Success in baseball can be measured by many things. At Evolution, we strive to teach our members how to take complicated concepts and simplify them in a way that makes sense to each them – which leads them to find their own success in the game. There are three core concepts in our instruction that we use to connect with our members – BODY CONTROL, LOWER HALF & UPPER HALF.
EVO Academy will be offered to EVO players who are looking to “fill the void” in their development outside their team practices. EVO Academy is a sub-culture within the EVO community and will feature four developmental options. : Hitting, Fielding, Pitching & Catching. The objective of EVO Academy is to provide EVO baseball players the opportunity to maximize their development in specific areas of the game of baseball called “systems”. These systems will focus heavily on core training principles to serve as guidelines to the physical skills work to be conducted during each session. EVO Academy are not clinics in the traditional sense, which usually focus on maximizing the number of participants at the expense of development. In fact, EVO Academy limits the number of participants to six in order to maximize development opportunities and allow coordinators to provide more hands on training.
Our core training principles are Direction, Efficiency, Accuracy, Flow and Timing (DEAFT). These principles can be applied to all systems of EVO Academy
Core Training Principles “DEAFT” Defined
- Direction: Controlling the movement objects to yield a desired result (bat, glove, ball, body, etc.)
- Efficiency: Ability to avoid wasted movements from actions
- Accuracy: Skill in placement of objects through action
- Flow: Understanding of application of all factors within actions to produce repeatable results
- Timing: Knowing when the body is ready to perform & execute an action to achieve results
Each EVO Academy will be led by Coordinators who will oversee and implement development plans for players.
The goal of EVO Academy is to bring a program-wide development philosophy to players to better prepare them for advancing in the game of baseball. Each Academy will offer 4 sessions (4 weeks/session) beginning the last week of November and will run until mid-March. Only 6 players will be accepted per session, per group.
Below are the Academies that will be offered:
How We Teach
One of the most important core concepts all Evolution Professionals believe in is body control. Athletes need to be able to control their bodies no matter what position they play. Controlling the body helps control the game. Mastering the movements of the body is a simplistic approach that is stressed even at the highest levels of the game.
Evolution Professionals tailor their instruction to the flow of kinetic energy throughout baseball motions. An athlete’s power is derived from his lower half. It is essential to solidify lower half mechanics to ensure maximum power and injury prevention. Using the lower half properly is also a key element in attaining true body control.
Once athletes have mastered lower half mechanics, our Professionals target key performance indicators “KPIs” in upper half mechanics. These KPI’s allow for maximum kinetic flow thus leading to a higher level of performance. Combined with mastery of the lower half, players have now accessed maximum power from their bodies.
As members progress through the first three core values, instruction then becomes fine-tuned. Our instructors focus on minute mechanical theories and aspects that can specifically help each member. At this level of instruction, each athlete becomes their own case study. We work within the athlete’s limitations to generate the highest outcome.
KPI’s vary by position, approach, and level of the game. Our instructors have spent numerous years studying and refining what exactly these KPI’s mean and how they produce positive results. KPI’s range from degrees, to speed, to flexibility, etc. Instructors have access to technology that helps calculate these KPI’s as needed.