Who would benefit from the National Sport Academy Baseball Program?
The National Sport Academy Baseball program caters to student athletes who are striving to play baseball at the next level. For many of our grade 10's this might be Midget AAA or a Canada Cup Team. For our grade 11's and 12's the next level often stems from aspirations of playing at the college / university level. Regardless of the next goal, all of our players have to be passionate about learning to lead the lifestyle of a student athlete in order to get the most from this program.
What is the application process?
There are four parts to the application process. The first part is the completion of the National Sport Academy Application Package by the student athlete and parents. Once this application package is received by the National Sport Academy, we will contact you to coordinate a skill assessment and to set up an in person meeting. The meeting consists of a 1-on-1 interview with the student athlete and a meeting with the parents to ensure all questions are answered about the National Sport Academy experience. When these parts of the application process are completed, the Admissions Committee, consisting of National Sport Academy and Central Memorial High School representatives, review the application and determine if the applicant will be accepted into the program.
Step 1: Submit Application Package
Step 2: Skill Assessment
Step 3: In-person Meeting and Student Athlete Interview
Step 4: Review of Application by Admissions Commitee
Is every applicant accepted?
Is there a limit on the number of student athletes who are accepted?
Does CMHS have to be my designated school to participate in the NSA program?
How does the National Sport Academy training impact the student athlete’s academic classes?
When does the National Sport Academy training take place during the day?
Are there games scheduled with the National Sport Academy schedule?
Do the National Sport Academy student athletes take their academic classes as one group of students?
How does transportation work for National Sport Academy sessions?
What training facilities are used for National Sport Academy Baseball essions?
Do student athletes have to apply and have a skills assessment each year?
How do the student athletes get from Central Memorial High School to Glenmore Athletic Park?
How many training hours do the student athletes have throughout the year?
What type of training experiences are the student athletes exposed to in the National Sport Academy?
How do we receive feedback on our student athlete’s progress in the National Sport Academy?
Can NSA student athletes play school sports?
Are there information meetings I can attend to get more information about the National Sport Academy and Central Memorial High School?
Who do I contact for more information?
No, not all applicants are successful. An unsuccessful application may be the result of a student athlete's skill level, academic standing, character and work ethic, or a combination of all three areas.
There is no limit on the number of student athletes that are accepted each year. The National Sport Academy would look at the possibility of adding an additional training group in period 3 when numbers necessitate this expansion.
To ensure the best quality of instruction our ideal numbers are around 16 student athletes per training group.
No it doesn’t. Over the years, many students have attended the National Sport Academy that do not have Central Memorial High School or the Calgary Board of Education as their designated school / school board. Student athletes have come from private, charter and Catholic schools as well as Rockyview and Foothills School District.
National Sport Academy (NSA) student athletes are regular students in Central Memorial High School that have their NSA training during one of their four periods during the school day. They will take three other core classes or options in each of the first and second semester. During their NSA training and through our liaison at Central the NSA student athletes use their NSA training as well as their club training to achieve the Phys Ed 10, 20 and 30 learning outcomes. NSA coaches contribute to the grading of each student athlete for their final Phys Ed mark.
The timetable / bell schedule allows time for National Sport Academy training without any impact on core academic classes.
The National Sport Academy Baseball Program trains during the school day in period 4 (see the highlighted timetable above).
In order to maximize our training time, our sessions finish later than the regular school day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We are also able to use the lunch hour on Tuesday's and Thursday's to accommodate pre- and post-session needs such as changing, showering and having lunch. Through the winter (Thanksgiving to approximately April 15th) the NSA Baseball program has strength & conditioning sessions on Tuesday and Thursday morning at Central Memorial High School.
No, there are currently no games scheduled as part of the NSA Baseball program. There are so many playing options in Calgary that our main focus is developing confident baseball players who leave our program with superior skills that will help them to be successful with their club teams.
The National Sport Academy student athletes are integrated into the general population at Central Memorial High School and only come together for their National Sport Academy training.
When student athletes start their day with a National Sport Academy training session (Tuesday, Thursday morning workouts through the winter), parents are responsible for dropping their student athlete off at Central Memorial High School.
