6 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Pitching Program

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.

Here we go with six questions you can ask pitching coaches and some guidance on what to look for… Continue reading “6 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Pitching Program”

Going to a Showcase Soon? Did you Hear…

Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Owner RPP)

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…”

Training Athleticism in Pitchers

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

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In order to effectively train a pitcher as a complete athlete we first need to:

    1. Understand Key Points in the Delivery – Understand the key points in the delivery and how to develop effective power by training it in the weight room
    2. Addressing Energy Leaks – Identify and fix energy leaks (mechanics / disconnects)
    3. Customizing Throwing and Strength Training Programs – Be able to assess what “type” of pitcher we are dealing with in order to effectively train them to produce optimum power to throw a baseball

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NJ’s Most Comprehensive Training for Pitchers and Players

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

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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.

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Pitching Lab… Inside the Nets

By Robbie Aviles (Pitching Lab Coach, MiLB Orioles Pitching Coach)

As we get close to the start of the Pitching Lab, I am getting really excited to put to work what we have mapped out for our pitchers. In addition to the strength training program, the Pitching Lab includes 19-20 sessions inside the nets. It will encompass everything from re-mapping faulty mechanical issues, simulated long toss, working on command and control as well as extensive instruction on how to throw different types of pitches in different situations.   Here is an expanded summary… Continue reading “Pitching Lab… Inside the Nets”

Patrick Jones Podcast – Building Baseball Players

I wanted to bring to your attention a recent Podcast that I participated in with Patrick Jones Baseball. Patrick is one of the premier hitting coaches in the US and he has been running a podcast for quite some time. We covered a wide variety of topics but here are a few that stand out:

    • Using strength / mobility to help adjust mechanics
    • Velocity-Based Training (VBT)
    • Reading kinematic sequence charts and related information
    • Mechanical differences between loose and tight movers

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Pitching Lab… How We Merge Pitching and Strength Training

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

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.

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Summer Throwing Program; A Look at Pitch Design

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

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”

Understanding the Kinematic Sequence

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

Not all throwing and hitting motions are created equal. Some guys rely more on strength, some guys elasticity (facial tissue) and some are simply genetic “outliers” (there’s that fascia again). But close analysis, in not only numerous studies but also from my own experience at the facility, reveals that there is one common denominator why hard throwers create effortless velocity and command, as well as power hitters creating high exit velos behind the plate.

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