Monthly Archives: November 2013

Nov 27

Does Long Toss Predict Throwing Velocity?

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Long toss is a hot topic in the baseball world. As more and more of us become exposed to the impressive distance of public long-tossers such as Trevor Bauer, a question arises: exactly how well does velocity correlate with distance? Does long toss predict throwing velocity?

Nov 26

Deceptive Claims Made By Internet Coaches

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

I see a lot of other prominent online coaches in all fields – strength training, jump training, pitching, whatever, spin elaborate marketing webs to advertise the efficacy of their training methods. They so often offer claims that are sensational. I get it, I really do – they want to sell their product. I have a […]

Nov 25

Training Needs of Female Athletes

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

For those who visit our facility, they’ve surely noticed a trend: the fastest growing demographic, for us, is female athletes. We’ve added 35 new girls to our program this year, which is really exciting. And, we’ve teamed with a local volleyball club to train 100 more on a part-time basis. Females aren’t necessarily more fragile […]

Nov 24

Developing Speed & Jumping Ability: Not Complicated

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

I keep getting asked questions about developing speed & jumping ability that reflect a general misconception about what “explosive training” is. Most assume it’s running around cones and agility ladders. IT ISN’T, though this has its place. Rather, training an athlete to run faster or jump higher is the result of an equation expressing his […]

Nov 15

Pitching Mechanics Are About Consistency.

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Pitching mechanics are about consistency – plain and simple. More globally, all sports are about consistency and repeatability. The reason most people fail? They can’t handle the monotony and can’t focus their minds to be precise on mundane tasks. The reality is that sport skills are boring. Spiking a volleyball is fun.  Practicing the movement […]

Nov 14

Throwing Weighted Baseballs For Release Point Control

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Today I was throwing weighted baseballs, casually, just working on improving my capacity for throwing. Throwing only 55-65 mph, I decided I would just mix in different weighted balls as I went through my mechanics and target-throwing routine. My first throw with the 80z baseball sailed about 5 feet above my target. The next throw […]

Nov 10

Warbird 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 2

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

If you missed Part 1, click here. Without further ado, let’s get down to some more awesome gift ideas for ‘ol Sanny Claus. A Not-Crappy Hair Clipper The Oster Fast-Feed is my current model of choice, the only “nice” clipper I’ve ever bought. I’ve been buzzing my own hair since college, which by now is nearing […]

Nov 08

Arm Slot: How High Is Too High?

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Back as a sophomore in college, I threw from a very high arm slot. Not Hideki Okajima high, but high. My coaches moved me down to a 3/4 position in an effort to reign in my control. I was a chronic North/South pitcher who missed up in the zone an awful lot. Funny thing was, […]

Nov 07

Warbird 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – Part I

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Well folks, it’s time for one of our favorite posts of the year: the Warbird holiday shopping guide. We’re doing this in three installments this year.And let us apologize right now to the parents of girls we train. We’re proud that we’re able to relate to and share laughs with your daughters. But as far […]

Nov 05

Pro vs. Amateur Offspeed Pitch Velocity: A Comparison

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

This discussion below on offspeed pitch velocity is part of my book, Pitching Isn’t Complicated. We hope to have it released this month. We posed the following question to a group of our baseball pitchers, most of whom had been in our program for at least a year: If a 4-seam fastball is 100%, what percentages should […]