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  1. The Inverted Iron Pyramid by Randy Sullivan

    One of the key indicators of efficiency and power in a pitcher’s delivery is his use of his lower half. At The ARMory and The Ranch, we’ve been studying this for a long time, and our understanding is constantly evolving. An efficient and powerful lower half definitely isn’t seen in the old “stay tall and fall” idea. Continue reading →
  2. 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 →
  3. 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 →
  4. 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 →
  5. '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 →
  6. A New Twist on a Great Idea by Randy Sullivan

    Company Logo     Dominic was hurt. He was just finishing his first college baseball season and he could barely lift his arm. The 5'11" lefty was topping out at 76 mph, and although he's a pretty tough guy, he said that every time he threw a ball it felt like he was being stabbed in the back of his shoulder. He had been to several doctors and had had multiple X-rays, a CT scan and an MRI, but no one could find any reason for his pain. Continue reading →
  7. Watch Out for Tiger Country: 97 mph Pitcher… Massive Shoulder Blowout - By Randy Sullivan

    Last week I scrubbed in to surgery with Tampa Bay Rays Team doctor, Koco Eaton to observe one of the most amazing surgical performances I have ever seen. The patient was a college pitcher named Zach. He is a former JUCO guy from Arizona who had previously topped out at 97 mph and currently has a scholarship to a division 1 school. Continue reading →
  8. The Truth about High School Baseball by Ron Wolforth

    High School Baseball has a potential charm all to itself. For millions of young men and women there may be nothing more fulfilling than playing for their respective high school teams. This is especially true if the team and the sport is passionately followed by the student body and the community. Continue reading →
  9. Is Improper Weight Lifting A Problem? - by Randy Sullivan

    Company Logo Hi, Last week, a young man flew into Tampa to train with us for a few days. I’ll call him Cade. A barrel chested Lefty who, at 6’0” and 210 lbs, Cade clearly excelled in the weight room, He was having pain in the lateral upper arm and forearm. He said he had experienced the same symptoms during every high school outing this year.  Each day, when he started his throwing routine here, he could only manage about 10 throws before succumbing to throbbing/radiating pain and weakness in his left arm. Continue reading →
  10. Can Everyone Train and Reach 90 m.p.h.?

    Those of you who are familiar with the Texas Baseball Ranch know the success it has had helping athletes make incredible gains in velocity—of course, Oates Specialties equipment aids these athletes in reaching their goals. Coach Ron Wolforth has adopted a mantra whereby he believes that every single athlete that walks through the Texas Baseball Ranch’s doors (actually, it’s a gate) can reach the 90 mile-per-hour threshold. This is quite the opposite from the old world baseball people that believe you either have it or you don’t—essentially, you either have been blessed with the genetics to throw harder than the rest of society or you haven't. I (obviously) think that the latter thought process is simply a coping mechanism as a way for people to try and make up for their shortcomings—whether it’s a coach that can’t help his players increase their velocities or a player who isn’t willing to work hard enough or isn’t willing to learn enough in order to improve his velocity. Continue reading →

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