The ever changing games of baseball and softball are charging forward in today’s fast paced world of sports. Parents, athletes, coaches, and teams are searching for the latest and greatest, but no one seems to have a consistent line upon what actually works, and what training works best.
If you ‘Google‘ mechanics, 150,000,000 hits appear in your search box. But very few correlate and most are professed from marketing campaigns that lack proven avenues from which to perform from.
So how is one to differentiate from this mosh pit of training techniques that has grown competitive sports into a $700,000,000 per year industry?
Simple – follow the experience, expertise, and proven research data that is used by the top levels of the game.
ASK YOURSELF THIS SIMPLE QUESTION:
When determining the accountability behind a new training technique or training system, look past the “flash” and ask yourself – HOW DOES IT PRODUCE THE PERFORMANCE RESULTS BEING PROFESSED?
To better determine the above:
Strip away the marketing, flashy research, and testimonials. Ignore the videos professing results and all the eye wash.
STEP 1: Break hitters and pitchers down into their most basic forms and find out what they are actually trying to do. The answer is simple – they are moving energy.
AND DO IT WITH SCIENTIFIC THEOREM – NOT THEORY:
- Physiology says: Every human body is designed to move exactly the same. Same amount of body parts working the same way – in unison.
- Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion state: Although evolution has advanced the body’s make up, all humans move energy by counterbalancing opposite body parts to remain balanced.
- F=MA explains: To move an object, force and acceleration must be applied to energy. The bigger the object, the more acceleration required to make it fall faster.
STEP 2: Learn how to move energy quicker, stronger, and faster than your competition. In doing so, you will discover athletes must create dynamic balance and balanced force to move energy efficiently.
Just think of a seesaw (dynamic balance) or tug-of-war (balanced force) as examples.
- Balanced force allows you to use the energy when you want. This is tug-of-war.
- Dynamic balance supports the energy loads so that you can maximize their effects upon an object – the arm or bat you will use upon a ball. This is a seesaw.
- There are 3 different types of ways to balance a seesaw. These are defined by physics as the 3 lever classes.
- If the seesaw (you – the athlete) does not counterbalance force, the energy you are creating is not supported properly. And when energy is not supported, it will dissipate or escape – as confounded in the physics theorem The Law of Energy Dissipation.
STEP 3: Move efficiently and in proportion so that you can create, support, and use energy quicker, stronger, and faster than you competition. Greater disproportions within movements causes greater energy escapement – as defined by physics theorem.
The correct answer to the question of “How does it produce the performance results” is simple – DOES IT ENHANCE MOVEMENT TO INCREASE ENERGY’S VELOCITY INTO THE BALL.
Now, before you go out and start training the PROVEN way, there are a few things you will need to know – so read on!
DOES EVERYONE SWING AND THROW THE SAME?
Now that you have used common sense (and a little science) to determine that movement enhancement is your ticket to the top, learn a little about the consistencies within the game and why they occur.
As confounded by over 120 years of Major League Baseball, hitters and pitchers continue to swing their bats and throw the ball identical. Just ‘Google’ the different leverage points of the swing or pitching delivery and you will discover that Ted Williams swung his bat the same as Bryce Harper does today. Likewise, pitchers during the Golden Age of Baseball use the same leverage points as Modern Era pitchers.
Generations, nationalities, and game performance requirements have not effected the swing or pitching delivery for over 120 years of baseball action.
This is why a Japanese player like Ichiro swings identical to an American born Babe Ruth – even though almost a century of baseball, nationalities, and training methods separate their playing days.
Examine other sports and you will find that hockey’s slap shot lower half movements are identical to a golfer’s swing. Or top level softball hitters swing identical to top level baseball hitters – even though their game is quicker, has shorter distances, and athletes are opposite sexes.
Look at how quarterbacks throw a oval shaped ball. Their lower half movements are identical to pitchers whom throw a round ball on a slope.
How about a boxer’s punch and how it requires identical lower half movements that a hitter uses to hit a pitch – identical.
