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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

Ryan Armstrong | Oct 8, 2015 12:02:31 PM

Dear MLB - What is Up With the Blue Jays' Game Times?

Dear MLB,

Am I happy to have playoff baseball back in Toronto? Yes! Am I happy about the start times of the ALDS? No! It would be easy to say that we are being put on the back burner to accommodate big market teams in the US (despite Toronto being a larger market than any of the other cities playing today...I wonder if you know???). But market size impact aside, I truly believe there are other things to be considered.

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Topics: baseball playoffs, baseball, canadian baseball, Toronto Blue Jays, mlb, Canada, hockey, Texas Rangers, Texas

Ryan Armstrong | Oct 10, 2012 7:13:00 PM

Will Injury Woes Continue for the Toronto Blue Jays?

What do the following pitchers have in common?

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Topics: baseball, pitching injuries, Toronto Blue Jays, pitching philosophy

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