Off-Season Training Sign-up
-- Groups for both softball and baseball!
-- Nearly 40 hours of instruction with our top-notch instructors
--Professional instructors (find out about the regulars here)
-- Increased confidence from every single ball player
-- Weekly Strength and Agility Plans
-- Weekly At-Home Practice Plans
-- Parent/Coach training -- how to better support your young athlete with what they are learning
-- Throwing Velocity and Arm Care Program
-- Much more!
-- Get a full off-season of training for 1/3 less than anyone else out there.
-- Weekly instruction in offense, defense as well as strength and agility
-- Starts Oct. 2-3, ends April 2-3.
Make sure you're signing up for the session that you want. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
There are 3 Sessions:
If too many folks sign-up, we'll take first-come, first-served, but try to work with everyone else to find a fit.
Session1: Friday 5:00 - 6:30, this is all-ages. The second session on Saturday will be very similar to this one. Cost: $600
Session 2: Saturday 8-10:00am, this is intended for players in grades 8-12. We will also help each player gather footage and data for a college recruiting video, if they are interested. (Somehow this is like a $400 value.) Cost: $750
HS-Softball is full. There's a little room in the HS Baseball groups.
Session 3: Saturday 10 - 11:30, this is all ages. This is very similar to Session 1. Cost: $600
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12 Month INstallments
Fridays are full. There's room on Saturdays.
email John@backyardhackers.com with questions.
HS-softball is full. There's a little room in the HS Baseball groups.
Off-Season Training - Saturdays
Weekly training sessions with the Backyard Hackers coaches starting in October, going through March. 90 minute long, weekly practices.This an all-ages group that runs on Saturdays from 10 -11:30.
Off-Season Training - High School Saturdays
Weekly training sessions with the Backyard Hackers coaches starting in October, going through March. 2 hour long, weekly practices on Saturday mornings, 8-10:00, This group is intended for high school-aged participants.
Off-Season Training - Fridays
Weekly training sessions with the Backyard Hackers coaches starting in October, going through March. 1 1/2 hour long, weekly practices early Friday evenings, 5:0 - 6:30, This an all-ages group.
First, coaches will be masked, and we're going to ask all participants to be masked as well.
Next, in the case of extended shut down/cancellations of 4 weeks or more, we'll work with folks on refunds that are commiserate with the percentage of the service that's been offered. (If we've met 16 times, and things get shut down, expect an offer of 33% refund.)
If things get shut down for any reasons for up to 3 weeks, we will not be offering a refund for that time. We hope that gives us some flexibility to keep the program running, but be mindful of local cases.
Coaches who have tested positive for coronavirus will not be allowed back until they test negative. We ask the same of any participants.
We're going to have to work together to try to create distance between players whenever we can. It will be at the core of much of our planning, but people also need to understand that we're not going to be able to have 6 foot bubbles of non-contact at all times.
What ages is this for?
This is designed for any ballplayer who is ready to take instruction and can sustain their attention while at a practice for 90 minutes. (Most 10 year-olds should be a good fit. It gets dicey the younger we go.) We go through high-school on the upper end, and will probably have a couple of college kids this year.
When will this going down?
We'll fire things up on Oct. 2. Practices will happen every week. There'll be a full calendar once we get going.
Will kids be pitching?
All of the young baseball players will get some pitching training, but that won't be the focus of the throwing and arm care programs. Softball players will have access to the local pitching guru, Denny Lauer, outside of the normal training times.
Can parents help out at training?
Absolutely. Ideally, we're looking for up to 3 parent helpers that can make it each week. They'd be asked to do things like throw front toss to kids, hit groundballs, or help organize kids during strength training. In return, those folks will get coach-style training from our instructors, helping the parents understand the movements and skills we're teaching at a whole new level. Email John if you're interested in this, and we'll get you an additional discount!
Will we be playing any tournaments?
If we have the numbers at certain ages, there's nothing keeping us from going out and playing a tournament, but that would be something we'd talk about as a group. We are teachers. Our focus is entirely on the kids and what they learn.
Will you be using Blast Motion sensors with the high school group?
We won't be purchasing Blast Motion sensors this year. We didn't see enough evidence of the kids using the sensors, and the data outside of practice to warrant using them with the whole group again. If kids want to continue to use their own, we will continue to support them, and help them interpret the data -- we got pretty good at that, but very few of the kids used the data on their own, and don't think it's worth the investment for everyone.
Come on, there've got to be some hidden costs here -- equipment, gear, something. . .
Not that we can think of. We'd love to spring for a couple of tshirts for kids so they have something stunning to wear for training. But depending on how many kids we'll have, we could be cutting it close on staying in the black -- this price is shockingly low if you price out other venues. (1/3 of the cost of some of the local competition, and we think there's no one who instructs better than us.)