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Baseball Specific Strength Training

We are proud to introduce Cameron Berra as our programs strength and conditioning coach!  Cam was a two sport athlete at Eastern Illinois University (baseball and football), and graduated with a degree is sports science.  

Becoming a better baseball player isn't just by playing more baseball, it's by improving your overall athleticism.  Our training program focuses on baseball specific exercises to help improve your speed, power, and explosiveness.   No matter what age, our training will help you be more successful at the next level.  Monthly training packages are offered here at the Practice Factory.  Working on your baseball skill sets is one thing, but gaining strength, speed, and power can elevate your game to the next level!  Coaches at the next level like players who are strong, athletic, and powerful, and working on these things are crucial to your overall development as a player! Start seeing gains and reaching your goals today!  

For more information about Elite Strength Development contact Cameron Berra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

RUNNING START

This week's blog will discuss an often ignored, seldom taught approach to the load and swing. In order to effectively understand and implement the 'running start' one must first view the load and swing as one fluid part. The load will transition into the swing rather than be one static movement, separate from the swing itself. 


We want our hitter to be able to load his/her hands into a dynamic position, while transitioning them into the swing. In order to do this, once the barrel of the bat begins moving, it should not stop but rather continue to generate speed during the loading/pitch recognition process. The early momentum from the barrel during the load should smoothly transition into the swing when the hitter commits to the pitch. In doing this, the hitter is generating a 'running start' with his/her barrel, creating bat speed BEFORE committing to swing at the pitch.

If you would like to learn how to implement this technique from one of Practice Factory's professional hitting instructors, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I recently sat down and met with 2015 Lindbergh High School and Recruits Baseball Club graduate, Derek Renner. Derek has been a member of the Recruits Baseball Club since its inception and he has made a huge impact in this organization during his time as a Recruit. I asked Derek a few questions to give prospective and current players a look into his personal experience in our program.

 

Coach Wiggins: How long have you been a member of the Recruits Baseball family?

 

Derek: I went to my first Recruits tryout in 2009 when I was 12 years old, and have been with them ever since.

 

Coach Wiggins: When you were considering select/club programs in middle school, what about the Recruits program attracted you to try out and eventually commit?

 

Derek: When I first tried out, the young/talented coaching is what attracted me the most. Having coaches that played college ball or even professionally really helped me make the quick decision to become a Recruit. As I grew older, it was nice having coaches with plenty of connections to college coaches and professional scouts, because I knew that they would help lead me to the right people.

 

Coach Wiggins: Did other club teams/organizations contact you and try to get you to play for them? If so, what about the Recruits program led you to stay all the way through high school?

 

Derek: There were many other organizations contacting me wanting to play for them, but the connections I made with the coaches not only on the field, but off the field as well made me not want to leave.

 

Coach Wiggins: Name one of your fondest memories as a member of the Recruits.

 

Derek: Winning 18 straight games and winning 4 straight tournaments when I played 16u for Dave Wiggins and Rocky Christisen

 Coach Wiggins: To what college/university did you commit? What excites you about the opportunity to play baseball at that particular school?

 

Derek: I committed to Maryville University right after summer going into my Senior year. I'm excited for the challenge and work ethic it takes to play baseball at the college level.

 

Coach Wiggins: How do you feel the Recruits program aided you in your quest to play baseball at the collegiate level A) in terms of development and B) in terms of guidance during the recruiting process?

 

Derek: A. Receiving coaching from guys fresh out of college/professional ball really gave me an edge on the development it took to play at the next level. I had many coaches that covered all aspects of the game, whether it was hitting, fielding, pitching, or even conditioning. 

 

B. Todd Stein was very helpful when I came to him for guidance with the recruiting process. He helped bring many college coaches out to see my teammates and I play, as well as organized many showcases with 20+ college and pro scouts.

 

Coach Wiggins: How do you feel the Recruits program has prepared you to compete and succeed at the college level?

 

Derek: The Recruits program has motivated me to push myself daily on the field and in the classroom, because I know that is what it takes to be a college baseball player.

 

Coach Wiggins: As a lifetime member of the Recruits program, do you plan on coming back to help coach/guide younger players in their baseball journeys? How so?

