Spring Training

Santa Monica Little League Spring Prep

Santa Monica Little League is once again offering our pre-season baseball training program, managed and run by some of the best professional baseball coaches in the area.

These pre-season sessions are available for beginning to intermediate players ages 7 to 12 of all ability levels.  Specifically designed for little league players, instruction is available in hitting, pitching, fielding and base running.  Space is limited in order to maintain a high coach-to-player ratio, so REGISTER NOW to ensure participation.

This returning program is an opportunity to shake the rust off, tune up and get ready to play Spring ball!  If you have any questions, contact program director Daniel Callahan at fundraising@smll.com

Pre-registration is required. Register now!

DATES:   January 26, February 2, 9, 16 (Sundays)

Hitting Sessions – Clover Park
Beginners/Intermediate – 11 am
Beginners/Intermediate – 12:30 pm
Advanced – 2 pm

Pitching Session - Clover Park
Beginners/Intermediate – 11 am
Beginners/Intermediate – 12:30 pm
Advanced – 2 pm

Fielding/Base running – Clover Park
Beginners/Intermediate – 11 am
Beginners/Intermediate – 12:30 pm
Advanced – 2 pm

One skill session, four weeks $105
Two skill sessions, $185 (Save $20)
Three skill sessions, $275 (Save $40)

Santa Monica Little League Spring Prep Details and Logistics

DATES:   January 26, February 2, 9, 16 – (All Sundays)

Site Address:
Clover Park
2600 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Directions

Bring your registration confirmation to the first session.  If you can’t locate your registration confirmation or confirmation e-mail, and there is any confusion over what time your session is, you can see your registration by visiting our website, www.SMLL.com.  Click the “Login or Pay” tab and use your player’s last name and the email address used at the time of registration to view your registration.

I hope you’re looking forward to camp with as much enthusiasm as we are.  If you have any questions email Daniel Callahan fundraising@SMLL.com.

This camp will be held outdoors so please dress appropriately. If the weather is questionable on the day of camp, you MUST check our website for any changes or updates to the venue, or potential postponements.  Any news and updates regarding the Spring Prep program will be posted on www.SMLL.com.  Any sessions postponed due to weather will be made up. If weather turns bad during the day, parents or emergency contacts should be available to pick players up if necessary.

Sessions will last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Each session will begin promptly, so please arrive a few minutes before your sessions begin to stretch and warm up.  Early arriving players should stay clear of other sessions still under way. Players will NOT be permitted to swing bats at any time without supervision from staff.

Please bring your glove, bat, and batting helmet (if you own one).  All players MUST wear cap, cleats, long pants and protective cup.

Hitting: Every player in the hitting camp must bring a bat. Bring batting helmet and batting gloves if you have them.

Pitching: Participants in the pitching camp should bring a fielder’s glove. It is not necessary to bring a baseball.

Remember, participants in the pitching camp must supply their own catchers. Because our coaches are working with the pitchers in a hands-on manner and all pitchers are participating in throwing drills simultaneously, each player needs to have someone catching for him. The catcher can be a parent, older sibling or friend. If the catcher is a friend or teammate, a mask is required. We do not want two players in the same session catching for each other, because each will only receive half as much instruction.

Catchers: Participants in the catcher’s session should bring their own gear: catcher’s mitt, shin guards, chest protector, and mask. If you do not own your own catcher’s gear, you should be able to borrow it from your coach or league.

Fielding/Base Running: Participants in the fielding/base running should bring their own fielder’s glove.

It is important that players not swing the bat unless they are at a station being instructed by a coach. If a player would step out of a station and swing the bat, or if players walking onto the floor to start the day swing their bats, there is a good chance someone could get hit. DO NOT SWING BATS unless you are in a station being instructed, and it is your turn to hit.

All participants must fill out a SMLL medical release form. ( click here for pdf document)  This form must be turned in on the first day of your child’s training session. No child will be allowed to participate, unless they have a signed medical release on file.

