PG Indoor League Spotlight

Leagues : : Story
Patrick Ebert         Jeff Dahn        
Published: Thursday, December 01, 2016


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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Perfect Game National Indoor League is set to begin the 2017 season with eight facilities from eight states ranging from Washington in the West to New Jersey in the East set to participate in what league officials hope will be another record-setting year.

Perfect Game Headquarters in Cedar Rapids acts as the league’s flagship facility, and new PG Headquarters facility chief and NIL director B.J. Fish is excited about the league’s future moving forward.

“I really like the concept of (the league). It’s a good idea to get kids involved in things like this that you won’t see in a typical indoor league,” he said. “I’m hoping to keep expanding it in the years to come because there is still a lot of technology we’re not fully utilizing yet that will make it more attractive to some of the smaller facilities across the country.”

More than 400 young prospects in the 12u through 18u age-groups have already taken part in the PG National Indoor League over previous seasons and Fish anticipates that number will continue to grow. The benefits for participation are numerous, with the biggest one being the creation of a Perfect Game Player Profile page for each of the participants, a perk that enters their name into PG’s extensive prospect database.

“We’re working on getting a players’ individual stats put right on their profiles in addition to the league’s (homepage),” Fish said. “I think it will be beneficial for kids to see how they stack-up with other kids from across the country, and see where they’re at with exit velocities and their spray charts and things like that.

“The longer we do it, the more positive feedback we’re getting,” he continued. “I’ve called everybody that was involved last year and asked them what they like about it, and I’m getting an understanding of what people are really looking at and what they want (the league) to do. I think it can really be big, especially with the player profiles.”

The Perfect Game National Indoor League allows players of all ages to compete against each other all over the country, year round. The PGNIL uses today’s most up to date technology (HitTrax) to measure max exit velocity, average exit velocity, launch angles, batting average and many more statistics for every player in the league.

HitTrax™ is the first and only baseball simulator. A powerful combination of analytics and entertainment that has never before been available to indoor facilities. Patent pending technology delivers innovation to the baseball industry by measuring real-time data and displaying live results for immediate feedback.


Regular Season:
Saturday, Jan. 7 - Sunday, Feb. 19 (12 games)
Regional Playoffs: Saturday, Feb. 25, Sunday, Feb. 26
National Playoffs: Saturday, March 4, Sunday, March 5

Age Groups:
18u, 16u Wood Bat
14u, 12u Metal Bat

What Players Receive:
• Six-week competitive regular season
• Single elimination Regional and National playoffs for qualifying teams
• Regional/National player and team awards
• National player exposure on the Perfect Game website
• Perfect Game player profile

Statistics/Scouting:
Customary stats like batting average, home runs and other extra-base hits and runs-batted-in are recorded and posted immediately on the league’s webpage. In addition, the HitTrax technology also provides scouts with hitting data like peak and average exit velocities, peak and average distance and average launch angle/elevation on every batted ball.

Perfect Game President Jerry Ford considers the average exit velocity to be the biggest draw for scouts. 

"I actually believe the average exit velocity is the most important stat from a scouting perspective in the (indoor hitting) league," Ford said. "The argument could be made that the player with the highest average exit velocity is, or could be, the best hitter."

Once the scouting community gets on a prospects' trail through his participation in the PGNIL, the opportunities seem limitless.


Perfect Game Headquarters


Address:
850 Twixt Town Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday and Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm

To learn more about Perfect Game's indoor facilities please 
click here.

And to join the Perfect Game Indoor League and/or to receive additional information please contact B.J. Fish:

bjfish@perfectgame.org | 319-298-2923 ext. 140

Please bookmark this feature and check back frequently as more facilities that are part of the Perfect Game Indoor League are detailed below.


 

 
Sammamish Baseball Academy

Sammamish Baseball Academy opened in 2008 and has 12,500 square feet with seven cages, a weight room, team classroom and a 17 foot by 75 foot HitTrax cage with a 60-inch big screen. SBA offers camps, clinics, private lessons, team training and intense advanced programs for Elite players.

