88 D-I commitments since 2012

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About Our Program

From coaches touting MLB playing and managing experience to facilities that rival any Spring Training location, the IMG Academy baseball program is the nation's premier program for dedicated baseball players who want to play at the next level. With a proven position-specific training program paired with our Performance disciplines that help athletes become stronger, faster, healthier and more confident, IMG Academy places student-athletes at all collegiate levels fully ready to contribute immediately.

Program Structure

The IMG Academy coaching staff takes a passionate and personal approach in the development of our student-athletes. Student-athletes learn a broad understanding of the mechanical, technical and mental aspects of the game and perform instinctually through extensive repetition and drill work. Student-athletes become fundamentally sound and prepared to consistently compete at a high level, with a primary focus on performance over results. 

The program consists of multiple teams at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level, as well as Post-Graduate and Freshmen programs. Depending on the team, competition includes national, regional and local competition. IMG is a fully approved Florida High School Athletic Association member.

Program Accomplishments

Program Accomplishments

  • 17 student-athletes named to All-American teams since 2009
  • 23 student-athletes or alumni have been selected in the MLB Draft since 2005.
  • 10 national tournaments won since 2009
  • 88 D-I commitments since 2012

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Baseball Facilities

Baseball athletes have full access to our professional 4-plex facility, including 4 game fields, 3 half fields, 12 practice mounds, 12 indoor and outdoor batting cages, as well as our 65,000 square-foot Performance Center with a 12,000 square-foot weight room and turf facility. All of our facilities are maintained at a professional standard to ensure the perfect training environment for every athlete.

College Matriculation

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Athletic & Personal Development Training Methodology

Outwork and outlast the competition with IMG’s Physical Conditioning program. Our team of performance experts will design a program, that supplements your sports training, to help you reach your optimal physical shape.

  • Speed, Agility and Movement
  • Endurance Conditioning
  • Strength and Power
  • Flexibility, Balance and Core

 

IMG’s Athletic Body Management program educates and helps athletes to stay keep their bodies healthy during their demanding training and competition schedules. Our team of performance experts promote optimal training and help to decrease the chance of injury in our athletes.

Athletes will receive:

  • Athletic Training
  • Physical Therapy
  • Regeneration Massage
  • Corrective Exercise Work
  • Sports Therapy Evaluation
  • Education on Injury Management

 

At IMG Academy, we understand how important it is for athletes to fuel their bodies to meet their high-level lifestyles and sport demands. Our Nutrition program educates and provides our athletes with the right tools so that they’re ready to compete at home, or out on the road.

Athletes will be educated on:

  • Optimal Everyday Nutrition
  • Athlete Eating Plans
  • Nutrient Intake and Timing
  • Hydration Strategies
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Body Composition and Framework
  • Body Weight Issues
  • Energy Balance

 

Vision training is not just about seeing – it’s about doing. Athletes will train the eyes to perform more quickly and efficiently through eye muscle and visual system development.

Vision training enhances:

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Peripheral vision
  • Reaction time
  • Depth perception
  • Vision Strength

 

Our Mental Conditioning program helps athletes develop a high-performance mindset to help them build the confidence, focus and determination to train and compete at their best on any given day.

Helps develop:

  • Mental Toughness
  • Awareness
  • Energy Management
  • Thought Management
  • Teamwork

 

IMG incorporates John Wooden’s legendary “Pyramid of Success” into our own proprietary techniques to develop leaders with better communication skills, conversational skills, accountability, character building and personal presence.

  • Effective Communication
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Media Training
  • The Power of Collaboration
  • Interview Skills
  • Building Team Culture
  • Developing Identity

 

IMG Academy’s College Planning and Placement department works with student-athletes, families and coaches to create and individualized roadmap for reaching their goal of studying and playing their sport at the collegiate level.

We offer:

  • College Planning
  • Application Education/Assistance
  • Athletic Recruiting
  • PSAT, SAT and ACT Prep
  • NCAA Compliance Education
  • Alumni Network and Support

 

With a sense of structured independence, we want to let student-athletes take ownership of their life here at IMG. While they are making these independent choices, our support team is there to provide structure and help them make the right decisions.

