The Sports Academy's baseball programs are focused on players 8-18 years old. Players will be grouped according to age and skill level. Unique to the Sports Academy are fields sized for Major League, intermediate youth league and youth league.
Players will receive individual and group instruction on hitting, fielding, base running, and game strategies. Instruction will also be offered for those interested in pitching and catching. Players can also expect plenty of game action. Each player will receive an evaluation at the conclusion of the session.
Students will enjoy a state-of-the-art training facility modeled after those built for Major League teams. The latest technology, including digital teaching devices, enhances the training experience. Attendees will enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities when they are not on the diamond or court. For those seeking to maximize their stay in the Berkshires-hiking, nature walks; campfires, and campouts will be organized. Down at the beach such activities, as swimming, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking will be available. For those that can't get enough of playing games-wiffle ball, kickball, soccer and pick up basketball games will be available after the days training schedule has ended.
A special focus of the Academy is sports psychology and the vital role it plays in fostering a winning attitude and peak performance. Students participate in workshops and discussions that will better prepare them for life's challenges.
In addition to receiving individual skill instruction and team fundamentals, students participate in our Life Skills Development Program. With this important training students will develop the emotional and cognitive skills necessary to overachieve at athletics and the day to day challenges of life. Sessions focus on how to set and achieve individual goals and show students how to develop personal leadership and maintain a positive psychological attitude. We also encourage sportsmanship in a competitive environment.
A significant enhancement has been added to the Academy's program. The Academy will introduce the icebox mental skills and toughness-training program. The program is designed to enhance an athlete's ability to relax at will, develop laser-like focus and concentration when they need it the most. The program focuses on the 4C's of peak performance mental skills: Composure, Concentration, Confidence and Commitment skills.
The Academy will utilize the latest in video technology to record and analyze individuals hitting, pitching, catching, or basketball shooting techniques. The Sports Motion Analysis and Review Tool is a powerful teaching device to enhance the performance of an athlete. The SMART video system software is especially designed to analyze and report sports motion. The tool is especially useful with younger athletes as they can see for themselves what adjustments they need to make to improve their performance. The ProBatter Professional baseball system is as close as possible to real-life Major League pitching--its simulated reality and amazing precision can sharpen hitting skills like no pitching machine has ever done. The ProBatter® Professional baseball system is a true-to-life baseball pitching simulator for use at any level. The system includes a video component that permits a hitter to observe the life-size image of an actual pitcher winding up and delivering a pitch, which is thrown through the video screen by a computer, controlled pitching module.
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