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  • 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.

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  • The Process of Progress By: Coach Flint Wallace

    It seems like every time I drive somewhere I see some type of infrastructure enhancement going on, AKA...Road Construction. There always seems to be a road that is getting fixed, expanded, or a whole new road or highway being built. Most, if not all of these things, would be considered by most as progress. But, with progress there is always some inconveniences. Like, when road construction is taking place, often the traffic is actually worse than it was before the construction started. Usually, before the construction started, traffic moved ok, but not great. Then when the construction starts, the traffic moves much slower than before the actual project began. There are back ups and jams and the project always seems to take longer than planned. Usually because of an obstacle, that was not originally foreseen. Like a week straight of rain, or a busted water line, or a piece of equipment breaks down. But, once the project is completed, the road is better than before: the traffic flows much better, much faster, and more smoothly.

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  • Pump the Pump - from Flint Wallace

    The other day I across some of my old practice plans from when I was coaching at Weatherford College. At the bottom of every practice schedule I would put a quote or saying. One of those old plans had a saying that is one of my favorites, Pump the Pump. This saying came from a story that I got from Fred Corral, the pitching coach at the University of Georgia. I changed part of it to adapt to our team, and I would give my pitchers a copy of the story at the beginning of the year. Whenever I felt we were close to a break through or going through a tough stretch, I would post the saying at the bottom of the Practice schedule as a reminder of how close we could be to something great. Here is the story as I would give it to my Players.

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  • Overexposure Can Hurt You

    It is hard to believe, but high school baseball is nearing the end of the regular season. Playoffs will soon be upon us, and one by one high school baseball players will find themselves done competing for their high school teams. For many of these baseball players, the end of the high school season means the beginning of their next season, which will occur over the summer on their select or travel baseball team. When the summer season comes to an end many of these athletes will move right into the fall season with these same select teams.

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  • Always Keep the BIG Picture in Mind - From Flint Wallace

    This past week I had the privilege to watch a professional photographer do a photo shoot at the Texas Baseball Ranch for an upcoming article in Sports Illustrated about Ron and the Ranch. I believe it is to come out in the April 15th issue. So be sure to check it out. It was truly interesting how the photographer had the main picture, or Big picture, that he wanted in his mind, but how much detail he went into to capture the shot he wanted. He had a plan.

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  • The Man in the Arena

    This post has, in a way, been a long time in the making. When I was in high school our weight room had a quote painted on the wall. It was painted in such large print that I found myself reading it every day. It became engrained in my brain. The quote was by Teddy Roosevelt and is frequently referred to as “The Man in the Arena.” The passage is as follows:

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  • Improved Weighted Ball Holds with the TAP Baseball Training Sock

    This post is dedicated to a new product in the Oates Specialties lineup: the TAP Baseball Training Sock. Before I discuss how the Training Sock can be used and its benefits, it is probably best to describe its genesis. The Training Sock was developed under the guidance of Ron Wolforth and Randy Sullivan, as part of a modified, and improved, ball hold program.

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  • The Batting Target

    Oates Specialties has carried various products to help provide pitchers with a focal point during practice. These products include the Pitching Pad, the Target Pad, and the Advanced Command Trainer, which have all proven to be extraordinary in helping pitchers achieve significant gains in the command of their pitches. The reason for this stems from a concept called deliberate practice, which I have written about in the past. Here is a link to my blog post on this topic for those of you unfamiliar or interested in reading it again.

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  • Implementing Effective Velocity

    My last blog discussed the basic concept of Perry Husband’s Effective Velocity. It is a truly remarkable theory that can be tremendously helpful to pitchers, but only if they know how to appropriately utilize it. As a disclaimer, in no way am I claiming to be an Effective Velocity guru, or that I understand all of its intricacies. But on the most basic level I want to share how Effective Velocity can be incorporated by a pitcher in order to help his game. There are two important concepts to effectively using the theory: pitch sequence and tunneling. These concepts in some ways overlap.

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  • Effective Velocity

    I have written approximately 100 blogs over the last several years and the topics of those blogs have ranged from particular workouts to conditioning equipment to philosophies. Today, I am writing about a topic that I am dismayed I haven’t addressed before: effective velocity. I was first introduced to the concept of effective velocity approximately 8-9 years ago when my Dad and I met Perry Husband, the man responsible for creating EV (as it is commonly referred to). To be candid, the catalyst for this blog was a tremendous article that Jason Turbow wrote on June 18th on SB Nation. After reading Turbow’s piece, I knew that as many baseball people as possible needed to be introduced to this concept, and the least I could do is share it with our circle.

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