Your Baseball Coach Shouldn’t Write Your Program
Before I get into this, let me throw a little disclaimer in here…If your coach is qualified to write your program in the gym, then by all means, he should be doing it. That being said, if your coach has no background in the fitness industry, he should back off. Here’s what got me fired up over the weekend. One of my players came into the gym absolutely trashed from a “workout” he did with his summer league team at their academy. The workout consisted of a mish mash of 9 exercises designed to beat the shit out of every player. There was no concern given to each players imbalances. No evaluation of any sort to find these imbalances. No rhyme or reason to the workout whatsoever. And this happens ALL….THE….TIME. It pisses me off to no end. I’d imagine they’re big fans of this guy’s book…
While Coach X thinks he’s making his players better as he wears his players out throughout the year, he’s actually exacerbating some players imbalances, putting some players in poor positions because their movement patterns suck, and contributing to greater central nervous system fatigue which, by the end of the summer season, will have his players hitting a wall or getting injured. IF YOU MAKE YOUR PLAYERS TIRED AND SWEATY, IT DOESN’T MEAN THEY GOT A QUALITY WORKOUT!!! Too much of this garbage is going on and it’s not only this team. It’s multiple teams in the area and it needs to STOP. If you’re a coach and you fall under this category, find answers. Don’t fly by the seat of your pants and make shit up as you go. There are excellent resources out there for you to get help. Read Cressey. Read Gentilcore…Contreras, Robertson, Boyle, Hartman, Bruno, Gaddour, Tumminello. There are so many more resources I could put up, but you get the point. These guys are here to help. So am I. If you have questions or comments, please fire them my way, all are welcome. Just stop making programs up on the fly if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s only going to hurt the kids.
In the past few weeks, there have been some serious knowledge bombs being dropped from the howitzer’s of our industry and I’d like to share some of them with you. Check ’em out!
Eric Cressey – This one was short and sweet, but very informative for all who read.
Tony Gentilcore – Great post by Tony with some fresh ideas for your warm up. We’re definitely going to incorporate some of these into our warm up at CKP.
Jim “Smitty” Smith – I should probably just link you straight to Smitty’s page (www.dieselsc.com) because every post he puts up is Epic. This guy’s the truth, all real, all the time. He motivates me when I have trouble motivating myself. Respect!
Bret Contreras – I saw this one this morning before I came to work and absolutely loved it. There are a lot of snake oil salesmen in this industry and Bret goes after one of ’em. Major respect for the balls it took to write this post!
Here’s a few videos on how we teach the slider at CKP. There are multiple grips you can use, here are a few that work for different players.
Once you find a grip that’s comfortable, start playing catch with it. You want to pull down the side of the baseball like you’re turning a doorknob a quarter turn or throwing a football. That release should happen out in front of your face or glove, whatever visual you want to use. You’ll get more movement east to west or north to south depending on your arm slot. Here’s what it should look like from behind…
And from the front…
And that’s it for today! Any questions or comments, feel free to fire. Have a great rest of the night!