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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Work Hard, Recover Harder

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

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When talking about a complete or comprehensive training or throwing program, the conversation has to begin and end with “recovery”.

Fatigue is the Enemy of Mechanics

 

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Hitting – 90% Approach 50% Preparation

IMG_2197Today my guest post is by Mike Rozema, Director of Hitting at RPP.  It is hopefully the first many more articles where Mike will impart his extensive experience onto our players.  Mike played four years of collegiate ball at St. John’s University and spent 5 seasons with the Atlanta Braves organization as a professional baseball player.

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

As this is my first article, I wanted to keep it to a very simple topic that every player and parent can benefit from. Hopefully you will find it useful.

To me hitting is all about Approach. It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot with hitters. But in very basic terms, it’s about having a plan, a very simple plan, on game day. [Read more…]

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Increasing Velocity and Command with a more Stable Stride Pattern – Part 1

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

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Many coaches believe that throwing strikes is more important than increasing velocity and that the two can’t be trained at the same time. I disagree. I believe that training both are equally important and can be trained at the same time. Sometimes it comes down to increasing the efficiency of an athlete’s throwing motion, so that their body works more in sync. [Read more…]

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Half-Kneeling Overhead Med Ball Throw

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

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One of the biggest mechanical disconnects I see when analyzing video from many of our pitchers is the ability to increase leverage on the front leg, from the time of first foot-strike to ball-release. Everyone has different opinions of what is an adequate amount of extension. For me, after analyzing hundreds of high school, college and pro pitchers, I’ve come up with what I consider to be an appropriate range of 20-30 degrees of additional knee extension between first foot-strike and ball-release. [Read more…]

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Top 5 Things I Learned About Showcases

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

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.  He has seen and done it all at this point, having traveled all over the country with his son playing for various travel teams over the past six years.

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As a parent who has gone through the college recruiting process, I believe showcases are probably the single best dollar investment for those aspiring to play college baseball. Players often join travel teams to get exposure. But, the reality is that college coaches, more often, go to showcases to see the most number of players at any given time. But I should say that not every showcase is for you.
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