Monthly Archives: March 2014

Mar 18

Fixing Over-Rotation and Curveball Shape

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

This is a quick post, but illustrates on the fly about the negative effect on pitch flight that can be found in over-rotating. In the video below, you will see the difference between two good curveballs and one bad one in which I rotate too hard, causing my hand to slip around the ball. This […]

Mar 17

Vertical Jump Myths

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

There’s a lot of misinformation, a litany of vertical jump myths out there floating about the volleyball and basketball worlds. Let’s clear up a few, shall we? myth #1: It’s All About the Calves     I’ve reviewed a number of vertical jump programs, available on the interwebs, that advocate tons and tons of jumping, […]

Mar 11

Set Developmental Goals, Not Statistical Goals.

By Dan Blewett | Mental Training

Recently, some of our players were given a questionnaire about their goals for the upcoming season. I thought this was a valuable exercise by the high school program that administered it. Trouble is, what are good goals? I want to see players set developmental goals, not statistical goals. Here’s why: “Pressing” is a huge cause of poor […]

Mar 05

Throwing Velocity Benchmark: 1mph per Kg

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

More and more parents and athletes ask: how hard is that compared to other kids? Well, benchmarks for age vary, and it got me thinking if we couldn’t establish one across ages. My hypothesis: 1 mph per kilogram of bodyweight is the benchmark everyone should strive for. 1 mph or more per kilogram Recently, one […]

Mar 03

In-Season Baseball and Softball Training Mistakes: Part 2

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

In part 1 of this installment, we covered three big inseason baseball and softball training mistakes: Not lifting heavy enough Slipping back into soreness due to missed workouts Failing to backdate for starts In part 2, we’ll discuss the following: Drinking the wrong sports drink Crushing the forearms Missing the critical post-game window   Mistake […]

Mar 02

The Single Athlete: At An Advantage?

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

This is the time of year when I, and any women I run into, start to go into cut-off mode, seeing that I’m a month away from departing to play sports games for a while. I’ll be away for 6 months, provided I do my job and play well. This doesn’t do well for relationships. […]