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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 | 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

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