Student-athletes will develop:

  • Personal Growth
  • Responsibility
  • Peer-to-Peer Interactions
  • Health and Wellness
  • Career Planning
  • Adaptability
  • Organization and Time Management

 

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Testimonials

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“People often say that your time in college is the best 4 years of their life. Personally, nothing can compare to the four years I spent at IMG Academy. Leaving home at the age of 14, I had no idea what to expect. Now, as I look back on that day, I have 100% confidence in saying it was the best decision of my life. IMG Academy allowed me to expand my horizons, helped me work towards my goal of playing baseball at a higher level and it provided me with friendships from all over the world that will last a lifetime. I am proud to say I am an IMG Academy alumnus and I have all the confidence in knowing that IMG Academy shaped me into the person I am today.”

- Michael Xirinachs Class of 2009, Bentley University graduate
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“(Our son) has played on many teams and at many great venues, but IMG was the best experience of his baseball life. The facilities that IMG Academy offers are world class, the instructors were professional and very knowledgeable of the game we all love, and the competition level was incredible. (Our son) has become a better player and a better person with this experience.” 

- Carol and David B. IMG Student-Athlete Parent
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"It was a difficult decision to send our only child off to IMG from home in Alaska, but it couldn’t have been a better one.  Our son has thrived both in academics and in the baseball program.  Not only does he carry himself with much more confidence and poise, he’s excelling in his classes and has improved tremendously in his sport.  He describes himself as a “new person”… Happier, stronger, academically engaged and following his dream of playing baseball daily.   The three of us couldn’t be happier with our choice.” 

- Cat C. and Tim S. IMG Student-Athlete Parent
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"We weren’t sure what to expect when we sent our 14-year old son to boarding school, except that we were extremely nervous and anxious. After only three months, we saw enormous growth in our son, both physically and mentally. What an amazing and fun transformation to watch. He’s become more responsible, independent and respectful.  Not to mention the improved athletic skill in such a short amount of time.  Worth every penny we’ve paid."   ​​​​

- Sarah and Scott Underwood IMG Student-Athlete Parent

Baseball FAQs

  • What colleges and universities have IMG Academy baseball players attended?

    IMG Academy baseball players, along with all IMG student-athletes, work with our College Planning & Placement department to find the right for them based on athletic skill, academic proficiency, personality and goals. This includes programs at all levels, including some of the best academic and athletic programs in the nation. Notable recent college commitments include: Stanford, Notre Dame, Virginia, Georgia Tech, West Point (Army), Brown, Arkansas, Florida, Williams, Amherst, Chicago, Pepperdine and Baylor.

  • What type of baseball development takes place off the field?

    All student-athletes experience a comprehensive training program led by our Athletic and Personal Development (APD) experts. Traditionally, the program incorporates dynamic stretching sessions each day with associated speed development, three strength sessions per week, a mental conditioning (confidence/focus) session per week and one additional APD session per week which changes each 6 weeks. The additional session could be vision training, nutrition training, mental toughness, yoga, additional speed or one of our other options. This methodology has been developed over our history to help players truly understand and achieve their potential.

  • What are the backgrounds of IMG Academy baseball coaches?

    Our staff has over 150 years of combined experience at the collegiate and professional levels, including coaches that have played and/or coached collegiately and played/coached/managed at the Major/Minor League level. Director Dan Simonds, spent 13 years in professional baseball with the Orioles, Cubs and Padres, as well as 13 years in college baseball at Miami of Ohio, Xavier and Indiana. Other notable coaches include:

    • Chris Sabo: 1988 Rookie of the Year & 3x NL All-Star with Cincinnati Reds. 
    • Tim Raines, Jr.: 13-year professional career with the Orioles and White Sox 
    • John Ford Griffin: All-American at Florida State and Yankees 1st round draft pick
    • Anthony DeCicco: Former coach at U.S. Military Academy

  • How many teams are in the program and what is the average roster size?

    Rosters are fluid based on position availability and need. The program currently consists of eight teams: Post-Graduate, 4 FHSAA Varsity level teams, 2 FHSAA Junior Varsity level teams and a 15u team. The average roster size is 15-16 players.

  • How are academic requirements balanced in the overall schedule? 

    Academic development is as much of a priority of our program is any other component and set up to both challenge and support student-athletes. Students attend three 90-minute class periods per day within an A/B scheduling system similar to the college environment, with one period either 2-3 times per week for study hall. Students also have access to tutors multiple days per week in the evening, and teachers attend longer road trips to help facilitate the classroom "on the road" when needed.