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The Try Out In 2003, my son’s little league team needed a coach so I volunteered. I had just completed 2 books, which have since heavily influenced my coaching career: “Positive Coaching” by Jim Thompson and “Championship Team Building” by Jeff Janssen. I was eager to try some of the fresh ideas. Any who has been around Little League knows the tryout drill. 3 fly balls, 3 grounders, 5 swings, and run the bases. They give you a spreadsheet to grade each player on a…

Bloggers Without Pants (and 8th Grade Verbal Commits)

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Had a kid come in for a Precision Strike One Day One-on-One Evaluation and Training Session. He’s a senior in high school who has been working with us since his freshman year. We’ll call him Cade. When I first met Cade he had some significant mechanical issues and physical constraints. He had a big forearm flyout, and inverted w, early torso rotation and a quad dominant lower half. After our initial encounter, I didn’t see him for a while until he returned with severe elbow pain. We got that…

3 Critical Mind Shifts You Must Achieve If You’re Ever Going To Make It

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If you’re ever going to make it in in baseball and in life, you must start with 3 critical mind shifts. 1) Reject the Freak Theory… the elitists among us want you to believe that everything you become is predicated on the DNA you were given at birth. They want you to accept that only a chosen few with “God-given talent” have a shot success. It is arrogance at its finest, and it’s total crap! I’ve heard Coach Wolforth say it dozens of times and I agree… Your genetics determine where…

Should We Really Try To Eliminate All UCL Stress?

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Last week the mailman delivered the monthly edition of my favorite medical journal, The American Journal of Sports Medicine! Like a kid on Christmas Morning, I immediately dug in searching for any pearl of wisdom that might help my students. I came across a study reporting the results of stress ultrasound imaging of the UCLs in young pitchers. 1 You can read the entire article by CLICKING HERE, but I will summarize… Researchers performed ultrasounds while stressing the UCLs of 102 youth and…

“You Know… It’s Always Something”… But It’s Never One Thing.

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Last week I was on a plane heading back from a Road Show when a guy noticed my Florida Baseball Ranch logo and asked whatI do. When I told him, he responded with another question. “So what do you think is causing all these arm injuries.” I get that a lot.   My immediate reflex hearkens me back to my high school days when Saturday Night Live was the hottest show on TV, and the late Gild Radner played a character named Roseanne Rosannadanna. Her signature line was, “You know… It’s…

Skipping This Step Could Lead To Serious Injury

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The Importance of Addressing Physical Constraints When I wrote my third baseball related book Engineering The Superhuman Pitching Machine, Volume 2: Conducting a World Class Pitcher Assessment, the idea of linking a physical assessment to a video analysis of throwing mechanics was uncommon. Now most major programs use a physical assessment of some sort, but there are still many instructors, coaches, and parents who don’t truly understand the importance of addressing physical constraints while…

Can Poor Scapular Control Lead to a Labrum or a UCL Tear? You Bet

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Throughout the pitching movement the stability of the scaps is incredibly important, but during the last few milliseconds as the ball is released, the ability to control the scapula becomes vital to the health and durability of the shoulder and the elbow. When a pitcher propels his arm forward, downward, and inward through ball release an entire team of scapular depressors and retractors must work together to resist long axis distraction of the humerus and elevation of the humeral head keeping the…

Forget Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Pitching

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Last weekend we hosted another Elite Performers Bootcamp. In the aftermath of the hurricane, the weather was fantastic. We didn’t take much of a hit here, but our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina who were more severely impacted. During the morning session of day 1, we completed each player’s physical assessment and video analysis. One of the pitchers I evaluated (we’ll call him John) was a tall lefty with robotic, boxy mechanics. When he stepped…

Late Life: How Chien-Ming Wang Made it Back To The MLB (Part 1 of 3)

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Late Life. It’s the perfect title for a documentary by filmmaker, Frank Chen on rise, fall and resurgence of ex-Yankee Ace, Chien Ming Wang. It premier’s in LA on May 9th. I am honored to be a part of it. Here’s the trailer Chien had been a 19-game winner for 2 consecutive seasons with the New York Yankees and was runner-up for the AL Cy Young. But a baserunning injury and subsequent arm trouble had sent him tumbling through the minor leagues and all the way to Indy ball.  By…