Closed Minds Never Recognize Open Doors

A few years ago I was working with a college freshman for the first time. Great kid, but she had no real moving pitches. Her screwball was flat but an idea occurred to me. We experimented with something new and the pitch began jumping across the zone so explosively that even the catcher had trouble handling it.  [Read more…]

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Who Should Call the Pitches?

There are always two sides to the argument of whether a coach or the catcher should call the pitches. The coach has more experience but the catcher has a better view. For years I primarily called the pitches because every pitcher on our team was one of my students. [Read more…]

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Ten Truths About Pitching Speed

One of the issues we most commonly address is pitching speed. Speed is important. It forces hitters to rush their decisions and their movements. That increases their chances of making a mistake. Add dramatic movement to that mix, you are onto something. [Read more…]

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Sometimes You Have to be the Parent

Most of us learned pretty quickly that coaching girls is far different from coaching boys. [Read more…]

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Rushing the Process

Are there times when we keep a student from taking it to the max? Actually, yes. That may surprise you, but there is a good reason. [Read more…]

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How She Should Feel When Pitching?

When it comes to hitting, good instructors make sure their students know exactly how they should feel during the swing. Yet, in pitching, we find that few pitchers have that awareness. It is hard to build a solid foundation if you don’t have the building blocks. [Read more…]

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Why do kids hold back and limit their performance?

Parents and coaches are always mystified as to why some players do not perform at full potential in games. Our Instructors receive questions about that all of the time. It happens with pitchers, yes, but also with other players. There are several major factors that affect both. [Read more…]

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Should You Go To College Camps?

“I went to a college camp last week but they didn’t seem to notice me.” This is not an unusual statement. We used to hear it a lot. Fortunately, we are hearing it much less often from our students because we have tried to change their expectations somewhat. [Read more…]

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College Recruiting Secrets

A college coach watched one of my students pitch to one batter and immediately said, “I like her and want to see more of her.” Was it her speed, moving pitches, or her size? None of the above. [Read more…]

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She Used To Be A Great Pitcher….

Parents frequently bring me a new student and tell stories of how she used to strike out everyone. Now, she seems to have lost it. Admittedly, sometimes they lose their effectiveness, but most of the time it is because everyone else simply caught up with her. [Read more…]

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