There is nothing closer to major league baseball than learning from a 14 year MLB veteran. Hitting and fielding lessons are one of the best learning experiences for ball players of all ages. Young baseball players learn the proper hitting and fielding fundamentals. High school players have a chance to learn both better baseball technique in addition to off-the-field tips for navigating the exciting road of pursuing college baseball and a career in major league baseball.
I love sharing my experience as a 14 year veteran of Major League Baseball in order to develop players of all skill levels and aspirations. During my 14 years in the majors I played 7 of the 9 fielding positions in the game while also training as a switch hitter. My experience as a switch hitter is great for youth training which allows them to better visualize hitting techniques from their respective batting stance in addition to developing the skill of hitting switch.
Playing competitive baseball is as much a mental game and it is a physical one. Developing the proper strategies and techniques for both the mental and physical parts of the game is critical for success in competitive baseball starting at youth travel and following trough into a career as a major league player. My success as a player is attributed to hard work, versatility and ability to adapt both mentally and physically during my career. Players looking to pursue a major league career must develop the mindset and habits for taking their game to the show while maintaining versatility to enjoy a long and successful baseball career. It is my passion for sharing my many years of experience and knowlege with young players as they build skills for a solid baseball foundation on both competitive and non-competitive levels. Ball players learn strategies and techniques that I developed during my years of competition at the highest possible level of baseball.
My job is to help hitters understand how to create a consistent swing that will attack each pitch with their maximum force.
– Geoff Blum
Have a major league ballplayer coach your baseball team’s practice session! Team sessions involve both youth ball players and coaches and work great for both full practice and batting cage hitting sessions. Team sessions are great for developing major league fundamentals in young baseball players. Learning the proper fielding and hitting mechanics is crucial in the development of any ball player, and is especially important for young players aspiring to play travel baseball, college baseball, and beyond. During team sessions coaches and players will work on fielding, hitting, and at-home practice techniques that help develop skills for success. Team coaching sessions are great for baseball teams of all age groups and skill levels.
Group hitting lessons help players of all ages develop both mental and physical techniques for a better swing. Small group batting cage lessons are great for helping young players set a solid foundation for their swing. Batting cage lessons for developed baseball players will target areas for improvement in their swing to hit for both better contact and power. Small batting practice sessions are great for 2 to 4 players during a session. Small group sessions allow players to maintain greater focus on improving their swing. Sessions include both cage time working on your swing and observing other player’s 1 on 1 instruction. These well-rounded sessions are especially productive for players training for travel teams and other competitive baseball leagues.
Focus on your specific needs as a hitter and fielder in a 1 on 1 practice session. Individual sessions are great for focusing on fielding, hitting, or both during a private session. During a private hitting and fielding session, a warm up period is used to identify areas of improvement followed by a more targeted session that focuses on specific techniques for improvement. Individual hitting and defense lessons are most productive for youth baseball players between the ages of 12 and 22.
Mental training for club teams, travel teams
Geoff (although he spells his name incorrectly) is the best kind of coach/mentor/leader… his knowledge is endless, but his style is such that he is still approachable. Too often those traits are contradictory. Geoff made a lasting – and undeniably positive – impression on my daughter. Her love for the game was amplified exponentially based on Geoff’s interaction with her. As a father, I’m even more appreciative of Geoff’s style – firm, but encouraging. We’re very fortunate to have spent time with “Blummer”… and would enthusiastically endorse him to anyone looking for an impactful experience!
I have had the pleasure of knowing Geoff for around 7 years. At first, he and I coached girls softball together at the t-ball levee in Aliso Viejo Girls Softball League. Both our oldest children have been playing together ever since. They are both 11 years old today. Over the years we have added his younger daughter to the mix as well. We have coached softball in 6u, 8u, and 10u age levels. He has been themanager and i have been a coach for him, and the roles have been reversed as well. He brings his baseball background to the softball coaching field and it really shows. Not exactly the same sport, but similar, his understanding of fundamentals for the young age groups we coached made each girl on the teams we coached that much better by the end of the year.
He paid special detail to fielding, positional awareness, and footwork, having such an extensive playing career as an infielder. He also made sure all girls stayed ready and focused, not an easy task. Always reminding the girls to “know what you will do if the ball is hit to you.” He was also a very good coach when teaching hitting. Footwork, bat placement, stride, and shoulder alignment were topics of hitting we went over and over with the girls. By the end of each year, you could really see the improvement.
He is a very patient coach, where as my strong suit is organizing, not one of patients, so for that i thank him. He would often stay after to catch the pitchers on our team, who were just beginning to get them reps. He always finds the positive in a situation when coaching the girls, and is always kind after the game with his remarks. I recall on more than one occasion, him telling the girls after a tough loss, that he “loved every one of the girls and their effort, and that they were darn good softball players.” Its examples like that, that make him perfect for the youth coaching ranks.
He can also be stern when coaching. “Make sure the girls respect you to a point where you are strong with them”, he used to say, and they will focus during practice and games. He and i agreed on that point. Let them know you are in charge. To sum it up, he is a great youth softball coach. I would be happy to let my daughter play for him (she in fact has several seasons) and i’d be happy to recommend him to anyone in either baseball or softball for private training. My daughter has now progressed to a 12U federation team for our city and owes a ton to Geoff for her development.
Jeff Tatch (Aliso Viejo Girls Softball and Little League)
When I first met Geoff, he was like any other Dad. He was there out of love for his daughter and to help the girls become better players. As I got to know him and watched him with the girls I was blown away. He didn’t yell at them, he didn’t play favorites, he didn’t have unreal expectations. He coached them all as if they were his own daughters, laying praise when they did well and giving constructive guidance when they made mistakes. When we weren’t doing team drills he was spending time individually with each girl, giving them the attention and direction they deserved. My own daughter Kaylin struggled with her throwing and after 10 minutes with her, she was doing 100% better. The amount of confidence and pride it built up in her was priceless. While I only had the opportunity to be a coach on my daughters teams for 4 seasons, it was the two seasons with Geoff that will go down as some of the best times in my life. Geoff is one incredible man with a heart of gold. It shows in how he treats his wife and daughters. It shows in how he treats other. I cannot recommend Geoff highly enough as a coach, between his professional accomplishments and his coaching of my daughter and her team you couldn’t ask for a better coach.
Chris Tellez (Aliso Viejo Girls Softball)
I had Geoff come by one of my practices last year and it literally turned around my team and we ended up playing for the Major’s division championship. Geoff can be a great resource to AVLL and all its coaches.
Mike Baldacci (AVLL and Club team coach)
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