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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.


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.


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

Ryan Armstrong | Feb 15, 2014 1:17:00 PM

Some Pitching Advice I'd Give to Tracy McGrady

In case you haven't heard recently, former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady, 34, who last played in the NBA in 2011-12 for the Atlanta Hawks, is attempting to become a professional pitcher. He is reportedly working with Roger Clemens in his hopes to pitch this season for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League. Hey - why not? He's got $100 million and time on his hands, so what are you gonna do?

Supposedly he has been clocked in the 90's with his fastball, but more recently it sounded a little more realistic in the mid- to high-80's. This is not to say he can't make it to the 90's. Heck, just picking up a ball after not having played competitive baseball since, I will guess, his high school years and throwing in the mid- to high-80's is quite impressive and indicative of a pretty talented guy...and he just might have consistent 90+ in his reach.


Topics: pitching, pitching tips, pitching instruction, pitching velocity, velocity, pitching injuries, pitching rotation, pitching skills, pitching mechanics, pitching advice

Rick Johnston | Jul 3, 2013 10:22:00 PM

20 Common Pitfalls You Need to Avoid as a Baseball Coach

Everyone that has ever had a chance to coach baseball has undoubtedly realized that you can’t please everyone. It also seems that these people you can’t please also seem to know more about the game than you do - maybe it is true sometimes, but it can't ALWAYS be that way. However this is one of the realities that any coach will have to come to terms with as they don the uniform. 

A coach can do himself a lot of good in the eyes of many if he is able to avoid certain coaching pitfalls throughout the season...and stay out of the crosshairs of the know-it-alls. These pitfalls are part of coaching and unfortunately sometimes are not so apparent to see - something like missing the forest for the trees kind of thing. And best of all is that avoiding them should help result in a more fulfilling and fun experience for the players that we are serving.


Topics: baseball coaching, team Defence, baseball communication, baseball practice, fielding drills, pitching rotation, batting order, practice organization

Rick Boutilier | May 1, 2013 7:55:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Med Ball Slam w/ Hip Toss"

This week's Baseball Exercise of the Week is "Med Ball Slam w/ Hip Toss"


Topics: in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, off-season strength training, rotational power, baseball exercise, med ball drills, hitting rotation, pitching rotation

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