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  1. Start With The Pain - by Randy Sullivan

    In 2010, Coach Ron Wolforth coined that phrase, and it changed the way I practice physical therapy and forever altered the way I train throwing athletes. It just made sense. You see, in the Ranch System, pain is neither good nor bad. It is simply information  -- a beacon that lights the way toward dysfunction. Continue reading →
  2. Proper Fielding Position for Pitchers

    It is critical for a pitcher to be in a good fielding position once he has released his pitch. In order to get into this proper fielding position a pitcher must end his delivery with his chest square to home plate, glove in front of his body, and his feet should be shoulder width apart in a good athletic stance. This is imperative so that the pitcher will be ready for any balls hit back at him. I would actually emphasize concentrating on how a pitcher finishes as much as anything else in the delivery so that as the pitcher is coming into foot strike and release he is focused on finishing the pitch in a good fielding position. A pitcher’s delivery should never cause him to rotate or spin so that his chest and/or hips are facing 1st base for right handers or 3rd base for left handers. Continue reading →
  3. Three Postures for a Pitcher's Mechanics

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about proper posture when pitching and how detrimental it can be for a coach to try and force all of his pitchers into one “ideal” posture through delivery and release. Coach Wolforth at the Texas Baseball Ranch recognized the importance of allowing each individual athlete to be unique and to have the freedom to incorporate his innate movements into the pitching delivery and consequently decided to quit trying to steer his athletes into what used to be considered the “perfect” mechanics (shoulder level and head over landing foot at release). Instead, Coach Wolforth decided to group pitchers into 3 different categories, thereby allowing diversity among postures. He called these 3 posture groups A, B, and C. The benefit of grouping pitchers into three categories is so that they know from the time they get to the Ranch what type of posture/movements they generally have and can immediately identify with other pitchers that have the same movements throughout delivery. Before I elaborate on this, let me first explain the 3 postures Coach Wolforth has identified that encompass all pitchers. Continue reading →
  4. "Max Effort" Pitchers

    I began pitching when I was a kid, around 8 or 9 years old, and continued until I was in my mid 20’s, yet one of the things I heard throughout my childhood, high school, college, and professional career was that I was a “max effort” guy. I remember coaches at all levels, but especially in college and pro ball, telling me that I need to calm down, smooth things out, make my delivery more pleasing to the eyes. At first, I heeded this advice, thinking that if I could be smoother and deliver the ball with less effort my stuff would be somehow enK Rod Pitchinghanced. The more I studied the game of baseball though I continuously saw Major League guys, top draft picks, and college All-Americans who were throwing with just as much intensity and effort as I was. This eventually led me back to what I already knew, in the end nobody cares how it looks if you get guys out. Continue reading →

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