I am excited to direct the Impact Baseball Academy for the FCA Impact Travel Baseball program. The Impact Academy program is built upon a simple phrase, “Hustle, Play Hard, and Have Fun.” We are enthusiastic in our approach and we create a positive learning environment where the fundamentals are stressed in small group instruction to develop skills. All of our drills are skill specific and game-oriented. The Impact Baseball Academy covers all the bases. Join us this fall and see what you have been missing.
Yours in Baseball, Coach Martin
Join us for an elite 8-week fall program that will strengthen and develop your defensive and offensive skills, deepen your understanding of positional responsibilities, and improve your overall mental understanding of the game of baseball. The Academy program is directed by former College Head Coach and current FCA Impact 12U Coach Jay Martin and his son, Trey Martin, a 2-time NCAA Division III Baseball All-American and 2014 graduate of Wheaton College. Instructional staff includes former Wheaton College Catcher Taylor Howe and current FCA Impact Coaches.
8 Fall Session Dates:
August 16th, 23rd, 30th,
September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th,
October 11th (RAIN DATE), October 18th (RAIN DATE)
EACH SESSION INCLUDES:
- 2 Instructional hours of drill and lecture on throwing mechanics
- fielding techniques
- position play
- cuts and relays
- hitting mechanics
- base running
Session I for 10U, 11U, & 12U Players
1:30 – 1:40 Stretching
1:40 – 2:00 Long Toss
2:00 – 2:45 Defensive Work
2:45 – 3:30 Offensive Work
Session II for 13U and 14U Players
3:00 – 3:10 Stretching
3:10 – 3:30 Long Toss Program
3:30 – 4:15 Defensive Work
4:15 – 5:00 Offensive Work
What to Bring:
Batting gloves, Bat, Helmet, Glove, Spikes
(It is important that each player brings a bat that he can swing and catchers bring their own equipment if possible.)
Reed-Keppler Park – Field #3, 129 W. National Street, West Chicago, IL 60185
TWO WAYS TO REGISTER
Mail in your registration OR Walk-up Registration on the day of the session
REGISTRATION TIMES CLINIC TIMES
Session I 1:00 – 1:30 pm 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Session II 2:30 – 3:00 pm 3:00 – 5:00 pm
$150 per player for 8-week fall program OR $25 for each session
SPECIAL TEAM PRICE:
For 4 or more players from the same team or program, Cost per player will be $125 for the fall program or $20 per session. Registration form must identify the team.
10 through 14 WHAT TO WEAR: Baseball pants or sweats, jerseys or t-shirts
Players will be placed in small groups for station work. Personal instruction is our main focus.
Coach Martin served 10 seasons as a college head baseball coach. In 2003, Coach Martin was voted the NAIA Region IX Coach of the Year, NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year, and the American Mideast Conference North Division Coach of the Year. From 1996-2003 Coach Martin directed the baseball program at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. He led the Malone Pioneers to “back to back” NCCAA Regional Championships and national tournament appearances in 2000 & 2001. The Pioneers finished 4th and 5th respectively at the 10-team NCCAA National Championships. Coach Martin had four of his former players sign professional contracts over a two-year span. Prior to his time at Malone, Coach Martin served as Head Baseball Coach at Manchester University in Indiana. Coach Martin served as an Assistant Coach at Wheaton College in 1980.
As a player, Jay enjoyed a successful college baseball career as a shortstop at Wheaton College from 1977-1979. He received the Big Plays Defensive Award and the Most Improved Player award for the 1978 season. In 1979, Jay received the Team Batting Average Award with a .372 batting average and set the college record for hits in a season. He still holds the Wheaton single season and career records for sacrifice bunts. Jay played on two U.S.A. All-Star Teams during the summers of 1979 and 1980, traveling to the Micronesian Islands, Korea, and the Philippines. Jay is the son of former major league catcher J.C. Martin, who played 14 seasons in the big leagues for the White Sox, Mets, and Cubs.
Jay served for two years as the National Chair for Baseball in the National Christian College Athletic Association, directed the Jewish Community Baseball Camp in Canton, Ohio, is the founder and director of the Jay Martin Baseball Academy, and directed The Chapel Baseball Camp in Akron, Ohio. He has served as guest clinician at various baseball camps and clinics, and has been invited to speak at various community and religious functions.
Trey Martin, Assistant Director & Instructor
Trey finished his baseball career at Wheaton College in 2014 by being named a 1st Team All-American by D3baseball, the D3baseball Central Region Player of the Year, and the CCIW Pitcher of the Year. This past season, Trey was selected to his third 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-Conference Teams. Trey was also named an All-American by ABCA/Rawlings in 2012. For his career, Trey was named the CCIW Pitcher/Player of the Week seven times, more than any other player in conference history. At Wheaton North H.S., Trey was a two-time 1st Team All-Conference and All-Area Player. He concluded his high school career by setting single season and career home run records, and as a pitcher, Trey was 12-1 with a 1.65 ERA on the varsity level. His senior season on the mound for the Falcons, Trey was 5-0 with a 0.95 ERA.
Taylor Howe, Instructor
Taylor wrapped up a successful collegiate baseball career at Wheaton College in 2014. This past spring Taylor appeared in 33 games with 31 starts. He batted .315 with 16 RBI, 15 runs scored and one home run. A three-year starter behind the plate, Taylor was a solid defensive catcher with a strong arm, throwing out 30% of potential base stealers. During his high school career at Parkway South in Missouri, Taylor was a three-year starter and a 1st Team All-Conference Player. Taylor hit .508 his senior season.