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Towel Drill?

Started by Justin Zinkovich. Last reply by Kyle Nelson 18 hours ago. 6 Replies

Glad to be apart of the group and excited to start posting some discussion.My main question for you is the towel drill, Good or bad? Thoughts?Continue

The Pitcher's Stride: Why a Longer Stride Isn't Always the Answer

Started by Phil R.. Last reply by Phil R. Mar 20, 2013. 8 Replies

Hi, just wanted to share something I think might be helpful to young pitchers and coaches out there. Sometimes young pitchers think all they need to do is stride farther and they will throw harder.…Continue

New Article: 3 TIps for Teaching Little League Pitching Mechanics

Started by Phil R. Jan 16, 2013. 0 Replies

Hey guys, new article up on the website. Basically my approach with teaching mechanics when working with very young pitchers vs. how I work with my older guys.Pasting below, you can also read the…Continue

new article: The Long Toss Debate (Part II): The Benefits

Started by Phil R.. Last reply by Alan Jaeger Dec 23, 2012. 11 Replies

Hi, been working on a series of articles on the long toss debate, looking at both sides of it, pros, cons, etc. Just finished Part II: The Benefits. Appreciate any feedback and thoughts. Like long…Continue

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Comment by Lantz Wheeler on Friday

Here's one video I put together that demonstrates how to use the lower body.  Most of the variations I've seen with the wall drill create a pushing type action with the lower body, its a "false" sense of loading the hips.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPStk8uZkhE&list=PL5IJWzVxtuYX2...

Comment by Shaun Reed on April 14, 2014 at 12:17pm

Joe Madden Is one of the best managers because of his thoughts and understand of his players and moves on the field.  I agree 1000% with his thoughts.  I have players on my team that have been playing baseball year round for 3 years with no break,  I don't think its the kids, but the parents that don't understand that kids need a break.  I have a kid that his dad gave him 3 weeks off and then took him outside on the first nice day and had him throw a 40 pitch bullpen off the mound without any throwing on flat ground at all.  The kids arm is messed up now.  I rarely see kids that play a single sport and thats it,  Its one season after another without any time of rest and then the kids get burned out and get worn down and fall apart.  By high school they have become a fragment of what they once were with ability and improvement.  I don't understand how all these major league pitchers are having surgery all the time.  I know a 14yr old that is having TJ surgery in a few weeks.  That astounds me!  a 14 that has is having TJ surgery.  Sorry I got on my soap box.  I believe in rest after a season and I am all for kids playing other sports, but at what point are parents hurting their kids by making them play 3-4 sports a year or playing on 2 teams in the same season.  

Comment by Shaun Reed on April 14, 2014 at 12:07pm

Joe

Comment by Bill Stanton on April 14, 2014 at 11:23am

Joe Maddon, TB Rays manager commenting on the rash of pitching injuries in MLB this early in the season:

"Sometimes you have to look underneath the surface and I tend to agree it has a lot to do with youth sports and travel teams and multiple travel teams and kids pitching to win when they're really young and throwing too many pitches. I think the more recent epidemic curiously might be tied to what they're doing before they even get here professionally."

Comment by Rich Dunno on March 13, 2014 at 3:09pm
How important is "Leg Drive" and "How do you teach it?"
Comment by Bill Stanton on March 11, 2014 at 9:56pm

“I view pitchers just like thoroughbred race horses,” the manager said. “You know, after a racing season, they turn them out on the farm and just let them naturally rebuild. Whether it’s right, wrong or indifferent, that’s my thought and opinion. You have to give them time to naturally recover."  - John Farrell

Comment by Coach Jay Cranford on May 24, 2012 at 6:35pm

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Comment by Jack Frandsen on August 2, 2011 at 3:34am
Our association 'Heavy Hitters Dianond Sports' has put together a four phase bitting program for kids 8 years old and umder. The first phase is all about mentally preparing to become a pitcher.
Comment by Daniel M Krapf on February 23, 2011 at 6:53am
We use Tom House wall drills on his DVD drills for skills. I also use the large exercise balls. I have our pitcher get in a foot strike position hugging the ball then they have to rotate their hips through as much as they can with out moving the ball. We call this the girl friend drill. After we do about 10 -15 reps we repeat the drill this time taking the ball out over their landing leg ( follow through) they rotate back they way they started. The other drill I use is to put on the exercise belt I attach a heavy elastic band to the belt and a much lighter band with a ball on it in their hand. I tell them to get into their foot strike with their opposite & equals. I then hold the heavy and light bands and tell them to start rotating their hips with out pulling the lighter band with the ball on it. They should feel the their hips pulling the heavy band and their arms not pulling the lighter band. When they get their hips through as much as they can I will tell them to throw they are not allowed to throw titll I tell them. For safety reason I will let my arm holding the lighter band with the ball on go forward as they start their throwing motion. This allows them to get the feeling of their hips going and their shoulder staying till their hips get through. You must let your arm go forward with the band with the ball on it when you tell them to throw.
 

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