Practice with the Pros

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Next Practice with the Pros Baseball Clinic: Fall 2018

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At every Practice with the Pros event, you can know one thing for certain... EVERY instructor has played baseball at the professional level

Even more importantly...

...they are PASSIONATE about helping your player develop his talents and skills to be the best baseball player - and the best person - he can be.

Our instructors get it... the emotions, the struggles, the passion to compete. We are players too! That means the goal of each Practice with the Pros instructor is to help YOUR player improve - to get the most out of his natural talent, to achieve his goals in baseball, and ultimately, to LOVE PLAYING THE GAME.

This special event is the perfect way to bust the winter blues and prepare for next season by learning elite skills from Major League baseball players.

Get the most out of this 2 day event by enrolling in all 4 sessions.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

This is an intimate setting, with no more than 8 players per pro instructor. That means space is extremely limited. ***Only 30 spots available per session*** so don't wait!

  • When: TBD (sign up for announcements)
  • What: Baseball hitting, defense (catchers and fielders), & pitching
  • Ages: 9 to 14 years old
  • Where: Denver, Colorado


"My son has attended all the big name camps but Practice with the Pros is hands down the best!

Being a coach and parent I can truly attest to the all around value of this camp. The expertise and 1 on 1 training these pros provide is phenomenal, coupled with a fun environment that every kid will enjoy no matter what skill level.

My son can't wait until the next camp"

- Coach Berger, Rip City Baseball

The details...

You pick: Up to two full days (A full day includes the morning and afternoon sessions) or half day (1 session) ***At least one full day is recommended because the AM and PM sessions will be focused on different things***

Morning Sessions: 9 am to 12 pm - DEFENSE & Agility

Defense is a separator. It can mean the difference between sitting the bench or playing... winning or losing a season... get recruited or not... Don't miss this unique opportunity to help your player/s become more confident on the field by learning elite defensive fundamentals from the pros. Your choice of catching, fielding or pitching.

Option to purchase lunch: 12 pm to 1 pm. Players enrolled in the full day clinic can have lunch provided for an additional $10.

Afternoon Sessions: 1 pm to 4 pm - HITTING & Functional power

The afternoon session is all about hitting. Not only will players be evaluated by and learn elite hitting mechanics from Major League players, but they'll also learn keys to training their bodies to develop functional power. "Training how to train" so that players know how to continue improving all year long, to keep improving their results long after this special event.

Meet the Instructors:

Doug Bernier
Josh Thole

Josh Thole, Catcher
NY Mets, Blue Jays & Diamondbacks

  • Thole was drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft.
  • Thole’s Major League Debut was in August 2009, when during his first Major League at-bat he also recorded his first Major League hit.
  • Due to his proficiency catching the knuckleball (which is notoriously difficult for catchers), Thole became the personal catcher for Cy young winner, knuckle ball pitcher R.A.Dickey, with both the NY Mets & Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Josh Thole is a catcher with 12 years professional experience, including the New York Mets (2005 to 2012), the Toronto Blue Jays (2013 to 2017), and has signed to play with the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2018 season.

Your Instructor


Ryan Lavarnway, Catcher
Ryan Lavarnway, Catcher

Ryan Lavarnway, Catcher

Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, and Oakland Athletics.

  • Lavarnway attended Yale University where he studied philosophy and played baseball for the Yale Bulldogs.
  • In 2007 he was named a Division 1 All-American after setting multiple single season records, and in 2008 he became the Ivy League's all-time career Home Run record holder.
  • Lavarnway was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 6th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.
  • Two-time Boston Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year
  • Rated by Baseball America best defensive catcher in the International league in 2012.
  • When Lavarnway made his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox on August 18, 2011, he became the first player in MLB history to hit two Home Runs and throw out a runner in his first start as a catcher.
  • In 2013, Lavarnway earned a World Series title and ring with the Boston Red Sox.

More recently, Lavarnway was a key member of Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic is 2016 and 2017, earning himself MVP of Pool A of the Tournament.


