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April 4, 2019  

94: Cage Work with Doug Latta and Craig Hyatt Ep. 1

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In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I welcome Craig Hyatt, the Hitting Coach at East Valley High School in Yakima Washington and Doug Latta a hitting trainer from Bally Yard based in Northridge California. Craig and Doug have an informative discussion about how to perfect batting swings through balance, posture, vision, timing, coverage, and body awareness. Learn how to identify and break the cycle of flaws that hitters often carry along into their careers if not stopped early on.

Show Notes:

  • Guest: Craig Hyatt, Baseball Coach and Doug Latta,

  • What is Craig Hyatt’s training currently focusing on

  • Doug Latta has been working on trying to match posture with control

  • You don’t really need a lot of space to hit the ball

  • How can you determine when your posture breaks

  • What does it take to create a hitter with body awareness and balance

  • What are some of the problems that hitters face

  • Get awareness of your body along with your swing

  • 90% of what you do as a hitter is not swinging, but preparing to swing

  • Hitters are losing coverage and time through body moves that they think are strong

  • If your shoulders are up you are out of your legs and are shoulder-driven

  • Tennis is a better overlay than golf for how your body should swing a baseball bat

  • A good swing should feel effortless without the body grinding

  • The bat will do what your body does

  • At some point your repeated flaws will bring your game to a grueling halt

  • Even the best are always working on their game

  • With the right dynamics you can put your full body weight into your swing

  • Pitch recognition is important to technique

  • You want your heels down as long as they can be during your swing

3 Key Points:

  1.  If you throw a baseball slow motion you control it with the back leg.

  2.  When the brain is off balance it fires muscles against what the body is trying to do.

  3.  Many of the big league problems with hitters come from timing of their swing.

 Tweetable Quotes:

  • “We are really trying to concentrate on doing a good forward move...but finding out the muscles that really achieve that move so we can control it.” - Craig Hyatt (00:22)

  • “We’ve got to try to match our alignment, our posture, on the move at the same time.” - Doug Latta (03:24)

  • “Some hitters are great enough to survive flaws. Well, 99.99% of the people aren’t going to.” - Craig Hyatt (4:51)

  • “Our move to 50-50 is a lot easier if I’m in balance and my posture holds.” - Craig Hyatt (6:38)

  • “The minute my posture breaks a little bit, lots of things go wrong.” - Craig Hyatt (6:45)

  • “If you can create a hitter that has total body awareness, but they know what move and what muscles is going to get them to that spot, you can create consistency over a long period of time.” - Doug Latta (9:38)

  • “There is game time, and game time in adjustments.“ - Craig Hyatt (11:05)

  • “I want to hit through every pitch I see.” - Craig Hyatt (24:08)

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March 28, 2019  

93: Jeff Sherman- Head Baseball Coach, Marcus HS (TX)

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In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I welcome Jeff Sherman, the  Head Coach of baseball at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas. In our discussion, Jeff Sherman imparts the wisdom he has accumulated over his seven years at Marcus, methods of addressing deficiencies in players, and preparing players for real game scenarios. Coach Sherman also focuses how to turn players into productive citizens to excel beyond the game itself.

Show Notes:

  • Guest: Jeff Sherman, Head Coach for baseball at Marcus High Schoo

  • Four years of being a financial planner prepped Jeff Sherman for baseball coaching

  • Sherman’s fall training plan improves movement, cognitive abilities, flexibility, and team mentality

  • People scout you. People know your deficiencies. People don’t like you.

