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  1. 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 →
  2. The Ten Commandments of Pitching - By: Flint Wallace

    When I was a coaching in college, I held a meeting with all my pitchers the day before our first practice. The purpose of the meeting was to cover the basic housekeeping rules, such as how practices were to be conducted, how to read and follow the practice schedule, what our expectations were, to discuss the philosophy and plan for pitch utilization, and, finally, to present what came to be known as the Ten Commandments of Pitching. Like most good ideas, this was not original with me.  Rather, I learned the T.C.O.P  from Randy Mazey (now the Head Baseball Coach at West Virginia University) when we coached together at TCU. Continue reading →
  3. Attitude and Effort: Things You Can Control

    I was recently channel surfing and came across an interview with Jimmy Johnson, the former Miami Hurricanes’ and Dallas Cowboys’ head coach. He was discussing how he had a saying back when he coached that went something along the lines of “positive attitude plus effort equals performance.” It made me think of similar sayings I have heard over the years from coaches at all levels and across the sports’ spectrum. Continue reading →
  4. Happy New Year -- A Blast From the Past

    Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holidays and are ready for a new year.  It is hard to believe it is now 2016.  While at home for the holidays, I was looking through a number of boxes of mine from the past.  Some were childhood momentos, while others were from college, and nearly all had some relation to baseball.  I found one thing that I wanted to share.  It was a story I wrote during my first year of college for a public speaking class.  We had to write stories that we would then deliver to the class as speeches.  One of the stories I wrote was about my experience at Can-Am. Continue reading →
  5. I Do Nothing!… NOTHING!! (The Lead Leg) | Randy Sullivan

    When I was a kid, I used to love to watch a TV show called Hogan’s Heroes. My favorite character was a bumbling, overweight prison guard named Sgt. Schultz. I think of him often when I consider the role of the stride leg in the pitching delivery (weird, huh?) See, around here the only time we talk about stride is to say that we never talk about stride. Continue reading →
  6. THE 10,000 HOUR RULE: ANOTHER EXAMPLE

    As I shared in a recent post, over the summer I read Malcolm Galdwell’s tremendous book “Outliers.” Many of us are familiar with Galdwell’s now famous “10,000 Hour Rule.” Essentially, it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice before a person can become an “expert” in a particular field. Gladwell argues that people aren’t born geniuses, masters, or experts, but instead they get there through tremendous time and effort. One example proffered by Gladwell of the 10,000 Hour Rule is Bill Gates, the iconic founder of Microsoft, who was able to begin coding as a teen due to a fortunate opportunity through his progressive Seattle high school. By the time Gates was a freshman in college, he had reached approximately 10,000 of coding time. A second example in Outliers, were the Beatles. The famous band played long—8 hours at a time—gigs in German clubs before their American invasion, which allowed them to achieve the 10,000 hour threshold on stage performing at a much quicker pace than other bands. Continue reading →
  7. Motivational Mission Statement from Flint Wallace

     Two weekends ago, Coach Massey, Coach Kadey, and I went to Lafayette, LA for a Ranch on the Road camp. We had a great time, the campers worked extremely hard and the hospitality was fabulous. While presenting one of Coach Wolforth’s offerings called “Who Wrote That Rule?”, I was reminded once again that the real reason someone succeeds at something is that he has a big Why. As Coach Wolforth is fond of saying, “If you have a big enough Why, then the How will become self-evident.” Continue reading →
  8. The Texas Baseball Ranch is Leading a Pitching Revolution

    Admittedly, the title to this post is not my creation; it is the title of a recently released article in ESPN the Magazine. The article, written by Jason Fagone, appears in ESPN The Magazine’s September 14th issue. The article can be read at the below link as well: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13519176/how-texas-baseball-ranch-saved-scott-kazmir-started-pitching-revolution While this article is new, I have personally witnessed this revolution for over a decade now. I am proud to say that Oates Specialties has been a part of this revolution since 2003, by supplying, locating, and inventing products and workout equipment to meet the Texas Baseball Ranch’s ever evolving needs for training its athletes. Continue reading →
  9. Be More Productive By: Coach Flint Wallace

    I came across a quote today that really made me step back and take a look at the things I was doing on a daily bases. The quote came from an article on Addicted2Success.com. The article was titled “10 Easy Wins to Keep You Motivated When You’re Tempted to Quit” by Craig Boneau. But the quote was by Tim Ferriss, “Focus on Being Productive Instead of Being Busy.” There are times when we all our guilty of procrastination, so I started to think what are some steps we can take that can help us to get more stuff done. So I came up with a few ideas that I think can help you, and me, become more productive. Continue reading →
  10. 'Balance' - By Ron Wolforth

    Few words in the English language have such a positive general connotation as does the word 'Balance'. Many simply have accepted balance as a universally positive term denoting soundness, equilibrium, steadiness, rock solid, control, commanding the situation, wisdom, prudence and humility. Continue reading →