Summer is right around the corner. Here is why you need to be prepared.

By: Peter Fatse, Founder // Director of Athlete Development

Each year the APA Baseball Institute is flooded with athletes looking to maximize their training in an effort to seek enhanced results. While we know that the development of strength and skill during the off-season is important, what is equally if not more impactful to the athletes career is the ability to sustain a level of performance through out their in-season schedule.  For our more advanced collegiate athletes, the summer is packed with a high volume of games, practices and frequent travel due to extensive schedules. With the growing demands on our high school population, it's not out of the realm to see a team play upwards of 6-games in less than 72-hours. When you couple that with the showcasing schedules and the demands of "being seen" through various camps and clinics, there is a lot of stress on the athlete to compete at a high level. Do you wonder why your fastball velocity begins to decrease as July rolls around? Are you feeling sluggish and your "fast-twitch" muscle fibers seemingly inactive? It is bound to happen and the reality is that we can't avoid fatigue, but we can better manage it.

“It’s as if you are preparing to take your car on a cross country trip, polished the exterior, cleaned out each spec of dirt between the seat cushions but have forgotten to check the oil or tire pressure. While the car looks good and will maintain a level of consistency early on, it will surely falter at some point as key mechanisms to its design are compromised.

Examining Performance Training

Performance training, more specifically the ability to recover and reset the body in an effort to maintain strength and prevent injury is typically the last thing athletes prioritize in season. It's as if you are preparing to take your car on a cross country trip, polished the exterior, cleaned out each spec of dirt between the seat cushions but have forgotten to check the oil or tire pressure. While the car looks good and will maintain a level of consistency early on, it will surely falter at some point as key mechanisms to its design are compromised. The same thing is true for athletes as they are consistently placing a demand on their bodies that require them to sustain peak levels of performance. If we want to see continuous improvement to our game, we have to commit to a process that promotes continuous development. It's imperative that we continue to take care of the engine that we require and depend so much on to perform at a high level.

When we think of performance training, it is important to understand the components of development that are involved as we are not just referring to the thought of getting under a bar and moving as much weight as possible:

  • Strength Development
  • Speed Development
  • Skill Development
  • Injury Prevention
  • Recovery (Active and Passive)
  • Nutritional Benefits

Each aspect listed above has their influence on any season for athletes looking to perform at high levels. Depending on the time of year and the amount of baseball competition and stress on the body, we will alter training goals to meet the needs of the athlete. There is only so much that any one person can give at any one time. If our volume of throwing increases putting heightened levels of stress on the body, that will take away from our ability to train in the gym. However, this does not mean we do nothing. The last thing we want to do is continue to train fatigued only to compromise our body further. What it does mean is that we make modifications to fit the needs of the athlete given their current level of competition and need.

Why Train with APA and the Baseball Institute?

1) Experience: This is what we do. We have been developing baseball athletes for over 7-years with a multitude of high-level collegiate and professional athletes unmatched in our region.

2) Programming: Our programming, from strength to skill development is consistently scrutinized and re-vamped as we are always looking to provide the most forward thinking approach to athlete development.

3) Culture: We take pride in creating a culture of athletic development where challenging each other to be their best is always encouraged.


Summer Training Programs

Our summer training programs are a combination of skill development and sports performance geared towards maximizing our athletes experience and results. These programs use the same protocols used to train athletes in the highest level of the game. 

Program Schedule: June 18th - August 11th, 2018

Tier 1 Training

  • 3x Per Week Strength and Conditioning / Testing Protocols 
  • 10-30 Min Private Training Sessions 
  • Customized Development Program with Video Analysis 
  • Access to on-field workouts (when available)

Tier 2 Training

  •  2x Per Week Strength and Conditioning / Testing Protocols
  • 5-30 Min Private Training Sessions (Hitting or Pitching)
  • Customized Development Program with Video Analysis