There is Value in Small Group Training

Baseball & softball are team sports made up of individuals who contribute to the team in many different ways.  

Not only is it important that the team is training together (team practices), but it is equally important to make sure each individual is taking time to grow his or her game as well.  Here at Turn 2, we provide many different training opportunities to support athletes and their personal development but one that most often gets overlooked is our small group training classes.   


There is VALUE in small group training opportunities because the sport we play is played as a team.  One person can’t win a baseball or softball game. A pitcher needs a catcher and a defense behind them to throw a no-hitter.  A hitter needs teammates to provide them with information they gathered about the pitcher during their at-bat. A shortstop needs a 1st baseman to finish off that ESPN Top 10 play.  The list goes on and on.

 

WHY are small group training classes the MOST VALUABLE setting athletes can train in?  What better opportunities do small group training environments provide compared to other training environments?

 

  • Healthy, COMPETITIVE training environment
  • Develop TEAM WORK skills / become a better TEAM player
  • Opportunity to receive VISUAL FEEDBACK from your peers
  • Learn how to provide CONSTRUCTIVE, VERBAL FEEDBACK to your peers
  • Allows coaches to create GAME LIKE SITUATIONS within training environment
  • Opportunity to develop friendships with athletes that have SIMILAR GOALS

 

Logistically . . .

  • LONGER DURATION of training compared to your typical private lesson (1 hr vs. 30 min)
  • LOWER PRICE POINT compared to private lessons

 

Consider the OPPORTUNITIES a small group training environment provides for your athlete(s) and sign up for Turn 2’s small group training classes that include hitting, BB pitching, SB pitching, overhand throwing development, BB infield, and more.  

 

Our Advanced / Specialty Classes (5th-12th Grade) launched last week.  View / sign up for these classes HERE!   These classes start the week of October 15 so sign up TODAY.  Limited spots available.

 

More about our Advanced / Specialty Classes . . .

 

Our advanced/specialty group training classes are geared towards middle school through high school aged baseball and softball athletes who have established a good foundation of skills but are looking to expand their knowledge and take the next step in their development.  These classes will be taught in a progressive manner, challenging the athletes to get out of their comfort zone and learn advanced skills that will help them reach their short-term and long-term goals.  To track growth of our athletes over the 6-week span of the class, advanced group/specialty training classes will include video analysis and measurements.  These classes will run 6 weeks in length with one hour of training per week.

 

***Enjoy 10% OFF all Advanced / Specialty Classes if you sign up between now and Monday, October 8th at midnight!***

 

Our Foundational Classes (K-5th Grade) will be launching SOON.  Find out more info HERE (scroll to the bottom)!

 

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Turn 2 Early Bird Rental Options

During the month of November, we will be holding discounted rental space and team training options throughout the week. These discounts are not available online. You can RSVP by calling Turn 2 [618-346-4646]. RSVP will be based on a first come, first serve basis. Please see below for days and times.

 

Mondays –  November 20, and November 27

3:30-4:30
1 Batting Cage – $15
1 Batting Cage – $15
1 Bullpen – $15
1 Bullpen – $15
1 Turf Open Area – $25
1 Team Training – $50 (includes training space and professional instructor)

4:30-5:30
1 Batting Cage – $20
1 Batting Cage – $20
1 Bullpen – $20
1 Bullpen – $20
1 Turf Open Area – $30
1 Team Training – $60 (includes training space and professional instructor)

5:30-6:30
1 Batting Cage – $25
1 Batting Cage – $25
1 Bullpen – $25
1 Bullpen – $25
1 Turf Open Area – $35
1 Team Training – $70 (includes training space and professional instructor)

6:30-7:30
Nothing Available for Rental

7:30-8:30
1 Batting Cage – $30
1 Bullpen – $30
1 Team Training – $80 (includes training space and professional instructor)

8:30-9:30
1 Batting Cage – $25
1 Batting Cage – $25
1 Bullpen – $25
1 Bullpen – $25
1 Turf Open Area – $35
1 Team Training – $70 (includes training space and professional instructor)

