EM Softball Specific Training – Run Faster, Hit Harder, Get Stronger!


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> There were 28 EM Athletes in this years Womens College World Series!

> 3 EM Athletes are represented on the Womens USA Olympic Team and 6 on the USA Elite Team.

Often copied, but never duplicated – For the past 10 years, EM’s Softball Training continues to teach the form and mechanics needed to generate your explosive first steps and get an immediate advantage over your opposition.  EM is far and away the best softball specific training you can get. Team USA Players, Division 1 College Athletes, High School down to 10U players are training at EM to get the advantage that has given them more success in their sport.

Pro Softball’s and back to back Pac12 batting champ at UCLA – Chip Bennett attributes her speed and athleticism to EM!

Jaeger Banner EM websiteMore Recent EM Softball Athletes Accomplishments:

Back to Back Big 10 Player of the Year, SEC Player of the Year, SEC 1st Team and 2nd Team and Freshman All SEC, Pac 12 1st Team and 2nd team All Pac 12 Players, Big 12 – All Big 12 Team, 6 of the top 10 Ranked Seniors in the country are EM trained (all but 1 located in California), Incoming Athletes committed to most every team in todays Top 25 USA Today / NFCA Poll, Gatorade Players of the Year, Multiple Players on the USA Top 50 Player of the Year Watch List

Your EM Speed Trainers are former Collegiate or Professional Athletes with a kinesiology background and certification from a National Governing Sports Performance Body.

Check out this ESPN piece with EM Athletes showing their explosive speed – one of the faster ones is Brejae Washington of the Texas Longhorns seen slapping and blazing a 2.66 down the line..
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You can also get Specific lessons for Slappers, Pitchers, Fielding and Outfield position play done by some of the top independent skill coaches in the softball industry conveniently located in an EM near you.

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Back when they were in high school, these Division 1 College and Professional Fastpitch stars got the tools they needed to make an impact at EM!

Last year 8 of the 10 top hitters in the SEC are former or current EM / STC Athletes.Full Count Softball


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All EM locations come complete with batting cages to keep your swing right and professional instructors to help you get it right. Instructors include some of the finest Professional hitting, pitching and fielding instructors in all of the West Coast.

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Softball Training Focuses

Training Focuses

More Explosive First Step Quickness

Most all sports are played is short, quick, powerful bursts and the faster you get up to top speed, the more dangerous and game changing your skills will become. At EM first step quickness is achieved through Force, Strength, Technique and Acceleration. Over 10 years we have led the field of speed ‘out of the box’ for athletes of all skill levels and all sports, EM will give you the training you need to drop your competition, gap defenders and accelerate explosively!

Training Focuses

Increased Endurance

When people think of endurance and stamina, they tend to focus on are cardio activities like running or cycling, but that’s a small part of the equation – you also need to improve your explosive strength. For example, building power in your legs gives you the ability to propel yourself further in every step you take while running. The added muscle also helps absorb the impact that would otherwise put stress on your joints. EM builds your power and endurance allowing you to perform at a higher level in all sports and all positions.

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The word "stretching" makes most people think of a yoga instructor twisted up into painful pretzel like positions. Turns out that isn’t the only way to improve flexibility. The structure of your workouts has everything to do with you being flexible. Your EM workout combined with nutrition, hydration, and sleep is proven to help you increase your flexibility and is crucial for more than just preventing injury, in fact, flexibility training is an important aspect of gaining strength, size and explosiveness. Every EM workout has a component of flexibility training and helps athletes in all sports increase the range of motion that gets gains in all areas of performance!

Some EM facilities also offer athletic yoga and sports massage.

Training Focuses

Joint Stability

For your joints to stand up to the stress you put on them playing sports, they must be stable and mobile. Athletes with greater joint stability are proven to perform better in all explosive activities and decrease the chance of injury. Every EM workout has a component of Joint Stability / Mobility to help you pivot, cut and explode in every angle.

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Injury Prevention

Absolutely no one wants to be sidelined with an injury, although you learn how to appreciate every moment on the field and take nothing for granted, it’s better to be on the field or court with your teammates. Some of the least exciting exercises and movements are the injury prevention portion of what EM does – but they net the biggest results. Every EM workout is built carefully to contain a segment involving joint stability, flexibility and injury prevention – all trouble areas are addressed including knees, hips, shoulder, arms and most all areas prone to injury based on sport and position.

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Explosive Strength and Power

Put down the Extreme-Mega-Mass-Power-Builder-Anabolic Shake, and build Strength and Muscle Mass the right way with EM. You don’t need the latest shake, bar, cream or gel – EM’s Strength and Mass Building program is a proven mix of training and nutrition that maximizes lean, strong muscles while improving joint stability and proportional symmetry for a balanced strong and explosive athlete. You supply the commitment and we’ll supply the program.

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Nutrition and Supplement Program

If you’re an athlete who’s hard in training, one thing that you absolutely must be taking into account is the nutrition that you are using on a day to day basis. Fail to get the right nutrition in and you will fail to see the performance that you should. At EM we walk you through some of the most important considerations for today’s athletes of all ages. It’s important to note that your nutrition needs are going to change as you advance in skill level and get older. We will provide the adjustments you need if you’re just beginning, if you’re at the novice level and getting ready to advance, and making your way up the ladder to Collegiate and Professional Sports.

Training Focuses

Sport Specific Training Focus

EM’s training is based on making you a faster, stronger and more explosive athlete – as you progress through EM classes, you are separated in groups, levels and by the sport that you play so our certified instructors can keep the training that you do very specific to enhance your performance in your sport. As you start lifting, your strength program is designed specifically for the demands of your sport, building your explosive power and strength, and fortifying your body to resist the injuries most common to the movements in your sport. We also have 1 on 1 training to further individualize your training experience with us, just schedule a session or ask one of us to find out more…

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Softball Lessons & Camps*

Dawn Castañeda

Dawn CastanedaDawn Castañeda is personal batting instructor located in Rancho Cucamonga. Over the course of her coaching career, she has been improving the lives of many dedicated female athletes. Dawn’s strengths include working with and understanding young women in all aspects of life, on and off the field. When it comes to softball, she has taught everything from details in hitting, defense and strategy. Dawn enjoys breaking things down, so that all students are able to learn all parts of the game. She admits it takes an enormous amount of discipline and determination, but with these characteristics each student will be able to be responsible for achieving their personal goals.Her experience playing the game includes: Bishop Amat, Azusa Pacific, So Cal Invaders (16u), Gordon’s Panther’s (16u), Crackerjacks (18u), Bongo (Women’s Division), Legacy (Women’s Division), Shilo’s (Women’s Division).

Dawn holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University (’97). Immediately following graduation she began her coaching career, she has taught and coached at the following schools: Rosary High School (Asst. Varsity Coach), Azusa Pacific University (Asst. Coach), Northwestern State University (Asst. Coach), St. Lucy’s Priory High School (Varsity Head Coach), Cal State San Bernardino University (Head Coach), Pasadena High School (Asst. Varsity Coach). She recently accepted a job offer as a Varsity Assistant coach back where it all began, Rosary High School.

In her spare time, Dawn also coaches travel ball with Strike Force Gold (18u-Guerra). Her experience includes: Tuff-e-nuff (16u-Guerra), Cal Thunder (18u-Guerra), American Pastime (18u-Zerkle), American Pastime (Women’s Division-Zerkle), and Softball University Force (14u-Castellanos).

Call for more information about Coach Dawn at 951-751-2345

Pam Newton

Pam NewtonHitting & Fielding Camp Coach 2 time ASA National Champion, a Team USA World Gold Medallist, 2 – time USA National Junior Developmental Coach of the Year and is Team USA Junior National Head Coach. Coach Pam Newton has Hitting, Slapping, Fielding and Pitching Camps.Call for more information about Coach Pam at 951-228-1609

Nicole Di Salvio

Nicole Di SalvioA 2-time Olympian and a 3-time College World Series Veteran Di Salvio grew up in Corona, California and attended Corona High School, where she was recently inducted into the high school hall of fame. As a four-year starter on the Corona High team, Di Salvio was selected to the all-state first team by Student Sports Magazine her senior, junior, and sophomore years. She was a four-time All-CIF and First Team Mountain View League performer as well as league MVP in both 1995 and ’97.

After high school, Di Salvio attended the University of California, Berkeley on a full athletic softball scholarship. As a four-year starter at pitcher, she owns the CAL record with nine career saves. She is only the fifth pitcher in CAL school history to throw two no-hitters in the same season. As a senior she tossed three no hitters and two perfect games. Di Salvio earned Regional All-Tournament honors all four years as well as All-tournament teams at both the National Invitational Softball Tournament and the Bank of Hawaii Tournament. She was also named to the All-Pac – 10 Softball teams and All Pac –10 academic teams while at CAL.

After completing a Bachelor’s Degree from CAL, Di Salvio went on to earn her multiple subjects teaching credential from UC Irvine and her Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University. She is currently the Head Softball Coach at San Bernardino Valley College and was also part of the coaching staff for the Women’s Softball Team at Fullerton Junior College from 2002 to 2004.

Nicole will be conducting lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the EM Speed and Power Training Facility in Rancho Cucamonga.

Call for more information about Coach Nicole at 951-283-5378

EM Athlete BB Bates

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2010 Womens College World Series Champion with UCLA, UCLA Female Athlete of the Year, All American

Lessons: Hitting, Slapping, Fielding.





Aleah Macon

2010 Women’s College World Series Champion with UCLA

Lessons: Pithing, Hitting Fielding.

*Lessons at EM are administered by independent contractors licensed to use space in EM and STC’s facility only. Lesson coaches are not employed by EM.