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4day pitching plan

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ted Browne Sep 29, 2013. 23 Replies

I have come up with a 4 day pitching routine.  I would like feedback on what you guys think.  I'm attempting to use this plan when I get my shot at coaching Varsity.  I know its difficult to attempt…Continue

radar guns

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Richards Jul 16, 2013. 24 Replies

I am a pitching instructor in Albuquerque, NM and I have been asked several times about using a radar gun.  I coach on a all-star team was using a radar gun to clock his guys and told his players to…Continue

pitching lessons

Started Aug 23, 2010 0 Replies

My name is Shaun Reed and I am a pitching instructor with Ulitmate Dugout in Albuquerque New Mexico.  the website is   


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Profile Information

P, 1B, OF
Type of hitter... Power? Average? Slap? Pull?
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
fly ball pitcher
I currently:
Play Baseball, Coach Baseball, Am a Pitching Instructor
Baseball Playing Experience:
Teeball, Little League, Babe Ruth, High School, College, 30+
Baseball Coaching Experience:
USSSA, High School, 18+, 30+
Baseball Umpiring Experience
Little League
Softball Playing Experience:
Independent, Slow Pitch
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
David Wright. I like the fact that david wright hits for average and can hit for power too. He just plays the game hard and the right way.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Greg Maddux. He was able to locate any pitch he wanted in any spot and could throw any pitch he wanted in any situation.
Additional Playing/Coaching Info (If applicable, include detailed info here such as - HS, College, Pro Leagues, Summer Leagues, Arm Speed, 60 Time, Catcher Pop Time, etc.):
I am a left handed pitcher. I played pitcher, 1st and all 3 outfield positions in high school. I mainly pitched in college. I got a few looks from pro scouts but nothing ever happened. I also played in a very competitive college league in Boston Ma. I have also worked several baseball camps and now I play in a mens league in Albuquerque NM and I also coach high school baseball as a pitching coach.

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Prayer for a Coach

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 12:51pm 0 Comments

Good morning everyone,  I"m asking that we pray for a guy that is suffering from kidney and liver infection and was given a week to live. This was a friend of mine's former assistant coach a few years ago.  I"m not asking for money but just prayer for his family.  His name is Jeff Mark Robinson.  Thank you all 

Pitching Questions

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 12:00am 20 Comments

I have a question that I have been going over in my head the last couple of days and I am looking for any help or advice anyone can offer up. I'm working with a pitcher and this kid is opening up when he throws and cannot locate his fastball for strikes. He is also releasing the ball too far back to locate anything down. When he doesn't open up, he leaves the ball up and he doesn't throw hard enough to pitch up in the zone consistently. My questions are, which should I focus on first... the…


All I want to do is coach!!!!

Posted on August 18, 2010 at 12:09am 5 Comments

My name is Shaun and for the past 2 years I have been trying to get a job at a baseball academy or any place where I can teach the great game of baseball (pitching to be exact). I have had a few coaching postitions where I have taught pitching; there's a few problems though. First: I never played pro ball. I came close, but didn't make it. I have applied to a bunch of places and I just can't get my foot in the door. What am I missing? I played college ball and was pretty successfull, not…


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At 2:54pm on September 6, 2011, Kip Gross said…



my son's 11 year old team started doing an agility program about 1 year ago where they go to the high school weight room once a week and do various agilities and body weight workouts for about an hour and a half and I feel it has made them move to the next level. You can go on the internet and check out tons of different agilities that you can use but just be sure and use the ones that are similar to baseball movements. 


I don't know what Jeagar teaches with bands but I do know that ALL pitchers should do the Jobe exercises 2-3 times every week but make sure that they do them properly because if not they are pretty worthless. They HAVE to isolate the CUFF muscles. 


Good luck

At 12:25pm on September 1, 2011, Kip Gross said…



if there is anything else let me know. I truly hope all of your players learn a bunch from you during the season. If there is one thing I can promise you and it is this, preach teaching throwing strikes during the games and pitching to contact. I have managed, coached and played, and there is always a direct correlation between ERA and the number of walks a pitching staff gives up. If there was ever ONE thing I learned by pitching professionally for 16 years was that no matter how good your defense is they cannot defend the walk. Let me know how it goes Shaun.

