Camps, clinics, and tips for players ready to take their game to the next level.

We've found that the most effective tool for player development is practice at home or on their own.  The extra work put in by the players and the reinforcement by supportive parents produces the best results. For those looking for resources, we hope you find this information helpful.


DO IT YOURSELF Tips, drills, and practices

Beginner level (ages 5-8) drills and instructions, click here.

For 8 and up, click here.


The Dangers of Playing "More"

Our youth sports culture is trending towards specialization and increased play than ever before.   We've all heard about sore arms, leg injuries, and other injuries but the appeal of getting better and playing vs "higher level" competition still drives us to enroll our children in multiple leagues and year-round same sport clubs.  

Adrian Shelley, Ephrata High School baseball coach says "playing MORE is simply that . . . it's more.  It doesn't suggest benefit. In fact, we now have statistical evidence to suggest that MORE play is dangerous which gives us more research-based rationale for our 75% rule."  

The EBA prefers that our players participate in other sports, however, for those who choose to focus primarily on baseball, our organization is committed to shutting our players down during the off months and shifting their focus away from baseball-specific instruction and drills in order to focus more on performance training and conditioning the entire body.  Playing for multiple teams in multiple organizations encourages players to play even more, and can complicate the need to responsibly monitor the health and safety of the player.  Unless a comprehensive monitoring plan is coordinated between those organizations, where everyone involved is actively auditing a player's health (specifically throwing-related arm pain), then we feel that excessive play is not only unnecessary, but a significant risk.  This study substantiates our philosophy​.

For more information, here is an article that refers to the study previously mentioned.


Arm Care:

MLB Pitch Smart:  A series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers.     http://m.mlb.com/pitchsmart/


events:

We are privileged to have a great program that has people in it that care of the young players and the future of Ephrata baseball.  The experienced coaches, donated facility, and other supports provide several opportunities to develop players and volunteer coaches. These are at no cost to parents or players!

Keep an eye open for emails and Facebook postings providing more details on these events.

  • Coach's Clinics - Sessions took place in February focusing on Hitting, Pitching, Performance, and Catching.  If you missed these, please visit our online resources, look for Youtube video's for Vanderbilt University baseball, or ask Adrian Shelley for extra resource. 
  • Parent/Player Clinics are offered FREE every year. This is a great opportunity for Parents, Grandparents, Uncles/Aunts, older siblings to go through the drills with the player and learn the proper techniques and what coaches are looking for.  Announcements are always made via email, Facebook, and on our calendar page.

  • Fall Clinics - Usually in November - Our experienced coaches from the EPBA and HS provide instruction, drills, and more reps to our players ages 7-10.  


additional resources/clinics/lessons:

Keystone State Baseball (Manheim) - http://www.keystonestatebaseball.com/

Spooky Nook (Manheim) - http://www.spookynooksports.com/

Berkshire Baseball (Reading) http://www.berkshirebaseball.com/clinic-index.asp

Elite Baseball (Lancaster) http://www.elitebaseball.co/

Lanco Fieldhouse (East Petersburg) http://www.lancofieldhouse.com/sportBaseball.php


Have a skill-or-drill-related question for High School Coach Adrian Shelley?
Contact him via email at:  a_shelley@easdpa.org