  • Learn how to respond in a “jungle mentality” to evolve out of the safe, controlled “zoo mentality”

  • The pitcher/batter confrontation in baseball has a clear winner/loser dynamic to see who lets their team down

  • “The Pack” is family, unity, selflessness, and serving others

  • A young cancer patient watches the team place to gain strength and hope

  • Serving the community teaches the team that life is bigger than baseball

  • The culture of Marcus baseball is building strong relationships with others

  • If kids are struggling at something, make it harder for them

  • Coach Sherman handles the hitting and infield work for personal development training

  • Recreate the movement that will happen in a real game

  • Games are lost, not won, based on base running

  • Half hour movement and hitting training feature drag bunting, infield, outfield, and hitting the center of the baseball

  • Batting practice includes power ground balls, line drives up the middle, and batting cages

  • Lay out and getting dirty creates a strong live game mentality

  • Data helps track pitching and hitting

  • Be honest with players and don’t mislead them

  • Self-motivation declines when you aren’t playing

  • Parents are a huge part of what makes a coach successful with their players

  • All sports have about 5 million unpaid coaches, 2 million each year of which are new

  • “Development night” every Thursday sharpens up players and coaches

  • You live once, what will be your impact?

3 Key Points:

  1.    Experiment, always be learning, and understand what failure is.

  2.  “Jungle mentality” is understanding how to respond and survive compared to “zoo mentality” of a controlled environment.

  3.  When you work hard and give all you've got, you are always a winner.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “Failure is something that we want them to experience.” - Jeff Sherman (4:04)

  • “For my guys, its a win or a loss.” - Jeff Sherman (10:53)

  • “There is something very, very cool about watching a pitcher and a hitter. That’s like awesome watching that battle between the two, because, there is a winner and a loser.” - Jeff Sherman (14:59)

  • “I want them to be bold leaders and speak up when things aren’t right, and serve others.” - Jeff Sherman (18:35)

  • “It’s not about you, it’s about the relationships that you build with others.” - Jeff Sherman (20:53)

  • “I always thought a negative plus a negative equals a positive.” - Jeff Sherman (23:02)

Resources Mentioned:

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March 21, 2019  

92: Dave Coggin- Former Major League Baseball player, current owner of Performance Fitness for Athletes (CA)

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In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I welcome Dave Coggin, former Major League Baseball player, author, and owner of PFA Fitness. Dave Coggin talks about the best practices to intensify pitching and create more command over the ball. Dave also shares own his personal journey from a professional athlete, to his inspiring evolution as a performance trainer and owner of PFA Fitness.


Show Notes:

  • Guest: Dave Coggin, former Major League Baseball player, author, and owner of PFA Fitness

  • How did Dave Coggin get involved in baseball from being a three-sport athlete

  • What major league baseball teams did Dave play for

  • Where did Dave Coggin’s involvement in injury-prevention and performance stem from

  • Volunteering, even after playing professionally, opened up new opportunities for Dave

  • Arm path and mechanics are popular areas that athletes come to PFA Fitness for

  • Pitching habits need to be addressed before you can improve them

  • Understand how the body has to act to move properly

  • What are the most common problems Dave sees with arm path

  • Which examples of major league pitchers does Dave Coggin use for examples

  • Your arm is like a whip when you are pitching

  • What are the physical assessments that PFA Fitness conducts on players

  • How has PTA Fitness been intentional about building their culture

  • What is Dave’s advice to make individualized plans for pitchers

  • How do you develop velocity and command of the pitch

  • If you control intensity, you can have more volume

  • What would a typical week look like for players training with PFA Fitness

  • Find ways to keep things competitive for your players


3 Key Points:

  1.    Be humble and don’t burn any bridges because you may need to cross them in the future.

  2.  Look for flaws in pitching habits, the best arm paths, and then make up drills to improve habits.

  3.  When the elbow is right at armpit height, goes into the lay back,’ and stays in that level, that’s the sweet spot for almost effortless pitching power.


