Last Summer Skills Camp

Our last summer skills camp is Next week. Friday July 18th at noon is deadline for registration. Go to http://www.hardballacademy.com and go to camp link for more info and to register.

 

Skills Camp at Bayside Little League

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Summer 2014

July 21st-24th

Time: 5:30 pm – 8 30 pm

Where: Bayside Little League

Ages:7-13

Cost: $135

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Webb Signing Day

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Congrats to Curtis Webb- Signed at Southwestern Assemblies of God University

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13U/14U Fall Team Tryouts

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Hardball Academy will be hosting 13U/14U tryouts for our Fall Teams at Friendswood High School on July 27th

Tryout time will be 3-5pm.

13U and 14U will each play 7 tournaments (Nations and USSSA) from August-December.

If your son would like to attend this tryout please contact our Team Coordinator, Josh Cathcart.  josh@hardballacademy.com

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Hardball Players Drafted

Congratulations to Jake Cosart – Boston Redsox and Matt Plitt- Tampa Bay Devil Rays in being selected in the 2014 MLB draft.

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College Players-Regionals/Recent Signings

Congrats to:

Cameron Smith- Texas Tech University…. Regional 3 hit win vs Miami

Matt Plitt- UL-Lafayette…….. Save vs Mississippi State to take ULL to Super Regional

Riley Cooper-UL Lafayette

Recent College Signings

Chase Lowman-Odessa Jr. College

Matt Williams- Redlands College

Matt Sevelah-Redlands College

 

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Good Instruction vs Instruction

One of the many things we like to do at Hardball Academy is help educate parents. There are many misconceptions on training, show case camps, teams, mechanics, pitching and hitting in general, and what players should be doing at a certain age.  Here is one example of what has happened many times over the years: About 4 months ago a gentlemen came to me and said that his 15 year old had been taking pitching lessons with a former ex professional pitcher and several other instructors over the past 5 years…… but has not really seen much improvement. I first asked if he was a motivated player and did drills/training on his own and wanted to get better. After that, I asked what had he and his instructor worked on? What were his faults (inefficiencies) and fixes? Did they work on understanding cause and effect? Did they do any work on making in game fixes? Did they work on any type of mental/emotional training to enhance or build those skills? What type of measurement/goal setting was done? The answer to all these were no/none……about all he could tell me was the instructor threw around the same old buzz words (that are ambiguous/or need more detail) that are used by 99% of coaches (stay closed, your opening up, get out front, yada, yada, yada). The father asked me “if I could help him and if I would be honest about his son’s abilities……….if he had what it took to pitch at the high school level? He asked “what made our program any different than the others”? I could tell that there was a sense of despair and desperation in his voice. I told the gentleman that I would give him honest feedback if I felt his son had the aptitude to pitch at the next level….and I told him If he was motived to work and learn that I could help him make improvements……….to what level and to what degree I can’t tell you that. I told him here are the 5 things that separate our program from others: 1. We help players measure and set goals on their mechanics, flexibility, strength levels, athleticism, and with pitching concepts 2. We teach pitchers about cause and effect and how mechanical efficiency effects the force (velocity) and direction (control) of the baseball. 3. We teach players to understand themselves better …….what mistakes do they make? How do they fix them? How do they do this in games? 4. We help give them that mechanical tool box but also the mental/emotional tool box……..how to handle adversity, create a pre-pitch plan/routine, maintaining confidence, etc. 5. Build an arm care, recovery, and treatment plan for all pitchers.

I am proud to say after about 4 months of work we saw this player add 5 mph to his fastball and increase his strike percentage from 55% to %67. For the first time the player had complete knowledge, awareness, and understanding! The player is really a bright kid that just needed some detail and correct understanding of how his body should be working to maximize his throwing efficiency. On a another note; the player had told me that he would get pain in the back of his shoulder from time to time when he threw. He said that he rarely feels anymore pain and sometimes it doesn’t even feel like he is throwing that hard. As I explained to him……..he has become more efficient and his workload had been decreased on his arm………he is getting more output with less input……..that equals more velocity, more strikes, and less likely hood of arm injury…..all good things. With the results the player is even more motivated to train and take his game to the next level. With his progress, understanding and work ethic I have no doubt he will pitch at the varsity level within the next 2 years.

