Monday, October 29, 2012

Congratulations to the Giants winning the 2012 World Series! Hoping next year it can be my California team, the Los Angeles Dodgers!

Monday, October 22, 2012

New Program To Help Reduce Sports Injury In Youth And Adults
Nashville, TN, October 4, 2012 –  When Mark Chesshir started NBTA in 2004 he was unaware of the overwhelming amount of injuries that occur during youth sports.  In baseball alone there has been a fivefold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth that play.  Chesshir knew he needed to find the most effective ways to help prevent injuries in his players.   His research lead him to create the NBTA Sports Performance program.
“I was shocked when in any given season several young players were going to a sports clinic for surgery and rehab for their sports related injury.  That’s crazy!  And it shouldn’t be happening”, says Mr. Chesshir.
According to the CDC over half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.  Many preventable injuries are due to overuse.  In fact, overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half the injuries in children from Middle School to High school.  Muscles that have proper conditioning, flexibility and balance have significantly lower incidences of straining or tear.
His research led him to discover Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) practitioner, Amy Grimes, LMT.  Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a stretching program that utilizes gentle 2 second stretches to increase range of motion without irritation and increase blood oxygen, nutrients and lymph to the muscle.
Sports Physical Therapist, Dr. Chris McKenzie, found NBTA, liked the program and the emphasis on injury prevention and approached Chesshir about adding his skills to the mix.  Dr. McKenzie was tired of seeing young athletes become injured from incorrect strength training, and sloppy rehabilitation.
McKenzie began an evaluation program at a baseball academy in PA where he assessed weaknesses in youth to pro players, checking for flexibility, strength and more and felt this would be the perfect addition to the NBTA program.
While the focus is on younger players, anyone is welcome to sign up for an initial evaluation by Dr. McKenzie.   Once he completes his evaluation the client is given a list, pinpointing weaknesses that create muscle imbalances which can set them up for injury.
At this point they begin a six week process which consists of stretching, strengthening and speed and agility training.  Using McKenzie’s evaluation as a baseline, their progress is tracked for measurable results.
Each step of the process is done at NBTA offices.
Together they combined skills to create a complete program for athletes of any age.  NBTA Sports Performance program helps decrease common overuse injuries and create maximum performance.
NBTA is dedicated to help young athlete’s ages 6-18 reach their collegiate goals through sports and athletes of all ages perform at their maximum level.  Their facility provides flexibility, speed and agility training, baseball and fast pitch softball training, athlete performance assessment and massage therapy services.
Amy Grimes, LMT is a licensed massage therapist who has studied Active Isolated Stretching with its founder, Aaron Mattes and Master Teacher Roger McNear for the past four years.  In addition, she teaches AIS and Lymphatic Drainage to massage students at Mind Body Institute.  She also owns Live Well Massage & Bodyworks.
Chris McKenzie, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, PES received Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Drexel University.  Dr. McKenzie has spent countless hours refining strength skills of athletes, enhancing their individualized sport performance, and also rehabilitating the injured athlete; from high school skill level to professional. His clients have ranged from local Philadelphia area high schools to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.  Dr. McKenzie also created a strength training velocity program for baseball pitchers at www.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


NBTA Elite Adult Baseball Team
Ages 25 and Up!
Tryout Dates:
June 23 * 1PM–3PM
June 30  * 10AM—12PM

Being on the NBTA Elite Adult Baseball Team means you will have the best opportunity to  improve your game, build speed and strength, improve your flexability, and be a part of a facility that lives and breathes baseball and works hard to reduce injury! 
Former MLB pro– trainers will take you to a new level  and  our in-house LMT and  Active Isolated Stretching practitioner will work with you to help you learn to  stretch  properly and  keep you flexable.
Our Fall 8 Week Program starts in September!
For more information
Call NBTA @ 615-837-5858

Player receives for cost of program:
(8) Classes on Speed and Strength
(8) Classes of AIS
(4) 30 Minute Private Baseball Instruction
(4)  30 Minute Massage (upgradable)
Cap and Jersey
Free use of NBTA on a daily basis
20% Discount on all merchandise at NBTA
Discounts from our Sponsors!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Winter Clinic for 8-12 yr olds!

Many are asking if we are going to do something the week between Christmas and the New Year. YES WE ARE! Call to reserve your spot now!

When: December 27 - 29, 2011 * 10am - 2:00pm * Cost: $150.00 * Limited Enrollment

Lunch provided and plenty of training and fun time!

Please call to be put on our list since we will only accept up to 12 players!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Swingbuilder Hitting Clinic

September 10, 2011
Cost: $50.00

Jeff Edwards, full time scout for the Colorado Rockies will be the instructor for our Swingbuilder Bat Speed Clinic here at NBTA.

As a Montreal Expos draftee, Jeff has had a 30 year career in advanced levels of baseball. Recruiting Coordinator and assistant Coach at Liberty University, 3 NCAA Regional births, 3 Big South Championships, and of course...a full time scout for the Rockies.

This clinic is open to all baseball and softball players who certainly want to improve their hitting game.

For more information:

Call NBTA @ 837-5858
Request a Sign-UP Form!