At 2:04am on September 1, 2011, Kip Gross said…



I'm not sure of your ages but when I was a freshman I was 15 years old and I still did not throw any breaking balls what so ever. At the time I was 5' 1" 105 pounds and was pretty much a late bloomer. Yes, I threw pretty hard but then again I grew up in Gering Nebraska so my hard probably wasn't very hard in a bigger program. BTW, I graduated from high school 5' 9" 165 lbs. and kept growing to 6' 2" by my sophomore year in college. The reason I say this is because no matter what you think you know, you really don't because all people are different. There is no way anyone can know when someone is finished growing. What I'm saying is had I started throwing breaking balls when I was a freshman, I know in my mind that I wouldn't have lasted as long as I did as a pitcher.

With that said, as long as your players have been throwing long toss and FEEL fine, let em throw off the mound. Work on their mechanics as they are pitching and .......I have to go. Sorry

At 1:22am on August 30, 2011, Kip Gross said…

What is are the ages of your pitchers and will this be the 1st time that they start throwing period or will they have already been long tossing for some time? 


1st and foremost your arm has to be ready to throw off a mound, if it's not you can get pretty sore from the different motion that you use. Whenever I got on a mound I would throw until I felt like my arm was starting to get a little use to it. Meaning 20 pitches would have been more like a warm up and then throwing whatever that took to get to. After about 2-3 mound sessions I would start throwing all of my breaking balls but would limit them to whatever I felt that particular day. Start throwing the change up as soon as possible because it's more of a feel pitch and the sooner you feel it the better off they will be. Don't worry about location or command until you start throwing batting practice or face hitters. Get the arm ready 1st with all of that stuff coming later. BTW, I'm very big on long toss, once a week throwing the ball as far as you can, not as hard as you can. This is how I used to play catch. 

At 4:22pm on August 29, 2011, Kip Gross said…

in my opinion I never did understand why anyone would want to throw a straight fastball to get ahead. #1, how much does your 2 seam fastball actually move to have to even throw it to try and get a hitter to swing and miss, and #2, most hitters a ever faced loved swinging early in the count because more times than not it's going to be a fastball because of what you mentioned, getting ahead. The 4 seam fastball is a pitch that pitchers that throw HARD use to get hitters to chase up or freeze them on the corner. I have to run. sorry
At 3:45pm on August 21, 2011, Kip Gross said…
The pitch you are talking about (Vulcan) is really just a change up or a different look fork ball. A sinker is a fastball that actually sinks and is thrown as a fastball and should be thrown 99% of the time for the pitchers fastball. Last summer when I was managing Victory in BC in the Golden League I had about 20 pitchers over the course of the season and there wasn't even 1 (ONE) that threw a two seem fastball which is in essence a sinker IF you get on top and finish it. All of them threw 4 seem fastballs. I asked almost all of them WHY they didn't throw a 2 seemer and the answer was echoed by almost all of them. "Because it moves" . I then knew part of the reason WHY they were pitching in independent ball.. I would bet that 99.9999% of all MLB hitter would say they would rather face a 97 mph STRAIGHT fastball over an 88 mph moving fastball. I will chat with you more on the sinker but bear with me because it's hard to DESCRIBE grips and throwing motions.
At 6:04pm on August 20, 2011, Kip Gross said…



there are many different grip to throw a sinker but the main reason a ball sinks is because the ball topples at a certain point which makes it lose speed and fall some. You can also make it sink by turning your wrist counter clockwise some when you let go of the ball. All of this is very tough to just tell someone but rather show and experiment. Some days are better than others and altitude and weather play a big part as well. 

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At 11:10am on June 28, 2010, Kyle Grucci said…
Welcome to CheckSwing, Shaun!

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At 11:26pm on June 26, 2010, Bill Stanton said…
Shaun- Thanks for joining us at CheckSwing! Have a great time making new connections and talking baseball. Please invite any players and coaches that you know to join us as well. Enjoy!

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