The Inaugural Extreme Elite Colorado Bash has been a highlight of what’s becoming an incredible experience for so many in Aurora, Colorado. After weeks of preparation by Extreme Elite’s Softball Recruiting Committee, led by Ron Schmittling, all 4 Elite Softball teams gathered together to celebrate the growth and journey of Extreme Elite Softball.
“We wanted to create an opportunity that would allow our current Elite players/families and alumni the chance to spend time together as a family. We’ve always talked about coming together as a program [Elite Softball] and this time we finally were able to do so thanks to the efforts of Jerry Poore, Jason Smith and so many others!” – Ron Schmittling
The event included food, fellowship and even competitive games that were organized by participating alumni. One game that ended up being a huge hit was ‘Baby Backpack Bunkbed’ [don’t ask us what that is]!
“The fellowship and energy was off the charts from anything else that we’ve done before! To have so many alumni [current coaches and locals] come out and spend time with our Elite athletes is something that our athletes will remember forever.” – Ron Schmittling
It wasn’t long after the event that many athletes took to social media to express their gratitude and appreciation for the inaugural event. One post that connected with many current athletes and alumni was from 18U Elite athlete Libby Munsterman.
“A few months ago I posted something explaining my passion for the Extreme organization. We have only been in Colorado 2 days, but tonight was a good reminder of how thankful I am to be a part of this AMAZING organization. I was able to spend the morning playing softball and exploring beautiful Colorado. This evening I was a part of the 1st ever Extreme Elite Colorado Bash. The 4 teams who traveled to Colorado all met, bonded, and played games. I believe this is proof for my earlier statement: we aren’t just an organization, we are a family.” – Libby Munsterman
Couldn’t have said it any better!
The post game handshake is the last opportunity our players get to acknowledge the other team’s players and coaching staff. It is vital that, during this handshake, players learn eye contact, respect, and sincere gratitude. Not only do Extreme teams thank the opposing team and their efforts, but also the umpires. These umpires value the post game handshake more than we may think. It can set you apart from other teams, make people remember you, show your respect and the kind of character you have as an individual. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, the handshake shows you’re a professional and in it for the right reasons. You are capable of taking defeat and showing respect just as you are of coming out on top and still having that respect. Let us show our Extreme Pride through this post game handshake to opponents and umpires alike.
As always, culture is a big component of a successful organization, business and life. You are who you surround yourself by and those people can drive you to make you better, happier and the best you possible. Or they can bring you down, hold you back and not allow you to grow. There are a few points of the Extreme culture that we take pride in. Stay tuned and continue to check on our blog for topics that our Network Trainers and Coaches think make the Extreme great!
The topic for today is Extreme Sponsor T-shirts. Coach Brett Swip explains the importance of representing our brand through Extreme Sponsor T-Shirts. Culture is an important piece of the puzzle in our approach. There are lots of things that separate each team, however, a few bring us together as an organization. Proper attire can set an organization apart from others in the area and in the country. Coaches representing wearing our Extreme sponsor t-shirts are a big part of that. Coaches are looked up to, followed and can be seen as the face of the organization. It all starts from the top so we ask that our coaches represent so their players follow suit. There is a lot of pride in our organization and every person is a part of it. Thank you for being a part of Extreme and making it great.
There are a few topics that we strive to be consistent throughout our organization. Leaders of our club will answer the call of what they think is important and why. Stay tuned for more videos from our coaches, network trainers and more on these topics. As you see them, watch our program grow and culture change as we become even more unified than ever before. Thank you.
Baseball & Softball athletes deal with an increase risk of injury due to the constant strain the game puts on their bodies. From planting, rotating, exploding, stabilizing, core activation, and arm whip their bodies are constantly being challenged to stay healthy. We have refocused on injury prevention for our athletes as we launch the Extreme’s 17th year.
Professionals brought in through the Extreme Network have been brainstorming on the trends of our sport & the strengths and weaknesses of our Midwest athletes. They have created a standardized warm-up system that is tailored for our program goals and needs. The depth of professional input that was used to create these standards is a first for our program on this large of a scale. Our program now benefits from a professionally designed program with 2 purposes: 1) to increase our athletes’ velocity and 2) to decrease their risk for injury.
Extreme Baseball and Softball teams go through a consistent warm-up that progresses and reinforces movement and athletic positions that every viable and healthy baseball or softball athlete need to enjoy years of competition.
The Extreme Baseball & Softball Warm-up System focuses on increasing the temperature of the muscles to increase the speed of nerve impulses, making our athletes faster. They will also experience an increase in range of motion at the joints reducing the risk of tearing muscle & ligaments.
Here are the basic themes of the warm-up that all of our athletes complete:
- Increase Heart Rate
- Dynamic Stretch
- After we increase the heart rate and pulse the muscle temperature has increased and are more elastic, reducing the risk of injury.
- Agility & Coordination
- Agility requires a combination of balance, speed, strength, & coordination. After our dynamic stretch athletes are primed to work on increasing their rhythm and output in these areas.
- Shoulder/Rotator Cuff warm-up prior to throwing
- Increase blood flow to the shoulder prior to throwing reduces the risk of injury.
- Throwing Progression with focus points on mechanic efficiency + proper force and inertia increase as quantity of throws increase.
- Many athletes come out and throw the ball as hard as they can from the start. Doing this increases their potential risk for injury greatly. By taking our athletes through a progression with focus points around mechanics, force, velocity, and timing we build healthy habitual habits they will lean on for years to come.
- Cool down for our athletes includes mobility focused stretching + flush exercises to help increase range of motion and recovery.
- Mobility and flexibility of the joints, muscle tissue, ligaments and tendons surrounding the joint is crucial for maintaining a healthy body that can withstand large quantity of reps and temperature changes prevalent in the mid-west.
Our game is being increasingly challenged to be safer. The Extreme Baseball & Softball Warm-up System will be one solution for our coaches and players to increase our athlete’s safety.