The Hitting Academy at ASB

The Hitting Academy at Advanced Skills Baseball is a consequential no-brainer. If you can't hit (or pitch), you'll likely be taking a seat on the bench or not make the team at all.

There is no more important facet of the game than getting on base and scoring runs.

Each season, pitching improves and hitters—who were relying on athletic ability—start to struggle at the plate. Bad habits, no routines and lack of practicing and repeating correctly, while relying solely on athletic ability, is pervasive in youth and high school baseball.

Hitting demands constant attention, practice and repetition, a host of skills and the sharp eye of a hitting instructor intent on development. There are no quick fixes, which is why we devote the months of November and December to breaking down and building a swing and approach that will really work for our students. Plain and simple—it is a process.


Introducing 'The Hitting Academy'
at Advanced Skills Baseball...

The Hitting Academy at Advanced Skills Baseball offers the Pacific Northwest's premier training program for players who need to deconstruct their swing and learn how developing an "approach" is the only way to hit. This unique program will refine your skills and help take you to the next level.

The Hitting Academy at ASB is be comprised of six 90-minute hitting workshops.

However, we have one overwhelming issue: Due to our insistence on the highest quality instruction, The Hitting Academy at Advanced Skills Baseball can only accommodate an extremely limited number of participants. So, be sure to reserve a space today!

9-11U (Grades 4-6)
 Hitting Training
6-session Advanced Youth Level Program
Nov. 8, 15, 22 & Dec. 6, 13, 20 (No class on Thanksgiving Friday)
Limited to only six hitters (first-come/first-served) 


12-14U (Grades 7-9)  Hitting Training
6-session Advanced Youth Level Program 
Nov. 8, 15, 22 & Dec. 6, 13, 20 (No class on Thanksgiving Friday)
Limited to only six hitters (first-come/first-served)

The Hitting Academy at Advanced Skills Baseball

Please use our Contact Us form to sign up. We will call you to confirm. Full payment will be due via cash or check at the first session on Nov. 8


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Director of Hitting Instruction/General Manager

Since the late 1970s, Monte Gunter has been an integral part of the Clark County baseball and softball scene as a hitting instructor, coach and owner of Upper Deck in Camas.

As a young high school outfielder, who sprayed base hits all over the field, Monte began to study and analyze swings and misses, the batter's relationship to the pitcher and the science of putting bat to ball.

His studious approach to hitting rubbed off on his sons, one of whom became a collegiate pitcher, and the other—a feared power hitter at Camas HS, college and for the past two decades on virtually every softball diamond in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

In almost 40 years of delivering instruction, Coach Monte estimates that he has given well over 20,000 private lessons and several thousand group lessons to countless boys and girls in Clark County. In fact, he is now presenting his take on hitting to a third generation.

In 1995, Monte opened Upper Deck Training Center in Camas and from two locations took it through an almost 11-year run, which is a record in this area among indoor baseball/softball facilities. Shortly thereafter, he became the proprietor of Monte's Baseball at the former Gold's Gym in Salmon Creek and then in Gresham. In 2012, he became one of the primary instructors at the now defunct Extra Innings in East Vancouver.

As a coach and manager, Coach Monte has guided Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion and instructional teams. His Camas-Washougal Jags played several legendary seasons in the early 2000s.

As a batting instructor, Gunter's simple philosophy that "hitting is a journey" really hits home. As with all insightful teachers, he espouses the hitting style that works best for the individual ballplayer, whether it be rotational, lineal or a combination of the two. And even though "squishing the bug" has been exorcised from hitting lexicon, Coach Monte is still waiting for someone to explain how one can hit a baseball without rotating the rear foot while it remains connected to the ground.