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  1. What's the Goal Here? The First 5 Crucial Questions Surrounding Any Activity- By: Coach Ron Wolforth

    In 2003, Paul Nyman coined a definition that has become a centerpiece for us here at the Texas Baseball Ranch® for the past 14 years. Nyman refers to it as the Bernstein Principle: the body will organize itself based upon the ultimate goal of the activity.  It is derived from the works of the father of biomechanics, Nikolai Bernstein, a...
  2. 5 Major Changes and Upgrades at the Texas Baseball Ranch® by Ron Wolforth

    Based upon the works of Dr. Frans Bosch and Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, the Ranch training systems have significantly shifted toward the awareness of how the brain is being influenced and shaped during each training session and how our practice sessions are either developing/ optimizing or inhibiting with/ interfering with our athlete’s ability to adjust and adapt during competition. It...
  3. My Experience With the Recruiting Process- By: Gunnar Thompson, NASM-CPT, PES, CPPS

    I wanted to start a series of articles that depict my experience with the recruiting process (primarily the collegiate recruiting process). I have talked with many parents and young athletes who are unfamiliar with how the system works. I sure did not know how the process worked until after the fact.  Therefore, I want to use my experience and my...
  4. Jimmy Chitwood, Alex Cunningham, and The Essence Of Life - by Randy Sullivan

    I recently had the honor of attending the ABCA Annual Convention in Anaheim, CA with my friends from The Texas Baseball Ranch. It was my distinct privilege to be in the auditorium to hear the first speaker, NCAA Division 1 Baseball Champion, Coastal Carolina’s head coach, Gary Gilmore. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Coastal shocked the baseball...
  5. Denial is NOT a River in Egypt - by Ron Wolforth

    I wish I had a dime for every young athlete who complained to me about working hard and yet… is underachieving in some way… velocity, command, pain/recovery/durability, and/or consistency, etc. They are frustrated. They are discouraged. They are sad. They are melancholy. They are despondent. They are at their wits end. Coach Gary Ward referred to it as the ‘ain’t it awful’ mindset. Continue reading →
  6. Stay - By Flint Wallace

    Over my career as an athlete, coach, and teacher, I have noticed that the most successful people are the ones who STAY. I don't mean they stay where they currently are in their growth…that is definitely one thing successful people do not do. Here is what I mean by ‘they are the ones who stay’. Continue reading →
  7. Why Do Plateaus Occur?- Part II by Ron Wolforth

    A reminder of key points of Part I: 1) Plateaus are natural parts of EVERYONE's growth. 2) Very frequently I see solid and steady incremental growth being categorized and labeled by athletes and parents as 'disappointing' and 'discouraging' simply because the gains were 'so small'. 3) To truly be exceptional you must first learn to become discouragement proof... or at the very least... discouragement resistant. 4) At the Ranch we say... “To become great, you first must learn to enjoy the plateaus.” Continue reading →
  8. Why Do Plateaus Occur?- Part I - by Ron Wolforth

    Whenever a young man breaks a record at the Texas Baseball Ranch, I will as a habit, make the comment... "Wow... just think, if you can improve that much every week, by the time you are X (typically I add 10 years to their current age) you'll throw it 132 mph... and that'll be a record!"   Everyone laughs. But my point is made. Big jumps in velocity or bat speed, while nice, can't be expected every single week or month. While we all know that intellectually... emotionally we just can't seem to get our head around a plateau. We just assume we must improve from yesterday and give it no more thought than that. Continue reading →
  9. Why We Don’t Run Long Distances by Randy Sullivan

    “Did you throw your bullpen?” “Yessir.” “Good. Now go run your poles while I work with the infielders.” Given the amount of research available on the topic, I am always amazed in a camp when I say, “Raise your hand if part of your practice involves running poles.” Incredibly, approximately 60% of the attendees still raise their hands. Continue reading →
  10. I Couldn’t Have Been More Wrong - by Randy Sullivan

    “Just throw strikes. Don’t worry about velocity. Just get lots of out… Win lots of games… And the college recruiters will see you’re a winner and they’ll want you to be a part of their program.” That’s what I told my son, Ty. I couldn’t have been more wrong... Continue reading →

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