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Ryan Armstrong | Dec 20, 2014 6:30:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Pendulum to Pelvic Load"

This week's Pitching Drill of the Week is the "Pendulum to Pelvic Load" drill.

This baseball drill is used to help players incorporate the hips into the delivery. Leading with the hips will help players establish a direct line to the target. Moving our hips toward the target will also help us with rotation. More rotation can result in more velocity and allow the arm to have more room to decelerate, decreasing the overall stress of the throw.

The pendulum aspect of the drill allows players to relax and find a natural spot to lift their leg. The pendulum swing also allows players to stay loose as they begin to move forward. This can be very effective for players who are to tense as they begin the delivery.This drill can be done by anyone who is looking to develop an efficient move forward; it is also effective for player who may lack rhythm and tempo. We do this drill in season and off season and is usually followed by the actual pitching motion.

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Topics: baseball drills, pitching tips, pitching instruction, throwing drills, pitching drills, pitching velocity, pitching rotation, pitching mechanics, velocity drills, delivery, rotation drills, pelvic load

Ryan Armstrong | Dec 3, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Mariano Rivera Drill"

This week's Pitching Drill of the Week is the "Mariano Rivera Drill" aka the Pre-set Pelvic Load drill.

This baseball drill is designed to help players lead with their hips in their delivery. Leading with your hips can help with velocity, rotation and finish. Using the hips to lead can also promote more of a total body throw. When we lead with the hips we are really initiating rotation starting with the back hip. If we don't do a good job starting rotation it will be very tough to continue rotation when we land. This can lead to more of an upper body throw and may place more stress on the arm.

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Topics: baseball drills, pitching tips, pitching instruction, throwing drills, pitching drills, pitching velocity, pitching rotation, pitching mechanics, velocity drills, delivery, rotation drills

Ryan Armstrong | May 15, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Rev Ups"

This week's Pitching Drill of the Week is "Rev Ups"

Rev Ups is a baseball drill we use to promote a strong arm action and connection to the body. We do this by simulating separation from glove, ensuring we start our action from the middle of the body as opposed to having the extremities take control.

When doing the drill we just need to start from simulated foot plant in an athletic position, with our lead elbow pointing to the target and our throwing elbow at shoulder height. We simply rock back and forth keeping the throwing elbow at or below shoulder height and making sure the throwing arm is loose and relaxed and doesn't get too long. When the athlete is ready to throw they want to take a short step to the target, finish with a complete follow through and focus on maintaining connection to the body. Coaching cues would be to watch for the arm getting too long and for the athlete to maintain athleticism through the drill to a full follow through on delivery. Rev Ups can be done at varying intensities.

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

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Topics: baseball drills, pitching, pitching tips, pitching instruction, throwing drills, pitching drills, pitching skills, pitching mechanics, pitching advice, connection drills, connection, arm action drills

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 | Oct 8, 2013 10:43:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Throwing the Curveball"

EVERYBODY wants to throw a curveball, don't they? And why not? If done well it is a great pitch. It can make a hitter look foolish, which can be fun for a pitcher. It LOOKS cool. And in a purely practical sense, it does a great job at interrupting timing which is what pitching is all about when facing off against a hitter. 

There have been some great curveballs in the history of the game, with such greats as Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Bert Blyleven and Satchel Paige being known as some of the all-time best. And while some people argue that it is disappearing from the game, the curveball can be an effective weapon nonetheless.

Now the question is, WHEN should a young pitcher begin working on the curveball? And that is a great question indeed. It is my opinion, and one that is shared by many, that the development of the curveball should only come after a player has developed and established control of their fastball with a repeatable delivery (and even at this point, a changeup is likely the next best pitch to attempt to master). Why?

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Topics: baseball instruction, baseball coaching, baseball drills, pitching, pitching tips, pitching instruction, pitching drills, pitching injuries, injury prevention, curveball, throwing a curveball

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