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Mo Vaughn clinics

For Ages 5-12

Hitting, Fielding, Advanced Fielding, Pitching, Catching, and General Skills clinics

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Mo Vaughn Baseball Academy 

clinics

For Ages 5-12

Hitting, Fielding, Advanced Fielding, Pitching, Catching, and General Skills clinics

ENROLL NOW

Youth Baseball Clinics

The Mo Vaughn Baseball Academy offers a variety of baseball clinics for kids ages 5-12 at our indoor facility in Boca Raton. Our goal is to create a fun and engaging atmosphere for kids as they learn the fundamentals of the game. Come join Mo Vaughn and other elite professional coaches for an unforgettable learning experience!

clinic types

Available clinics include Hitting, Fielding, Advanced Fielding, Pitching, Catching, and General Skills, and you can enroll in multiple clinics at the same time.

Each clinic is comprised of 1-hour sessions once a week for 10 weeks. 

Each clinic will provide a 5:1 player to coach ratio.

Price: $475 per clinic selected.

Ages

  • All Ages: 
    • Saturdays 4-6 PM

Dates

General skills (Saturdays): 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14

Description

  • The General Skills Clinic is designed for kids who are still discovering their passion for the game. It is ideal for beginners, because unlike the Hitting Clinic or position-specific clinics, it covers all aspects of the game. 
  • Players learn the basic elements of fielding ground balls, catching fly balls, throwing, hitting, and base running. There is also a brief introduction to pitching mechanics.
  • The General Skills Clinic places a stronger emphasis on basic rules and strategies of the game. Also, the younger players (5-6) will play scrimmage games to help learn these rules and strategies and improve their knowledge of the game.
  • The younger group (5-6) will be using softer balls for their safety.

Curriculum

WEEK 1 & 6

Defense

WEEK 2 & 7

Hitting

WEEK 3 & 8

Pitching and Baserunning

WEEK 4 & 9

Defense and Hitting

WEEK 5 & 10

Game

WEEK 1 & 6

Defense

WEEK 2 & 7

Hitting

WEEK 3 & 8

Pitching and Baserunning

WEEK 4 & 9

Defense

WEEK 5 & 10

Hitting

Ages

  • Ages 7-9:
    • Tuesdays 4-5 PM
  • Ages 10-12:
    • Saturdays 2-3 PM

Dates

Hitting (Tuesdays): 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27, 9/3, 9/10 Hitting (Saturdays): 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14

Description

  • The Hitting Clinic covers everything from how to hold a bat to how to finish your swing. Players learn their ideal grip, stance, load, stride, swing mechanics, and finish.
  • We emphasize the importance of an efficient lower body and remaining balanced throughout the entire swing.
  • We discuss the mental approach to hitting and how that approach will change depending on the situation.
  • Players learn about plate coverage, efficient swing path, and proper extension. They will also learn the importance and fundamentals of bunting and situational hitting.

Curriculum

WEEK 1 & 6

Mental approach, tee work, soft toss, front toss

WEEK 2 & 7

Plate coverage, inside and outside pitches, high tee

WEEK 3 & 8

Live batting practice, heavy balls, variations of tee exercises

WEEK 4 & 9

Bunting, sac bunt, bunt for a hit

WEEK 5 & 10

Live at-bats with game situations focusing on mental approach and situational hitting 

Ages

  • All Ages: 
    • Mondays 4-5 PM

Dates

Fielding (Monday’s): 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26, 9/9, 9/16

Description

  • The Fielding Clinic emphasizes the importance of footwork and proper fielding mechanics.
  • We cover all aspects of fielding, including pre-pitch preparation, proper footwork when approaching a ground ball, fielding mechanics, and how to efficiently transition from a fielding to a throwing position.
  • Players will learn proper forehand and backhand techniques, allowing them to confidently field with one hand when necessary.
  • We cover double play feeds and pivots from shortstop and second base, short hops and long hops, and how to properly receive cut off throws from the outfield. Maintaining the correct posture is another focal point of the Fielding Clinic.
  • While we do work on fly balls and other outfield techniques, this clinic primarily emphasizes infield mechanics and footwork.

