Instructor - R-Phils Hit King Mike Spidale
Registration Price - $15
- Thursday February 11th (6:30-7:30 PM)
Ages: 8 and Up
Covid 19 Guidelines
- In following with CDC guidelines for social distancing, Rip It will place a limit on one parent per child that may enter the facility.
- Masks are required unless you are in the cage hitting.
- Vending machines will be temporarily off limits (Please bring your own drinks).
- Each participant must use their own bat and helmet. Family members residing in the same home may use the same equipment.
- We ask participants to not pick up their baseballs/ softballs when returning them, instead please use your foot to return those balls to the hitting area tarp.
- Seating for parents and guardians will remain available but all tables will be removed.
- Bathrooms will be available and cleaned throughout the day.
- While participating with your group, please remember to practice proper social distancing.
- Only the next hitter should be immediately near the cage or tunnel. Other participants must maintain 6’ of social distancing.
- All proceeds to Rip It Baseballtown Charities will now help more kids play baseball within our community.
Story with Mike
Hello everyone, Mike Spidale here. I was a professional baseball player for twelve years and played with the Reading Fightin Phils for six seasons. My coaching style focuses on positive energy and building confidence. I work to slowly fine-tune an athlete and help bring out their best. I like to guide players to become comfortable with themselves so that they play better and ultimately have more fun!
I specialize in hitting as I hold the all-time record for hits with the R-Phils. I work on fundamentals and doing things the right way. It is important to focus on the simple things first to become a better baseball player. When I teach lessons, I stress the importance of the basics, but I understand that every hitter is different. I work to make small adjustments while not trying to completely change a hitter. Being comfortable with your stance and set-up will bring out confidence which leads to success. As a former player I know baseball is a hard game and I understand what everyone is going through so I really try to connect with the players. If an athlete gives 100% all the time, good things will happen.
I am also very committed to keeping that same energy and comfortability with group lessons. The players will get the very same work, drills, and activities in as they would one on one. I will still tailor the lesson to each kid, but they will be rotating through observation. Not only is this a cost-effective option, it also allows athletes to have a familiar face alongside them. Plus, it gives them an opportunity to learn from each other and practice together outside of the lesson.
There’s no better place to grow the game of baseball then right here in Berks County with Baseballtown Charities. The charity provides endless opportunities and I am always excited to be a part of it.