How Long Should I Stay at Driveline?
*Disclaimer: these are purely examples of how long an athlete may be here. Athletes are welcome to stay for any duration that they see fit.
1-2 Weeks- What to Expect
During the first 6 days of a one-week visit, you are going to be fully assessed, which will include the following:
- Throwing: We start with a basic introduction to our warmup and plyocare drills before we progress to the mound where we can observe you throw while specifically looking at movement quality with the help of video, all while collecting velocity, spin rate, and pitch-movement characteristics from Rapsodo.
- Hitting: We will collect baseline data on bat speed, bat path, and power using video analysis, bat sensors, and HitTrax. This information will allow us to break down swings from both an empirical and qualitative perspective to athletes locate necessary swing improvements based on a wide variety of pitch types and locations.
- We will also collect baseline strength, power, and mobility metrics to help us pinpoint any weaknesses or movement deficiencies that need addressing. We also have every athlete complete a motor control assessment with our in House Physical Therapist.
The data that we collect in the first 6 days are going to be used to make a complete evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses, with the next 8 days in the gym being spent ensuring that all components of the program are understood and you’re ready to complete the work at home now. Coming to Driveline before starting remotely is a great way to shorten the learning curve, granting you the freedom of not having to worry about doing everything correctly. Instead of worrying about implementing the program correctly, you can instead focus on executing the program with 100% intent.
Depending on your goals and the results of your screening, programs can be tailored to work on pitching velocity, overall strength, pitch design or command, bat speed or barrel control. Once you leave, our staff will continue the test/retest process remotely so we can continue to provide you with programming to do at home.
1 Month- What to Expect:
If you stay for one month beyond the initial assessment week, we can use the data from your assessment throughout a full test/retest cycle so we can see how you respond to 4 weeks of training here and then adjust your program accordingly. In this time, we can start to target and correct some weakness that may be holding an athlete back. For example, if an athlete is lacking in general strength, we can certainly start to make some serious progress towards the end goal in just one month, while also preparing them to finish the work at home. Mechanically speaking, while it is unlikely that just a few weeks in the gym can completely overhaul a deficiency, we can start to facilitate progress that can be continued while training remotely. Some smaller issues can also probably be cleaned up in a month’s time, which includes things like proper form while executing our throwing drills and lifts/mobility exercises, minor mechanical changes (could be a number of things), adjustments to secondary offerings, and better overall intent- a lot of guys note that when they come here for the first time, they thought they knew what intent to throw hard looks like… until they saw the way our guys throw here. Once you leave the gym, we’ll continue the test/retest process remotely with the help of our custom built athlete tracking software which also allows you to continue building the report you had with the trainers while you were here.
3 months- What to Expect:
If we have an athlete for ~3 months, things change a little bit as we can cycle through several test/retest cycles so we can see how you are adapting to different training stimuli over a longer period of time. This will probably give us time to fully address at least one major limiting factor, be it inadequate strength, a major mechanical efficiency, or a major mobility restriction. We’d also be able to fill in the gaps to help address some of your minor limiting factors as well. It’s possible that we can tweak certain attributes with your mechanics, improve power output in the weight room (if you are already strong), or we can improve/add a secondary offering to better your repertoire. However, we likely won’t be able to make all of the changes that might need to be made, but we can start to see some real progress while the athlete is here. Once you leave, we can continue to program you while training from home so we can continue the same progression you were on while here in the gym.
6+ months: "Gap year" training
When an athlete is here for 6+ months, it’s much more of a long-term investment. This is typical of college gap year trainees looking for schools or professional/aspiring professional players looking to find a team. This will allow us to fully address any major limiting factor and we can do so through a more traditional training periodization approach. We might start with a general strength foundation, and the progress towards more sport-specific work like VBT, pulldowns, mound velocity work, pitch design, and then finally live-at bats in order to fully prepare you for wherever your next competitive season might take you.