 

Derek: Yes, even though my time as a player is over with Recruits, I still hope to be around as a coach to help younger players develop into better baseball players, while helping them to have fun as well.

 

 

 

I recently sat down and met with 2015 Oakville High School and Recruits Baseball Club graduate, Chris Little. Chris has been a member of the Recruits Baseball Club since its inception and he has made a huge impact in this organization during his time as a Recruit. I asked Chris a few questions to give prospective and current players a look into his personal experience in our program.  Chris will be pitching at Maryville University in the season ahead!

 

Coach Wiggins: How long have you been a member of the Recruits baseball family?

Chris: I’ve been a member of the Recruits family for over 5 years.

Coach Wiggins: When you were considering select/club programs in middle school, what about the Recruits program attracted you to try out and eventually commit?

Chris: What separated the Recruits from other select clubs that I had already tried out for back when I was 13 years old was the coaching ability of the entire staff. It was easy for me to be around and improve under younger coaches who had just gotten out of playing the game at a high level and wanted me to get to that same level (College, Pros etc.).

Coach Wiggins: Did other club teams/organizations contact you and try to get you to play for them? If so, what about the Recruits program led you to stay all the way through high school?

Chris: I never had the desire to try out for another club in high school and I knew that the Recruits were where I needed to stay if I wanted to fulfill that dream of playing college baseball.

Coach Wiggins: Name one of your fondest memories as a member of the Recruits.

Chris: One of my fondest memories as a member of the Recruits is having the opportunity to play with the 18u group of committed seniors my Sophomore season and learning from guys who were going on to play Division 1 baseball.

Coach Wiggins: To what college/university did you commit? What excites you about the opportunity to play baseball at that particular school?

Chris: In the Fall of 2014, I committed to play at Maryville University and I am ecstatic about the brand new facilities being built there and the opportunity to earn starts and playing time right off the bat.

Coach Wiggins: How do you feel the Recruits program aided you in your quest to play baseball at the collegiate level A) in terms of development and B) in terms of guidance during the recruiting process?

Chris: A. Just about everything concerning recovery, how to warm-up, how to throw more efficiently, and how to train I learned from Todd Stein, the Recruits Senior Director. I wouldn’t be the pitcher I am today without him.

B. The coaches in the Recruits organization were all undoubtedly helpful when it came to emailing college coaches, and prioritizing which schools had everything I needed during the recruiting process.

Coach Wiggins: How do you feel the Recruits program has prepared you to compete and succeed at the college level?

Chris: The Recruits program has prepared me to succeed at the college level in more ways than one. Knowing who I am as a pitcher and establishing a consistent routine are some of the most important things I can do to make myself successful and I give credit to the Recruits for all of them.

Coach Wiggins: As a lifetime member of the Recruits program, do you plan on coming back to help coach/guide younger players in their baseball journeys? How so?

 

Chris: I will absolutely be back to help coach younger players and help them get to the next level, whether just by hanging around the younger teams or just by offering a different perspective I know I’ll make somebody else better because of what I’ve learned while playing with the Recruits.

The Recruits Baseball Club Family would like to give a special thanks to JAW Bats, the official bat sponsor of The Recruits Baseball Club!  All JAW Bats, are made from Pro grade wood and are hand turned to meet any players specific needs.  See all that JAW Bats has to offer at www.jawbats.com 

Check out our new Elite Pitching Development Program!!!  This one of a kind program is for Elite pitchers from ages 12 to college and professional players!  All classes are taught by former professional pitcher Todd Stein, and consists of mechanical work, strength training, video analysis, arm health, pitch development, and many other pitching development aspects.

See program details!  Spots filling fast! To request a spot in the EPD Program please contact Todd Stein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Recruits Fall Black takes home first place with a perfect 5-0 record in the Pastime Fall Wood Bat Championship at Grand Park.  It was a great weekend for both Recruits Fall Teams coming home with a combined 8-1 record!

Congratulations to former Recruits Baseball Club member Tanner Murphy for being named the Missouri State High School Athletic Association Baseball Player of the Year!  Tanner was a 4th round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 2013 draft, and is currently one of their top prospects.

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