Archives for June 2017

Inconsistent Velocity and the Killer Trifecta

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

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If you haven’t noticed by now, we spend a lot of time getting our athletes to be more powerful. When it comes to pitchers this brings up the obvious topic of velocity.  While we don’t hang our hats on the “V” word exclusively, we do realize whether we like it or not, throwing gas is what gets the attention of most high school players searching for a great learning institution (education), fame and/or fortune.

A big part of our job here at RPP in addition to helping an athlete get to “X” mph is helping them to stay there through the course of a game, season and/or year.  Strength coach Eric Cressey put it best when he said, “erratic radar gun readings are as much a problem as insufficient radar gun readings”. Today I’m going to go over three points which I call the “killer trifecta” that I believe contribute to inconsistent velocity during the season.  They are as follows: [Read more…]

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Spring 2017 Sports Recognition Awards

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Pitcher of the Year
  • Chris Gerard – NorthJersey.com / The Record
  • Cooper Meldrim – Lohud.com / Journal News
Player of the Year
  • Nick Cimillo – Lohud.com / Journal News Top 5 Finalist for Player of the Year w/ final announcement coming on July 2nd
  • Aljo Sujak – NorthJersey.com / The Record
News 12 Varsity (MSG)

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Is Your Exit Velo Too Low?

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

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With all the data continuously coming out of the MLB Statcast system, there are a lot of discussions about what’s useful and what’s not.  But no matter how you look at it, Exit Velo is king.  Don’t misunderstand me Launch Angle (and other metrics) are extremely relevant metrics.  However, Exit Velo reigns supreme.  Let me explain… [Read more…]

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Interview with Dominic Cancellieri Pitcher / Player at Bergen Catholic High School

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

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We are here with Dominic Cancellieri, who just finished his sophomore year at Bergen Catholic.  Dom is an awesome athlete playing both basketball and baseball at Bergen.  He is also an excellent student.  But I have to say that if anyone understands that strength training is integral part of an athlete’s success it’s Dom. [Read more…]

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured – Part 3

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

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In the final piece of this three part series (click here for Part 2, here for Part 1) on injury and its mechanisms, we’ll look at shutting down, ramping-up and poor strength training programs. [Read more…]

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured – Part 2

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

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In Part 2 of this 3 Part series (click here of part 1), we’re continuing down the path of injuries and what I believe to be many of the main perpetrators…

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Interview with Andrew Olsen Catcher at Don Bosco Prep High School

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

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We are here with Andrew Olsen, junior catcher at Don Bosco Prep.  Andrew is the ultimate student-athlete, top of his class academically and playing baseball at such a high level.  And frankly having improved his Exit Velo from 73 to 88 mph (this spring) there aren’t many that work as hard as he does in the gym. [Read more…]

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured – Part 1

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

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It’s no secret that the numbers of youth injuries in baseball are staggering. Even with the implementation of pitch counts, youth injuries not only continue to rise but account for many of the injuries ball players eventually suffer later in their careers. Below is a chart of my top 9 leading causes of pitching injuries:

Leading Causes of Pitching Injuries

In Part 1 of this 3 Part series we’ll start to look at what I believe to be some of the main reasons why. [Read more…]

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