Monsignor McCoy's Baseball Academy will provides students with an opportunity to develop a broad range of baseball-related skills through the development and supervision of individualized training and conditioning programs, ongoing assessment of growth and improvements, mental training sessions, baseball-specific workouts, instruction on nutrition and strategies to avoid injury. Students will train on a regular basis in the school Fitness Area, but will also be involved in classroom work and work on baseball specific on fields, diamonds and community training facilities.
What curriculum aspects does the Baseball Academy cover?
The program will include various levels of the Fitness & Performance program, as well as be paired with Phys. Ed. classes throughout the school year. A result, not only will Baseball Academy students be able to work on the various benefits of the program in each semester, they will also earn eight credits toward their Alberta High School Diploma: 5 credits of Phys. Ed. 10/20/30 and 3 credits of Fitness & Performance modules including:
Fitness Performance 1: REC 1040 (Foundations for Training 1), REC 2040 (Foundations for Training 2), and REC 2010 (Nutrition for Recreation Activities and Sport).
Fitness Performance 2: REC 1050 (Spor Psychology 1), REC 2045 (Training for Core Muscles), and REC 3015 (Flexibility Training).
Fitness Performance 3: Will be developed in a similar model.
Where is the Baseball Academy program held?
Each day throughout the semester, students will begin the class, either in a classroom, or in the fitness area to study and complete module work. After about 40 minutes of class time, students will move to the gymnasium or outside for Phys. Ed. activities.
Baseball Academy students will work outside the Fitness & Performance program with baseball instructor, Kyle Swannack, once or twice each week, depending on the schedule, working on baseball specific training and skills using school facilities and fields, or off-campus using community facilities.
Students will be working directly with Kyle Swannack approximately 56 times during the school year, and traveling to community facilities to train approximately 20 times during the school year, especially during periods of inclement weather.
When is the Baseball Academy program be scheduled?
The prgoram will take place during a morning class every other day, throughout the school year.
This will allow students to use flex time to complete workouts and module work, if neccessary, as these classes take place immediately before and after a 40-minute flex block. In the second semester, Baseball Academy students will hae a class every second day.
At times they will train or be involved in Phys. Ed. activities at the school; on other days they will work with Kyle Swanuck using school facilities and fields, or off-campus using community facilities.
What community partners are involved in this program?
Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) provides services to athletes and coaches throughout Alberta in order to allow athletes to train at a high level without the need to move to larger centres.
Monsignor McCoy's Baseball Academy will be enhanced by a partnership with ADC. Their personnel will be working with the students in this program at various pointsduring the semester. One of their strength and conditioning coaches will assess each student and give them individualized programs at the beginning of the semester, visit with them during the semester, and reassess them near the end of the program.
This will allow students in the program to have a personalized training program based on preset fitness levels and goals. The sports nutritionist will speak with the students about the importance of proper eating and nutrition while they train and throughout their lives.
What is the cost of the program?
The Academy program fee is $850 annually which includes transportation costs, program gear and clothing. The Academy incorporates the Fitness & Performance course.
Meet our instructors:
Instructor: Kyle Swannack
- Husband and father
- Played four years of College Baseball at Bellevue College and Washington State University
- Member of 2011 North Region MVP and First Team All-American pitcher
- Coached at many levels including
- Washington State University
- Tacoma Community College
- Central Washington University
- Four years with the Medicine Hat Mavericks
- Masters Degree in Psychology with Emphasis in Sports & Performance Psychology
- Co-owner of Swanny’s Baseball and Training Facility in Medicine Hat.
- Notre Dame Baseball/Softball Academy Instructor since 2018
Instructor: B.J. Melle
- Husband and father of two
- Graduate of Monsignor McCoy High School 1994
- Played 5 years of College/University Basketball
- Medicine Hat College Men's Basketball "Rattler Award" 1996
- Medicine Hat College Men's Basketball "M.V.P Award" 1997
- Medicine Hat College "Male Athlete of the Year" 1997
- Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) University of Saskatchewan
- Bachelor of Education University of Saskatchewan
- 17 Years Teaching at Monsignor McCoy High School
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Fitness & Performance
- 17 Years Coaching Varsity Boys' Basketball at Monsignor McCoy High School