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LAB Summer Training Program

Why YOU Need to Commit to Training This Summer

You WON’T Get Better Playing Summer Baseball!

Instead of collecting trophies and logging too many miles going from one tournament (or showcase) to the next… Use the Summer to Develop and Sky Rocket Your Baseball Skills AND Overall Strength!

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Summer baseball ain’t what it used to be…

Travel baseball and tournaments dominate the scene. Every weekend, players travel to tournaments guaranteeing X number of games (to justify the cost to play?), as coaches figure out ways to stretch (overuse?) their pitchers in order to survive the weekend…only to do it all again the following weekend.

Promises of playing the best talent around, and of course exposure dominate the reasons to play. But ultimately at the end of the season, both promises come up short. In those few months, players log nearly as many games as the guys that get paid to do it; only the players (parents) are paying to play instead of getting paid to play.

And after all those games, few if any can lay claim to becoming a better player than they were at the end of the spring season.

It wasn’t that long ago when the summer baseball meant two things:

  1. Backing off the intense environment of conference showdowns, county titles and state runs.
  2. Introducing new skills (or working on weaknesses) in order to develop into a better ballplayer than you were at the end of the spring.

If your ball club played deep into July, you stood a chance of playing as many games as you did in the spring. Those games were evenly spaced apart, giving every player and team, the chance to practice and work on getting better individually or as a group.

Unfortunately, with the boom of showcase baseball, the season has turned into a summer-long road trip to any and every tournament both near and far. Most teams play nearly double the games than they did in the spring. The goal isn’t development, but discovery. That is: getting discovered by a college coach or professional scout.

In some cases I get it. It’s the nature of the beast. But for many, it’s a very expensive gamble. Not just from a monetary side of things, but also from the side of time wasted. Wasted because the time spent driving from one showcase to the next, could have been used to develop the skills needed to actually get noticed.

I’ve been to showcases and college summer camps where 100’s of players believe they should attend, not realizing that the entire spectacle was designed to see a very small handful of handpicked players…none of which are you.

I know what you’re saying: “But Coach Bones, if I don’t go, I won’t get noticed.”

Maybe. But to that I say:

“I’d rather skip the showcase season for a chance to get better…a chance to truly develop my game…and then SHOCK people the next time they see me on the field.”

THAT’LL get you noticed!

 

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The Summer Training Programs will officially start with mandatory screenings/assessments on Thursday June 22nd and Friday June 23rd. (Players need only attend one day.)

The first training sessions will begin on Monday June 26th. Training blocks will run from 8:00 – 11:30am, and again from 2:00 – 5:30pm Monday through Friday, and from 9:00am – 12:00pm on Saturdays. 

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I’m NOT Saying You Shouldn’t Play Summer Baseball!

But Playing Lots of Games Won’t Make You Better. Training Will!

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Don’t get me wrong. The summer is a great time to be playing baseball.

The weather is great. You don’t have to worry about school or homework. For the most part, you can just go out and play ball!

But the summer tournament schedule is brutal.

You’re getting up earlier than you would normally for school…on the weekends, and playing games at the crack of dawn so the tournament directors can squeeze in as many games as possible. The time you spend traveling from one tournament to the next is worse than minor leaguers riding around in broken down school busses.

Maybe you’re lucky and play in a developmental league that only schedules games during the week. The problem there: all of the games (and make up games) have to be jammed into the weekdays, giving you (or your team) no time to practice.

How are you supposed to develop anything when you’re playing games with very little chance to actually practice?

Let’s face it: When you’re playing, you’re all about results. If you’re playing all the time, you can’t truly work on anything, make improvements, or get physically stronger. As a matter of fact, you’ll be physically drained and dreaming of the next day off. So much for being able to showcase your talent!

And when next season rolls around, you’ll pretty much be the same player you were the year before, just a year older.[/text_block]

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The Summer Training Programs will officially start with mandatory screenings/assessments on Thursday June 22nd and Friday June 23rd. (Players need only attend one day.)

The first training sessions will begin on Monday June 26th. Training blocks will run from 8:00 – 11:30am, and again from 2:00 – 5:30pm Monday through Friday, and from 9:00am – 12:00pm on Saturdays. 

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You Need Time to Hit the Weights!

The Fastest Way to Improve Your Mechanics: Get Stronger!

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]If I had a nickel for every time a player (or parent) asked me to teach them how to either hit for more power, or throw the ball faster well, I wouldn’t need any more nickels!

