About Us

general info
BCBA Batting Area

Beach City Baseball means the world to us, because it allows us to share our gift of Baseball with you.

Our coaches consider themselves fortunate to have found their gift in Baseball. They have chosen to give it away every day with purpose and passion to everyone that passes through our doors. For our General Manager, life became more meaningful as he began to create a unique place – a baseball academy second to none – where young athletes could come to learn how to excel at the world’s greatest game. Thanks to the support of our members and patrons, our organization is able to fund a wide array of worthy community causes and make a meaningful and positive difference for so many through scholarships, sponsorships, donations, international exchange programs and our renowned special needs clinic.

Beach City Baseball Academy provides a safe, clean and secure environment with an authentic club atmosphere and spirit and a promise to dramatically improve the baseball skills of all that pass through its doors. We provide targeted, well-maintained training equipment and a staff of skilled and passionate instructors who not only teach beyond the simple fundamentals of the game with individualized custom programs but also build confidence and inspire their students to strive for excellence. Our efforts will enhance the total baseball experience of every member and also assist the student athlete with the opportunity to achieve at the scholastic, college and professional level. We even have an onsite pro shop that sells top-quality professional merchandise at very competitive prices.

In addition to managing and operating well-organized baseball camps that are open to everyone, the Academy sponsors The Beach City Prospects, a program of competitive and developmental traveling club teams with robust tournament schedules. This program is open for tryout by invitation to those members that show excellence in skills and sportsmanship; unwavering respect for themselves and for those around them; and a corresponding 100 percent commitment (from both the member and their parent or guardian) to adhere to the club’s culture and its schedule of games, practices and events.

facility info
Beach City Baseball Academy is the premier baseball training facility in Southern California. The 25,000-square-foot campus includes 7 state-of-the-art indoor batting cages offering custom pitch technology which are programmable from 40MPH to 100MPH. The machines throw a variety of pitches, including curve balls and sliders to help players from t-ballers up to the pros perfect their swings. The Academy also offers HitTrax, the first and only baseball simulator a powerful combination of analytics and entertainment that has never before been available to indoor facilities. Patent pending technology delivers innovation to the baseball industry by measuring real-time data and displaying live results for immediate feedback. Analyze key performance metrics to identify tendencies before stepping onto the field.The campus features a well-stocked pro shop and fitness center, a 2,500-square-foot outdoor training area and a 12,000-square-foot outdoor regulation little league practice infield. Beach City’s renowned Baseball Academy also sponsors the award-winning Beach City Prospects travel baseball club teams and operates a school program with open enrollment and an exceptional 6 to 1 student to coach ratio for truly focused training. The Academy also offers seasonal programs, camps, clinics and private baseball lessons year round for players of every skill level.

Prospect Park
Just a few steps from the Academy’s campus, Beach City owns and operates a 12,000-square-foot baseball in-field. The new field called Prospect Park has been designed to meet all Little League infield regulations in order to provide a realistic training environment for students of the Academy and for players on the Beach City Prospect travel ball teams that call the Academy home. As a reflection of the Academy’s ongoing commitment to enhancing recreational opportunities for residents of the local community and to promoting awareness of the sport of baseball, Prospect Park’s field is available for use free of charge for not for profit community events.
member bios
Dane Braunacker
Dane Braunacker was born and raised in El Segundo, CA. His college highlights include being named to the first team All West Coast Conference; batting .391 with four homeruns, 48 RBIs, and 16 doubles. He was also named defensive MVP with a fielding percentage of .979. Dane was an instrumental piece in starting our Special Needs Program, in which he currently teaches when possible.

Alberto Concepcion, Jr.
Alberto Concepcion, Jr. graduated in 1999 from El Segundo High School, where he was a High School All American and considered to be one of the top prep sluggers in California State history. Alberto set state, career and single-season records for RBIs (171 in his career and 70 in 1998). He tied the state single-season home run record in 1999 with 20 and tied a national record by hitting a home run in six consecutive at bats and was named one of the Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd” in the May 17, 1999 issue. Among his 1999 honors were Baseball America High School All-American first team, ABCA High School All-American second team, USA Today All-American honorable mention, Daily Breeze Player of the Year, CIF Southern Section Division IV Co-Player of the Year and Cal-Hi Sports All-State team. As a senior, Alberto batted .562 with 20 home runs and 67 RBIs. As a junior, he made the 1998 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass team, All-CIF Southern Section Division IV first team, Daily Breeze All-Area first team and Ocean League MVP, while batting .566 with 14 home runs and 70 RBIs. During his time at El Segundo High School, where he was an honor student, Alberto also played in the 1996 Babe Ruth World Series with El Segundo and the 1998 Area Code Games with the 310 Dodgers.

