What is APD?
I'm glad you asked. APD was started in 2012 as a way to take the best baseball players in our league and provide them with an avenue to receive advanced instruction from professionals. The program runs November - May (new for 2017-2018). It will include a total of 32 hours of professional instruction, and mutliple days per week of unlimited hitting in the batting cages at The Batters Cave. The full calendar for the APD will be released soon, but we've made some changes: Instead of meeting every Saturday from November through January, we've extended the program through May. This allows most of the weekends over the winter to be baseball-free, and the program ramps up during the Spring season. It will conclude in late May, just in time for those who've earned it to gear up for All-Star Baseball.
Do we have to participate to be an all-star?
Absolutely not. The only requirement to be eligible to participate in the All-Star Program, and that is set forth by Little League, International, is that you must play in 60% of your team's games. Having said that, if your child is an all-star, or on the cusp, this program is the right fit for you.
How much is the APD program going to cost?
The cost is $250 per player. This covers the cost for the professional instructors and t-shirts all players receive. 32 hours of professional instruction for $250 is just about $8 an hour. Private lessons typically cost $60 - $80 an hour... this is easily the biggest bang for your buck.
What else should we know?
There is a requirement to remain in APD, you must register for and participate in the Spring Season at ASWLL. Other than that... email us with any questions.