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.

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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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5 Minutes of Manual Therapy for Pitchers… Priceless

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

5 minutes Top 1Over the last 2 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with Robbie Aviles, a pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization. One day while working on his arm, my business partner walked up, saw what I was doing and said to me “Nunz, isn’t there a blog in here somewhere? There’s seems to always be a waiting line at the treatment table for this.” So with the blizzard of ’17 behind us, this seemed as good a time as any to write about the importance of getting back the Internal rotation (IR) in order to keep shoulder range of motion in “top-notch” shape all year. [Read more…]

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Pain Site vs. Pain Source: 3 Ways the Lower Half Causes Medial Elbow Pain

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

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In Part 2 of this series on pain site vs. pain source (click here for Part 1), we’ll look at medial elbow pain, how it’s not always originating at the arm (or from the upper half for that matter). [Read more…]

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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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