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Why Are You Running?

by Randy Sullivan
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Is it time to rethink one of the most long-standing pitcher training modalities ever employed? Kevin was devastated. Having been cut from his high school team and two junior college teams, he came to us seeking to add enough velocity to find a spot on a D1 roster so he’d have a shot at pro ball. After nearly 3 years of training he had finally figured something out and managed to have a good year as a closer topping out at 98 mph for a lower level NCAA D1 program. His performance drew enough attention to allow him to become […]

How NOT Long Tossing or Throwing Weighted Balls In Baseball Training Programs Could Hurt You

by Randy Sullivan
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Wait… What? And here we go again. The long toss and weighted ball police are back at it. I was perusing through twitter last week and saw this blast. “Study. Max Distance Throwing Changes Mechanics and Puts More Stress On The Arm.” It was accompanied by this infograph. First of all… that study is not news. It came out in 2011. But since we’re getting into it again,  I guess I can engage. The longstanding argument against long toss is as follows: 1)It increases joint stress in the elbow and the shoulder, and 2) throwing mechanics change with increased distance […]

Throw Weighted Balls, Lift Heavy Stuff, and Fix Your Mechanics To Improve Velocity? It’s Not That Simple!

by Randy Sullivan
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Let’s suppose you have a friend and he’s sick – let’s even pretend he’s in the ICU… dying of something (make sure it’s a pretend friend… using one of your actual friends would be kind of creepy). Let’s say you know this guy well. You know he eats right and exercises consistently. He seems to have a healthy lifestyle, but still… there he is. From what you know about this guy, he should be the healthiest cat on the planet. But he’s dying. What could be the reason for his illness? Perhaps it’s a combination of the things you don’t […]

The Side Step Is Satan?

by Randy Sullivan
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OK, admittedly that subject line is a little extreme, I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. It seems like every kid that comes in to see me – especially the ones who have had lots of pitching lessons – does one thing in almost EXACTLY the same way. And frankly, it’s driving me crazy!! What is it you ask? It’s this wasteful, cookie cutter little side step windup. Or maybe I should call it a non-step. I mean it’s kind of a step without stepping. Look I’m not against it totally. I mean, I see a bunch of MLB […]

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

by Randy Sullivan
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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 […]

New Book Teaches Innovative Approach For Eliminating Arm Pain

by Randy Sullivan
  With this book and video series anyone with half a brain can learn to eliminate arm pain independently and fast. I can’t wait to share it with you. Check out the video below:   Keep an eye on your email. In just 2 days, we will launch at an extremely discounted price. Stay sharp! Randy Sullivan, MPT, CSCS CEO, Florida Baseball Ranch  

Start With The Pain: A Case Study

by Randy Sullivan
“You’ll never be able to throw at a high level again.” I can count 10 guys off the top of my head who were given that prognosis from highly esteemed medical professionals. Nearly all of them are throwing in college now and are doing well. One made it all the way back to the big leagues. In this video you’ll hear the story of Corey, a stud lefty who played at Florida. He endured 2 labrum repairs and was told to hang up the cleats. But he had other plans.   Start With The Pain launches in just 5 days! […]

Start With The Pain Has Launched

by Randy Sullivan
START WITH THE PAIN HAS LAUNCHED!! Wow! We’ve been working on this for almost 2 years, and it’s almost here. Our new book, Start With The Pain: The Complete Guide To Managing Arm Pain In The Elite Throwing Athlete is the first product in the the baseball training industry that provides a step-by-step, easy to implement guide for reducing injury risk and managing arm pain and injury. This transformational book and video will give all coaches, players, parents and instructors the tools they need to independently eliminate arm pain forever. Check out the video below, and please leave a comment. […]