Baseball performance program

The Tomball Kings are pleased to offer a Baseball Performance Program for student-athletes of pre-high-school ages.

This program is suitable for student-athletes at the junior high and elementary grade levels (playing ages from 15U down to 6U). Academic freshmen who will be playing 15U baseball in the 2022-2023 academic year may participate.

The Baseball Performance Program for pre-high-school ages complements the Off-Season Training Program for high school players. It will help student-athletes prepare for the rigors of high school training and, more generally, for high school competition.

Registration is open

To participate in this program you must register in advance.

Eligibility

The program is open to all student-athletes (boys and girls) who will be fifteen years of age or younger during the 2022-2023 academic year.

We reserve the right to limit class size for field-space reasons.

Sessions

The Baseball Performance Program will have summer and fall sessions. Both sessions will improve the student-athlete’s ability to perform in a baseball setting as well as in other sports.

  • The summer session places a greater emphasis on development of the athletic ability necessary for the execution of specific movements in baseball (also applicable to other sports). It consists entirely of morning classes.
  • The fall session emphasizes the application of that athletic ability to baseball actions. The fall session will consist of afternoon classes, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, to avoid conflict with customary academic schedules.
  • Both sessions will follow a Monday-Wednesday-Friday training schedule.

Students may choose to participate in either or both sessions. Registration is open only for the summer session at this time, however.

Summer session schedule

The 2022 summer session consists of 41 classes that begin Monday, May 30 and conclude Friday, September 2 (see note below). Class will meet from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during that period, except for Monday, July 4.

Note: we will have an additional class on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, as a make-up class for a class we cancelled for Monday, June 13, 2022.

Location

All classes will be held at the Farm League Park, 19717 Stuebner Airline Rd., Spring TX 77379 [map]. Classes will be held on a turf field surface.

Summer curriculum

Through a series of drills, exercises, and games throughout the summer, the program seeks to improve the skill, speed, power (a function of strength and speed), strength, and endurance (muscular and cardiovascular) of each student-athlete.

Participants should expect a program that is challenging and strenuous, but also competitive and fun.

Our baseball-specific training goals are improvements in (i) ability to reach batted balls, (ii) defensive readiness and posture, (iii) ability to run bases, (iv) bat speed, (v) throwing mechanics and velocity, and (vi) ability to transit from fielding to throwing.

Each class will begin with a dynamic warm-up. Some classes will conclude with a yoga-style, static stretch routine. All students will be taught a set of static stretches they can and should do at home.

Program design

The program is designed by a team of Tomball Kings coaches who combine many years of (i) multi-sport competition at the high school varsity and collegiate levels, (ii) multi-sport coaching of team sports at the high school and youth levels, and (iii) training of elite athletes in multiple sports, including NFL and MLB players. John Harris will serve as head coach for the summer session.

Tuition

Tuition for the summer session will be $99.00 per month for the first student-athlete from each household (the “primary student”). Tuition for each participating sibling of the primary student will be $25.00 per month.

Parents may participate in the training as they see fit, free of charge.

Payments

The program is month-to-month (i.e., you do not need to participate every month). We will invoice you in advance for each month you choose to participate, with payments due May 29, Jun 29, and July 29, respectively, for the summer session.

For any month you intend to skip, please notify the head coach in advance so that we can adjust the billing schedule accordingly.

Parental involvement

We welcome parents/guardians to be on-field with their children, whether merely to learn or even to participate in the exercises if they are so inclined.

Registration

Registration for the summer session is open. All student athletes must register in advance in order to participate.

What to wear and bring

Wear shorts and t-shirts. Because of the turf surface, students must wear running shoes, turf shoes, or molded rubber cleats (no metal spikes). Neither sandals nor slides may be worn. Hats are optional.

All students must have at least 48 ounces of water with them prior to the beginning of the session, without exception.

Bring a baseball glove. Students will not need baseball bats, batting helmets, or any other baseball equipment, however. Many of the baseball drills we do will be bare-handed. Many of the balls we use will be other than baseballs.

Do not bring food, seeds, or gum.

Punctuality

Please be on time for each class. Late arrivals are disruptive to the class and counterproductive for the student-athlete who is late.

Should you ever need to miss or be late for a class, please notify the head coach as soon as you know. This will help us avoid setting up stations that will go unused.

Commitment

Please commit to regular attendance. Missing classes will deny students information, knowledge, skills, or experiences that they will need in later classes. Regular attendance will produce the best results and greatest advancement for each student. We do understand that students may need to miss classes from time to time, of course, for family vacations and other summer activities.

Hydration, nutrition, and sleep

During class times the weather will frequently be warm and humid. Participants will be very active during classes. For maximum benefit of this program, students should tend to their hydration, nutrition, and sleep, following these guidelines:

  • During each day, they should consume an amount of water in ounces equal to half their body weight in pounds. Thus, a student weighing 100 pounds should consume 50 ounces of water. This consumption should be spaced throughout the day.
  • They should have a light breakfast before class and minimize their consumption of processed foods and sugar through the week.
  • They should get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

Leave policy

During the first class, a parent or guardian must at the field during the entire session for each student aged twelve or younger. Otherwise, parents are welcome to leave the park, but should return no later than 10:15 AM. If thunderstorms are in the area, parents should remain at the park in case of lightning interruption.

Minimum enrollment

The program design requires a minimum enrollment of 20 primary students each month. Should we fall short of that enrollment minimum for any given month, we reserve the right to terminate the program for that month and will refund any amounts paid for the unused month.

For more information

Please call John Harris at 512-470-0915.