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Mike Tevlin | Apr 1, 2017 12:17:09 PM

Ten Thousand Hours ... of Fun!

It's easy to generalize and sound like our fathers and their fathers and... but, let's face it, kids don't play outside like they used to in the "good old days". Why this is the case is not for me to analyse in this short essay. We all know the obvious answers - video games, social media, neighborhood dysfunction, blah blah, but somehow we have to encourage our young boys and girls to get out there and play!

When I was a kid and my mother would be yelling from the front porch to come home for supper (her voice could carry for blocks) I would have to put down whatever ball, glove, bat, racquet, mallet or stick and get home. Often I was a little late because the "next goal wins" rule would be put forward, then I would be so hungry that the sprint home after was a nice bit of natural and physically coordinating exercise.

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Topics: Motor Skills, Outdoors, Sports, Activity, Sedentary Lifestyles, Technology

Jeff Overholt | Feb 27, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Peak Height Velocity & Its Implications for Youth Baseball Players

This blog comes from our colleague Jeff Overholt, Co-Founder of Golf Performance Coaches and PGA of Ontario 2013 Coach of the Year. This entry was initially published on the Golf Performance Coaches' blog under the title of "'Growing Up' - Acorns Becoming Oak Trees". Please visit their site for more excellent junior athlete development information.

Can you guess which of these junior golfers is the oldest? Which player would have an advantage if they were all competing on a golf course which was around 5500 yards?

Believe it or not the player on the left is actually the youngest (chronological age), but he is the oldest from a development age standpoint. Developmental age refers to the child’s age of physical, mental, emotional or intellectual maturity as opposed to chronological age, which represents the number of years and days which have elapsed since birth.

These concepts are very important for coaches and parents to understand if they have athletes of any sport between 10 – 15 years of age. During this time, children typically go through their growth spurt and hit a critical marker in their development called Peak Height Velocity (PHV).

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Topics: baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball exercise, baseball skills, Motor Skills, physical mistakes, LTAD, peak height velocity, Long term athletic development

Rick Boutilier | Apr 17, 2013 8:42:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Hip Twists"

This week's Baseball Exercise of the Week is "Hip Twists".

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Topics: fitness tips, agility training, warming up, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, off-season strength training, rotational power, baseball exercise, speed, speed training, pitching velocity, Motor Skills, hitting rotation, pitching rotation, swing rotation, hip twists

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

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