Freshman - Senior

The 18 Week Off-Season Practice Program:

New for the 2019/2020 off-season is the Game Ready Arm Care and Velocity program. Jeff Lanning, Tanner Buenting, Kevin Richardson, Nick Belzer, Sean Murphy, and I (Mitch Wylie) will be returning as 18 Week Practice Program instructors. In addition, several current pro and college players will also be involved at the practices. 

The 18 Week Off-Season Practice Program: There will be two phases, the practice/training phase and the game phase. The practice/training phase will consist of 10 group training sessions and will involve video analysis, pitchers getting their arms in shape and working on mechanics, hitting and fielding drills, catcher blocking and footwork drills, and more. This phase is also a good time to collect college recruiting videos and add them to recruiting networks/databases (we can help you with this process).

During the game phase, players will participate in the indoor hitting and pitching league utilizing HitTrax simulation technology (see below for more details). Phase 1 will also include core strength, agility, and arm band strengthening workouts. If you register for the 18 week off-season practice program, you are automatically registered for the 8 week live pitching and hitting league.  

The Game Ready Arm Care and Velocity Program:


The Game Ready Arm Care and Velocity Program places an emphasis on arm care by focusing on functional shoulder health and strength training. The program is designed for the player who wants to keep his arm healthy as he seeks to increase arm strength and gain throwing velocity. This program will start mid November and meet 3 times per week for 6 weeks (one of the 3 sessions will be the 18 week program day). There will be an option to continue the program Jan - March as well.


Click Here for more information on the GR Arm Care and Velocity Program


Where: The 18 Week Practice Program 10 instructional sessions will be held at: The Game Ready Training Center: 3217 NW Prairie Lane. Des Moines IA 50313 (located in north Des Moines/South Ankeny). The 8 hitting and pitching league games will be held at: Game Ready Academy: 1111 E. Army Post Rd. Des Moines IA (located in the SE parking lot of South Ridge Mall).


When: the 18 Week Program training sessions will start Tue. Nov 5th or Sunday Nov. 10th (depending on which day you choose) and games will start Sunday Jan. 12th. During online registration you may choose one of the following 4 options for the first 8 training sessions:  

Option 1) Tues. Nov.,5,12,19,26, Dec.,3,10,17, Jan. 7 at 8:30 - 10:00  

Option 2) Sun. Nov.,10,17,24, Dec.,1,8,15,22, Jan., 5 @ 12:00 - 1:30   

Option 3) Sun. Nov.,10,17,24, Dec.,1,8,15,22, Jan., 5 @ 1:30 - 3:00

Option 4) Sun. Nov.,10,17,24, Dec.,1,8,15,22, Jan., 5 @ 3:00 - 4:30   


Once we have completed these 8 training sessions (Nov.5 - Jan. 7) everyone will have 2 additional training sessions to schedule. You may choose 2 of the following dates: Dec. 29, March 8,15 (sign-up for these dates and exact times TBA).  Once we start the program and know how many players will be in the program I will send out a registration for the remaining 2 sessions. Games will be played Sundays Jan.,12th - March 1st.    


Cost: 18 week program onetime payment of $550 or 3 payments of $190. 


Live Pitching and Hitting Phase:


Game Ready Academy (in South Ridge Mall) offers two “game cages” that are 28'’ x 70’, two warm up pitching lanes, and a tee station area. An ideal team is made up of three pitchers, a catcher, and a utility guy (you may have additional players per team, but each player will get less reps. Defensively, there will be a pitcher and catcher vs. the other team's batter. Each game will be approximately 1 hour.  


Where: The Game Ready Academy: 1111 E. Army Post Rd.,

Des Moines, IA. (inside South Ridge Mall). 


When: 8 consecutive Sundays, starting January 12th  


Ages:  Varsity (12th/11th) & JV (9th/10th) Divisions



Off-Season Training Goals:  


The off-season is an excellent time to teach fundamentals and to work on developing and improving skills. There are four primary off-season training goals: 

  1. Increase a player’s confidence in his ability. 

  2. Help players develop skills necessary to be successful at their level and to prepare for the next season.

  3. Develop consistency in a player’s swing, pitching mechanics, work ethic, etc.  

  4. To have fun and develop a “love for the game”.


Meet the Instructors:


Mitch Wylie: Played a total of 11 years of professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, and Saint Paul Saints organizations, along with seventeen years of providing instruction, and one season of professional coaching. 


Jeff Lanning: Four years of professional baseball playing experience with the Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, and New Jersey Jackals organizations. Jeff played Division I baseball, and has been a baseball hitting/catching instructor for the past 7 years.


Kevin Richardson: Graduated from Ankeny Centennial in 2014, has three years of College playing experience with the Grand View University Vikings. Kevin has been involved in the program since he was 12 years old and has been providing baseball instruction the past 3 years. He will be entering his 3rd season of coaching USSSA teams this spring. His 2017 14u AAA Game Ready team finished 3rd in the State Tournament.      


Tanner Buenting:  Graduated from Ankeny High School in 2013, was the starting shortstop on the 2012 4A High School State Championship Team earning the MPV award for the Championship game.  Tanner graduated from Iowa Central Community College where he earned first team All-Region his freshman year. Tanner went on to play Division 1 baseball at Morehead State University. 


Nick Belzer - Graduated from Ankeny High School in 2013 and was on the 2012 4A High School State Championship Team and earned pitcher of year in the state that year. Nick went to Kansas State out of high school and then transferred to DMACC. After graduating from DMACC he went on to play two years at Minnesota State Mankato. Nick also played 3 years in the Northwoods college summer league. 


Sean Murphy - A 1990 graduate of Johnston High School, he attended Indian Hills Community College, Creighton University and St. Ambrose University, playing in 2 college World Series and was drafter in 1994 by the Cleveland Indians. As a veteran of 10 minor league seasons, Sean has been working as a coach and private/academy instructor for over 20 years. Focusing on hitting skills from tee ball through college and professional levels, he focuses on development of skills, hitting and infield, through techniques learned coaching, scouting and playing through various levels of professional, college and high school baseball. During college he coached hitting and infield in the off season as part of the Davenport Assumption program, was the hitting and development director for Rock Island, IL High School baseball, coached in the Perfect Game system and has spent 2014-2018 building the hitting and infield development programs and as head Assistant Coach at Dowling Catholic High School. 

GR staff is looking forward to a productive Off-season Training Program. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call, text, and/or email.


See you this off-season,

Mitch Wylie


Game Ready Training Center

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