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Rick Johnston | May 20, 2017 6:53:12 PM

Get Sweaty to Get Ready - If You Want to be a Better Hitter

HEY HITTERS!!! As we've discussed in previous posts, "Show & Go" with no warm up simply does not work. It is a recipe for disaster and injury. The key to an effective warm up is simply this:

"Get Sweaty to Get Ready"

How do we do this? It is actually easier than you would think. Implement a system of exercises to WAKE UP the body and get it ready for action. If you don’t WAKE IT UP, then don’t expect it to be ready for the toughest task in all of sports...hitting a baseball. A sweaty body is a heated body with muscles able to fire. Cold bodies can’t fire with any type of explosiveness. A cold car in minus temperatures when started, barely turns over and sputters. If you immediately drive away, it will sputter until the engine warms up, then presto, it runs like it should... smooth and fluid, just like a hitter's swing should be... smooth and fluid, with no choppiness, sputters or hesitations.

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Topics: warming up, hitting instruction, baseball exercise, baseball pregame, baseball injury, baseball fundamentals, injury prevention, baseball warm up

The Baseball Zone | May 17, 2017 10:48:00 AM

Not Doing a Great BASEBALL WARM-UP?

The old show-and-go is good enough for you? Kind of reminds us of...

  • Driving a race car with the emergency brake on…
  • Writing an exam without studying…
  • Riding a bike with flat tires… you’re just not pumped up!
  • Skydiving without a parachute… only a matter of time before you crash.
  • Fishing with no bait…
  • Using a flashlight with no batteries…
  • Driving a beat up old car… you may get where you’re going but you won't be winning any races and you could break down at anytime.

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Topics: warming up, baseball, baseball warm up

Rick Johnston | May 8, 2017 12:36:08 PM

Aggression at The Plate for Ontario High School Baseballers

With the Toronto high school baseball season upon us, are you ready with your hitting approach?  

If you’re new to high school ball, you probably need to improve your hitting strategy. Even if you are a high school senior, you might need to work on improving your hitting strategy. Professional and University-level baseball scouts will often attend Toronto-area games. If you want to have a future in baseball, you’ll have to show them that you can swing the bat like a pro or college hitter, not a little-leaguer. With these simple tips, you can be an aggressive hitter just like your Major League favourites.

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Topics: hitting, baseball, high school baseball, baseball toronto

Ryan Armstrong | Apr 20, 2017 3:12:30 PM

Why Aren't We Playing Fundamental Baseball?

When coaching, we should always start with the fundamentals or basics, and from what I’ve seen on the field many young players, even at higher "elite" levels, are lacking strong fundamentals. Why does this happen? Well, here are just a few thoughts...

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Topics: college, fundamentals, long term development, mastery

Mike Tevlin | Apr 1, 2017 12:17:09 PM

Ten Thousand Hours ... of Fun!

It's easy to generalize and sound like our fathers and their fathers and... but, let's face it, kids don't play outside like they used to in the "good old days". Why this is the case is not for me to analyse in this short essay. We all know the obvious answers - video games, social media, neighborhood dysfunction, blah blah, but somehow we have to encourage our young boys and girls to get out there and play!

When I was a kid and my mother would be yelling from the front porch to come home for supper (her voice could carry for blocks) I would have to put down whatever ball, glove, bat, racquet, mallet or stick and get home. Often I was a little late because the "next goal wins" rule would be put forward, then I would be so hungry that the sprint home after was a nice bit of natural and physically coordinating exercise.

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Topics: Motor Skills, Outdoors, Sports, Activity, Sedentary Lifestyles, Technology

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