June 2017 / 3 posts found

Arm Health: Beyond Pitch Counts… And All The Usual Suspects

by Randy Sullivan
in blog
In 2007 Little League Baseball became the first national youth baseball organization to implement and enforce pitch count limits and associated required rest periods based on age. Ten years later, pitch limits appear to have done very little to quell the rise of arm injuries among youth baseball players. Last spring, the National Federation of State High School Baseball Associations also implemented rigid pitch counts and rest rules. While limiting pitches per outing among high school age players may be a noble and well-intentioned proposition, my prediction is that it will have very little effect on solving the problem. My […]

The Unknockoutable: Cody Martin’s Story

by Randy Sullivan
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How could you ever beat a guy who can’t be knocked out? Every morning before our summer program I present a brief mindset segment to get our players prepared for the day ahead. On   June 14th I did a piece I call “Unknockoutable” in which I reported that I believe it would be impossible to knock me out. To prove it I told the players this: I have been in exactly 4 fights in my life, and in 3 of them I got punched square in the jaw with a clean shot, before I even took a swing. Yet, […]

Lightning Delays: The Myth Of Travel Ball Exposure

by Randy Sullivan
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It was the fall of 1999 when my son and I first experienced travel baseball. He had been playing in our local Little League for a few years and I was deeply involved in coaching him and his friends. I really had no idea what this travel ball thing was all about. In our area there were only about 5 teams to choose from and one of them was looking for a pitcher. Ty was a lefty who could throw strikes and he had a good changeup. I  liked the unbridled nature of travel ball, the freedom of self-scheduling and […]