Winter baseball camp arrives in Phoenix, Arizona

October 15, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona-- U.S. Baseball Academy’s Spring Training camps are a great way to get your players baseball season started on the right foot.  While others are gathering winter rust, USBA players will be building their skills and improving techniques for the Spring season.  Youth players attending U.S. Baseball Academy sessions get the opportunity to train in the winter, just like the pros.    Winter baseball camps help players stay sharp and start their Spring Baseball season in mid-season form.  Sessions are offered that focus on swing mechanics, pitching techniques, fielding skills and catching. Spring Training camps are run by some of the best local coaches in your area. These offseason training sessions are hosted locally at Phoenix Christian High School and Mesa Community College.  Since its inception in 1989, U.S. Baseball Academy has been training players during the winter months.  Nearly 22,000 players took advantage of these offseason training sessions in 2015.   Players of all ages and abilities are eligible for sessions starting in December and January. Use our Triple Play discount and save $120 on 3 skills. Each clinic is tailored for travel teams, senior leagues, high school and serious little league players in the Phoenix area.

Don’t wait to register.  Many sessions are filling up.  You can register now and pay before the camps starts.  Space is limited by a low player-coach ratio. Pre-registration is required. Youth baseball players in grades 1-12 can participate in skill sessions focusing on hitting, pitching, fielding and catching.  Whether you are on a travel team or high school team already or aspire to be on one, start your spring in mid-season form by attending our four or six week camp.

For a list of dates and times for each site, as well as registration forms, go online at www.USBaseballAcademy.com or by phoning toll free 866-622-4487.

 

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Winter baseball instructional training for players in Phoenix, Arizona

October 7, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona--Staying fit isn’t difficult for players in an area where baseball is played year round, but for players in locations where they don’t have access to a field or weather prevents playing, staying in shape should be a priority.  U.S. Baseball Academy hosts off-season baseball camps for players looking to keep up their baseball fitness.  These winter baseball camps help players fine tune their skills and get prepared for the upcoming season. 

The baseball instructional camps take place in January and February and are intended to mirror major league “Spring Training”.  Many players come away from camp hitting and throwing better than they ever have before.  Because U.S. Baseball Academy camps are once a week for four or six weeks, players can still enjoy other sports, while keeping up with their baseball fitness. 

To learn more about U.S. Baseball Academy winter baseball camps in Phoenix, Arizona, visit www.usbaseballacademy.com or call 866-622-4487.

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Five Reasons to attend a Winter Baseball Camp in Phoenix, Arizona

Five Reasons to attend a Winter Baseball Camp in Phoenix, Arizona

September  28, 2015---The term “winter baseball camp” may seem like an oxymoron, but U.S. Baseball Academy hosts winter instructional baseball camps for nearly 25,000 players each year.  While most baseball players are taking a break or focusing on other sports, winter baseball camps offer participants a chance to improve their game before the spring baseball season starts. Off-season camps enhance player development and give players a chance to learn outside the everyday confines of practice or games.   Here are the top five reasons your player should attend a winter baseball camp. 

  1. Improve your game—instructional baseball camps are a time for players to focus on their strengths and weaknesses.  It’s important for players to set goals for themselves each season and, oftentimes, improving in one area or another is a common goal for players.  Winter instructional camps help players achieve their improvement goals and make gains before a new season starts.
  2. Season Fitness—attending a winter baseball camp helps players get into shape for the spring season.  Most players finish their fall ball season and don’t pick up a bat or glove until spring season rolls around, sometime in March or April.  U.S. Baseball Academy’s Spring Training program helps players get into shape before the season so that players are in mid-season form before the season even starts.  Professional players use “spring training” to get into shape, so why shouldn’t youth players? 
  3. Improve Self Esteem—winter baseball camps are instruction intensive.  Players learn new skills and techniques or refine skills and techniques they may already have.  These new skills improve their self-esteem and help them to feel confident when they start their season.  Since camp settings are educational, players can build confidence outside the normal, sometimes stressful, confines of a game or practice.
  4. “Broaden your horizons”—players can broaden their horizons and learn from instructors they don’t have access to on a regular basis.  Every child is different, so learning a skill (even if they have learned it before) from a different coach may change how a player sees something and the skill or technique may “click” with them, when it previously had not.  Forging new relationships with coaches outside of a player’s daily routine can aid in their social development as well.
  5. Fun—most players that play baseball, do so because it’s fun.  The challenge of learning new skills and the camaraderie of a team make baseball a sport they can enjoy doing.  Winter baseball camps allow players to enjoy the sport they love year round. 

