Our Four Season Concept
During the first month of school, the academy tests our student-athletes physically, mentally and emotionally through a month long boot camp with our head trainer, Scott Blewett. Not only does Blewett's boot camp push our players to prepare for their upcoming seasons, it allows our student-athletes to grow individually into the ambassadors that will not only represent the Academy well, but Lambrick Park. In-class sessions revolve around college preparatory sessions for our boys and girls. Our students will gain knowledge and understanding of how to get to the next level, whether it is collegiate or professionally, and what to expect once they get there. Lastly, our fall season concludes with our first academy experience trip to the U.S.A for our top 24 boys and girls who proved that they have excelled academically and athletically.
Oak bay indoor training is the most important part of our programs skill development. The indoor turf gym gives us the space to efficiently play and the outdoor track enables us to continue fitness training. During the late fall and winter months, skills are broken down into to the basics and are built back up with proper instruction from our staff. Both defensive and offensive skills are worked on at Oak Bay. Being divided into two sections makes training more specialized and allows coaches to work with students on specific areas of their game. During offensive training, students create a stronger swing and a better understanding of the mechanics. The Academy possesses a large variety of equipment that will allow the students to specifically practice the aspects of their game that need work. There are screens, machines, tees and hitting available and students have the option of working with each piece of equipment during every training session. This area of the game is considered to be the slowest process of them all, needing the most dedication and time to succeed at any level. The Academy has the luxury of boasting 3 full size indoor hitting cages, which are the only cages of its kind in the city.
The game of Softball and Baseball both involve strategy. At the academy we explore strategies in the classroom as well as on the field. Strategies that are talked about range from bunt defenses to base running. The strategies that are discussed in class are imperative to building the complete player.
In the classroom we discuss what situations to use in certain situations. Sessions are an open form allowing questions and challenges from the students. The coaches discuss and help the students better understand why and how to use such defenses and offences. Base running is an element that all players are part of. We discuss when and where to run, when to take chances and when to play safe. On the defensive side, knowing when your opponent will take chances can help you capitalize. Bunting offence and defense is a very big part of both games and is a big part of strategy.
Strategies that have been discussed in the classroom will be implemented when we move outside. Scrimmages are used to put the students into situations that will allow the students to utilize the strategies that have been discussed in the classroom. By practicing these strategies in a game like situation will prepare the students for competition with their summer league teams.
During offensive training students create a stronger swing and a better understanding of the mechanics. There are screens, machines, tees and hitting mats used; each student has an area which they need more work or specific help in; this is where those problems are pin-pointed and fixed. This area of the game is considered to be the slowest process of them all, needing the most dedication and time to succeed at any level. The Academy also boasts 3 full size indoor hitting cages. These are the only cages of its kind in the city.
Every year the Academy puts on The Expo, which is an opportunity for the students to display their knowledge of the game in several different formats. The open house display ranges from the history of teams, the building of stadiums and even a musical theatre project. Each year, The Expo theme changes giving the students a greater understanding of the history of the game. It is our belief that if the students understand the history, it will give them a greater appreciation of how it is played.
The school may close, but the Academy remains open. Starting in the 1st week of July, The Academy opens up the school’s gym, weight room and all baseball/softball training equipment to all players. Whether you are a current, new or former student, the Academy facilities and equipment are there for you to use. Summer Academy hours are Monday through Thursday 11 am – 3pm.