Doug Bernier
Doug Bernier

Doug Bernier, Infielder
CO Rockies, MN Twins, NY Yankees, Pirates, and TX Rangers

  • Doug Bernier is a veteran utility infielder with Major League experience at every infield position.
  • Major League Debut in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies.
  • He has played professional baseball for 16 years: Colorado Rockies, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Texas Rangers organizations
  • His career fielding percentage at all levels after 16 years of professional baseball is .976
  • 2013 MN Twins Minor League Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2014 Defensive Payer of the Year for Rochester Redwings
  • Pacific Coast League Player of the Week in 2016
  • 2016 Co-MVP for TX Rangers AAA affiliate Round Rock Express
  • 1st player ever to hit for the cycle in Round Rock Express 17 year franchise history

Bernier is also the founder of Pro Baseball Insider (PBI), which has 100’s of pages of free baseball tips & instruction – exclusively from professional baseball players, coaches, trainers, and scouts.

"Our son absolutely loved Practice with the Pros Baseball Camp.

Ryan and Doug did a great job with a professionally run camp that not only kept things moving with quality instruction at every stop, but kept it FUN for the boys the whole time!

Really special for the players to get techniques straight from big leaguers. "

- Heather Basile, Mother of 12 yr old player

Kevin Wood, Founder of Youth Baseball Coaching

Youth Baseball Coaching is a community of 28,445 coaches, parents and others who love the game to share helpful information and ask for advice that will help them be better coaches.


"My son cancelled basketball so he could attend the second day of the camp also"

Parent, Attended 2017 Practice with the Pros Fall clinic


"My two boys LOVED working with Doug and Ryan.

They’ve been to baseball camps and clinics before, and usually come back with positive reports but they said Doug and Ryan were the best.

Not only did they think the drills and analysis were very helpful (and as an observer I thought clinic time was very well spent), but they also had more fun working with Doug and Ryan than just about any other camp and clinic they’ve been to in the past. I highly recommend PBI and Doug and Ryan.

My kids will be back!"

- Steven M. Weiser, Father of players ages 11 & 13

Frequently Asked Questions


When is it?
The next Practice with the Pros baseball clinic will be Fall 2018
Where will this baseball clinic be?
Cherry Creek High School
What if the weather is bad?
If the weather is bad enough to warrant cancellation, you can choose to participate in the rescheduled event or have your payment refunded in full.
What is the student to instructor ratio?
We will not exceed 8 players per instructor.
Who will the other instructors be?
Our goal is to have all instructors who have played baseball at the professional level. The final names will be released as we get closer to the date of the camp.
What if I need to cancel?
You can cancel and receive a full refund up to 48 hours before the event.
Where do I specify my player's position?
Once you enroll in the camp, you'll have access to the Practice with the Pros Member area. There you can finish the registration form and find lot's of other important information.
Where do I specify which session I want?
Once you enroll in the camp, you'll fill out the registration form and select your sessions.

Baseball Camp Overview

Hitting

Every player wants to increase bat speed and consistency at the plate. From proper mechanics to mental approach, your player will leave with new practical insights, skills, drills and personalized feedback on what he is doing properly and what to work on for continuing improvement.

The best players in the game know that hitting is both an art and a science.

We will have objective evaluations using the Swing Tracker bat sensor to diagnose bat speed, swing path and angles.

We also have experienced coaches who have not only played at the highest level of baseball, but are currently still playing. That means it's not a distant memory, but something we eat, drink, sleep and breathe. Our coaches will relate to players not only what a swing should look like, but how it should feel and what to think... from experience!

Defense

The defensive instruction at this camp will be rigorous. Here are a few of the things we are going to work on:

  • Fielding footwork, increasing range, double play turns, recieving throws, tips for executing advanced plays
  • Improving throwing technique for better accuracy and power
  • Defensive awareness - Possibly one of the most important and under-taught qualities that can significantly improve your results in the field
  • Base running - Taking leads, stealing bases, making turns, proper lead distance, improving first-step jump, player's ability to know if he should steal base

Catching

Catchers will receive top-notch instruction from Major League catcher Ryan Lavarnway:

  • Receiving. Get more strikes called and have influence over every pitch.
  • Blocking. Keeping the ball in front and not letting runners take extra bases.
  • Throwing. Proper footwork and athleticism for strong, accurate throws. Shut down the running game and be a leader on the field.