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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 | 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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