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)

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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)

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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)

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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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Weighted Balls – Frequently Asked Questions

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

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Weighted balls are just one of the tools used in our throwing programs to help athletes achieve a higher velocity ceiling. As with any protocol, the “dosage” (volume and intensity) is paramount in order to maximize their effectiveness safely. Below are a few questions I have received in the past including how they work, and how we integrate them into a total throwing program used to increase size, strength and velocity on the mound.

Do you use weighted baseballs in your throwing programs? [Read more…]

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4 Simple Ways to Maintain Lower Half Power In-Season

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

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The reality is that between practice and homework many high school kids can’t get to the gym more than 1-2 x’s per week. So here at RPP, we recommend supplementing your in-season training with some strength / mobility work that can be done at home or at the field. These exercises are designed to maintain your strength and mobility without creating any residual soreness that could effect on-field performance. It’s not as efficient as coming into the gym and getting your reps done but it’s better than not doing anything at all… much better. [Read more…]

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What is Your 2-Strike Approach?

Today’s Blog is by Mike Rozema, Director of Hitting at RPP, on a situation every player can relate to, hitting with two strikes…

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

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From a player’s perspective, there are a wide range of situations in a baseball game. Players need to constantly make adjustments to put themselves in the best position to succeed. In this article, I am going to look at one specific situation every player can relate to; hitting with two strikes.  What is your 2 strike approach? [Read more…]

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Building a Bigger Engine in Pitchers… The Lower Half

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

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Often times when someone describes a pitcher that throws hard, you’ll hear things like “he’s got a quick arm action” instead of “he must have a strong lower half”.  Since the ball is released by the hand which is linked more closely to the upper body than the lower body, the former of the two gets all the props while the latter becomes the unsung hero. [Read more…]

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