Inside Look at Cleveland Indians Northeast Private Workout at RPP

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

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RPP and Rozema Baseball recently had the pleasure of hosting the Cleveland Indians as they conducted an invite-only workout for some of their top northeast prospects in anticipation of the upcoming 2017 MLB Draft.  On behalf of everyone at RPP and Rozema Baseball, we would like to thank the Cleveland Indians again for allowing us to host their event.  The representatives from the Indians were extremely professional, respectful, informative and truly a class act.  The following individuals from the Cleveland Indians attended the session for the evaluation:

  • Brad Tyler – Regional Supervisor
  • Mike Kanen – Northeast Area Supervisor
  • Clint Longenecker – Coordinator, Amateur Scouting
  • Scott Barnsby – Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting
  • Bobby Malkmus – New Jersey Scout

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5 Reasons Velocity Increases during the Season

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

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In our Pitching Lab we assess every pitcher’s movement as well as UCL stress and velo prior to the start of the program. We feel that this can give the athlete a good idea of the progress that was made during the off-season. In regards to velocity, many often see the same velocity at the end of the program as in the beginning, causing slight looks of panic among the mortals. [Read more…]

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In-Season Training… Managing a Controlled Fall

Managing a Controlled Fall - TopBy Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, CSCS, NASM, PES, FMS)

At this time of the year, after a full off-season of strength training, and with upcoming tryouts and practices, erratic throwing schedules are a few of the variables that can wreak havoc on an athlete’s body and more importantly his arm. If quality weight room work (needed to maintain strength and mobility) trails off, so will power on the mound and/or on the field.  It will likely leave an athlete vulnerable to a cavalcade of maladies including a gradual drop in velocity (have I got your attention now?), mobility, and possibly injury as the season moves onward.
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10 Things I Learned About College Recruiting – Part 1

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.

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

College LettersAs a parent who has gone through the college recruiting process I can tell you this, it’s a maze with no roadmap.  There are so many different topics, and there is really no one telling you what to do, or what’s right and/or what’s wrong.  I am by no means an expert, but I did learn a few valuable things along the way and for the record, most of my knowledge revolves around D1 and D3 programs.  So with that said, here are the top 10 things I learned about college recruiting (Part 1 of 2). [Read more…]

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Baseball in March – Let’s Not Get ahead of Ourselves

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

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The beginning of baseball season is an exciting time. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when many ball players shoot themselves in the foot.  Let me explain.  Once we get to March and tryouts begin, many players view this as the beginning of the baseball season, and unfortunately, also see it as a cue to stop strength training. [Read more…]

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Pain Site vs. Pain Source – Anterior Shoulder Pain

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

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It seems that just about every pitcher, these days, has experienced pain at various points of their pitching career. For a pitcher, pain can be a result of one or a combination of three things, lack of strength/mobility, mechanical disconnects and/or overuse.  Does the following scenario sound familiar? [Read more…]

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Interview with Jeremy Sheetinger (College Division Liaison w/ABCA)

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

Top Joint ImageToday my interview is with Jeremy Sheetinger, the College Division Liaison with the American Baseball Coaches Association (www.abca.org).  I had the pleasure of meeting him recently at the “Be the Best” Conference in Atlantic City.  Jeremy has a wealth of  knowledge that I think is extremely relevant to what we are doing here at RPP. [Read more…]

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Growth Doesn’t Happen Without….

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

Today my guest post is by my business partner, Bahram Shirazi, who will talk about the growth of our business here at RPP, and the how and the why.

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As we look forward to hopefully another great year here at RPP, it’s a good time to review where we have come from and how we got here.  RPP’s youth clientele has increased nearly 6-fold since 2012. By any measure, that’s great and we are very proud of what we have accomplished.  But explosive growth doesn’t happen for NO apparent reason; it certainly doesn’t happen overnight, and it definitely doesn’t happen without sleepless nights. [Read more…]

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Doing it all with the Alternating DB Bench Bridge

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

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Sometimes we use an exercise to develop strength, sometimes to increases mobility and sometimes we want to activate specific muscles or develop core strength. Well, every once in a while we get lucky and find one that hits all of the above in one shot. That’s the alternating DB bench bridge. [Read more…]

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