2023 Summer Velocity Enhancement and Arm Health Camp Copy


Throwzone Academy is pleased to announce our 17th Annual Summer Baseball Training Program. 


Our summer training is a highly established  strength, conditioning, and throwing training protocol that will incorporate baseball strength training as well as arm care and velocity enhancement.   


The goal of the summer program will be to further aid the explosive nature of throwing through our core and leg strength conditioning systems that is not found anywhere else in Southern California.    


For the past several years, there has been a BIG jump in the so-called opportunities for youth and HS players who go to all-star tournaments and play in showcases in Arizona, Florida, or any other warm weather state in the country. College players go off to play in summer leagues.  High School players go to Arizona and other locations to play in ‘prestigious’ tournaments.  In the end it is a colossal waste of time. You can find articles from friends of mine like Kyle Boddy, Randy Sullivan and Eric Cressey and they all read the same way……development trumps ALL games played.  In order to make long lasting changes, training in an environment where arm care, health, velocity and recovery are at a premium.


The most important training that your player-son can do to ready himself for the next season is to train and develop in an environment that prides itself on the total development of the highly skilled pitcher.  


What I have found is that playing in games often just instills a player’s current abilities. He may get a little more consistent with those abilities, but rarely does playing more games help a player increase his abilities. The vast majority of players need to enhance some part or maybe even several parts of their ability to get to play and/or be a contributor at the NEXT level. Whether that level is making a high school team, getting a college scholarship, getting in the rotation next season, becoming the #1 guy on the staff, or maybe even getting drafted.


Going to college showcase camps will NOT get you into their school unless there are certain criteria that is met on the mound:


  • Velocity
  • Arm Health
  • Physical strength


Despite what many coaches may tell you throwing a baseball 90 miles per hour is an almost guarantee to play at a D1 school.  91+ IS a guarantee!


Most coaches state how important is to throw strikes…..as if no one realized that statement.  However, top college and universities know that throwing a baseball more fast allows you the opportunity to miss more bats plus be able to throw the ball down the middle of the plate and get people out.  


That CANNOT happen if you throw 85 mph…..let alone 80-84.  


86 to 87 mph may get a school to look at you a couple of times when they are finished looking at all the 90+ mph pitchers.  Even 88-89 gets you to be part of their thought process…..possibly get you on the team…..however it will not get you more playing time.  Everyone in college does exactly that…..throw 88 mph and then they get 1 opportunity to prove themselves then they find out that hitters LIKE 88 mph!  


Anything that is 90+……hitters shake their head saying “No bueno”.


Arm health is the ability to recover strong enough after a long outing…..recovering so you can come back and pitch another day if you are in the bullpen!


Physical strength is what it is……the strength to throw a baseball with power and precision…..AND repeat the delivery over and over!


Showcases, college camps and HS and club teams do not afford you any of the above traits needed for a hopeful HS and college player….even professional.


At our Throwzone Academy Summer Training Program, we will see a variety of pitchers with a variety of goals ranging from looking to:

  • increase velocity
  • develop better secondary pitches
  • enhance command
  • eliminate an arm issue
  • or a combination of the above.
  • I fully believe that the Throwzone Academy Summer Program is the place to help that progress occur. The reason we can train through so many different constraints is because we do not use a cookie cutter, one size fits all approach.


Our past camp participants include playing at the following universities:







*UC Irvine

*Cal State Fullerton

*Loyola-Marymount University

*Cal State Northridge

*Harvard University

*University of San Diego

*Stanford University

*University of Northern Colorado

*Campbell University

*Cal State Bakersfield

*University of Penn

*Air Force Academy

*UC Santa Barbara

*Georgetown University



There are never any guarantees in life however you play the best hand available to you and be assured that we do a very good job at giving you the best cards to play the best hand available.


Our summer training camp is tailored to exactly how workouts and weekend clinics are run at the nationally known Texas Baseball Ranch in Houston, TX, The Florida Baseball Ranch just outside of Tampa, FL and Driveline Baseball in Seattle, WA.


This 3X / week, 2 1/2 hour / day workout will incorporate the following schedule:

*Mental training video

*Notebook review and daily goals

*Multiple warm up routines

*Thoracic spine / Glute activation

*Agility training

*Explosive training and speed work utilizing medicine balls, ropes, chains, box jumps, weighted sprints for explosive baseball training.

*Band, Plyo care throws, Reverse weighted implements.

