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Updated: Dec 4th, 2012
Next Level Baseball Staff "Gets It"
By: Kiersten Sepanski |

Tallahassee, FL - Where can you find a baseball program that has young players that want to improve their skills with the best baseball instructors in the north Florida area?

At the Next Level Baseball facility in Tallahassee, Florida that’s where. Next Level Baseball has the best baseball instructors in the area, including experienced coaches that played at the collegiate and professional levels. Stuart Tapley, a former Florida State University baseball player and President of Next Level Baseball definitely has a passion for teaching young players the game of baseball. Tapley knows the game as well as anyone around the Tallahassee area. Between Tapley and his staff, they have the knowledge and skills to help players regardless of their age. Tapley took a break from running the showcase at Lincoln High School this weekend to talk with me about Next Level Baseball’s program. “We do private lessons from 5 years old all the way up to 65-year-olds getting ready for adult league baseball”, Tapley said. The camps give high school players experience and practice for team tryouts and expand their knowledge of the game. “Getting kids exposure,” Stuart Tapley said is the main goal for Next Level Baseball and their events.

The Elite 100 showcase this past weekend included some of the best players in the north Florida and south Georgia areas.

Next Level BaseballBlake Reese, a 2015 shortstop from Lincoln High School was showcasing his defensive skills at shortstop and his bat during batting practice as scouts evaluated from the third base dugout. Players like Reese attend Next Level Baseball camps to improve their skills and gain exposure.

As a part of my first showcase, I was impressed with how timely this event ran. There were no breaks for the players or staff, everyone was working hard and the players and parents appreciated it. The crisp fall air, crowded stands, and competitive atmosphere pushed the players to perform to their peak levels.

Seeing that many prospects on the same field was an impressive site. Next Level Baseball was able to bring 90 players to the next level by exposing them to scouts and college coaches that were in attendance.

Gavin Dickey, a former University of Florida baseball and football player was one of many to work hands on with the players during the showcase. People like Dickey and Tapley care about the players and want to help them succeed. They also have the tools and track record to help the players succeed.

Next Level Baseball runs showcases, camps, private lessons, and competitive invite-only travel teams. They have personally coached and trained 32 players that have played for division one programs or professional baseball, including several major leaguers. Quite a track record for being in business for just 8 years.

About Kiersten Sepanski
Kiersten is an intern, currently a creative writing major at UCF, assisting with content.
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