Launch Angles, Exit Velos, etc… What You Need to Know – Part 2

Today’s article by Bahram Shirazi represents Part 2 (click here for Part 1) on how Statcast data coming out of the MLB stadiums is changing the way coaches and players are preparing for the game…

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

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In Part 2 of this article on Launch Angles and Exit Velos, we’re going to get a little more into the details and review which launch angles are likely to generate what types of hits.  The data MLB is accumulating is talking, so we better listen. [Read more…]

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5 Reasons Velocity Decreases during the Season

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

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A few months back, I wrote an article titled “5 Reasons Velocity Increases during the Season” (click here).  Today, I’d like to counter that with “5 Reasons Velocity Decreases during the Season” and a few things pitchers can do to keep their bodies and arms in tip top shape all season. [Read more…]

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Losing Your Legs and Your Velocity Early in the Game

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

Losing Legs and VeloIt’s that time of year when I go out and watch all my guys (with a great sense of pride I might add) play ball and in doing so, get a chance to watch many other young pitchers on the mound as well. A common thread that I see with many of them is the similarities in the breakdown that happens in the later innings.  More often than not, I believe this is fatigue of the lower half. The pre-mature change in lower extremity kinematics and timing can generally be attributed to a lack of strength (or a loss of strength if they have stopped training in-season) bringing on many command problems as well as velocity issues. Today, we’ll touch on a few. [Read more…]

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Interview with Tyler Harmon, Ramsey High / NJ Hitmen Alum and UVM Commit

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

Tyler HarmonToday my interview is with Tyler Harmon.  Tyler is a graduate of Ramsey High School hockey program.  Tyler went 61-8-4 in his high school career, leading Ramsey to the NJ State Championship.  He was also the Record Player of the Year in 2016.  During the past year, Tyler played for the NJ Hitmen Premier hockey team where he was recently selected as the 2017 USPHL Goal Tender of the Year.  Tyler has committed to play for the University of Vermont beginning this fall, one of the premier programs in the country. [Read more…]

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Launch Angles, Exit Velos… What You Need to Know

Today’s article is by Bahram Shirazi on how Statcast data (Launch Angles and Exit Velos, among others) coming out of the MLB stadiums is changing the way coaches and players are preparing at the highest levels…

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

Bryce Harper Launch Angles 2

It’s no secret that there is an enormous amount of player data coming out of MLB these days.  The Statcast system was installed in all 30 Major League ballparks beginning with the 2015 season and the data coming out of this system is already changing how coaches are preparing and working with players.  It measures and records pretty much every single play from pitch velo, to exit speed, to hit distance and more.  It even calculates the probability that an outfielder will make a specific play at a given distance to the ball.  It’s great stuff.  But, what does it all mean for baseball players? [Read more…]

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Improving Lead Leg Strength – Force Development

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

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While getting strong is a given in any sport, how quickly we can apply that strength (power) is what separates good from great. In a nutshell, the quicker you can produce force the harder you’ll throw.  [Read more…]

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Pitchers Trunk Tilt and the One-Legged Throw

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

Trunk Tile Top 2

This may sound like a warped title out of one of Aesop’s fables but it’s not. It’s actually a pattern we see all the time in many high school pitchers. When reviewing the pitching mechanics of many of these young athletes, more than half of them are not putting adequate force into the ground with the rear leg while moving forward. [Read more…]

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5 More Things I Learned About College Recruiting – Part 2

Today’s Blog is by Bahram Shirazi, covering 5 more suggestions on the college recruiting process…

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

College Camps

Let’s pick up where we left off with 5 more things I learned about the college recruiting process (please click here for Part 1)… [Read more…]

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Interview with Hockey Player Anthony Firriolo

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

Anthony Firriolo PictureToday my interview is with Anthony Firriolo.  An excellent hockey player I had the pleasure of training last summer.  Anthony is a graduate of Don Bosco High School and the NJ Hitmen program and will be joining the Colorado College hockey program this coming September.  He is back for the summer continuing with his off-ice training.

Anthony came to RPP last March and trained with us for nearly five months until his departure in August to join the Kingston Voyageurs in Canada’s Ontario Junior Hockey League.   Upon Arrival in Canada he made a smooth transition and an immediate impact on Kingston’s blueline, recording 4 goals and 22 points in 51 games, as a defensemen.  The 18-year old earned the eyes of the scouting community, which ultimately ended up in him being picked-up by Colorado College’s hockey program.

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3 Reasons for Lower Back Pain (Pain Site vs. Pain Source) – Part 3

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

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Unfortunately 90% of the pitcher population cannot handle the amount of lumbar extension Tim Lincecum puts his body through. It’s no mystery that low back pain can severely compromise velocity, as well as command, in pitchers.  In Part 3 of this series on Pain Site vs. Pain Source (click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2), we’ll look at low back pain and some possible “sites” further down the kinetic chain that could be causing it.  And some things we can do from both the strength and mechanics (pitching) side to help relieve unwanted stress in the area. [Read more…]

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