2019 HTA registration is Open

Updated Thursday November 22, 2018 by Bill Sanders.

All of us here at the Hillside Training Academy (HTA) hope your off offseason is going well, and that you’ve been staying warm and sane through Nebraska’s weather swings. We know it’s starting to get cold and the kids are still dreaming about those at bats from last season, but softball and baseball seasons are closer than you think, and registration for our Spring Training programs is now open (Click here to register.).

The youth-focused Hillside Training Academy (HTA) was established in 2016 to develop and sharpen fundamental baseball and softball skills through technical instruction and repetition, supervised by qualified and knowledgeable coaches.  HTA is designed for Little League baseball players ages 7-12 and Little League softball players of all league ages. 

This season, HTA continues its focus on making the fundamentals fun. We will emphasize offense, including base-running techniques, teaching a balanced, fluid swing and proper sliding. On defense, we will emphasize cutting down errors by reinforcing proper throwing motions and reinforcing the responsibilities of each position on a given play.

HTA participants and participating youth coaches will receive training from experienced coaches, including help from University of Nebraska at Omaha baseball and softball coaches and players. Our organization plans eight sessions of Spring Training at UNO’s Sapp Fieldhouse on the main Dodge Street campus, in February & March. We will aim to wrap up this year by the first week of Hillside Little League’s regular season practices.

We remain the best value in youth baseball and softball instruction. Our $100 registration fee sets your player up for better success, if that’s too steep, keep an eye on our Facebook page @HillsideTrainingAcad for special deals this winter, starting Thanksgiving weekend with a Black Friday-Cyber Monday special.

But wait. There’s more: HTA is adding two programs to improve the experience for Hillside Little League families. We will offer FREE instruction in February to adults considering coaching at Hillside and for young people considering umpiring league games.

Coaching clinics are open to anyone thinking about or currently coaching at Hillside. It will cover topics from player training and Little League rules to creating lineups and developing practice plans. These clinics dovetail with HTA’s Spring Training sessions so coaches can step out of class and see specific drills in action. The Jr. Umpire clinic will be open to Hillside youngsters ages 11 and up who love the game and want to earn some extra money during the season. These clinics will teach prospective youth umpires the rules of game, proper technique, establishing a strike zone, dealing with controversy and more.

Registration for all of these HTA clinics is OPEN NOW. If you have questions about HTA or any of the programs affiliated with HTA, please contact the Director of HTA Bill Sanders at wsanders@omavs.com