Spartan Diamond Club Advanced Placement Baseball
After Spring Baseball is complete and the school year is over the Spartan Diamond Club continues to offer AP baseball to the Denver community. Lead by the coaching staff at Thomas Jefferson High School. Instruction will be provided to players and coaches through the SDC Fall, Winter and Summer programs.
2013 Fall Instructional Program
The Fall Instructional Program begins August 26th. All age groups will participate in weekly practices and games for eight weeks. Players in 8th through 12th grade will continue training for three additional weeks. The cost of the eight week program is $225; the eleven week program is $300. The schedule and program description follow:
Practice (90 Min)
|8th through 12th
||Monday at 4:00 PM at TJ
||Wednesday 4:00 PM at TJ and other schools
|6th and 7th
||Monday at 5:30 PM at TJ
||TBD. Spartan Jr. Team will play in No. Jeffco Feeder league
|4th and 5th
||Tuesday at 4:00 PM at TJ
||Saturday’s and/or Sunday at SED
|Younger than 4th
||Tuesday at 5:30 PM at TJ
||Saturday’s and/or Sunday at SED
Instructional Practice Schedule
WEEK 1- (Aug 26 & 27)BACK TO THE BASICS WEEK (DEFENSE): fundamentals necessary to be a successful defender; proper footwork, hand eye coordination, ground ball and fly ball progressions, and a detailed arm strength building routine.
WEEK 2-(Sep 2 & 3) BACK TO THE BASICS WEEK 2 (OFFENSE): In week two of Back to the Basics we will explore drills used by hitters and the mechanics that make up a successful swing. These drills include various tee, toss and sight training.
WEEK 3 – (Sep 9 &10) MORE IS BEST WEEK (DEFENSE): This week we focus on several repetitions as we put our newly acquired fundamentals to the test. This is a high intensity session with the emphasis be on getting a lot achieved in a short amount of time.
WEEK 4 – (Sep 16 & 17) MORE IS BEST WEEK 2 (OFFENSE): SWINGIT!!! In this workout the focus is on getting several repetitions with a variety of hitting and base running stations and drills taking place simultaneously.
WEEK 5 – (Sep 23 &24) SMALL BALL IS SMART BALL (DEFENSE): In this session we explore the difference between winning and losing as we instruct on aspects such as bunt coverage, tandems, cut off’s, pitchers fielding practice and 1st and third situations.
WEEK 6 – (Sep 30 & Oct 1) SMALL BALL IS SMART BALL (OFFENSE): This week we continue of the difference between winning and losing from the offensive side of the game. Sacrifice bunting, bunting for a hit, hitting behind runners, the hit and run, base running, and quality at bats.
WEEK 7- (Oct 7 & 8) SPEED DOESN’T SLUMP (SPEED AND AGILITY): In this session we offer a variety of baseball specific exercises that will increase running speed and lateral movement. Exercises include cones, ladders, hurdles, medicine balls, bands, and parachutes.
WEEK 8 – (Oct 14 & 15) SWIM FOR STRENGTH: A full baseball specific pool routine certain to leave you wanting more. This is a full body workout targeted a working the specific muscles used in baseball, great for conditioning, muscles strength and joints.
Weeks 9, 10 and 11 are for grades 8 through 12 only
WEEK 9 – (Oct 21 & 22) SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST (WEIGHTS): In this session we introduce you to the many strength training and power training lifts and exercises used by players at the highest levels of the game. This session we target the lower body.
WEEK 10 – (Oct 28 & 29) SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST (WEIGHTS 2): Similar to week 9 only now we target the upper body.
WEEK 11 – (Nov 4 & 5) MENTAL TOUGHNESS: The final week of our fall instructional program we visit the most under estimated aspect of the game. In this session we will teach successful techniques to overcome the adverse situations and daily grind that is the game of baseball.
To register for AP Fall Instructional Program please go to www.spartandiamondclub.org and click on Fall Instructional Program.