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Baseball Academy opens in Evergreen


U.S. Baseball Academy announces the addition of Hillcrest High School, in Evergreen, to its lineup of 2017 Spring Training programs. The program provides young players with advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and base running camps.

The camp runs from January 7-February 11. Hillcrest Head Coach, Jarrod Thomas, will direct the program and instructors will include a staff of the area’s best coaches.

A player to coach ratio of 7 to 1 is planned to give players individual attention in a group atmosphere. In addition, players get a preseason tune-up that helps them enter team practice in mid-season form. There are numerous age-specific sessions; instruction is specially tailored for each ability level.

Each week, hitters rotate through a series of supervised stations, including indoor batting cages, with each drill designed to teach a different aspect of hitting. Players participate in hitting games and specialized stations used by top high school and college programs. 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 get instruction on stance, signs, receiving, framing, blocking, throwing, fielding bunts, tags and the mental aspects of dealing with pitchers. The Academy has run hundreds of camps and clinics for thousands of players nationwide since 1988. Registration deadline is approximately six weeks before the session begins. Last year’s camps sold out much earlier. Players who choose multiple skills qualify for discounted session prices.

Because of the low player-coach ratio, spots in each session are limited. Complete details and times for each site and registration forms are available online at or call toll free 866-622-4487.



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