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Strangle The Suck Out Of It

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Championship seasons suck until they’re over and you get to bask in the glory. They suck because they’re demanding, grueling, full of pressure, etc…but a winning player is one who knows how to embrace the suck! Nobody knows that better than an army man. Here’s what I mean: Last week I got a call from my middle son,  US Army 2Lt Ryan Sullivan.  Ryan is currently stationed at Ft. Benning, GA in training to become a tank commander.  He sounded tired. “How’s it going?”…

SAVAGE = Deadlifts, Squats and Bench Press?

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When I first met Jack (not his real name) in 2015, he had just completed his freshman year of college.  His first year as a mid-to-upper 80’s lefty at a D2 program hadn’t gone as well as expected.  When he arrived on campus the baseball program had jumped headlong into the heavy weightlifting culture that is pervasive in our game.  The key to velocity, they believe, is in the weight room. According to more than 1 internet guru, “If you can’t deadlift or squat 2 1/2 times…

The Top 4 Ways Pitchers Become Disconnected

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The definition of disconnected pitching mechanics: “Disconnected pitching mechanics” describes a pitcher whose body parts act independently, away from the natural synergy of the rest of the body or apart from a stable spine, which adds stress to connective tissue that can result in injury, premature fatigue and/or difficulty with recovery. Disconnections can also limit an athlete’s ability to summate the forces in the kinetic chain when throwing, thereby limiting the ability to achieve…

4 Differentiators Of Success

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I truly believe anyone can make it as far in this game as they want and that includes you. That’s not hyperbole of fluff. It’s what I believe. It’s what I know. Without that belief as the foundation of our process, the success of our students would be impossible. If you truly want to add velo, improve your command, eliminate your arm pain and reach performance heights grater than you can imagine, I believe you can do it. But, to get there you need 4 things and they all start with the letter…

Students From FBR Baseball Training Programs Rake in $8.042 Million In Signing Bonuses In 2017 MLB Draft

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Cape Cod League Is Where It’s At Last week I saw a tweet announcing the D1baseball.com top 25 prospects of the Cape Cod League. I clicked on the link and was thrilled with what I saw. I’ve said this before and it ruffled some feathers then, so it probably will again. In my humble opinion, if your collegiate summer league doesn’t include the Word’s Cape and Cod in its name, it may be a waste of time. But, the Cape Cod League is the real deal. Nowhere else can a young man test his mantle…

Leaving Velo On The Table? Plenty Of First Timers At Our Baseball Training Programs Do it…

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A Case Study In Body Mechanics & Impact On Velocity   A few days ago I met a High School player named Jake (from Connecticut… not from State Farm) who illustrated perfectly the importanfce of physical constraints as they relate to mechanical efficiencies. First of all, Jake is an extremely driven guy and hard worker. He is a stud in the gym. He’s only 5’9”, and he weighs around 180 lbs, but he can deadlift and squat over 450 lbs. Yet, from the mound he tops out at 78 mph……

FBR Baseball Training Programs Take Athlete From Elbow Pain To Team U.S.A.

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How Nelson Berkwich Made Team USA The 2020 Vandy commit from Boca Raton, FL was a low to mid 80s lefty when I met him on September 23, 2016. He and his father made the 3-hour drive to the Florida Baseball Ranch® for a Precision Strike One Day One-On-One Evaluation and Training session. How Our Baseball Training Programs Improved Efficiency We conducted a full head-to-toe physical assessment and a video analysis of his movement pattern. We noted a few mobility issues and a slightly elevated distal…

How NOT Long Tossing or Throwing Weighted Balls In Baseball Training Programs Could Hurt You

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Wait… What? And here we go again. The long toss and weighted ball police are back at it. It seems that every week someone posts a titillating headline on twitter.  “Study. Max Distance Throwing Changes Mechanics and Puts More Stress On The Arm.” It’s often accompanied by this infograph. First of all… that study is not news. It came out in 2011. But since we’re getting into it again,  I guess I can engage. The longstanding argument against long toss is as follows: 1)…

Throw Weighted Balls, Lift Heavy Stuff, and Fix Your Mechanics To Improve Velocity? It’s Not That Simple!

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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…

Arm Health: Beyond Pitch Counts… And All The Usual Suspects

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In 2007 Little League Baseball became the first national youth baseball organization to implement and enforce pitch count limits and associated required rest periods based on age. Ten years later, pitch limits appear to have done very little to quell the rise of arm injuries among youth baseball players. Last spring, the National Federation of State High School Baseball Associations also implemented rigid pitch counts and rest rules. While limiting pitches per outing among high school age players…