Four months after breaking ground, the ProBatter Sports simulator is up and running. The system includes a video screen with a hole at the exact release point location for various pitchers from which a real baseball flies toward the batter to perfectly mimic an actual pitch. The IMG Academy baseball program team took a crack at it today:
The IMG JV Baseball team recently took a group trip to see the Phillies take on the Minnesota Twins in a spring training game in Clearwater. The team got the chance to watch batting practice from field level, walk around the field, and even hear advice from the Phillies' Jamie Moyer, who also trains at IMG Academy in the off-season. The Phillies won the game 5-4.
I am determined and true
I wonder where I will be in the future
I hear people say "he can" and "he can't"
The Phillies pitcher saw early and unexpected success in 2007, but the then 22-year-old Kendrick had a reality check when he was sent down to the minors when a change in production and attitude occurred. After his off-season training at IMG Academy with mental conditioning specialist Josh Lifrak and physical conditioning with performance specialist Blaine Bott, Kendrick is beginning to earn his spot on the Phillies' squad. Read all about his resurgence at Philly.com:
After his off-season training at IMG Academy, Ian Desmond has been tearing it up for the Washington Nationals in spring training. During his time at IMG, he worked with performance specialist Stacey Daniels and mental conditioning coach Josh Lifrak. The young shortstop is currently in Syracuse AAA, but hopes to get the call up to the Nationals at the start of the regular season. An article in the Washington Post had more:
from Coach Jason Elias
One of the toughest elements of outfield play is being able to maintain focus on the task at hand. The outfield can be a very lonely and daunting place given the amount of game action an outfielder gets on average (or in many cases the lack thereof). Outfielders may not get a baseball hit to them at all throughout the course of a game and then.....Boom! The game is on the line and that given outfielder becomes the hero or the goat, depending on focus.
Here is how to maintain your FOCUS as an outfielder:
On February 20th, the IMG Academy baseball program JV team took a trip to DaySpring, a team building conference and recreation center, to go through a ropes course and other exercises to foster team unity. Although it was an important trip for the boys to take a day away from the field, Head Coach Jason Elias organized the trip for other reasons as well. "I took the boys on the field trip to help build teamwork skills and develop leadership qualities. I wanted to show them that in high pressure situations teamwork can lead to success."