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Pitching – You’re one foot away from better command.

Pitching aside … How do your foot placements impact your arms?

  • When your feet are wider than your hips, to get any one foot off the ground, you’re forced to shift your weight over your back-foot.
  • With all your weight over your back foot, to move anywhere, you must take a…
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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on July 17, 2018 at 7:49pm — No Comments

T-Ball Drill Sneak Preview

This is a drill from T-Ball America and Marty Schupak's newest t-ball book due out in 2019.



Free Standing Bench Throw Drill #4…


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Added by Marty Schupak on July 13, 2018 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Pitching - Feeling balance isn’t being in balance.

Your mind wants to keep your body in balance.

For example, anytime your mind senses you’re falling, to keep you from hurting yourself, your mind instantaneously takes control of your every movement.

Being in balance.

“Being in balance” is ending your front leg lift with your weight…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on July 10, 2018 at 1:02pm — No Comments

T-Ball Drill By Marty Schupak

This t-ball drill is a sneak preview of Marty Schupak and T-Ball America's new book, 

Youth Baseball Drills: T-Ball, Ages 4-7 Years Old

due out in 2019.…

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Added by Marty Schupak on July 9, 2018 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Turn your pitching results into a valuable reaction!

Where your command struggles come from.

Throwing with both feet on the ground discounts your command.

  • - When you land your foot plant and then make a throwing action, you twist your back.
  • > Your back’s twisting action carries down your spine and into your hips.
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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on July 3, 2018 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Turn your pitching results into a valuable reaction!

Where your command struggles come from.

Throwing with both feet on the ground discounts your command.

  • - When you land your foot plant and then make a throwing action, you twist your back.
  • > Your back’s twisting action carries down your spine and into your hips.
  • >…
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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on July 3, 2018 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Elite pitching results are more mental than physical.

These elements drive your success.

These basic elements that go into every pitch result.

  1. Your Subconscious – To keep your body in balance, your mind is programmed to automatically rearranges your body parts.
  2. Your Physiological Factors – When your mind rearranges your body…
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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on June 27, 2018 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Pitching … How to engage your lower body?

The best and easiest way to challenge every hitter on every pitch comes from turning your throwing action into a lower body reaction.

These are the choices you have to engage your lower body.

Your front leg lift.

By ending your front leg lift with your weight centered just in front…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on June 19, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Case For No Baseball Gloves In Tee Ball & Youth Baseball!

I maintain Little League and Tee Ball experiment with their players not using gloves. Before you decide to commit me and throw away the key, take a deep breath, relax and I’ll explain why using playing baseball without gloves for say the first two or three games of the season may lead to better ballplayers in the long run. I’m not looking to put Rawlings or Wilson out of business. In fact if my theory holds true then the…

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Added by Marty Schupak on June 2, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Hi Check Swing Community

Hi Everyone, my name is Jonathan.  A few friends and I are starting a wood bat company based out of Southern California.  We are excited to venture on this new journey.  I found this website and see it as a great tool to continue to learn more about the wood bat industry and pick up a few more tips and tricks along the way.

Added by MVP Bats on May 30, 2018 at 5:44pm — 1 Comment

Branch Ricky, Breaking The Color Barrier And Baseball Innovator

Branch Ricky was a baseball player and executive who is probably is best remembered for breaking the color barrier signing Jackie Robinson. This was his greatest feat but if you look closely at the man himself, it is incredible what an innovator he was. Rickey was from Stockade Ohio. After high school he went on to play catcher for the…
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Added by Marty Schupak on May 29, 2018 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Baseball’s Disappearance of the Bunt

  My lifelong love affair with baseball statistics goes way back to the early 1960’s when my father would be attacked by me when he came home from work with the old defunct newspaper the New York World-Telegram. I would almost tackle his right arm as he walked through our front door to get the sports section to look at yesterday’s box score. It was a love most baseball fans have had ever since they could remember. I would…

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Added by Marty Schupak on May 28, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

An Out-of-Control Throwing Arm Produces Very Predictable Results

Poor Results = Early Loss of Arm Control

With a hip tilt at the top of your front leg lift, as you move down the mound, you use throwing arm to offset your stride.

When your front foot hits the ground, your stride tempo will determine your throwing arm path.  In the end, your throwing arm…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on May 22, 2018 at 12:15pm — No Comments

A Hip Tilt Destroys Your Command

(This blog takes your “pitching improvement” conversation from what you see to how your body interprets what you see.)

How do pitchers with a hip tilt perform at the highest levels?

Just because you see a lot of professional pitchers lift their front knee above…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on May 8, 2018 at 11:56am — No Comments

What messages does your starting position send your body?

A 1-inch difference between release points means a 7-inch difference at the plate.

Elite location (nearly 65% of your pitches travel directly into your Catcher’s mitt) comes from your starting position telling your body’s invisible blueprint that, as you move…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on May 1, 2018 at 11:42am — No Comments

What’s at the core of your location?

In past blogs we’ve defined single-legged “balance” as having your weight centered within your knees which brings your core into an upright position. We promote “balance” not only to keep your glove arm free to rotate your body around your core, but to keep your core upright.

From the top of your…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on April 24, 2018 at 9:53am — No Comments

In Youth Baseball Outfielders Who hold The Ball Too Long

  I've seen it happen in almost all sports even at the professional level. In hockey I've seen players holding the puck too long when they should either shoot at the net or pass the puck to another teammate. This happens a lot on power plays especially if the team has that rare two-man advantage. In basketball we see some point guards holding the ball too long when they should be trying to either penetrate the key or pass it off. Of course…

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Added by Marty Schupak on April 17, 2018 at 8:54pm — 1 Comment

Amazing Library of Hitting Videos- Dustin Lind

I do not know Dustin Lind but greatly appreciate the time and effort he has put in while accumulating the hundreds of videos in this library. Actually, thousands of videos when you consider there are several videos of most players in each folder. This is a tremendous resource for any player, coach or parent. 

Be warned, you may end up spending hours watching…

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Added by Bill Stanton on April 17, 2018 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Does Your Initial Back-Knee Position Impact Your Results?

When do your pitching results suffer?

When you begin your delivery with your back knee to the home plate side of your back foot, as your front foot comes off the ground, you end your backward hip shift with all your weight over your back foot and your core tilted from front to…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on April 17, 2018 at 9:46am — No Comments

What Pitchers fail to consider?

The Truth about Pitching.

What you think you see isn’t what happens.

Human nature dictates, when you see something you don't understand, you come up with a reason for what you see.  When you see…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on April 5, 2018 at 3:07pm — No Comments

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