This is a progressive program over a four-week period. Each week the drills will be different, becoming more advanced each session. Hitters will work with different stations and drills during the program, and pitchers will work on mechanics. The first session is all about providing a good foundation for each consecutive week. We start with the basics, and for some it may be repetitive, but we need to ensure everyone has a proper foundation for the rest of the program.

Parents are welcome to watch from the sidelines during the hitting program and to listen along as the Site Directors explain each station at the beginning of the session. Once the rotations begin, we ask that parents watch from a distance so as not to make the hitting area more crowded and louder than it already is.

There are no individual make-up sessions if you miss a session because of illness, vacation, schedule conflict, or any other reasonthere can be no make-ups. We pride ourselves on maintaining the player-coach ratio and limiting enrollment in each session. If we allowed extra players in a hitting session because they missed the week before, it would be unfair to others and would compromise the instruction for everyone.

A limited number of spots remain in several sessions. If you have friends or teammates who may be interested, they can still register on our website with a credit card. They must be registered and paid in advance of the first week.

There are no refunds.  If a session is cancelled due to weather it will be made up at a later date.  In the unlikely event that a cancelled session is not made up, program fees will be pro-rated.

Important Program Note for Parents

SMLL Baseball Spring Prep is a progressive program that works through each of the building blocks for successful hitting, pitching, fielding and baserunning. Players start off with drills and exercises that reinforce the basic fundamentals of these disciplines.  Each succeeding drill is designed with an important instructional aspect  that builds upon solid fundamentals. In each session, players will rotate through drill stations designed to work on specific skills.  Many stations will include a player-assistant, in addition to the station coach. While the player-assistant is not technically considered a “coach” for the purposes of coach-to-player ratios, he is there to reinforce the basic concepts and increase the repetitions each camper gets at that station. Each participant works with the adult coach at that station for instruction, and the player-assistant for repetition and reinforcement.

SMLL Divisions

Spring Training is intended to help players ages 7-12 prepare for the upcoming SMLL Spring season.  These players would be expected to play in Majors, AAA, AA or Machine Pitch divisions.  A brief description of each division is provided below.

The Majors division is designed to reinforce fundamental and advanced concepts of youth baseball in a friendly yet competitive environment with a strong emphasis on instruction and skill development. A winner / loser is determined during each game, standings are posted throughout the season, and the post season includes a playoff tournament concluding with a league champion. The pitching is more skilled, player development is more advanced and position players are being taught advance techniques to further their skills.

The AAA (“Minors”) division is designed to reinforce fundamental and advanced concepts of youth baseball in a friendly yet competitive environment with a strong emphasis on instruction and skill development. A winner / loser is determined during each game, standings are posted throughout the season, and the post season includes a playoff tournament concluding with a league champion. In this division pitchers are honing their skills, working on accuracy. Catchers are learning the game along with strategies. Both the infield and outfield are working on responsibilities and driving home the fundamentals.

The AA (“Rookie”) division is designed to reinforce and/or introduce the basic fundamental concepts of youth baseball in a friendly environment while beginning to introduce the concept of competition. Even though winning / losing is secondary to skill development and fun at this level, scores can be kept for each game. Team records and standings will not be kept or published but there will be a post season tournament. The emphasis here is to develop our pitchers, catchers and batting along with the basic fundamentals.

The MP division is designed to reinforce and/or introduce the basic fundamental concepts of youth baseball in a friendly environment while beginning to introduce the concept of competition. Players hit off a machine with no designated pitcher. Catchers are introduced to the game with the aid of the pitching machine.

The Five Pitch (5P) division is designed to reinforce and/or introduce the basic fundamental concepts of youth baseball in a friendly environment. By design, coaches pitch to the batters to teach the basic mechanics of hitting. All team members will play the field and hit.

The T-Ball (TB) division is designed to introduce and reinforce the basic fundamental concepts of youth baseball in a friendly environment. By design, players hit off the “T” to teach the basic mechanics of hitting and introduce the game to beginning players. All team members will play the field and hit.

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Play Ball!

Daniel Callahan
SMLL Spring Prep Director
David Harris
SMLL President

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