Unfortunately both players and parents have been duped into thinking that a few lessons and drills will teach those two in-demand traits.

Not only is that NOT true, there’s no way even the best baseball guru could make that happen during an offseason of lessons. There’s no shot it can get done on the few off days you have during the summer!

It’s a fact:

Without a solid foundation of general strength, learning the mechanics of the swing or the throwing delivery is practically impossible. Oh you might get a slightly closer to those desired mechanics with a little tweak here or there. You might even pick up a smidgen of bat speed, or even a touch more life on your fastball. But without developing (and improving) your general strength, you can’t expect to make any gains in the baseball strength department.

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  • Hit the baseball harder
  • Throw the baseball faster
  • Learn and be able to execute the finer, more complex mechanics faster and easier
[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]I’ve watched players bust their butts in the winter months. Lifting weights. Getting in tremendous shape. Experiencing that Ah-ha Moment, when they realize the connection between weight training and the ability to hit the ball harder and throw the ball faster.

But I see those same players stop lifting weights once the season rolls around. Almost immediately, all the gains in strength that were made throughout a long winter start to fade. By the end of the spring, pretty much all of their strength gains have disappeared.

All of that hard work gone, and right before your thinking of showing off your stuff in the summer? No thanks!

When you omit strength workouts from your baseball training, you’re missing out on the difference maker.

And before you ask, YES! You can lift weights during the season…especially in the summer!

My advice: get it done early in the morning, so you get it out of the way, but also have the rest of the day to recover and do whatever you need to do to get ready for the game at night.[/text_block]

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The Summer Training Programs will officially start with mandatory screenings/assessments on Thursday June 22nd and Friday June 23rd. (Players need only attend one day.)

The first training sessions will begin on Monday June 26th. Training blocks will run from 8:00 – 11:30am, and again from 2:00 – 5:30pm Monday through Friday, and from 9:00am – 12:00pm on Saturdays. 

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What to Expect From The LAB’s Summer Training Program

A Walkthrough of a Typical Day’s Training

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]The Summer Training Program is designed to be customized to each player that commits to training.

All players will be screened and evaluated for any lack of mobility or imbalances. Once that’s covered, we will sit down and discuss how to incorporate a custom workout into your baseball activities.

Every player will perform the basic strength moves in the weight training area. However, that’s where the similarities in workouts end. The baseball-specific training will be broken down into pitcher-specific and hitter-specific regimens.

Hitters will be on a different plan than pitchers. Pitchers that threw the day before will be on a different plan than those pitchers throwing today or the following day.

From Monday through Saturday, players will have access to the entire facility. And when I say Monday through Saturday, I’m hoping that every player will make the effort to be here as many of those days as possible.

Yes, it will be challenging on mornings after a late night game. Yes, it will be tough to weight train on a morning you’d love to sleep in a little bit.

At the same time, every day you miss, is a day wasted. A day where someone else made the effort to get better. I hope for your sake, it’s not someone about to take your position away from you.[/text_block]

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The Summer Training Programs will officially start with mandatory screenings/assessments on Thursday June 22nd and Friday June 23rd. (Players need only attend one day.)

The first training sessions will begin on Monday June 26th. Training blocks will run from 8:00 – 11:30am, and again from 2:00 – 5:30pm Monday through Friday, and from 9:00am – 12:00pm on Saturdays. 

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Training Package Pricing and Details

One Month Weight Training

$197
Build Power and Strength that Translates to the Baseball Field!

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INCLUDES:

  • Comprehensive Physical Screening
  • Up to Six Days of 60+ Minute Training Sessions per Week
  • Detailed Custom Daily Workouts
  • Follow Up Screenings to Check for Progress
  • Weight Training Only. No Baseball Skill Training

ONE Month Training Program

$360
One Month of Skill and Strength and Mobility Training

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INCLUDES:

  • Comprehensive Physical Screening
  • Record Initial Skill-Specific Measurements (Hitting/Pitching)
  • Daily Skill Work (Hitting/Pitching)
  • Detailed Baseball Skill-Specific Exercises
  • High Speed Video and Position-Specific Metrics
  • Follow Up Screenings to Check for Progress
  • Follow Up Skill-Specific Measurements
  • Detailed Custom Workouts
  • Four Weeks/ Up to Six Days per Week of 90 Minute Training Sessions
  • Less than $90.00 per week for up to 9 HOURS of Training!

