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February 14, 2019  

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

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Summary:

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)

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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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January 29, 2019  

84: #OBCA Ep. 2: Shawn Newkirk- Union HS, Kris Webb- Vici HS, Breck Draper- Heritage Hall HS, Luke Yost- Edmond Memorial, Ryan Phillips- Edmond Sante Fe

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This week we've got 2 bonus episodes that I got from the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association. I’ve broken them up into a college episode and a high school episode. We will still have our regular episode on Thursday and that will be Enid HS Head Coach head coach Brad Gore.

For Bonus Episode 2 we’ve got several outstanding Oklahoma high school baseball coaches from varying levels across the state. We’re going to start with Union head coach Shawn Newkirk who is also my head coach and 2018 state champion. Then we will go to Vici Head coach Kris Webb, Heritage Hall head coach Breck Draper, Edmond Memorial Head Coach Luke Yost, and the closer will be Sante Fe Head Coach Ryan Phillips.

Shawn Newkirk (1:43) on his hall of fame reflection, what his 4 pillars are at Union, and what being a mule means
 
Kris Webb (18:00) on promoting higher level thinkers and what his Big 5 are
 
Breck Draper (28:00) on Pre/Post season meetings and his “baseball test”
 
Luke Yost (45:00 on winning a state championship his first year, and what his 3 C’s are.
 
Ryan Phillips (59:00) on controlling the baseball and empowering assisting coaches

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January 28, 2019  

83: #OBCA Ep. 1: CJ Gillman- Air Force, Tyler Gillum- South Mountain/Savannah Bananas, Matt Talarico- Stealbases.com and Wright State, Ryan Folmar- Oral Roberts, James Vilade- Oklahoma State

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This week we've got 2 bonus episodes that I got from the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association. I’ve broken them up into a college episode and a high school episode. We will still have our regular episode on Thursday and that will be Enid HS Head Coach head coach Brad Gore.

So for episode 1, were joined by Air Force Assistant Coach CJ Gillman, South Mountain Assistant Coach Tyler Gillum, Wright, Stealbases.com and Wright State Assistant coach Matt Talarico, ORU Head Coach Ryan Folmar and Oklahoma State's James Vilade.  

CJ Gillman on getting one percent better in BP every day AND we even touch on bunting…(1:30-32:36)
 
Tyler Gillum on the Growth Toolbox, infield play, and a little bit of green light special (32:40-56:00)
 
Matt Talarico on all things base running (56:06-1:17)
 
Ryan Folmar on building culture in your program (1:17-1:25)
 
James Vilade on a coaches number one job. (1:25-1:34)
 

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