October 2016 / 7 posts found

You’ll Conquer Jupiter… And No One Will Care

by Randy Sullivan
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This weekend, hundreds of high school players from all over the country will descend on Jupiter, FL for the Perfect Game WWBA world championships. For a small minority, it will be one of the greatest weekends of their baseball lives. They’ll light up the radar guns. College and pro scouts will be clamoring for their attention. They’ll be offered scholarships. They’ll be asked to fill out draft questionairres. The Perfect Game bloggers will write about how great they are. But for most, it will be an entirely different story. Some will perform very well. They’ll pitch their teams to victory, […]

Can Poor Scapular Control Lead to a Labrum or a UCL Tear? You Bet

by Randy Sullivan
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Throughout the pitching movement the stability of the scaps is incredibly important, but during the last few milliseconds as the ball is released, the ability to control the scapula becomes vital to the health and durability of the shoulder and the elbow. When a pitcher propels his arm forward, downward, and inward through ball release an entire team of scapular depressors and retractors must work together to resist long axis distraction of the humerus and elevation of the humeral head keeping the ball in the socket.  The scapular, thoracic and humeral stabilizers must work eccentrically, producing tension as the muscles […]

Shut It Down Or Keep Throwing? Maybe There’s an Alternative

by Randy Sullivan
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As the MLB playoffs come to an end, college fall programs wrap up and travel ball culminates its season with the big WWBA National Championship in Jupiter, pitchers and position players alike are faced with tough decisions about their training this fall/winter. The “shut it down” police and the “just keep throwing” crowd are out in full force and the debate is raging. One side demands absolute avoidance of all throwing for 2-3 months to allow the UCL, the anterior shoulder capsule and other connective tissue to tighten down and regain passive stiffness after being stressed and stretched throughout the season. […]

Forget Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Pitching

by Randy Sullivan
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Last weekend we hosted another Elite Performers Bootcamp. In the aftermath of the hurricane, the weather was fantastic. We didn’t take much of a hit here, but our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina who were more severely impacted. During the morning session of day 1, we completed each player’s physical assessment and video analysis. One of the pitchers I evaluated (we’ll call him John) was a tall lefty with robotic, boxy mechanics. When he stepped on the mound for his video it was clear that he had been heavily coached and had […]

Hitting and Chick-Fil-A Sauce: More Is Not Better

by Randy Sullivan
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I’ve never met a single person who doesn’t like Chick-fil-a.   Indeed, if you’re not a fan of Chick-fil-a, I don’t think we can hang out together. I love it. And their customer service is impeccable. I love how at the end of every exchange they close with “It’s my pleasure.” I think that is the coolest corporate culture concept ever. I had a high school pitcher in a few months ago for a Precision Strike, and when I thanked him for allowing me the privilege of working with him he smiled and replied, “It’s my pleasure.” I hugged him. […]

Pre-Season Winter Training: The Hardwick Plan

by Randy Sullivan
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Ricky Hardwick was as cool a dude as you’d ever meet. He was quietly confident, physical and tough as nails. He didn’t say much, but he never backed down from anyone. A middle linebacker at Conway High School (home of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers), he roamed from sideline to sideline delivering viscious blows to wandering quarterbacks like me. I played against him on the football field before I knew him. On a scramble play in the second quarter of a 7-7 game, I broke containment and headed up field where I saw what I thought to be nothing but green […]

Hecklers and Cojones!! Do You Have What It Takes?

by Randy Sullivan
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It was 1982, the summer after my freshman year at the only college to offer me the opportunity to play baseball after high school — Erskine College, at a tiny NAIA (now D2) 500 student school in Due West, SC. It’s called Due West because it’s “due west” of a town called 96, which is 96 miles from Columbia and that’s the state capital… So there’s that. I didn’t know anything about summer collegiate leagues back then, but one of my teammates from New Jersey, Nick Russo told me about a league near his hometown called The Jersey Shore League […]