Gamers Baseball has provided a spring board for Alaskan baseball players that are committed to reaching their full potential. Please take the time to read the testimony of some of the people that have touched this program.
Coach Jamar Hill’s Gamers Baseball program has changed the face of baseball in Alaska. Before Coach Hill introduced his program, youth players in Alaska had very few options to progress their game toward collegiate level play and beyond; Gamers added an awesome option. Whereas the other high-impact player-promotion program, the Alaska Baseball Academy (an excellent program that helped me immensely) exposes a select group to outside recruiters, the Gamers Program not only enables everyday players to enhance their level of play, it provides an important pathway for any talented kid who wants to play ball after high school to reach that goal. A number of factors have led to the program’s achievement. First, Gamers operates year-round. This is obviously a huge advantage that earlier generations just did not have and is the result of Coach Hill’s use of new indoor facilities that enable kids to play ball on turf, use batting cages, and get quality instruction in Alaska during the long, long winter. Second, the players can regularly travel to “showcase” tournaments that are specifically designed to expose players to all levels of college coaches. The number of players that establish relationships with coaches outside of Alaska is increasing yearly, and many are a direct result of the Gamers program. Third, and critically important, is the factor of Coach Hill himself. Aside from knowing the finer points of the game and effectively teaching them, Jamar played collegiate and pro ball. This enables him to spot talented players at an early age and to introduce them to his wide network of coaching contacts both inside Alaska (as he did with me) and, as they mature, outside Alaska; this exposure is one of his primary goals. The Gamers Program is unique in that it is not designed to win tournaments or improve High School standings, rather it is 100% focused on developing players to compete at their highest level after High School. This philosophy is very advantageous to all ambitious players, but even more so to a particular variety of players. For example, a player that doesn’t get a lot of playing time in High School because he isn’t in his natural position or his potential hasn’t been identified…or a player who isn’t aware of his future baseball options and is having trouble deciding which sport to pursue. Gamers can be really important to these young athletes because the program strives to identify each player’s strengths and potential for improvement. The program considers things like a player’s work ethic, attitude, and current skill level. It then projects these factors into the future and puts each player on a path best suited for his particular attributes by targeting instruction and putting players in direct contact with the appropriate colleges coaches. Nowadays, many college baseball recruiters are focusing more on high school freshmen and sophomore players to gain a competitive advantage. Coach Hill knows this. And he knows a lot of coaches from his playing days, so the Gamers approach of “identifying, developing, and promoting” players can be extremely beneficial to players when they are 13 to 15 years old. In my case, Coach Hill identified me as a player with the potential to compete at the collegiate level when I was a high school sophomore. He made a special effort to inform my parents and other coaches of the potential he perceived, and I participated in his program. I was never too sure about how far I could go in baseball, but Jamar assured me that if I kept working on the right things in the right way, that I could play in college. I was lucky enough to have time to act on his advice: I worked out, took ground balls, and used the cage almost daily – all year. I also worked hard in the classroom. It paid off for me when I was recruited by a Division I baseball program. Whether you’re a player, a parent, or a college coach, I encourage you to take a close look at Jamar Hill’s Gamers Baseball program and consider it for what it is: a new and effective way to find, develop, and promote high quality ball players from the largely overlooked, but talent-rich, state of Alaska.
Jamar Hill and Gamers Baseball have taken youth baseball in Alaska to the next level. I have known Jamar for 12 years and fully support his vision to continue to better youth baseball in our home state. Jamar’s collegiate and professional playing experiences, have given him a wide range of knowledge and skills to teach the game to players of all ability levels. His good nature helps him relate well to our youth and teens. His outstanding connections in baseball allows him to foster and maintain relationships with college coaches and pro scouts, has given players in the Gamers Program the ability to play baseball at a higher level on a more consistent basis. I firmly believe that more and more kids from Gamers Baseball will play baseball at the college level and beyond in the years to come. Jamar, Corey and their staff, rival any program in the Pacific NW in terms of quality of instruction. I have been in professional baseball as a scout since 1999, the last 4 years as the Director of International Operations for the Seattle Mariners. In this time, I have seen many youth baseball programs come and go. I feel Gamers is different; like myself, Jamar grew up in Alaska. We grew up without the facilities that exist today, we hit whiffle balls in elementary school gyms when there was snow on the ground. We had to work much harder than kids who grew up in the sunshine playing baseball year round. Our work ethic and sense of pride for our state was created on some cold winter night in a gym; tired of hitting whiffleballs, we counted the days to get outside and hit the real thing. Jamar wants to make things easier for Alaskans today. He wants kids to see their dreams of being the best possible baseball player they can be come true. I have no doubt, that Jamar will see this through!
I’ve worked with Jamar and Gamers Baseball for a couple of years now. They are a first-class operation and provide an excellent experience for youths. Jamar and his group know what it takes to play baseball at the highest levels, and they are committed to teaching their players how to play the game the right way. Gamers Baseball also does a good job going to the “right” events – the events that college coaches and pro scouts target, and the events that provide valuable competition experience against high-quality players.
Thank you Jamar! Man you inspired me because I’d heard about you when I was younger and thought to myself how cool it would be to meet you. You’ve been a great inspiration to my baseball and my life. It’s meant the world to me!!! I Can’t thank you and Corey enough. Never ever stop doing what your doing because you’ll effect many lives like mine!
Being able to work with Jamar and Corey before the fall showcases was extremely valuable for me! Without their work with me, I’m not sure I would have gotten into such a good college or play for the Goldpanners! Corey threw some serious gas at me in the cage that I had never seen before! I struggled, so Jamar took video and walked me through my mistakes and what I could do better! I also I had conversations with both Corey and Jamar, which they aloud me to pick their brains and learn from their success and failure! So when it was time to show my stuff on the field, I was not only physically prepared, but mentally as well! So when I was very successful I had Jamar and Corey to thank because their help is exactly what I needed!
2014 Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year (Basketball & Baseball) Currently pitching at Arizona Western College on Athletic Scholarship
Corey and Jamar both have helped me tremendously over the years of my baseball career. I have worked with them both for about 4 years now, from the beginning of my freshman year to my senior year of baseball.
Jamar’s hitting advice and tips are some of the best things I have ever learned from a hitting coach. Giving me more power and faster bat speed, He knows how to break down every part of the swing and develop mechanics into perfection.
Corey has an amazing knowledge about pitching, he has helped me with my throwing mechanics adding noticeable MPH on my fastball, he has also helped me with my weight lifting program as well for a pitcher, giving me advice about which exercises I should focus on and which ones I should stay away from.
Both of these guys have helped me so much with baseball and I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for them. These guys have gone so far in baseball giving Alaska a big name for it’s self, they have received pro coaching and know what they are talking about and now they are giving back what they have learned throughout their career. These guys truly know the real aspects of baseball. I owe a huge thank you to Corey and Jamar for everything they have taught me, it truly made a big difference working with them.