About The Baseball Observer & Coach Helke
About The Baseball Observer
No one should have to spend hours looking for or paying for information to find college baseball programs.
After my son’s sophomore year of high school in 2010, he and I began to search for information about college baseball programs. We became very frustrated with the scattered and incomplete information we found on the internet. Not one site we went to had complete information. They didn’t have a complete list of schools. They had broken or outdated links, were difficult to navigation to find information or wanted us to pay for the information. There wasn’t one single site (even the most popular or well-known sites) that was a “one place to find everything”.
That frustrated me immensely and The Baseball Observer was born. I made a vow to create a site where a player, parent or coach could go and easily navigate to find current and updated information on every college baseball program in the U.S. with the ability to search by state and provide links to their specific baseball website including a map of where each school was in that state. All information and all links are "hand tested" tested and verified good once a year to stay as up-to-date and current as possible.
That later evolved into the list of collegiate summer league programs because the most any one site has is 43 and a few of the leagues listed are no longer in existence. I feel every player in college who wants to play summer collegiate ball should have a way to easily find those conferences and find a team. As of June 2023, we have 88 verified collegiate summer baseball leagues listed – all verified as of June 2023.
The Baseball Education Center is new to the site and currently new information is being added. We wanted to provide factual, evidence based and research supported training (performed in the lab and on the field) because of the poor instruction, training, limited beliefs and out-of-date beliefs that is out there. Which in the long run, hurts an athlete’s potential. Athletes have different physical structures, expectations, different desires and goals. Training must address and account for all those differences. Athletes are not clones. I continue my own training and education by acquiring related certifications, attend educational seminars (baseball, biomechanics, psychology, learning science, etc.) and continue to speak with coaches and trainers at all levels. I am also in contact with unbiased researchers and other professionals who do work related to the game. Plus, I am still an active baseball coach with over 30yrs of successful hands-on practical on-the-field experience.
About Coach Helke
Bio (in brief)
Active baseball coach since 1992
Performance Optimization Coach & Mental Game Mentor
Founder of The Baseball Observer Digital Magazine, Directory & Training
Founder of 360 Peak Performance
Co-author of two best-selling books on Peak Performance
Marquis "Who’s Who in America" 2023 Inductee (for coaching, training and authorship)
Degree in Psychology
Certified Sports Psychology Coach (Ed)
Certified Biomechanics Specialist (Human Body Movement)
Certified Core Conditioning Specialist
Certified Mental Guided Imagery
NFHS Certified Interscholastic Coach
Certified First Aid/ CPR/ AED
Extensive training under neuroscientist Dr. Sarah McKay in Applied Neuroscience & Brain Health
ABCA, OHSBCA, NFHS & ISBS (International Society of Biomechanics in Sports)
APA Division 47 (Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology).
Along with Coach Helke's continuing education, he has spent years and continues to read and speak with top unbiased sports and exercise researchers and professors in the fields of anatomy, physics, biomechanics, kinesiology, psychology and learning science (how humans actually learn). Along with numerous college and professional coaches.
That knowledge is then combined with professional practice knowledge.
Works with athletes from age 10 and above – from the recreational player to the elite college player. Works with teams and organizations.