Tuesdays – November 14, November 21, and November 28

3:30-4:30
1 Batting Cage – $15
1 Batting Cage – $15
1 Bullpen – $15
1 Bullpen – $15
1 Turf Open Area – $25
1 Team Training – $50 (includes training space and professional instructor)
4:30-5:30
1 Batting Cage – $20
1 Batting Cage – $20
1 Bullpen – $20
1 Bullpen – $20
1 Turf Open Area – $30
1 Team Training – $60 (includes training space and professional instructor)
5:30-6:30
1 Batting Cage – $25
1 Batting Cage – $25
6:30-7:30
Nothing Available for Rental
7:30-8:30
1 Turf Open Area – $40
8:30-9:30
1 Batting Cage – $25
1 Batting Cage – $25
1 Bullpen – $25
1 Bullpen – $25
1 Turf Open Area – $35
1 Team Training – $70 (includes training space and professional instructor)

Wednesdays – November 15, November 22, and November 29

3:30-4:30
1 Batting Cage – $15
1 Batting Cage – $15
1 Bullpen – $15
1 Bullpen – $15
1 Turf Open Area – $25
1 Team Training – $50 (includes training space and professional instructor)
4:30-5:30
1 Batting Cage – $20
1 Batting Cage – $20
1 Bullpen – $20
1 Bullpen – $20
1 Turf Open Area – $30
5:30-6:30
1 Batting Cage – $25
1 Bullpen Area – $25
1 Turf Open Area – $35
6:30-7:30
Nothing Available for Rental
7:30-8:30
Nothing Available for Rental
8:30-9:30
1 Batting Cage – $25
1 Batting Cage – $25
1 Bullpen – $25
1 Bullpen – $25
1 Turf Open Area – $35

Thursdays – November 16 and November 30

3:30-4:30
1 Batting Cage – $15
1 Batting Cage – $15
1 Bullpen – $15
1 Bullpen – $15
1 Turf Open Area – $25
1 Team Training – $50 (includes training space and professional instructor)
4:30-5:30
1 Batting Cage – $20
1 Batting Cage – $20
1 Bullpen – $20
1 Bullpen – $20
5:30-6:30
1 Bullpen – $25
1 Team Training – $75 (includes training space and professional instructor)
6:30-7:30
Nothing Available for Rental
7:30-8:30
1 Batting Cage – $30
1 Bullpen – $30
1 Turf Open Area – $40
8:30-9:30
1 Batting Cage – $25
1 Batting Cage – $25
1 Bullpen – $25
1 Bullpen – $25

Again, these discounts are not available online. You can RSVP by calling Turn 2 [618-346-4646]. 

Understanding The Pitching Timeline

There’s  a question roaming around our facility that naturally comes up this time of year.  

SHOULD PITCHERS THROW YEAR ROUND?

Before we answer that, let’s define a couple terms (Throwing v Pitching). Throwing involves the development of arm strength, proper arm action, body mechanics, long toss, ballistic training, etc. Pitching involves throwing off a mound. What we aim to accomplish out of this article is to create a clear picture of what a pitcher should be doing at different times throughout the year. We feel the need to write this article due to the increasing number of youth and high school pitchers who are pitching year round.

After spending time considering our own playing experience at the Div. I and Professional Level, along with hours of research from some of the top throwing minds in the country we have an answer:

PITCHERS SHOULD NOT PITCH YEAR ROUND!  

We do believe that a pitcher should be throwing throughout the majority of the year, however with different intent and focuses at different times. Here’s a quick example of why pitchers need to take time off.