Tweetable Quotes:

  • “I never treated anyone differently that was either the president of a major league team, down to the club house of a Single A team.” - Dave Coggin (05:31)

  • “I don’t rarely ever talk about my resume. I just try to make sure I do what I do, the best I can do.” - Dave Coggin (09:25)

  • “The most important part that everybody kind of comes to me for is the arm path and mechanics side of things.” - Dave Coggin (11:07)

  • “I always tell these kids, 95% of your throws are not on a mound. So, 95% of your habits, good or bad, are in that place that you call your warm-up or your throwing.” - Dave Coggin (12:00)

  • “We want the efficiency to be enhanced by the athleticism.” - Dave Coggin (16:28)

  • “Success leaves clues.” - Jonathan Gelnar (1:08:33)


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March 14, 2019  

91: Dr. Fadde- Professor and Chief Science Officer for gameSense Sports

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In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I welcome Dr. Peter Fadde, pitch recognition expert, Chief Officer and Co-Founder of gameSense, and Associate Professor of Learning Systems Design & Technology at Southern Illinois University. Dr. Peter Fadde breaks down the science of pitch recognition and the valuable methods of training hitters to achieve this skill. Coach Sherman also explains occlusion training, and ways that his pitch recognition product at gameSense is preparing players and coaches to implement it into their training regimens.


Show Notes:

  • Guest: Dr. Peter Fadde, Chief Officer and Co-Founder of gameSense, and Associate Professor of Learning Systems Design & Technology at Southern Illinois University

  • Dr. Fadde explains the benefits of occlusion training

  • Dillan Lawson’s presentation at Slugfest used a soccer player kicking a goal with the lights turned off 2/3 of the way to teach occlusion training

  • What is “pitch recognition” and how is it different from “plate discipline?”

  • Dr. Fadde’s occlusion training offers the batter’s view point facing the pitcher with a maximum possible score of 250

  • Video cued tee work is tee work that includes the timing off of the pitcher

  • Hitting baseballs is not like hitting golf balls or baseballs off of a tee

  • Vision training focuses on visual skills like dynamic tracking, acuity, peripheral vision, and focus

  • Pitch recognition should help hitters get the feel of the pitcher’s wind-up

  • If you aren’t looking at a pitcher, then it isn’t really pitch recognition

  • Live drills for hitters to call out “yes” or “no” on a particular pitch type before the ball hits the catcher’s mitt strengthens pitch recognition

  • The best form of pitch recognition is standing in the bullpen

  • Mike Schmidt wrote a fantastic books on hitting

  • Attention occlusion drills should keep the batter focusing on the pitcher, not the catcher

  • gameSense certified their first hitting coach Coach Killian at Elite Velocity in St. Louis, Missouri

  • Softball is getting a boast again from entering into the Olympics


3 Key Points:

  1.    Pitch recognition is the perceptual skill of making an actionable meaning out of the pitch you see.

  2.  Your eyes can’t track pitch speeds over 83 miles an hour all the way into the bat.

  3.  Visualize the pitcher. Visualize the pitch. Visualize hitting that pitch.  


Tweetable Quotes:

  • “If you can test it, you can train it.” - Dr. Peter Fadde (4:53)

  • “Human beings, and other animals, can learn incredible things with repetition, immediate feedback, and progressive difficulty.” - Dr. Peter Fadde (5:04)

  • “When we say, ‘somebody has a great instinct for it,’ well, that’s where we now say, ‘ok, let’s try to figure out exactly what that is.’” - Dr. Peter Fadde (6:32)

  • “Some guys like to have success at every level and build it up. And some guys just like to identify the wall they want to go through and then start smacking it.” - Dr. Peter Fadde (14:41)

  • “The best way to practice recognizing pitches is to look at pitches.” - Dr. Peter Fadde (30:56)

  • “A softball hitter really focusing on and getting good at pitch recognition could be looking at at a 20 or 25% improvement.” - Dr. Peter Fadde (51:20)

Resources Mentioned:


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March 7, 2019  

90: Reed Peters- Head Baseball Coach, San Joaquin Delta College (CA)

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In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I welcome Reed Peters, the head baseball coach at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. During the course of this discussion, Reed Peters puts a strong emphasis on the importance of ‘the mental game’ of baseball. Coach Peters equips listeners with an overview of his practice drills, why focusing on the players makes you a better coach, and how to prevent past success from making your team lazy.


