The Driven Academy Winter Softball Program will consist of the following:
- 16U Team (Rosters of 12+ Players)
- 3-4 Indoor Tournaments
- Weekly Practices on Saturday Mornings at The Driven Academy
- Training at collegiate pace and level
- Exposure to area colleges (potentially practicing on area campuses)
- Education on the College Recruiting Process and Focus on Mental Approach
The Program will train and play in December, January, February and perhaps into March. Participation Fees for the Program are $500, and include a Driven Academy Jersey and 4-Month Driven Academy Membership to our new 11,000 square foot training facility.
Players may not participate in an NSAA sanctioned sport, and are expected to have 100% attendance at all practices, tournaments and team activities. Travel and lodging costs are the responsibility of the participating player. Recruiting guidance is included in the Participation Fee. Recruiting Packages and Recruiting Video Production is available at an additional cost.
Philosophy & Standards
The Program’s focus is Player Development – practicing and preparing at a collegiate level by focusing on controllable’s like work rate, speed of play and investment in the process. Beginning in December, the Teams will practice every Saturday, and will play in four or five indoor tournaments. Rosters will consist of 12 or more players from different area schools ranging from 8th grade to high school.
Run by The Driven Academy’s Coaches Justin VanDyke and Jeremy Ekeler; this opportunity is for Players that want a competitive edge, and are interested in playing at the next level. Playing against some of the Midwest’s best competition and the development focus provided by Driven Coaches will help to prepare athletes for playing in college, or to improve skills to increase opportunities at the high school level. Driven Coaches also know the College recruiting system and can help guide athletes through this complicated and intimidating process.
Coach Justin VanDyke
Coach Van Dyke’s expertise stems from his collegiate experience as a dual-threat number-one starting pitcher and designated hitter for the Nebraska Wesleyan University Prairie Wolves. At NWU, Justin earned All-GPAC, All-Nebraska, 1st Team All-Independent, and the Dr. Vicente “Vince” Colon Memorial Award honors for his contributions as a Team Captain, 4th all-time 199 2/3 career innings pitched, 10th all-time strikeouts, and career batting average of .295. At The Driven Academy, Justin works with players of all ages and skill ranges and covers virtually every aspect of the game. Justin is also an assistant coach at Lincoln Northeast and has worked with the Lincoln High legion team.
Coach Jeremy Ekeler
Coach Ekeler has nearly 20 years of professional softball and baseball coaching experience at the collegiate, club, and high school levels. He has coached at Saint Xavier University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Pius X to name a few. Under his tutelage, Ekeler has coached 22 all-conference and 4 all American athletes, including the CCAC player of the year, and has helped numerous young athletes reach the college ranks. He is a nationally published author on coaching and has a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. Jeremy is one of the founders of The Driven Academy and instructs our clients, teams, and coaches.