about "The crush"

The San Diego Crush Baseball Academy is a travel ball organization that specializes in a higher level of baseball competition. At Crush Baseball, we prepare each of our players for the next level, no matter what age they are at in the development of their game. We offer multiple travel teams and semester clinics with our professional coaching staff, who range from a variety of backgrounds and positions played.


Why Join Crush?

Crush stands out over other travel organizations because of our coaching staff, our facilities, and the baseball experience that players receive.


The program's staff is directed by Nick Carmichael, Deron Johnson, and Dominick Johnson, all of whom have professional experience. Nick Carmichael pitched in the Detroit Tigers system with a career ERA of 3.25. Deron and Dominick Johnson, outside of their own professional playing careers, have both developed hundreds of college and professional players. We encourage everyone to check out our coaches page HERE. The Johnson's resumes are impressive. Not to be overshadowed, the Crush Program offers a list of other ex-college and pro players that now coach with the Crush.


Along with our qualified coaching staff, all of our teams have at least one practice a week at Poway High School (our older teams play games there as well). The facilities at Poway High School allow for better quality and higher repetition practices that cannot be duplicated elsewhere. This leads to one thing: better player development. Winning youth tournaments is great, but it is not our primary concern at Crush. Our concern is developing players for the next level. A list of successful Crush players can be found HERE.


Outside of the tremendous coaching and progression that our players experience, the program stands apart from others because it offers a refreshing perspective of the game. These days, many coaches and programs are more concerned with the number of accolades that their teams can accumulate before entering high school. Many players burn out before ever playing high school ball because of the emphasis that has been put on winning over development. The priority at Crush is to make the game about the players' development and their enjoyment of the sport. We find this to be a more sustainable goal that leads to an environment that develops productive citizens with good character as well as successful athletes. We encourage interested players and families to read what Crush families say about the program

Because of our coaching staff, our ties with a major High School baseball program, and our perspective on player development, we encourage everyone to look to our program as their primary travel ball option.