After Alberto finished high school, the San Diego Padres selected him in the second round of the 1999 professional draft. Instead of signing to play professionally, Alberto chose to accept a baseball scholarship to the University of Southern California, making him the second highest drafted player that year to choose college over the pros. He started for three years at USC and really flourished his junior season, where he was chosen a pre-season All American, post-season All American, PAC-10 Player of the Year and a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award. Alberto also played in two College World Series tournaments and played in the Cape Cod Summer League for two years. The Boston Red Sox selected him in the 21st round of the draft. Since then, he has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Florida Marlins. Alberto reached AAA with the Boston Red Sox and the Florida Marlins. He also played in the Arizona Fall League for the Boston Red Sox in 2004.

Alberto is a certified personal trainer and is available for training sessions as well as hitting, catching and pitching lessons.

Katie Cheadle
Katie Cheadle was a four-year Varsity starter at Mount Carmel High School in San Diego. Her team was League Champions 2001, 2003, and 2004. She earned All League, All County, and All CIF Honors in 2002 – 2004. From 2003 – 2004 she was on the Top – 25 Players to Watch List. She won Team MVP in 2004, and Offensive MVP in 2003. From there she went to University of Georgia to play softball; Katie started at short stop as a Freshman, and earned All SEC honors in 2005. After transferring to UC Berkeley, she started started third base through her senior season. After earning ALL PAC 10 Honors in 2008, Katie has coached several competitive teams, and is currently coach at La Salle College Prep in Pasadena.

Andy Diver
Andy Diver holds a master’s degree in education. He pitched at the Division 1 level for Loyola Marymount University. Andy has coached several players that have gone on to be drafted in the MLB Draft, and who have continued on to make a MLB Roster and served as the University of Arizona Pitching Coach in the years 2005-2007. Andy currently coaches our Prospects softball team.

Teri Doucette
Teri Doucette is our passionate Senior Softball Instructor. Teri instructs private softball batting, and pitching lessons at the facility on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Teri coached at El Segundo High School for ten years and played softball at Cal State Fullerton during her college years. She was also a four-year varsity player at El Segundo High School, where she won CIF for two of those years, held the title of All League MVP for three years and was named CIF player of the year during her junior year.

Derrek Duarte
Derrek started his playing career in El Segundo. As a three-year varsity starter he received all league honors in his junior and senior seasons, leading his team in RBIs, winning the Craig Cousins Award and was selected to play in the South Bay all-star game his senior season. After high school Derrek continued to play ball at El Camino College, where he was selected to play in the freshmen all-star game and won all league honors as a catcher his sophomore season. Next, Derrick played at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, where he started as a catcher and helped lead his team to two regional appearances. Derrek currently coaches one of our Prospects teams, along with being an assistant coach for Palos Verdes High School’s varsity team.

James Garcia
James Garcia is a former minor league pitcher who played from 2002 to 2011. He spent parts of three seasons at Triple-A. He attended West Torrance High School, and later he attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2001, Garcia was a Big West Conference All-Star. This 6′ 2″ 220 lb right-handed pitcher was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox as an outfielder in the 30th round of the 1998 amateur draft, but did not sign. He began his professional career in 2002 after being signed by the San Francisco Giants. Overall, Garcia spent 10 years in the minor leagues and went 47-56 with a 4.79 ERA in 272 games (112 starts). He had 735 strikeouts in 846 1/3 innings.

Rey Lopez
Rey went to El Segundo High School, where he played baseball and football. After graduating in 2006, he went on to El Camino Junior College to play baseball. In his second year he was recognized as the league’s first team All Conference Catcher. After El Camino Rey transferred to Mount Mercy University, where he started every game in two years. In his two seasons he batted .341 with 10 homeruns and 71 RBIs. Rey went on to make first team All Conference both years and won the conference Gold Glove in 2009. Rey currently coaches our Prospects team, along with our Summer College team.

Ryan Lopez
Ryan grew up in El Segundo and went to El Segundo High School. In 2005 his team won the Division 4 CIF Championship at Angel Stadium. After El Segundo, he went on to play at El Camino Junior College for two seasons. In 2009 Ryan and his twin brother Rey played baseball at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA. While there, Ryan won two conference gold gloves, and also won the 2009 Rawlings Collegiate Gold Glove award for second base. Ryan currently manages the Prospects, as well our most competitive Prospects team.

Brett Mendoza
Brett Mendoza was a 4-year varsity starter for Peninsula and a captain for Junior and Senior seasons. Was an All-Bay League Selection 3 years. As the catcher, led the Bay League with .485 Average Senior Year and was an MVP, All Area Selection, and Played in the South Bay All-Star Game. Went on to play 4 years of Division 1 baseball at LMU as a catcher and outfielder. After graduating with a degree in Marketing, went on to play in the Continental League and was selected for the 2010 CBL All Star Game. Has now played 4 seasons of independent minor league baseball. Brett currently coaches one of our Prospects team, along with the Freshman Peninsula High School team.

