Free College/Pro Showcase at RIPS Baseball – March 4th

RIPS Baseball is putting on their annual College and Scout Nite on Monday, March 4th in our SeaTac, WA location. Come show off your pitching and hitting skills in front of 45-55 pro and college scouts.

Projectable athletes in high school or college are encouraged to apply. We are only accepting 60-75 applicants, and not all that apply will be accepted. Athletes who apply will need to provide references to verify their skills – ideally independent showcases (Perfect Game, Baseball Factory, etc) or coaches who can vouch for performance.

Apply for College and Scout Nite – applicants who are selected will be contacted by Monday, February 25th to confirm their reservation.

Listed time is 7-10 PM. Pitchers will throw at 7 PM and position players will work out shortly thereafter. Players are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 PM to confirm their registration with the front desk. Lists will be posted throughout the day for selected athletes who were requested by scouts and/or coaches to work out a second time.

Video will be shot of the best pitchers and hitters and made available to the public. All results will be posted to the RIPS Baseball site shortly after the Scout Nite completes.

We look forward to seeing you in our facility!

By |February 7th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Merry Christmas and A Look Back

From everyone at Driveline Baseball (all one of us), we wish you a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

2012 was a landmark year for many reasons, not the least of which were:

Speaking of our MaxVelo program, here’s a quick update on the RIPS clients who have signed up and been tested in their first six-week cycle:

MaxVelo Board

MaxVelo Board (click for full size)

That’s an average gain of 6.7 MPH over six weeks, and every pitcher in the program self-reports significantly healthier and stronger feeling arms!

We can’t wait to bring all sorts of new things to you in 2013, including our velocity development program (including videos, manuals, and a significant online component), expanded remote consultation options, more high-speed videos on our YouTube channel, more results from our biomechanics lab, and most exciting, a Driveline Baseball branded line of equipment for training! Yes, you read that right – our own equipment for velocity development and arm care manufactured to our specifications! Since we constantly have to piece together our kits from various places, we’re cutting out the middle man and doing it ourselves, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring those products to market! We hope to do so in February-March of 2013, right before the velocity development program is released (mid-April release date).

So thanks for sticking with us, and supporting us by linking to us and sharing our blog posts on Facebook/Twitter/Google+ and the like. We couldn’t have done it without your help.

By |December 25th, 2012|News|0 Comments

What it Takes to Play at the Next Level: Work Ethic

How many times have you heard (or said) the words: “I’d do anything to play at the next level,” where next level could be college, minors, or major league baseball? Probably a lot if you’re a coach or a current player.

If you’re a player who says that, no offense, but I don’t believe you. One of the reasons I chose to work at RIPS Baseball is the fact that the owner (Aaron) opens the place at 6 AM every day of the week (open at 8 AM on Sunday, we take Saturday off) and we stay open until 10 PM. That’s 16 hours per day to get your work in.

So here’s a simple question: If you really would do anything to play at the next level, we make it possible to get your work in before school. (Also, we don’t charge you anything if you want to get more work in.) So how many kids routinely come in at 6 AM to hit and lift?

Basically none. The last kid to put in that kind of ridiculous work was Josh Sale, who ended up making a few dollars in the MLB draft not long ago. When given the opportunity to put in extra work (for free, mind you), the excuses I hear are pretty good, my favorite being “Well, RIPS is too far away to do that.”

Well, Josh drove 30-35 minutes from Seattle to Burien every morning before school to hit, then drove that same 30 minutes back to school, then came back for more practice. He also lifted at home and went to his high school practices and kept up on his private school homework load.

Additionally, I worked with a client who built a bullpen out of the sands of the desert in Afghanistan at his forward operating base and threw side sessions and long toss in 120 degree heat after morning PT and before going out on combat patrols.

What it takes to succeed at the next level is a ludicrous obsession with your craft. If you don’t have that desire, then that’s totally fine with me. Few people do. But don’t lie to me, and most importantly, don’t lie to yourself. Don’t say that you’d do whatever it took, then years later when you wash out of baseball, continue the lie and say “Well, I just got unlucky/hurt/injured/whatever.”

Do me that favor, at least. And if you want to put in that kind of work, you know where to find me and Aaron.

By |December 3rd, 2012|Notes, Rants|0 Comments

Now Hiring: Interns for the 2012-2013 Winter Training Session

Internships at Driveline Baseball are now open for the 2012-2013 off-season training period. An internship at Driveline Baseball will give you the opportunity to work closely with dedicated clients across a wide variety of ages (predominantly 12-18 years old) and a staff of highly-respected coaches that includes (but is not limited to) Aaron Horrocks (RIPS Baseball) and Kyle Boddy (Driveline Baseball). You will get hands-on experience with cutting-edge human motion capture technology, use high-speed video like no other pitching coaches out there, and assist with the monitoring of the weight rooms, batting cages, and pitching tunnels in our brand new 14,000 square foot facility in Tukwila, WA.

Requirements

  • A background in strength training and baseball
  • Highly-motivated to work in the fitness industry
  • Free on most nights/weekends
  • Open-minded to new approaches to training athletes
  • Able to accept (and give) constructive criticism
  • Able to openly and comfortably interact with parents and coaches

Qualifications that are nice

Candidates who meet the following criteria will move to the front of the line:

  • Current college students who are eligible for internship credit
  • Experience with motion capture software
  • Experience with high-speed video
  • Background in high school or college education
  • Experience with physical therapy, active release technique, Graston technique, etc.

Our internships are paid positions with a variable amount of hours available depending on schedule. Former baseball players who quickly learn new techniques are eligible to earn additional money by giving pitching lessons depending on workload. We anticipate the internship will run through the end of March 2013.

If you are interested, please apply by sending a copy of your resume to kyle@drivelinebaseball.com. If you have a blog, website, or other published work, please send it in the body of the email for review. A cover letter with a brief outline of your experience and qualifications is expected, as we anticipate a large response to this opening.

By |November 1st, 2012|News|0 Comments
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