Ron Wolforth / 17 posts found

The External vs. Internal Focus Debate In Baseball Skill Acquisition

by Randy Sullivan
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I heard a lot of talk among coaches at the ABCA Convention in Dallas last month about motor learning and skill acquisition science.  That’s a good thing.  It’s refreshing to see so many coaches and MLB teams expanding their horizons and pushing toward a more “science-based, data-driven” approach to enhance both in-game performance and player development.  When I played, we all wanted to work hard; however, knowing what to work on was always a problem.  I can remember going into my mother’s…

Got Cut? Good.

by Randy Sullivan
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Last week the high schools in our area held their annual tryouts. Opening day is in two weeks. For most of our students, this is an exciting time — a chance to see the results of the hard work the put in during the offseason. That’s the story for most Ranch Guys … but not all of them. Today, the father of one of our students called and requested a meeting before our 4:00 pm class. Tim (not his real name), a right-handed junior pitcher had been working hard all winter and was steadily…

Sullivan! Get Off The Field!

by Randy Sullivan
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How 4 Words Changed a Baseball Career and a Life My first season as a baseball player at The Citadel, I was an ineligible redshirt Junior. I had transferred to The Citadel after two years at Erskine College, which at the time, was a small NAIA school (500 students) in South Carolina. By NCAA rule, I had to sit out for a year. I could practice with the team, but could not play in the games. Lots of naysayers said I was crazy for making the switch. I was a two-year starter at shortstop at Erskine,…

5 Flawed Assumptions Holding Us Back From Real Progress In Baseball Training (part 2)

by Randy Sullivan
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Does this make sense? If you want to be a great guitar player, it would be helpful to be able to play the guitar more than most people play the guitar. If you want to be a great chemist, you should probably plan on doing chemistry stuff (whatever that means) more than the average person does chemistry stuff. And if you want to be a great throwing athlete (pitcher or fielder), you should probably plan on throwing more than the average person throws. This is where, in the baseball training industry,…

This Ranch Guy Gained 24 mph in 3 Years and Got a D1 Power 5 Scholarship

by Randy Sullivan
During the winter of 2016, a young 8th grader named Camden Minacci checked in at our physical therapy clinic for rehab after surgery on his right forearm. Cam was a baseball player, but this was not a throwing injury. You see, a few weeks prior, Cam had been playing in a basketball game in one of those gyms with the short baseline area and a door under the basket. On a breakaway, he tried to use the brick wall as his brakes, and this happened (shown with the approval of Cam and his parents). It…

How Minnesota Twins RHP Kyle Gibson Earned The Best Season Of His Career

by Randy Sullivan
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I met Minnesota Twins starting pitcher, Kyle Gibson on December 20, 2016.  After a stellar college career at Missouri, Kyle was chosen with the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft. He looked to be on the fast track to the majors until he was sidelined by a UCL tear in 2011.  He eventually made his major league debut on June 29th, 2013.  By 2015, he had become a mainstay in the Twins rotation. On the surface, Kyle’s career seemed to be trending upward.  However, underneath all the hope,…

Paradise By The Dashboard Lights

by Randy Sullivan
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One of the keys to efficient movement in pitching is stabilizing attractors. As described in several previous articles, in The Dynamical Systems Theory, which is the guiding force in our approach to training, “attractors” are stable parts of movements and “fluctuations” are the variable components. Through research and deductive reasoning, we’ve identified 7 attractors in throwing that must be stable for maximizing efficiency, performance and injury risk reduction. For more on our attractor-based…

The Gang Leader: Self-Organization of Four Menacing Velo Robbers

by Randy Sullivan
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Pablo Escobar, Lucky Luciano, Al Capone, Carlo Gambino, Jessie James, John Dillinger. What do they have in common? They’re all notorious gang leaders — criminals who influenced their underlings to commit crimes against humanity.  Say what you want about the morality of their endeavors, but In their respective hay days, they were all highly successful, and their organizations functioned efficiently. However, in all cases, changes in their business environment (i.e., attention from The…

Better Late Than Ugly: Two-Strike Hitting

by Randy Sullivan
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Last month my business partner of 19 years, our CFO/COO, Amy Marsh and I were invited to New York City for the East Coast premiere of director Frank Chen’s highly acclaimed documentary, Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story.  The movie chronicles the inspirational journey of Taiwanese superstar Chien-Ming Wang’s resurgence and returns to the big leagues.  The Texas and Florida Baseball Ranches are featured in the film.  Wang’s credits his work with at the Ranch as playing a pivotal role…

An Open Letter From Our Owner And CEO

by Randy Sullivan
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Dear Trainees, Families, and Followers, These past few months have been chaotic, challenging and exhausting and at the same time, insightful, exhilarating, and gratifying.  Most of all we have been inspired and honored by the response from our colleagues and customers.  With three major events coming to a close — The Florida Baseball Ranch®/Dutch Baseball Skill Acquisition Summit, our Complete Game Summer Training Program and the largest Elite Performance Boot Camp we’ve ever held —…