Elite Baseball Training
Chicagoland’s premier baseball development group. Created by renowned hitting instructor Justin Stone with the goal of bringing MLB quality instruction to the aspiring ballplayer.
Bash sports academy
BASH is proud to offer you the future of training — a complete, 360° baseball or softball training program all in one location.
Sammamish Baseball Academy opened in January 2010 to provide high level, professional baseball instruction to teams and individual players of all ages and skill levels throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Diamond Training strives to provide the knowledge and experience necessary to improve your baseball player in the greater Seattle region.
Charlie grew up on Chicago’s north side and played ball at Welles Park. He played his high school baseball at Northside College Prep, where he also was a 7 letter athlete. At 16, Charlie started working part-time at BASH Sports Academy, where he was able to drastically improve his skills as a catcher and a hitter. He became a baseball “gym rat”, hanging around the facility during his free-time to catch off-season bullpens for minor league pitchers, extract as much knowledge as he could from the facility’s nationally-recognized instructors, and worked hard to become a better ballplayer.
It all paid off when in 2008, Charlie successfully walked on to the Fighting Leathernecks Varsity baseball squad at Western Illinois University (NCAA Division 1 – Summit League). What Charlie lacked in size for a D1 catcher, he made up for in skill, quickness and baseball IQ. Unfortunately, shoulder injuries limited his collegiate career.
After college, Charlie came back to BASH as an instructor, working with young catchers during camps and clinics. At the same time, he became a coach for the Northside Mustangs JV and Varsity baseball teams.
In 2014, Charlie moved to the Seattle area where he was the Head Catching Instructor at the Samammish Baseball Academy, also teaching hitting and pitching. He also worked with several travel teams, including the 16U Washington State Champion North Seattle Raineers.
Upon returning to Chicago, Charlie joined the Elite Baseball Training family, coaching for the nationally recognized travel program as well as giving private instruction. In his first season as head coach of an Elite travel team, his team went 30-5 with a 63% tournament win rate. He is also currently the Head Catching Instructor at BASH Sports Academy, and is instrumental in shaping the BASH instructional program.
In 2016, Charlie spent time in Germany to coach the Marl SlyDogs in the Bundesliga (the German professional league).
Receiving - Blocking - Throwing - IQ
Biomechanics - Sequencing - Timing
Biomechanics - Sequencing - Velocity
Middle Infield - Corner Infield - Team Defense