!

Would you like to have some extra cash in your back pocket? Do you consider your baseball background good enough to cover USSSA, AAU, Little League or Dixie Youth games? If so, we could use your help to write up contests and identify the top talent in the 9-14 age groups across South Carolina. The 2015 season is&n...

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Jr DP Spotlight

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Connor Droze

Connor Droze

There are not a lot of players in the 11U division that you can call true "power" hitters. Our next guest in the Ju...

Zach Overholt

Zach Overholt

Baseball talent seems to run in the Overholt family tree. Earlier this year, we spotlighted Tyler Overholt, a LHP/C...

Rawlings Stars

Rawlings Stars

It is not general practice that we at Junior Diamond Prospects cover 8U teams. In fact, we set out to cover 9U thro...

Davis Wilson

Davis Wilson

His last name is Wilson but he plays for Rawlings and boy, does he play. Our next prospect in the Junior Diamond Sp...

SC Hooks

SC Hooks

The 11U SC Hooks, currently registered as a 12U team, have been around since 2011. The Midlands (Irmo/Chapin) ...

Tyler Overholt

Tyler Overholt

11U Team Rawlings, based out of Greenwood, is one of if not the top team regardless of age division, in South Carol...

Bryton Ward

Bryton Ward

The Junior Diamond Spotlight returns this week to feature another of the bright (or "bryte") young prospects in the...

Matt Farrar

Matt Farrar

Junior Diamond Prospects has always prided itself on leaving no stone unturned in finding the best young baseball p...

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

Former South Carolina standout and recent inductee into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame and MLB'er, Landon Powell, ha...

Cameron Weston

Cameron Weston

The Palmetto Diamondbacks took home five U.S.S.S.A. titles during the fall season and currently are ranked #2 in th...

Cameron Williams

Cameron Williams

Our next guest in the Junior Diamond Spotlight is currently a “Wrenegade” but one day he hopes to be wearing the bl...

Xavier Anderson

Xavier Anderson

The "X-Factor" has been called the "undefineable something that makes for star quality". It may not be a single thi...

Carson Rowland

Carson Rowland

The Carolina Reds organization has been around for more than a decade, developing some of the top baseball talent i...

Travis Elliott

Travis Elliott

So, what is this young man doing playing on a 13U team with one of the top travelball organizations in the state? B...

Charlton Commander

Charlton Commander

The Junior Diamond Spotlight returns today to feature one of the top young players from the Midlands area of South ...

Jordan Beatson

Jordan Beatson

Our next featured player in the Junior Diamond Spotlight comes from the Midlands of South Carolina. Although his fa...

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usssaUSSSA rankings by age division are now updated!

On Deck: 2016 tournament coverage from around the state of South Carolina, Individual player spotlights including Rocco Reid (West End Riverdogs) updated pitcher peak velocities and flamethrower recognition, the JrDP Photo Gallery of the top prospects... and much more!

Upcoming tournaments:

