By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS) and Bahram Shirazi (MBA, BSEE)
A few years ago, all you could expect from your pitching program was to help you with your mechanics. That’s just about what most people expected and looked for in a pitching program.
Fortunately, times have changed. Today, pitching mechanics are only a piece of the overall puzzle. There is much more to training pitchers than simply teaching them proper mechanics. Whether you’re looking for an off-season or a summer throwing program, in this two part article, we will review topics you should consider asking coaches before making a commitment to a program.
During the past couple of weeks both PBR and Headfirst Honor Roll showcases have announced partnerships with Blast Motion, whereby participants will begin hitting with Blast sensors during their events. Although they’re not the first to do this, more showcases are following this trend. On the one hand this is great news for the game. Technology is changing baseball for the better and the data can be invaluable for both evaluation and training. On the other hand, although I have a ton of respect for both of these companies, there is an issue. Continue reading “Going to a Showcase Soon? Did you Hear…”
Those of you that have trained with us previously already know the breadth and depth of our training programs. Given our recent move to Paramus, NJ, for all of our new friends and neighbors in north New Jersey, I would like to personally give you a welcome to one of the most comprehensive facilities for training and developing pitchers and baseball players.
This off-season is already off to a fast start. With athletes from middle and high schools all over, and professional ball players from various MLB teams (including the Twins, Padres, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Rockies, Reds and Devil Rays) already having joined us, I would have to say this is going to be our best off-season yet.
The Pitching Lab is a unique training program specifically designed to produce the “complete pitcher”. It’s truly a merger of strength training (in the weight room) and pitching (inside the nets). Most players that haven’t trained with us probably don’t appreciate how intertwined our strength training is with our pitching program.
Our Summer Throwing Program has many components, including pitch design. For pitchers looking for more than just velo, we incorporate a Pitch Design component in the program to help improve their overall movement pattern. The program not only teaches you the science and data analytics that go into pitch design but also how to implement it on the mound. Continue reading “Summer Throwing Program; A Look at Pitch Design”
Note: All reference to ball movement in this article are from a righty pitcher’s viewpoint. If you’re a lefty just flip the charts over (side-to-side).
The introduction of new tech like Rapsodo cameras is changing the landscape for pitchers at all levels. Until recently, most pitchers would focus on their pitching mechanics and strength training. Now, technology is bringing a whole new realm to pitching at the point of release and we have a third leg on the stool that can’t be ignored:
Generally, when players start to struggle with throwing strikes, they’ve been conditioned to modify their mechanics. Many times, this is completely unnecessary. Anatomy often tells us that in order to fix a “control” issue, strength and stability may need to be addressed before looking deeper into the situation. Continue reading “4 Ways to Improve Command and Control in the Weight Room”
Assessments are an integral part of how we evaluate and train pitchers and ball players… Without them, you’re basically flying blind and NOT maximizing your potential. Whether it’s a lack of strength, mobility or leakage in your pitching mechanics, an assessment should be the beginning of your journey… Here is a brief video…