If you are looking for baseball instruction, there are numerous options out there. However, when we walked through the doors of Centerfield 8 years ago, we knew without a doubt that it was the right place for our son, Tristan. We were looking for a place that would train him as total player, not just one aspect of the game. The instructors at Centerfield are clearly knowledgeable in the mechanics of what they teach, but it is the focus on character development that has benefited him the most as a person, a student, a teammate, and a player. The lessons on honor, integrity, sacrifice and even failure have all contributed to making him the player he is and the success he has had to date.
Time and time again, we have heard scouts, recruiters, and coaches ask the questions, "What kind of person is he?" and "What kind of teammate is he?" These questions always precede, "What is his batting average?" Tristan was recently selected to the USA Baseball National Development Team and some of their leading qualifications for selection included recommendations on the type of person and teammate he is.
The staff at Centerfield have made character development the central focus of their instruction since day one, and now 8 years later we can clearly see the effect that is having on Tristan's success in all aspects of life. Thank you Centerfield for training Tristan to be more than a baseball player.
Cheri Peterson(Mother of CDO HS Junior & NCAA D1 Prospect Tristan Peterson)
Hi Coach (Edgar Soto) - I am writing to say thanks for your spot-on hitting evaluation of my son Spencer Henegar (a Junior at Marana HS) in late Oct. 2014 at Center Field Hits. You identified a good powerful swing with a slight casting of his hands. You showed us a drill to belt his upper arms to keep the hands inside the ball.
He has been working hard to refine and incorporate the drill. It culminated with his first ever home run; a 350' shot over the left-center field fence at Casa Grande HS this past Saturday.
Hi Edgar(Soto), this is PJ and Vita Clarkson. Just wanted to tell you thank you for helping Cole!! He is doing great at hitting!!! His team is in first place by far!!! Thank you for your time. Cole really thought a lot about you!!! We will be in touch. Go D-BACKS!!!
~PJ & Vita Clarkson(Parents of Cole Clarkson-Diamondbacks)
Hi Edgar(Soto), sorry to text so late but Quinn stepped up to the plate his first time at bat and finally swung and hit it. He hit it hard to 3rd base and it was the only hit of the night for his team. What's he say when he come in? Can you text Edgar and tell him I hit it!
~Joe Johnson(Father of Quinn Johnson-Frontier Little League)
Thanks for everything and especially to Coach Engels Polanco. Please let him know he did a great job(Little League Training Camp 2014) with Adrian and the other boys and for sure helped Adrian improve. We hope to utilize Centerfield, and all it has to offer in the future. Wonderful facility and staff.
~ Monica Falcone(Parent of Adrian Falcone-2014 LL Training Camp)
Took the twins to Lisa Odom's core last night. Best $10 I ever spent. They were huffing and puffing. Dino said she felt like she was on the biggest loser show!
~Regina Villa(Mother of twin daughters Angelique & Diamonique)
Thank you to you and the staff for allowing us to use your facility. Staying out of the heat during the day and being able to work-out indoors was a big factor in our success on capturing the Western Regional title. Having the cages prepared before we arrived allowed us to jump right into our work-out. Everyone coming to Tucson should use your facilities as it has proven (for the last 3 years) that it provides a winning combination. Wishing Centerfield much success in the future!!!
Coach Nelson Villanueva
Gilroy Little League Juniors Softball
Western Regional Champs 2013
I just wanted to let you know that my son thoroughly enjoyed his private lesson with Coach Edgar Soto this past weekend. My husband was most impressed with the great rapport Coach Soto easily established with my son (who can sometimes be really shy). Both my husband and son came away with renewed enthusiasm for the sport and are very excited to practice all the skills he was shown. We will definitely be requesting for more follow up lessons from Coach Soto in the near future.
(Mother of Luke Mitter-Hitting Client from Sierra Vista)
Thanks so much for your support.
We couldn't have done it without you and Centerfield!
~Nunaka Valley Little League SB Juniors All-Stars(Alaska)
(2013 Little League Junior Softball World Series Champions)
On behalf of the coaches and team at McCormick Ranch Little League, thank you so much for accomodating us during our 8 games at the state tournament in Tucson! We also appreciate that you came out to see our game.
~Jill Butler, Mike Metz &
2012 McCormick Ranch LL Majors All-Star Team
After our starting pitcher was injured on the first game of the tourney, Reese stepped up to carry Desert View HS softball to the championship game. Reese pitched 3 games in a row Saturday, 5 in a row between Fri & Sat and 6 1/2 games total. We are very proud of her. This was the first time she's ever been put in a position to carry a team and she proved to everyone including herself that she has what it takes.
A very special "Thank You" to Sam Hoffman (her pitching coach) and Centerfield for all your hardwork these past few years and for helping her succeed!
~Trish Ramirez, Mother of Reese Ramirez(Desert View HS)
I just wanted to let you know that Bailey had a great time and he said the instructors were awesome! Thank you for having such a great camp at a great price.
~Tawnya Sanford, Mother of Bailey Sanford
Edgar(Soto), I really enjoyed the lesson yesterday and of course Ryan did too! He's pumped and feels he has his stroke back and then some!
~Mike Norrix, father of Ryan Norrix(Tucson HS Baseball)
Just wanted to pass on the good news that Justin (Rio Rico Little League) is heading on to the West Regionals representing Arizona. I wanted to thank you(Ricky & Centerfield) for the past time you spent with Justin. Here is a Youtube link of Justin hitting a HR against Nogales in the District Championship.
