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Off Season Training Program for IGHBA Players

By Laura Devney, 10/25/20, 8:45PM CDT

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IGHBA and The Cages have teamed up to provide your player(s) with an elite-level training program.

The Inver Grove Heights Baseball Association in partnership with The Cages and Extra Innings is proud to announce that we have a great off season baseball training program for our youth players! IGHBA players will now have an opportunity for an elite level training program located at The Cages in Burnsville.

The program will consist of 10 sessions that each player/family can tailor to their schedule. We have secured multiple batting cages and an instructor on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. starting Thursday, October 29 through Sunday, February 28.

The cost of the program for each player is $120 for 10 sessions. Extra Innings has generously agreed to contribute to this program to keep the cost as low as we can for players. $12 per hour-long session is a great deal and a great value compared to other off-season programs.

The program will be run in large part by Zach Hendrikson, who is not only our Simley High School baseball coach but also the lead instructor at The Cages. There are multiple other instructors on staff that will be helping us as well as having some of our own coaches at each session to assist.

There are two 1 hour time slots on each date. The players will be split into two groups by age/level of play. The first slot offered is from 6-7 pm for players ages 8-11. The second slot offered is from 7-8 pm for players 12 and up.

The main focus of the program is to work on hitting and becoming better, more consistent and confident hitters. The program will be mainly run in two batting cages and the goal is to have approximately 10 or less players at each session keeping the instructor to player ratio at 5:1. There may be times that a session does have as many as 12 and as few as 2-3 players based on how sessions fill up.

We have set aside a few sessions for catching specific focus, players will need to bring there own catching equipment to these sessions. There are also multiple sessions set up for pitching and arm care. These sessions will be focused on learning and building proper throwing/pitching mechanics as well as learning how to properly use arm bands and have proper arm care. We strongly suggest any and all players attend these if they can, even if they don't plan to be a pitcher this upcoming season. Arm care, proper throwing mechanics and band work are essential to all players regardless of position. If these sessions fill up we can add more focused around this.

Steps to participate:

  1. Go to www.thecages.us
  2.  Find the "Association Pages" tab
  3. Click on Inver Grove Heights Baseball
  4. Click Sign Up Now! (there are two separate pages where you will be prompted to click this button)
  5. Register or sign in to your The Cages account
  6. Click Enroll
  7. Once your registration and payment is complete, you can choose 10 dates from any of the available sessions. (All 10 dates do not need to be selected all at once but know this is first come, first serve so slots could fill up quickly.)
  8. Then email Zach@thecages.us with your player's selected dates and times.

 

Below are the dates and times:

Sundays (1pm - 3 pm) Tuesdays (6 pm - 8 pm) Thursdays (6 pm - 8 pm)
    10/29
11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22 & 11/29 11/10 & 11/24 11/5 & 11/12
12/6, 12/13 & 12/20 12/8 12/3 & 12/10
1/10, 1/17, 1/24 & 1/31 1/5 1/7, 1/14 & 1/21
2/14 2/2 & 2/16 2/4, 2/11 & 2/18

 

Pitching Catching
Tuesday 12/15 & 1/19 Sunday 2/21 & 28
Thursday 11/5 & 2/11  

                                              

*If you are signing up for 11 and under you will always be the first hour while 12 and up is the second hour

*This program is for Inver Grove Heights traveling and in-house baseball players only

**PLEASE DISREGARD ANY DATES OR TIMES IN YOUR SHOPPING CART AT CHECK OUT, YOU ARE FREE TO PICK ANY SESSIONS AS DESCRIBED ABOVE OR ON THEIR CALENDER

 

Special Thanks to Extra Innings charitable gambling located at Celts pub in Inver Grove Heights on Concord. Stop in to help support our community, baseball organization and local business. IGHBA is also hosting meat raffles during every Vikings games at Celts Pub.