Archives for January 2017

Work Hard, Recover Harder

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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When talking about a complete or comprehensive training or throwing program, the conversation has to begin and end with “recovery”.

Fatigue is the Enemy of Mechanics

 

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Hitting – 90% Approach 50% Preparation

IMG_2197Today my guest post is by Mike Rozema, Director of Hitting at RPP.  It is hopefully the first many more articles where Mike will impart his extensive experience onto our players.  Mike played four years of collegiate ball at St. John’s University and spent 5 seasons with the Atlanta Braves organization as a professional baseball player.

By Mike Rozema (Rozema Baseball, Director of Hitting at RPP)

As this is my first article, I wanted to keep it to a very simple topic that every player and parent can benefit from. Hopefully you will find it useful.

To me hitting is all about Approach. It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot with hitters. But in very basic terms, it’s about having a plan, a very simple plan, on game day. [Read more…]

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Increasing Velocity and Command with a more Stable Stride Pattern – Part 1

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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Many coaches believe that throwing strikes is more important than increasing velocity and that the two can’t be trained at the same time. I disagree. I believe that training both are equally important and can be trained at the same time. Sometimes it comes down to increasing the efficiency of an athlete’s throwing motion, so that their body works more in sync. [Read more…]

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Half-Kneeling Overhead Med Ball Throw

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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One of the biggest mechanical disconnects I see when analyzing video from many of our pitchers is the ability to increase leverage on the front leg, from the time of first foot-strike to ball-release. Everyone has different opinions of what is an adequate amount of extension. For me, after analyzing hundreds of high school, college and pro pitchers, I’ve come up with what I consider to be an appropriate range of 20-30 degrees of additional knee extension between first foot-strike and ball-release. [Read more…]

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Top 5 Things I Learned About Showcases

By Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Dad and Co-owner at RPP)

Today my guest post is by my business partner, Bahram Shirazi.  He writes this article from the viewpoint of a parent having gone through the college recruiting process.  He has seen and done it all at this point, having traveled all over the country with his son playing for various travel teams over the past six years.

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As a parent who has gone through the college recruiting process, I believe showcases are probably the single best dollar investment for those aspiring to play college baseball. Players often join travel teams to get exposure. But, the reality is that college coaches, more often, go to showcases to see the most number of players at any given time. But I should say that not every showcase is for you.
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Identifying Leaks in the Delivery – Knee at First Foot Strike

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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At our recent Pitching Seminar held at RPP, I presented a PowerPoint presentation on Identifying energy leaks in the delivery. The response from players and coaches alike (thanks Sean McGrath – Pitching Coach at U. Mass Lowell) made me realize there is a bit of a void when it comes to reviewing mechanics based on movement. This prompted me to start a series on the topic. Today is about “Knee at First Foot Strike”. [Read more…]

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The Best of 2016 – Baseball Articles

The Best of 2016 – Baseball Articles

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

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As we begin the new year I would like to look back on 2016 and get a bit reflective. A few years ago I started a series in which we posted the most popular blogs of the year. These are the pieces that received the most traffic, according to our hosting statistics (you can click on the title of each to read the article). It seems to be a favorite of everyone so here we go again… [Read more…]

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