U.S. Baseball Academy takes pride in helping youth players improve their game before the season.  Your local camp will be held at Phoenix Christian High School in Phoenix, Arizona in January.  Registration is now under way and, because space is limited, we encourage you to sign up today to reserve your spot!  You can register now and pay later.  Sign up for three skills and save $120 off the one skill price!  Visit www.usbaseballacademy.com for more details.

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Winter Baseball camp arrives in Phoenix, Arizona

September 21, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona--At U.S. Baseball Academy, young players can enjoy a real Spring Training experience.  U.S. Baseball Academy, which operates a national network of affordable hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning camps for players in grades 1 through 12, is pleased to add Phoenix Christian High School to its lineup for the coming winter and spring. Registration is now under way at www.USBaseballAcademy.com.

 

U.S. Baseball Academy's Spring Training 2016 provides young players with advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning training programs with instruction by the area's top coaches at the area’s top facilities.  Players who choose multiple skills qualify for discounted session prices.  

With a player-coach ratio of 7 to 1, each player gets plenty of individual attention in a small-group atmosphere. In addition to unbeatable instruction by the area's best coaches, players get a preseason tune-up that helps them enter team practice in mid-season form. With numerous age-specific sessions, instruction is specially tailored for each ability level. Overall, it's the type of intense, professional instruction young players just can't get in a summer league.

Since 1988, U.S. Baseball Academy has run hundreds of camps and clinics for thousands of players nationwide. Each week, hitters rotate through a series of supervised stations, including indoor batting cages, with each drill designed to teach a different aspect of hitting. Players enjoy participating in hitting games and specialized stations used by top high school and college programs. The program is designed to improve pitch and strike zone recognition, timing, balance, power, situational hitting, bunting, and other aspects. Pitchers work under the supervision of coaches who can help with all aspects of pitching, from fundamentals and mechanics to more advanced concepts. Drills and repetition will improve a pitcher's speed and control. Our catcher's camp covers all aspects of being behind the plate. Players will get instruction on stance, signs, receiving, framing, blocking, throwing, fielding bunts, tags and the mental aspects of dealing with pitchers.

Complete details and times for each site, as well as registration forms are available online at www.USBaseballAcademy.com or by phoning toll free 866-622-4487.

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Annual youth baseball camp returns to Phoenix, Arizona

September 16, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona – U.S. Baseball Academy's winter/spring baseball camps and clinics will return to the Phoenix, Arizona area. USBA’s nationally acclaimed offseason training program is locally hosted by some of the best baseball coaches in the Phoenix area.

Last year’s program was attended by youth baseball players from Avondale, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Gilbert, Glendale, Globe, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Prescott, Scottsdale, Sun City, and Surprise.

Sessions are available for players of all ages and all ability levels. Early registration discounts are available now. Clinics are tailored for serious little league, high school, senior league and travel team players throughout the Phoenix area. Instruction is available in hitting, pitching, fielding, baserunning and catching.

The four-week instruction program is operated by U.S. Baseball Academy, the nation’s largest baseball camp company, with operations in 35 states. Get ahead of the competition and prepare for the upcoming season and tournaments, whether you are on a travel team or high school team already or aspire to be on one.

Expert coaches can get you in mid-season form while others are gathering winter rust. Space is limited by a low player-coach ratio. Pre-registration is required. Register now at http://www.usbaseballacademy.com/516/Phoenix/

Find out more information by visiting our website at USbaseballacademy.com or calling our office at 866-622-4487.

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Winter Baseball Camps Phoenix

July 17, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona-- U.S. Baseball Academy’s Spring Training camps are a great way to get your players baseball season started on the right foot.  While others are gathering winter rust, USBA players will be building their skills and improving techniques for the Spring season.  Youth players attending U.S. Baseball Academy sessions get the opportunity to train in the winter, just like the pros.    Winter baseball camps help players stay sharp and start their Spring Baseball season in mid-season form.  Sessions are offered that focus on swing mechanics, pitching techniques, fielding skills and catching. Spring Training camps are run by some of the best local coaches in your area. These offseason training sessions are hosted locally at Phoenix Christian High School and Mesa Community College.  Since its inception in 1989, U.S. Baseball Academy has been training players during the winter months..  Nearly 22,000 players took advantage of these offseason training sessions in 2013.   Players of all ages and abilities are eligible for sessions starting in December and January. Use our Triple Play discount and save $60 on 3 skills. Each clinic is tailored for travel teams, senior leagues, high school and serious little league players in the Phoenix area.

