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Ryan Armstrong | Jan 26, 2017 2:28:18 PM

A Glimpse at The Four Pillars of Baseball - Part III: The Tactical Game

 
The four pillars of baseball performance are Technical, Mental, Tactical, and Physical. If one of these pillars is weak, the structure will collapse!
 
Part III: The Tactical Game
 
  • Pitcher looking in for signsTactical baseball instruction is the implementation and use of baseball strategy to promote athletic success on the field or in training sessions. Tactical training is most often situational as in what do I do and when do I do it? Tactical coaching provides the athlete the ability to use certain skills and strategies as how they apply to specific situations. As an example, you have a right-handed hitter who has just fouled off your best fastball 385ft down the left field line. It is now 0-2. What do we do next? Go back to the well one more time and hope he swings through it?

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Topics: baseball strategy, baseball instruction, mastery, baseball toronto

Ryan Armstrong | Jan 22, 2017 12:51:38 PM

A Glimpse at The Four Pillars of Baseball - Part II: The Mental Game

The four pillars of baseball performance are Technical, Mental, Tactical, and Physical. If one of these pillars is weak, the structure will collapse!
 
Part II: The Mental Game
 
Head with Baseball Resized.jpgWe have all seen pitchers who have million dollar bullpen sessions but fail to translate them to in-game success. So what changes when the game starts? Their minds get busy thinking about the wrong things. The mental side of baseball is more than taking a deep breath or relaxing, even though it may help short term success. Mental training is about equipping our athletes with the mental skills necessary to be successful in training and in games. Here are some key components to securing a quiet mind and a strong mental game

Planning is usually where we start. Athletes must layout what they are trying to accomplish in detail and prepare for all possible outcomes.

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Topics: baseball instruction, baseball parents, mental training, mastery

Ryan Armstrong | Jan 18, 2017 9:41:00 AM

A Glimpse at The Four Pillars of Baseball - Part I: The Technical Game

 

The four pillars of baseball performance are Technical, Mental, Tactical, and Physical. If one of these pillars is weak, the structure will collapse!

Part I: The Technical Game

baseball-1478289 Resized.jpgThe technical area is where we as coaches teach movements and concepts to enhance athletic performance. Skill specific drills are often used to promote development or efficiency in a certain technical area. An example might be setting up a tee in a particular location to work on hitting the ball to a certain field. However, we must remember as coaches that we are not teaching a certain look, or creating an army of robots that all look and move the same.

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Topics: baseball instruction, baseball coaching, baseball, mastery

Ryan Armstrong | Jan 7, 2017 3:20:16 PM

Drill of the Week Videos - Self Toss & Step Behinds

Hitting - Drill of the Week

 Self toss is a drill we use to promote synchronization and connection in our athletes, in other words getting the parts in the right order. This drill is also useful in creating momentum as well promoting a strong visual process. Self toss is a drill that is used by all of our hitters but is especially useful to our hitters who struggle to get the parts in the right order. 

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Topics: video, hitting, baseball, baseball drills, hitting drills, baseball off-season, Sports, connection drills, connection, sports performance

Rick Johnston | Dec 18, 2016 6:34:15 PM

Hey players... is strength the MISSING LINK in your game?

For whatever the reasons, baseball players have generally taken strength training, or simply getting stronger, for granted. Not sure why? It certainly seems, however, that every one of those players is immensely concerned with the mechanics of their swing, or their pitching delivery, or being quicker down the line, or getting jumps on fly balls… Isn’t that an interesting irony? They all want to throw harder, hit for more power and be more explosive, yet, often they seem relatively unconcerned with getting stronger and well organized with their body. Not sure if this really makes sense? Every baseball player, regardless of age, if they truly would like to make baseball a full-time activity, should include some sort of basic to advanced strength program into their daily regimen.

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Topics: strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball, speed, baseball off-season, injury prevention, Sports, sports performance, power

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