What is the recommended duration that I stay at the facility for?
With athletes training at our facility from anywhere between 3 days to 8 months, there is no real recommended duration of time that we suggest athletes stay on-site for. Of course, depending on the constraints within an athlete’s schedule, having trainees out here for longer periods of time gives us more flexibility to specifically target and iron out limiting factors or deficiencies on-site. As a result, we generally see better performance outcomes with athletes that are at our facility for a longer duration. However, given that an athlete’s specific training needs, developmental background, and other time/athletic commitments all require different accommodations, we try to be as flexible as we can so that we can generate a training plan that is best optimized for the individual athlete. The options regarding training duration is provided in more specific detail in the space below.
1 Week: Athletes that come out here for our 7-day assessment are going to be evaluated from a skill (hitting or pitching), strength, and mobility perspective. On the pitching side of things, we’ll be able to collect kinematic data on your mechanics, intrinsic pitch attributes via Rapsodo, and evaluate you through a variety of different constraint drills. In terms of hitting, athletes we’ll be able to test athletes at different pitch velocities, types, and spin rates so that we can collect batted ball data, swing plane data, and work through different constraint-based drills. After accumulating this data (particularly over the first 3 days), we identify the low hanging fruit, ease you into our drills and training materials, and teach you the main components of your built-out program. This program will exist within software, which will allow you to train at your own pace and comfort from home once you leave the facility.
This training design asks a lot of the individual athlete as they will have to complete prescribed programming without someone monitoring them on-site. However, for some athletes who have worked through programming on their own in the past, we find that this structure works best for them in this type of training environment.
For younger athletes (HS and younger), who do not necessarily need all the advanced tools we provide within our facility on a day-to-day basis, simply coming out for an assessment and then training remotely is probably the most sensible and efficient option to train with us.
1-2 Months: This is probably the most common duration that athletes typically stay out at the facility for. While here for 1-2 months, we can go beyond simply identifying and targeting specific deficiencies by testing movement quality, mechanics, strength, etc. and begin to make some headway towards fixing those issues. So, for example, if an athlete comes here with below average numbers strength wise, he’ll most likely be able to see some improvements before he leaves, building momentum towards acquiring a solid base and starting a higher intent skill-based program moving forward. Mechanically speaking, we should be able to iron-out any small deficiencies and improve intent while training here. Lastly, from a data collection perspective, we’ll be able to get athletes through multiple retests, thus allowing us to monitor changes and make the necessary programming adjustments based on what the data is telling us.
3+ Months: Spending an extensive amount of time at the facility allows us to go through multiple stages and cycles of programming. As a result, we’ll be able to fully address any major deficiencies from a skill, strength, mobility perspective and move on to more higher-level programming. For example, if you had a major strength and/or mobility deficiency leading up to your training here, we will have most likely have enough time to solve those issues and will be able to get you into high-intent skill development work on the throwing or hitting aspects of your training economy. If you’ve been doing high-intent throwing/hitting since you arrived, we’d most likely have you move onto live ABs once you get closer to your competitive season.
6+ Months: It is rare to see an athlete commit to a full year’s worth of training (we roughly have 15-20 Gap Year athletes per year), but this amount of time allows us to take a much longer approach with athletes from a training perspective, fully addressing their most limiting factors and preparing them for the next step in their athletic career. We can do this through a more traditional periodization approach to training, starting with general strength and mobility and then working our way towards more skill specific type drills and attributes. This will ultimately culminate by progressing to live ABs, where athletes will be put to the test against their peers. Ultimately, the goal is to bring your level of performance to a new tier so that more competitive schools and/or teams take notice.
Please let support know if you have any questions regarding how long you plan on staying out here for. We can help map out a plan and go over what a suitable amount of time might look like for you or your athlete. We can be reached over the phone at 425-523-4030 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .