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Selected players have the opportunity to train with our experienced staff during this five-day event that combines daily training and competitive game play.

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Factory Development Institute Programs

Participate in Game Time Pressure Training and Simulation, designed to help players learn how to deal with stressful elements including crowd noise, parent cheering, wind and fatigue. Our research shows that players who train under these extreme conditions adapt to stress so they can perform better in real game situations.

Game Time Pressure Training at the FDI was created by CEO/Founder of Baseball Factory, Steve Sclafani, along with prominent researcher and psychologist, Dr. James Driskell. Dr. Driskell is a leading expert on stress training and has worked with the Dept. of Defense and NASA.

With over 20 years research experience in stress, performance, and training, Dr. Driskell has conducted research for Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, National Science Institute, FAA, Defense Modeling and Simulation Office, STRICOM, Army Dugway Proving Ground, and other organizations.

He has authored over 100 articles and papers, including recent publications in the Journal of Applied Psychology, American Psychologist, Human Factors, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Military Psychology, Small Group Research, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Group Dynamics.


Competitive Game Play
Put your hard work into game play with a chance to test your skills against some of your most talented peers. 

Sample Itinerary to Include:
Day 1: 
Player arrival between 9-11 AM at BWI (or earlier if needed), afternoon instruction.

Days 2–4: Players participate in daily position specific workouts, simulated game play and additional drills and instruction. Players also take part in Game Time Pressure Training at the FDI, participate in a college recruiting and academic admissions workshop, and attend a Minor League Baseball game in Maryland.

Day 5: Morning instruction, player departure from BWI between 3-6 PM (or later if needed).

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Factory Development Institute's Game Time Pressure Simulator

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FDI Experts*:

  • Steve Sclafani: As Baseball Factory Founder/CEO, Steve created Game Time Pressure Training at the FDI. The Factory has developed more college baseball players than any other organization in the U.S. Sclafani played collegiately at the U of Pennsylvania.
  • Steve Bernhardt: Exec. VP of Baseball Factory & Chairman of the Under Armour All-America Game selection committee, Steve played professionally in the Colorado Rockies organization.
  • Dan Mooney: Senior Director of College Recruiting at Baseball Factory and former professional player in the Boston Red Sox organization. Dan played collegiately at NC State.
  • Bernadette Bechta: Academic Advisor and Admissions Specialist at Baseball Factory. Experience preparing student-athletes for college for over 20 years.

Important Training Info:

  • Players traveling alone are greeted by Baseball Factory representatives at baggage claim
  • Players are transported in team vans/buses from site to site
  • Players are fully supervised 24 hours a day
  • All meals are provided through the duration of the event
  • No spending money needed, but players may bring money for souvenirs at select game they attend
  • Players receive Under Armour jersey and hat
  • Players should bring all necessary baseball equipment for training
  • Players receive online access to Baseball Factory’s Recruiting, Education and Development (R.E.D.) Manual
  • Players receive a detailed player info pack upon registration
  • Parents welcome

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*Staff and general itinerary subject to change. Check with your Player Development Coordinator for the most up-to-date information.


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