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Tom Knapczyk joins Cangelosi Sparks as Director of Player Development

  In an effort to continually upgrade and better our organization, we are always seeking opportunities to hire quality individuals that share our vision and mission. We are excited to announce that Tom Knapczyk will be joining our team as Director of Player Development for Cangelosi Baseball in conjunction with Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports. Tom brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and professionalism to our organization. Tom has a master’s degree in education, has been teaching physical education for 15+ years, and also has over 15 years of high school, junior high, and travel baseball coaching experience.  Tom has been a co-owner of the Illinois Edge travel baseball program […]

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Cangy’s Corner Podcast: Episode 01 Kickoff Talkin’ Baseball

We have started this podcast because we wanted to spark some discussion around the many aspects of baseball from the mental to the physical side of the game.  Throughout these podcasts we will tackle the hot topics in the game along with some throwback stories from Cangelosi and some special guests. “It’s a sport but it all stems from if your understanding how to work and create a good work ethic while you are younger by creating discipline and understanding how to practice towards your goals. You can use those […]

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Derek Kopacz named 2019, 9u Sparks White Coach

We are excited to announce that Derek Kopacz will be running our 9u Sparks White team for the 2019 season. Derek won a National Championship at Joliet Junior College in 1994 and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 33rd round out of Triton College in 1995. He has 9 years under his belt playing professionally. Derek has even more experience in travel baseball having coached it for 10+ years. In 2013, he led one of the best teams to ever come out of Illinois to a 99-13-2 record […]

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Advice to Parents of Collegiate Athletes

Written by Mike Deegan Congratulations! Your child is going to college and attempting to play a collegiate sport. What an exciting time. While there is cause for celebration, I wanted to let you know that challenging times are ahead. Playing a collegiate sport is hard. Being a parent of a child playing a collegiate sport can be even harder; if you let it. There are no shortages of stories of parents and coaches not getting along. It doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, in the vast majority of […]

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The Youth Sport Epidemic: Parental Involvement

Written by Michael Deegan We pulled up for my sons first “all-star tournament” a few weeks ago.  He’s seven.  It was a beautiful day for baseball; low 80’s with bright sun.  As we walked to the field and past much bigger kids with matching bat bags (my son is mesmerized by this) and the names on the back of their uniforms I could sense my guy was nervous.  My wife and I said the right things, “Have fun.” “Do your best.” “We love you.” In his first at-bat he struck out […]

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Ryan Quigley named Director of Throwing Development

Cangelosi Baseball powered by Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports proudly announces the addition of Ryan Quigley as Director of Throwing Development. Our initiative has always been to provide answers and solutions to the questions of the baseball community that we serve. Arm care has been a hot topic in the baseball industry. The addition of Ryan Quigley will help us integrate arm care, velocity training and throwing mechanics into all of our programs and travel baseball training, including the Cave Velocity program. After an exhaustive search, we are extremely pleased that […]

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Where I’m Coming From

Every time I ever stepped into a batter’s box, I wanted to destroy whoever was on the mound. In my mind, that guy was trying to take food off my table and I would bite them if it meant me getting a hit. I started playing baseball because it was what I was born to do. Some people probably didn’t agree with the way I approached the game, but they also probably didn’t play in the majors for 22 years. I get if you don’t understand my point of view. How […]

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Cangelosi Baseball and Illinois Sparks Merge to Cangelosi Sparks

Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports is excited to announce the merger of two premium baseball programs. The Illinois Sparks and Cangelosi Baseball will be joining forces to create an unparalleled travel baseball experience. Now known as the Cangelosi Sparks, we will conduct tryouts to assemble two teams at each level from 8u-18u. Participation will include elite memberships at the Bo Dome, a comprehensive off-season training program, and a competitive spring and summer schedule.  As a Cangelosi Sparks player, you will have access to all of the resources that the Bo Dome offers […]

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Coach’s Corner with Bob Lisanti – Thursday, May 19th

All young players are looking for quick-fixes, ‘the secrets of the pros’, or that singular approach that will change everything. It doesn’t exist! It’s nonsense! People in our industry sometimes prey on those feelings when trying to sell you those answers. QUICK-FIX ANSWERS IN BASEBALL DO NOT WORK! Quick-fixes are like diet fads! Yes, in the short term you will lose weight, but in time, most gain the weight back and then some! Again, getting better in baseball is a journey, a process. It sometimes requires 1 step backwards in […]

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Importance of In-Season Strength Training for Athletes

Athletes are generally very motivated to succeed in their sport, putting in a tremendous amount of time and effort training in the weight room in preparation for their season. However when the season arrives, far too many athletes completely abandon their training. This begs the question, “Are you training for tryouts and training camp, or are you training to be at your physical peak ability for when it really matters, the post-season?” The basis of a solid in-season training program should include: maximizing your competitive sports advantage while maintaining previous […]

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