*Various Deceleration work with weighted balls

*Lower half training drills.

*Velocity Enhancement with weighted ball throwing routine that will be tailored to the individual needs of the player. 

*Video analysis

*Mound work

*Explosive sprint work

*Post Arm protocols and cool down

*Recovery work including Marc Pro, Cupping and Mobility wrap enhancement for rapid recovery.

*Nutritional guideline for post recovery success


We will have a specific and personalized throwing protocol for each player that will be part of their everyday training program.  A camp notebook for velocity and strengths goals will be of the everyday routine.



We will be measuring and recording all reps and mph that will be a staple of the class. 


This training is not for everyone.  We would love to have every single person that we have worked with involved in this class. As we have told players in the past, due to the training aspect and specificity of our program, we will be turning students away who may not be 100% committed to what we have to offer.  Our training sessions will not be a playground to keep a player busy during the day. It will not be because we don’t like for everyone to be here, but we want our students who are serious about becoming a better player and our looking to further their development for the next season. This is the perfect complement finishing up a long summer season and the transition to what becomes the most important part of training……the offseason, or development time.


However, if you want to improve, then it will be measured and you will know the course you are on.  There will be much improvement from the past few years so the player will exactly know where they stand. You can be assured that you will see great improvement provided you put exactly the type of work in that is needed to improve.


Our class schedule has worked as a perfect complement to the high school and all-star teams practice and game schedules that they have.  Many of our students have stated how much more prepared they have felt before their summer games and to help lead them into the beginning of their school practice sessions for the following school year.


The Throwzone Academy Summer Program Is For 3 Kinds Of Pitchers. Which Are You?


  • You threw plenty of innings in the fall, winter and spring and now you need to focus on making gains in one or two areas. You don’t need more innings. You need specialized development to reach your goals. Or …
  • You’re behind your peers in one or more of the major categories: velocity, command, recovery and durability, or consistency from outing to outing. Simply throwing in more games during the summer won’t help you catch up. Or …
  • You’re dealing with an injury and you need to make sure you’re taking the right steps to get back to full health and stay there


The class will only be open to the first 14 players who register for that particular day’s time slot.  You are considered registered when the initial class deposit is made and the training registration is completed and signed!


Dates:  June 5 to June 29

           July 3 to July 27


Monday, Tuesday and Thursday


Time:  First class –  10:00a – 12:30p.   

    Second class – 1:00pm – 3:30p


All training classes will be held indoors at the Throwzone Academy pitching facility. 


This particular training will be for ages 13 years and older.  We will have a younger version of our training that will be announced in the next 2 weeks.


First training session will run from June 5 to June 29. We will have a second part of the summer training beginning July 3 and will run through July 27.   


Each day of the camp will be a 2 hour and 30 minute workout with individual attention given to building up core strength and beginning arm care and movement patterns that will precede the camp. 


Dates of each session


1st Session: June 6- June 30 

2nd Session: July 5 – July 29


Costs for each of the weeks:


2 weeks: $ 429

3 weeks: $ 629

4 weeks: $ 799


If your plan is for attendance at all 8 weeks then the total, with a discount, would be 




Due to the individual nature of our summer training program, we will offering ONLY 14 spots per class.  As it is right now, there are already 10 spots taken between the 28 total spots (both AM and PM slots) so urgency to register will need to be a high priority.  Due to social distancing, once all those slots are taken up then registration will be shut down.


The first clients to contact me will be allowed to be part of our class.  A $100 deposit will be required to hold a spot with the remaining costs due the first day of camp. Deposit can be made via Venmo (search under @throwzone and my name is listed as James Wagner) or Zelle (cell # is 661-644-2147). Camp registration form will be emailed to you after your confirmation.


When you reach out to us requesting to hold a spot for the summer training, I will send you a registration form to be completed and signed.  Once that is filled out and the deposit has been secured then you will be one of the campers whose summer training is going to have a permanent impact on your baseball career!


Once our classes are filled then there will be no more students admitted…….  


Don’t miss out on the only sport specific training and throwing program on the west coast that focuses on the areas you need to become more durable with better arm recovery AND increase velocity while maintaining control and command of your pitches.


Contact Jim at 661-644-2147 (texting is preferred) or email at throwzone20@gmail.com for more information regarding which session and payment options. If you want to become great at something and achieve your goal, then you must write it down and measure the steps along the way.  That is what Throwzone Academy is doing and why we are a leader in the development of pitchers and throwers!