Baseball

12 Things winning High-School Pitchers consistently do

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 Talent and “Stuff” aside as it’s easily distinguishable, I was thinking what true tangible factors comprise a ‘Winning’ Highschool Pitcher? I see a lot of young arms wanting to develop velocity (which undoubtedly plays a role in your success) but being able to manage the game is what can separate you and someone else with a similar skill-set.     1st Pitch Strikes: It's time tested, if you can execute (in the good part of the zone) early and often (with multiple pitches) you're going to place yourself in a good position too win the at bat. Getting ahead of the count changes...

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Evaluating your young pitcher

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 We have all witnessed little league or middle school baseball. Just like the old saying goes ‘you need to crawl before you walk, before you run’ so too does your baseball skillset. Executing fundamentals on the field is a big portion to success but what is going to separate young players is their ability to consistently accomplish the following: ​How was their ‘Intent’ with their warm-up and pre-game routine?     - Did they show discipline to elevate their heart-rate and execute a stretching/ ‘pre-hab’ routine?    - How did the player conduct their throwing program?  ​How engaged was the player throughout the...

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Learning Baseball... Through Highlights VS Watching the full game

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 Over the past decade (even before I ‘hung it up’) my passion to coach and educate young baseballers about the Game was strong. As technology improves so does the capabilities and mediums to learn, it’s remarkable what you can find by executing a simple google search or feedback you can visually achieve about your fundamentals through a regular cellphone.The adverse side is I can’t help feel young players are watching less and less Baseball and more ‘Highlights’. If you want to learn how to play Baseball (at an elite level) it starts with how you watch the game. Sure, talent...

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Start cultivating your fate

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Baseball is such a beautiful game that has taught me many lessons (some of which I am still in the processes of conquering). These lessons give us instantaneous feedback where we can adapt, adjust and continue. At times these lessons are clouded by emotion and therefore take longer processing into the information we need to achieve success. There’s nothing wrong with having those ‘said’ emotions, as long as we understand them and their purpose.      In 2015 I had the opportunity the hear Moisés Alou speak. At his conclusion Alou left us with an interesting perspective. He said “Being a Major...

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My Command Journey by Josh Spence

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Hello,My name is Josh Spence, I was the 29th Australian to play Major League Baseballdebuting June 24th, 2011. I crossed paths with Dustin when we were in the San Diego Padres organization together. Now years later It’s awesome to see the stepping stone he is creating in regards to teaching the game of baseball, I’m very honored to contribute to LokationNation.To give you a short bio and some perspective of my upbringing. I grew up in Australia loving baseball, but it wasn’t till I was 16-17 years old that I made the decision that I was going to attempt to come to the US and play...

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