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How to get more movement on your two seam fastball
By: Kevin O'Connell
If you’re goal as a pitcher is to gain more movement on your fastball, it is helpful to have an understanding of some basic physics. A baseball is a sphere, and like any other sphere it is subject to certain laws. The most influential...
How to throw harder in baseball
By: Kevin O'Connell
Baseball throwing velocity is a product of genetics relative to ligaments, tendons and the muscles associated with the rotator cuff. These physical structures determine arm speed. Arm speed equates to throwing velocity: The baseball can only go as fast as the speed of the arm...
Baseball: Keeping the pitching mechanics simple
By: Kevin O'Connell
There’s a general interest among less experienced coaches for a simple program to teach pitching mechanics that is effective and at the same time dispels or circumvents the misinformation and incorrect assumptions that are unintentionally passed from one coach to the next.Before starting...
By: Kevin O'Connell
One of the challenges coaches at the high school and travel team levels have is to conduct batting practice in a way that engages everyone meaningfully at the same time and is both effective and timely. The process here described is not instructional. It is...
Coaching baseball: Prioritizing player development
By: Kevin O'Connell
The setting is a fall season game—no standings, no playoffs—between 15U teams. It’s the 4thinning. The score is 3-1. The team ahead is hitting. There’s a runner on third; the number three hitter is at-bat. He puts down a suicide squeeze...
Baseball: How to hit the curve ball
By: Kevin O'Connell
Learning to hit the curve ball is a process and it comes in stages. The first stage is pitch recognition. The second stage is willingness to swing. The third stage is prediction. The final stage is jumping all over the hanger.Pitch recognitionDuring the earliest...
Baseball/pitching/drop and drive versus pitch and fall
By: Kevin O'Connell
Drop and drive and pitch tall and fall are not two separate and distinct schools of pitching. They are visually observable variations of the general pitching mechanics distinguished by the particular pitcher's center of gravity and proximity to the ground.All pitchers are taught the...
Baseball: Cut-off versus Relay
By: Kevin O'Connell
Baseball and defense - the cut off versus the relayIn terms of defensive strategies the cut-off play and the relay play are not the same. They are two distinct plays with specific objectives and roles that are differentiated by position.The objective of the cut-off...
Baseball: Linear versus Rotational Hitting
By: Kevin O'Connell
Hitting a baseball - linear versus rotational hittingOne of the most misunderstood topics with regards to hitting a baseball is whether it is more a linear or rotational undertaking. The truth is batters exhibit one tendency or the other relative to the sequence of events...
By: Micah Olson
As a coach I can tell you how to build a winning baseball team. Many Major League managers have said it before but you always start with pitching. You could have the greatest hitting in the world but without pitching how are you going to...

 

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