Happy Birthday to our October Players!

Wishing you all a wonderful birthday and year ahead!

Brett P.
John B.
Jake M.
Dante C.
Diego B.
James E.

Caleb P. 
Tyler B.

October 2021 eNewsletter: Are You Ready For Some Baseball?

Fall is upon us, and that means baseball season is here for all levels of competition. Postseason baseball has just started and, based on the first few games, it’s going to be an amazing run for the MLB.

As a Southern California facility, this is big time Dodger (and Angels) country, and by the time you receive this the Dodgers have either moved on or are shaking their heads as to how a 106-win team can be watching their dreaded rivals moving on. Whatever happens, I think either the Dodgers or the hated team from the north walks away with a World Series title.

College baseball programs have also begun their march to Omaha or other CWS sites for the elusive National Championship.

High school programs have either begun or will be starting games up here soon, which means many of our clients are working hard to transfer their gains here at Throwzone to the mound. All this in preparation to be their best for the spring season and then summer.

One of the most important tenets we live by here at Throwzone is preparation for the rigors of the game. Players can hope and dream about a magical season and securing a college scholarship, but as my friend Brent Strom of the Houston Astros says, “Hope is not a plan!”

We must continually strive to improve a little bit each day. Jay Johnson, head coach of LSU baseball, states that he has always asked his players to improve 1% each day, whatever it takes to do that. It’s wise advice because building strength, a powerful hitting stroke, velocity, or being a great teammate does not happen overnight. In fact, it doesn’t happen in a week or a month. It grows over time, day after day in both your words and, more importantly, your actions.

Think of some of the all-time great players, including current players who are first ballot candidates for the Hall of Fame: Clayton Kershaw, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina, Max Scherzer, Buster Posey, and others. They weren’t always the best player in their league, let alone their own team. It took continuous practice and passion to become one of the best ever. I’m positive that one common characteristic each of them had was a burning desire to become the best. Every video, news article, or story I have ever seen about the best is that there was no second-guessing their choice to become the top in their field at what they do.

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school varsity team as a sophomore and came back the next year to make the team. Tiger Woods was so focused on his ability on the golf course that others didn’t appreciate his comments about winning every event he entered. Kobe Bryant was so sure of his skill on the basketball court, he wasn’t afraid of other players who continually put him down. But they all are wired to do whatever it takes to be the best, and this is the mindset our players need to have.

At Throwzone, we strive to put our players in the best position possible to succeed. After 20 years of working with players privately, I can usually do a good job of knowing which players will play at the next level. It has nothing to do with their skill set and has EVERYTHING to do with their commitment to improving. A young Trevor Bauer was laughed off by most people, including the coaches and players at his own high school, but he never let their comments or snide remarks keep him from attaining his goals. All these players demonstrate those same characteristics.

It takes courage and commitment to become the best at something. In fact, in my own life I had something similar happen to me in building this business. To make a very long story short, I had no choice but to make this business work as THE way of supporting my family. I was at the end of my rope, but through perseverance and an open mind to change my life and my children’s lives forever changed for the better. If you’re ever interested in reading my story, I wrote a book several years ago called “3 Strikes And You’re NOT Out!”


It tells my story of perseverance in the face of tough times. This could be a shameless plug, but it’s a quick read and was a labor of love and bucket list item in my life.

Allow us to help your child realize their goals. Through our proven program of arm care and health, plus increase in velocity, it’s everything you can hope for your son to become the best player they can be. This hope has a PLAN, and we welcome you to be part of it.

There’s class availability most days of the week. Contact us today at 661-644-8814 (office phone) or inquire through our website at www.throwzone.com.

I look forward to sharing postseason follow-up with you next month.

Until next time,



Quote for the Week

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

– Alice Walker


Another Awesome Elite Pitchers Boot Camp!

Yesterday we wrapped up another incredibly fun and successful Elite Pitchers Boot Camp! Every player worked hard and took important steps forward in their development as they spent the weekend learning from Coach Ron Wolforth and the Texas Baseball Ranch. Thought we’d share a few photos from behind the scenes, and we can’t wait to do it again next year. Many thanks to Canyon Country Little League, the amazing Texas Baseball Ranch team, and all the players and parents who joined us for making this year’s camp one of our all-time best!

Quote for the Week

“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.”

– W. Clement Stone


Happy Birthday to our September Players!

Wishing you all a wonderful birthday and year ahead!

Daniel P.
Michael N.
Hunter R.
Kai L.
Alex N.
Jake M.
Bryce L.
Drew G.

September 2021 ENewsletter: How Tragedy and Sorrow Can Help Heal Our Hearts

This past weekend was humbling as we remembered the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers and our country.

So much has changed in the last 20 years as a result of those terrorist attacks on U.S. soil: gas prices, TSA security checks at airports, and the always watchful eye of “Big Brother” in our daily lives and online.

On September 11, 2001, I was working for Frito-Lay as a delivery driver while beginning to build my business working with ballplayers. I would be at our loading stations by 5:00am, and I had a little transistor radio that was tuned into 95.5 KLOS listening to the old Mark and Brian show.

Around 6:00am, it was announced that a plane had crashed into the south Twin Tower but not much more was said, so I kept loading my truck with the radio on. When it was announced that the second plane crashed into the 2nd Twin Tower, it was an obvious sign we were being targeted and this was an attack on our nation.

My manager at the time was hurrying people to get on the road when I told him what was going on. He was abrupt with me and said he didn’t care, that I needed to get moving. I was floored. I had been a police officer for a period of time and knew that my fellow brotherhood were going to have a tough job ahead of them. In fact, I was definitely looking to move to another police department at that point, so my heart ached when he jumped at me that morning. I remember calling my girlfriend (now wife) and telling her what happened with him and her reminding me that sometimes people are just rude and idiotic. It affected me all day.

On top of that, each of my stops had a television on, and I couldn’t help but be glued to the TV before leaving for the next store. I had an empty feeling inside both because of the news and my manager. I somehow managed to get through the rest of the day as both towers collapsed, the Pentagon got hit, and another hijacked plane crashed in Pennsylvania—the flight we now know crashed in a rural area because brave passengers charged the cockpit, preventing the plane from hitting the Capital or, worse yet, the White House.

Watching documentaries all weekend, you really got a sense of the pride Americans felt during this weekend of remembrance. People helping people, belief in the human spirit, and an appreciation for those freedoms we have in life. Sometimes the simple reminder of the firefighters and police officers who lost their lives that day allows me to appreciate those blessings in my life, and I hope in yours as well.

As difficult as it is to imagine the pain and suffering of that eventful day, it’s also a day to remember the people who made the ultimate sacrifice as well as those innocent lives taken away by evil. For some reason, this anniversary really resonated with me. I must have watched over 10–12 hours of documentaries commemorating this most sacred anniversary of what will always be a scar on U.S. history as well as on my own heart.

I hope you can appreciate those things we do have instead of what we don’t have. My hope is that you will appreciate what life has to offer instead of what it doesn’t. And Lord knows we need these thoughts for the challenging times we live in today.

May God bless the United States of America.

Until next time…


P.S. An ending footnote to the story of my manager: He did seek me out the next day and apologized for being an ass. He had no idea the severity of what had happened, and he felt terrible for the way he acted toward me. I guess there are times when people will act with goodness in their heart, and that was one of those times.  🙂

Quote for the Week

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

– Albert Einstein