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

by Randy Sullivan
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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 experts in skill acquisition and motor learning science, “The body shows remarkably little interest in what the coach has to […]

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

by Randy Sullivan
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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 Ninety-Six which was ninety-six miles from the state capital, Columbia. During my first semester as […]

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

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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 we must let the body organize itself over time in order to create a new robust movement pattern that does not increase […]

A Self-Organization Model For Arm Pain Management

by Randy Sullivan
The following is an excerpt from Randy Sullivan, MPT. “Start WIth The Pain.” iBooks.  “My name is Randy Sullivan. I am a physical therapist and a baseball coach. They call me “The Arm Pain Assassin.” I am one of the best arm pain specialists on the planet and if you ask me why your arm hurts I will tell you … I don’t know.  “Ok… so maybe that sounds a little arrogant, but you get the point. I know a LOT about throwing, a LOT about arm pain and a LOT about how to get rid of it.  But, it’s […]

Is Baseball’s Current Instructional Pop Culture Giving Weighted Balls A Bad Name?

by Randy Sullivan
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A guest blog from Coach Ron Wolforth The competitive baseball universe is very akin in many ways to our Western Culture at large, trends and fads are always in motion. As we all know from life experience, trends and fads simply come and go. In 2018, ‘weighted balls’ and velocity enhancement programs are decidedly in vogue. Even as I travel around the world to places like Italy, The Netherlands and Australia, I see weighted ball programs coupled with their promises of fantastic jumps in velocity. If you are a relative newcomer to the world of competitive baseball, you may not […]

Why Batting Practice Stinks (part 2): The Redshirt Brigade

by Randy Sullivan
How are you feeling? Did you get any sleep at all last night or were you tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling and eventually pacing the floor in anticipation of the release of today’s blog? You’re eyes look a little bloodshot. It’s ok.  I got your back. Yesterday I released a blog that challenged the effectiveness of batting cages and pitching machines based on a motor learning concept called representative design.  Click here if you didn’t get a chance to read it. In yesterday’s article, I promised I would reveal an idea that would rock the college baseball recruiting […]

This Idea Is Going to Blow Up College Recruiting

by Randy Sullivan
I’ve said it before … I’m an idea man. A couple of weeks I wrote a blog about an idea for changing USA Baseball forever.  No response from them as of yet.  Still waiting.  Probably tied up in some committee or something. Nevertheless, the ideas just keep on flowing.  Here’s one for all the hitting guys, college coaches, and recruiting coordinators. You’re welcome in advance. Way back in 1970, in what has become possibly the most clichéd quote in the history of the game, Ted Williams wrote,  “Hitting is the most difficult thing to do in sports.”  Since the moment his […]

Late Life: How Chien-Ming Wang Made It Back To The Big Leagues (Pt 3 of 3)

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This is part 3 of 3 in a series about the resurgence of Taiwanese MLB superstar, Chien-Ming Wang. For part 1 Click Here For part 2 Click Here Chein-Ming Wang made the Royals 25-man roster out of camp. That’s the day the crisis hit. The day the club announced the news I got a call from Chien’s agent, Alan Chang.  “Chien’s shoulder started hurting after his last outing. He’s on a plane to Kansas City. He wants to know if you can fly there and help him.” On opening day 2016, I sat in the left field bleachers and watched […]

Late Life: How Chien-Ming Wang Made It Back To The Big Leagues (Part 2 Of 3)

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This is part 2 of a 3 part series. To read part 1, CLICK HERE We earmarked the first 4 weeks for ability development – power building, mobility training, cleaning up his movement pattern and pushing velocity once per week. His throwing plan (6 days per week) included twice-weekly long toss, precision drill work, and one velo push day per week. Every aspect of his training plan during this phase — from warmup to throwing program, to weight training, scapular stability, training, yoga, and plyometrics would be coordinated across all disciplines and would be designed to build power. Recovery would […]

What To Do If You Have A Bad Velo Day: Understanding Supercompensation

by Randy Sullivan
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It’s 9:15 am on a muggy, humid summer day in Plant City, Florida.  Hidden on the backside of a mystifyingly beautiful property that features hundreds of giant oak trees strung like Christmas tinsel with picturesque Spanish moss, The Florida Baseball Ranch® (FBR) is both sanctuary and laboratory for a collection of uncommonly dedicated athletes known in the baseball community as “Ranch Guys.  A cluster of high school and college level pitchers stands perched on the slopes of a 5-pack of bullpen mounds, while a host of others are posted down the length of a 360’ x 60’ grass-covered long toss […]