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.

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Athletic & Personal Development Training Methodology

Develops sport-specific strength, power, movement, speed, agility, flexibility, and conditioning. Delivered in a 10,000 square-foot weight room, covered turf area and a four-lane composite/turf track.

  • Pregeneration
  • Speed & Movement
  • Strength & Power
  • Flexibility, balance & core
  • Conditioning
  • Regeneration

Helps reduce the potential of injury and promotes continued healthy through massage, physical therapy and corrective exercises.

  • Sports therapy evaluation
  • Injury prevention
  • Proactive rehabilitation
  • Injury management / education

Optimizes personal nutrition to meet highlevel lifestyle and sport demands, with topics including optimal everyday nutrition, eating plans to meet sport-specific demands, body composition, energy balance and body weight issues, dietary supplements and hydration strategies.

  • Personal profile
  • Nutritional goals & strategies
  • Body framework
  • Nutrient intake & timing
  • Supplements

Develops an athlete’s eye muscles and visual system to enhance hand-eye coordination, peripheral vision, reaction time and depth perception.

  • Visual activity
  • Vision strengthening
  • Visual application
  • Visual enhancement

Builds the mental skills – including confidence, focus and determination – that help athletes reach their goals and compete at their best on any given day.

  • Awareness
  • Energy management
  • Thought management
  • Teamwork
  • Application

Helps develop personal presence, communication skills, character building, accountability and conversational skill to provide more guidance and stability as a leader.

  • Communication
  • Personal presence
  • Character building
  • Accountability
  • Conversation / Interview skills
  • Placement
  • SAT/ACT Test
  • Recruiting
  • Applications

Teaches athletes the skills and characteristics that develop high-performance habits in both sports and life.

  • Personal responsibility
  • Career planning
  • Organization / Time Management
  • Adaptability

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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.