The Most Important Part of Any Map

By Flint Wallace – 


I came across a Tweet the other day from the Director of Player Development for the Seattle Mariners, Andy McKay (@AndyMcKayHG):


“‘YOU ARE HERE,’ is the most important part of any map. Without it, you won’t get to your destination. This is the self-awareness piece of the development process. Without it, goals and plans are useless. Find someone to help you know who and where you are. It’s everything.”


This reminded me of what our job here at the Texas Baseball Ranch® is really about. It is to help players figure out exactly where they are currently, and to help them map out a path on how to get to where they want to go.


The vast majority of the players we see at the Ranch want to be a Division I or professional baseball player, but they do not know where they currently are on the development map. And since they don’t know where they are at, then they also don’t know how to get to where they want to go.


This is why we perform six different assessments for every athlete that comes to the Ranch. It not only helps to provide information for us, it helps to give the player a snapshot of where he is at this moment in time.


Here are the six assessments:

  1. Pain Audit
  2. Athletic/Functional Movement Screen
  3. Exercise Movement Assessment
  4. Video Analysis
  5. Recovery Audit
  6. Performance Audit


These assessments provide us with the “YOU ARE HERE” spot on the player’s development map, and they provide us with the information to create a Hyper-Personalized Plan for each player. That Hyper-Personalized Plan is the path from where the player is at right now, to where he wants to go.


Every players’ path is going to start at a different place and have different hills, valleys, bridges, and turns along the way.


Like Coach Wolforth states frequently, “Awareness is curative.”


This is why we, at the Texas Baseball Ranch®, spend time to assess each player so they can be aware of exactly where they are at this present time on their map.


Always remember, “YOU ARE HERE” is the most important part of any map.


Until Next Time… Keep Getting After It!


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Important TBR Notes & Updates


  • We know that everyone is excited about getting back to baseball and playing.  With that said, ramp up is going to be critically important after the long break.  In addition, the NCAA has extended the dead period to July 31 so college coaches are not allowed to watch or have any contact with players.  Keeping both of these things in mind, getting to the Texas Baseball Ranch® can be extremely valuable over the next several weeks to players’ preparation and ultimately performance.  Read more below or check out our current & upcoming events at


  • We have 3 remaining EPBCs on the schedule for this summer with the next one taking place July 17-19.  Due to current COVID-19 state mandates, we are only accepting 24 athletes per camp through July instead of our normal 45 and they are filling up fast. For more information on these popular events, please visit We are also loosening up our cancellation/change policy so that people can be comfortable in making plans now in the face of current & future uncertainty. ** We also have an option for you to extend your bootcamp weekend and stay for an additional week(s) and participate in our “Extended Stay Summer Developmental Program”.



  • Response to our “Ranch Remote” training option has been exciting.  It’s a program for people that would still like to get access to, and ongoing instruction from, the TBR staff but prefer to avoid travel due to the virus. Click here to get more information on this NEW, hyper-personalized training option.  The number of participants in this program is limited to 36 so if you’re interested, don’t delay.

Please call (936)588-6762 or email us:
for more details or to sign up for any of these options.


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