COLLEGE SOFTBALL

OFFSEASON PROGRAM

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We are offering both Hitting and Pitching Programming for current collegiate athletes back in town for their offseason as well as for recent high school graduates who want to prepare for their Freshman year at the next level. 

 

All that are interested must contact softball@starterssportstraining.com to set up an initial assessment. Please click the buttons below to see detailed information on each program.

2021 STARTERS COLLEGE SOFTBALL OFFSEASON
SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM

HITTING PROGRAM

We are thrilled to introduce our NEW Starters Sports Training - College Softball Hitting Program!  Our trainers have developed a detailed plan that is adaptive and adjustable to your goals as a current collegiate softball player or as a recent high school graduate preparing for your collegiate softball experience.

 

This program will utilize our state-of-the-art facility and hitting technology to provide our high-level athletes with quantifiable feedback and assessments in order to continue to work on what you need to improve and grow with what you are already great at.  Our trainers will provide individualized training plans and small group sessions where you will be learning with and competing against like-minded and talented softball athletes. These training sessions will consist of in-facility training up to 5 days a week.

2021 STARTERS COLLEGE SOFTBALL OFFSEASON HITTING TRAINING PROGRAM INFO:

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Our College Hitting Program will train up to 5 days a week.  We will have a full schedule of our program that will include 3-5 days a week of strength & conditioning training and no more than 5 days a week of hitting training with additional live competition days throughout the length of our program. Before we begin, we will be meeting with you and then reaching out to your collegiate coaching staff in order to best understand your offseason goals and for this summer program.  If you are coming in without solidified goals in mind, no worries!  Our main focus will be to build on the athlete’s current base as a hitter. We want each athlete to continue to build on their rotational power as well as emphasize the importance of swing movement patterns. Although data is great, we believe sustainability comes from teaching each player to find the right position to put themselves in to allow their bio-metric sequencing to be completed at the highest level of efficiency. Here is a brief description of how our program will work:

 

  • Testing: First and foremost, we will begin our program with individual assessments and baseline training. We will be capping our sessions for this program and want to make sure we have the right fit in each of our sessions. Each session will have a maximum of a 4:1, player to coach ratio. We will continuously train, assess, and reassess our athletes in order to set goals, make adjustments, etc.

  • Education: As mentioned above, data is always great and an incredibly vital part of teaching. We find it very important to make sure our athletes know what we are measuring and why. Big words can be thrown around by anyone, we make sure we explain, educate, and teach our players the meaning of what we are assessing in the simplest of terms in order to best create an understanding of adjustments that need to be made. Some of you may already know these metrics and things we will be touching on, that is great! We do not expect to be blindly followed by our athletes and will be open and honest if there is something that we do not know. Hitting is complex, difficult, frustrating, and ever-evolving. Our trainers are informed by research and commit to backing our programs through data. Our trainers will embrace the unknown factors and constant growth of the sport alongside our athletes. 

  • Data Collection: We will be collecting the following data metrics throughout our College Hitting Program:

    • Ball Flight Data - We will be using HitTrax and Rapsodo in order to understand the output of your swing. Metrics that will be assessed from our ball flight technology will be exit velocity (mph) and distance (ft). We will additionally be creating a batted ball profile to see what zones, quadrants, and locations a batter excels in and what zones they need to improve on.

    • Swing/Connection Data - We will be using BlastMotion in order to understand your rotational efficiency, power output, and how these metrics affected the outcome of the batted ball. The metrics that will be assessed from our swing metric data will be rotational acceleration (G), hand speed (mph), bat speed (mph), and power (kW).

    • Strength/Speed/Agility Data - We will be additionally collecting data in the weight room. This will be dependent on each individual athletes’ current strength & conditioning programming with their college. No up-to-date offseason program? No problem. See below more information on our S&C programming.

  • Approach: Our hitting philosophy is to be on time, swing at strikes, and swing as hard as you can. We will have training days that are centered around our approach as a hitter and controlling the controllables in our at bat. We will use our data from our batted ball profiles in order to better understand what we should be looking for in specific counts as a hitter.

  • Athlete Autonomy: We believe a big part of our program, and any type of program for collegiate athletes, is incorporating athlete autonomy.  Throughout our programming, we will have occasional days where the athlete will be making choices between options of what type of training they would like to have for that specific date.  Trainers will not be present on these days.

  • Strength & Conditioning: We know the importance of strength and performance training to your offseason programming. Our performance trainers will be working closely with your college specific programming to ensure you are doing what is necessary to improve, gain power, and continue to be explosive as your S&C coaches see fit. Our Starters Strength & Conditioning Department focuses on the specific strength qualities displayed on the field of play and in training such as sprinting, jumping, or change of direction. By observing these movements, we can isolate those specific strength qualities that will elevate your game.

 

The Strength Qualities we analyze are:

  • Rate of Force Development (RFD) - How fast and with how much force can your muscles create movement without a stretch reflex

  • Eccentric Ability - How well does your body work like a rubber band

  • Yielding Strength - Stability strength, your ability to resist/absorb force

  • Reactive Strength - A muscle’s ability to go from a stretching action to a shortening action (absorb and transfer force)

All softball training will be taking place in hour to hour and a half time slots with performance training taking place with solidified time slots (special hours available per request).

