Valor Baseball Community,
After an incredible Discovery trip to the Dominican Republic where the love of the brotherhood was found everywhere (to read more about the trip, click here), I got to come back to Valor and start our skill sessions. Those sessions are off to a great start already, and I wanted to explain more of the purpose of our summer calendar.
First, every season should be viewed as an opportunity to improve. We should never sacrifice a season to just play the game. As high school athletes, we should be seeking to get physically stronger and run faster every season of the year. The goal is to spend 4 hours in the weight room and 4 hours focused on running/speed dynamics. Whether this is in Valor Performance, or in another reputable performance program, the goal for this summer season is to be stronger and to run faster at the end of the season. If we don't, we spent athletic equity we can't afford to spend as a developing athlete.
Second, there is progress to be gained in hitting and throwing the ball harder, and in the skills of the game. We put skill sessions on the calendar to supplement the vast number of games played in the summertime. While we certainly need some games after the weather this spring, we have to grow in hitting and throwing the ball harder, while refining our game skills.
Our skill sessions are designed for all players, seniors through freshmen, to come out to the field and get their work in. We want to facilitate an environment where players can pursue mastery of their baseball skills. If you look at the attached map, players will have the option to use those designated areas to enhance areas of strength and improve their areas of weakness. Players should come to the field with a plan of action. Instead of passively doing what coaches tell them to do, they should come with a plan in mind. During the skill sessions, they should take some risks. Imitate the greats. Seek to learn new things. Look for progress not perfection. Make some mistakes and get out of your comfort zone. Partner up with someone and create a unique improvement plan together. This will create opportunities for freedom and joy to be experienced in the game on a level they have not yet experienced.
To aid in the plans the players create for skill sessions, we have a resource for our players to use -Valor Baseball University (password: valorbaseball22). This website breaks down aspects of the game where the players can begin to assess themselves and improve. There are drill videos and text to explain how our coaches will coach those parts of the game. By no means does VBU represent the only way to play, but it gives our players a framework to use to improve and grow. It's a collection of some of the best information I've gathered through 20 years of coaching. With it being a website, I can add and revise the site to improve it constantly. Recommendations are encouraged!
Coaches will be available all throughout the summer at these sessions and beyond. The coaches absolutely love these players and being a part of their improvement process is something that gives us joy. We look forward to facilitating improvement throughout the summer and building brotherhood through improving one another!
Assistant Athletic Director, Head Baseball & Softball Coach
Valor Christian High School
Influence through Excellence
3775 Grace Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
(303) 471-3000 school, (720) 838-4047 cell