Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar

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45: Rob Cooper- Head Baseball Coach, Penn State University

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Quotes
  • It pays to be a winner. And it pays to be a loser too, just not the kind of payment you want.
  • Competing does not just mean competing against another person, its also competing against yourself to get better.
  • You may be having a bad day but Ken (Ravizza) used to say all the time to “Give me 100% of your 50% today.” Thats competing. You’re making the choice to compete even though you don't feel great,
  • The power of choice is always there. The great ones make the right choices.
  • We believe that failure is an opportunity to learn. If something is hard that means only a few people are doing it.
  • Lets just say the kids today are different, well what if they are? Its our job as coaches to adapt and coach them.
 
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44: Randy Sullivan- CEO for Florida Baseball Ranch

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Quotes
  • Everyone wants to be data driven and science based but skill acquisition science is the science that all of this is undergirded by.
  • Its not that you should never use verbal cues its just that words mean different things for different people.
  • There’s no such thing as a best swing, they’re all snowflakes and every single one is different with some sort of variance. 
  • Instead of chasing repeatable mechanics, we need to learn to be real time adjusters.
  • Every time someone says “this is something everyone should do.” Then I’m out. There’s not much that everyone should do.
  • When you use variability to enhance command, you’re training adjustability.
  • Velocity, arm health, command and secondary stuff dont have to be mutually exclusive.
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43: Clyde Keller- Assistant Baseball Coach, Florida State University (FL)

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Quotes
  • Having played for Jerry (Weinstein) and coached with 11 (Mike Martin), its a constant learning experience with those guys and both have an uncanny ability to know whats going to happen in the game before it happens
  • Communication and having a plan in the fall is vital, especially with incoming freshmen. We tell them 'If you’re going to be successful for your team you have to do A,B,C. And in the mean time we need to increase D,E,F.’ Just to make sure were on the same page.
  • As long as everyone is on the same page, player development plays right into team development.
  • One of our first conversations is “why do you swing like this?” We’re trying to figure out their process but also whether they’re analytical or they just see the ball and hit it.
  • The biggest things we see between HS hitters and college is adjusting to velocity, adjusting to differences in velocity and hitting when they’re uncomfortable. So we have to train in an environment that mimics the game.
  • Winning teams don't win unless they’re developing their players.
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42: Austin Wasserman- Owner/Founder of Wasserman Strength (NH)

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Quotes
  • We want to train efficient, explosive, multi planer, multi joint movements to create explosive athletes.
  • We're looking at the spectrum of athlete and where they need the most work depending on their experience and where they’re at in their career.
  • There’s so much to mechanics and its so much fun to try and dig through everything to find the contributing factor.
  • Giving players options of exercise based on mobility and in the range of the exercise will go a long way for helping individualize movements.
  • At the end of the day its your career, so what do you feel like you need to do and how can I do to help you?
  • Pitching is not like basketball, you can’t go max effort every single day. You have to have deload days, recovery days, command days, etc.
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41: Jason Ochart- Director of Hitting, Driveline Baseball (WA)

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Quotes
  • No two athletes are the same, but a vast majority of amatuer hitters need to develop batspeed 
  • Young hitters are "cued" so much to put the ball in play, that they don't develop the coordination to move fast and swing with intent.
  • Baseball hitting is one of the only skills in the world that trains in an environment that's easier than the game.
  • A lot of our training is trying is trying to replicate game conditions and even making it harder and letting guys fail, because thats what theyre going to see in a game.
  • If you are hitting 700 in practice, you're doing something wrong.
  • What a coach says is important but what a coach doesn't say is equally important
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40: Connor Dawson and Ryan Parker- Hitting Coaches, 108 Performance (CA)

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Daws
  • We want everything to be player driven, once you make something important to you it now becomes yours
  • As coaches, we know that players have to acquire certain skills, but players need to establish what they want to work on as well. We want them to be their best coach.
  • We have to make sure our players are moving properly. But we also have to help them understand how they feel when they're moving properly and when they're not.
Park
  • The first time you do something shouldnt be the first time you do it.
  • As a coach, I need to be able to speak the players language
  • When we're working on the swing, its like trying to find your favorite flavor of ice cream. You're going to find one you like, and you're going to find some you cant stand.
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39: Greg Brown- Head Baseball Coach, Nova Southeastern University (FL)

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Quotes
  • I think my why when I first started was winning ballgames and now all of my focus is on impacting young men.
  • We raise pitch counts by swinging
  • I often get asked, "what's you're two strike approach?" we don't have one
  • I don't have a staff that works for me, i have a staff that works with me
  • You never know what you can learn about your players until you start asking the right questions.
  • We want to manage our drills so we can get maximum volume, maximum variances with attention to the individuals within the context of practice. 
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38: Brett Kay- Head Baseball Coach, JSerra Catholic HS (CA)

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Quotes
  • Baseball is going to be data driven and we as high school coaches have to evolve.
  • We have to know our players. We have to know who can do what, where and how and what they're good at because everyone learns and develops differently.
  • A great program starts at the home
  • We take these at bats, throw these pitches, and field ground balls with these kids because we want it so bad for them. We want them to see the success that we know they're capable of.
  • By the time our kids leave here, we want to say we did everything we could for them internally, externally,  and competitively.
  • We have 2 rules

    • Be on time
    • Do things right
  • Were gonna teach you how to play the game the right way but we're going to have to act the right way.
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