Next Level Sports Institute was spawned from the oldest & most respected baseball school in USA - Doyle Baseball Academy in Winter Haven Florida @ The Detroit Tigers Spring Training Facility / "Tiger-Town". - With over 300 MLB players, 540 minor leaguers and 6,200 college payers in our alumni. We are the only baseball program that has an actual teaching curriculum. What that means for your athlete is thay he or she will receive a systematic approcah to the teaching sessions so that they can themsleves work on things at home on their own. Unlike most other instructors... I see my goal as to try and "work myself out of a job" with a student... by giving him or her the tools to succeed on their own. Many instructors feed their students the ball at the same speed and location throughout an entire lesson.... thus making the hitter "looks good" - which in turn makes the instructor "look good" - which in turn creates more inquiries from bystanders for lessons for their own kid. The difference with my teaching methodology is to recognize weaknesses and turn them into strengths.... in order to achieve this.. the student must be challanged constantly.
The personal enjoyment I get most out of training young athletes is very different than most coach's ... most coaches strive for and enjoy seeing "results" more than anything... What I find most rewarding is not the "results" but more-so seeing a student commit to "the process". Once a student marries "the process" of true development... "light bulb" moments become a common thing during training. When I see a student begin to coach themselves... I know no other thing that is more satisfying! Average players make adjustments game to game. Good players make adjustments inning to inning. Great players learn how to make adjustments pitch to pitch. When a player gets smarter by committing to the priocess.... only then can immediate adjustments be made by the player without any outside input. When I see that starting to occur.... that is my greatest pleasure!
I’ve had Kirk Doyle work with my son for the past 3 years... he has gone in to be considered an “elite” level hitter. His batting earned him a spot in the starting line up for the varsity team his freshman year... there simply isn’t any better guy to help your player to maximize the tools that are “god given”... and develop the tools that take reps and smart information.
New Student Process.
This will be a little dependent on the age, current skill level & the player's or in some instances the parent’s goals. First step is usually to perform an over all assessment of where the player is currently at development wise. I assess what his or her strengths and weaknesses are. My lessons are not about telling a player what he or she is doing wrong... but rather what he or she is failing to do correctly. The best coaches in the world fill a player’s tank 10 times for each time they empty it... so at 1st we are going to focus on strengths and then slowly but specifically begin to point out weaknesses, shine a bright light on those weaknesses and figure out how we can turn that weakness into a strength. I build mutual trust and respect from the 1st moment... so that a player will openly be willing to make adjustments knowing that I am not judging or expecting any specific immediate “result”. It’s all about the process. My teaching methodology is the most organized, time proven and correct information available in the sport today. My family invented our curriculum at the Doyle Baseball School in Winter Haven, FL and we have used it at every level of the game with tremendous success.
My Father, Brian Doyle & Two Uncles Denny & Blake Doyle all three played in the Major Leagues. My Dad led the NY Yankees in the 1978 World Series in hitting with a .463 batting average. Denny played for 13 years for the Boston Red Sox and Blake most recently until 2017 was the hitting coach for the MLB Colorado Rockies. They started the Doyle baseball school in Florida when I was just a kid... I basically lived there and have been around the highest levels of baseball and it’s teaching my entire life. I played and had a very successful career as a college and independent ball player. After my playing days came to an end...I began a career as a professional baseball instructor. This is what I do “full time”. I have the equivalent of a PHD in “Baseball".
Yes... we have 1/2 hour.. 1 hour and group options.
1/2 hour - $60
1 hour - $120
1 Hour Group 3-4 students - $60ea.
Team Sessions Available
I got started getting paid to teach the game when I finished my last season of independent ball. I was surrounded since I was a little kid by students coming to the Doyle Academy all year long and I was around not only some of the best and most respected instructors and teachers but also some of the greatest baseball minds that ever played or managed the game. When our family built the Doyle Baseball Teaching system... it was ground breaking and I was right there for it all. I have been present in a baseball teaching environment consistently ever since I can remember.
I have and am working currently with every type student at every level that exists... from professional players & professional prospects to “D-1” guys all the way down to little fellas just getting started. Teaching is the best part of this game... watching a player at any level have what I call a “light bulb moment” is so very satisfying... I love what I do with students at all levels of the game.
One of my favorite events every year is when my players and I get to go serve at the Horizon League over in Acworth. Just being around and getting to witness those that are less fortunate physically enjoy the game that I love is so satisfying. It’s an annual thing that I look forward to every year!
It is always a challenge to see so many other “baseball instructors” working with kids that are doing nothing more than taking the parent’s money. I see kids in close proximity to me just plain receiving wrong information all the time... I’m never going to bash anyone ever... all I can say is until you have seen what correct information looks like and sounds like ... there is no way for you to recognize what bad info looks and sounds like. All I’d say is as long as your kid is having fun and getting better and saying.. “mom... when can we get with coach again”... there is a success to be measured. Come have a lesson with me just one time and see the difference in what real development looks like. No fluff... no tricks.. no gimmicks. It’s a curriculum that works... it’s simple but no one else has it... period. I can get your hitter 50% better in a very short amount of time.
1.) What are my goals with regard to baseball? - Is it making the high school varsity team, playing ball in college, hitting with more power... whatever it is... know what your goal is! There isnt a wrong answer to that question by the way!
2.) Am I mentally ready to start a lesson program as a student? If Mom or Dad have to force you to come and work on your game... you may want to rethink some things with regard to baseball training.
3.) Am I going to be willing to go home after a session and begin the work that a coach assigns for me to work on between now and the next lesson.
4.) What are my strengths and what are my weaknesses... in my eyes... can I verbalize these to a coach?