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Coach Perona and Philosophy

Chicago Baseball Club - Chicago Warriors and Philosophy 
Joe Perona founded Chicago Baseball Club in 2015 to develop confident, fundamentally strong youth baseball players. Joe is a 15 year youth coaching veteran and a life-long baseball player with an impressive amateur and professional career. Through Chicago Baseball Club, Joe and his staff of coaches deliver his unique "no excuses" coaching philosophy in a supportive teaching environment.

Joe founded the Warriors Baseball Program in 2010 and has served as a volunteer coach and League leader for 15 years at Warren Park Youth Baseball. Joe also co founded the not for profit Chicago Northside 5 Baseball League in 2012 with a single age group of five teams and now has over 50 teams in six age divisions.
Joe enjoys coaching too much to simply be an administrator of the Warriors baseball program. In 2017, he head coached the Chicago Warriors 14u Green and the 13u Chicago Warriors and led them to strong seasons. He also is heavily involved in Chicago Baseball Club winter training for the Warriors teams and is on the field directing and coaching the Chicago Warriors fall program. See team achievements for 2017 team details. Chicago Warriors teams do compete for championships but at the heart of the Chicago Baseball Club program is developing players and coaches.

Chicago Baseball Club is the training home of the Chicago Warriors and Warren Park Warriors baseball program. In addition to Joe Perona, CBC coaches range from former college and professional baseball players to experienced youth or high school coaches. CBC offers multiple year ‘round training programs and private lessons designed to develop players aged eight to 18, as well as training clinics for youth baseball coaches.

Player and Team Development: Evolution of a Winning Team

"When I founded the Warriors program in 2010, we had a group of nine-year-olds who were just learning the game of competitive baseball. Back then, the Warriors were simply trying to survive a complete six inning game verses competitive team -- winning against strong teams wasn't on our radar. Near the end of their second season, these young players came to believe in themselves and realize they were good baseball players who could compete. With confidence, authentic growth followed. By year three, the Warriors posted a winning record and they never looked back. The players reached a point as a team where they expected to win. Now, as individuals, they are skilled ball players who can compete against anyone." --Joe Perona

Coaching Purpose

  • "Both coach and player must desire improvement. Coaches must demonstrate belief in their players, and convince the player the belief is genuine. As a coach, I try to light sparks in my players and allow them to see the possibilities, and lead through good instruction.  This method builds confidence and encourages players to build on their improvement."-- Joe Perona

Media Spotlight

*  Bureau County Republican, Perona comes full circle, July 27, 2015
*  Illinois Valley News Tribune, Where are they now: St. Bede's Joe Perona,  July 18 2014
*  Youth Baseball Edge Podcast, Turning Around a Dying Program with Joe Perona, January 12,2016
*  Illinois Valley News Tribune, Junior League World Series: Perona coaches Warren Park to World Series, August 13, 2018


Mentoring Coaches

"My own coaching improvement began to flourish when I set aside my ego and accepted that my growth as a teacher of baseball would not simply be the result of my own accomplishments as a baseball player. That is, being a good player and having deep knowledge of the game doesn't automatically make me a good coach. Practice is the time for the coach to frame the game into smaller chunks, challenge the player beyond comfort and focus on quality movements. Forget about scouting an opponent. Focus your team on playing their game. For my teams, that means they come prepared to play hard, aggressive baseball. Good coaches drop their ego and teach the game."--Joe Perona 

Joe Perona background as an athlete

Joe's interest in sports began on the diamonds in the Spring Valley, IL Little League in the late 1970's. By the time he reached high school at St. Bede Academy in Peru, IL, Joe was a three-sport star. At St. Bede, he played three years of varsity football as a quarterback and strong safety, rushing for over 1,000 yards and passing for 2,000 yards over his final two seasons. As a basketball player, Joe played four years on the varsity team, and when he graduated in 1987, he was the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1199 points. In baseball, Joe started on the varsity team at shortstop his freshman year and, as he would in each of his four years, led the team in batting average. In his junior year, he batted .520 and had a state record 62 RBI in 31 games. Colleges recruited Joe in all three sports. Joe considered interest from three schools to play both football and baseball:  The Naval Academy, Princeton University and College of St Francis. For baseball, he received athletic scholarship offers at Bradley, Wisconsin, and Northwestern University.

Joe played four years of baseball at Northwestern and graduated in 1991. In his junior and senior seasons, while playing mostly third base and catcher, he led Northwestern in batting averages of .368 and .384 and was an All Big Ten Conference selection, team captain, and team MVP. The Detroit Tigers drafted Joe in 1991 in the 8th round as a catcher. He played five minor league seasons in the Detroit system, making it to Double A in his final three professional seasons. He was released by Detroit in 1995.

After a summer coaching his nephew's 13-year-old team, Joe began playing baseball again in 1997 as an amateur in the Chicago Skyscraper League in the NABF open-age division, which consists of players 18 and older. Joe has not missed a season since and is currently a catcher on the Chicago Clout baseball team.

Joe lives in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood with his wife, Julie, and their four children.

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Chicago Warriors--Chicago Baseball Club

 
Chicago, Illinois 60660

Phone: 773-315-5545
Email: [email protected]

Chicago Warriors--Chicago Baseball Club

 
Chicago, Illinois 60660

Phone: 773-315-5545
Email: [email protected]
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