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Utilizing the Squeeze Play

Utilizing the Squeeze Play

In a first and third situation with no outs, Curt Jefson isn’t going to hesitate to have any of his players square around to bunt.But what type of bunt play does Jefson chose: safety squeeze or suicide squeeze?“I just really love the safety squeeze with first and third,” said Jefson, the varsity baseball head coach at ...

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Why One Youth Baseball Coach Says Winning is Secondary

Why One Youth Baseball Coach Says Winning is Secondary

Playing sports can help children grow up and develop relationships. By going out and competing with their friends, kids create memories and friendships that can last for a lifetime. However, in today’s sports, the game can be taken too seriously by parents who seem more interested in the score and if their child is hit...

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Base Running Basics: Home to First

Base Running Basics: Home to First

Getting to first base after making contact with the ball seems like a simple concept: drop the bat and run as fast as you can. Speed is certainly a key factor in successful base running. But many players and coaches forget the eyes are just as important in getting out of the batter’s box quickly.“Eyes are the bigg...

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A Comprehensive Rundown of Pitch Grips

A Comprehensive Rundown of Pitch Grips

Matt Whiteside is the owner of All-Star Performance Baseball Camps and Clinics, and director, pitching instructor, and coach of the St. Louis Gamers. He previously played in the MLB for six years over the course of a seventeen year professional baseball career. Additional educational resources for players, coaches and ...

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Back to the Future: Bryce Teodosio

Back to the Future: Bryce Teodosio

Trapped in the past on Junior Diamond Prospects...Bryce Teodosio made a name for himself several times over the years as a member of the Simpsonville Stars on our site. Year What Junior Diamond Prospects had to say about Bryce Teodosio   2009 Bryce Teodosio, 1B - Teodosio is unique, in that,...

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Respect your umpire

Respect your umpire

This small gesture means more than you know. It means a lot to an umpire to have the respect of his catcher. #baseball #catchers #respect #maturity #umpires #catcherswag (from Benji Johnson Catching facebook page)

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Why Team Chemistry is So Vital

Why Team Chemistry is So Vital

Team chemistry can sometimes be hard to define, but when it’s absent, it’s readily apparent. Some fans might doubt the importance of having a close-knit team, or how getting along inside the locker room can benefit a team between the lines, but few coaches share that logic.Allen (Texas) High School head baseball coach ...

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Back to the Future: Douglas Angeli

Back to the Future: Douglas Angeli

Trapped in the past on Junior Diamond Prospects...Douglas Angeli made a name for himself as a member of the Spartanburg Phillies on our site. Year What Junior Diamond Prospects had to say about Douglas Angeli   2009 Douglas Angeli - The only solid hitter of the weekend of the weekend for the ...

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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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Wil Stewart

Wil Stewart

The Dirt Devils, based out of Clinton South Carolina, are one of the better 11U teams around. Just in the 2015-16 s...

Gray Wells

Gray Wells

There is no "Gray" area when talking about the hitting ability of our next featured player. We dipped into onw of t...

Rocco Reid

Rocco Reid

Every good team must have a solid foundation of arms they can trot out to the mound. Without adequate pitching, tra...

Davis Starnes

Davis Starnes

Our Junior Diamond Spotlight feature returns just in time for Christmas. Our next elite prospect plays for Team Nik...

Bryant Ford

Bryant Ford

Up next in the Junior Diamond Spotlight is one of the top flamethrowers in the upstate. Bryant Ford has been blesse...

Erik Simpson

Erik Simpson

Next up in the Junior Diamond Spotlight is Erik Simpson. This young man leaped onto our radar at a very young age. ...

Jake Eargle

Jake Eargle

The Junior Diamond Spotlight shines down on the Midlands for our next young Palmetto state prospect. This LHP/1B/OF...

Carson Erlewine

Carson Erlewine

Next up in the Junior Diamond Spotlight is Carson Erlewine. He is currently a 7th grader at Bryson Middle School in...

Ben Rollins

Ben Rollins

Our next guest in the Junior Diamond Spotlight is nicknamed "Rocket". How fast is he? Well, this summer he set the ...

Charlie Bussey III

Charlie Bussey III

The next featured prospect in the Junior Diamond Spotlight leaped onto our radar about two years ago. He is not lik...

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...

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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 Gray Wells (Hooks) 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
July 8-12 2016 Myrtle Beach Global World Series Myrtle Beach USSSA Click here
July 9-10 Blazing Bats Classic Global Qualifier Lexington USSSA Click here
July 9-10 Blazing Bats Classic Global Qualifier North Charleston USSSA Click here
July 9-10 Blazing Bats Classic Global Qualifier Spartanburg USSSA Click here
July 9-10 Blazing Bats Classic Global Qualifier Summerville USSSA Click here
July 16-17 East Coast Tournament of Champions Lexington USSSA Click here
July 16-17 Summer Sizzler Florence USSSA Click here
July 16-17 Summer Sizzler Summerville USSSA Click here
July 16-17 Summer Sizzler Upstate USSSA Click here
July 20-24 2016 Spartanburg Global World Series Spartanburg USSSA Click here
July 22-24 Top Gun Wood Bat World Series North Myrtle Beach Top Gun Click here
July 23-24 Summer Slam Lexington USSSA Click here
July 23-24 Summer Slam Aiken USSSA Click here
July 23-24 Summer Slam Moncks Corner USSSA Click here
July 23-24 Summer Slam Spartanburg USSSA Click here
July 30-31 Summer Sizzler Lexington USSSA 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.

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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