As a baseball athlete, you need to consider two important aspects of your training: total body strength and explosive power. But first, consider the muscle imbalances caused naturally by the sport. For example, you swing the bat from one side. You…
Pitchers: Throw Harder With This Med Ball Workout
Traditional pitching workouts typically involve dumbbell and/or resistance band exercises focused on specific parts of the throwing motion—e.g., Dumbbell Rows or Resistance Band Scarecrows targeting the back and shoulder. This type of training is…
3 Speed and Agility Drills to Improve Your Baseball Performance
Baseball athletes want to gain an edge on getting to the ball and moving around the bases. Help your performance on the diamond and develop faster feet with the following baseball speed and agility drills.
Eight Ways to Get a Quality At-Bat
Clearly defining for players exactly what a quality at-bat is helps them understand clearly how they can contribute to the offense. Our program has identified eight ways to earn a quality at-bat…
A safety tip for batting practice
I heard this batting practice idea from the current head coach at Villanova University (Joe Godri) and I think it is a great one for a number of reasons. It involves moving the shag bucket(s) to a safer location during batting practice. In the…
Pitcher and Catcher: Working Together
A certain beautiful type of rhythm happens when a pitcher and catcher work in harmony together. I have found that this rhythm occurs more often when the pitcher and catcher are allowed to call the game—with limited interference from the coach.
Practice Your Baseball Fielding Skills Indoors This Winter
Infield drills are among the easiest drills to perform in a confined space. The drills below require only 50 to 60 feet and are a great way to get started on your defensive practice this winter.
5 Hitting Situations for Which Your Players Should Be Prepared
During this blog post, I’m going to go over some special baseball hitting situations that your team will most likely face at one point or another.
A suicide squeeze is used by a team that has a good bunter at the plate and a pitcher who has…
Coaching vs Managing
In one of my first days in professional baseball, I got an eye opener about the difference between a coach and a manager. A teammate of mine started a conversation with our manager by saying “Hey Coach, …”. What came next was quite unexpected.
When should a catcher go to the mound?
At the major league level you will often see catchers call time-out and take a trip to the mound to have a word with their pitcher. Usually these trips are not called for by coaches. The catchers decide when the time is right. At the lower levels…
Every Player’s Worst Enemy: The Low Elbow
What causes it?
How do you prevent it?
Is there a cure?
Alone time for players
With practices starting up soon in many parts of the country, coaches are well into the process of designing practice routines and schedules for their teams. At least they should be. If you ever had the pleasure of participating in or watching…
Before you ever hold your first tryout practice, you need to start compiling and sending out information for the season. Among the things you need to prepare in advance are sign-up sheets, the play-book, and the necessary equipment. This chapter…
Post Workout Stretching for Pitchers – Jon Francis
Watch: Post Workout Stretching For Pitchers – Jon Francis
Inside Practice – Ladder Work – Jack Dahm – Univ. Of Iowa
Watch: Inside Practice – Ladder Work – Jack Dahm – Univ. Of Iowa
Shoulder Pre-Hab Workout with Jon Francis
Watch: Shoulder Pre-Hab Workout with Jon Francis
Indoor Pitching Drill – Paul Reddick
Watch: Indoor Pitching Drill – Paul Reddick
Pitch Mechanics – Falling off on Finish – Randy Mazey – TCU
Watch: Pitch Mechanics – Falling off on Finish – Randy Mazey – TCU
Bounce Drill – Karl Kuhn – Univ. of VA
Watch: Bounce Drill – Karl Kuhn – Univ. of VA
Long Toss Drill – Darren Gurney
Watch: Long Toss Drill – Darren Gurney
Best Pitching Tip – Dr. Dirk Baker
Watch: Best Pitching Tip – Dr. Dirk Baker
Stretch Band – Arm Exercises for Pitchers – Randy Mazey
Watch: Stretch Band – Arm Exercises for Pitchers – Randy Mazey
5 Basic Principles of Pitching Mechanics – Karl Kuhn – Univ. of Virginia
Watch: 5 Basic Principles of Pitching Mechanics – Karl Kuhn – Univ. of Virginia
Pick Up Drill – Darren Gurney
Watch: Pick up Drill – Darren Gurney
Reading Right-Handed Pitchers Pick off Moves – Gary Gilmore – Coastal Carolina Univ.
Watch: Reading Right-handed Pitchers Pick Off Moves – Gary Gilmore – Coastal Carolina Univ.
The Change Up – Derek Johnson
Watch: The Change Up – Derek Johnson
Reading Left-Handed Pitchers Pick off Moves – Gary Gilmore – Coastal Carolina Univ.
Watch: Reading Left-handed Pitchers Pick Off Moves – Gary Gilmore – Coastal Carolina Univ.
Fielding Bunts – Derek Johnson
Watch: Fielding Bunts – Derek Johnson
Curve Ball – Double Ball Drill – Mike Woods – Hamilton HS (AZ)
Watch: Curve Ball – Double Ball Drill – Mike Woods – Hamilton HS (AZ)
Pick off Moves to Second Base – Mike Woods – Hamilton (AZ) HS
Watch: Pick off moves to second base – Mike Woods – Hamilton (AZ) HS