Smarter Performance Baseball

We run dedicated baseball training in the UK for pitchers, catchers and sport-specific athletic development.

We believe that for baseball to grow and develop in this country, the first step should be to raise the standards of pitching and catching.

Operating as usual


Today, Will Lintern our Director of Pitching and Catching will be running a 3hr Masterclass with pitchers from across South East England.

Delighted to announce this clinic a vital part of the Federation's Our Future Programme

Pitching Clinic #1 - Maidstone - Saturday 23rd March -1400-1700 3-hour Pitching Clinic put on by Will Lintern from Smarter Performance Director of Pitching & Catching.

Join our 3-hour Pitching Clinic designed for aspiring pitchers who crave excellence.

Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting out, this clinic is tailored to enhance your techniques, boost your confidence, and unleash your full potential on the diamond.

The session cost is £20 for 3 hours of pitching education.
Register here:


🚨 Do Something Cool 🚨

👊 Liam Carroll has announced he has joined the Boston Red Sox organisation as a Minor League Baseball Manager.

💪Liam has served many roles within the British Baseball community at the club and international level with Great Britain Baseball National Teams. Most recently he has served as the Lead Hitting and Infield Coach with Smarter Performance Baseball. His attention to detail and quality of coaching especially through our Online Academy has been second to none.

🦁 We wish Liam and his family all the best in this exciting adventure, and we hope to see him back with SP in some capacity in the future.


🚨Do Something Cool 🚨

👊Yesterday Jessica Mae Vernon made her debut as a pitcher for the Great Britain Baseball National Teams Women's Team. In 0.2 innings Jess had a 54% strike rate, 66% 1st Pitch Strikes and recorded her first ever strike out! 🔥

💪Jess has worked incredibly hard over the last two years. We have loved watching her develop as a pitcher and can't wait to see what she does next.

🦁 Good luck to Jess and the rest of the team this week. Follow the action here:

Great Britain Baseball National Teams

Photo Credit Paul Stodart


Congratulations to SP Athletes Amy Trask and Jessica Mae Vernon on making the roster for the first-ever Great Britain Baseball National Teams Women's Baseball Team.

Amy, Jess and their teammates will compete at the 2022 Women's European Championship this week against teams from the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and hosts France. We wish them all the best this week and are extremely proud of how hard they have worked to get here.

Follow the action here


The WBSC Europe Women's European Baseball Championships kick off this week & we couldn't be more excited, or more proud to see our Lionesses take the field. Thanks Women's Baseball UK & British Baseball Federation (BBF) for creating an historic platform for these amazing women.



🚨 Do Something Cool 🚨

✒️Yesterday Amy Trask made history with the Great Britain Baseball National Teams Women's Baseball Team by recording the team's first-ever hit at the Women's European Championship with an RBI base hit to left field.

💪Amy and her brothers have a long history with GB Baseball, Amy had previously played at the U15 and U12 age groups but this was her first time playing for the Women's team. Following an arm injury Amy has worked incredibly hard over the last 12 months, training with Smarter Performance to put herself in a place where she could represent her country once again.

🙌 We are all so proud of Amy and can't wait to see what she does next.

🦁 Good luck to Amy and the rest of the team this week. Follow the action here:
Great Britain Baseball National Teams

Photo Credit Paul Stodart


🚨Guest Coach Masterclasses are back!!!🚨

🦁Drew Spencer the Lead Programme Manager & Head Coach of Great Britain Baseball will be talking outfield, baserunning and what it takes to play for your country with members of the SP Online Academy.

💥Can't Wait




🙌 Congratulations to Lewis Bawden who threw a No Hitter in his first game of the season for the Guildford Baseball & Softball Club Mavericks. Oh and then in game 2 he went and hit a home run.

🔥 5.0 IP 0H 0R 3BB 6K 81 Pitches 52% strikes

💥 We could not be more proud of Lewis, it goes to show when you put in the work the results follow.



⚾️ This week Gabi Minotaurs who plays for the Minotaurs (Single A) of the London Mets Baseball and Softball Club is our athlete of the week.

💪 Gabi has been working extremely hard and despite two tough losses last weekend, is ready to bounce back with the Minotaurs this Sunday.

✅ Last week Gabi dominated all the online sessions logging more workouts than anyone else on TrainHeroic and is busy getting ready for the Great Britain Baseball National Teams Women's National Team tryouts later this month.

✅ We can't wait to see what Gabi does this season.



🙌 Congratulations to Will Clayton and Alex Deacon on their wins with their club the London Legends last weekend over the British Baseball Federation (BBF) National Baseball League.

🤩 Good luck to everyone else whose Opening Day is this weekend and to anyone for whom it just another day at the ballpark. Hope you do something cool.

Photos from Smarter Performance Baseball's post 07/04/2022


⚾️ This week Lewis Bawden of the Guildford Baseball & Softball Club is our athlete of the week.

💪 Lewis has been working extremely hard all winter and recently put up some great PBRs in the field.

✅ 73 mph on the mound (⬆️ 3 mph increase since last season)

✅ 84 mph exit velo (⬆️ 11 mph increase since last season)

Can't wait to see what Lewis does this season.



⚾️ This week Stella Veski of the London Mets Baseball and Softball Club and Belles Baseball club is our athlete of the week.

👊 Stella has been crushing in across the whole winter but week she took it up a notch. Can't wait to see what Stella does this season.

Timeline photos 24/03/2022

Tune in this evening to hear our Director of Pitching & Catching discuss catching and how it has changed over the years.

Contact Colin Barrett at BSUK for joining instructions.

This Thursday, Coach Summit 2022 will hear from the one and only Will Lintern! The longtime Great Britain Baseball National Teams Coach will discuss the battery - pitching and catching! Tune in at 7:30 PM.