Show Notes:

  • Guest: Reed Peters, Head Baseball Coach at San Joaquin Delta College

  • They discuss David Smith, a former player of Reed Peter’s was also a former coach of host Jonathan Gelnar

  • Coach Peters won National Coach of the Year for the Pacific Division and the 2018 California State Championship

    • His team went from having a chip on their shoulder from losing the previous year to becoming champions

  • Players are trained in all facets of baseball so no one player is burdened with carrying the team

  • Teams will be bring their best game against you when you are coming off of success while entering a new season

  • It isn’t just about champions, it’s about reaching toward the next level of your career

  • California teams are limited to 12 hour practice weeks so Wednesday is the team’s recovery day off

    • Training days include academic study halls, mental baseball class, conditioning, throwing program, defense training, hitting, and the weight room.

    • Saturday is for playing other teams to see how they compare

  • The competitive culture is instilled by making players compete for their playing time

  • Calvin Riley, a very competitive player, was shot and killed and is used as a reminder for players to stay focused

  • After college, Reed played major league baseball with the Angles and the Giants

  • Coach and author Ken Ravizza inspired Reed on improving the mental game of baseball

  • The spring practice plan is less intense and includes, conditioning, throwing, hard dirt skill training, offense, defense, swing drills, and competitive games

  • Coach Peters would rather see a ‘live arm’ so they don’t use pitching machines on the field

  • Your career as a coach is as good as that of your players’

  • Lead with your heart and your God-given gifts--not with punishment

  • Competitive point games keep the players interested and excited

  • The biggest reward is to stay in contact with players and hear that you have been a positive influence on them

3 Key Points:

  1.     Coach Peters’ team was: 1st in runs,hits, and on-base percentage, 2nd in doubles and stolen bases, 3rd in home runs, and had an overall .315 batting average.

  2.  Every year the players have to invent their own mission statement to have something to hold each other accountable to.

  3.   Realizing his success is based on his players’ success and having positive relationships with them made Reed Peters a better coach.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “I think we ended up having, I think, nine guys move on to Division 1 schools.” - Reed Peters (1:13)

  • “Whatever our opponent gives us, we have to be able to take advantage of.” - Reed Peters (3:32)

  • “Our philosophy is ‘pass the baton.’ No guy has to carry the team.” - Reed Peters (3:58)

  • “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” - Reed Peters (4:43)

  • “We make no promises to anybody. All we are going to promise to them is that they are going to have to compete, and fight for a job and fight for their playing time.” - Reed Peters (9:03)

  • “I think what we do more than anybody else is really focus on the mental game.” - Reed Peters (12:46)


Resources Mentioned:

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February 28, 2019  

89: Chan Brown- Head Baseball Coach, Parkview HS (GA)

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In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I welcome Chan Brown, a coach with 24 years of experience, currently working in Lilburn, Georgia as the Parkview High School head baseball Coach, physical education teacher, and the 15u Team USA coach. During our discussion, Chan Brown walks us through his typical summer and fall training practice procedures, and how things change once the team is formed. Coach Brown graciously gives plenty of useful advice to not just help shape fantastic players, but to make great people out of the young guys he trains.


Show Notes:

  • Guest: Chan Brown, Parkview High School Head Baseball Coach, Physical Education Teacher, 15u Team USA Coach

  • What made Chan Brown’s championship-winning team so special

    • Eight seniors went on to college

    • They had the pressure of being number two in the nation and number 1 in the state

    • They lost about five games by mid-season and came together after that

    • The team had a meeting that included motivational quotes, let kids speak their minds, and got the team unified on the same page

    • Some of the seniors moved on from the team with two rings

  • What did Coach Brown’s team cover in training during the summer and fall of 2018

    • He has every baseball player also in the Advanced Fitness class that he teaches

    • Summer ball is played by the players before the fall

    • June summer ball is every Tuesday and Wednesday in June, with two hours on the field and one hour in the gym

    • July summer ball is optional and from August to September is an hour and a half of weight lifting each session

    • September training has pool workouts and push outs for three days a  week.

