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Private Instruction/Cages

Some players in our league desire private instruction to increase their development.  Below is a list of some of the individuals that have provided instruction to kids in our league in the past.  This is not a recommendation or endorsement, but simply a resource for families to use if they are interested in private instruction.  LJYB takes no responsibility for any decision.

Jake Grosz, Vikings Baseball - Jake Grosz brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for baseball to the La Jolla community. Jake specializes in teaching the fundamentals of pitching, hitting, fielding and catching through his team of elite level instructors at the Grosz Sports Academy. In addition, Jake is currently the pitching coach at LJHS with years of experience in education as a former teacher and school counselor. Please contact Jake for more information about private sessions, camps, clinics and travel ball opportunities.
Phone: 858-952-6818, Email:  , Website:, Instagram: @GroszSports

Ryan Lehr Hitting Instruction - Under the direction of seven-time all-star Reggie Smith, who is currently the hitting coach for USA Baseball, Ryan has developed instruction focusing on the physics and biomechanics of the power swing.  Individual and group lessons available.  Call 619.846.8368, visit his website, or email .

Matt Hensley Pitching Instruction - Matt was drafted in 2000 in the 10th round by the Los Angeles Angels as a pitcher.  He played 8 years of professional baseball, two of which were in the major leagues with the Anaheim Angels.  Matt has been coaching youth (Hensley Baseball in La Jolla) and high school (LJ Country Day) baseball since his retirement from pro ball in 2010.  For pitching lessons email Matt at   or phone at (619) 890-1942.

Ron Hudgins Infield and Hitting - Coach Hudgins brings over 16 years coaching with various youth baseball and High School programs in the San Diego area. He was one of the founding members of the San Diego Longhorns in 2005 and has helped youth players reach their goals of becoming an All- Star, High School, Collegiate and Professional players. Coach Hudgins is currently coaching for La Jolla Country Day's baseball program and with Hensley Baseball in La Jolla.

Prior to his coaching career, Coach Hudgins — a San Diego Native– attended Crawford High School where he was named team MVP both Junior and Senior years, as well as MVP of San Diego’s City/County All Star game. Coach Hudgins played at Brigham Young University.  For infield and hitting lessons email Ron at or call him at (619) 840-3215.

Tim Tisch Pitching Instruction - Tim is one of the premier pitching coaches in San Diego County.  His career has spanned nearly two decades.  He was drafted out of Mesa College by the Chicago White Sox.  His early success included a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals organization.  While with the White Sox Tim learned from their best pitching coaches.  Tim's passion for coaching began after his professional career ended.  He has worked with some of the elite travel ball organizations including the San Diego Saints and the Del Mar Powerhouse. Tim was recently the Varsity Pitching Coach at The Bishop's School in La Jolla.  In his first season he helped lead the Knights to the CIF championship game.  Call 619.889.4835 or email

Sean Rees - Pitching Mechanics/Instruction - Widely considered one of the top pitching coaches around, he has tutored several top pitchers in San Diego over the past 15 years.  At Mission Bay High School he was named CIF Player of the Year in 1998, two time All-State selection, ALL-CIF choice 1986-1988, and also pitched Mission Bay to its first two CIF Championships in 1986 and 1988.  Rees was named 1st Team ALL-AMERICAN at Arizona State University in 1990. He was also member of TEAM USA in 1990. Coach Rees was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 5th Round in 1991. Currently, Rees is a private pitching instructor and runs travel baseball teams in San Diego County.  Email:   or phone: 619.990.2047

Brickyard Cages -  A brand-new premier instruction, training, and recreation center for baseball and softball players of all ages and abilities.  The cutting-edge facility is located by the I-5/8 intersection.  The have cages, offer private instruction, clinics, camps, and birthday parties.

JP Longball -  An indoor batting center located in the heart of San Diego near University of San Diego. The facility houses 5 batting cages with dirt batting surfaces in two of them. The speed of our pitching machines can cater to individuals just starting out to seasoned professionals. We also offer personalized hitting, pitching, and fielding instruction by our highly qualified and skilled instructors.  They also run camps and clinics.