CAPACITY IS LIMITED! IF INTERESTED, PLEASE CONTACT ERIKA SMYTH AT SOFTBALL@STARTERSSPORTSTRAINING.COM

 

TRAINING TOOLS:

  • Rapsodo Hitting Technology

  • HitTrax

  • Blast Motion

  • Weighted Driveline Softball Bats

  • Softball Pitching Machine

  • Plyocare Balls (Weighted Hitting Balls)

  • Full Weight Room Access

  • Turf Area/Plyocare Access

  • Dedicated Facility Cage Space

LEAD INSTRUCTORS

  • Erika Smyth

  • Hannah Schmoll

LOCATION

STARTERS SPORTS TRAINING​

3150 County Road 42 W.,

Burnsville, MN 55337

PITCHING PROGRAM

We are thrilled to introduce our NEW Starters Sports Training - College Softball Pitching Program!  Our trainers have developed a detailed plan that is adaptive and adjustable to your goals as a current collegiate softball player or as a recent high school graduate preparing for your collegiate softball experience.

 

This program will utilize our state-of-the-art facility and pitching technology to provide our high-level athletes with quantifiable feedback and assessments in order to continue to work on what you need to improve and grow with what you are already great at.  Our trainers will provide individualized training plans and small group sessions where you will be learning and competing against like-minded and talented softball athletes. These training sessions will consist of in-facility training up to 5 days a week.  The pitching program will emphasize the importance of arm care and recovery.

2021 STARTERS COLLEGE SOFTBALL OFFSEASON PITCHING TRAINING PROGRAM INFO:

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TRAINING TOOLS:

  • Rapsodo Pitching Technology

  • S2 Breakthrough Educational Series

  • Pocket Radars

  • Plyocare Balls (Weighted Pitching Balls)

  • J-Bands

  • Full Weight Room Access

  • Turf Area/Plyocare Access

  • Dedicated Facility Cage Space

LEAD INSTRUCTOR

  • Brooke Otterstatter

LOCATION

STARTERS SPORTS TRAINING​

3150 County Road 42 W.,

Burnsville, MN 55337

Our College Pitching Program will train up to 5 days a week.  We will have a full schedule of our program that will include 3-5 days a week of strength & conditioning training and no more than 4 days a week of hitting training with additional live competition days throughout the length of our program. Before we begin, we will be meeting with you and then reaching out to your collegiate coaching staff in order to best understand your offseason goals and for this summer program.  If you are coming in without solidified goals in mind, no worries! Here is a brief description of how our program will work:

 

  • Testing: First and foremost, we will begin our program with individual assessments and baseline training. We will be capping our sessions for this program and want to make sure we have the right fit in each of our sessions. Each session will have a maximum of a 3:1, player to coach ratio. We will continuously train, assess, and reassess our athletes in order to set goals, make adjustments, etc.

  • Education: As mentioned above, data is always great and an incredibly vital part of teaching. We find it very important to make sure our athletes know what we are measuring and why. Big words can be thrown around by anyone, we make sure we explain, educate, and teach our players the meaning of what we are assessing in the simplest of terms in order to best create an understanding of adjustments that need to be made. Some of you may already know these metrics and things we will be touching on, that is great! We do not expect to be blindly followed by our athletes and will be open and honest if there is something that we do not know. Hitting is complex, difficult, frustrating, and ever-evolving. Our trainers are informed by research and commit to backing our programs through data. Our trainers will embrace the unknown factors and constant growth of the sport alongside our athletes. 

  • Data Collection: We will be collecting the following data metrics throughout our College Pitching Program:

    • Velocity: We will constantly be tracking our velocity in MPH to compare our speeds throughout our different pitches.

    • Spin Rate: The rate at which the ball spins during flight. Measured in RPM (rotations per minute).

    • True Spin Rate: The spin that directly impacts the ball during flight.

    • Pitch Break: Measured both horizontally and vertically - pitch break tells us how much the ball has moved as it crossed the strike zone.  A very important piece of our data collection.

  • Approach: Having confidence as a pitcher is vital in our game. We are the only athlete on the field that touches the ball every play and it always starts with us. The littlest things can have an impact on our approach on the mound, therefore, confidence is key to our success.

  • Athlete Autonomy: We believe a big part of our program, and any type of program for collegiate athletes, is incorporating athlete autonomy.  Throughout our programming, we will have occasional days where the athlete will be making choices between options of what type of training they would like to have for that specific date.  Trainers will not be present on these days.

  • Strength & Conditioning: We know the importance of strength and performance training to your offseason programming. Our performance trainers will be working closely with your college specific programming to ensure you are doing what is necessary to improve, gain power, and continue to be explosive as your S&C coaches see fit. Our Starters Strength & Conditioning Department focuses on the specific strength qualities displayed on the field of play and in training such as sprinting, jumping, or change of direction. By observing these movements, we can isolate those specific strength qualities that will elevate your game.

 

The Strength Qualities we analyze are:

  • Rate of Force Development (RFD) - How fast and with how much force can your muscles create movement without a stretch reflex

  • Eccentric Ability - How well does your body work like a rubber band

  • Yielding Strength - Stability strength, your ability to resist/absorb force

  • Reactive Strength - A muscle’s ability to go from a stretching action to a shortening action (absorb and transfer force)

All softball training will be taking place in hour to hour and a half time slots with performance training taking place with solidified time slots (special hours available per request).

CAPACITY IS LIMITED! IF INTERESTED, PLEASE CONTACT BROOKE OTTERSTATTER AT SOFTBALL@STARTERSSPORTSTRAINING.COM