Two Month Training Program

$675
Two Months (Plus an Extra Bonus Week) of Skill and Strength and Mobility Training

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INCLUDES:

  • Comprehensive Physical Screening
  • Record Initial Skill-Specific Measurements (Hitting/Pitching)
  • Daily Skill Work (Hitting/Pitching)
  • Detailed Baseball Skill-Specific Exercises
  • High Speed Video and Position-Specific Metrics
  • Follow Up Screenings to Check for Progress
  • Follow Up Skill-Specific Measurements
  • Detailed Custom Workouts
  • Nine Weeks/ Up to Six Days per Week of 90 Minute Training Sessions
  • $75.00 per week for up to 9 HOURS of Training!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Training Sessions will be held six days per week, Monday through Saturday. The program is designed for players to train anywhere from three to six days per week. A minimum of three days is required.

From Monday through Saturday, The LAB will be open for training from 8:00am – 11:30. Training reservations can be made on the scheduler every fifteen minutes and allow up to four players to book a single time. The last possible reservation will be 10:00am because the training sessions will typically last up to 90 minutes.

From Monday through Friday, and additional training block will be from 2:00 – 5:30.[/text_block]

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[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]You can access the Scheduling Page in a number of ways.

Register for the Summer Training Program: Click Here

Link to Scheduler: Click Here (Use this link after signing up to reserve specific daily times.)

PLEASE NOTE: Players must stick to the time slot they reserve. Meaning: Show up Early or right on time. Do not show up late![/text_block]

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[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]The HitTrax equipment and technology is the cornerstone of our baseball-specific data collection. The device needs to know specific information in order to calibrate the system to each individual player. (For example: A player’s height is used to calibrate that player’s strike zone.)

Aside from that, everything that HitTrax records can be sent out to each player (and parent) via email. Therefore, every player must register valid emails addresses if they intend on receiving their personal high speed video clips, hitting or pitching metrics.

That’s right. HitTrax can be used by both hitters and pitchers. (Although pitchers will be using the Rapsodo device more often.)

For Hitters: Aside from high-speed video, HitTrax measures launch angle, exit velocity, “hard hit average,” ball flight distance, as well as display a spray chart of all balls put in play.

For Pitchers: HitTrax measures the speed of the pitch as its crossing the plate, the location of the pitch, as well as categorize each pitch by the type of pitch thrown.

Note: You may receive emails from HitTrax. Those emails are not from The LAB. You can do with them what you see fit.[/text_block]

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[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]I’ve never been a big fan of the word drills, simply because there are way too many drills, and very few of them accomplish much or anything at all. I prefer to use the word exercise, because they are in fact exercises, and I wanted to separate what I do with players from the same old silly drills that players waste their time performing.

Ultimately my exercises train players externally rather than internally. Meaning: The worst form of training involves a coach barking out mechanics while the players is trying to execute the movement. My exercises eliminate the need for mechanical speak, and allows the players a way to feel how to move effectively while they are focused on something (like a target for example) other than their mechanics.

 

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[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Skill Specific refers to the actual baseball skill you are working on that lesson.

Hitters will be using various tools that teach them the proper swing path and movement patterns necessary to “put a good swing on the ball.” Additional tools will be used to enforce driving pitches better, and creating a line-drive launch angle.

Pitchers have a little bit more work to do, as their skill is a bit more complex than swinging a bat. They will be using unique tools to teach the most efficient movement patterns, which when practiced consistently, results in a drastic reduction in injury risk, as well as a new-found ability to throw various pitches at maximum effort.[/text_block]

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[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]The Beauty of the Summer Training Program is the customized approach we take for each player.

If a pitcher threw a complete game last night, his workout will be different than the pitcher that threw a quick inning that same night. The pitcher that’s not scheduled to throw for a few days will be different than the pitcher that’s scheduled to throw that night. Every pitcher will be treated as individuals, and not in the typical cookie-cutter way most training programs rely on.

There will be a core staple of exercises that all pitchers will perform on a consistent basis. But the number of throws and pitches will depend on each specific pitcher and their game schedule.

 

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[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]The LAB accepts cash, check, and credit card.

If you are paying by check, please make the check out to: Coach Bones Baseball LLC.

You can request the payment link if you choose to pay with a credit card.

Payments must be made before beginning any training program.[/text_block]

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