dynamic systems theory / 9 posts found

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

by Randy Sullivan
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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 during the breaks, lunches, cocktail hours and the panel discussions will be as valuable as the content presented during the scheduled activities. I just […]

Welcome To TWITs Anonymous

by Randy Sullivan
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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 how to do it better (sometimes demonstrating again while pointing out […]

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

by Randy Sullivan
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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 on his players’ success and measurable in the added revenue produced for his business. I asked Alex to write us […]

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

by Randy Sullivan
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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 me unable to proceed. It was one of those thoughts. You know? The kind of thought that makes your legs […]

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

by Randy Sullivan
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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 outings, once per week, was that his barking elbow couldn’t tolerate any more than that. […]

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 New Way Of Looking At Mechanical Efficiency in Pitching

by Randy Sullivan
Much of the training at The Florida Baseball Ranch® is based on the Dynamic Systems Theory. Within that system we try to avoid the inefficient verbal cueing that often corrupts the learning process.  In our approach, we try to use motor learning strategies that create an environment for self-organization to occur.  We use these motor learning precepts to nudge the athlete subconsciously toward more efficient movement patterns. One of the most important strategies involves stabilizing the attractors.  In every human movement, there are components that must be stable and other parts that can be variable.  The stable components are known […]

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 […]