Weighted Ball “Holds”… Oh No, Not Again!

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

It’s time to start throwing and sure enough, here come the videos of pitchers performing weighted ball holds using mechanics that don’t come close to resembling proper throwing mechanics, no lay back, no whip action and poor hip rotation at finish to name a few. So why do many pitching coaches do them? [Read more…]

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How to Maximize Your Training… The System is Flawed

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

As coaches and trainers, we have a big responsibility to fully develop our athletes, so they can perform at their best.  At the same time, we are expected to keep them healthy to give them the best chance to play at the highest level. But, while arm injuries continue to rise in baseball players (specifically pitchers), we’ve come to realize that pitchers are the worst prepared athletes to step on an athletic field. Take note I didn’t say worst athletes, I said worst prepared. Bottom line, the system is flawed. [Read more…]

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Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed

By Nunzio Signore and Bahram Shirazi

As we get closer to the end of another year here at RPP, it seems like a good time to reflect back on 2017, and provide you with a glimpse of where we might be headed in 2018. [Read more…]

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Addressing and Treating Trunk Tilt at Foot Strike – Part 1

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

Many times, when analyzing video of our young pitchers, I’ll come across what I call trunk tilt at foot strike. It’s quite common in younger throwers and is characterized by an excessive lean (tilt) contralaterally towards your left side at ball release (if you’re a right-handed pitcher and vice versa). The head becomes tilted, facing away from the driveline and gives the appearance that the athlete is getting ready to launch the ball over a three-story building. [Read more…]

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How We Improved Exit Velo in Our EV Program (Fall 2017 Results)

By Nunzio Signore, Mike Rozema and Bahram Shirazi

Earlier this fall we started a new program to help players improve their exit velos.  We are very excited to report that the program has been a huge success with an average increase of 6.2 mph (or 8.9%) in exit velo among the participants.  This may not seem like a big increase, but when your exit velo goes from 79 to 85 mph or 86 to 92 mph, whether it’s your high school or travel ball coach or a college scout, it gets noticed. [Read more…]

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Analyzing Spin Rate and How to Incorporate it into Training Pitchers

By Robbie Aviles (RHP Cleveland Indians, Pitching Lab Coach)

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There is no doubt that the pitching world is begin taken over by new information.  MLB’s Statcast system, Trackman radars and Rapsodo cameras and devices are showing up everywhere measuring velocity, spin rate, spin axes, among other things.  And pitchers and coaches are digging in to see how to include all this information in their preparation and training. [Read more…]

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Protecting the UCL (Tommy John Ligament)

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

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A recent study in The Physician and Sports Medicine showed that 29% of youth baseball players up to the age of 12 reported episodes of shoulder or elbow pain.  Another report in the Journal of Arthroscopy noted 31% of pitchers up to the age of 22 have experienced an arm injury as well.  Over a third of Tommy John procedures performed are done on youth pitchers.

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Throwing 1x per Week Simply Doesn’t Cut it

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

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The pitching police tend to fall into one of 2 categories. You have those that believe:

  • there are only so many bullets in the gun “crowd”, and then,
  • there are those who believe you can load as many bullets as you need.

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Parents… Stop Wasting Your Money – Part 3 (Catchers and Position Players)

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

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Here we go with Part 3 of this series on “Stop Wasting Your Money”.  This one is for catchers and position players (please click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2, related to pitchers).

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Hitters Rx… Inside the Nets

By Mike Rozema (Power 5 Baseball, Director of Hitting at RPP)

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Hitters Rx is a comprehensive hitting and strength and conditioning program designed to cover just about every aspect of a player’s off-season training as well as teaching them the necessary skills to play at any competitive level.  It is divided into several pieces, including Day 1 Assessment, Mobility, Absolute Strength (November/December), Strength/Speed (January) and Speed/Explosiveness (February) and of course a completely well thought-out and pre-programmed hitting program inside the hitting nets.  [Read more…]

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