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Ryan Armstrong | May 13, 2014 8:53:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Self Toss"

This week's Hitting Drill of the Week is "Self Toss"

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. We love to use it as a warm up drill.

When doing the drill we start the hitter facing their target (which can be the back of a cage or centerfield...or wherever). From here, the hitter simply walks into their hitting position, tosses the ball out in front to roughly their front foot, and swings, all the while continuing movement and maintaining connection and synchronization of their moving parts. It is a great baseball drill with immediate feedback.

Check out Coach Army (@tbzarmy) with a demo below

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, hitting preparation, hitting, baseball drills, hitting drills, momentum drills, hitting mechanics, synchronization, connection

Ryan Armstrong | May 8, 2014 6:30:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Jump Backs"


This week's Pitching Drill of the Week is "Jump Backs".

Jump backs are a lower body drill that helps to promote a positive, explosive move to the target. This will help with accuracy, velocity, and promote more of a total body throw. They can be used by anyone but especially helpful for players who have trouble directing energy/momentum to their target. We recommend a couple times a week, and we usually implement them closer to the season.

The athlete will start in a stretch position and hop back towards 2B. They will then want to focus on gathering themselves as quickly as possible and ridirect their energy and momentum towards the target.

Please watch Coach Army (@tbzarmy) as he demonstrates below:

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Topics: baseball drills, throwing drills, pitching drills, pitching velocity, momentum drills, throwing power, throwing velocity, pitching accuracy

Ryan Armstrong | Sep 18, 2013 9:56:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Double Crow Hops"

This week's Baseball Drill of the Week is the "Double Crow Hop" drill.

The Double Crow Hop drill is a drill we use to help increase forward momentum (and leading with the hips - as in picture) which will promote both velocity and accuracy as well as a total body throw. Throwing with the body as opposed to the arms or just the upper torso will also help in keeping your pitchers healthier over the course of a long season and their careers.

As mentioned, the Double Crow Hop drill is especially useful for pitchers who might lack momentum toward the target in their delivery, but would also be useful for all players as part of their throwing program, whether that be on their own or with a partner, and from short to long distances.

Here is a quick video where I demonstrate the drill:

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Topics: baseball drills, pitching tips, pitching instruction, throwing drills, pitching drills, baseball skills, pitching velocity, throwing skills, injury prevention, momentum drills, throwing power, pitching skills

Ryan Armstrong | Sep 11, 2013 11:33:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Babe Ruths"

We love the Babe Ruth Drill. We gave it that name as the set up looks like Babe Ruth's and honestly...we hope the result is the same too. Did anyone have more engaged momentum and resulting power in their swing than The Babe??!!

We use it to really activate and, even more accurately, engage the hips in the swing. We also really like the kids to accentuate their intent during this drill. Looking ugly is OK - like anything else in life, they will get better at it over time. We want a clear intention to drive the ball. When done well, players will get a great feeling of momentum, and ultimately that is the goal of the drill, to help implement more of the body (in this case the hips) into the swing. Man (or woman) cannot hit with arms and rotation alone!

Check out Coach Army with a video demo below: 

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Topics: baseball drills, hitting drills, momentum drills, babe ruth

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