    • October-January is two days a week of speed and agility training.

    • The monday after Thanksgiving is throwing training and they start the bullpen the day after Christmas

    • Tryouts begin in January

  • Coach Brown is only the second coach in the 44 years of the Parkview High School team

  • Success of their baseball team is an expectation in the local community

  • Kids can train as young as 6-years old at Parkview with the same standards

  • Be a good person on and off the field

  • The team motto is going to be “Love. Loyalty. Leadership”

  • Parkview baseball does a player packet with a player contract, the county drug and alcohol policy, and even how to talk to the media

  • All three teams have a chance to practice together to keep the competitive edge strong

  • Game simulations and scrimmages are played in a competitive environment

  • Tryouts for junior varsity and varsity baseball teams are Monday-Thursday

  • Between the three teams there are 56 players and JV and varsity there are six coaches.

  • Fundraising ranges from everything from golf to selling Christmas trees

  • Coach Brown handles the hitting portion of their coaching bible and a coaching duty sheet

  • The first three weeks of team practice are intense, with five hours Monday through Friday

  • Batting practice includes game simulation

  • The pitching coach keeps extensive pitching stats to have data feedback for players and coaches

  • Chan Brown shows stats three times a year

  • The ‘Huddle’ video program allows Coach Brown to share video and track how long players have watched the videos

  • Positive relationships with the players are important to Coach Brown

  • If you do what you are suppose to do, the wins will come

  • Know what your particular program is all about

  • Reading the bible, visiting Division 1 programs, and being involved with USA Baseball have been helpful resources for Coach Brown

  • 21-Outs is a baseball drill that Coach Brown’s players enjoy

  • Don’t always try to be the guy talking. Find older coaches you respect and learn from them

3 Key Points:

  1.     Coach Brown’s team has a total of seven state championships with four since 2011, and three national championships since 2012.

  2.  In this order: be a great person, be a great student, be a great teammate, and that leads to being a great player.

  3.   Don’t let the scoreboard run you and believe what your heart says.


Tweetable Quotes:

  • “We went on to win state, and win our third national championship since 2012.” - Chan Brown (2:51)

  • “In my opinion, if you are not in the weightroom, you aren’t getting any better.” - Chan Brown (7:04)

  • “If we don’t go to the Final Four or the state championship, honestly, it’s a letdown for our community.” - Chan Brown (11:56)

  • “The culture thing for us starts at age 6.” - Chan Brown (12:54)

  • “Do the right thing all the time.” - Chan Brown (16:56)

  • “Our first three weeks, I’m going to be as honest as honest can be, we are a marathon program. We practice from 2:30-7:30pm Monday-Friday.” - Chan Brown (36:18)

Resources Mentioned:

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February 21, 2019  

88: Deskaheh Bomberry- Pitching Coach, Sacramento City College

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In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I welcome Deskaheh Bomberry, a highly experienced pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Sacramento City College. Our discussion delves into how Deskaheh first became involved in not just baseball as a player, but also his conversion into coaching and the initial moves that brought him to Sacramento City College. Deskaheh provides ample advice for preparing players for strength and mental game training.

