Speed Training for Baseball Players… Part 2

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

Given the nature of the sport, speed training for baseball players covers a number of different speed disciplines.  Ball players sprint, decelerate, change direction, move laterally, all within short bursts of time.  In Part 2 of of this article (click here for Part 1) on speed training for baseball players, we’re going to review:

    • Linear Acceleration
    • Lateral Acceleration
    • Lateral Change-of-Direction

Continue reading “Speed Training for Baseball Players… Part 2”

Speed Training for Baseball Players… Part 1

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

speed training for baseball players

Doesn’t matter the sport, everyone wants to be fast. Unfortunately, not everyone is, but everyone can surely get faster. This comes down to a few key principles, and it’s not just about running a faster baseball 60 yard dash. In this 2-part article, we’re going to review speed training for baseball players, position-specific speed and some of the techniques we use here at RPP to get our guys more explosive and faster on the field. But let me start by bringing up a few crucial points. Continue reading “Speed Training for Baseball Players… Part 1”

3 Pillars for Enhancing First Step Quickness

By Nancy Newell (BS, Strength Coach at RPP)

As a driven high school baseball player with hopes and dreams of playing college baseball your attention is constantly being directed towards sculpting yourself into the quintessential 5-Tool player. The 5-tools below are skills of the game that scouts are looking for in potential prospect(s) to help give their teams the greatest opportunity to compete and ultimately win a national championship.

    1. Your running speed & overall athleticism
    2. Your throwing strength & accuracy
    3. Your defensive skills
    4. Your batting average
    5. Your ability to hit for power

The intention behind this article is to hone in on the first tool…. SPEED, and answer the question “WHY?”. Why is speed such a sought-after tool for scouts and offer you 3 things YOU can do to develop this skill. Continue reading “3 Pillars for Enhancing First Step Quickness”

How to Increase Bat Speed and Power

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

In a scouting and recruiting world driven by metrics, there are many things that can prevent a player from getting into the best position to succeed.  Improving key physical parameters such as hip mobility, strengthening the lower body, improving t-spine rotation to name a few, can go a long way in helping you round the bases. Today, we’re going to touch on a few of these parameters and review the following six topics which we consider key players that can help summarize how to increase your bat speed and power: Continue reading “How to Increase Bat Speed and Power”

Most Common Pitch Movement Issues We’ve Observed… And the Fixes

By Mike Lembo (BS, RPP Pitching Coordinator)

Having observed hundreds of pitchers on our Rapsodo Pitching camera during the past several years, it’s fair to say that there are a few tendencies that most high school and collegiate pitchers exhibit. While every pitcher is different with their skillset, we generally tend to observe similar opportunities for improvement in pitch movement.

In this first of three articles… Continue reading “Most Common Pitch Movement Issues We’ve Observed… And the Fixes”

What to Do After a Throwing Session for Recovery

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

Post Throwing Routine

We often get asked what to do after a throwing session (for pre-throwing routine click here).  Post-throwing routines should be a part of every pitcher’s training and recovery protocol.  It involves a handful of exercises that can easily done in less than 25 minutes.

A post-throwing routine’s primary purpose is to help restore lost mobility during an outing in order to ensure full recovery in order to give them the best opportunity to succeed the next time they are on the mound. Continue reading “What to Do After a Throwing Session for Recovery”

Building a Baseball Throwing Program… Part Art, Part Science

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS) and Mike Lembo (BS, RPP Pitching Coordinator)

Throwing Programs

Over the past few years, we have had hundreds of ball players, specifically pitchers come through our facility. While they come in all shapes, sizes and levels of technical ability, they all are looking to do the same thing… throw harder and continue to do so safely working with a baseball throwing program.

So, while this article is about how we build throwing programs, it’s important to highlight that the body has its own language and agenda, and you cannot learn it by only learning 3 or 4 words.  You certainly can’t do it by slapping together some throwing drills with long toss and pull-down days. Continue reading “Building a Baseball Throwing Program… Part Art, Part Science”

An Analytical Guide to Hip-Shoulder Separation… Part 2

By Courtney Semkewyc (RPP Bio-mechanist Intern, PhD Candidate Biomedical Engineering)

pitching biomehanics

In Part 1 of this article, we reviewed two of five topics related to hip-shoulder separation while reviewing motion capture data on Qualisys Mocap system.  Here in Part 2, we are going to review the remaining three topics:

    • Relationship between the Kinematic Sequence and Hip-Shoulder Separation
    • Proper Kinematic Sequence
    • Amount of Separation Time (the time difference between when the peak torso and peak pelvis angular velocities occur)

Continue reading “An Analytical Guide to Hip-Shoulder Separation… Part 2”