Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar

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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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Connor
 
Parker
 
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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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37: Trent Otis- Co-Founder of Zona Baseball Instruction (AZ)

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Quotes
  • 3 years into coaching I tried to forget everything I knew about hitting. Now I try and continue to make sure everything I do makes sense, is backed up by video and biomechanical movement.
  • There’s a better way to develop players in a team setting.
  • We want our swing to be such that we launch it based on reaction, not anticipation. 
  • We chart everything in batting practice.
  • I want every training session to be harder than what you are going to see in a game.
  • Our number one goal as hitting coaches: We have to make players successful in the game, not just in practice.
  • Sometimes what you feel isn’t real
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Favorite resource for less than $100
  • Mirrors
  • PVC Pipes
  • Therabands
  • Shortbats

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36: Joseph Cancellieri- Director of Research and Development, 108 Performance (CA)

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Quotes
  • The more I learn, the less I know.
  • Its really interesting to look at this 4 things during an entire season.

    • Energy 
    • Soreness
    • Stress
    • Sleep
  • We need to educate athletes on what should be done outside of practice and games so that it can create a world where the athlete is recovered and ready to play everyday
  • Alot of kids have developed compensatory patterns where they complete the intended task but they're doing so in a wrong way.
  • I look at movement as a language of our brain
  • In order for the body to function properly, there must be a cohesiveness between the muscles, joints, and neuromuscular system.
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35: Dr. Stephen Osterer- Chiropractor and Strength Coach, Co-Founder of Baseball Development Group (Toronto)

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Quotes

  • You can get away with throwing year round as long as we’re managing how much throwing we’re actually doing.
  • I take the vantage point of pitchers being a lot less fragile than we give them credit for.
  • One thing we focus on more is quantifying and qualifying range of motion.
  • Its fairly easy to gain strength but a lot of people don’t fully appreciate how difficult it is to make changes in range of motion.
  • At the end of the day we’re creating more movement options for hitting/pitching coaches to use during skill acquisition.
  • There are some things we need to look at more with a critical lens. 
  • Just because it works for a specific individual doesn’t mean we need to throw everything at everyone.
  • Whats the purpose, whats the rationale, why are we doing this and is it doing what we intended it to do?
  • I used to throw everything at everyone because someone was doing it and saying it worked. I think we can be better than that.
  • How we recover in season should be significantly different than how we recover in the offseason

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