Strength and Conditioning
The Ole Miss baseball program attacks its strength and conditioning program with the same ferocity with which it takes the field to compete in the nation’s toughest baseball conference.
That approach falls right in line with the mission statements and ideal of the Ole Miss strength and conditioning program as a whole.
The mission of the Ole Miss strength and conditioning program is to develop the specific physical and mental abilities as well as the lifestyle habits of our student-athletes that will allow them to achieve the highest attainable level of success.
We will demand discipline, relentless energy and intelligent effort while we work toward improving each athlete’s skill level. We will cultivate a high energy, up-tempo environment where enthusiasm and competition will flourish. We will attack this mission with a scientifically supported, comprehensive approach and specific considerations for the metabolic demands and injury risks of our sport. Training must prepare the athlete for the specific competitive stress load of their sport. Top priority is to develop improved coordination during the execution of speed, power and strength movement. We will seek to develop each athlete’s individual movement patterns, while maximally developing their strength, power, speed and agility. Everything we do in training is done to help the athletes more efficiently execute the movement requirements of their sport.
Under the direction of second-year strength coach Ben Fleming, the Rebel baseball program has taken that approach and excelled as Fleming has challenged each individual to embrace the combined challenge of pushing individual limits and competitiveness while coming together as a team for a common goal.
Fleming encourages an atmosphere that stresses that competition and winning is fun, and foster a belief that hard work in the weight room can carry over to the field and help develop a stronger sense of chemistry.
The goal is to relate the training in the Starnes Center to the needs of the baseball field through a training program where the athlete is constantly moving, pushing a mass or weight while working at a high intensity and recovering as quickly as possible.
The Omaha Challenge program has become a mainstay in the Rebels’ off season training. The team is divided into four squads that compete in a series of challenges designed to test agility, strength, conditioning and dexterity of each individual and unit. Each member of a squad knows he will have to compete at his highest level to help his teammates earn bragging rights heading into the season. A team and individual winner at the end of the competition each season.