WHO ARE WE?
The Hit Factory’s high school baseball program was created to develop players by properly preparing them to play at the next level. Our 2019 schedule includes competitive Sunday games, scout leagues, exclusive tournaments, and college camps to get our players the exposure they need. Equally important, we provide the highest levels of instruction, training, and player development for our athletes by incorporating team practices and specialty clinics into our program. Simply put, you will become a better ballplayer when you play for THF. We are very unique to other high school programs as we use our highly advanced coaching staff to make our players better. We train in a 23,000 square foot indoor facility in Newbury Park as well as outdoor fields at Moorpark Junior College and Cal Lutheran University.
PITTSBURGH PIRATES SCOUT RICK ALLEN
Pittsburgh Pirates Scout Rick Allen, who has held the position for past 13 years, will handle player development for the THF Bucs scout teams; Underclass (2021-2022) and Upperclass (2020). Our coaching staff will be lead by Rick Allen and former MLB players Chad Smith and Andrew Lambo. The THF Bucs will be a highly competitive program in a pro-style atmosphere. Bucs players will have the opportunity to compete against other elite programs and get the highest exposure to college coaches and pro scouts.
Tryouts for these teams will be held at Moorpark College on May 19th.
HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS
THF Bucs Upperclass – 2020 Grad Year
THF Bucs Underclass – 2021 & 2022 Grad Years
THF Bucs LABA – 2022 & 2023 Grad Years
CONNIE MACK & SCOUT LEAGUE
The THF Bucs will be playing in the Connie Mack League which will run during June and July and the Pro Scout League will be run during September and October. The THF Bucs will compete against some of the top travel teams in So Cal, including the Coastal Cubs, So Cal Cubs, Pacific Stars, Dukes, Red Sox, Easton, Foresters, and the Giants. We will also be playing at the MLB Academy in September against their top scout teams.
THF’s JAPAN TRIP, TOURNAMENT, TEAM CAMP, AND SHOWCASE LINEUP
- Trip: 7 days to Osaka and Tokyo w/6 competitive games and sightseeing PDF
- Tournaments: USA Baseball, Fall Classic, PG Nationals, Firecracker, Under Armour
- THF Showcase: UCSD, USD, LMU, Pepperdine, Cal Lu
- College Team Camps: USF, UCSD, LMU
THF’s COACHING STAFF
- Rick Allen | Bucs Head Coach
Played at LMU. Played in the Cincinnati Reds and Minnesota Twins Organizations. 6 year professional career. 13 year area scout for the MLB Pittsburgh Pirates.
- Mike Yingling | Head Coach
Formerly from Cal Lutheran University after serving 6 years as the hitting instructor, catchers coach, and head recruiting coordinator. In his first year, Mike led the team to win the Conference Championship (SCIAC), which hasn’t been done in the past 9 years. Cal Lutheran then won the conference championship the next 4 consecutive years. In the 2017 season, Mike’s first recruiting class won the Division III National Championship (1st time in school history).
- John Burtzloff | Head Coach
Former Varsity Head Coach of Westlake High School. Previously John served as the Assistant Coach at Moorpark Junior College, where he was responsible for catchers, outfielders & recruiting. John helped establish the Moorpark College Raiders baseball program again in 2014 after the program had been shut down at the end of the 2012 season. Burtzloff helped lead the Raiders to a 20-16 record in its 1st season back. In 2002, John established the Westlake Village Stars, a highly successful youth baseball program with over 150 players. John also co-founded the THF Ballplayer Showcase with Augie Garrido in 2014.
- Chad Smith | Bucs Head Coach
USC pitcher from 2009-2011. Drafted in the 17th round by the Detroit Tigers. MLB service with Tiger and A’s. 6 year professional career.
- Andrew Lambo | Bucs Head Coach
Drafted out of Newbury Park HS in the 4th Round by the Dodgers. MLB service with the Pirates and A’s. 10 year professional career.