Throughout a season, a pitcher’s arm external rotation will increase naturally. As the rotation increases, the rotator cuff takes on more stress. The posterior chain (back muscles) work less and start to lock up, applying most of the work to the rotator cuff. Taking time off after a season to regain your scapular muscle stregth and rotator cuff healing is required to keep a healthy arm for the upcoming off season and years to come. – Eric Cressey Performance

Here are some other points of why pitchers should take time off:

  1. They need to allow for any undetected low- grade injuries to heal. Throughout a season there will be injuries, some of them are right up front and some of them are the little tweaks that could add up to something much more if not rested properly. Taking time off will allow any of those tweaks and minor injuries to pass and get better rather than taking them into the off season where you should be increasing the workload.
  2. MLB pitchers take 1- 2 months off of throwing completely after a season. Pitchers at that level are a lot stronger and mechanically developed and they still need their rest because of the stress they put on their arms. Now, take a kid who is much more physically immature at 15-16 years old throwing 75-78 compared to a major leaguer throwing 90-92. The younger kid will endure far more damage on every throw then the MLB pitcher because the kid has not fully developed yet. Now, why would that younger kid throw and pitch all year round if the stress on his arm is more than the MLB pitcher? – Driveline Baseball
  3. Pitching year round will wear you out physically for the most part, but it also will affect you mentally as well. Giving yourself some time off of throwing and pitching allows you to regain mental focus, keeps you fresh, and most importantly will allow you to not get worn out and continue loving the game. 
  4. They need to build a foundation. One of the most important parts of being a healthy pitcher is having a strong foundation heading into the upcoming season. When you build a house and you don’t build the foundation up strong, that house will collapse and not last very long. Same goes with pitching. During the foundation period, pitchers should be focusing on arm strength, developing proper arm action, increasing body control, going through a long toss program, ballistic training, etc. 

So here’s the next question we normally get once we’ve established that pitchers should take time off.

HOW LONG SHOULD A PITCHER TAKE OFF AND WHEN?

To help explain our answer, please refer to the timelines below. Disclaimer, the timelines below are generic examples that we created to explain what a pitcher should be doing throughout the year. Keep in mind each pitcher’s needs and experience are different and can affect the timelines below.

Key Terms: T = Throwing Development, P = Pitching Development

As you can see, high school pitchers have a different timeline than youth pitchers. We recommend all high school pitchers take at minimum, 1 month off of total throwing and 4 months off of pitching, whereas youth pitchers should be getting 1.5-2 months off of total throwing and 4 months off of pitching. In a nut shell, we believe that pitchers need to take some time off of throwing (1-2 months depending on age) and pitching (4 months) following spring and summer ball. Following the initial 1-2 month period of rest, the most important part is making sure to progressively build the foundation of the arm through throwing development, NOT JUMP RIGHT ON A MOUND! 

What’s the expected result in better understanding and following a proper pitching timeline? A healthier arm that properly develops at the right time and will stay stronger through the course of a season. 

Hard Ball Talks – Special Guest Coach Ray Bennett

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Date: October 26, 2015
Guest: Coach Ray Bennett, Assistant Coach of the St. Louis Blues. You can learn more about Coach Bennett and the St. Louis Blues at www.stlblues.com.
Topic: We see often the underselling of our youth in their youth sports experience, Coach Bennett dialogues with us on this topic. Coach Bennett has a wealth of experience and perspective, not only from his time coaching in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings, but also with his work in the Canadian National program and junior hockey. Coach Bennett brings unique perspective as a father of two children who have grown through the junior hockey system in the United States.

 

 

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Hard Ball Talks – Special Guest Elliott Finkelstein

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Date: October 12, 2015
Guest: Elliott Finkelstein, Director at Triple Crown Sports. You can learn more about Elliott and the professional events that Triple Crown Sports hosts at www.triplecrownsports.com.
Topic: With an increasing number of youth clubs forming, more and more tournaments and events popping up, it is critical for us coaches and parents to take a more active role in the assessment of finding the right experience for our athletes. Events have the ability to be a contributor to the right experience in youth sports or a deterrent. Elliott took some time with us to discuss sports events, tournament experiences, and his overall passion to improve the youth sports platform.