ALL Registered Players for the Swingbuilder Clinic will receive a free


to work out on our Swingbuilder and use our batting cages!

Who uses the Swingbuilder?
San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks
Hawaii Little League Association
and many, many, more!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

NBTA & WNSL Summer Baseball Camp!

Click on the flyer, print it out, fill it out, and mail it along with a check to NBTA to be registered!
Last day of registration will be July 1st.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Never Miss Another Game!

Are you a grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, traveling parent or friend who wants to watch their baseball player play but can't make it in person to the game?
Sportie Vision now has the answer for all those who have players in the
West Nashville Sports League!
Visit and never miss a game!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Atlanta Braves Caravan! February 5th, 2011

The Atlanta Braves Caravan makes a stop at NBTA to work with the Nashville RBI kids, along with a few of our NBTA players. This was a closed session to the public and could not be advertised by NBTA. So...I know many of you would have loved to have been here but we couldn't invite everyone!

The Atlanta Braves Caravan makes a stop at NBTA!

L-R sitting: Dan Uggla, Martin Prado, Mike Minor, Stephen Marek, Scott Proctor

L-R standing: TC Chesshr, Russ Burroughs, Mark Chesshir of NBTA, and Reggie Whittemore, Executive Director of Nashville RBI and Daryl Robertson, coach of RBI's 18U Baseball team.

Dan Uggla giving some batting tips
Stephen Marek and Scott Minor talk about pitching.
Dan Uggla and Martin Prado talk about baseball.

Friday, January 14, 2011

January News...

It's January and time to get a new year started! Already NBTA is filling up the schedule with players working out and getting ready for school ball to start. Most schools will start their programs in mid-February so, if you plan on trying out for you middle or high school better get some reps in!

For those 14 and under and wanting to play some good old recreational baseball, the NBTA sponsored TN Chiefs are a WNSL team, playing other Babe Ruth leagues in the area. Sign ups are now on line at

NBTA's Select 16U baseball team is looking for a couple of more pitchers. If you are interested in trying out, call us!

Pam Fowler is giving fast-pitch softball pitching and hitting lessons on Saturdays...

All our trainers are here give us a call and lets get started!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Andrea Mangrum brings her skills to Nashville!

Dear Player, Coach, and Parent,

For the past 5 years I have been the head coach at East Tennessee State University. During that time I was blessed to coach, recruit, and compete against some of the best players in the nation.

It is my desire to share the knowledge I have with committed players who have a dream to play at the college level. Personally, I believe there are many talented players who get over-looked in the recruiting process because they are unaware of the important factors that set them apart as an elite player. I am passionate about the influence of a coach and that is why I am directing this college prep training program. I want to use the relationships I have in the coaching realm along with my knowledge in all facets of the game to help the players I work with reach their goals. I am excited about this one of a kind training program because I know it will benefit the Nashville metro area. I look forward to working with you on this journey to reaching your goals!
I believe ~ Andrea Mangrum

Program Details:
Commitment for the player
1 Day per week for 1 hour skill instruction
(group of 2 committed for 8 months)

Program runs from
October 2010- May 31st 2011

Goals will be set on the initial meeting and we will work toward achieving them during the program by evaluating frequently.

Instruction includes:
Hitting and/or Slapping, Pitching, Catching, Infield, Outfield, and Throwing

The Extras you need to play at the college level:
Speed and Strength training
Nutrition for the elite athlete
Perfecting your mental game
RightView Pro Video Breakdown
Recruiting tips and NCAA rules that will assist you in the process

Financial Committment:
$50.00 per player per session

3:00 ~ 5:00pm
for a
Meet & Greet!
Finger food provided and you will get details on the program and meet
Andrea Mangrum!

If you can't attend, call NBTA for more information @

Monday, August 2, 2010

TN Chiefs

WNSL player with the TN Chiefs, Blake Rubbert throws out the first pitch for the Nashville Outlaws game, August 1st, at Vanderbilt Stadium. Blake has been working with NBTA trainer, Ryan Bear, for the past year and is becoming a fine pitcher and infielder, as well as, a hitter that will certainly move the outfielders back!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

NBTA 7-9 yr old Clinic! 6/28 - 7/1/2010

Certified NBTA Players!
7 - 9 yr olds make the grade
Co-Sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings @ Nashville West

NBTA Players enjoying their lunch from BWW!
where's the hot sauce?!

From hitting to fielding to pitching to catching...and
Baseball Games!!!!!!!

Coach TC giving instruction on fielding.

Coach Russ Burroughs giving a pitching lesson.

Coach TC and assistant coach Max working the players.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Summer Clinics @ NBTA

7-9 yr old FUNdamentals Clinic!
JUNE 28 - JULY 1 * 9:30am - 12:30pm each day
Buffalo Wild Wings!
$100.00 * Call 837-5858 to register now!

10-12 yr old Baseball Clinic
JULY 12 - July 15 * 9:30am - 12:30pm each day
Buffalo Wild Wings!
$125.00 * Call 837-5858 to register now!

Clinics co-sponsored by:
Buffalo Wild Wings
Nashville West Shopping Center
6816 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209
Phone: 352-9963