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.
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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
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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 
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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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