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Baseball Training

  1. TAP Khaos Pivoter

    Last post I introduced our new “Khaos” line of products and the first product in that line, the TAP Khaos Ball. As a refresher, the Oates Specialties Khaos line consists of uneven and/or unstable training products that challenge athletes and transform otherwise routine or ordinary workouts. Today, I want to introduce to you the next product in Khaos line: the TAP Khaos Pivoter. The Pivoter is a training and conditioning tool based on the Asymmetrical Bar Training concept (“ABT”). ABT helps to train an athlete’s balance while simultaneously improving core strength and rotational power. ABT uses a bar with resistance on only one end to create an unbalanced load, which can be used in any number of exercises. The uneven load naturally forces an athlete’s body to rotate/move toward the loaded side. This requires the athlete to engage muscles throughout the shoulders, arms, core, and legs to help maintain a “normal” or “neutral” position. Continue reading →
  2. The Only 4 Things That Matter In Pitching - by Randy Sullivan

    A couple of days ago, I got an email from a student named Andrew that really got me thinking. “Hey Randy, I’ve started back throwing and I was looking for some help on the role of the glutes in the delivery. I understand a glute load allows for stabilization of the trunk and can create a bit more ground reaction force, but I’ve also seen the EMG study where they claim that GRF in the drive foot isn’t as crucial. I was wondering if you could point me to some literature or elaborate yourself on the role of the glutes. It’s very difficult for me to take full advantage of mechanical concepts unless I understand the “why” and what goal is attempting to be achieved. Thanks Randy!” Continue reading →
  3. The Man Who Thinks He Can - By: Jill E. Wolforth

    I was very fortunate growing up that my parents demonstrated and constantly reminded my two sisters and me that if we were willing to work hard and work smart, we could succeed at anything we set our minds to. They never said it would be easy, as our life raising cattle on a ranch in Nebraska frequently demonstrated.  As I often tell my athletes, if it were easy, everyone would be able to do it and then the rewards would not be as great. Continue reading →
  4. 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 SealgrinderPT.com. 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 →
  5. 3 Questions About Weighted Ball Training - By Randy Sullivan

    Not a day goes by that I don’t get a flurry of questions about the “latest rage”… weighted baseballs (ironic that the “latest rage” began nearly 30 years ago). With process development and advocacy from a cadre of progressive thinking instructors and coaches, and support from several high level programs, a  a throwing modality once considered radical is rapidly becoming mainstream. Last winter the Tampa Bay Rays approached me for advice on implementing an off-season weighted ball velocity enhancement program. I was intrigued. Continue reading →
  6. New Product: TAP Khaos Ball

    Oates Specialties has a number of new products that I plan on featuring in the coming posts.  One of our newest additions is a line of products that will share the name “Khaos.”  Our line of Khaos products are uneven and/or unstable training products designed to challenge athletes during their workouts, often taking routine exercises and making them much more difficult.  And for those of you who know anything about Greek Mythology, Khaos (or Chaos) was the name of one of the Greek gods at the beginning of the universe.  Khaos was the lower atmosphere which surrounded the earth—comprised of invisible air and gloomy mist, which seems apt to name such a line of products. Continue reading →
  7. The One Thing You Probably Shouldn't Do If You're Having Arm Pain - by Randy Sullivan

    // I had a pro client a couple of months ago with a familiar story. He’s been through 2 Tommy John surgeries, an ulnar nerve decompression, a bone spur removal, and a labrum repair.  In Ranch terms, you could say he had been “Rode hard and put away wet.” That’s not the familiar part. Continue reading →
  8. Ice: It's Not the Answer

    It’s hard to believe, but ten years ago I was a junior in college. If you would have watched me pitch in college (or when I was in the minor leagues) you would have noticed a routine after each outing. The end of that routine was always the same: I would wrap my arm, from shoulder to forearm, with bags of ice, secured by the clear plastic wrap that athletic trainers seem to have in abundance. Looking back, I have to admit something: My name is Brian Oates, and I had an ice problem. Continue reading →
  9. Why Baseball Players Lie -by Randy Sullivan

    It's a fact... Baseball players -- especially pitchers – are conditioned to lie. Wow! I just said that out loud! But it’s true! All pitchers lie! This is not meant as a character assassination. Continue reading →
  10. 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 →