2008-11-12 / Sports

Midwest Baseball Academy Comes To New York In 2009

Midwest Baseball Academy Comes To New York In 2009


Midwest Baseball Academy, which operates a national network of affordable hitting, pitching and catchers’ camps for players in grades 1 through 12, has added players from all  five boroughs of New York City to its lineup for the coming winter and spring. The training camp session runs January 17 to February 21 at LaGuardia H.S., 100 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan. LaGuardia Head Coach Rob O’Connor will direct the program. Instructors will include a staff of the area’s top high school and college coaches. Registration is now under way at www.baseballacademy.net.

Midwest Baseball Academy’s Spring Training 2009 is a unique concept that provides young players with advanced hitting, pitching and catching training programs, instruction by the area’s top high school and college coaches and extensive indoor facilities. The training sessions include six weeks of instruction for as low as $99. Registration deadlines are approximately six weeks before each session begins, but last year's camps sold out much earlier. Because of the low player-coach ratio, spots in each session are limited. Complete details and times for each site, as well as registration forms, are available online at www.baseballacademy.net or by phoning toll free 866-MBA-HITS.

The program is designed to improve pitch and strike zone recognition, timing, balance, power, situational hitting, bunting, and other aspects. Pitchers work under the supervision of coaches who can help with all aspects of pitching, from fundamentals and mechanics to more advanced concepts. Drills and repetition will improve a pitcher's speed and control. The catcher’s camp covers all aspects of being behind the plate. Players will get instruction on stance, signs, receiving, framing, blocking, throwing, fielding bunts, tags and the mental aspects of dealing with pitchers. With a player-coach ratio of 6 to 1, each player gets plenty of individual attention in a small-group atmosphere.

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