** Detail is very important if pitchers are going to learn themselves……many cue terms lack detail and/or ambiguous that do not lead to complete knowledge and too many gaps for the player to fill in.

* Also when teaching mechanics it is important to understand the kinetics of human movement (the kinetic chain), how muscles load/unload, stretch reflex response, and how players can create and maximize momentum. Many conventional teaches are actually putting pitchers at greater risk and reduce the efficiency of performance (velocity, control, movement).

 

Richie Beard

Advanced Pitching Instructor

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Golf Tournament Fundraiser

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Hardball Academy Annual Golf Tournament
Grand Slam on the Green

June 20th
Sponsorship Opportunities
Grand Slam Sponsor: $2,000.00

To register for the tournament or to sponsor: go to http://www.hardballacademy.com and go to Golf Tournament Link

Sponsorship Opportunities

Grand Slam Sponsor: $2000.00 (sold)

• This is the title sponsor of Grand Slam on the Green event. Your sponsorship will not only make a impactful donation to the club but will receive the following:
• Team entered into tournament at no charge
• 4ft x 8ft Banners displayed at the Golf Course during play and at the Registration & Awards luncheon.
• Your logo will be placed on each golf cart for all golfers to see
• Your logo with links to your home site placed on the Hardball Academy website
• Any free giveaway of your promotional media may be included in player gift bags
• Mentions on social media outlets

Home Run Sponsor: $500.00

• (1) 4ft x 8ft Banner displayed at the Golf Course during play and at the
Registration & Lunch.
• Full sponsorship of the beverage carts
• (4) Signs displayed on the beverage carts that will circle players for the day
• Your logo with links to your home site placed on the Hardball Academy website
• Mentions on social media outlets

Triple Play Sponsor: $300.00

• (1) 4ft x 8ft Banner displayed at the Golf Course during play and at the Registration & Lunch.
• Signage displayed in Restaurant at the Golf Club during play
• Your logo with links to your home site placed on the Hardball Academy website
• Mentions on social media outlets

Turn “Two” Sponsor: $200.00

• Signage displayed in Restaurant at the Golf Club during play
• Your logo with links to your home site placed on the Hardball Academy website
• Mentions on social media outlets

Base Hit! Sponsor: $100.00
Hardball Academy Fan Club!

• Any donation to the foundation (minimum $50) will have their name displayed on our Hardball Academy Fan Club Poster that will be displayed at Registration, and Lunch and tournament games!

Course and Challenge Sponsors

LONG DRIVE SPONSOR: $500.00 (Limit 2)
Two 4ft x 4ft banners displayed on the 2 holes that will play host to our Long Drive contest.

CLOSEST TO THE PIN: $500.00 (Limit 2)
Two 4ft x 4ft banners will be displayed at our closest to the pin par 3 hole.

GREEN FLAG: $250.00 Each (Limit 18)
Place your name on one of the 18 Flag Sticks at the Southwyck Golf Club. At the end of the day the flag is yours to keep

HOLE SPONSOR: $100.00 Each
A Custom hole sign with your name/logo will be placed either greenside or on a tee box

RANGE / PUTTING GREEN: $1,000.00
• (1) 4ft x 8ft Banner displayed on the Range
• (2) 24” x 18” Signs on the Putting Green during the putting contest
• Your logo with links to your home site placed on the Hardball Academy website
• Mentions on social media outlets

 

Please make checks payable to “Hardball Academy” and mail them to:
Brand Idea Group: C/O Hardball Academy • 400 Hobbs Rd. Suite 104 • League City, TX 77573
Be sure to email your company logo or message to Antoinette@brandideagroup.com
Thank you for your support!

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