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  1. How to Achieve a Late Launch

    In my last blog I discussed what a late launch is and why it is critical to an efficient delivery. Understanding what is meant by a late release and what it looks like is extremely valuable, but if you don’t know how to train yourself or your pitchers to have it then the knowledge is not very useful. Therefore, this blog will describe a few of the drills that Coach Ron Wolforth uses to teach his athletes at the Texas Baseball Ranch how to achieve a late launch. Continue reading →
  2. The Importance of a Late Launch

    I haven’t posted a blog in a couple of months due to an extremely hectic schedule. First, I was busy preparing for and taking law school finals in December. When finals ended my father and I were busy shooting some videos of new products that we recently added to the Oates Specialties product line (I will be featuring those products on future blogs). I then attended Coach Ron Wolforth’s Elite Pitcher’s Bootcamp down at the Texas Baseball Ranch in Montgomery, Texas in order to catch up on the newest drills, philosophies, and thought processes occurring at the Ranch. We then ended this busy time by attending the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention in Chicago, Illinois and the Texas High School Coaches Association Convention in Waco, Texas. My dad and I enjoyed seeing many of you at these conventions. Although my hiatus was longer than I intended, I came away with a number of great blog topics that I will be posting over the next few weeks/months. Continue reading →
  3. If You Do What Everybody Else Does, You Are Going To Get What Everybody Else Gets

    Human beings are interesting creatures. We desire to be accepted, to be liked, to fit in. We make decisions everyday based on how we think others will perceive our choices and whether they will approve of our actions. As a society, we try to avoid conflict and would rather please than take a course of action that will upset others. We don’t want to go against the grain, usually out of fear for what others might think or say about us. For the most part, we do these things innately—it has simply become second nature to us. This is unfortunate. Such behavior stymies greatness. Continue reading →
  4. Accepting Force and Creating Force

    I was recently on Eric Cressey’s blog and while reading a post of his entitled “11 Random Thoughts on Baseball Strength and Conditioning,” I really liked one of his “thoughts” and wanted to elaborate on it and adopt it as one of my blog posts. Eric discusses the concept of “accepting force” in the effort to increase pitching/throwing velocity. What...
  5. Stephen Strasburg Arm Inefficiencies

    This is a continuation of my last blog regarding the Washington Nationals and their decision to shut down their ace, Stephen Strasburg, despite the pennant race and the upcoming MLB playoffs. This decision shows that the Nationals organization, as is the case with many (perhaps most) organizations, doesn’t understand why pitchers get injured. In my opinion, the Nationals have decided to take the approach that pitchers only have a certain number of “bullets” in their arm and therefore they better limit the number that Strasburg throws the season after his Tommy John surgery. Continue reading →
  6. Stephen Strasburg's Inning Limit

    It seems as though we can’t get away from this story. Every time I turn on ESPN the pundits are analyzing the Washington Nationals’ decision to shut down their ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals GM, Mike Rizzo, has claimed since the season started that the team, in order to protect their prized arm, would not let Strasburg continue to pitch after he was in the 160-180 inning range for the season. That decision was made after Strasburg’s start against the Miami Marlins last Friday in an outing in which he only lasted 3 innings. His final stat line for the season was: 15-6 record, 3.16 ERA, 197 SO, 136 hits, and 159 1/3 innings pitched. Continue reading →
  7. 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 →
  8. Only Focus on the Things You Can Control

    I had just returned to school my junior year of college and fall baseball was starting up. After practice one day I began talking to one of the assistant coaches about the mental side of the game and he had one piece of advice to offer me -- "only focus on the things you can control." This might sound like common sense or something that should automatically be done, but even though I had read several books about the mental side of pitching I had never quite heard those words, or if I had it became more clear what those words meant after talking with somebody who had seen me pitch and begin to compare tendencies I have with that phrase. Continue reading →
  9. Teaching a "Good" Arm Action

    One of the most commonly discussed topics in pitching is a pitcher's arm action. Is a long or short arm action better? Isn't a smooth arm action best? Does a pitcher with a fluid arm action have a better chance to stay healthy? Doesn't that guy’s arm action seem jerky? Should you break from the glove with the ball or the elbow? How much "scap load" should a pitcher have and how does he get into that position? Should the ball be facing 2nd base during the "cocked" phase of the arm action? How do you keep pitchers from having an inverted "W" during delivery? Etc, etc., etc. Continue reading →
  10. The “3 Pitches On or Out” Pitching Philosophy

    Today, I want to discuss a mentality that seems to be a growing fad among coaches and even some parents. It is the philosophy that some coaches – specifically some high profile and well respected coaches – have adopted as the motto for their staff. It is the thought that within 3 pitches, a pitcher should either have gotten the batter out or the batter should be on base. It is known as the “3 pitches on or out” philosophy. Continue reading →

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