One of the most exciting things about this time of year is undoubtedly baseball season, especially for kids. Every year, an estimated 27.4 million children between ages 6 and 17 in the U.S. participate in some form of athletics, according to a 2012 survey. There are bounds of benefits that children receive if they participate in sports, such as good health, social interaction, and not to mention the fact they are setting themselves to continue healthy habits. Children who play sports are nearly 10 times more likely to be active when they get older.
If you are looking to get your kid in shape for baseball season, Ralph Roberts, a personal trainer with the Downtown Athletic Club, is currently offering group baseball training for Amarillo and Texas Panhandle children.
Where Can You Play Baseball In Amarillo?
There are countless opportunities for parents to get their kids involved with baseball in the Amarillo community. The West Texas Youth Baseball Association is a USSSA sanctioned baseball program. There are several teams for a variety of age groups.
The Amarillo Family YMCA and Kids, Inc. also provides baseball for children in the area. Parents can surely find a team or league for their children.
Where Can My Child Train For Baseball?
Ralph Roberts, a nationally certified personal trainer and former MLB player, offers baseball training for kids in the Amarillo area, including Canyon, Dumas, Dalhart and Hereford. For $35 an hour, you can sign up your child for a group training session. Children can sign up with their teams or with a group of their choice.
What Can You Expect From Baseball Training?
With Ralph, you will get an authentic baseball experience. For seven years he pitched for the Atlanta Braves. Before that, he played throughout high school and college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He most recently played for the Amarillo Dillas where he helped the team win three consecutive championships.
During the training session, kids can expect to do agility, strength, balance and core exercises. Depending on age and skill level, you may exercise with a medicine ball to strengthen your core, or do some TRX exercises, etc.
Ralph will also discuss the “mental game” of baseball and motivational techniques on how to push yourself as a team. You can’t undercut the importance of teamwork in baseball, and Ralph will demonstrate this through discussions about team captains, stepping up to be team leader, on and off the field, and accountability. A teammate is your family, and like a family, you will encounter good times as well as challenges with your teammates.
Ralph will work with children, adolescents and teens, including Amarillo junior varsity and varsity baseball players in area high schools.
Where Can I Sign My Child Up For Amarillo Baseball Training?
For a genuine baseball training experience for your children or Amarillo baseball team, please contact Ralph Roberts with the Downtown Athletic Club to set up a training schedule. Not only does he have experience playing baseball, but he also has experience training and working with children.
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