The Pittsburgh Diamond Dawgs are Western PA's premiere travel baseball organization. The Diamond Dawgs were created by professional baseball instructors Frank Merigliano (White Sox), Ryan Flanagan (Twins) and Dom Merigliano (Pitt) to give the serious player a forum to improve their skills and play baseball at a more competitive level. The emphasis of Diamond Dawgs baseball is on individual player development. By incorporating the same philosophies and teaching methods that we've used to create the area's best baseball players and applying it to the team concept allows Diamond Dawgs players maximize their ability and reach their true potential.
OVER 200 SCHOLARSHIP PLAYERS
25 MLB DRAFT PICKS
3 MLB PLAYERS
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THE DIAMOND DAWG WAY
The Diamond Dawgs are built on the premise that success is the direct result of the following components
COACHING: Coaching is the most important component of player development in any youth baseball program. The techniques and habits formed at a young age will determine how far a player's career will advance. Young players grow and mature at different rates. The mechanics that are introduced at a young age must be bio-mechanically correct to allow players to be able to compete and continually improve as their bodies mature. Diamond Dawgs players receive consistent and proven instruction from the area's best baseball staff.
PRACTICE: Practice is where players are taught solid fundamental mechanics and correct baseball movements and given the tools to reinforce these teachings on a consistent basis. Diamond Dawgs practice sessions are very detailed, fast moving and intense. All practice sessions are set up in a station to station rotation format which allows all players regardless of age to receive the exact same instruction. Our players are expected each and every week to compete for roster spot placement. Practice begins out doors in October with our fall "mini camp". Indoor practice begins in December at our brand new 10,000 sq foot " DAWG POUND" in Robinson Twp. and continues until the weather warms in the early spring.
TOURNAMENT PLAY: Dawgs teams compete in tournaments at the local, regional and national levels.Teams in the pre-high school age groups will compete in tournaments generally within a two our radius of Pittsburgh. High school aged teams will compete against other top regional programs. SHOWCASE teams will compete in the top "invitation only" events that attract the best teams in a 15 state radius and are attended by college coaches by the dozens.