Owner: Kirk Hansell
Website: www.sbabaseballacademy.com
Phone: 425-861-7221
Email: info@sbabaseballacademy.com
Address: 18047 NE 68th street suite B-130 | Redmond, WA 98052




Player's Edge


Player's Edge is a baseball training facility located in Wayne, N.J., ideally located off of Route 80, Route 46 and Route 23 in Passaic County. The brand new, fully turfed state-of-the-art facility is over 8,000 square feet and includes the most modern technology. It includes seven cages and multiple throwing lanes with up to 110 feet for long toss. The facility is equipped with HitTrax, All Star Pitching Simulator with the ability to throw up to 95mph and a full array of off-speed pitches, electronically timed 60-yard times, high-definition cameras to view and record performance and cognitive reaction training to enhance high-speed decision making.

Player's Edge is staffed with some of the most reputable coaches in North Jersey and offers one-on-one training, team clinicsand teams. Player's Edge is the creator of the nationally ranked NJ Axemen.

Website: www.collegebaseballconnection.com/playersedge
Phone: 201-803-7075
Addess: 22 Riverview Drive | Wayne, NJ




The Lumberyard

The Lumber Yard is a baseball and softball training facility set on providing the best professional instruction in the Pacific Northwest. We have seven multi-use, 15-foot high tunnels, and 8,500 square feet of malleable space. At The Lumber Yard, we can help you take your game to the next level!

Email: gregg.lumberyard@gmail.com
Phone: 360-859-3793
Address: 4212 NE Minnehaha St. | Vancouver, WA





Michigan Prep Stars - Sports Training Academy

We are proud to offer athletes young and old one of Michigan's largest indoor athletic academies. Many of the area's top travel baseball teams call MPS-Diamonds their home base. Our Mason, Michigan location is one of America's newest homes for the very popular HitTrax Baseball Simulator.

For 2017, over 100 Mid-Michigan players in both baseball & softball will compete in tournaments across the Midwest. In the past year, MPS teams competed across Michigan plus Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Florida and the highly respected Perfect Game event near Atlanta, Georgia.

The Michigan Prep Stars 10,000 sq. ft. sports training facility possesses the areas only indoor Clay Pitching Mound. Iron Mike pitching machines along with newly installed Field Turf makes Michigan Prep Stars and our Mason, Michigan location, the premier destination for talented players of all ages to sharpen their skills through Winter.

Website: www.michiganprepstarsbaseball.com
Email: MPSdiamondsMason@gmail.com

Phone: 517-883-5170
Address: 839 Eden Road | Mason, Michigan





Bases Loaded

Bases Loaded is a baseball & softball facility with just over 12,000 square feet of space.  Our 10,000 square foot warehouse hosts five (5) 55’ x 12’ x 20’ high cages, one (1) 55’ x 14’ x 20’ high HitTrax cage, one (1) 70’ x 14’ x 16’ high dual mound pitching tunnel and six (6) 10’ x 10’ hitting stalls for soft toss & tee work.  Our main cage can open up to 55’ x 48’  for camps & clinics or for team drills.

There is also 2,000 square foot of comfortable space for our parents to sit and relax while waiting for their athletes to finish their work.  Two large television show the latest sports. An arcade for the younger siblings keeps everyone entertained at Bases Loaded.

Website: www.basesloadedlv.com
Phone: 702-240-9273
Address: 2651 Crimson Canyon Drive Suite 190 | Las Vegas, NV





South Jersey Bullpen

From the minute you walk into the South Jersey Bullpen facility you will be impressed with the brand new indoor training facilities. They provide the opportunity for athletes and teams to train year-round with some of the finest coaches and instructors the area has to offer. Offering two clay professional pitching mounds, six batting tunnels, multiple pitching machines and over 16,000 square feet of astroturf, the Bullpen is second to none.

