“In Season” Arm Conditioning and Maintenance Throwing Program: Integrating Long Toss into Bull-pens and In-season Pitching
In the previous article, we addressed the importance of the timing and format of an “Off Season Throwing Program”, and the need of establishing a “rest” (2-4 weeks) and “rebuild” period (approximately 4 weeks) after a long summer. It was also mentioned how important it was to stay off of the mound for this initial 4 week, base building period. The idea was that the better you build your base in the Fall/Winter months, the better you are able to maximize your health, strength and endurance “in season“. As you may recall, the key to optimizing the health, strength and endurance of your arm “in season” is significantly reflected by how well you are able to maintain this base throughout the Fall/Winter months, and translate it into the Spring.read more
Whether it’s rolling out of bed in the morning, or rolling a double play, movement is something most of us take for granted. But, in my opinion, improving our understanding of how movement is generated is absolutely vital for improving our abilities as coaches (or athletes). This article is by no means the definitive article on pitching mechanics -- it is simply a small step towards improving motor control literacy in the pitching community.
A Brief History of Motor Control: How Does Movement Come to Be?read more
"Our BP pitcher would tell us that a change-up was coming and he would still dominate us" Jim Vatcher, former major league outfielder
When was the last time you heard a hitter say, "I can't wait to hit this guys change-up". Possibly never. The truth is hitters love fastballs. It's what they've grown up on. It's basically all they see in batting practice and it's the one pitch that they are most geared to hit. Pitchers too have grown up on fastballs. It's the pitch they've been trained to establish, command and condition their arm with. It's also the one pitch they traditionally throw more often in game situations than all other pitches combined (change, curve, slider, etc.).read more
It’s the middle of August and for some of us, the summer season is coming to a close. As such, high school and collegiate players are beginning to face some tough questions.
What am I going to do for off-season training?
Where am I going to accomplish this?
What should it be composed of?
In a world with an infinite number of ‘Ultimate Strength and Conditioning Programs” flying around social media, answering these questions can often be a confusing and difficult task for the uninformed.read more
I’m not going to tell you how you should prepare for a start. That’s for you to decide. Pitchers' routines are as different as their throwing motions. I encourage you to find what works for YOU, and stick to it.
What I will do, is outline the different phases of a starting pitcher’s pregame routine and give you a few SUGGESTIONS on how to maximize each one.
End of Last Start
Preparation for your next start begins directly after your last. Whether you had a good outing or a bad one, process it and move on. Reflect on your successes and failures briefly, taking with you only positive thoughts and constructive critiques to work on. Discard the rest.read more