Monday, October 24, 2016

LVBA Middle Infielder Advanced Training Camp with Brett Bittiger

            If you’re a middle infielder looking to take your defense to the next level, the winter months can be a crucial time to get a jump on your competition. This winter, LVBA will be conducting a training camp for shortstops and second basemen who are interested in learning advanced infield techniques. The program will be run on a small-group, specialized basis, covering an array of middle infield concepts, including:

Receiving the ball – catching the ball needs to be a given; learning how to redirect the ball from your glove to throwing position is the next step.
·         Footwork around the bag – shave crucial tenths of seconds off double plays and throws from the catcher; create extra outs with your feet and hands.
·         Footwork on ground balls – give your hands and arm less work to do by taking the proper angles to and through the ball; slow the game down and command every inch of your position.
·         Relays – increase your speed and accuracy when completing relays from the outfield by getting your footwork done early, and receiving the ball properly.
·         Short-hops, long-hops, and in-between-hops – creating good hops for yourself by reading the ball off the bat and approaching the ball accordingly.
·          Situational defense – use every piece of information available to determine your positioning and priorities; add a step to your range simply by being better prepared to anticipate, read, and react. 

The goal of this camp is to prepare any player who wants to play a middle infield position at the college level. It will provide not only mechanical instruction, but discussion of the mental aspects of playing the middle infield, as well as everyday drills that can be utilized in the future to keep these skills sharp. Upon completion of the camp, each infielder will be left with a detailed plan that identifies individual points of focus for future development.

The camp will meet once a week, running from November 15th to December 27th, for a total of 7 sessions, and a cost of $150. Groups will be limited to a 12-player maximum per session, so don’t wait to register; session one will be ages 11U-14U on Tuesday nights from 6-7:30 p.m., and session two will cover ages 15U-18U on Tuesday nights from 7:30-9 p.m.

For any middle infielder looking to take his game to the next level, LVBA is pleased to provide you with the most specialized, advanced program in the area.

All sessions will be run by LVBA Coach and Instructor Brett Bittiger, who has played shortstop professionally, as well as at the Division I and II levels. The sessions will also be overseen and evaluated by LVBA Director Dylan Dando, LVBA Consultant Jeff Bittiger, LVBA Coach Dan Albert, as well as a number of other guest instructors (current and former collegiate/professional players and coaches).

Call us at 610-351-0013 to schedule. 

* For any players not on an LVBA roster, a coach’s reference (contact information) will be necessary to register.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Welcoming Brett Bittiger

LVBA Prospects News 

Andrew Brandstetter

"Welcoming Brett Bittiger"

On behalf of LVBA, we have great pleasure introducing Brett Bittiger as a member of our Instructor and Coaching staff! 

Just to give you a little bit of background and up-to-date information on Brett's baseball and academic career...

         -   Oakland Athletics Minor League 40th round draft pick in 2016 (short-stop/pitcher) 
         -   ACBL Champion with the Allentown Railers during their record-setting 2015 season with the best record in league history (37-6) 
         -   Attended Fairleigh Dickinson and later graduated from Pace University with a 3.99 GPA 

Brett is a prime example of what it takes to take care of business on the field, and more importantly, in the classroom...the term "student-athlete" comes to mind. 

I've known Brett for many years and have had the privilege of being his teammate as we both developed through LVBA & the Allentown Railers. I'll remember Brett for his passion and integrity for the game...and his 90+ rocket arm from short-stop to first base! I'll be remiss not mention his range between short and third & up the middle. Most of the time I'd find myself mindlessly jogging off the field whenever there was a play to the left side of the infield with 2 outs (sometimes without backing up the play) because I knew Brett would make the play with plenty of time to spare. 

Brett seems to be "in the right place at the right time" whenever he is on the field. True statement. However, there's no luck involved here. His comprehensive knowledge for game-time situations, tendencies' of hitters and understanding of his physical capabilities are what leads him to be successful defensively. His baseball IQ is off the charts!

My recommendation for any infielder is to get in touch with this young man - pick his brain, work out with him and truly engage during his lessons. He will provide the fundamental techniques and knowledge for the game to help his players reach their fullest potential.

Glad to have you part of the family, Brett!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

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Thursday, September 29, 2016