Youth baseball players in grades 1-12 can participate in skill session focusing on hitting, pitching, fielding and catching.  Whether you are on a travel team or high school team already or aspire to be on one, start your spring in mid-season form by attending our six week camp. 

 To get more details about the camps at Phoenix Christian High School and Mesa Community College, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com, www.phoenixbaseballcamps.com or www.arizonabaseballcamps.com.

A U.S. Baseball Academy camp makes a great holiday gift.  Don’t wait to register.  Many sessions are filling up.  You can register now and pay before the camps starts.  Gift certificates are available to present as holiday gifts to your player.    Space is limited by a low player-coach ratio. Instruction is available in hitting, pitching, fielding, baserunning and catching. Pre-registration is required. More than 20,000 players participated in the most recent program.

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Winter Baseball Camps Phoenix

Baseball Instruction Phoenix

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December 18, 2014, Phoenix, Arizona-- U.S. Baseball Academy’s Spring Training camps are a great way to get your players baseball season started on the right foot.  While others are gathering winter rust, USBA players will be building their skills and improving techniques for the Spring season.  Youth players attending U.S. Baseball Academy sessions get the opportunity to train in the winter, just like the pros.    Winter baseball camps help players stay sharp and start their Spring Baseball season in mid-season form.  Sessions are offered that focus on swing mechanics, pitching techniques, fielding skills and catching. Spring Training camps are run by some of the best local coaches in your area. These offseason training sessions are hosted locally at Phoenix Christian High School and Mesa Community College.  Since its inception in 1989, U.S. Baseball Academy has been training players during the winter months..  Nearly 22,000 players took advantage of these offseason training sessions in 2013.   Players of all ages and abilities are eligible for sessions starting in December and January. Use our Triple Play discount and save $60 on 3 skills. Each clinic is tailored for travel teams, senior leagues, high school and serious little league players in the Phoenix area.

Youth baseball players in grades 1-12 can participate in skill session focusing on hitting, pitching, fielding and catching.  Whether you are on a travel team or high school team already or aspire to be on one, start your spring in mid-season form by attending our six week camp. 

 To get more details about the camps at Phoenix Christian High School and Mesa Community College, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com, www.phoenixbaseballcamps.com or www.arizonabaseballcamps.com.

A U.S. Baseball Academy camp makes a great holiday gift.  Don’t wait to register.  Many sessions are filling up.  You can register now and pay before the camps starts.  Gift certificates are available to present as holiday gifts to your player.    Space is limited by a low player-coach ratio. Instruction is available in hitting, pitching, fielding, baserunning and catching. Pre-registration is required. More than 20,000 players participated in the most recent program.

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Winter Baseball Camps Phoenix

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November 25, 2014, Phoenix, Arizona-- Looking for a holiday gift for the baseball player in your life? U.S. Baseball Academy’s Spring Training is just the gift to get your player off to a head start for their spring season.  Youth players attending U.S. Baseball Academy sessions get the opportunity to train in the winter, just like the pros.    Winter baseball camps help players stay sharp and start their Spring Baseball season in mid-season form.  Sessions are offered that focus on swing mechanics, pitching techniques, fielding skills and catching. Spring Training camps are run by some of the best local coaches in your area. These offseason training sessions are hosted locally at Phoenix Christian High School and Mesa Community College.  Since its inception in 1989, U.S. Baseball Academy has been preparing players for their season while others are gathering winter rust.  Nearly 22,000 players took advantage of these offseason training sessions in 2013.   Players of all ages and abilities are eligible for sessions starting in December and January. Use our Triple Play discount and save $60 on 3 skills. Each clinic is tailored for travel teams, senior leagues, high school and serious little league players in the Phoenix area.

Youth baseball players in grades 1-12 can participate in skill session focusing on hitting, pitching, fielding and catching.  Whether you are on a travel team or high school team already or aspire to be on one, start your spring in mid-season form by attending our six week camp. 