Dates Tournament Name Location Organization Link
Feb. 13-14 Frozen Ropes Classic Upstate USSSA Click here
Feb. 13-14 Frozen Ropes Classic Lexington USSSA Click here
Feb 20-21 Battle of the South Upstate USSSA Click here
Feb. 20-21 Battle of the South Lexington USSSA Click here
Feb. 27 Free Top Gun Event Hartsville Top Gun Click here
Feb. 27-28 South Carolina Spring Kickoff Lexington USSSA Click here
Feb. 27-28 South Carolina Spring Kickoff Florence USSSA Click here
Feb. 27-28 South Carolina Spring Kickoff Upstate USSSA Click here
Mar. 5 Free Top Gun Event Georgetown Top Gun Click here
Mar. 5 Free Top Gun Event Goose Creek Top Gun Click here
Mar. 5-6 March Mayhem 7.0 Lexington USSSA Click here
Mar. 5-6 March Mayhem 7.0 Aiken USSSA Click here
Mar. 5-6 March Mayhem 7.0 Sumter USSSA Click here
Mar. 5-6 March Mayhem 7.0 Upstate USSSA Click here
Mar. 12-13 Winter Mania Bow Net Championships Hartsville Top Gun Click here
Mar. 12-13 Winter Mania Bow Net Championships Moncks Corner Top Gun Click here
Mar. 12-13 Easton Swing into Spring Lexington USSSA Click here
Mar. 12-13 Easton Swing into Spring Walterboro/North Charleston USSSA Click here
Mar. 12-13 Easton Swing into Spring Spartanburg USSSA Click here
Mar. 12-13 Easton Swing into Spring Myrtle Beach USSSA Click here
Mar. 19-20 Total Control March Madness Event Georgetown Top Gun Click here
Mar. 19-20 Easton Spring Global Qualifier Lexington USSSA Click here
Mar. 19-20 Spring Global Qualifier North Augusta USSSA Click here
Mar. 19-20 Easton Spring Global Qualifier Florence USSSA Click here
Mar. 19-20 Spring Global Qualifier North Charleston USSSA Click here
Mar. 19-20 Easton Spring Global Qualifier Moncks Corner USSSA Click here
Mar. 19-20 Easton Spring Global Qualifier Upstate USSSA Click here
Mar. 26 Easter Shootout Lexington USSSA Click here
Mar. 26 Easter Shootout Upstate USSSA Click here
July 22-24 Top Gun Wood Bat World Series North Myrtle Beach Top Gun Click here


Travis IshikawaJrDP Quote of the Week: "In baseball, it’s easy to find value in performance. I was so used to being a perfectionist, crushed by all my failures. (And that isn’t healthy in a sport like baseball!) My faith in God has given me freedom from that. Trusting His plan—not hard work or love of the game—has helped me persevere through all the ups and downs of my career. I know who I am in Christ, and that means so much more than whatever my stat line says about me." Travis Ishikawa

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boy_flipping_ball.gifWatch baseball, earn ca$h! JrDP Scouts needed: Do you consider your baseball background good enough to cover USSSA, Nations Baseball, Little League or Dixie Youth games tournament? If so, we could use your help to write up contests in the 9-14 age groups across South Carolina, especially in the Florence, Myrtle Beach, and Charleston areas. The 2014-15 season is upon us with tournaments in every part of the state. What better way to earn some extra spending money than watching Americas pasttime played by the stars of tomorrow. Anyone interested in being an area scout for Junior Diamond Prospects - and being compensated - should contact Richard Edwards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

heritage_park_scoreboard.jpgJrDP Scoreboard: In our continual efforts to improve the visibility of youth baseball in South Carolina, Junior Diamond Prospects is very excited to introduce the website's newest feature! Subscribers now have the ability to post game information on JrDP's Scoreboard for everyone to view...Go to the scoreboard.

Polls: Tournament brackets are now up. Chime in on who you think will take home the top honors each weekend in our JrDP Polls. These can be found under the advertisement on the right side of each page.

jrdp_logo.pngAdvertise on JrDP: Looking for widespread visibility? Want to sponsor an upcoming Junior Diamond Prospects event? Your business could possibly prosper from our rapidly growing exposure. For more information, click here.

 

Does your team/organization have a web site? Email your link to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will put it on our team page. To view "Team Links", look under Teams on the front page or click here.

 

Baseball paraphanalia.jpgLooking for players or a team in 2014-15? Are you looking for a player for the 2014-15 season? Are you looking for a team to play with? Maybe Junior DP can help. Send us what you are looking for and we will publish it. Please include city team is based out of or area that you live in, age group of the team or player for the 2014-15 fall season, and contact information (email address and/or phone number). Also, if your local league is having registrations, send us that information and we will publish it as well. Email Richard Edwards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


JrDP Spotlights:
We've featured many talented players over the past several months, and we plan to bring you more and more spotlights as we move through the 2014-15 season. In this Junior Diamond Prospects feature, our subscribers will learn more about who the better players are, what they like about the game, what they like to do off the playing field, and more. Stay tuned