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Brandon Janecka joins Hitting Daily as Contributing Author

We are so proud of Brandon and his first contribution to Bobby Tewksbary’s Hitting Daily. Brandon will be the contributing author for the Strength & Conditioning category. This is a paid, members only website but we encourage you to check out the free trial if you want to learn from the best about hitting a baseball. Here is a brief excerpt: Every coach has experienced the frustration of repeating themselves over and over again. You’ve explained it every way possible…

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PitchTracker Smart Baseball for baseball pitcher development

Pitcher Development using Rapsodo Pitching Monitor vs Diamond Kinetics PitchTracker vs Strike Smart Baseball

The first time I saw the Rapsodo Pitching Monitor on display at Lantz Wheeler’s Pitch-a-Palooza 2016, I knew it was going to change the way we develop pitchers. Pitchers and coaches were going to have access to data they never had before. That data would lead to new insights on how to improve a pitcher’s development in a somewhat affordable solution. Anybody paying any attention to this space has heard about the amazing work Trevor Bauer has done while at…

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The Weekly Grind 2-23-18

Some great finds to share this week as Baseball Spring Training gets started and many of our Youth, High School and College baseball/softball players are back out on the field. Blue Jays’ Stroman adding sidearm delivery to keep hitters off-balance – This is what true athleticism allows you do. “He attributes this ability to the core and lower-body strength that he generates from an unconventional training program that balances lifting, flexibility and core work.” He also understands the challenges of…

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Is a 2500 Spin rate on a 60 mile per hour curveball possible or normal?

In today’s game of baseball – more than ever velocity is king. If you watch a MLB game it is commonplace to see multiple pitchers for both teams throw 95+ MPH. This has had a trickle down effect to MILB, college, high school and youth levels with everyone throwing for the gun. SO how can we evaluate a pitcher who does not throw as hard as his contemporaries? By using a device called Rapsodo. Rapsodo is a machine that sets…

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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 dictionary.com 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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