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  1. TAP Khaos Pivoter

    Last post I introduced our new “Khaos” line of products and the first product in that line, the TAP Khaos Ball. As a refresher, the Oates Specialties Khaos line consists of uneven and/or unstable training products that challenge athletes and transform otherwise routine or ordinary workouts. Today, I want to introduce to you the next product in Khaos line: the TAP Khaos Pivoter. The Pivoter is a training and conditioning tool based on the Asymmetrical Bar Training concept (“ABT”). ABT helps to train an athlete’s balance while simultaneously improving core strength and rotational power. ABT uses a bar with resistance on only one end to create an unbalanced load, which can be used in any number of exercises. The uneven load naturally forces an athlete’s body to rotate/move toward the loaded side. This requires the athlete to engage muscles throughout the shoulders, arms, core, and legs to help maintain a “normal” or “neutral” position. Continue reading →
  2. The Man Who Thinks He Can - By: Jill E. Wolforth

    I was very fortunate growing up that my parents demonstrated and constantly reminded my two sisters and me that if we were willing to work hard and work smart, we could succeed at anything we set our minds to. They never said it would be easy, as our life raising cattle on a ranch in Nebraska frequently demonstrated.  As I often tell my athletes, if it were easy, everyone would be able to do it and then the rewards would not be as great. Continue reading →
  3. If You Want to See Change - by Flint Wallace

    As I have mentioned in one or two of my past posts, I am on the email list to receive newsletters from Brad McLeod of SealgrinderPT.com. One of the recent emails I received reminds me of a saying Coach Wolforth uses frequently, “If you do what everybody else does, you will get what everybody else gets; which most of the time is not much.” But Brad put a different twist on it. He stated, “If you want to keep getting what you've been getting – keep on doing what you're doing. But if you want to see change - You have to break the pattern.NOW.” Continue reading →
  4. Start With The Pain - by Randy Sullivan

    In 2010, Coach Ron Wolforth coined that phrase, and it changed the way I practice physical therapy and forever altered the way I train throwing athletes. It just made sense. You see, in the Ranch System, pain is neither good nor bad. It is simply information  -- a beacon that lights the way toward dysfunction. Continue reading →
  5. 5 Reasons Athlete’s Underachieve - by Coach Ron Wolforth

    The 5 Most Common Reasons 95% of ALL Athletes Underachieve and Never Reach Their God Given Potential  More Importantly…What Can You Learn From The Texas Baseball Ranch™ to Overcome Those Obstacles…and Assist You in Transforming Your Career? Skill development is truly NOT rocket science. Why more people don’t ‘get’ this simple concept I truly have no idea but I’m very grateful for it because in all frankness it affords me a very good living. Continue reading →
  6. 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 →
  7. 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 →
  8. The "I've Got It Now" Mentality

    People often try to categorize athletes into two types. There are the talented “freaks” born with endless natural ability that never seem to have to work very hard to perform amazing feats. And then there are the rest of us. Those who didn’t throw 90+ mph as a sophomore in high school or blast 400+ foot home runs at 16 years of age. Fortunately, those people are wrong. There is another group of athletes too: those athletes who work their butts off to improve and over time become elite athletes. The people who try to categorize athletes into just the first two groups I mentioned above often take the approach that throwing 90+ mph is simply a God-given ability that can’t be taught. At some point, I’ll address just how wrong that type of thinking is and why that philosophy is really just a crutch. This post, however, primarily addresses those athletes who have worked hard to reach their athletic goals, although it also has some use to those fortunate athletes who are supremely talented from a very young age too. Continue reading →
  9. The Texas Baseball Ranch's "Big 6"

    Coach Ron Wolforth at the Texas Baseball Ranch has established what he considers to be the “Big 6” for his athletes at the Ranch. The “Big 6” are the 6 elements Coach Wolforth believes are most critical for a pitcher to master in order to be exceptional. In my last blog I discussed the first critical element out of the 6—pain. Pain must be eliminated before an athlete can push himself harder on a consistent basis and make improvements, such as better velocity and command. Pain is a giant hurdle to any athlete’s ability to be successful. But once the pain is diminished, and eventually extinguished, a pitcher has other aspects of his game that need to be targeted and improved. The remaining 5 elements that athletes who train at the Texas Baseball Ranch focus on are: throwing 66% of off-speed pitches for strikes; fastball velocity at 3-5 mph faster than competitive peer group; Improving recovery time between outings; Improving the mind set; and having personal integrity. Continue reading →
  10. The Texas Baseball Ranch's Approach to Pain

    In my last blog I discussed why paying attention to pain is so critical in order for athletes to diagnose the cause of the pain. If an athlete can figure out the root of the pain then he can start working to correct the issue in order to diminish the amount of pain felt, which in turn will help to improve the athlete’s performance on the field. It is because of this that Coach Ron Wolforth has made pain the first of his “Big 6” at the Texas Baseball Ranch. The “Big 6” are the 6 elements that Coach Wolforth has labeled as most important to an athlete if he wants to succeed. I will discuss the other five components that encompass the Big 6 in upcoming blogs, but today I am just going to focus on the first—Pain. Continue reading →

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