We had our Athlete of the Month, Maguire Peterson, journal his experience he had throughout the summer with the Center for Athletic Performance and the USA Baseball Team tryouts. Here is part one of his story.
Surprisingly, Maguire’s Desert Bandits Team (his local Arizona club team) was defeated at the Pony Regional Tournament in California, so his family made a last minute decision to attend the USA Baseball Mountain West Regional Team tryouts in Spanish Fork, Utah.
August 1, 2013
The first day of tryouts, players were evaluated on arm strength, hitting, fielding, running and other mechanics.
August 2 -4, 2013
These three days consisted of evaluating players through controlled scrimmage games. Players rotated to play multiple positions. Maguire played short-stop, third base, second base and outfield. Although Maguire had few opportunities in the field, he did show his range at short by making a great stop and out from a ball that was up the middle. He lead off his hitting experience with a triple to the gap in left center. This set the tone for him as he continued to hit very well in the games. He stole his fair share of bases and showed his speed and aggressiveness on the base paths.
When Maguire’s age group was not playing, his family enjoyed watching the older kids play their scrimmage games. Maguire became instant friends with two other players from Arizona’s Sandlot Black program, which made the experience even more enjoyable. Maguire and his new friends took in more baseball as they went to watch the Angels minor league team “the Owls” play one evening.
August 4, 2013
The final afternoon of the event, all players were invited to Brigham Young University’s baseball field for closing ceremonies, where USA Baseball coaches announced the players that had earned the opportunity to advance to the next level of tryouts in North Carolina. It was beyond exciting for his family to hear Maguire’s name called. He walked out on the field to accept the invitation to continue as all the players, parents and coaches looked on.
August 12, 2013
After taking one week off from baseball, his parents looked to The Center for Athletic Performance and former MLB player and manager, Jim Lefebvre (Coach Jim), to begin a more intense workout routine to get Maguire ready for North Carolina. For more than two years, Maguire has had the privilege to workout with the dedicated staff at The Center and Coach Jim. Maguire looks forward to training at the Center – he loves that everyone is so friendly, even the dog, KC. Don Jupp, Director of Sports Performance, does a great job with the plyometric training, working to keep his fast growing body under control while developing the muscle strength needed to be a high performing athlete. Maguire has developed a unique relationship with Coach Jim. He looks up to the former major leaguer, thoroughly enjoys the hitting drills and games Coach Jim creates and loves hearing his stories about the game.
Since working out at the Center and with Coach Jim, Maguire has made remarkable improvements that will continue to set him apart from other athletes. His family is forever grateful to Coach Jim, Don and the staff at the Center for their huge contribution to Maguire’s success. As they like to say at home, “we got the Lefebvre!”
Stay tuned for Part Two of his experience in North Carolina.