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Ryan Armstrong | Jan 30, 2017 2:39:00 PM

A Glimpse at The Four Pillars of Baseball - Part IV: The Physical 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 IV: The Physical Game

20160117 Terriers Winter workout 1.jpgHave you ever observed an athlete that cannot complete a movement pattern efficiently, no matter what he tries? Have you ever considered that they are not strong or flexible enough to accomplish the desired skill? Think of a pitcher who throws great on flat ground but looks very different on a mound. With the slope of the mound, they may not be strong enough to translate forward momentum into rotation. Or think of a pitcher who does not decelerate or finish well. Maybe this is due to poor hamstring or hip flexibility. The fact is most of the athletes we encounter are not physically equipped to handle challenges at the next level. We have been to countless tournaments where our skill sets match up well, but our physicality does not.

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Topics: baseball instruction, strength training, speed, mastery

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

Mike McCarthy | Feb 5, 2015 6:00:00 AM

4 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Private Baseball Instructor

As baseball players, we can all probably use some one-on-one time with a coach now and again. But baseball teams are large and there are many positions--it can be difficult to get personal attention during practice. As a result, there are times when it may be worthwhile to look for a private baseball instructor, whether just for a few sessions or for the long term. But if you're interested in hiring someone for private lessons, how do you choose? 

Here are 4 factors you should take into consideration when you're looking for an instructor:

1.  Experience

This doesn't just mean experience as an instructor, it also means experience in the particular area in which you're looking to improve. Are you an infielder or outfielder? Pitcher or catcher? Are you going through a bit of a hitting slump generally or having a hard time with a particular pitch? 

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Topics: hitting instruction, baseball instruction, baseball coaching, pitching instruction, fielding instruction, coach player relationship, private lessons

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