RockIt baseball is a relatively new program, only four years old, compared to the long-established travel baseball organizations throughout the country. But they have been steadily building a collection of talent. The Showcase Program at RockIt Sports is run by Andrew Slater and Adam Taylor. They are confident that the program will continue to gain recognition and they look to have the showcase teams on the right path to success. The versatility of the players, natural athletic talents, and organizational philosophy help guide this team in the right direction and to compete at a high level.
Andrew Slater is the head coach at the Collegiate School where he was named the VISAA State Coach of Year this past season and won the VISAA Division 1 State Championship. Coach Slater’s resume includes coaching stints at Auburn University, Virginia Military Institute and Western Kentucky. Andrew spent 8 years as an assistant coach at the collegiate level and has been the head coach at the Collegiate School for the past 9 years.
Adam Taylor is the head coach of the 17U team this fall and his background is impressive. After 15 seasons in college baseball including 6 years as a Division 1 assistant coach (University of Richmond and College of William and Mary) and 5 years as a Division 3 Head Coach at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA., Coach Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. During his coaching career, Adam recruited and coached twenty-five student athletes that were either taken in the MLB Amateur Draft or signed professional contracts as free agents. He knows what college programs look for in a player and he is committed to developing his players in that mold.
The RockIt Baseball 2016 fall showcase roster lists 15 players, with 4 players in the 2018 class, 2 players from the 2019 class and 2 players from the 2020 class. It is a young group. These players come from all across the Richmond Metro Area and will look to be significant contributors on their high school’s varsity team this coming spring, according to Taylor.
“RockIt is a young organization and it’s important to be patient when developing the showcase side of things. We have a lot of talent on our 15U and 17U showcase teams right now, but in the next couple of years we will see the program grow tremendously due to the wealth of talent we have at the 13U and 14U levels,” Taylor stated.
The focus for all of RockIt Sports programming is development. “Listen, Respect, Work” is a motto that you will repeatedly hear and see when you hang around the baseball or basketball practices on a daily basis. This extends to the Showcase Teams as well. At the end of the day, week, month, and year the question is -- are you a better player than when you walked into the building?
Taylor concludes, “In the next couple years, you will see RockIt Sports beginning to compete on the national level with our showcase teams. That is exciting to me because I have seen this organization grow and many of the kids that will be on those teams have trained here from the beginning. We want to put our program on the map, nationally. We want make sure that we do that in the right way and stay to the values that RockIt Sports was founded on.”