What does a Gap Year look like at Driveline?
Within the past few years, we’ve noticed a subtle increase in graduating HS and college transfers looking to take a Gap Year with us for 6+ months of on-site training.
Traditionally, many athletes coming out of HS or JUCO settle on a school that is either a poor fit baseball wise, does not prioritize development, or is in a less than favorable location. Not only is settling on playing at an objectively poor school a bad idea for long-term development, it also burns through a year of eligibility for no reason and adds complications towards getting a college degree when the athlete eventually transfers.
To avoid having athletes waste a calendar year at a less than optimal program, we take in Gap Year athletes in at any point during the year and have about 15-20 long-term athletes (6+ months on-site) per season. Typically, Gap Year athletes arrive in late August/early September and stay until early April/May, training full-time 6 days per week for each week that they’re out here. Most Gap Year athletes live together via our recommended housing options, and a good number of them end up driving out to Seattle so that they’ll have access to transportation.
From a training perspective, having athletes out here for 6+ months gives our training floor staff the unique opportunity to take a more long-term approach in developing each Gap Year Athlete. Utilizing the research tools here at our disposal, we can initially assess, evaluate, and identify major points of emphasis to work on once an athlete arrives on-site. After a few months, we should be able to iron out the more significant inefficiencies from a mechanical, strength, and mobility perspective so that we can move on to higher intent programming to focus on hyper specific areas of need. Our end goal is to generate transfer from those positive attributes gained in both the weight room and training floor into game-like situations. By the beginning of the Spring, athletes will have gone through a challenging, but beneficial training process that will culminate with them facing live hitters to hone in on their craft. Each athlete’s training plan is designed to prime them to play at a higher level once they leave the facility.
Before officially going home for the Summer, athletes get helped through the recruiting process by our training floor staff. By providing them with high-end video to email to coaches, educating them on how to position themselves, and passing along connections to programs that have a mutual fit for the athlete, we try to have our Gap Year athletes obtain the best education and playing experience they possibly can once they leave the facility.
If you’d like more information on potentially coming out here for a Gap Year, please contact support at 425-523-4030 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org