Cactus Athletics

"David only needed a sling and a couple of stones. What are you gonna use?" We offer athletic training for athletes of all ages and specialize in baseball, speed, and strength training.

We were founded by Billy Horton, who is a current minor league coach with the San Francisco Giants.

Athletic company founded by current SF Giants minor league hitting coach, Billy Horton. We focus on baseball, speed & strength training for young athletes.

Mission: To help young men and women increase their athletic ability.

This three day baseball camp is a great opportunity for players to improve their overall skills and prepare for their upcoming spring baseball season. Our professional coaches will encourage and push the players to reach a higher performance level.

The camp runs from 9am-2pm daily and the cost is $199. Register before Dec 7th and receive a $50 discount by putting the word EARLY in the coupon code box.

Instructors have professional playing, coaching and scouting experience.

Go to the link in our bio for more info and the opportunity to register. You can also copy and paste the following link:

https://cactusathletics.com/product/holiday-baseball-camp-2020/

#baseballcamp #baseball #training

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Cactus News: Holiday Baseball Camp and Pre-Season Arm Strengthening Program

Cactus News: Holiday Baseball Camp and Pre-Season Arm Strengthening Program

web-extract.constantcontact.com Volume 119 | November 19, 2020 GETTING STRONGER INSIDE AND OUT CACTUSATHLETICS.COM TODAY'S NEWSLETTER Greetings! I hope you are awesome today! I am very excited about Thanksgiving next week! The five

Obtained another valuable certification a few weeks back from @kmotion3d

This was an excellent class and the knowledge I received has already helped in developing the players I am working with. I highly recommend it to all baseball coaches.

#baseball #mlb #coach

The “Alley Drill”. This works on proper direction and extension through the middle of the field. Try and drive the ball through the middle of the L-screens. We also added a launch angle element. If the hitter (in this case 11 yr old Tristan) hits the ball just over the top of the L-screens, we know that his launch angle was around 15-20 degrees, which would be a line drive over the infield (he plays on a 50/70 field) with the exit velocity (60 mph) that he created.

The reason we know this is because the facility we were doing the lesson at has a Hit Traxx machine in one of the tunnels. We gathered the launch data hitting in that tunnel in a previous week.

When it comes down to it hit line drives up the middle and from gap to gap. Practice with targets and tunnels to help give immediate swing path feedback. I am a firm believer in using technology to help in player development, but you don’t always need it to tell you what your swing is doing. Read the ball flight.

#baseball #hittingdrills #coach

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Cactus News: New Batting Cage and Monthly Discounts for Lessons

Cactus News: New Batting Cage and Monthly Discounts for Lessons

web-extract.constantcontact.com Volume 118 | October 2, 2020 GETTING STRONGER INSIDE AND OUT CACTUSATHLETICS.COM TODAY'S NEWSLETTER Greetings! I hope you are doing well today. The weather is getting a little cooler out and the playo

The new batting cage has been installed and is ready for lessons. Send us a direct message if you are interested.

#baseball #coach #teacher

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Cactus News: In Memory of Jimmy McManus and September Baseball Clinics

Cactus News: In Memory of Jimmy McManus and September Baseball Clinics

web-extract.constantcontact.com Volume 117 | September 2, 2020 GETTING STRONGER INSIDE AND OUT CACTUSATHLETICS.COM TODAY'S NEWSLETTER Greetings! I hope you are doing well today. This edition of our newsletter is being written with a

Come on out for our Hitting and Pitching Clinic this Saturday from 10am-12pm @hitfactoryaz

The cost is $75 and it’s being lead by professional coach @billyhortonaz . Go to the link in our bio to register or copy and paste the following link- https://cactusathletics.com/product/fall-baseball-hitting-and-pitching-clinics/

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Cactus News: Indoor Fall Pitching and Hitting Clinic this Saturday plus Lessons

Cactus News: Indoor Fall Pitching and Hitting Clinic this Saturday plus Lessons

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Cactus News: Indoor Fall Baseball Clinics on Saturdays and Baseball Lessons

Cactus News: Indoor Fall Baseball Clinics on Saturdays and Baseball Lessons

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I encourage anyone who is interested in furthering their knowledge of pitching to take this course. The information about spin efficiency and pitch design were excellent.

