Welcome to the New AZDR
Welcome to the new look AZ Diamond Report.
AZ Diamond Report 2.0 if you will.
The changes you see have been a long time coming, with many hours of back and forth as to where I want to head in the future with this. It’s been 15 years since the original AZDR was launched, and I’m extremely excited about the future ahead of us.
One of the first things you will notice is the new AZDR Clubhouse, a sortable database of Arizona High School and Junior College players .
I spend 3 weeks of my summer running tournaments, and during this time I spend a great deal of time with college coaches up in the scout tower. This year, I noticed a change in the demeanor of some of my long time coaching friends.
Many of these guys are beat down by the process of recruiting, and several guys I know, who have been in the game a long time, expressed a desire to find a new career path.
There’s a pretty universal disgust in the way the game has changed when it comes to summer and fall baseball. The endless circle of Showcase tournaments every weekend has players playing in games that don’t matter, and paying a high price for the right to do it.
For the first time ever, I heard, from multiple coaches, a term applied to baseball: Country Club Sport.
That one really bothered me down deep…..but it’s awfully hard to argue the point.
The baseball industry has convinced parents that the path to college scholarships can only be navigated by shelling out thousands of dollars per year on “Select Teams”, hitting and pitching gurus, recruiting services, Showcases and camps.
There’s nothing wrong with spending money on our children. My oldest son Jake graduated in 2009 and we were in the early wave of club baseball. My youngest son Chase is a guitar player/singer who aspires to be the next Jimmy Page. I drop a fortune on the kid in lessons, performances etc. , so it isn’t just a baseball/sports phenomenon.
But unfortunately, not everyone can do this.
I think back to when I was a boy, and my favorite players of the 1960-70s
Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks….all of these guys were from families with very modest means.
My favorite player was Roberto Clemente. His father worked in the sugar cane fields, as a teen Roberto did too.
I have to wonder if these guys would ever have had the chance to develop if they lived in this current climate.
I’ve been in this baseball business for over 20 years. I’ve assisted hundreds of players in the recruiting process. I was affiliated with a recruiting service years ago before I started the AZDR 15 years ago.
I know this business, and one of the things that has always bothered me about all of this is that many people cannot afford expensive travel teams or hitting and pitching instructors.
Many people don’t have the money to pay someone thousands of dollars to market them to colleges.
So, I came up with an alternative, and I think it’s going to be a great thing for Arizona baseball players.
The AZDR Clubhouse is available to any junior college or high school player who wants to compete at the next level.
Members will build an online player profile HERE’S A SAMPLE.
Highlight videos and game video can be attached to the profile.
The profile is a dedicated web link that can be emailed to college coaches.
Personal information (academics, height/ weight etc) can be updated by the player at any time.
College Coaches/ Scouts will access the Clubhouse for free.
Only College Coaches/Scouts will see player contact information.
Player measurables (60 yard dash, throwing velocity, bat exit speed, home to first etc) will be updated year around.
I will be working with high school and club coaches to conduct testing days as needed.
I will be making scouting notes on players throughout the year, only available to college coaches.
High school coaches will figure heavily in this.
I value their opinions greatly, and think they don’t get near enough credit for their contributions to player development.
If you are in this database, I will track you down, see you play, and I will try to help you find a school….period.
I will be available to any member who has recruiting questions, or questions about colleges.
I am available at anytime if you have questions about camps, showcases, travel teams etc.
I will continue to help club teams find players, and member players find teams.
My primary intention was to develop an effective system that is affordable to everyone.
Membership in the AZDR Clubhouse is $12.99 per month.
That’s the price of one lunch per month.
It’s a 12 pack for crying out loud.
I’m a firm believer that it takes a village to help these players, no one is placing you at a college. You are making your own way by your hard work and your ability, but guidance along the way is valuable.
I don’t care who you play for in the summer and fall. I want you in this database. This tool will be a great asset for you.
I don’t care if you are using a recruiting service. I want you in this database. It will only help your efforts.
I don’t care if you don’t play on a club team. I want you in this database. You don’t have to play on an expensive travel team to play in college.
As always, if you need assistance with recruiting video, I am available to help.
All players who are participating in the AZDR Fall Showcase Workouts will receive 2 free months in the Club House.
If you can’t show up at the workouts, sign up in the AZDR Club House and build your profile today.
Take advantage of my 20 years of experience in helping players and families navigate this process by signing up today.
We are also developing a Partner Portal, which will be available soon, where baseball related businesses can be listed and advertised (Instructors, training facilities, camps etc)
You can continue to expect the same up to date content and game reports as you have for the past 15 years.
I’m excited about the future, let’s make it great.
See you at the yard. – RB