Show Notes:

  • Guest: Deskaheh Bomberry, Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Sacramento City College

  • Deskaheh Bomberry received the ABCA award for assistant coaching

    • He was the first JC coach from the Pacific region

  • Deskaheh’s Path to coaching

    • First he thought he would want to be a high school wrestling coach
    • After senior year, he switched from wrestling to baseball
    • He went to Cosumnes River College for two years and connected with Coach Rod Bilby
    • He started out as an empire and transitioned into a pitching coach
    • Coach Rod Bilby was his mentor and they are still friends
    • Sonoma State University for three years
    • Rob Cooper, head coach at Penn State, referred him for a coaching job with Eastern Kentucky University with Coach Ward
    • He came back to Sacramento and worked at Sacramento City College for the last 21 years
  • Sacramento City College has had a tremendous amount of big league players and coaches

  • Typical preparation for Coach Bomberry

    • 1st week: throw 250 feet, 2nd week: 275 feet, 3rd week: 300 feet

    • Meetings and administrations to set high standards and expectations

    • Strength and condition for physical therapy, Bomberry gets spreadsheet of results

    • Throwing program training:

    • Players fill out questionnaire about their strengths

    • Third week is scrimmaging

  • He customizes training for players’ needs

  • Assessment of strike percentage, swing and miss percentage should be measured

  • How Coach Bomberry teaches

    • Our goal is to play one pitch at a time

    • Weekly mental game meetings with focus on weekly topic

    • Mental game is about thinking about your thoughts, where you mind goes in certain situations

    • Most of practice show replicate a real game environment

  • How to make practice feel more game-like

    • Keep track of flat ground work with a competition element
    • Rewarding players when they perform well
    • Give the catcher the script that the pitcher is using
    • Add PFP to a bullpen
  • Typical practice plan

    • Pitcher practice plan starts with dynamic warm up

    • wrist-weight exercises  

    • Weighted balls

    • Throwing program (untimed, unscripted)

    • Flat ground work (20-30 minutes)

    • Traditional PFP and pick off work

    • Breathing and routines

  • Structuring a new player’s training

    • Recovering protocol

    • Throwing practice by day two

    • Give player objectives that they can plan around

    • Send to work with trainer

  • Players have goals, coaches are the guardrails during that journey

  • Why Deskaheh has become serious about pitch development and movement-based training

  • “20 Minutes of Hell” is a favorite drill for flat ground work

  • Favorite coaching book: “Heads-Up Baseball” by Ken Ravizza and Tom Hanson

  • Podcasts he recommends: “Ahead of the Curve,” “ABCA,” “Drive Line,” “Finding Mastery”

  • Authors he recommends: Simon Sinek, Ryan Holiday, John C. Maxwell, John Gordon

  • Coaching is not about the coach, it’s about the players

3 Key Points:

  • Player development requires individualization.

  • Real information, not opinion, is needed to assess players.

  • Core elements of the mental game: breathing, routines, and body language.


Tweetable Quotes:

  • “A lot of the banged up shoulders and that kind of stuff happens early in the fall.” - Deskaheh Bomberry (19:15)

  • “As long as I can remember, going back to the 80s and 90s, Sac City has always had a pretty high priority on player development.” - Deskaheh Bomberry (20:16)

  • “Whatever each guy needs, try to maximize the time you spend on those things.” - Deskaheh Bomberry (22:27)

  • “If you invest all your time in addressing a weakness, the strengths will disappear.” - Deskaheh Bomberry (22:37)

  • “When we are recruiting guys, the number one thing we try to address is strength.” - Deskaheh Bomberry (25:36)

  • “If they don’t do it in practice, you can’t expect it to show up in a game.” - Deskaheh Bomberry (35:15)

Resources Mentioned:

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February 14, 2019  

87: Dominic Robinson- Former NFL Player (Rams), Founder/Director of 3D Sports Performance

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In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I welcome Dominic Robinson, experienced coach, mentor, and Founder/Director of 3D Sports Performance and 3D Gold athletics. During the discussion, Dominic dives into his past experience playing baseball and football at Florida State University, and NFL professional football for the St. Louis Rams. Also, the jewels of knowledge he has learned from playing for some of the worlds best coaches like Mike Martin and Bobby Bowden, and how 3D Sports Performance can bring out the best in young athletes.

