Aviators Join Top Tier National Program

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
In 2004 Top Tier started with one team. It was an 18U team that traveled the country quickly creating a national brand with the style of baseball they played. That team went on to win 40+ games and featured future big leaguer John Ely and 5 draft picks. Top Tier has evolved to one of the elite amateur baseball organizations in the United States. The strength of our program lies in our commitment in developing players and building confidence through hard work and dedication. We design our program to maximize the exposure of our players by playing a competitive regional schedule combined with strategic elite national events. Our high school schedule provides players the platform to showcase their abilities in front of the top schools and scouts across the country.
Over the past several years, Top Tier players have committed to schools in the Power Five Conferences and more including BIG 10, SEC, ACC, PAC 12, BIG 12, Big East, Missouri Valley, and Ivy League among others. We take great pride in Top Tier's "A Tradition of Baseball Excellence" that has developed because of hard work by many outstanding players, the dedication of coaches, the unwavering assistance of our sponsors and the commitment and support of parents. The common purpose of all those involved is to put players in a position to compete, whereby gaining confidence with success and learning from failure. We believe our staff puts players in the best position to succeed on and off the field. Top Tier has expanded from just a single team out of Chicago into 67 teams, spanning the country from coast-to-coast. The Top Tier programs are listed regionally below. The Eastend Baseball Academy as the Top Tier Aviators is our newest edition, below is a list of our National Organization.  The past few months have been exciting to say the least.

The Top Tier Aviators are a full-service Organization that focuses on practice and player development at our 6,000 sq. ft. facility. Through professional coaching, we offer Lessons, Clinics, Camps, Strength & Conditioning Classes, College Placement, and a unique classroom setting to develop Baseball IQ.  Top Tier is a Nationally Recognized Program with 80+ Division 1 commits and 70 + MLB Draft Picks and will be hosting our own PBR Aviator Scout Day.
Top Tier Headquarters - McCook, IL. Our first and largest location. Home to 34 teams, ranging in age from 9U to 18U. Dillon Forestell is our Youth Director (9U through 14U) and is assisted by Parker Coleman. Matt Plante and Seth Kenny are the Co-Directors of our High School Program.
Top Tier Black - Burbank, IL. Top Tier Black is home to one feeder team out of Burbank, IL (St. Laurence High School) in South-Suburban Chicago and currently have one 14U team. The Top Tier Black teams are operated by Pete Lotus and Adam Lotus.
Top Tier North - Glenview, IL. Top Tier North started in 2016 and has expanded over the years from three teams in 2016 to 27 teams in 2022 ranging in ages from 9u to 17u. The Top Tier North teams are operated by Tony Gragnani and Brian Duffy.
Top Tier West - Oswego, IL. New to the Top Tier Family in 2019, Top Tier West is home to 3 teams ages, 11U, 12U and 13U. The Top Tier West teams are Operated by Kris Jenkins.
Top Tier Springfield - Springfield, IL. New to the Top Tier Family in 2019, The Top Tier Springfield have teams at 10U, 11U, 13U, 14U and 15U. The Top Tier Springfield teams are operated by Matt Heubner.
Top Tier Central - Peoria/Bloomington/Champaign, IL. New to the Top Tier program in 2022. Currently has one 13u and one 15u team in 2022. Teams being planned for the 8u to 17u age levels for the years to come. Top Tier Central is operated by Josh Weeks.
Top Tier Roos - Tampa, FL. The Top Tier Roos are home to four high-end high school teams at the 15U, 16U and 17U age groups. Additionally, the Top Tier Roos are affiliated with the youth baseball program, Kangaroo Court at the 9U through 14U age-level. The Top Tier Roos are operated by Jason Miller and Andy Fleischacker.
Top Tier NorCal - San Francisco, CA. The Top Tier NorCal are home to very competitive teams ages 10u - 15u in Northern California that started in 2020. The Top Tier NorCal is operated by Kyle Stewart.
Top Tier Michigan - Kalamazoo, MI. New to Top Tier in 2019, our Michigan program has teams in the 9u-16u age levels. Top Tier Michigan is operated by Dave Wuis.
Top Tier Iowa - Fairfax, IA. New to Top Tier in 2020, our Iowa program has teams in the 8u-15u age levels. Top Tier Iowa is operated by Jay Whannel.