When student athletes end their day at a National Sport Academy training facility (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) parents are responsible for their student athlete’s transportation home from the training facility.
When student athletes train within the school timetable, transportation is provided if the training facility is not within walking distance (Tuesday, Thursday).
Glenmore Athletic Park - Fall & Spring outdoor sessions
Glenmore Track - Fall & Spring outdoor sessions
Diamondawgs Training Centre - Winter indoor skill sessions and strength & conditioning
Four days per week
CMHS Weight Room - Winter strength & conditioning session
Tuesday & Thursday mornings
CMHS Classroom - Winter classroom sessions
Coyote Den Training Centre - Winter indoor skill sessions
One day per week
No, student athletes do not have to complete a skills assessment each year. During the first year in the program, we will obviously get to know the student athlete very well. If we have any issues or concerns, we will have a conversation with the student athlete and contact the student athlete's parents. There is a re-application that is sent out in late January or early February for families to confirm they will be returning to the National Sport Academy and to provide us with any new contact information and emergency contact information.
Glenmore Athletic Park is located three short blocks east of Central Memorial High School so student athletes can easily walk to the diamond.
We target approximately 60 hours of on-field time during the fall and spring, but recognize that the weather can be a limiting factor in addition to school field trips etc. that may result in cancelling some on-field sessions.
We spend approximately 150 hours training indoors from Thanksgiving until April 15th. When you add our Tuesday and Thursday strength & conditioning sessions, outdoor speed work on the track, and classroom sessions, the number of training hours throughout the school year approaches 330 total hours.
The National Sport Academy Baseball program continues to train through the January exam break and NSA student athletes also have access to optional weekend training times through the winter. Weekend training is popular when students miss sessions due to CBE PD days.
Sport Specific Training Session
The student athlete experiences a variety of learning environments including 1-on-1 instruction and small group work. These sessions take place either on the field (Sept-Thanksgiving & April 15th-end of school) or indoors (Thanksgiving to April 15th). We teach position specific details as well as discuss, in depth, all team systems. While indoors, players have the opportunity to make significant adjustments to their mechanics and see exponential improvements when combined with quality repetitions and work in the weight room.
Develop a player’s knowledge of the defensive tactics used and the situations where they should be employed. Defensive alignments are taught in the classroom and a players instincts are refined during training sessions.
The structure and size of our training sessions allow for consistent feedback using video analysis. Players are an active part of the analysis and implementation of adjustments.
Coaching & Leadership
To develop the complete student athlete, the requirements are more than just the sport specific training. Below are some of the topics that are included in the 3 year National Sport Academy Coaching & Leadership curriculum.
Besides the detail of our instruction and our classroom sessions, the NSA strength & conditioning program is what sets us apart from any other baseball program in this area. Our head strength coach, Thomas Scarr, is a former college player with his Kinesiology degree from the University of Calgary and he has in depth knowledge of baseball mechanics and how to improve those skills through specific strength in the weight room.
The National Sport Academy strength and conditioning program is individualized and designed to maximize on-field baseball performance by focusing on injury prevention, strength, power, agility and running speed.
The National Sport Academy coaches are available to meet throughout the year when they are not leading training sessions with student athletes. In addition, there will be times throughout the year when we have scheduled individual coach / parent meetings that we hope you will attend. We know these dates and times won’t work for everyone so we can’t stress enough that we can meet at any time the coaches are not working with student athletes.
Yes. In fact, Central Memorial High School and the NSA baseball coaches encourage such participation. In 2017-18 NSA baseball players participated in the following school sports:
Track & Field
In late November and early February Central Memorial High School has an Open House that the public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the benefits to students attending Central Memorial High School and training with the National Sport Academy. Parents and student athletes are also able to request a tour of the school by contacting Central Memorial High School. As each student athlete’s circumstances may be unique to that student athlete, the National Sport Academy prefers to have one on one meetings with the family and student athlete interested in the National Sport Academy training.
Miki Kawahara is the Head Coach of the National Sport Academy Baseball Program. There are many components to the National Sport Academy Baseball Program and a conversation over the telephone or a meeting in person may be helpful. Contact Miki at 403-540-8797 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org