 To get more details about the camps at Phoenix Christian High School and Mesa Community College, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com, www.phoenixbaseballcamps.com or www.arizonabaseballcamps.com.

Registration is underway and many camps are nearing capacity.  To get your preferred times, register now and make your payment within two weeks.  Gift certificates are available to present as holiday gifts to your player.    Space is limited by a low player-coach ratio. Instruction is available in hitting, pitching, fielding, baserunning and catching. Pre-registration is required. More than 20,000 players participated in the most recent program.

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November 14, 2014, Phoenix, Arizona-- For more than 25 years U.S. Baseball Academy has been a great option for parents looking to give their players the gift of baseball during the holidays.  Youth players attending U.S. Baseball Academy sessions get the opportunity to train in the winter, just like the pros.    Winter baseball camps help players stay sharp and start their Spring Baseball season in mid-season form.  Sessions are offered that focus on swing mechanics, pitching techniques, fielding skills and catching. Spring Training camps are run by some of the best local coaches in your area. These offseason training sessions are hosted locally at Phoenix Christian High School and Mesa Community College.  Since its inception in 1989, U.S. Baseball Academy has been preparing players for their season while others are gathering winter rust.  Nearly 22,000 players took advantage of these offseason training sessions in 2013.   Players of all ages and abilities are eligible for sessions starting in December and January. Use our Triple Play discount and save $60 on 3 skills. Each clinic is tailored for travel teams, senior leagues, high school and serious little league players in the Phoenix area.

Youth baseball players in grades 1-12 can participate in skill session focusing on hitting, pitching, fielding and catching.  Whether you are on a travel team or high school team already or aspire to be on one, start your spring in mid-season form by attending our six week camp. 

 To get more details about the camps at Phoenix Christian High School and Mesa Community College, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com, www.phoenixbaseballcamps.com or www.arizonabaseballcamps.com.

Many camps are nearing capacity so don’t wait to register.  With our “register now, pay later” option, you can reserve a spot and pay over time or at a later date that’s convenient for you.  USBA’s Spring Training makes a great holiday gift for any young baseball player.  Space is limited by a low player-coach ratio. Instruction is available in hitting, pitching, fielding, baserunning and catching. Pre-registration is required. More than 20,000 players participated in the most recent program.

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Baseball Camp in Phoenix, Arizona

Baseball Camp in Phoenix, Arizona.  Operated by U.S. Baseball Academy

November 6, 2014---Stay ahead of the competition! Learn proper techniques and develop skills with hitting lessons, pitching lessons, fielding lessons, and catching lessons in the nation’s largest baseball training program. Get the best baseball instruction from local professionals during our Spring Training 2015 baseball camps in Phoenix, Arizona.

Youth baseball players to high school players will learn from the top coaches in the Phoenix area during Spring Training from U.S. Baseball Academy, a national training program with a local presence. Players will participate in fun and valuable drills in a program developed by the top baseball players and coaches in the country. And with six weeks of baseball instruction for as low as $99, there isn’t a better baseball camp value anywhere in the Phoenix area.

Baseball Camp Sessions are offered in:

●    Hitting
●    Fielding/Baserunning
●    Catching
●    Pitching

U.S. Baseball Academy is the nation’s largest network of baseball camps, with more than 220 locations in 42 states. Since 1988, we have provided top-quality baseball instruction at an affordable price to more than 100,000 players.

This is not a lecture clinic. With a low player-coach ratio, each hitter, pitcher and catcher gets individual attention in a small-group atmosphere for one hour per week. We maintain a ratio of five players per professionally trained coach.
 
With numerous age-specific sessions for grades 1 through 12, instruction is specially tailored for each ability level. This is the kind of intense, results-oriented professional baseball instruction that provides a foundation for the coming season and beyond.

Locations of Baseball Camps in the Phoenix, Arizona area include:

-Phoenix Christian High School---Phoenix, Arizona---Site Director: Mark Band, Head Coach, Phoenix Christian HS

Register here!

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Baseball Camp in Phoenix, Arizona

Baseball Camp in Phoenix, Arizona.  Operated by U.S. Baseball Academy

October 23, 2014---Stay ahead of the competition! Learn proper techniques and develop skills with hitting lessons, pitching lessons, fielding lessons, and catching lessons in the nation’s largest baseball training program. Get the best baseball instruction from local professionals during our Spring Training 2015 baseball camps in Phoenix, Arizona.

