I just wanted to thank Darren Hodges for all of the time and effort he has put in to helping our kids progress on their baseball skills this year. His training has helped our kids development in numerous hitting and pitching sessions this past year. Not only did he help us at the Spectrum Sports Academy, but also used his own personal time and traveled out of the Roanoke area to watch us play in several tournaments. It helped us out so much that we have already signed up to a ten session weekly training for our baseball team the beginning of the “2014” season.
The Spectrum Sports Academy is an awesome training facility for not only baseball, but we play in a basketball league over there as well, and also do speed and agility training which also has an excellent training staff. The Roanoke Valley is extremely lucky to have such an awesome facility and staff to help our kids develop their skills in any sport, and we should do everything we can to support them.”
Keith Tilley/Head Baseball Coach/Botetourt Lightning 10U Travel Baseball Team
The coaching at the Spectrum involves teaching real world practical skills – like how to execute a play if you’re on the ground during a fielding play. They’re also very personable and easy to talk to, which helps the kids discuss their real challenges and fears so the coaches can customize their teachings for the players’ needs. Our son Malek has gained a lot of experience and improved in fielding and batting following a set of practice sessions at the Spectrum. The Spectrum also cares about their customers. The coaches have attended some of our games to see how we’re putting their teachings to work. They also have followed up with us after the games. ”
The Virginia Extreme Force is a competitive girls fastpitch softball organization headquartered in the Roanoke Valley. Extreme Force has teams from 10U all the way through 18U. We are so very fortunate to have a facility such as The Spectrum which we have utilized as our indoor training facility for the past 5 years. For our younger teams, The Spectrum provides a facility where our coaches can work with younger players to develop their skills and mechanics. The indoor turf provides a great environment for working on defense while the cages and softball simulator provide the means to get the younger players the reps they need to develop the muscle memory for hitting. For our older, more advanced teams, we utilize The Spectrum during the winter to get both defensive reps on the turf as well as working on developing our hitting in the cages. We also utilize The Spectrum during the summer when we need to prepare for a tournament and the weather is not cooperating outside. Our college showcase teams are comprised of players who have a desire to play softball at the collegiate level. This is a highly competitive level of softball and The Spectrum has provided a professional venue where we can do workouts with perspective player candidates as well as hosting camps with college coaches. The Spectrum is an impressive facility. When we bring college coaches to the facility for camps to work with our players, they immediately know we are serious about softball. Many of our players are highly recruited by Division I, II and III schools throughout the Southeast. Without a doubt, having The Spectrum to develop our players has played a major role in our success.
Ranny Grubb/Head Coach/Virginia Extreme Force
Wagner said he turned the corner after working with former Franklin County High School star Darren Hodges. “My mechanics were awful,” Wagner said. “Darren Hodges was just drafted by the New York Yankees. He happened to be down there when I came out for the team in baseball. He asked Coach Naff if he could work with me.” Wagner added 10 mph to put his fastball into the 95 mph range.
Article by Robert Anderson/Roanoke Times/April 19, 2013
Billy Wagner 15 Year MLB Career/7X MLB All-Star/1999 Rolaids Relief Man of the Year
By his senior year in high school, Wagner had grown to 5-foot-5, 135 pounds, and was throwing 84 mph. He got one offer to play baseball at Virginia Tech, but instead went to Ferrum College, where he played defensive back — football was his best, and favorite, sport. He played baseball in the spring. He threw 88 mph, “but my mechanics were terrible, I was all arms and legs, I had no idea what I was doing, or where it was going,” he said. “Then our coach, Darren Hodges, made one adjustment in my delivery and, the next pitch was 95.” Article by Tim Kurkjian/ESPN the Magazine/May 8, 2010
Excerpts from testimonial for Andrew Davison, Director of Basketball. Thanks to Eric and Shelly La Treill for taking the time to talk about Andrew’s training abilities.
Andrew was able to put a program together that included conditioning, ball handling and a total redirection of how to play the game. He taught him fundamentals as well as specific skills that would not be available to him through any other venue.
He was able to highlight what skills he had and correct so many of his problems in such a short period of time that he was able to not only get him where he needed to be but was able to surpass our expectations with his knowledge, abilities to motivate, and overall commitment to our son.
He was able to keep our son engaged and enthused at every phase of his development.
The confidence he has been able to install in our son shows in every aspect of his life, to know hard work and commitment is the path to becoming a champion on the court and successful off the court. It is not often you can find someone who can make that much a difference in your child but Andrew has. We would recommend him to any parent who would like the same opportunity for their child.
My son has attended numerous camps prior to the Spectrum, and I believe that this training facility is a step above all them. I have been very impressed with the Staff’s ability to provide training in an environment that pushes the athletes to reach their individual next level and it’s done in such a way that excites them to come back. Every time my son has finished a workout or training camp from the Spectrum he immediately asks when he can go back for the next one. He has made tremendous improvement in a very short time. I truly believe that this is due their commitment to the fundamentals and the Spectrum’s approach to develop athletes with proper techniques and good habits. I highly recommend the Spectrum Sports Academy.
In my experience, the players coming from high school and club that have a solid level of core strength and an understanding of body movements and jumping are the most prepared for success at the next level.
Comments from Coach Chris Riley, Head Coach, VA Tech regarding Spectrum Sports Academy training programs.
The Spectrum provided us with very high level instruction in facilities that are second to none. The players really enjoyed the challenging and creative program the Spectrum designed for our team. The bottom line is our players got better.
Coach Kevin Garst, Salem High School Boy’s Basketball Head Coach
2013 AA State Champions