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Jul 31

How To Structure Offseason Workouts For Baseball

By Dan Blewett | Pitching


When baseball season ends, it quickly becomes time to plan for next season and structure offseason workouts. Creating effective offseason workouts for baseball players, though, can be complex and it’s often not clear when they should start and what the priorities should be. Read on to learn about offseason program structure for baseball players. READ MORE

Jul 09

Pregame Throwing Routine For Starting Pitchers in Baseball

By Dan Blewett | Baseball

In baseball, you are your routine. Having an impeccable, consistent and reproducible pregame routine ensures consistently good results by preparing you to pitch in the same ideal way every time. In baseball, all high-level pitchers have exceptional pregame routines that were taught and honed over the years by good mentors and coaches. In this post, I’ll teach you everything you need to know.READ MORE

Jul 03

EP50 – How to Develop a Really Good Curveball

By Dan Blewett | Baseball

For young pitchers, the first pitch they learn is a curveball. But, developing a really good curveball is tough – it takes a strong understanding of the physics, the spin, the grip and hand action of the pitch. In this episode I explain dos and don’ts for the grip, action, spin, throwing routine, learning progression and more. Learning to throw a nasty curveball is hard work, and it takes a LOT of time – follow my lead to get it right.

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Jun 09

Pitch Counts Guidelines For Youth Baseball

By Dan Blewett | Baseball

In this article I’ll share how I manage pitch counts for my youth baseball team and youth baseball organization. Adhering to strict pitch counts is key not only for preventing injuries in baseball pitchers, but also in enhancing performance. By balancing pitching and position playing workload, you’ll help keep pitchers’ arm as fresh as they can be, which improves velocity, strike-throwing and offspeed action. READ MORE

May 16

How to Get Out of a Slump in Baseball

By Dan Blewett | Baseball

How do you break out of a slump in baseball? Whether you’re a hitter who is slumping or a pitcher who has hit a rough patch, the ups and downs of baseball are here to stay. The goal is to not get too high when things go well, and not get too low when things aren’t going well. But specifically, what should a player, coach or parent do to get out of a slump faster? Listen in to this video below. READ MORE

May 14

How Pitchers Actually Hit Their Spots Using Target Alignment

By Dan Blewett | Baseball

Everyone knows that being repeatable as a pitcher is critical to throwing strikes, going deep into games and making quality pitches. But pitching mechanics and repeatability are just part of the equation. Once a pitcher is repeatable, how does he actually get the ball to go to one spot rather than another? And how what does he do to make adjustments? Enter: the pitching target alignment system of the eyes, shoulder and chest. READ MORE

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