Youth baseball players to high school players will learn from the top coaches in the Phoenix area during Spring Training from U.S. Baseball Academy, a national training program with a local presence. Players will participate in fun and valuable drills in a program developed by the top baseball players and coaches in the country. And with six weeks of baseball instruction for as low as $99, there isn’t a better baseball camp value anywhere in the Phoenix area.

Baseball Camp Sessions are offered in:

●    Hitting
●    Fielding/Baserunning
●    Catching
●    Pitching

U.S. Baseball Academy is the nation’s largest network of baseball camps, with more than 220 locations in 42 states. Since 1988, we have provided top-quality baseball instruction at an affordable price to more than 100,000 players.

This is not a lecture clinic. With a low player-coach ratio, each hitter, pitcher and catcher gets individual attention in a small-group atmosphere for one hour per week. We maintain a ratio of five players per professionally trained coach.
 
With numerous age-specific sessions for grades 1 through 12, instruction is specially tailored for each ability level. This is the kind of intense, results-oriented professional baseball instruction that provides a foundation for the coming season and beyond.

Locations of Baseball Camps in the Phoenix, Arizona area include:

-Phoenix Christian High School---Phoenix, Arizona---Site Director: Mark Band, Head Coach, Phoenix Christian HS

Register here!

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Baseball Camp in Phoenix, Arizona

Baseball Camp in Phoenix, Arizona.  Operated by U.S. Baseball Academy

October 2, 2014---Stay ahead of the competition! Learn proper techniques and develop skills with hitting lessons, pitching lessons, fielding lessons, and catching lessons in the nation’s largest baseball training program. Get the best baseball instruction from local professionals during our Spring Training 2015 baseball camps in Phoenix, Arizona.

Youth baseball players to high school players will learn from the top coaches in the Phoenix area during Spring Training from U.S. Baseball Academy, a national training program with a local presence. Players will participate in fun and valuable drills in a program developed by the top baseball players and coaches in the country. And with six weeks of baseball instruction for as low as $99, there isn’t a better baseball camp value anywhere in the Phoenix area.

Baseball Camp Sessions are offered in:

●    Hitting
●    Fielding/Baserunning
●    Catching
●    Pitching

U.S. Baseball Academy is the nation’s largest network of baseball camps, with more than 220 locations in 42 states. Since 1988, we have provided top-quality baseball instruction at an affordable price to more than 100,000 players.

This is not a lecture clinic. With a low player-coach ratio, each hitter, pitcher and catcher gets individual attention in a small-group atmosphere for one hour per week. We maintain a ratio of five players per professionally trained coach.
 
With numerous age-specific sessions for grades 1 through 12, instruction is specially tailored for each ability level. This is the kind of intense, results-oriented professional baseball instruction that provides a foundation for the coming season and beyond.

Locations of Baseball Camps in the Phoenix, Arizona area include:

-Phoenix Christian High School---Phoenix, Arizona---Site Director: Mark Band, Head Coach, Phoenix Christian HS

Register here!

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Spring Baseball Camps Phoenix

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September 18, 2014, Phoenix, Arizona-- Youth players looking to get a jump on the competition can sign up for U.S. Baseball Academy.   USBA’s Spring training program helps players start their season in mid-season form.  Sessions are offered that focus on swing mechanics, pitching techniques, fielding skills and catching. Spring Training camps are run by some of the best local coaches in your area. These offseason training sessions are hosted locally at Phoenix Christian High School and Mesa Community College.  Since its inception in 1989, U.S. Baseball Academy has been preparing players for their season while others are gathering winter rust.  Nearly 22,000 players took advantage of these offseason training sessions in 2013.   Players of all ages and abilities are eligible for sessions starting in December and January. Use our Triple Play discount and save $60 on 3 skills. Each clinic is tailored for travel teams, senior leagues, high school and serious little league players in the Phoenix area.

Sessions in hitting, fielding, baserunning, catching and pitching are offered for players in grades 1-12.  Whether you are on a travel team or high school team already or aspire to be on one, start your spring in mid-season form by attending our six week camp. 

 To get more details about the camps at Phoenix Christian High School and Mesa Community College, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com, www.phoenixbaseballcamps.com or www.arizonabaseballcamps.com.

