Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar

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57: Matt Lawson- Hitting Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, Missouri State University

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Quotes

  • Its a priority for me to never lose sight of what its like to be a player.
  • The game REQUIRES us to make adjustments and adaptations based on how they're trying to get us out.
Contact
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56: Derek Florko AKA Sabercoach- Axe Bat Manager of Hitting and Assistant Coach for the Abbotsford Cardinals and Yale Baseball Academy

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Quotes
  • We test 3 things for power. A vertical jump A seated med ball chest pass and sit up med ball throw
  • So many times in my career I would try and get kids to do a certain movements and I’d get frustrated because they couldn’t figure it out. Now I’ve come to the realization that everyone moves differently.
  • Rotational strength and velocity is one of the most important things there is in throwing and hitting.
  • If you aren’t strong and you dont have the intent to throw/swing hard, not alot else matters because those are the two big foundations.
  • I love using a broomstick or PVC so the kids can actually focus on moving better rather than trying to hit all the time.
  • I think external cues within a team setting would be the way to go. Tell them to hit oppo home runs
Resources
Contact
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55: Pete Savage- Head Baseball Coach, Reno HS (NV)

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Quotes 
  • We want to raise our competitive level as a tea above our talent level every year
  • Practice is the lifeline of our program. 
  • Our obligation as a coaching staff is to organize the most efficient competitive fun filled practice as possible 
  • If our jobs as coaches is just to go out and win a game we’re pretty short-sided
  • The most important skill we can teach our players is how to be a good teammate, because it translates to every other part of life.
  • Our players earn everything they have in our program
  • We're all doing the same things. BP, Arm Care, ground balls, but its HOW we do it. Thats the separator. 
Resources
  • ABCA
  • Ken Ravizza
  • John Savage
Contact
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54: DJ Edwards- Owner/Director of Performance at Push Performance (CO)

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Quotes
  • Movement is key. Our goal is to train the athlete, not just the baseball player
  • One thing we can all do is get our players breathing better. 
  • Joint placement dictates muscle function
  • We want to dominate the sagittal plane
  • We want to set PR’s in season
  • I dont like bands or sprint work post throwing. You aren’t going to make a marathon runner run after he’s done. You’re taking an already exhausted muscle system and exhausting it more.
Resources
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53: Ryan Starwalt- Head Baseball Coach, Crescent Valley HS (OR)

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Quotes
  • Building a baseball player isn’t always exciting, so getting them to internally compete with themselves and the game has to be a priority.
  • We teach our upperclassmen to bring the next group along. The older kids job is to get the younger kids as educated as quickly as possible.
  • Its important for kids to ask questions.
  • #1 in building a better baseball player is getting them to love the game. They learn to love it so they can learn to love the work.
  • The first 10-15 minutes of our practices, the players are on their own. So they’re expected to have a plan each day on what they’re wanting to work on.
  • We almost never take traditional rounds of BP. Our guys are just up there to crush a baseball. Hit it where its pitched and run like crazy.
Resources
  • Twitter
  • Oregon State Practices 
Contact
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52: Hitting Round Table with Doug Latta, Curt Nelson, and Cody Atkinson

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Doug Quotes
  • We dont chase results. We chase the ability to move in balance and take an effortless swing.
  • The human body is the strongest and most efficient in a position of balance. 
Curt Quotes
  • The more information we can spread about good swings, the more our game is going to progress in the right direction and especially for the players which is what its all about.
  • Timing is the most important thing, always
Cody Atkinson
  • We’ve got to learn to time for best fastball and adjust on the fly without taking panic swings.
  • An athlete will self organize if you give them the right things to focus on.

Contact 

Doug Latta

Curt Nelson

Cody Atkinson

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50: Keanon Simon- Head Baseball Coach, Mustang HS (OK)

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Quotes
  • We play wiffleball in the fall. One because its fun and two because it helps our kids be competitive. 
  • We chart with a point system in batting practice

    • 4 points for a home run
    • 3 for a gap shot
    • 2 for a line-drive 
    • You’ve got to hit the ball well to be able to get your points
  •  We have big brother/little brother program. Every senior gets 3-4 kids and the seniors have to communicate and and all expectations of the program.
  • (On player responsibility)  I tell our guys that we dont punish you, but we do hold you accountable to be a better man and a better baseball player.
  • Until we start scrimmages, all of our teams practice together. We break them up into 4 groups and they rotate around to 4 different stations coached by 2-3 different coaches. That way all of our players get coached by all of our coaches.
  • We all want our players to go out and be leaders, but what have we done to teach them what that looks like?
  • Its really hard to lead if you’ve never been taught
 
Resources
  • 7 keys to leadership
Contact
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49: Justin James- Head Baseball Coach, Point Loma Nazarene University (CA)

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Quotes
  • Not all throwing is created equal, so we want to try and track every single high intent throw.
  • Its easy to tell kids we want them to be leaders and be responsible, but you’ve got to give them some opportunities to mess it up and grow. The only way kids will learn to be responsible is to have some responsibility. 
  • I try to be the best example possible for my players.
  • You want to know what the problem with “kids today?” Its not the kids. Its us.
     
  • If we want to win long term, we have to understand the game within the game.
     
  • (On command) Its about how good are our misses not necessarily how man hit spots we have.
Resources
  • Other coaches
Contact
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48: Josh Garcia- Head Baseball Coach, Brophy College Prep HS (AZ)

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Quotes
  • Make yourself worth following.
  • We compete every day in the fall.
  • You have to earn the right to compete for championship and that starts in the weight room.
  • Leadership and mental toughness are behaviors and behaviors can be developed.
  • When we get on first base, were either stealing or were anticipating ball in dirt.
  • I want our practices and our program to be the best part of the players day.
Resources 
  • Email and Call other coaches  
Contact 
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