The Ball Club



Preparing boys for high school baseball since 2015


The Ball Club was built around the premise that being a part of a team is the most influencial and impactful way to achieving success in baseball. We strive to build teams of committed players who want to become great teammates first. In our experience, we have found that players develop fastest and have the best experience when they play with a group they truly appreciate. It is important that our coaches, players and parents seek to create and foster a team culture built around our four pillars: effort, service, belief and truth.


If you are interested in being a part of a truly unique baseball program, we encourage you to read through our website and please contact us at your earliest convenience. 

Our Goals



Foster and ensure that every player develops a life-long passion for the game of baseball both as a player and a fan 



Use the sport of baseball as a platform to help youth derive confidence from both their successes and failures 


4 Pillars

Teach & ingrain The Ball Club’s “4 Pillars” to all:
Effort, Service, Belief & Truth


Derek Tate | President: A former professional player with the Toronto Blue Jays organization and Division 1A collegiate coach with USF and Florida Gulf Coast University, Derek is a top communicator and proven motivator of teenage youth players. He has coached numerous Major League players and dozens of SF youth onto Division 1A college scholarships.

Matt Carlin | Head Coach: Coach Matt is a 2015 graduate of Sacred Heart Cathedral, where he was a varsity letterman on the baseball team. From SHC Matt moved on and played his college baseball at Canada College before transferring to San Francisco State University, where he is currently pursuing his business degree. Matt has experience working with a few of our boys on an individual basis prior to joining the Bruins as well. Matt brings all the intangibles that The Ball Club looks for in a coach. He genuinely cares about the athletes that are under his care, something that can not be faked or taught. He also brings a new energy to the program to get on the field on a daily basis and help our boys. An excellent communicator and temperament for teaching 11-14 year olds, Matt is poised to flourish as our new coach. We are thrilled to be gaining Matt’s leadership and work ethic as we enter this new chapter with him.


Nate Miller | Asst. Coach: Coach Nate is a 2013 graduate of Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, where he was also a varsity letterman on the baseball and rowing teams. From there Nate went on and played baseball at Creighton University. After an injury and a one year stint at CSM, Nate transferred to the University of Michigan where he won 3 ACRA championships in rowing. Nate holds a degree from Michigan in Movement Science and is almost done completing his Masters Degree from Georgetown in Applied Intelligence. Additionally, Nate has recently been an Assistant Coach for the Saint Ignatius baseball team and is bringing a ton of knowledge and guidance to our 7th and 8th graders as they learn about their next step into SF high schools.

Ben Carrasco | Asst. Coach: Coach Ben is a Stuart Hall graduate, where he was a four year varsity starter on the baseball team from 2010-2013. In college Ben played at SF City College and later moved on to finish his collegiate career at Missouri Baptist University. Coach Ben is currently the Pitching Coach for the San Francisco City College team and works for ESPN by day. Ben is a wealth of knowledge for our boys and knows the travel baseball circuit as well as anyone we could have, having spent his childhood playing ball in SF and going through it.

"Derek Tate is one of the most well respected leaders of young ballplayers on the West Coast. His ability to connect with players of all ages and ability levels is tough to find. On top of the first class baseball instruction you get with Derek you also get daily lessons on work ethic and accountability in everything that you do."


Jim Sammons  |  General Manager  |  NCTB Baseball

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“I had the pleasure of learning from Derek in the summer of 2008 when he served as our pitching coach with the LaCrosse Loggers. Derek is a disciplined and organized worker who has a gift for connecting with people.”


Andy McKay  |  Dir. of Player Development  |  Seattle Mariners


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