- Dave Kaczor | Bucs Head Coach
Current Varsity Head Coach at Chatsworth High. Formerly at Heritage Christian from 2015-2017. Playing careers included being named Heritage League MVP at Hillcrest Christian in 2006, attending Mission College in 2007, was named All WSC First Team at College of the Canyons in 2009, and finished at San Diego Christian College from 2010-2012.
- Parker Hindle | Bucs LABA Head Coach
Parker was a 3-year Varsity player at Camarillo High School. He then played at Cuesta JC and Moorpark JC. Was 1st Team all Conference with Cuesta and Honorable Mention with Moorpark. Parker finished his playing career at Cumberland University under the legendary Woody Hunt. Parker is currently the Assistant Varsity Coach for Pacifica High School.
- Brad Boyer | Hitting Coach
2003 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American Played at University of Arizona under Coach Lopez – First Freshman to be named first team All-Pac 10 in 2003. Set records for first year Wildcat in runs, hits, doubles, triples, and stolen bases in 2003. – Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2006. Hit .331, with 15 doubles, 5 triples, and 50 RBI in Double-A during the 2008 season. Followed it up in 2009, with .294, with 22 doubles and 10 triples.
ROSTER SIZE AND PLAY TIME- SUNDAY GAMES, TOURNAMENTS, CAMPS
- Teams – Each team will carry 25 players.
- Sunday Games – Typically 10 – 16 players, depending on the size of our pitching staff.
- Tournaments – Typically 13-18 players, depending on the size of our pitching staff.
- College Camps – Typically 13-18 players, depending on the size of our pitching staff.
If you are a member of the THF’s Bucs, you are guaranteed to play in SUNDAY GAMES, scheduled practices, and our specialty clinics. We rotate players in our Sunday Games to get all of the players as much play time as possible. We will do our best to get you innings at your primary position, but remember at this level we are rotating positions so you can stay versatile and not be a single position player. If you want to try a new position or get some time at one of your secondary positions, just notify the head coach and he will do his best to accommodate.
When THF competes in a TOURNAMENT, our goal is to win. We roster a team based on the pool of talent we have to choose from. If you are not selected for the tournament roster, it does not mean you are a bad player. It could mean that we had too many guys at your primary position, or that others were more advanced and we felt they could compete at a higher level. At the tournament, the THF Coaching Staff will be fielding the best possible team on an inning-by-inning and game-by-game basis to help us achieve this goal. You may be a role player or you may be an everyday guy, but either way you need to be ready to play to your maximum ability, no matter the inning or where the coach puts you on the field. There will be no guarantees for play time in tournaments, but the coaching staff does recognize that parents are paying money and traveling long distances to participate in these events. With this in mind, we want to make sure that all the players selected for the tournament roster can perform at a high level, which makes our job a lot easier to get all of the players’ defensive innings and AB’s throughout the event.
For COLLEGE CAMPS, our intent is to get our players exposure to the schools that are in attendance at the camp. We will showcase the players as much as we can at their primary positions and typically bat the entire roster. Our better will players will likely see more innings, but we usually try and rotate and work in all the players as much as possible. We want EVERYONE to get seen, but parents do have to manage expectations, based on roster size for each camp.
This is the standard language we communicate to parents via email before each tournament
THF Team Victory is bringing an 18-man roster to this tournament, which was our targeted number when we assembled our team. Our coaches put together a roster with a large pitching staff and many talented position players who are all accustomed to playing at a high level. With this amount of quality players, equal playing time and at-bats will be difficult to forecast. Prior to the tournament, THF Coaches will discuss the roles and how they manage playtime, so the players are aware of the process. If your son has questions about playtime or his role throughout the tournament, please have him address it with the head coach AFTER the game.