 

Curriculum

WEEK 1 & 6

fielding approach, fielding mechanics and posture, proper shuffling form

WEEK 2 & 7

pop ups, speed ladder exercises (footwork), getting low

WEEK 3 & 8

step and catch, transfers, lateral movement

WEEK 4 & 9

double play feeds, double play pivots, receiving cut off throws

WEEK 5 & 10

diving plays, forehands, backhands, short hops

Ages

  • All Ages: 
    • Thursdays 5-6 PM

Advanced Fielding

Advanced Fielding (Thursdays): 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12

Description

  • The Advanced Fielding Clinic builds off of the skills learned in the standard Fielding Clinic and is designed specifically for players who already have a solid grasp on basic defensive techniques and footwork. 
  • While the principles remain the same, the exercises in this clinic are more challenging, both physically and mentally.
  • There is a stronger emphasis on the importance of learning how to use your feet to avoid bad hops. Being agile and athletic will allow the player to improvise and be successful.
  • This clinic also introduces players to more advanced elements of fielding, such as slow rollers and throwing on the run.
  • It is ideal for any young infielder looking to take their defensive game to the next level.

Curriculum

WEEK 1 & 6

forehands, backhands, receiving cut off throws, getting low

WEEK 2 & 7

diving plays, getting around the ball, shuffling in posture

WEEK 3 & 8

double play feeds, double play pivots, handling bad feeds, glove flips

WEEK 4 & 9

long hops, short hops, barehand exercises on knees, glove tricks

WEEK 5 & 10

slow rollers, throwing on the run, receiving throws on steals, applying tags

Ages

  • All Ages
    • Wednesdays 6-7 PM

Dates

Pitching (Wednesdays): 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28, 9/4, 9/11

Description

Description Coming Soon!

Curriculum

WEEK 1 & 6

TBD

WEEK 2 & 7

TBD

WEEK 3 & 8

TBD

WEEK 4 & 9

TBD

WEEK 5 & 10

TBD

Ages

  • All Ages:
    • Fridays 6-7 PM

Dates

Catching (Fridays): 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, 9/6, 9/13

Description

  • The Catching Clinic is great for young catchers of all skill levels.
  • Players will learn the proper positioning and posture behind the plate. They will also learn the correct technique for receiving the ball.
  • We cover the proper footwork and throwing techniques for steals and plays to all bases.
  • Players will learn how to properly frame pitches and block balls in the dirt.
  • The Catching Clinic covers passed balls, pop ups, and inside/outside throwing lanes for bunts and dropped strike three plays.

Curriculum

WEEK 1 & 6

positioning, posture, giving a target, receiving the ball

WEEK 2 & 7

throwing footwork, plays at second, plays at third

WEEK 3 & 8

framing, pop ups

WEEK 4 & 9

blocking, plays at first, inside/outside throwing lanes

WEEK 5 & 10

plays at the plate, passed balls with a runner on third

Enroll in a Clinic

Click here to register your player for one or more clinics.

Weekly Schedule

testimonials

My son has been taking lessons with Coach Joe on Monday and Tuesday afternoons— and although he’s quiet during his time— he can NOT stop talking baseball, swings, dropping the back knee… He is loving life right now! This experience has really helped my little guy grow in baseball skills, his drive to practice towards succeeding, and his overall confidence in himself. You guys have something awesome over there. Worth our 45+ minute drive! A major “Thank you” to Coach Joe!

Renee Sochacki

We first met Coach Joe through a friend and worked with him for over 2 seasons. Our son,
Nico, was 9 at the time and was a late starter to baseball, but really wanted to play. Nico is a
special needs child with some motor challenges and ADHD. Despite this, he really wanted to play. Joe worked with Nico 1:1 once a week for 30-60minutes and was patient and kept things fun for Nico while really focusing on the fundamentals to improving Nico’s game. He made significant progress and is continuing to play. I can confidently recommend Joe for a coaching position; we and many other parents were sorry to see him go.