Craig Fischer (Justin's Dad)
Levi finished up the 2011 season as the #1 hitter for the Flagstaff HS Eagles baseball team. He was selected 1st Team All-Grand Canyon Region at 1B and he was selected for the AZBCA 4A-II All-Star Game in Surprise, AZ. He finished the season batting .486 and the help that Centerfield gave him was instrumental in him achieving this success. Thanks for all of your help!"
-Ryan Roberts, Father of Levi Roberts
Ricky Scruggs helped me out so much this past season. Thanks to Ricky I had the best season of my pro career. He is the BEST!!!
Cristobal "Mayo" Santana 1B Tucson Toros
Jake has had the good fortune of working with a lot of really good instructors and coaches, but the work you are doing with him is having by far the most impact. His mental game and swing have never been better and the scouts are asking, "What happened? He looks like a different player out there." His body language, and confidence are through the roof! Thanks, Centerfield.
-Father of Jake Hanson , Pro Prospect
" I've been doing this (baseball instruction) for 40 years and I've never seen anybody teach this way. This guy knows what he's talking about."
-Lester Douglas, former Major League Player, and present area scout for Pittsburgh Pirates after observing a lesson done by Ricky Scruggs.
"The approach to the mental side of the game that you taught me is priceless, it's just what I needed. Thanks CBA!"
-Rob Purvis, former first round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox
"Thanks for all your help."
-John Meloan, former UofA starting pitcher and #1 draft pick of the LA Dodgers, after doing a video analysis session at Centerfield.
“I just wanted to thank you and your terrific staff. The mental coaching and hitting coaching is really working. Hunter just hit 2 home runs and a ground rule double on Saturday, in the same game, against the #1 team and the #1 pitcher in our league. Everyone is in disbelief! Mike and I were so proud of him. I don't think I have had a prouder moment! Hunter is really loving baseball again. Hunter's team is now tied for 1st place, what a difference your training has made!”
-Thank you, Jennifer Hunter
"Nathan and Andrew love it at CBA. In fact, love may not be a strong enough word. Suffice to say that Centerfield has become a big part of our life."
-Dan and Nowana Wood, parents
"Kyle (10) has improved tremendously and he loves it. CBA has been a great help and influence for Kyle."
- Paul Eckerstrom, father
"Cameron (14) started taking hitting lessons with Ricky almost 3 years ago. His average went from .280 to presently over .600. Before working with Ricky, hitting a homerun was out of the question. This season he has 4 homeruns. Ricky perfected his swing and made him believe he is a great hitter."
-Bill Blazevich, father. Cameron is the starting CF for Catalina Foothills High School.
"This has been our best hitting year ever, and CBA has been very instrumental in that."
-Armando Quiroz, current Head Softball Coach at Pima Community College, former head coach, Flowing Wells High School softball
"My son loves baseball, but for the last several years he has struggled with batting. This year we decided to take private lessons at Centerfield at the start of the season. After just the first lesson, I saw dramatic improvement. Now with the season almost over, he is number 3 on his team for batting average and on-base average. And naturally he's having a lot more fun. I recommend CBA to anyone that wants to have more fun playing baseball."
- Keith Pullen, father, head coach, Thornydale LL Cubs
"They have friendly and talented instructors that kept my team interested, focused, laughing, and learning."
-John L. Koprowski, Thornydale LL coach, Major Diamondbacks
"I learned more in two hours than I had in the previous 16 years!"
- Parent, after Coronado LL coaches clinic
"I can't thank you enough. The Core Training Class has already done wonders for Eric. (13). (after 4 weeks) He's faster, more agile, more powerful, and more confident. Thank you!"
- George Gutierrez, father
" I just wanted to say thanks for putting on a great camp. Christian (14) has learned a lot. I am hoping to keep him under your tutelage in the future. God has indeed blessed you with the talent to work with kids."
PS. "I am especially grateful for the values you teach the kids. It is evident in your own life."
"Thanks for what you've done with Andrew (15). He's improved so much I can hardly believe my eyes. It's like a miracle!"
- Beverly Vasquez, mother
"Brad has been hitting at Centerfield for a little over two months as a 3000 Hit Club member. His bat speed and ability to see the ball have improved significantly and he won the Offensive MVP award for his team in the US tournament of Champions."
-Eric Greeson, father
"CBA's goal-setting workshop was very powerful. I now know exactly what my goals are and how to achieve them."
- Jackie Vasquez, Arizona State University Softball
"It was the best trade I ever made."
- Jose Cruz, former Major League All-star and pro baseball manager, when he traded for Ricky Scruggs
"Since I have been bringing my son to Centerfield his hitting has improved 100%. His bat speed, power and techniques have all been improving. I think that the monthly program that he is on here at Centerfield is GREAT. I’m also a manager in Thornydale L.L. By watching my son get instructions from his instructors I have been able to take this knowledge back to my team and share it with them which had made my team improve."
Baseball Manager/ Parent
"I learned discipline, and thanks to the core training I’m throwing 10 MPH harder and my bat speed has increased by leaps and bounds. Thanks to Centerfield I hit my first homerun out of a 325 ft field."
"My son Chris added 75-100 to his average after working with Ricky at Centerfield. His power also increased dramatically, increasing his slugging percentage 150 points."
-Glen Sutton, parent