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Accountable Coaches promote early rotation.

There’s only one way to make your throwing action into a spontaneous reaction to your lower body movements... rotate your lower body before your front foot hits the ground.

With both feet on the ground, to get any hip movement, an Accountable Coach understands your throwing side shoulder needs to pull…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on December 17, 2017 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Pitching Coaches must be held accountable!!!

Pitching Coaches don't understand “why” they see “what” they see. This void makes them incapable of permanently changing anything they see.  Their ignorance puts quality pitching is at a premium, feeds the throwing arm distress epidemic and blocks their pitchers from achieving their…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on December 10, 2017 at 9:15pm — No Comments

new rules to speed up game

At youth tourney, unique rules transform game

MLB, Perfect Game address pace of play with new measures
full article- …
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Added by Bill Stanton on December 7, 2017 at 9:38pm — 2 Comments

Why Catch Everything With Two Hands

  I have been fortunate to have known a lot of coaches in all sports. I was attending a high school playoff basketball game that was going down to the wire. The coach I knew team was down by one point at the end of the game. With a few seconds left, one of the guards got some space and drove all the way down the left side of the basket and put in a lay-up with his right hand just out of the reach of two defenders. The team won the game.…

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Added by Marty Schupak on December 5, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Your movements, not our stats, predict success.

As you move up the base ladder, the probability a hitter drives your best pitches increase and the chance the hitter misses your mistakes decrease, but your current stats can always attract recruiters.

When your pitching plan gets your throwing arm to react your movements, you decrease the probability…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on December 5, 2017 at 8:02am — No Comments

Is your bullpen plan productive?

Routines mimic falling dominoes.  You begin with your first domino (an athletic position), you add a little energy (an action takes you out of your position) and all the dominoes fall (your body reacts).

With a well thought out practice routine, you walk away from each practice session knowing…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on November 26, 2017 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Get yourself ready for MLB attention!

Your pitching motion blueprint. Once you set your feet, your in-built urge to stay in balance reads your foot placements to determine (1) your body position at the top of your front leg lift, then your spontaneous urge to stay in balance uses (2) your body position…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on November 19, 2017 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Who has the advantage… the pitcher or the hitter?

To have an advantage over the hitter, you use your lower body to place each pitch into your Catcher’s target.

  • No matter the grip or release, every pitch shows a fastball throwing arm speed, comes out of the same release window and goes into the Catcher’s target with extremely late ball…
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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on November 13, 2017 at 8:43pm — 4 Comments

Coach, what's wrong with you?

Expectations vs. Actual Accomplishments

You expect your Coach to teach you “greatness”, to get you to pass the eye test and to produce higher level performances than your present level demands.

Every Coach sees the potential for and talks to your future “greatness”, but there’s a huge…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on November 5, 2017 at 10:38am — No Comments

Stabilize Your Pitching Performances

The Science behind your motion

Your Base of Support. When standing on two feet, your base of support is the area between your two feet. However, with one foot on the ground, your base of support transfers from your feet to…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on October 29, 2017 at 11:38am — 5 Comments

Forward momentum sends you backwards

Science has a greater impact on your pitching than you realize. 

The Science

Your Inner Ear

Your inner ear triggers your “fight or flight” response that, the instant any movement works against the earth’s gravitational forces,…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on October 22, 2017 at 5:23pm — No Comments

A New T-Ball Drill Has Been Posted By Marty Schupak

Dive-Ball Drill



This is a drill that can be done as a team or individually in the backyard. All you really need is a patch of thick grass and a bucket of soft covered t-balls or tennis balls. The team is divided into two or three groups. The more lines the more repetitions the players will get. This will depend on how many assistant…
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Added by Marty Schupak on October 19, 2017 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Youth Coaches Must Go Over Teaching Players "Obstruction"

  I have followed sports my whole life. I have been fortunate to witness in person or on television some of the most historical games played in the last fifty years. I have always thought it almost amazing when a hit, basketball shot, or long pass in football occurs that the officials or umpires are able to watch the game away from where the ball, hit or action is occurring. In youth sports…

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Added by Marty Schupak on October 17, 2017 at 9:17am — No Comments

Why Fear of Failure Creates Failure?

Science has a greater impact on your pitching than you realize.

The Science

Your Inner Ear

Your inner ear monitors your head alignment and, when not level, tells your body to use your arms to get your head back to…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on October 16, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments

Youth Coaches Must Go Over Teaching Players "Interference"

  The short story I’m about to tell really has nothing to do with interference but it has something to do with not knowing the rules. A number of years ago my team was in the playoffs. We were involved in a real close one run game. Very late in the game, we had a runner on third and one out. My batter attempted to bunt on the first two pitches and missed so he was down 0-2. I decided to take…

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Added by Marty Schupak on October 12, 2017 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Out-of- balance pitching balance

Science has a greater impact on your pitching than you realize.

 The physical nature of “balance”.

A cylinder resting on one end is in “balance”, but push the top of the cylinder past its base and gravity tips the cylinder over.  

 Gravity

Your inner ear…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on October 8, 2017 at 11:55am — No Comments

From Boston to Bridgeport: The Drake Britton Story



From Boston to Bridgeport: The Drake Britton Story

October 5, 2017

https://www.barstoolsports.com/baseball/from-boston-to-bridgeport-the-drake-britton-story

Tonight the Boston Red Sox will play for another shot at a World Series championship.  A shot at another ring and the glory it represents. But one former…

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Added by Grant Clifford on October 5, 2017 at 8:56pm — 1 Comment

Adjusting your pitching movements hurts your results.

A focus on your pitching sequence improves your results more than tinkering with your movements.

Every movement you make as you move down your pitching chain has an impact on your next movement.

When you allow your movements to complement one another, you…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on October 1, 2017 at 4:41pm — 2 Comments

You Have a “Go to” Position You May Not “Go To”?

You Have a “Go to” Position You May Not “Go To”?

You currently talk about “balance”, but,…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on September 24, 2017 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Separate yourself as an elite Pitcher.

Separate yourself as an elite Pitcher.

Your shoulders and hips are instinctively driven to be vertically…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on September 17, 2017 at 4:21pm — No Comments

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