Freshman - Senior


This program is for freshmen – seniors who are interested in off-season baseball training. Jeff Lanning, Tanner Buenting, Kevin Richardson, Nick Belzer, Sean Murphy, will be returning as instructors. New for the 2020/2021 off-season is the Game Ready Arm Care and Velocity program.


The 18 Week Off-season Practice Program: starts early November and includes 9 training sessions and 9 live hitting and pitching games with an option to add additional training sessions and participate in the Game Ready Arm Care and Velocity Program*. The practice/training sessions 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. During the game phase (starting mid Jan.), players will participate in the indoor hitting and pitching games utilizing HitTrax simulation technology (see below for more details). 


Where: Game Ready Training Center: 3217 NW Prairie Lane. Des Moines IA 50313 (located in north Des Moines/South Ankeny). 


When: the training sessions and arm care and velocity program will start Tue. Nov. 3rd, Thur, Nov 5th, or Sunday Nov. 8th (depending on which day(s) you choose) and games will start Sunday Jan. 24th. Note: Starting in Jan. all training sessions (Jan. 9th & Jan. 16th and 9 Live Pitching and Hitting Games

Sun. Jan., 24,31, Feb., 7,14,21,28, Mar., 7,14,21) will be on Sundays between 1:30 - 3:00, 3:00-4:30, or 4:30 - 6:00. There will be two divisions for the live pitching and hitting games. Varsity (12th/11th) & JV (9th/10th).


Cost: 18 Week Training Program (includes 9 training sessions and 9 live games)........$575

             during online registration you may choose from the following training session options:

                                     Tues. Nov., 3,10,17,24, Dec.,1,8,15 @ 5:00 - 6:30

                                     Thur. Nov., 5,12,19,26, Dec., 3,10,17 @ 5:00 - 6:30

                                     Sun. Nov., 8,15,22,28 Dec., 6,13,20 @ 12:30 - 2:00

If you would like to attend an additional day(s) per week Nov. - Dec. you may choose to add

add an extra day per week (7 training sessions)..........$280

add two extra training days (14 training sessions)......$560


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 early November and meet 1-3 times per week (depending on how many you register for) for 6 weeks. Available times will be Tue. 4:30-5:00, Thur. 4:30-5:00, or Sunday 12:00-12:30. You must be registered for the 18 Week program in order to participate in the GR arm care and velocity program.


Arm Care and Velocity Program Cost:

once a week for 6 weeks...........$90

twice a week for 6 weeks..........$180

3 times a week for 6 weeks.......$270


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 level.

  3. Develop consistency and strength 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

c: 563-340-7023  

email: mitch@gamereadytc.com