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We are currently looking for players at all levels, 9U-18U!

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Our Mission:

Provide professional coaching to maximize player potential

 

Our coaches understand how to teach kids of all ages and take the time to make sure the player grows, matures and develops. They are upbeat and positive. We concentrate on teaching them discipline, work ethic, focus, team play, establishing goals and what it takes to accomplish those goals.

We understand that playing all year round can cause mental and physical breakdown so we are carefull not to overwork the boys and play them in too many games. Our goal from day 1 is to get them acclimated to the travel ball and gradually prepare them for High School Baseball. Once the boys have achieved the high school status, it is now our job to continue their growth and to get them the exposure needed to be recruited by college and pro scouts.

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Meet The Coaches
11/02/2019
JAMES BUCCHERI Call/Text: (949)205-9080 Email:  ocscorpionsbaseball@gmail.com James...
Private Coaching
11/01/2019
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Meet The Coaches

JAMES BUCCHERI

Call/Text: (949)205-9080

Email:  

James Buccheri’s career includes over 22 years of professional experience playing for organizations such as the Oakland A’s, Tampa Bay Rays, and playing in the first World Baseball Classic in Orlando Florida.  James was also the starting outfielder for Team Italy in the 2004 Olympics in Athens Greece and was honored to be voted to the Olympic All-Star Team.  In addition to his professional playing experience, James has been coaching locally for various baseball clubs and providing private lessons to players of all ages for over 20  years. Currently, James is the director and head coach of the OC Scorpions Baseball Club and a  ANHS baseball coach. He continues to actively provide individual and private instruction to local players and is proud to have two sons presently playing on Scorpions and at Aliso Niguel High School.

For more information about Private Baseball Lessons with James, click 


CHRIS MANGELS

Call/Text: (949) 683-5229
Email: 
 

Primarily a catching instructor with a catching background at Huntington Beach High School (1989-1990) and Cal State Fullerton (1991).  Chris earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton in 1995. He was an AVLL coach/manager for 5 years (2009 – 2013) and an assistant coach – 2012 with AVLL 11u All Star Team that reached the Sections Tournament.  Coach Mangels has organized and/or participated in several various AVLL off-season and in-season clinics since 2011.  Chris is also an Assistant Coach/Catching Instructor for the OC Scorpions program (2011-present)


ROSS HOOPINGARNER 

Call/Text: (949) 331-2293
Email:  mhoop@sbcglobal.net


Ross has been coaching Travel Ball for more than 10 years.  He has coached every division from 8U-13U and coached the 2013 Samurai team to a 4th place finish in Cooperstown.  Ross is also very active in Little League having managed and coached All-Star Teams to Division titles as well as Tournament of Champions titles.  Ross will also be coaching the ANHS Frosh team starting in Spring 2020.  Ross is the father of Ethan Hoopingarner who was drafted by the NY Yankees out of high school but chose to attend USC on scholarship as a pitcher. In additon to managing OC Scorpions teams (2019-Present), Ross provides private instruction with a focus on pitching, hitting, strength & conditioning.

Ross also organizes our Baseball Camps, for more information on camps click HERE


MIKE HARTLEY

Mike played in the big leagues from 89-95 with the Dodgers, Phillies, and Twins organizations. After retiring from MLB, Mike directed baseball camps and coached little league for over 8 years. He then began coaching professionally in 2005 in the Golden Baseball League known in 2007 as the South Coast League. In 2012, Mike coached in Grosetto Italy, where he Managed our very own OC Scorpions coach James Buccheri. Mike currently coaches over seas during the off season and is excited to be part of the OC Scorpions coaching staff.


ETHAN HOOPINGARNER

Coach Ethan’s playing career includes 4 years of Little League All-Star experience (2008-2012), 4 years of High School experience (2015-2019) where he was 2-Time Pitcher of the Year.  In his senior year, he lead the team to Sea View League Champions with team leading ERA of 0.75 and 89 Strikeouts in 53 innings of work, along with a team leading Batting Average of .400 in 116 Plate Appearances.  Ethan was voted to the 2nd Team All CIF and 1st Team All Sea View League. Ethan played with both the Padres and Angeles Scout teams and was drafted in 2019 by the NY Yankees. He is now attending USC on a Baseball Scholarship.


 


posted 11/02/2019
Private Coaching

 

OC Scorpions’ Professional Instructors offer private lessons to all ages. Private lessons are individualized half-hour sessions with an experienced instructor and are available to those who want to improve their hitting, pitching, catching, fielding or a combination of them all.

 

Our coaching philosophy is to teach fundamentals in a positive way - with patience, diligent application, and enthusiastic praise. We constantly receive positive feedback from our players and their parents who are excited about the quality of the instruction and the personal attention they receive.  With all our players, we look beyond the quick-fix and help players and parents develop a long-term plan for achieving success on the field.

 

Here are a few examples of what to expect:

 

HITTING

  • Increase power, insure maximum transfer of energy from body to batted ball.
  • Learn proper load, separation, weight shift, and contact.
  • Develop a hitting strategy for increased batting average.
  • Learn how to work a count to your advantage, increase your hitting IQ.

 

PITCHING/THROWING

  • Learn proper throwing mechanics for both pitchers and fielders.
  • Learn how to increase velocity through lower body strength and increased arm strength.
  • Prevent injury with instruction on proper frequency, technique and shoulder exercises.
  • Develop a repeatable motion to increase accuracy and control.
  • Learn how to use your strengths to exploit hitter’s weaknesses.

 

FIELDING

  • Learn proper technique for fielding ground balls, pop-flys, and other unique situations.
  • Work on balance and footwork to insure you are in the right position for all fielded balls.
  • Learn how to play all positions, become an invaluable team member at any level.

 

MENTAL PREPARATION

  • Develop focus on the field, understand situational baseball at the highest level.
  • Build your confidence, develop a winning approach to the game.
  • Work on your mental toughness and develop a high baseball IQ.

 

Never done lessons before? If you’re interested in scheduling a 30-minute skills assessment with an instructor, please

 

Skills Assessments are typically 15 minutes of 1-on-1 drill work, 10 minutes of sit down feedback, and 5 minutes to set up a customized training plan. We would ask that parents are present during this process.


posted 11/01/2019
Winter Camp

Winter Camp is right around the corner. Register now to secure your spot!

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Pinewood Park 2 - aliso viejo TBD (12/15) 
Sheep Hills Park - aliso viejo TBD (12/15) 
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Woodfield #4 Cages - aliso viejo OPEN (12/15) 
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Woodfield #5 Cages - Aliso Viejo OPEN (12/15) 
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Woodfield #6 Cages - Aliso Viejo OPEN (12/15)