The Summit:

Photos from Smarter Performance Baseball's post 20/03/2022

Guest Coach Masterclass: Tom Gillespie.

Joining us this week is Tom Gillespie, an international Scout with the and Executive Director of Play Global. Tom will be talking pitching and international player development with members of the SP Online Academy.

We can't wait for this one!


Congratulations to Mark Parker from Essex Redbacks Baseball Club for being the SP Online Academy Athlete of the week.

Photos from Smarter Performance Baseball's post 06/03/2022

🚨SP Academy Guest Coaches are back

Super excited to kick off the second round of this years guest coaches to the Online Academy with Jeff Krushell from Krush Performance.

Jeff is a world-renowned strength & conditioning coach and talent development specialist and we can't wait for our players to benefit from his insights and thoughts.

Photos from Bristol Baseball Club's post 04/03/2022

We had an amazing time last weekend with the players and coaches from Bristol Baseball Club delivering a pitchers and catchers clinic.

A fantastic group who are hungry to learn and keen to get better.


SP Baseball Pitchers and Catchers Clinic

We're excited to head out on the road this weekend, delivering a pitchers and catcher clinic with the Bristol Baseball Club

Can't wait to deliver an intense 3-hour workshop with an amazing and dedicated group of players, hungry to get better in their own environment.


Guest Coach #4 - Ryan Serena

Joining the SP Online Academy this evening as a guest coach will be Ryan Serena, Owner of Rogue Baseball Performance and recently announced as infield coordinator for the Chicago Cubs.

Ryan is extremely passionate about developing baseball players of all ages and we're so excited that he will be sharing his insights with our players tonight!

Photos from Smarter Performance Baseball's post 02/02/2022

Happy National Catchers Day

Here's to all the catchers in the Great Britain Baseball National Teams pipeline and those finding a way to get better in UK through their British Baseball Federation (BBF) and British Baseball League
clubs, National Teams or Smarter Performance Baseball.

Photos from Smarter Performance Baseball's post 02/02/2022


This evening the SP Online Academy will be joined by Ryan Sienko the Director of Coaching, Field Coordinator and Catching for the Detroit Tigers

Ryan was previously the Catching Coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers and is regarded as one of the best catching coaches in the world and runs his own caching training organisation

Our players are extremely lucky to learn from one of the best in the game.


We're excited to announce that the second coach joining us this year as a guest coach in Donegal Fergus.

Now the Associate Head Coach at the University of California Santa Barbara, Donegal previously spent two seasons as the minor league Hitting Coordinator for the Minnesota Twins.

We can't wait for our players to learn from one of the best hitting coaches in America, one of the most well-respected recruiters in the NCAA college system.

Photos from BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK)'s post 27/01/2022

Congratulations to Jessica Mae Vernon on winning the BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) Young Adult Coach of the Year Award.

Fantastic to see her succeeding not just as a player but a coach as well.

We can't wait to see what she does next.

Photos from Smarter Performance Baseball's post 21/01/2022

As part of this year's SP Online Academy, we are really excited to bring in a number of expert coaches from around the world to deliver masterclasses in their respective areas of expertise.

We are extremely lucky to welcome Brent Strom, Pitching Coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks (formerly Houston Astros) as our first guest coach. Brent is arguably the best pitching coach in the world and we are incredibly lucky to have him speak with our players (and coaches) this weekend.

More guest coaches to follow in future sessions.


🤔Thinking about New Years Resolutions for the 2022 Season?

🤩How about joining a group of like-minded baseball players who all want the same thing?

✅Sign up today for the Online Academy and let us help get you where you want to be for Opening Day 2022!

Arm Health 29/12/2021

Arm Health

Check out this video on how to keep your arm in tip-top shape, the differences between tightness, soreness and pain and how to adjust your throwing workloads accordingly.

For more content like this, and guidance from expert coaches to get you ready for the 2022 season, then sign up to the SP Online Academy.

Arm Health Keeping your arm healthy and ready to play is probably the most important part of any baseball players preparation. In this video, we discuss what arm health...

Photos from Smarter Performance Baseball's post 17/12/2021


Saturday 4th December we ran an "Introduction to Coaching" Clinic with coaches from Norwich Iceni Baseball Club.

The session was practical and delivery focused with coaches learning new technical coaching points and tips for delivering sessions in:
- Warm-Ups
- Teaching Throwing
- Infield/Outfield
- Batting

If you would like to attend future Coach Education events, or you are interested in your club hosting a clinic then let us know.


We're super proud that one of our athletes, Jessica Mae Vernon has been selected as an assistant coach for the Great Britain Baseball National Teams U12 Team.

Jess isn't done yet with her playing career as she is working hard this offseason in a bid to make the first-ever GB Women's National Team when they compete at next summer's European Championships.

Keep crushing it Jess!


🇬🇧Meet the coach🇬🇧

Jessica Vernon was selected as an assistant coach for the U12 National Baseball Team in May this year.

“My Great Britain baseball vision is to inspire the next generation and to increase girls’ participation in every age group of our national teams. I'm so excited to be a part of the Great Britain baseball coaching staff. Having seen the coaches and players in action, I am looking forward to contributing fully to a competitive and hard-working group.

I hope that our programme can demonstrate to girls that baseball is a place for them to come, play ball, coach and compete.” - Jessica Vernon

“I'm thrilled to have Jessica join the U12 coaching staff. Jessica has been a force in baseball in recent years through her development of youth baseball at Bracknell and founding of the Belles baseball team. She is a great addition to the U12 staff and we are lucky to have her.” - Brian Lainoff, Head Coach for the U12s

You can read more about Jessica and the U12 staff on the BBF website:



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✅Drills you can do at home
✅Weekly Challenges


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