Show Notes:

  • Guest: Dominic Robinson, past football and baseball player, coach, mentor, and Founder/Director of 3D Sports Performance and 3D Gold


  • Dominic fell in love with baseball as an adult


  • He loved basketball growing up and played football professionally

    • Played football at Florida State University and the St. Louis Rams
    • Played for some of the greatest coaches ever



  • Football player Marc Bulger raised the bar for excellence by wanting passes to hit their intended target, even on successful completions

    • Pay attention to details that matter


  • 3D Sports Performance

    • Dominic began training athletes about 10 years ago
    • Speed training isn’t all he has to offer
    • 3D Sports Performance grew into a baseball program
    • Each training season has a sub-season for preparation for 3D Sports Performance athletes.
    • Identify: When did an athlete finish? When are they starting back up? When do they need to be their best?


  • Why go to athletic showcases if you have nothing prepared to showcase?


  • Warm-Ups

    • The warm-up, before the weight room and pre-practice, is a place where you can establish your speed development program, flexibility, and mobility.
    • Have at least three distinctive warm-ups.
    • Make sure your athletes know what it is to be fully recovered


  • Advice for Coaches

    • Have athletes on the clock during sprint training
    • Sprint full speed
    • Uphill sprinting
    • Understanding recovery


  • Favorite Competitions for Training

    • Pre-game dodgeball
    • Get players thinking outside of the box with games without structural rules


  • Changes?

    • Simplifying to get players to automatic levels of movement
    • Make goals and expectations clear
    • Customize training to your players
    • Goal-setting


  • Final thoughts

    • There is no bad teaching, just bad receptions of the teachings

3 Key Points:

  1.  Being respectful to people, honoring the game, and taking care of teammates all come before winning.
  2.  Attention to detail has got to be the expectation.
  3.  The starting point for every athlete is establishing a foundation of fitness and movement.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “At one point I was ranked number one in baseball, and number four in football.” - Dominic Robinson (4:45)


  • “If we say ‘we care,’ let’s show it.” - Dominic Robinson Johnson (13:24)


  • “I’ve now got players from 17 different states, all across the country.” - Dominic Robinson (24:08)


  • “There is no ‘off-season.’ We call it the training season.” - Dominic Robinson (26:03)


  • “I couldn’t tell you how paramount I believe the warm-up is.” - Dominic Robinson (36:03)


  • “You don’t throw to warm-up, you warm-up to throw.” - Dominic Robinson (39:28)

Resources Mentioned:





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February 7, 2019  

86: Max Weiner- MiLB Pitching Coordinator, Seattle Mariners

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In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I welcome Max Weiner, a former pitcher who started his own player development center called the Arm Farm. Max is formerly an MiLB player development coach with the Cleveland Indians and is now the Pitching Coordinator for the Seattle Mariners.

Show Notes:

  • Guest: Max Weiner, ArmFarm creator and MiLB pitching coordinator with the Seattle Mariners


  • How Max improves his pitchers in the offseason  


  • Why it is important to take time off in the offseason


  • Problems high school players are encountering and what they can do about it


  • What is the perfect balance of self-exploration and coaching techniques


  • How data factors into game decisions


  • How does the use of data affect player's confidence


  • How can high school coaches create a bullpen program comparable to those of the pros


  • Why the mental side of the game is just as important as the physical side


  • Advice on how to fit specific drills to certain schemes or to fit certain players´ inefficiencies


  • How can teams incorporate a developmental program into their team and private settings


  • How mobility, stability, strength, and mechanics make baseball coaching difficult


  • What Max has learned after a year with the Indians


  • Why Max focuses on his ability to speak Spanish

3 Key Points:

  1.     Pitching in the offseason looks different for different players.
  2.     Data plays a huge role in factoring into game end decisions and it can affect players´ confidence.
  3.   The mental aspects of players are just as important as the physical. Having a developmental program is beneficial for players.