#baseball #pitching #rapsodo

Had a great time testing out products from AXE Bats during my lesson with AJ and Nick.

Branden is an awesome rep for AXE and I highly encourage you to reach out to him at @bberry36

Keep swinging it everyone! We will all be out on the fields again soon. This virus will get under control. Keep the faith!

#hitting #coach #axebats

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Cactus News: Indoor and Online Lessons Now Available and a New Baseball Article

Cactus News: Indoor and Online Lessons Now Available and a New Baseball Article

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Cactus News: Continuing my Education, Online Lessons, and a New Infield Video

Cactus News: Continuing my Education, Online Lessons, and a New Infield Video

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Continuing to expand my knowledge of the game during this time. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is eager to learn more about the science behind developing great hitters.

#baseball #rapsodo

We have 77 FREE baseball drills on our website for you that cover hitting, pitching, catching, infield, and outfield work. Each video is 1 to 2 minutes long. We do not require you to give us any of your personal info. Go to the link in our bio and click on our Home Page. From there click on Videos and the drop down will give you six options to choose from. Please share this with your friends! Our direct link is https://cactusathletics.com

#baseballdrills #baseball #free

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Cactus News: In Person and Online Lessons still available & a New Pitching Video

Cactus News: In Person and Online Lessons still available & a New Pitching Video

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Getting some posture and swing plane work in this morning with EJ Lord using the PVC pipe. Have a great weekend everyone!

Here is our Quarterback 3 Step Drop Combination Drill. It combines the athletic movement a quarterback does when dropping back into the pocket and combines it with our pitching motion. We create torque with our hips when we drop back like a QB does which helps us create torque. If we keep our front shoulder centered on our target this drill also helps with shoulder/hip separation.

For more of our videos go to the link in our bio for our website. You can also find us on YouTube and sign up for our channel.

Have an awesome weekend!

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Cactus News: Huge Discount for Awesome Coaching Tool and New Hitting Drill

Cactus News: Huge Discount for Awesome Coaching Tool and New Hitting Drill

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The tradition continues! Every year the boys and I arrange the MLB hats in order of the standings during the regular season. It’s a fun way to keep track of how our favorite teams are doing and let’s face it, it looks cool in our office at home.

In February we split the teams into Florida (on the left) and Arizona (on the right) for spring training. We randomly place the hats and don’t pay attention to the standings during this time.

In April, the AL teams are on the left (under Yankee Stadium) and the NL teams are on the right (Wrigley Field). The Eastern Division teams will be on top, Central in the middle and West on the bottom. First place will be on the far left. Every Sunday we check the standings and adjust the hats.

Once the playoffs start, we arrange the hats from worst to best record. Therefore the 5 playoff teams are on the top shelf. During the playoffs we arrange the hats with the World Series teams each landing in their respective #1 positions. When the WS ends the hats stay this way until Spring Training.

I encourage all of you to find creative ways to start new traditions with your family. It will build fond memories that your kids will remember for a lifetime.

Last week I posted a video of Chloe and Aiden playing catch with two screens acting as a tunnel for them to throw through. We talked about being accurate enough to eventually earn your parents trust to play catch in the hallway of your home. Here is another visual for you to do with players to re-create the idea of playing catch within a confined boundary.

Remember the pitching rubber is 24 in. across and home plate is only 17 in. wide, so a pitcher doesn’t have a lot of margin for error. My friend Tom House used the term, “Aim small, miss small.” I encourage all of you to use your imagination and think of better ways to coach our players. Create drills that are fun and challenging. Have an excellent day everyone!

#baseball #youthsports #fun

I posted an article on our website titled “Playing Catch with a Baseball in your Hallway”. Here is a visual for you. Enjoy your Valentines Day!

