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Command, It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore – Part 2 By: Coach Flint Wallace

(This is Part 2 of a 2-part series.  Part 1 gave an overview on the subject and presented the first two of six training options. If you missed Part 1, CLICK HERE to access to it.  In Part 2, the remaining four training options are covered.)

 

Variable Distance

The Variable Distance is designed to work on making adjustments from pitch to pitch or to blend movement patterns into a full distance pitch.

Set Up:

  • Place 3 targets at varying distances, 4-6 feet difference.  (Pictured here, the use of  the Command Trainer.  It can be found at OatesSpecialties.com/TBR)
  • This can be done on 3 separate mounds or can be done on 1 mound.

How to Perform:

  • Start at the first target and deliver a pitch or perform a drill if blending.
  • Then move to the next target and deliver a pitch or if blending, perform the next drill in the blend.
  • Finally, move to the last target and do the same.

 

V-Flex

  • The purpose of the V-Flex is to make your brain have to create a three-dimensional image of the strike zone.
  • It provides spatialinformation for the brain, so the strike zone is created inside the brain instead of as an external hard target outside the brain.
  • This allows for more cognitive feedback.

Set Up:

  • Place the small V-Flex frame at home plate with the black back drop directly behind it.
  • Then, when ready, add the next size frame about 15-20 feet in front of the small frame to create a visual tunnel from the mound.
  • Finally, you can add the third size (largest) frame about 15-20 feet in front on the middle frame.

 

How to Perform:

  • Just make pitches from the mound, executing inside and outside the strike zone.
  • Start with all 3 frames, then you can subtract a frame and so on.
  • Also, take a frame away for a few pitches then add it back, and go back and forth.

 

Strings

If you want to make it easier to track command in a bullpen or whenever a pitcher is throwing to a catcher, like in a flat ground or short distance work, use a string set up: