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An Open Letter From Our Owner And CEO

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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 —…

Is The Tap Connector; Throwing Club The Bomb?

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Turns Out The Germans May Have Had This Throwing Thing Figured Out My middle son, Ryan is a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. He’s a tank platoon leader stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. One day during his initial tank training in Fort Benning, Georgia, Ryan was instructed to report to the firing range for grenade training.  The instructor, tasked with teaching the young officers in Ryan’s class the fine art of grenade throwing, was a salty First Sergeant from Macon, Georgia named Jedediah Jones.…

How To Throw 95 Without Getting Hurt

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Did you see the 2018 MLB Allstar Game? If you did, then you noticed one common denominator on both sides of the ball — POWER! On the offensive side, there were twenty hits — 10 homers.  And on the mound, every pitcher was bringing straight fuel! Here are the maximum velocities of every pitcher in the game. Sale 100.7 mph Vazquez 99.9 Diaz 99.4 Foltynewicz 99.0 Severino 98.9 Treinen 98.9 deGrom 98.8 Scherzer 98.5 Snell 98.2 Jeffress 98.1 Morton 97.9 Jimenez 97.5 Hader 97 Berrios 96.9…

Welcome To TWITs Anonymous

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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…

A Self-Organization Model For Arm Pain Management

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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. …

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

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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.…