Tweetable Quotes:

-       ¨You have to assess what's going on. That's the first thing, and at that point, what you can pretty much do is determine what their movement quality is, whatever is present, and then make the prediction of what their general movement capacity would be like, what's their total potential? .” – Max.

-       “You'll hear a lot of mental performance or sports psychology coaches always say, anytime you're going into a game, it shouldn't be the first time you've been there, right?” – Max.

-       “Creating familiarity whether that's at home or on the road is key.¨–Max

-       “You have to be a great communicator. And that means speaking and listening..¨–Max

-       “I think the number one thing to do is humanize the data.¨– Max

-       “If you can coach the environment and pick out the right internal schemes and understand like, what sort of constraints you're looking for, and how you want to tear those out and understand those from like a long term versus short term standpoint, you can almost say, Okay, I'm expecting this player's performance to go down here for two weeks, while we're working on this ultimate goal.¨–Max

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January 31, 2019  

85: Brad Gore- Head Baseball Coach, Enid HS (OK)

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In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I welcome Brad Gore, head baseball coach of the Enid Plainsmen. Coach Gore emphasizes the importance of developing competitiveness on his team , the importance of older players leading the younger, and building practice schedules around team energy during the spring. The value of connecting with players as people beyond baseball is noted as something that Coach Gore has increasingly appreciated the importance of over the course of his twenty-five year career.


Show Notes:

  • Guest: Brad Gore, Collegiate Baseball player turned Coach


  • How a high speed of practice at Enid is important and shouldn’t be any different than the speed of games


  • Team dinners and community sports mentoring help build team culture


  • “Playing hard” and leading by example are important to Coach Gore’s ethos


  • How important it is to show players that their coach cares about them as a person as well


  • Players at Enid have to be students first, with older players holding younger accountable


  • The importance of communication within the program


  • Building competition into practice can help build an exciting and competitive team culture; competition can cause quieter players to open up


  • How coaching during the season can encompass things like noting problem areas during games and working on them prior to the next day’s game.


  • What batting practice looks like for Coach Gore’s team


  • How practice timing during the season can be based on team needs because of things like travel schedule and timing


  • The importance of nutrition for the success of weightlifting


  • How the realization of the importance of a relationship beyond baseball grew over the course of Coach Gore’s career


  • How Coach Gore gives Assistant Coaches independence to coach their way as well as responsibility for that independence, and the opportunity to see the non-baseball related parts of coaching


  • 21 Outs can be a fun and competitive practice exercise

3 Key Points:

  •     Competitive spirit in a baseball team can be developed through competitive practice.


  •  Taking the time to understand players on a level beyond baseball has become increasingly valuable to Coach Gore over the course of his career.


  •   A culture of older players mentoring and holding younger students accountable is important to the team dynamic at Enid.


Tweetable Quotes:

-       ¨I played baseball at Oklahoma State, my brother played baseball at Oklahoma State, he made it to AAA, so it’s one of those things that’s been in our family for a long time, and after my playing days were over I just didn’t want to get away from the game, and I wouldn’t change a thing.” – Brad (1:15)


-       “We practice extremely fast and we move around and there’s really not much downtime, and that’s really one our things: to beat us you’re going to have to outwork us.¨ – Brad (5:20)


-       “We hold our kids accountable for everything they do, whether it be on the field or off the field it’s all the same to us. – Brad (11:20)


-       “If I have a really talented Varsity 2nd baseman that’s extremely competitive and I’ve got a little young freshman just trying to find his way, we call it peer coaching, and I totally believe in that. – Brad (14:20)


-       “[On assistant coaches] I don’t look it as I’m their boss as much as I’m their peer in coaching.¨– Brad (36:30)


-     “You can put junk in your body and lift as many weights as you want and you’re not going to get any dividends but if you put the right stuff in there and do the right amount of lifting, it’s really going to pay off.¨– Brad (33:00)


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