Camps, Clinics and Coaching for every kind of pitcherNo two pitchers are alike. That’s why we offer various opportunities for athletes to learn, enhance their skills and move to the next level that’s right for them.
Camps, Clinics & More
Throughout the year we offer NPA Super Camps (weekend camps led by NPA Founder Tom House), S.T.A.T. Training Clinics, Individual Instruction Programs and during the summer, daily group training sessions. Descriptions of all camps, clinics and lessons are below.
NPA Super Camps
NPA NorCal Regional Director Greg Wilcox and NPA Founder Tom House lead these three-day pitching clinics for athletes and coaches who want to learn more about and experience the NPA’s unique training protocols. All athletes will learn skills that will enhance their overall arm health, efficiency, and velocity.
Every Super Camp starts with an in-depth presentation and discussion, coupled with extensive drill work to ensure that the athletes leave with a toolkit designed to enable them to become their own best coach and the best pitcher possible.
These Super Camps are usually held on weekends, from Friday to Sunday.
A typical Super Camp schedule is as follows:
- Friday evening, 6 – 9 pm: Presentation and discussion led by Tom House.
- Saturday & Sunday morning: On field instructions and drill work for 13 and Younger
- Saturday & Sunday afternoon: On field instructions and drill work for 14 and Older
- All day Saturday and Sunday: Coaches can audit instructions and drill work for both age groups
Cost: $349 per athlete, $150 per auditing coach
Check our schedule regularly for upcoming Super Camps. Spaces fill fast!
S.T.A.T. And Performance Clinics
Led by Regional Director Greg Wilcox and the NPA coaching staff, these clinics are scheduled in conjunction with communities, leagues or teams at their location.S.T.A.T clinics are designed to screen, test,assess and train each athlete for point in time velocity, for functional strength and weaknesses that are impacting velocity, for mechanical efficiency and to provide training protocols to correct weak points. Performance clinics focus on the bio mechanical sequence of pitching and include individual bullpen sessions with each athlete and teach drills for developing proper throwing mechanics.
Please inquire as to locations for these training sessions. Athletes can not learn pitching in one lesson so our protocols are a complete program to help the athlete reach their full potential with a healthy arm. Costs of these programs vary and are determined after the initial screening and evaluation session which is $150.
The NPA NorCal Coaches
NorCal Regional Director
Greg Wilcox's Bio
Greg has been coaching baseball players, from Little League to High School, for over 35 years, and has been a certified NPA Coach for over two years. Greg has also been a Board Member of the MLB’s Baseball Assistance Team for over 22 years. He is a strong advocate for the NPA’s approach that is science based and certified by an institutional review board, something defendable to parents. The NPA’s protocols are often used by top MLB and NFL athletes, and therefore, good enough for younger, non-professional athletes. Greg feels that the NPA’s approach allows him to explain the “why” behind everything, not just the “what.” And he particularly likes the fact that as an NPA coach he can focus strongly on arm health, not just performance and outcome.
A native of Wisconsin, Greg was drafted out of high school by the Cincinnati Reds as a pro, but passed up the opportunity for a full scholarship to Northwestern University. He was then redrafted out of college to play A-Ball by Cincinnati.
Greg feels that pitching and throwing is the least taught and coached part of baseball, and thus, not understood by most. By coaching young pitchers, he feels that he is fulfilling a major need. He loves seeing kids improve immensely with just a little help, and he takes great satisfaction in seeing kids who couldn’t throw a a strike suddenly do so, and seeing their confidence soar.
NPA NorCal Coach
Justin Herrguth Bio
Justin Herrguth is an Associate Director for the NPA in the Northern California region, and Head Coach of the Healdsburg High School baseball program in Healdsburg, Ca. Justin has been coaching the game of baseball in Northern California for 22 years, from the collegiate level and down. Beyond completing baseball program management courses at Western Kentucky University, Justin posses’ a Bachelors in Business Management as well a Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix. Justin has also retained certification levels I, II, and III with the Positive Coaching Alliance, and completes annual certifications with National Federation of High School Coaches. A life-long learner with passions for teaching and baseball, it seems Justin is destined to coach the game well into the future. Justin’s goals are to make a significant impact in an innovative organization with a personal ethic and professionalism that gains positive results.
Healdsburg High School – Earned All-League, All-Empire first teams.
Santa Rosa Junior College – Earned All-Conference and All-Northern California first teams.
Western Kentucky University – Earned athletic scholarship and All-Conference second team
NPA NorCal Coach
John Jakiemiec Bio
John grew up in Michigan and attended Dartmouth on an athletic scholarship. He has been coaching at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California since 2012. He is a founding member of the Bombers Baseball Club, a youth travel ball program. Located in Marin County, the Bombers have 8 teams ages 9 to 14 that compete year-round and prepare players for high school baseball.
As a coach, he has always sought to continue to learn more about the game and how it is taught. He was initially drawn to the NPA because their teaching protocols are researched-based with an emphasis on long term arm health. He has observed many of the high school players he has worked with experience significant jumps in velocity and functional fitness while remaining health. Through his continuing work with the NPA, John is excited to give back to the game he loves.
(For Super Camps only)
Tom House Bio
Tom House is considered by many to be the “father of modern pitching mechanics.” He is the founder of The Rod Dedeaux Research and Baseball Institute (RDRBI) and The National Pitching Association (NPA). The RDRBI and NPA are renowned for their health and performance research and development involving three-dimensional analysis of human movement, physical preparation and training to support rotational athletes in movement, identifying the metabolic requirements of proper nutrition to fuel human activity, and mentoring athletes’ competition with mental/emotional management skills.
Tom pitched at the professional level from 1967 to 1979 for the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and Seattle Mariners. He coached from 1980 to 1997 for the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, and Chiba Lotte Marines (Japan), as well as in Latin America. On the amateur level, Tom is an information and instruction coordinator for numerous baseball academies across the United States and Canada. He directly accesses thousands of players, coaches, and parents per year in clinic settings and travels the world as an international consultant, performance analyst, and sports psychologist. He is also an advisor with the American Sports Medicine Institute, the Titleist Performance Institute, and he has given seminars for the American College of Sports Medicine.
Tom has also worked with NFL quarterbacks Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Alex Smith, Carson Palmer, Matt Cassell, Terrelle Pryor as well as other collegiate-level football players.
Why the NPA approach works so well
As NPA coaches we employ a science-based approach to pitching. We do not guarantee quick fixes or use the latest popular trends to make good pitchers great. Rather, we use methods that have been tried, researched, and proven over a long period of time to ensure pitcher health and effectiveness.
By utilizing 3D Motion Analysis on over 700 elite athletes, the NPA has identified and measured the Timing of a pitcher’s kinematic sequence for optimal health and performance. Timing is getting the total body:
- To the right place
- At the right time
- In the right sequence of movements
When you workout with us – whether through a Super Camp, a specialized pitching clinic, or individual lessons – you’ll receive instruction that’s tailored to your specific needs, and you’ll also learn from other players in a small group setting.