#baseball #pitching #tunnelvision

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Free Baseball Event on Feb 18 with Major League Stars

Free Baseball Event on Feb 18 with Major League Stars

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Cactus News: President's Day Clinic on Monday, Feb 17th from 9am to 3pm

Cactus News: President's Day Clinic on Monday, Feb 17th from 9am to 3pm

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One day baseball clinic for players in 1st through 8th grade. It will be performed @hitfactoryaz from 9am to 3pm. Camp director will be @billyhortonaz

Go to the link in our bio to be taken to our website for registration info. Cost is $75 for a full day and $50 for half day.

#baseball #coach

Walk through drill on the tee. Also referred to as the step forward extension drill.

This focuses on staying connected, driving from your backside, direction and extension. Notice how Connor does a better job of driving the ball and staying connected in his 3rd swing.

Go to our the link in our bio for more baseball drills or here is a direct link-

https://cactusathletics.com/hitting-drills/

Rhythm Dill off the Tee

This focuses on rhythm, staying connected and back side drive.

Getting our work in today at Holiday Camp! Starting out 2020 crushing baseballs!!!

#hitting #coach

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Cactus Athletics will be fielding club teams this spring in the North Scottsdale area. We are looking to add skilled players with great attitudes and an excellent work ethic for our 11u, 10u, and 9u rosters. Please contact Billy Horton directly at 602-296-9434 for player evaluation information. Coaches have pro experience. You can find out more about our organization by going to our website https://cactusathletics.com

#baseball #coach #clubbaseball #faith

cactusathletics.com We are made up of a group of individuals whose common goal is to teach people of all ages how to become better athletes. What separates us from others is our strong moral values and commitment to the fundamentals of athletics. Starting with each player’s individual skill level we will specialize a...

25% Discount for our 4 Day Holiday Camp that starts on Monday! Message me to get the code!

Camp Details:
- Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
- 9am to 12pm daily
- Retail cost is $199
- More details on the Camps and clinics page of our website

https://cactusathletics.com/camps-and-clinics/

#baseball #campsandclinics #hitting #pitching #infield #catching #outfield

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Cactus News: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Cactus News: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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Cactus News: 11u and 9u Club Baseball Team workouts this Thursday and Friday

Cactus News: 11u and 9u Club Baseball Team workouts this Thursday and Friday

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Cactus Athletics is planning on fielding a 9u and 11u club team in Scottsdale starting in Spring 2020. The head coach for both teams will be Billy Horton. He has 20 years of professional coaching experience and most recently coached in the minor leagues with the San Francisco Giants from 2012-2019.

We will be holding player evaluations at The Hit Factory in North Scottsdale this Thursday (12/19) and Friday (12/20) from 4pm-6pm. Each evaluation will be one hour long (4pm or 5pm slot) and players will not be asked to attend more than one time slot.

Interested players should contact Billy directly via private message or on his cell (602-296-9434) for more information. There is no cost for the player evaluation, but we do need to know what hour time slot you will be attending. There is a possibility we will also offer time slots on Saturday morning for people who are not available for Thursday or Friday.

cactusathletics.com We are made up of a group of individuals whose common goal is to teach people of all ages how to become better athletes. What separates us from others is our strong moral values and commitment to the fundamentals of athletics. Starting with each player’s individual skill level we will specialize a...

Our Holiday Baseball Camp starts on Dec 30th! Go to the baseball camps link in our bio for more info. Tell your friends and register this weekend! Space is limited. Contact us directly over the phone for team and sibling discount codes.

Our Holiday Baseball Camp will be filled with 4 days of awesome instruction from professional coaches. Go to the link in our bio to register today!

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Athletic company founded by current San Francisco Giants minor league coach, Billy Horton. We focus on baseball, speed & strength training for young athletes.

We also offer multiple coaching tools in the form of coaching clinics, team practices, videos, online articles and a 110 page Coaches Manual.

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