SPIRE Commits to Their Promise of Uninterrupted Competition with College Time Out Program

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SPIRE Institute & Academy is excited to offer the College Time Out Program to athletes in 2020–2021 basketball, swimming, and track & field programs that have been temporarily postponed or suspended.

SPIRE's College Time Out program offers uninterrupted competition for athletes.

With growing uncertainty about current and future restrictions as a result of COVID-19, many student athletes are wondering if there is anything in place to allow them to continue their development and training. SPIRE Institute & Academy is excited to offer the College Time Out Program to athletes in 2020–2021 basketball, swimming, and track & field programs that have been temporarily postponed or suspended.

This will allow students to stay on campus and take advantage of a customized training program. Access to our facilities will be available to those participating, providing students the means to train in their respective sports, despite the absence of an official competitive season. We expect to have enough players participating to arrange plenty of competitive play, so athletes can still put their skills training and discipline to the test. Not only will this provide a fun, healthily competitive outlet, but it will allow players to have routine ways to identify the things they need to focus on in practice.

Full potential cannot be achieved with physical training alone, which is why our other facilities will be available as part of this program as well. Mental skills training, nutrition education and plenty of other offerings will be available to help students continue the development of their character, leadership and communication skills. This curriculum will come together with athletics to give every student the uncompromised training they’ve come to expect from SPIRE.

Housing will be provided, and three nutritious meals a day will be served at SPIRE Fuel. Our performance training coaches are standing by and ready to go. Academic counselors are available to assist each student athlete, as appropriate, with their virtual/distance learning collegiate courses. Throughout all of this, we will be following extremely stringent COVID-19 guidelines across the entire campus to ensure the SPIRE experience is as safe and healthy as possible for students and staff alike.

Below are some additional highlights about SPIRE IA and the College Time Out Program. Please reach out to admissions@spireinstitute.org with any questions.

SPIRE Collegiate Time Out Program – Additional Highlights

  • SPIRE’s campus is located in Geneva, Ohio about 40 minutes east of Cleveland
  • This program is offered by the week, the month, or by one or two semesters
  • SPIRE has two brand new Dr. Dish shooting machines for basketball players
  • Practice will run 4.5-5 hours per day including swimming, dryland and weights
  • SPIRE’s Performance Training Center is an integral component of this program
  • SPIRE is under new ownership since Dec 2019, and the positive change on campus has been immediate and significant
  • College coaches are welcomed to interact with their players and our coaches, as appropriate (i.e. as allowed by the NCAA)
  • SPIRE is building a new website; phase 1 is up now; phase 2 will be up by mid-August
  • Contact SPIRE at admissions@spireinstitute.org for info on housing options and program pricing

SPIRE Collegiate Time Out Program – Basketball Highlights

  • SPIRE has two brand new Dr. Dish shooting machines
  • This is being offered for SPIRE’s HS and PG boys’ team, but if the demand is there the Collegiate Time Out Program will be offered to girls as well

SPIRE Collegiate Time Out Program – Track & Field Highlights

  • Assisting Coach Powell is SPIRE T&F Training and Development Director Tim Mack (the 2004 Olympic Pole Vault Champion) and other specialty coaches, as needed.
  • SPIRE’S Outdoor T&F Stadium has lights and seating for 10,000) and features an 8 lane, 400-meter polyurethane international track (48’ width lanes), 4 long jump pits, 8 high jump positions and 4 pole vault boxes; plus, an adjacent Throws Stadium that meets IAAF standards.
  • SPIRE’S Indoor T&F Stadium has seating for 4,000 and features an 8 lane, 300-meter Beynon track, with the radius used on outdoor tracks, a separate field event area with 2 high jump, 2 long jump, 2 pole vault pits, 2 shot put circles and portable weight throw cages for discus, shot and weight throws.
  • SPIRE’s HS and PG track teams are for boys and girls. The Collegiate Time Out Program will also be offered to boys and girls.

SPIRE Collegiate Time Out Program – Track & Field Highlights

  • Spire offers a state-of-the-art 50-meter facility with an additional 25-yard warm down area

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced institutions such as ours to drastically rethink our operations. Like our motivated athletes, we will adapt and push forward so we can continue to provide elite training to every student.

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