1. If You Want to See Change - by Flint Wallace

    As I have mentioned in one or two of my past posts, I am on the email list to receive newsletters from Brad McLeod of One of the recent emails I received reminds me of a saying Coach Wolforth uses frequently, “If you do what everybody else does, you will get what everybody else gets; which most of the time is not much.” But Brad put a different twist on it. He stated, “If you want to keep getting what you've been getting – keep on doing what you're doing. But if you want to see change - You have to break the pattern.NOW.” Continue reading →
  2. Sidetracked by Secondary Activities - By: Jill Wolforth

    I always like to give credit when I borrow a quote or comment from someone.  Unfortunately, when I wrote down this week’s title, I didn’t reference its origin.  I do remember when I wrote it down that it was primarily intended for me but I also realized it was a great message for everyone. Whether we’re discussing athletic training, work performance, or family relationships, we indeed are often “Sidetracked by secondary activity." For example, we frequently have an athlete say he wants to improve his performance, yet he only manages to train one or two days a week. He’ll reference that he just hasn’t had time because he wanted to catch a movie one day, another day his girlfriend’s family had him over for dinner and then there was the school project he had put off that was now due, resulting in two more lost days.  By the way, he only used an hour a day to play his video games. It’s just what he does when he comes home from school. You see, he has a small competition going on with one of his friends. Continue reading →
  3. Practice Your Practice - By Jonathan Massey

    This week’s blog comes from the book Resilience by Eric Greitens. I was recommended the book by one of my good friends about a year ago. While I was rereading it, I came across this little tidbit of really good information that I had previously missed: “When most people practice, they think of themselves as practicing how to do something. What if, instead, you think of yourself as learning how to practice something? If you learn how to do something – change a tire, pour concrete, make macaroni and cheese – then you’ve learned how to do one thing. If you learn how to practice, then you have learned how to learn anything. Continue reading →
  4. The Batting Target

    Oates Specialties has carried various products to help provide pitchers with a focal point during practice. These products include the Pitching Pad, the Target Pad, and the Advanced Command Trainer, which have all proven to be extraordinary in helping pitchers achieve significant gains in the command of their pitches. The reason for this stems from a concept called deliberate practice, which I have written about in the past. Here is a link to my blog post on this topic for those of you unfamiliar or interested in reading it again. Continue reading →
  5. Deliberate Practice

    I apologize for such a long time lapse between my last blog and this one but the last few weeks have been quite busy. The Oates took a trip to Hawaii to learn more about the Tennis and Golf Speed Chains, which Oates Specialties will begin to carry soon. We are excited about this opportunity to begin working with athletes in new sports and I will have more information about these products in upcoming blogs. Continue reading →
  6. Objective Measurements for Athletes

    Objective measurement. Those two words are extremely important if you are seeking to enhance your skill and ability in any sport. What do I mean by them exactly? I'm talking about athletes measuring and recording everything they do. This idea is certainly nothing new in regards to athletics. For decades coaches have been timing 40 yard dashes, recording the amount players are able to lift in the weight room, and all sports keep statistics. However, this is only brushing the surface of what I mean by measuring.What I am referring to is measuring more than just an athlete's performance in games, or a player's speed or strength once every few months. I mean keeping a daily recording of any and all activities an athlete does in preparation for their sport. How do you measure all of the different activities an athlete does in practice and workouts? Its not as difficult as you might think. Continue reading →

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