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Ryan Armstrong | Apr 20, 2017 3:12:30 PM

Why Aren't We Playing Fundamental Baseball?

When coaching, we should always start with the fundamentals or basics, and from what I’ve seen on the field many young players, even at higher "elite" levels, are lacking strong fundamentals. Why does this happen? Well, here are just a few thoughts...

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Topics: college, fundamentals, long term development, mastery

Kevin Hussey | Apr 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM

3 Ideas for Coaching Youth Baseball Players

When developing younger baseball players, there are different techniques that can help you with different aspects of the game. Here are three tips that may help you with a youth baseball player's development: 

1 - Practicing different positions  

Most competitive young baseball players will have a primary position that they will stay at throughout a whole season or even their career because it’s what they’re best at (comfort for them) and what gives their team the best chance of winning (comfort for the coach). However, just because a player plays one position doesn’t mean they can’t and shouldn't practice others. It also doesn't mean it will be their best position later on after they have finished with their growth spurt. When they practice different positions they get the opportunity to use their bodies in different ways. The value of this is their body gets put in different situations which can allow them to develop different techniques - good for both long term athletic development as well as simply being more versatile. For example, if you have an outfielder, they will typically throw the ball with a long arm because of the importance of a strong throw rather than a quick release. If an outfielder spends some time practicing middle infield play however, they will have the opportunity to develop skills involving a quick release which may come in handy in some outfield situations...or if they have to play a game in the infield...or if someday a coach wants to see what they look like in the infield. In general, it would be a good idea for every player, regardless of primary position, to practice middle infield play because of the consistent opportunity to use their athleticism and put their body in different positions.   

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Topics: baseball coaching, long term development, coaching, Arm slot, Long term athletic development

Rick Boutilier | Apr 9, 2013 10:13:00 AM

Baseball Strength Training Transformation Tuesday | Justin Wamboldt

It is Transformation Tuesday again and this week we feature high school freshman Justin Wamboldt of the Ontario Terriers 15U program and catcher for the Bantam Thornhill Reds.

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Topics: fitness tips, SST Mississauga, strength training, in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, off-season strength training, weight lifting, High Performance Program, baseball off-season, long term development, lean mass

Mike McCarthy | Mar 14, 2013 4:35:00 PM

What Focus Should Your Baseball Drills Have?

It is Thursday and typically we offer you one of our "Drill of the Week" installments. However this week we are going to take a step back...way back and take a scientific look at baseball drills, how they are typically conducted and offer up a new way of approaching and delivering them.

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Topics: hitting instruction, baseball instruction, baseball coaching, myths, baseball drills, hitting drills, pitching instruction, throwing drills, pitching drills, fielding instruction, long term development, mastery, Motor Skills, constrained action hypothesis

Mike McCarthy | Oct 26, 2012 1:51:00 PM

Baseball Leadership - 4 Ways It Starts At Home

I turned 42 years old this year and I started playing organized sports when I was about 7 years old, so...let me do some math here...that makes it about 35 years that I have been in sports as a participant, coach or administrator. 

In that time I have seen and heard a lot of speeches, preaching, leading, coaching, teaching, musing, philosophising, etc. This has been from coaches, fellow players, parents, pupils, colleagues, gurus, and on down the line. I have almost heard it all. I can say that unless there has been a significant level of SUBSTANCE to what has come out of a given person's mouth, I really don't think it has meant a lot to me. In fact, if there is a lack of SUBSTANCE I actually find it offensive that someone would think I, or anyone else, might be interested in their sermons. I am confident I am not alone in this assertion.

So what is this SUBSTANCE I speak of? Well, it has a lot to do with "walking the walk versus talking the talk" and little to do with "do as I say, not as I do". In the awesome free world we live in (well, mostly free) we can pretty much say whatever we want. An incredible right and privilege we have. However, there is nothing that constitutionally guarantees that whatever we say actually means anything. I believe that the only way your words have meaning is if you actually LIVE THEM everyday...in the flesh...not in your fantasies.

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Topics: baseball parents, baseball philosophy, long term development, mastery, nutrition, last minute tips, baseball leadership

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