THE PROGRAM – WHAT WE OFFER
Signature Package $275/Month – Includes:
- 7-month program commitment (May-November)
- During May, players receive Sunday workouts and high performance clinics every weekend
- Competitive Sunday games in league play
- TWO 1-hour specialty-training sessions with our coaching staff each month
- TWO 2-hour team practices each month
- Each player receives high-level instruction from our professional coaching staff at games, practices, clinics, and tournaments
- Tournament and showcase events (additional registration fees and travel costs if you participate)
- College showcases through MVP Baseball (additional fees if you participate)
- Scheduled college camps w/ games (additional fees if you participate)
** Players are not permitted to leave the program in the middle of league play. Once you have been rostered for a league (Connie Mack, Scout, LABA), you must pay for the entire league period.
UNIFORM PACK & EQUIPMENT
Victory Uniform Pack (Victory pants, 1 jersey, 1 dri fit, 1 hat) – $175 plus t&s
The Hit Factory recognized that something significant was missing in high school travel ball programs today: Professional instruction, training, and player development. With our state-of-the-art training facility and professional coaching staff overseeing our player development, THF has established a new standard in our industry.
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Q & A
WHAT IS THE ROSTER SIZE PER TEAM?
Our maximum roster size is 25 players. The reason we carry this many is because many players have other commitments throughout the summer, like playing for other teams, other sports, vacations, injuries, sickness, church, tournaments, etc. Since we play double headers, we want to ensure we have enough pitching to get us through 14 innings each weekend. For each team, we target 4 corner infielders, 4 middle infielders, 5 outfielders, 3 catchers, and 9 pitchers.
WHAT TIME SHOULD PLAYERS REPORT TO SUNDAY GAMES?
Players should report one hour before game time, but no later than 45 minutes.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR PAYING MONTHLY FEES?
All travel team fees are due on the 1st of each month. You have TWO options for payment. 1. When you pay for your registration fee at the start of the season, your credit card will be automatically charged on the 1st of each month (plus a 3% processing fee) for your monthly dues. 2. If you would like to pay for the entire season in one payment, we offer a 15% discount on your monthly fees. The one time payment must be made when you join the program. ** First payment is due when you join the program. If you join before the season starts on May 1, you will pay your first month’s fee (May). If you join after the first of any month during the season, you will pay your monthly fee and uniform fee.
WHAT IS THF'S CANCELLATION POLICY?
If for any reason a player decides to leave our program, a fee of one month’s dues is applied, unless a written email is sent to firstname.lastname@example.org two weeks before the next pay period. We have this policy in place because your son has taken a roster spot and a two-week period will provide our staff sufficient time to recruit a new player into the program if necessary. It makes it very difficult for us to schedule coaches, field permits, umpires, and manage the game rosters if we don’t know have control over players ending their membership prematurely. ** The cancellation policy is strictly enforced.
WHAT IF MY PAYMENT IS LATE?
If your payment has not been received by the 3rd of the month, you will incur a $20 late charge. Additionally, late payments will impact playing privileges for practices, games, and tournaments, until your account balance is fully paid off.
HOW MUCH PLAY TIME IS EXPECTED FOR SUNDAY GAMES?
As a rule of thumb, position players should get 3-5 AB's per double header, depending on how many players show up each Sunday. Defensively each player should see 4-7 innings per double header. Primary pitchers (PO's) will see two innings on the mound, sometimes three, depending on how many pitchers show up. Secondary pitchers will only pitch if we do not have enough PO's in the lineup.
WHY DO I NEED TO CHECK IN FOR GAMES EVERY MONDAY?
Every Monday, we require all players who are going to play in the following Sunday's games, to check in on our website. This allows our coaching staff to set the pitching rotation and batting order for the double header. Please train yourself to check in every Monday, but only if you are playing that weekend!
SHOULD PARENTS SPEAK TO THE COACHES?
We would appreciate if they do not. When you are playing high school baseball, players need to be communicating directly with the coaching staff. If you have any questions at all, make sure to speak to your coaches and they will do their best to help you!
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