Scott Lando

Learning Intent- The Ferry Silk Mill and the 10 Cent Super Pinky

Within the sport of baseball, the word “intent” has become a buzzword over the last couple of years. What is “intent?” We should look to the definition of intention, which states as: purpose or attitude toward the effect of one’s actions or conduct. In the baseball world, we see “intent” as giving a certain level of effort in order to produce a desired effect. An example of this in baseball is the batter having the “intent” to hit the…

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Train Like the Sport You Play

Train Like the Sport You Play As coaches and athletes, we should be constantly searching for training methods that will improve the performance of the athlete in their specific sport. I believe that the blending of movement with resistance in patterns used for the sport will yield higher levels of athletic performance. We attempt to accomplish this with athletes in the facility by using implements readily found on the training floor to provide resistance in the movement they will use…

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Is Your Warm-up Leaving You Cold?

Is your warm-up leaving you cold? I recently had one of our youth athletes attend a select baseball tryouts and reported back to me what they had done for a warm-up prior to the practice. The ball players were told to run to the center field fence and return to the infield, where they were led in a series of static stretches. This is, sadly, very typical of the level of warm-up conducted at most practices. This was what was…

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Youth Baseball-Build an Athletic Base (Part 2)

As I had addressed in part one of this blog, building a strong athletic base in youth sport would not only enhance athletic performance in sport, but will also create a bulletproof body that is less susceptible to injury. With long-term development of the athlete being our primary concern in youth sports, moving properly should be addressed early and often. The 7 essential elements that I consider the building blocks of athletic development give the coach and athletes a strong…

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Youth Baseball- Build An Athletic Base First

While most of the country is still under a blanket of snow, the high school baseball season in Texas started when teams could begin spring practice on January 27, 2017. This day, annually, signifies the start of baseball across the state of Texas. Within the next couple of weeks, youth select and travel baseball will begin the spring season. For a large number of youth baseball players, this also is the first time they have had to get up and…

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Would Nolan Ryan Be Nolan Ryan Today (Part Two)

Would Nolan Ryan Be Nolan Ryan Today (Part Two of Two) Scott Lando As I had stated in part one of this blog, there are real road blocks in place today that could very well keep a young athlete from ever reaching his or her true athletic potential. Unlike the sports world of 50 years ago, today’s sport world has become big business and youth sport is a big part of those dollars. Understanding sport as a business and being…

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Nolan Ryan

Would Nolan Ryan be Nolan Ryan Today?

     (Part One of Two) I have asked that question to many a player and parent with, surprisingly, the same answer, “No.” So why would arguably one of the best pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball not reach the same pinnacle of performance he maintained from 1966 to 1993? I hope to offer some thought with regard to the why I believe it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for Nolan Ryan to repeat the same…

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Youth Sports: Get a Head Start on Performance with these Three Tips

Watching youth athletes competing in specialized sports at an early age has opened my eyes to common movement problems that appear across a wide variety of sports. Without the understanding of what is necessary to prepare youth athletes for sports specific skills, some youth coaches and parents send the athlete out onto the field or court to perform without training basic movement skills. These basic skills reduce injury rates and help to insure athletic improvement over time. I believe that…

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