Greg Reilly

Joe has coached all three of our sons when they were ages 7-9 in various after-school programs and also some private lessons. Joe is particularly adept at keeping the younger kids entertained, active and enthusiastic. He has them work on basic skills and conditioning through a series of games and challenges than makes an hour pass quickly (and they come home sweaty, tired and happy). In short, Joe is fabulous with younger kids just learning the game, but can also transition to help older kids build skills, strategies and attitudes to thrive in baseball (and hopefully some life lessons from the benefits of working hard to achieve a goal)!

Michael and Christy Goodman

Our faith in Coach Joe’s abilities was validated when our son was chosen for the local 9U Travel Team this Spring, joining many of the same kids whose skills had impressed my wife and me years earlier. And during a recent skills evaluation prior to the local Little League draft, the kid who couldn’t catch or throw 2 years ago ranked in the top 5% out of the 70+ players who participated.

John and Kristine Nielsen

I have had the privilege of working with Joe Cossuto in a number of different capacities. I served as bench coach on his two travel baseball teams (8U and 10U) in Westport, CT. He also coached two of my son’s for multiple years and gave them private lessons.

Joe is a good leader who possesses a great deal of knowledge about ALL aspects of baseball. From a coaching perspective, he is able to see, comprehend, and teach all aspects of the game as nothing seems to go unnoticed. His attention to detail helps him focus on the nuances of the game that others seem unaware of. This is what helps separate him from other coaches.

From a skill level standpoint, Joe excels at teaching footwork and agility. Being a former middle infielder he has an acute understanding of drill work that helps strengthen this part of a player’s game. I have seen this first hand as my son is a SS, and their work together helped develop his skill set and really help set him apart from other players his age. His knowledge is not limited to this particular area, as he understands all aspects of the game.

Max Landgraf

Need Help?

If you have any questions, concerns, or if you are interested in signing up for private training, please contact Joe Cossuto at 203-858-3854 or coachjoe1984@gmail.com.

instructors

Head Clinic Instructor

Joe Cossuto has been coaching youth baseball for over a decade and has truly found his calling. Before joining the Mo Vaughn Baseball Academy in 2019, Joe spent 12 years as an instructor at Integrated Sports Training in Norwalk, CT and as a head coach in the Westport Youth Travel Baseball program in Westport, CT. He has over 10 years of experience doing private lessons with kids of all ages, from pre-K to the college level. Joe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University.

Founder

Mo Vaughn had a notable 12-year Major League Baseball career with the Boston Red Sox (1991-98), Anaheim (1999-2000), and the New York Mets (2002-03).

Mo’s career highlights include a batting average of .293, 328 home runs and 1,064 RBI. Mo was a three-time American League All-Star with the Red Sox (1995, ’96 and ’98) and awarded the American League MVP in 1995 when he hit .300 with 39 HR & 126 RBI.

The “Hit Dog” became one of the most feared hitters especially in 1996 for Boston batting .326 with 44 HR & 143 RBI.

Vaughn was born in Norwalk, CT, and played at Seton Hall University. He was chosen by the Red Sox in the 1st round of the 1989 draft and began his professional career with Double-A New Britain. He spent all of 1990, at the age of 22, with the PawSox. He split the 1991 season between Pawtucket and Boston, returned briefly to Pawtucket in 1992 for 39 games, but then spent the rest of his career in the majors. A knee injury ended his career during the 2003 season.

Since leaving baseball, Vaughn has founded a number of businesses, including real estate and rehabilitating distressed housing in New York City boroughs, a trucking company called Mo Vaughn Transport, and a big-and-tall clothing brand called MVP Collections.

His latest endeavor is The Mo Vaughn Baseball Academy. Based in Boca Raton, Florida, the Academy offers professional baseball coaching, clinics and indoor batting cages for younger generation baseball players.

Witnessing his then 4-year-old son Lee play the game, Mo saw a need for younger kids to get professional level baseball coaching. He jumped into the position of “Coach Mo” for the Boca Raton PawSox and it’s what inspired him to launch the Mo Vaughn Baseball Academy.

Sign Up Your Child!

Click here to register your player for one or more clinics.

As we understand life, sports and school schedules can get in the way of clinics, pro-rated options are available.

Please contact us for pro-rated options.