MADE Baseball Lessons

MADE Baseball Lessons

Isaac Hess

North Hollywood, CA

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12 years in business
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I focus on a holistic approach to teaching the game.

5 Pillars - Character, Nutrition, Fitness, Baseball Skills, Academics. Specialize in training lefty pitchers.

7+ years pro exp.

Everything. Working with youth players is a passion of mine because it gives me an opportunity to pass on the great lessons of the game that I have received from all of the amazing coaches I've had the privelage of learning from. It keeps me involved in the game and it allows me to feel a higher purpose for what I do with it.

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Baseball, Strength And Conditioning, Stretching, Fitness, Sports Nutrition, Nutrition, Yoga, Flexibility, Personal


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North Hollywood, CA 91605

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We start by shaking hands. Don’t bring a wet fish hand shake. I might have to send you away. We say “Shake it to break it.” Come with a firm handshake, it is VERY IMPORTANT no matter how old you are. 

From there, we start with a dynamic warm up focusing on what I call a “championship routine.” This routine involves a mix of yoga, pilates, and calistentics and it is designed to help players prepare their body properly in order to minimize the risk of injury. 

After that we go into an introductory throwing program and I evaluate the throwing mechanics of the player. From there I continue to evaluate throughout the lesson and give feedback and homework when we finish up.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have pitched professionally for over seven years. I've pitched in five countries, 12 teams, and six leagues through out the world. Baseball has afforded me some amazing opportunities to travel and play in a variety of places. The experience of going through adversity through out my career, along with having so many different managers from so many different levels of the game has taught me a great deal and given me a very well-rounded perspective to baseball.

High School Varsity Pitching Coach Experience:

-Notre Dame Preparatory High School, Scottsdale, AZ; 2011-12'
-Cortez High School, Phoenix, AZ; 2013-14'
-Moon Valley High School, Phoenix, AZ; 2014-15'

Club Baseball Coaching Experience:

-MADE Baseball, Founder and Manager, 2013-14'(13u and 14u teams)

I have been working with young baseball players and teams for over 10 years. I love the opportunity to share what I have learned from the game, I am passionate about what I do, and I genuinely enjoy helping young players get better and maximize their potential.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

The rate for an intro lesson is $35 for an hour session. This intro training session is at a discounted rate, and it is an opportunity for us to meet and get a feel for each other to see if we both think it will be a good fit. I will work with the player and evaluate his/her ability for the 60 minute session, and focus on teaching whatever aspect of the game the player desires.

From there, if the player is serious about improving in the game further, we will get him/her on a custom training program, or you will be offered the MADE Total Baseball Development Package, a comprehensive baseball development program for youth players. (recommended for younger players who need to learn the game from a holistic perspective rather than position specific)


How did you get started teaching?

I have loved baseball since I was 9 years old. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I wanted to play in the big leagues starting at the age of 10. I experienced a tremendous amount of adversity throughout my pursuit of making it to the big leagues in my life, and I never actually made it. What I did do in my pursuit was travel all over the world playing this great game and it also showed me what it is to #GetMADE. I use this mantra with my players because it is about elevating oneself to a higher level of purpose in sport and pushing oneself to improve on a daily basis, religiously and fundamentally. It is practiced, it is learned, and it is refined…EVEryday. 

I love teaching youth players and it provides me with great purpose. To me, baseball has always been a portal through which I have been able to maintain a positive attitude and laser focused drive, and in turn it has helped create the positive and strong person and man that I am today.


What types of students have you worked with?

I work with students from age 6 all the way up to professionals, and everywhere in between. My ideal student is one who loves coming to practice, does what I say to the best of their ability at all times, and has a true passion to excel as a player and a person.

I am/was a left handed pitcher and I especially enjoy working with other young lefties. I specialize in lefty pick off moves. If you have a young lefty, I'm definitely your guy.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Ummm...the Cubs winning the world series and watching every gripping second of it. Best world series in history!


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find out where they have played. Experience is often the best measure of knowledge in this game, as with anything in life. Although, just because someone is an experienced player, that does not always translate into an effective coach and communicator. It is important to give a coach a chance and go to at least five or more sessions in order to get a good feel for what their coaching style is and to get the most out of the that particular coach’s knowledge that you can.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Really, the questions they should be asking should be to themselves. The student needs to determine in his/her mind if baseball is something they are willing to commit their time, effort, energy, and ultimately heart into. If they are willing to do that, there is almost a guarantee that their experience with any coach they encounter will be a positive one that creates advantages for them in their career.