I just wanted to thank [spectrum] for all of the time and effort [they have] put in to helping our kids progress on their baseball skills this year. [The] training has helped our kids development in numerous hitting and pitching sessions this past year. Not only did [they] help us at the Spectrum Sports Academy, but also used [the instructors] spent their 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.”
My son Coleman (Salem High School) wants to have the opportunity to play college football. He gained considerable interest from colleges after a great junior season. Another big part of this opportunity relies on your performance at college 1 day prospect camps. This past spring we worked with Von Lewis to help Coleman prepare for these camps. Our goal was to decrease his 40 times and 5-10-5 shuttle times while perfecting his overall agility. Von and his combination of Vertimax resistance training, endurance training and footwork drills helped Coleman reach his goals. Coleman received 5 full scholarship offers after his summer camp performances. Coleman has enjoyed working with Von and learned a lot about mentally and physically preparing for competition. As a father I am very happy with how things have gone and will have my other son work with Von in the future.
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.
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.
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