Florida Baseball Ranch

I Might Have Screwed Up

by Randy Sullivan
Ok … So what had happened was … When we first launched the idea for The Florida Baseball Ranch/Dutch Baseball Skill Acquisition Summit I randomly chose July 18th at 11:59 as the deadline for Early Bird Discount registration. Well … I might have forgotten that on product or event deadline days, Amy Marsh, my business partner and the CFO/COO of Sullivan Rehab Services and The Florida Baseball Ranch®, typically has to work through the night answering phone calls and handling last-minute…

The Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim Are Coming To The Summit! Are You?

by Randy Sullivan
By now you’ve probably heard about the rockstar list of presenters we’ve booked for the Florida Baseball Ranch®/Dutch Baseball Skill Acquisition Summit. If you think that list is impressive, you’ll be amazed at the credentials of some the registered attendees. At the time of this writing, we have commitments from at least 10 MLB organizations and from some of the most highly regarded movement specialists and skill acquisition scientists in the industry. I’m betting the conversations…

Welcome To TWITs Anonymous

by Randy Sullivan
Welcome to TWITs anonymous. My name is Randy Sullivan, and I am a recovering TWIT coach. For years my coaching style involved a traditional style that has come to be popularly known as TWIT Coaching. Oh, you haven’t heard about TWIT coaching? Let me explain: Here’s the basic formula for TWIT coaching: T:  We Tell the player how to perform a skill (maybe even demonstrate it.) W: We Watch him do it. I:   We stop Immediately Inform of all the things he did wrong. T: Then we Tell him…

Why Alex Creel Wouldn’t Miss The Skill Acquisition Summit For Anything

by Randy Sullivan
Alex Creel is the owner of the highly regarded Golden Spikes Baseball Club and K3 Pitching in Sacramento, CA. He has been a “ranch guy” and a good friend for many years.  Alex was among the attendees at the 2015 Texas Baseball Ultimate Pitching Coaches Boot Camp when Frans Bosch rocked the US baseball community with an epic presentation on skill acquisition and motor learning.  The impact on Alex’s business has been significant and measurable — significant in its impact…

The Baseball Skill Acquisition Summit: Like Fish and Chips and Beers With Einstein Himself

by Randy Sullivan
On Sunday night, having completed another inspiring Elite Pitcher’s Boot Camp at The Texas Baseball Ranch®, I was walking through George Bush Intercontinental Airport, terminal C, I headed to gate C12 to begin boarding, for my flight home to Florida. I was wearing my new Powerbeats® Wireless Earphones and I was jamming internally to an iTunes playlist labeled “Songs I Absolutely Freaking Love!” Just as the double drum beat in the intro of Hotel California dropped, a paralyzing thought rendered…

Bios of The Presenters

by Randy Sullivan
Frans Bosch is among the world leaders in the application of biomechanics, and motor learning science to sports performance.  Since 1980 Bosch has worked in athletics, coaching elite sprinters and Olympic high jumpers and for some years as the national coach for jumping events.  Since 2005 Bosch has been a lecturer at the Fontys University for applied sciences in sports, mainly in the field of anatomy, biomechanics, strength training and motor learning. Bosch has given numerous presentations and…

Reflections From The Dad of Seattle Mariners First Round Draft Pick, Logan Gilbert

by Randy Sullivan
In the Fall of 2014, a tall skinny 17-year-old right-hander strolled into The ARMory® (the former name of The Florida Baseball Ranch®).  His name was Logan Gilbert. His father shared with me that Logan had been performing pretty well on the travel ball circuit and had garnered some interest from college recruiters. But Logan and his closely knit family had a problem. You see, what the recruiters didn’t know is that the reason his travel ball coaches had limited him to only two or three-inning…

If Babies Could Talk First, They Might Not Learn To Walk!

by Randy Sullivan
Until I met Frans Bosch at the 2014 Texas Baseball Ranch Ultimate Pitching Coaches Boot Camp, my coaching style was unremarkable and, in retrospect … suboptimal.  It was what I call TWT coaching. Tell the player how to do something. Watch them do it. Then, tell them how to do it better. And, when they don’t get it right, label them “uncoachable” and move on. It’s typical … and it’s highly ineffective. According to Bosch, one of the world’s most preeminent…

Swing Leg Retraction, Foot Plant From Above and Negative Y.

by Randy Sullivan
In high school, I was very good at math and scored well enough on my SAT and in college placement tests to exempt freshman mathematics classes at my first school, Erskine College.  At the time the enrollment at this South Carolina liberal arts school was around 500 students.  It was located in a tiny “town” called Due West.  I don’t know if any of this is true, but legend has it that is was called “Due West” because it was “due west of another town called…

A Self-Organization Model For Arm Pain Management (Part 2)

by Randy Sullivan
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Yesterday I published a blog describing our innovative Self-Organization Model For Arm Pain Management.   Our Director of Player Development, Corey Stump has seen the value of the process first-hand.  He came to us after two failed labrum repairs and a less-than-illustrious career at The University Of Florida.  In the following discussion, he’ll tell you all about the success he experienced. Hey ranch family, Corey Stump here. I think Randy is spot on with this topic of injuries and how…