In addition to youth baseball and softball camps, clinics, lessons and leagues, South Jersey Bullpen is available for adult recreational softball leagues and special events.

South Jersey Bullpen’s on-site pro shop offers the latest in baseball and softball equipment. Just stop in to the pro shop and let one of the knowledgeable specialists help you select what’s right for you.

Website: http://sjbullpen.com
Phone: 856-292-3591
Address: 228 Harmony Rd. | Mickleton, NJ



 

Kirkland Baseball Performance

Kirkland Baseball Performance is a state-of-the-art baseball training facility serving athletes from Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Owner and Head Trainer Jake Kirkland is widely regarded as a leading authority on hitting and hitting development. As a two-time High School Coach of the Year, Kirkland's teams have set numerous offensive records in the State of Alabama. Kirkland Baseball patented Power Torque hitting system and High Velocity Pitching Development programs have been developed through extensive study and research and serve as the foundation for all player development at the facility. Kirkland Baseball Performance is also home to The Dothan Post 12 American Legion Baseball Program as well as KSP Elite Showcase teams. Through the use of the Hittrax System, Kirkland Baseball is also a host location for the Perfect Game National Indoor Hitting League.

Website: www.jakekirklandsports.com
Phone: 334-702-1999
Address: 131 South Woodburn Suite 107 | Dothan, AL



 
Team Performance – Lawrence, Kansas

Founded in January of 2014, Team Performance has quickly become the premier baseball and softball training facility in Northeast Kansas. Team Performance features 12,000 square feet of space which includes five full batting cages, one half cage, two baseball pitching lanes, and two softball pitching lanes. The cages have been designed with flexibility to create open turf areas for infield practice or speed/agility work.

Also housed within Team Performance are The Academy for Sports Vision Training by Dr. Aaron Wilmes, and the newly added Alpha Sport Performance with trainers Tyler Naylor and Randall Coburn providing strength and conditioning services.

Team Performance prides itself on providing cutting edge instruction to our clients by partnering with the best technology in the industry. Current partners include Diamond Kinetics for swing analytics, HitTrax for statistical analysis and data collection as well as fun competition, Hack Attack Jr. pitching machine which throw fastballs, curveballs, sliders, split-fingers, and knuckleballs (in addition to our two Iron Mike and two Jugs machines), and our new H.E.A.T (Healthy. Efficient. Advanced. Throwing.) program powered by Driveline Baseball programming and arm-care protocols.

Website: 
www.goteamperformance.com
Email: goteamperformance@gmail.com
Phone: 785-856-1575
Address: 1811 W. 31st Street, Lawrence, KS 66046
Twitter: @GoTeamPerform



 

Bo Jackson's Elite Sports

Bo Jackson's Elite Sports is home to Cangelosi Baseball, which is located in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago. BJES is a 94,000 square foot training facility that houses 2 full size major league turf infields, 16 batting cages, six pitching mounds, a 20,000 square foot multi-purpose field and over 5,000 square feet of sports performance area, which includes an 80-yard electronically time track. Our professional instruction and expert evaluation will help you advance effectively and develop the skills that you need to succeed at a high level of play. Our facility is designed to help players develop a routine which they can use year round to develop their skills and improve their speed and strength. At Cangelosi baseball, our mission is to instill a love and respect for the game of baseball by providing the highest quality training facilities and professional instruction

In 2014, we were lucky enough to add to the facility two special pieces of equipment to help further give our players an additional edge over their opponents; ProBatter hitting simulator and HitTrax. This cutting edge technology evens the playing field for the midwest athlete as they are able to simulate hitting velocity and off-speed pitches off the ProBatter, and receive feedback on their swings and create competition using the HitTrax.


For more information on the league please contact Tyler Thompson, Director of Baseball Operations at 
Tyler@cangelosibaseball.com.

Address: 17130 S Prime Blvd, Lockport, IL 60441
Website: www.BJESLOCKPORT.COM
Phone: (815) 221-6000


 

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