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Larry Jusdanis | Oct 16, 2013 3:08:00 PM

5 Things That Are Making You Less Agile on the Baseball Diamond

Agility is a skill which becomes invaluable on the field, court, or diamond! It is often the person who can change directions the fastest that will be able to to get to the groundball, transition quickly to throwing or simply making better moves on the basepaths. Mangine et al (2013) put some science behind this assertion when they found that pro agility (or the 5-10-5 drill) along with vertical jump are the best predictors of "defensive run value of a player over the course of a professional baseball season."

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Topics: fitness tips, agility training, baserunning, defence, infielding tips, pro agility

Rick Boutilier | Apr 24, 2013 3:12:00 PM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Straddle Hops"

This week's Baseball Exercise of the Week is "Straddle Hops"

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Topics: fitness tips, SST Mississauga, agility training, baseball exercise, speed, speed training, baseball speed

Rick Boutilier | Apr 17, 2013 8:42:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Hip Twists"

This week's Baseball Exercise of the Week is "Hip Twists".

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Topics: fitness tips, agility training, warming up, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, off-season strength training, rotational power, baseball exercise, speed, speed training, pitching velocity, Motor Skills, hitting rotation, pitching rotation, swing rotation, hip twists

Rick Boutilier | Apr 12, 2013 10:26:00 AM

Baseball Functional Friday | "W Drill"

This week’s "Baseball Functional Friday" exercise of the week is the "W Drill"

The W Drill is an agility drill that helps baseball players work on several different variables of athleticism, such as;

  • Staying low in an athletic stance
  • Foot speed
  • Linear and lateral quickness
  • The ability to transition and change directions quicker
  • Body awareness and centre of gravity

Agility drills like the W and Pro Agility, which we featured last week, should be implemented into every baseball player's off-season program, especially middle infielders who have a heavy workload of ground balls, double plays, relays and opposing players stealing second base.  

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Topics: fitness tips, SST Mississauga, agility training, cone drills, baseball drills

Rick Boutilier | Apr 5, 2013 10:21:00 AM

Baseball Functional Friday | "Pro Agility"

This week's "Baseball Functional Friday" exercise of the week is the "Pro Agility Drill".

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Topics: fitness tips, agility training, baseball functional training, baseball exercise, speed, speed training, pro agility

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