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Hard Ball Talks – Special Guest Cindy Zelinsky

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Date: September 28, 2015
Guest:  Cindy Zelinsky, owner of Absolute College Consulting.  You can learn more about Cindy and her college preparation programs at www.absolutecollegeconsulting.com.
Topic:  Cindy’s experiences as an educator, collegiate coach and parent have provided her a unique perspective on the process of finding the right fit when it comes to pursuing a college education.  As youth coaches and parents, we see college recruiting through the lens of ESPN glamour, but in this HBT, we discussed real college preparation with Cindy.

Hard Ball Talks – Special Guest Cody Terry

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Date: September 14, 2015
Guest:  Area Representative with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Graduated from University of Tennessee – Martin, where he played 4 years of D1 baseball, Son of Former St. Louis Cardinal, Scott Terry
Topic:  Experiences as a college baseball player, ministry with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a recent baseball mission trip he took to the Dominican Republic.

Hard Ball Talks – Special Guest Pete Hoffman

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Date: August 28, 2015
Guest: Coach Pete Hoffman, Former High School Coach at Collinsville High School in Collinsville, IL, Co-Founder of the Extreme Baseball & Softball Club, and Current Head Coach of the 10U Extreme Softball Team.
Topic: Stories, examples, and advice to parents and coaches on providing the 3D experience in youth sports.

To purchase the 3D Coach – Capturing the heart behind the jersey written by Jeff Duke referenced on tonight’s call please click here.

Softball Community Welcomes…

Sandy Montgomery from SIUE,
and Brett Swip from Extreme Baseball & Softball Club.
 
These two coaches will be having an open dialogue session to discuss the Midwest athlete and how they can increase their opportunities to be recruited for college scholarships.
Details

WHEN: Sunday, August 2nd

WHERE: Collinsville VFW, 1234 Vandalia, Collinsville IL 62234
TIME: 7 – 8 pm
COST: FREE
Why You And Your Family Should Be There

Topics To Be Discussed:
  1. Understand firsthand how a college coach evaluates talent
  2. Learn the responsibility of club and select teams in
    developing recruitable players.
  3. Gain perspective on the number of high-level scholarships available each year and how they are distributed Nationally.

Player Highlights

Good Morning Everyone!
 
As Turn 2 & CFC Athletes compete on the diamond this season, we would like to highlight three athletes whose hard work in the cage is paying off on the diamond. We are proud of all the work our athletes are putting in, especially the three below!  
 
Turn 2 & CFC Coaches

FIRST OF MANY!

Emma Kiger is a Turn 2 Softball Athlete and plays for 10U Bluff City. Her hard work in the cage is paying off on the field. This past weekend, Kiger went 3-4 which included her first home run at Lenz Field! She also drew 4 walks at the plate. 

Emma trains with Coach Tim on hitting and has worked with both Coach Lauren & Coach Wade in pitching. 
 
Keep it up Emma, that home run was the first of many!

FOCUSED & CONSISTENT!

Megan Radae is a CrossFit Collinsville Teen, Turn 2 Softball Premier Hitter and a Senior at Edwardsville High School. Her focus on ‘in-season’ strength training has been on being technique strong on her lifts, which has led to her staying healthy and consistent on the field for Edwardsville. 

 

Crossfit Coach Chris Thomas had this to say about Megan’s training. 

 

“Megan has been really consistent getting in [which can be a challenge during the season] and it shows in her steady improvements and  strength gains.”

 

Megan, along with her sister Sara, will be playing softball for McKendree University next fall.

A PAIR OF DOMINANT PERFORMANCES!

Connor Adams currently does pitching training at Turn 2 with Coach Paul Tremlin. Adams is also a RHP / SS for Coach TIm Fox with the 12U Collinsville Extreme. Adams had a pair of stellar performances last week that included him pitching a no hit  shutout last Tuesday and hitting two home runs last Thursday. To cap off his Thursday performance, his second home run was a walk-off that lifted his team to a 4-3 win. 

 

Coach Paul had these remarks about Adams,

“Connor Adams has the make of a really good ball player. He’s built like a pitcher and is a good athlete for his age. We’ve been working on him getting more drive off the mound and being more fluid with his mechanics. Those two things will impact his ability to create even more power, which is a scary thought for any hitter facing him.”