Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar

Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar header image 1

39: Greg Brown- Head Baseball Coach, Nova Southeastern University (FL)

00:0000:00
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. 
Resources
  • Phone calls and conversations
Contact
 
Website and Social Media sites for the show 

38: Brett Kay- Head Baseball Coach, JSerra Catholic HS (CA)

00:0000:00
 
 
 
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.
Resources
  • Connections/relationships
  • Twitter

Website and Social Media sites for the show 

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

00:0000:00
 
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
Resources
Contact
Favorite resource for less than $100
  • Mirrors
  • PVC Pipes
  • Therabands
  • Shortbats

Website and Social Media sites for the show 

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

00:0000:00
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.
Resources
Contact
 
Website and Social Media sites for the show 

35: Dr. Stephen Osterer- Chiropractor and Strength Coach, Co-Founder of Baseball Development Group (Toronto)

00:0000:00

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

Resources

Contact

Website and Social Media sites for the show 

34: Shaun Larkin- Coordinator of Skill Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers

00:0000:00
 
Quotes
  • Are you looking to increase practice performance or are you looking for skill transfer into the game?
  • We want to replicate the game as much as possible and help our players to determine what movement works best for them given their body type, flexibility and mobility and perception of whats happening in their environment.
  • If your in an environment where you aren’t learning, how do you expect to pass the test on game-day?
  • Until you explain the why to players and coaches, it doesn’t matter what you’re trying to do.
  • Create environments in practice where its ok to push yourself and to fail because that's where the learning happens 
  • We want optimization not just organization
Resources
  • Social media
Contact
Website and Social Media sites for the show 

33: Ben Brewster- Founder of Tread Athletics and Author of Building the 95 MPH Body

00:0000:00
 
 
 
Quotes
  • Training is a trial and error process
  • I was on the low part of the totem pole walking on in college, but it kept me hungry. I also got to see everyday that the other guys weren't superhuman. They were either just a little bit bigger, a little bit stronger, better mobility or better mechanics. It wasn't just a genetic thing.
  • You have the freedom to do things outside of practice. Most think its show up to practice, do what you're told and then leave. Everybody is doing that. So what differentiates you?
  • Gaining velocity is not an easy or linear process. Much of it is plateaus and you can't frustrated. You have to keep on trying, keep on failing,  keep on testing and keep on evaluating until you get through that plateau.
  • In college, we had a structured snack break before batting practice everyday to help guys gain weight. It was mandatory for everyone to bring something to eat for practice every single day.
  • There's this conventional baseball wisdom that says "if you aren't doing the exact same stuff as everybody else at every single moment of the practice, you aren't a team player." Baseball is an individual sport played within a team setting. For all of our kids to develop to their potential, they need an individualized program. If everyone develops to their potential, that's going to help the team win.
  • Most everything i tell the guys i work with is just a suggestion with an explanation behind why i'm suggesting it. Some things repeatedly work for some guys and don't work for others.
Resources
Best under 100 purchase
Contact

Website and Social Media sites for the show 

www.aotcpodcast.com

Twitter

@aotc_podcast

Facebook

Ahead of the Curve Coaches Facebook group

Instagram

aotc_podcast

Mini Clinic Monday Signup

32: Bryan Conger- Head Baseball Coach, Tarleton State University (TX)

00:0000:00
 
 
 
Quotes
  • Whatever it is in life you are going to do, you need to be fully engaged in it
  • We post everything. Either on social media for motivation and celebration or in the locker room so that kids always know where they stand. They also get to learn their game and how it can benefit the team.
  • At the end of every season when we look back, we never say "man i wish we had taken one more round of BP" But I have said "If we could have reached one or two more young men, that would have made the difference.
  • The better our kids get at the "life skills" part, the better baseball players they're going to be.
  • When you grow as an individual, all those around you automatically grow too. When you become more, we all become more.
  • Baseball is what you do, its not who you are. Who you are is far more important than what you do
Resources
Contact

Website and Social Media sites for the show