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This group is the place to discuss baseball specific exercises and training.  Put in your time in the gym before you step between the lines.

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Old Shoulder Injuries

Started by Robin Mackey. Last reply by Robin Mackey Aug 7, 2014. 10 Replies

Okay.  Say a 60+ who was a pretty good pitcher as a young-un, UNTIL he had his pitching arm pulled out while at the bottom of a football dog-pile 44 years ago and couldn't throw a pea after that,…Continue

Mental fitness?

Started by Coach Mike. Last reply by Bob Metts Nov 21, 2013. 41 Replies

If this is stretching the…Continue

Increasing Hand Strength

Started by Will Laurence. Last reply by Carl Young II Jul 15, 2013. 7 Replies

Any suggestions on how to increase hand strength?I'm looking for ways that will benefit a hitter, help with power, bat speed, etc.Are there any baseball specific exercises?  Devices?Thanks!Continue

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Training the Pitcher Part I- Why Running Poles Are Overrated and a List of Effective Alternatives

Started by David Franco. Last reply by Mike Easler Nov 29, 2012. 12 Replies

NLB If you are a pitcher, you have seen professional pitchers run poles, heard coaches talk…Continue

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Comment by Grant Whaley on March 4, 2015 at 8:12am

Just joined Checkswing and looking to network on here, especially with fellow coaches. Add me as a friend and let's talk baseball!

Comment by Dion Chamar Owens on January 3, 2013 at 7:47pm

My advice, is to stretch them until you can't stretch them anymore.

Comment by Brent Pronger on December 22, 2012 at 2:12pm

Does any body know good stretches for first basemen to get full flexibility in there legs?

Comment by Darrick Ervin on September 27, 2012 at 1:59pm

Depend on what your goals are for next season ... Working backward from the start of your season date ... Mark off 6 to 8 weeks, this is where preseason begins. From the beginning of preseason to the end off last season, this is off season. You can divide off season into 1/2 or 1/3, depending on what your goal are for next season. If you are trying so add huge amount of muscle mass, off season is broken up in to third's, if not into halve's. The first 1/3 or 1/2 is rest and relaxation. The remaining 2/3 or 1/2 is all about strength, power & mechanics development...

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Comment by Dion Chamar Owens on July 24, 2012 at 1:30pm

Have you heard of any baseball player that can lift 500lbs

Comment by John A. Baker on May 13, 2011 at 9:57pm
This suggestion is NOT for pitchers, but for fielders. As to how often,
that would depend on the quality of players/fielders.

There’s nothing more boring than long toss, over and over again - same-mo same-mo. So, a fielding coach I worked with once, come up with this drill - he called it the box.

Two lines of fielders would stand opposite each other, with one fielder at the ends, like in the picture below. Then they’d toss a ball back-n-forth, 1 to 2, 2 to 3, etc. When the ball got to the fielder on the end of the box, he’d toss a grounder for one-hop to the other fielder = number 1, then the tossing would start all over again.

The distance would start off relatively close for fielders - about 40 feet. As each fielder got use to the distance, then 50 feet, 70 feet, 90 feet, then max’d out at 120 feet.

When they got confident at not only distance, but accuracy too, the distance was brought back to about 70 feet. Now the fun starts.

Fielder 1 would toss a ball to number 2, and so on, until the ball reached the end fielder at the end opening of the box, then fielder 1 would start ANOTHER BASEBALL IN MOTION. So, at this point, there’s two baseball’s in motion.

When the fielders got use to controlling two baseballs, at 70 feet, the two baseballs would be stop’d, the fielders would move to 120 feet, and start the drill with the two baseballs all over.

Controlling the tempo of play -tossing the balls back and forth is critical, as is hitting the fielder across from each other accurately.
But, the idea is to control the balls so one doesn't catch up to the other too quickly.

This drill sooner or later will start to shake some awareness into every fielder by keeping him alert to another baseball coming his way... real soon.
Comment by Shaun Reed on May 13, 2011 at 4:29pm
how often should I long toss a week.  I"m trying to set up a throwing program for my high school team this summer.  I am thinking 2 a week of long toss.  One day needs to be longer and the other day should be shorter, but not alot shorter.  What do ya think. 
Comment by Dion Chamar Owens on March 28, 2011 at 1:31pm
After reading that, I would say we all got until we're 90 to make pro. 
Comment by Kip Gross on March 21, 2011 at 4:57pm
Comment by Dion Chamar Owens on March 21, 2011 at 2:19pm
Just to be certain. I want to know who was the oldest person to ever to go pro? Whether it was the MLB or otherwise. because that comment was interesting about how the door was closed forever. I thought that as long as you stayed in shape, you always had a chance. Even if you did have a family.   

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