Philosophy and Approach

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The foremost goal of any lesson or instructional program is to help every player be the best he is capable of - and then some! To give every player the tools/skills they need to succeed, resulting in increased confidence, and contributions to a team. Whether the player is among the best in his age group or struggling just to make contact at the plate, the goal is to help the player be as good as he can possibly be.

The key to my consistent success over the years is not that I hold some secret to hitting or any other skill. The continued success of this lesson program comes from:

    1. The ability to troubleshoot the swing, throw, catch, etc. - identify the problem, and knowing the correction.
    2. The ability to break down complex mechanical adjustments into small age-appropriate segments geared to the needs of the individual, and to communicate those adjustments in many different ways.

There is a genuine concern and commitment that every player I coach improves. This is not assembly line instruction, and the best interest of the player is always the priority.

Players will learn the difference between a good hit and a good swing; and that you can succeed at hitting without getting a hit. In baseball, you can do everything right - perfect even, and still fail. Players who do it right with poor results are praised, while players who crush the ball with a wild swing or throw a perfect strike with poor throwing mechanics will be corrected. In the long run, a swing or pitch with solid mechanics will yield better, more consistent results.

The basic hitting philosophy is based on three key parts: 1. See the ball 2. Be quick to the ball 3. Extend through the balll. "Short to it - long through it."

As an educator with a MAT (Masters of Arts in Teaching) I apply solid baseball fundamentals using a variety of teaching approaches to the various learning style of the player.

I look forward to the opportunity to helping each and every student become a better baseball player.

Yours in baseball,

Jim Bellantoni
Owner, Baseball unlimited


I have enjoyed quite a bit of success over my many years of coaching teams. As any good coach will tell you, the key to winning for the most part is simple; have good ball players. What makes a season "successful"? I measure whether or not I was a success coaching a team by four things:

1. Did the team learn and improve?
2. Did the team enjoy the experience?
3. Did the team compete as well as they could/should have? (i.e. did they apply their skills well?)
4. Did I do everything I could to be successful?

Winning is a product of hard work/preparation, circumstance, and a little luck. One of my favorite sayings to my teams is that "Success is when opportunity meets preparation." An outfielder may run to back up a play 100 times and not be needed. He was prepared, but had no opportunity. Then maybe on the 101st time the ball gets by and he is needed, he picks up the ball and saves a run. Opportunity meets preparation! We practice bunting and squeezing even though it only happens now and then in close games, but if we don't, when the opportunity arises we wouldn't be prepared.

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