General Topics

Free flowing information about sports training, exercise equipment, and general topics of interest.

  1. "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 →
  2. Teaching Pronation

    My last blog was on the subject of pronation and how it is the body’s natural way to slow down the arm after a throw as well as its way to help dissipate the tremendous amount of energy and stress created during theOswalt pitching throwing motion. Pronation is one of the best ways to help keep a throwing athlete, especially a pitcher, healthy and able to continue answering the bell week after week. Continue reading →
  3. Visit to Hanover High School in VA

    Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Mechanicsville, VA, a suburb of Richmond, to visit with Coach Hunter Hoy at Hanover High School. Since Hanover High School opened 8 years ago, their baseball program has become a dominant baseball force in Virginia, culminating with an appearance in the State Championship game 2 years ago. Due to the success of his high school program, I was very interested to see the types of workouts and practices Coach Hoy implements for his players. Continue reading →
  4. Don't be Afraid to be Different

    Many of you already know UCLA's ace pitcher, Trevor Bauer, has trained at the Texas Baseball Ranch for several years now and uses a number of Oates Specialties products. If you didn't know that you probably do by now after the many clips on ESPN of Trevor doing tubing exercises, final arc drills, and using the Shoulder Tube. Continue reading →
  5. Tim Epling: Upper Deck Training and the WV Miners

    Beckley, West Virginia is a rather small town nestled in the heart of southern WV in an area known for its coal mines, it's in the same county as that tragic mining accident a few months ago, and its appeal to outdoorsmen as you can finding snow skiing, fishing, and white water rafting at your fingertips. However, baseball players and fans in the area are the truly lucky ones in this beautiful community. Continue reading →
  6. Minor League Game and Interview

    Last Tuesday I had the opportunity to travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to visit with a former college teammate of mine and watch him pitch a couple of innings. I played ball with Evan Bronson at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas for three years before he was drafted in the 29th round of the 2009 draft by Evan Bronson Picthe Washington Nationals. After being drafted, Evan was sent to play for the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York Penn League. Evan had a phenomenal season coming out of the bullpen for the Lake Monsters as he went 3-0 with a 0.55 E.R.A. in 49.1 innings making the NY Penn League All-Star team. Continue reading →
  7. Visiting the K-Zone Academy

    This past week I had the privilege of traveling to Apex, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh, to visit Dan Kopitzke and the K-Zone Academy. I enjoy watching and learning how different coaches, academies, and programs train their athletes. This experience was no different as I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with Dan and observing his athletes as they went through a workout. Continue reading →
  8. Music and Working Out

    Has your favorite song ever been blasting from the speakers as you're on the mound warming up and you feel electric, as though the ball is jumping out of your hand into the catcher's mitt? You are all linked up and then the song is turned off and the batter steps in and you lose that feeling as your first pitch barely floats over the plate. Or how about a time when you felt completely gassed, you thought you had no more energy to get through your workout and then a great song starts bumping through your headphones and you catch a second wind? Continue reading →
  9. 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 →
  10. Over-Coaching

    I want to stay on the theme of athleticism and explosiveness and address what is killing many athletes' ability to become athletic. It often boils down to the fact that too many coaches are "over coaching" their players. This is something that has been happened in baseball for many years now. Coaches are breaking pitching and hitting mechanics into many tiny parts and teaching each of these micro positions individually hoping the athlete can piece them together to create an athletic, explosive 90 mph fastball or a screaming 400 foot line drive. This is not the right way to go about producing it. Continue reading →

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