LEGIT Baseball™ is a professionally-operated club baseball organization focused on delivering top-level baseball training, development, team competition, and services for amateur baseball players of all ages.
LEGIT was founded by some of the leading baseball administrators, managers and coaches in Southern California to take club baseball to the next level by delivering one of the top High School and College Development Programs in the country.
WHAT WE DO
LEGIT Baseball provides beginning, intermediate, and advanced baseball instruction, training, and team play for players that want to take their game to the next level and stay one step ahead of the competition for youth All-Star, high school roster, college, or professional baseball opportunities.
LEGIT’s formula for success in developing ball players at any level is based on the following directives:
PROFESSIONAL COACHES & TRAINERS
LEGIT coaches and trainers come from some of the top colleges, MLB teams, and high school coaching staffs in Southern California, including: Cal State University Fullerton, Long Beach State, Stanford, Sacramento State, Fresno State, Vanguard, OCC, IVC, Angels, Rockies, Red Sox, Mets, Mariners, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Phillies, and more.
CONSISTENT PRACTICE AND GAMES
Players practice twice weekly with some of the top professional coaches and trainers in Southern California. One practice is focused on hitting, the other on fielding. Teams play a minimum of two tournaments a month or league games on weekends (sometimes both) to play an average of 6 to 8 games per month.
PLAY AGAINST THE BEST
Teams play in highly competitive Spring, Summer, and Fall/Winter leagues as well as local, regional, and national tournaments throughout the year, including: California Competitive Youth Baseball League (CCYB), Cooperstown Dreams Park, AAU, USSSA, Triple Crown, Under Armour-Team One, Perfect Game, AABC Mickey Mantle & Connie Mack, USA Baseball, Arizona Fall Classics, Cecil Fielder Elite World Series, and more.
LEGIT Baseball is founded by several pioneers of the Southern California travel baseball industry, including key executives and founders of Blue Wave Baseball, OC Stallions, Irvine Diamondbacks, and Irvine Knights.
LEGIT currently operates and manages the Irvine Knights and Blue Wave Baseball club organizations as well as its own LEGIT-branded teams.
Overall, LEGIT manages 10 to 12 teams at peak season with more than 180 players in 10U through 18U divisions. LEGIT also fields a Collegiate League team as well.
LEGIT’s founders and coaches have earned 150+ league and tournament championships and more than a dozen national event titles in the past 10 years.
More than 350 alumni are playing or have played collegiate baseball at some of the top programs in the country, including: UCI, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Cal State University Fullerton, Stanford, PENN, Gonzaga, USF, University of Miami, Kansas, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, Fresno State, Sacramento State, UCSB, Santa Clara, and more.
More than three dozen alumni are now in the MLB ranks as well.
LEGIT Baseball™ is focused on individual and team development by providing beginning, intermediate, and advanced skills training at twice-weekly practice sessions, then reinforce what players practice in live game situations on a regular and consistent basis.
Besides consistent practice/training sessions and regular game play against top competition, LEGIT’s winning formula is based on age group and “having the right coaches at the right time” to move players up the ladder of success.
For example, the 9U and 10U age levels are considered “Club Baseball 101” years where coaches work on the basic fundamentals of the game – such as base stealing, holding runners, cutoffs and pick-off plays.
Typically, 9U and 10U players start at the “AA” level of play, where they make as many mistakes as they do plays. Besides just learning the fundamental skills required to catch, throw, hit and play the game, for many of them this is their first experience with playing for coaches that demand more discipline and higher level of play from them.
Players at this age lack confidence, so it is important to have coaches that can balance discipline and instill confidence in young players at the same time. It takes more patience to work with players at 9 and 10 years old than it does with players at 18.
By the time players reach the 11U and 12U age group, LEGIT teams compete at the AAA level, often at the Majors level, which is the top competition classification for club and travel teams. This is also the age where players begin to play in some national events where they travel and stay together.
At 13U and 14U, LEGIT focuses on preparing players for their first year of high school baseball. At this age level, all team coaches also coach at local high schools, such as Northwood, Beckman, Costa Mesa, and others in the Irvine area, many of the same schools that the players will be attending.
By the time a LEGIT player steps on a high school field for the first time, most have had from 8 to 18 months of practice and game play at a 9th grade (freshman) level. They practice with high school coaches at high school facilities as 7th and 8th graders.
As a result, LEGIT-managed teams have one of the most successful high school prep programs in Southern California – 95% of the players make their high school teams as incoming freshmen. Of the freshmen players, 40% make their Junior Varsity teams, 15% play Varsity level baseball their first year of high school.
Once players enter their high school years, LEGIT gives them the advanced skills and training at the 15U and 16U levels to keep its players one step ahead of the competition for starting positions on the high school varsity team.
By the time players make a LEGIT 17U or 18U team, they are well groomed to enter their “recruiting years” for college scholarships and, on occasion, for professional opportunities. At these ages, LEGIT participates in top college showcase events and works with leading recruiters from across the nation to place players that are in their last year or two of high school.
LEGIT-managed 18U teams graduate an average of 18 to 20 players each year into college programs, with about 50 to 60 active collegiate players at any given time.