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A Rant On Accountability And Sports

One of the great values of sports is that they have the potential to teach accountability. This is one of the most difficult things to incorporate into coaching. It’s also one of the things that makes young people quit sports at an early age.   Accountability is extremely important to functioning in the adult world and there are an awful lot of people who don’t have this capability. I can use a lot of adjectives and phrases to describe someone...

The Warm-Up: Important For Improved Performance

Warming up is an important aspect of any practice or workout and it’s also one that is frequently misunderstood. This post will give you some thoughts about how to construct an effective warm-up.   The textbooks divide warm-ups into two phases; a general warm-up and a specific warm-up. For me this is a little constraining. I like to think that a good warm-up has three parts; a rhythmic movement, dynamic flexibility exercises, and event-specific movements.   Rhythmic movement A good...

Giving back: a rant

Sports, whether you are a coach or an athlete, are an extremely demanding activity. In fact, it’s consuming! It has to be in order for one to be successful. An athlete practices, travels, and competes. A serious athlete studies the sport, studies opponents as well as his/her own performance, eats for performance, sleeps for performance, etc.   For a coach, it’s even worse. The coach has to be an expert on the aspect of the sport that they coach, they...

The Legs And Pitching

I’ve seen a lot over the years about how to coach pitchers while they are on the mound. Depending upon their delivery style, pitchers will get their sign, move their feet under their hips and become motionless (this is called getting “set”), lift the stride knee into the air, take a large step towards home plate as they form an “L” with their arms, then lean forward as they release the ball. The stride and lean forward are critical to...

Pitching is Complicated

Every once in a while you read one of those profound studies that seemed to largely pass under the radar, the kind of study that challenges what we “know.” We know that baseball pitching puts a great deal of strain on the shoulder and that it puts the shoulder in an awkward position. We also know that our ability to sense the location of our arm in space (i.e. our shoulder proprioception) has a great deal to do with pitching...