Kenny Woods
Kenny was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is our most requested instructor. He is loved by all and has the ability to bring out the best in our kids. Among the players here in the South Bay, it’s a badge of honor to say, “I work out with Kenny.” Kenny played college ball for Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho. Upon graduation he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and had a ten-year career in the minor league. His best season was in 1999, when he had a batting average of .324 with 73 RBIs, 23 doubles, 4 triples, and 6 home runs. In 2000 he was traded to the Phillies AAA affiliate in Scranton, where he batted .303. Kenny was also ranked fifth in the international league in hits and RBIs, with 155 and 89 respectively.

Whether it’s a desire to learn how to play more competitively, improve your skills or just tune up your form, Kenny has a solution for every aspect of baseball training. Beach City Baseball Academy is very fortunate to have Kenny Woods as a member.

Customer Reviews

1/6/2016
“Amazing place, the care and support they give the kids is top notch. Great coaches, great program.”

11/30/2014
“This was an amazing place to take my family. It was clean and orderly and they’re were activities for all three of my kids. The staff were so accommodating and patient. This was the most fun I had with my kids in a long time.”

10/6/2014
“Home away from home, they teach great baseball skills and life lessons. Super friendly and talented staff.”

9/1/2014
“Have been coming here every year for the past 4 years. Everything about the facility, from the coaches to the owner, are absolutely top notch and nothing in the South Bay compares. We did our research, so trust me when I say NOTHING compares! Our kids love it and we look forward to our Travel/Pony seasons more than Little League season.”

4/25/2011
“This place is as good as it gets…no, even better! If you’ve ever been to a batting cage before, you won’t believe your eyes when you see this one. It’s fantastic, clean and has lots of cages, including many indoors and even one outdoors. It also has basketball, ping-pong and a fantastic gym. If you’re bringing the kids, there is plenty to keep moms and dads busy while they wait—like magazines, computers and games. And the people who work there are super nice to top it off! Highly, highly recommend it.”

4/19/2011
“I’m very impressed with this facility and their variety of batting cages. It has been completely renovated since I lived in El Segundo and visited the cages for the first time with my husband. Now I live in Redondo Beach and my slow-pitch softball team uses the batting cages on occasion for batting practice. My nephew recently attended the Beach City Baseball Academy summer camp and he claims these are the best batting cages in Los Angeles. His parents were also impressed by the skill, knowledge and kindness of the camp staff.

And not only do they have multiple cages for all skill levels, but also a fitness center, basketball court, ping-pong table, seating area, pro shop, BBQ, TVs—they’ve thought of it all! Great place for kids—and adults! I’ve really enjoyed the batting cages and the youthful memories it brought back of softball—even though I was never all that great!”

7/23/2010
“This baseball facility is by far the best I’ve ever seen. It’s much more than the seven batting and pitching cages that you see when you walk through the door. The staff is both knowledgeable and friendly. There’s a state-of-the-art workout room for conditioning and a comfortable lounge area to watch your kids practice. And most importantly, it’s a fun, relaxed atmosphere.”

“This baseball facility is the best I’ve ever visited. Everything is state-of-the-art and is set up to help every player realize their full potential. The manager of the place told me that they just finished a complete renovation in July 2010. The facility has seven cages, all with state-of-the-art pitching machines. Two of the machines are the new Home Plate programmable curve-ball pitching machines. They simulate both right-hand and left-hand pitchers and can throw curve balls, sliders, sinkers and fastballs from 40 mph to 90 mph. The machines are controlled from a podium located outside of the cage, so you can change the pitches and programming without walking into the cage. Pretty cool. The facility also has the latest Japanese pitching machines. I believe the brand is Yoshide and they’re super accurate. In addition to the seven cages, Beach City also has a state-of-the-art fitness center and pro shop. They offer personal training tailored to each individual athlete. The facility also has an outdoor basketball court and a multipurpose 60’ x 20’ turfed outdoor deck that can be used for baseball, Frisbee, ping-pong, etc. They even have a BBQ.”

“I left this place feeling that I was in more of a club then anything else. There are really cool couches and chairs situated throughout the place, which made it comfortable for everyone. They also had several plasmas showing every MLB or college baseball game and computers for parents and players to do homework or just surf the Net. I saw about ten chairs that were blue and white with “Dodgers” printed on the seat backs. The manager told me that they were the actual chairs used in the Dodgers clubhouse during the 2009 season. I can’t say enough good things about this place. I signed up for a family membership, which entitles my family to unlimited use of the facility, including the fitness center. For me it was a no-brainer.”

“If you like baseball or want your kids to learn from the best, then visit Beach City Baseball—you won’t be disappointed.”