These undeniable similarities exist because all athletes whom are creating, supporting, and moving energy. And if you want to move energy, you must abide by the science behind such – or you are refuting scientific theorem and basically trying to disprove fact.
If you counterbalance, you create balanced force. And if you release the balanced force at the right moment – you increase energy’s potential and create explosive energy forces that 95MPH arms and big league hitters use to win World Series rings.
MOVEMENT TRAINING IS WHAT UNLOCKS PERFORMANCE
“As a big league pitcher, my job was to get hitters out. I had to make quick adjustments or I lost the ballgame, but the hardest part was figuring out what adjustments to make and whether I was actually making them.” Stated former MLB pitcher Mike Sirotka.
The adjustments Sirotka is talking about are rooted in motor pattern redirections that boil down to movement changes.
However, as the Bernstein and SAID scientific principles confound, an athlete cannot actually make those motor pattern redirections if they do not have them stored to muscle memory. It takes practice – and a lot of it!
This is why movement and mechanical changes often lead to dead ends, failure, and long workouts that guarantee nothing.
Sirotka went on,
“Now as a player developer, the hardest part of my process is getting the athlete to actually do what I am asking of them. They understand what I am saying, but performing it is an entirely different ballgame.”
Until now, athletes have only been able to be told how to move. Video analysis, one-on-one coaching, reps, and training technologies all inform, but none create the movement for the athlete.
This “shortcoming” of the player development industry has been the unsolvable dilemma that stops careers short and leaves velocity and power off the field.
“Most coaches see what is going wrong, but few can fix it. There is no question that athletes are at a stalemate when it comes down to using the information in their game.” Stated NCAA baseball coach Sean Taunt.
Know that every mechanical issue, performance drop, or execution decrease is linked to 2 movement deficiencies:
- If the athlete moves with the upper half first, energy becomes unsupported, is released too early, or escapes in a premature rotational plane.
- If the athlete prematurely rotates the hips, the kinetic chain reaction breaks down and energy escapes or is dissipated.
These mechanical issues are actually the body’s way of overcompensating to redirect energy and force back into balanced force. This is why the same mechanical issues arise across every athlete and sport.
Look at what causes quarterbacks to over or under throw passes. Look at what causes boxers to round their punches. And look at how golfers “shank” balls.
You will discover that the same mechanical and movement deficiencies that cause the above performance decreases ALL cause the same decreases in pitching and hitting performance decreases.
Again, this is why the same mechanical issues arise across every athlete or sport. How you create, support, and use energy determines performance levels.
If you redirect MOVEMENT, mechanics become obsolete, as they are a manifestation of movement gone right or wrong.
But again, the athlete needs to consciously change their movements, and the simple solution of staying loaded longer to utilize energy at the right time still exists – until now.
VELOPRO BASEBALL IS REVOLUTIONIZING THE GAME
VeloPRO Baseball has developed the world’s first and only movement enhancement training system that redirects motor patterning into creating a dynamically balanced swing or pitching deliver
Simple in design – a waist belt, 2 specialized bungees, and a foot strap. What sets it apart is the revolutionary design that kinetically connects resistance throughout the kinetic chain reaction. No external anchor points allows athletes to utilize the VL Harness in any manner and to combine it with other training systems or methods
“By providing sensory feedback from the start-to-finish of lower half movements, we have been able to solve the unsolvable.” Stated Velocity LOAD Harness developer and former MLB pitcher Jim Parque.
- If the athlete becomes dynamically imbalanced, the specialized resistance bungees pull their back foot off the ground – providing a negative sensory overload that should be avoided.
- If the athlete prematurely rotates their hips, the resistance will pull the athlete’s back foot off the ground – providing a negative sensory overload.
- If the athlete stays loaded into front foot strike, they will feel no resistance. Therefore, movement is optimized into a dynamically balanced swing or delivery.
- Worn on back leg to enhance linear drive or on front leg for rotational torque enhancement.
Eight Major League Baseball organizations and over 60 NCAA baseball and softball programs have taken notice of the positive and negative feedback the VL Harness provides with each rep.
To start enhancing your movement and start training like the pros, visit http://www.veloprobaseball.com.