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Ryan Armstrong | Dec 20, 2014 6:30:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Pendulum to Pelvic Load"

This week's Pitching Drill of the Week is the "Pendulum to Pelvic Load" drill.

This baseball drill is used to help players incorporate the hips into the delivery. Leading with the hips will help players establish a direct line to the target. Moving our hips toward the target will also help us with rotation. More rotation can result in more velocity and allow the arm to have more room to decelerate, decreasing the overall stress of the throw.

The pendulum aspect of the drill allows players to relax and find a natural spot to lift their leg. The pendulum swing also allows players to stay loose as they begin to move forward. This can be very effective for players who are to tense as they begin the delivery.This drill can be done by anyone who is looking to develop an efficient move forward; it is also effective for player who may lack rhythm and tempo. We do this drill in season and off season and is usually followed by the actual pitching motion.

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Topics: baseball drills, pitching tips, pitching instruction, throwing drills, pitching drills, pitching velocity, pitching rotation, pitching mechanics, velocity drills, delivery, rotation drills, pelvic load

Mike McCarthy | Dec 11, 2014 3:12:00 PM

3 Reasons To Invest In A Baseball Strength Training Program

Learn what strength training can do for your game and what to look for in a program

Baseball is America’s past time and it has become the same for many Canadians as well, so it’s no surprise that many young athletes choose to make it their chosen sport to participate in. While some kids play baseball just for fun or to be a part of a team, there are those who live and breathe baseball. To these individuals, baseball is more than just a hobby, but what they excel at. Many hope to one day make it to play collegiately, and perhaps even professionally.

And to get to that point, these passionate individuals need more than just a couple of practices a week to really perfect their craft and hone in on their skills. Instead, they need serious training so that they can reach their baseball goals. That’s where baseball strength training programs come into play (for players such as MVP Mike Trout, pictured).

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Topics: strength training, in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, off-season strength training, weight lifting, mobility, personalized training, group training

Ryan Armstrong | Dec 3, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Mariano Rivera Drill"

This week's Pitching Drill of the Week is the "Mariano Rivera Drill" aka the Pre-set Pelvic Load drill.

This baseball drill is designed to help players lead with their hips in their delivery. Leading with your hips can help with velocity, rotation and finish. Using the hips to lead can also promote more of a total body throw. When we lead with the hips we are really initiating rotation starting with the back hip. If we don't do a good job starting rotation it will be very tough to continue rotation when we land. This can lead to more of an upper body throw and may place more stress on the arm.

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Topics: baseball drills, pitching tips, pitching instruction, throwing drills, pitching drills, pitching velocity, pitching rotation, pitching mechanics, velocity drills, delivery, rotation drills

Mike McCarthy | Nov 27, 2014 3:25:31 PM

Private Baseball Lessons For Hire - When Is It Right for You?

There was a time when youth baseball consisted of one or two practices a week and maybe a couple games. If you wanted to get in more work, it fell to you and one of your parents to head out to the diamond. But youth sports has become big business over the last ten years or so. Anymore, it's not uncommon to hear other parents on your child's team talking about how much they are shelling out for some one-on-one baseball lessons. You may find yourself wondering if that's the key to getting your child to the next level, or if they are just a waste of money.

So what is the bottom line? Is it worth paying extra money in addition to what you already may be paying for someone to spend some extra time with your child? That depends a lot on where your young athlete is at, not only in age and development, but talent level and dedication.

Are Baseball Lessons Worth It?

There's no doubt that all the extra attention and specialized training kids get today is having an effect on the game, even at the highest level. But that doesn't make it an open and shut case.

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Topics: baseball coaching, baseball practice, coach player relationship, private lessons

Kevin Hussey | Nov 19, 2014 1:24:03 PM

4 Opponent Tendencies That Catchers Can Look For

Being a catcher is a difficult task for any young baseball player. It’s important to be able to learn from your surroundings and pick up on certain subtleties that your opponent may accidently show you. Learning the different ways an opponent can give you information is crucial for any catcher trying to gain an edge on an opponent. Catcher is the only position that can see the whole field and can adjust the game accordingly with the information that’s been given.

Here are 4 areas to be aware of in a game:

1 - Reading Coaching Tendencies

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Topics: baserunning, lead offs, catching, catching skills, catching fundamentals, coaching signs, opponent tendencies

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