Spots are filling up as we approach the first camp date.  Don’t wait to register.    Register now to hold your spot.  Payment is due the Friday before your camp starts.  Some sessions are close to capacity already, so don’t wait to register. Space is limited by a low player-coach ratio. Instruction is available in hitting, pitching, fielding, baserunning and catching. Pre-registration is required. More than 20,000 players participated in the most recent program.

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Final Details about the start of Baseball Camp at Phoenix Christian HS

Final Details about the start of Baseball Camp at Phoenix Christian HS

 

Players and Parents: 

 

This is a final reminder and update for the U.S. Baseball Academy session beginning this weekend at Phoenix Christian HS.

  

CAMP DATES  

 

Sat.: Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8     

  

If you can't locate your registration confirmation or confirmation e-mail, and there is any confusion over what time your session is, you can see your registration by visiting our website, www.USBaseballAcademy.com.   

 

Click the "Login or Pay" tab and use your player's last name and the email address used at the time of registration to view your registration.

 

WEATHER

  

This camp will be held outdoors so please dress appropriately. If the weather is questionable on the day of camp, you MUST check our website for any changes or updates to the venue, or potential postponements. 

 

 On our web site, www.USBaseballAcademy.com , there is a scrolling "News Ticker" at the top of the page where we will post all news and updates regarding camp.  Any sessions postponed due to weather will be made up. If weather turns bad during the day, parents or emergency contacts should be available to pick players up if necessary.     

 

REMAINING SPOTS

 

A limited number of spots remain in several sessions. If you have friends or teammates who may be interested, please tell them they can still register by phoning our office at 866-622-4487 to pay with a credit card. They must be registered and paid in advance of the first session.  

 

SCHEDULE

 

Sessions will last for 55 minutes. Each session will begin promptly, so please arrive a few minutes before your sessions begin. Players may stretch in an out-of-the-way place while the previous session ends, but must stay clear of interfering with other sessions. Players will NOT be permitted to throw balls or swing bats in the hallways or other areas of the building.

 

EQUIPMENT

  

Please bring your cleats and gym shoes each week. In some instances, the camp may be moved indoors or other covered area.

 

Hitting: Every player in the hitting camp must bring a bat. Because some players may be taking more swings in a shorter period of time than they are accustomed to, it would be wise to wear batting gloves if you have them.  

 

Pitching: Participants in the pitching camp should bring a glove. It is not necessary to bring a baseball.

Remember, participants in the pitching camp must supply their own catchers. Because our coaches are working with the pitchers in a hands-on manner and all pitchers are participating in throwing drills simultaneously, each player needs to have someone catching for him. The catcher can be a parent, older sibling or friend. If the catcher is a friend or teammate, a mask is required. We do not want two players in the same session catching for each other, because each will only receive half as much instruction.  

 

Catchers: Participants in the catcher's session should bring their own gear: shin guards, chest protector, mask and a protective cup. If you do not own your own catcher's gear, you should be able to borrow it from your coach or league. 

 

Fielding/Baserunning: Participants in the fielding/baserunning should bring their own glove.

 

SAFETY

 

It is important that players not swing the bat unless they are at a station being instructed by a coach. If a player would step out of a station and swing the bat, or if players walking onto the floor to start the day swing their bats, there is a good chance someone could get hit. DO NOT SWING BATS unless you are in a station being instructed, and it is your turn to hit.  

 

THE ITINERARY

 

This is a progressive program over a six-week period. Each week the drills are different, becoming more advanced each session. Hitters will complete up to 30 different stations and drills during the program, and pitchers between 15 and 20. Week 1 is designed to provide a good foundation for Week 2, etc. Some of the drills and stations in Week 1 may appear basic, but we need to ensure everyone has a proper foundation for the rest of the program. Some of the drills and stations may appear unusual, but each drill has an important purpose, and coaches will explain the reason each is in the program. (Why will players hit badminton birdies? Why will they be hitting deflated soccer balls? To teach them to stay in balance with hands back on off-speed pitches, and to teach them to drive their hands hard through a ball at impact.) Please work hard in every drill, and if players or parents don't understand the purpose of a station, feel free to ask the coaches afterward.  

 

SPECTATORS

 

Parents are welcome to watch from the sidelines during the hitting program and to listen along as the Site Directors explain each station at the beginning of the session. Once the rotations begin, we ask that parents watch from a distance so as not to make the hitting area more crowded and louder than it already is.  

 

MAKEUPS

 

If you miss a session because of illness, vacation, or a schedule conflict, there can be no make-ups. We pride ourselves on maintaining the player-coach ratio and limiting enrollment in each session. If we allowed extra players in a hitting session because they missed the week before, it would be unfair to others and would compromise the instruction for everyone.

 

SITE INFORMATION

 

 

The Site Director for your local program is Mark Band, Head Coach, Phoenix Christian HS

 

 

Site address:     

 

 

 Phoenix Christian HS
1751 W. Indian School Rd. 
Phoenix, Arizona 85015 

 

 

We recommend MapQuest for the most accurate directions.

Here is a link to their site: http://www.mapquest.com/

 

I hope you're looking forward to camp with as much enthusiasm as we are. Call us or e-mail info@usbaseballacademy.com if you have any questions.

 

The following directions are supplied by the Site Director:

 

Camp is outdoors on our baseball field. Address of the school is 1751 W. Indian School Road. Phoenix, AZ 85015. Parking lot is by the gym on the west side of the campus. Baseball field is east of the gym and just east of the football field.

 

 

Important Program Note for Parents

 

U.S. Baseball Academy is a progressive program that works through each of the building blocks for successful hitting, pitching and catching. For hitters, that includes grip, athletic stance, stride, balance, proper alignment, weight transfer, hand position, bat angle, path of swing, power position, contact points, bat lag, extension, pitch recognition, mental aspects, and many others. For pitchers, it includes various grips, stance, arm slot, arm action, balance point, hand and wrist position, release point, proper alignment, power position, follow-through, mental aspects, and more. For catchers, players work through stance, receiving, blocking, throwing, fielding drills, the mental side of catching and dealing with pitchers and umpires.

 

Because a flaw in any of the above areas will cause a player to be unsuccessful, each drill in our program is designed with an important instructional aspect in mind. The series of more than 30 hitting drills and 15 pitching drills will either confirm that the player has mastered that building block or identify a flaw and provide an avenue toward fixing it. Many stations will include a "player-assistant" in addition to the station coach. While the player-assistant is not technically coaching and is not factored into our coaching ratio, he is there to increase the repetitions each camper gets at that station. Each participant works with the adult coach at that station for instruction, and the player-assistant for repetition and reinforcement. If these player-assistants were included, our player-coach ratio would be about 3 to 1.

 

This is a teaching camp. If you are expecting to see your player take 200 swings a day in a cage against a pitcher, you will not find it here. You can get that by putting tokens in a machine at an arcade, but what will the player learn? Rather than improve, he will simply be driving bad habits deeper and deeper into his muscle memory. Pitchers who haven't thrown a ball in months would tear up their arm throwing full speed in January or February. They will not throw off mounds. Here, drills will break down mechanics and build muscle memory so players understand how to pitch and have success when they get on the field. The goal is not to get hitters out in the middle of winter.

 

As is the case at colleges and even Major League spring training, many of the drills will use hitting Ts, soft toss, and similar techniques. Young kids may think they are boring. You may think they are repetitive. They are not. At each station, the coaches are working on a specific "building block." Feel free to ask the coaches to explain the specific purpose of any drill you don't understand. Consider these stations as an example...

 

  • Two Ts the same height, one directly in front of the other, with the player trying to swing through both balls. If the player hits the back ball and misses the front, his swing path is off in one or more directions (up, down, around), and we can work to fix it.
  • Two Ts, one on the inside corner and one on the outside corner, with a coach commanding which ball to hit. This drill works on pitch recognition and different contact points depending on where the ball is pitched.
  • Chest-high Ts focus on a top-hand dominant swing at the top of the strike zone.
  • Knee-high Ts focus on a bottom-hand dominant swing low in the strike zone.

 

So, if your player tells you he hit off Ts all day, or he hit soft-toss, it's important to understand what is happening at each station. Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters of all time, hit off a T for 30 minutes a day throughout his Major League career. He was known to say, "If you can't do it off a T, you sure can't do it off a pitcher." That always reminds me of one of the most memorable calls to come into our office in 20 years. A parent considering signing up her son for the camp asked if the kids hit off Ts in the program. She was told that yes, some of the drills involve hitting off Ts and soft-toss. "Tees are for T-ballers," she responded loudly. "My son is a fourth-grader. I'll take him to a batting cage."

 

Good thing she wasn't Tony Gwynn's mom.

 

We hope your player has a successful experience with us. 

 

 

 

 

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