The ever changing games of baseball and softball are charging forward in today’s fast paced world of sports. Parents, athletes, coaches, and teams are searching for the latest and greatest, but no one seems to have a consistent line upon what actually works, and what training works best.
If you ‘Google‘ mechanics, 150,000,000 hits appear in your search box. But very few correlate and most are professed from marketing campaigns that lack proven avenues from which to perform from.
So how is one to differentiate from this mosh pit of training techniques that has grown competitive sports into a $700,000,000 per year industry?
Simple – follow the experience, expertise, and proven research data that is used by the top levels of the game.
When determining the accountability behind a new training technique or training system, look past the “flash” and ask yourself – HOW DOES IT PRODUCE THE PERFORMANCE RESULTS BEING PROFESSED?
To better determine the above:
Strip away the marketing, flashy research, and testimonials. Ignore the videos professing results and all the eye wash.
STEP 1: Break hitters and pitchers down into their most basic forms and find out what they are actually trying to do. The answer is simple – they are moving energy.
AND DO IT WITH SCIENTIFIC THEOREM – NOT THEORY:
#SHORTSTOPS!!!! On slow double play balls to your right, you you have to work around it first, then go and get it. This way, it will be easier for you to square your shoulders and make an accurate throw to second. This is a great job of this here by these infielders! pic.twitter.com/GsCRXYIIcS— Big League Edge (@BigLeagueEdge) January 26, 2019
STEP 2: Learn how to move energy quicker, stronger, and faster than your competition. In doing so, you will discover athletes must create dynamic balance and balanced force to move energy efficiently.
Just think of a seesaw (dynamic balance) or tug-of-war (balanced force) as examples.
Some box drill work here from Prospect U athletes! Look how the glove goes off to the side, and the hand goes from the ground up, giving the player on the receiving end a clear, long look at the ball. #baseball pic.twitter.com/k68V21saJU— Big League Edge (@BigLeagueEdge) January 22, 2019
STEP 3: Move efficiently and in proportion so that you can create, support, and use energy quicker, stronger, and faster than you competition. Greater disproportions within movements causes greater energy escapement – as defined by physics theorem.
The correct answer to the question of “How does it produce the performance results” is simple – DOES IT ENHANCE MOVEMENT TO INCREASE ENERGY’S VELOCITY INTO THE BALL.
Now, before you go out and start training the PROVEN way, there are a few things you will need to know – so read on!
Now that you have used common sense (and a little science) to determine that movement enhancement is your ticket to the top, learn a little about the consistencies within the game and why they occur.
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As confounded by over 120 years of Major League Baseball, hitters and pitchers continue to swing their bats and throw the ball identical. Just ‘Google’ the different leverage points of the swing or pitching delivery and you will discover that Ted Williams swung his bat the same as Bryce Harper does today. Likewise, pitchers during the Golden Age of Baseball use the same leverage points as Modern Era pitchers.
Generations, nationalities, and game performance requirements have not effected the swing or pitching delivery for over 120 years of baseball action.
Examine other sports and you will find that hockey’s slap shot lower half movements are identical to a golfer’s swing. Or top level softball hitters swing identical to top level baseball hitters – even though their game is quicker, has shorter distances, and athletes are opposite sexes.
Look at how quarterbacks throw a oval shaped ball. Their lower half movements are identical to pitchers whom throw a round ball on a slope.
How about a boxer’s punch and how it requires identical lower half movements that a hitter uses to hit a pitch – identical.
These undeniable similarities exist because all athletes whom are creating, supporting, and moving energy. And if you want to move energy, you must abide by the science behind such – or you are refuting scientific theorem and basically trying to disprove fact.
If you counterbalance, you create balanced force. And if you release the balanced force at the right moment – you increase energy’s potential and create explosive energy forces that 95MPH arms and big league hitters use to win World Series rings.
“As a big league pitcher, my job was to get hitters out. I had to make quick adjustments or I lost the ballgame, but the hardest part was figuring out what adjustments to make and whether I was actually making them.” Stated former MLB pitcher Mike Sirotka.
The adjustments Sirotka is talking about are rooted in motor pattern redirections that boil down to movement changes.
However, as the Bernstein and SAID scientific principles confound, an athlete cannot actually make those motor pattern redirections if they do not have them stored to muscle memory. It takes practice – and a lot of it!
This is why movement and mechanical changes often lead to dead ends, failure, and long workouts that guarantee nothing.
Sirotka went on,
“Now as a player developer, the hardest part of my process is getting the athlete to actually do what I am asking of them. They understand what I am saying, but performing it is an entirely different ballgame.
Until now, athletes have only been able to be told how to move. Video analysis, one-on-one coaching, reps, and training technologies all inform, but none create the movement for the athlete.
This “shortcoming” of the player development industry has been the unsolvable dilemma that stops careers short and leaves velocity and power off the field.
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From the top of the lift, there has to be a downward move before going forward. This allows you to properly work into the slope of the mound. If you start to move forward first, you will land "top heavy" on your front foot, and not create the necessary leverage to power home. By starting down prior to pushing, you give your body time to load and your arm time to get started. #pitching #pitch #baseball #lessons
“Most coaches see what is going wrong, but few can fix it. There is no question that athletes are at a stalemate when it comes down to using the information in their game.” Stated NCAA baseball coach Sean Taunt.
Know that every mechanical issue, performance drop, or execution decrease is linked to 2 movement deficiencies:
These mechanical issues are actually the body’s way of overcompensating to redirect energy and force back into balanced force. This is why the same mechanical issues arise across every athlete and sport.
Look at what causes quarterbacks to over or under throw passes. Look at what causes boxers to round their punches. And look at how golfers “shank” balls.
You will discover that the same mechanical and movement deficiencies that cause the above performance decreases ALL cause the same decreases in pitching and hitting performance decreases.
Again, this is why the same mechanical issues arise across every athlete or sport. How you create, support, and use energy determines performance levels.
If you redirect MOVEMENT, mechanics become obsolete, as they are a manifestation of movement gone right or wrong.
But again, the athlete needs to consciously change their movements, and the simple solution of staying loaded longer to utilize energy at the right time still exists – until now.
VeloPRO Baseball has developed the world’s first and only movement enhancement training system that redirects motor patterning into creating a dynamically balanced swing or pitching deliver
Simple in design – a waist belt, 2 specialized bungees, and a foot strap. What sets it apart is the revolutionary design that kinetically connects resistance throughout the kinetic chain reaction. No external anchor points allows athletes to utilize the VL Harness in any manner and to combine it with other training systems or methods
“By providing sensory feedback from the start-to-finish of lower half movements, we have been able to solve the unsolvable.” Stated Velocity LOAD Harness developer and former MLB pitcher Jim Parque.
Twenty+ Major League Baseball organizations and over 70 NCAA baseball and softball programs have taken notice of the positive and negative feedback the VL Harness provides with each rep.
To start enhancing your movement and start training like the pros.
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