Roles and Responsibilities

Attention strength and conditioning coaches and those aspiring to join the profession: if you want to be a better coach, invest in yourself. By no means do I consider that “I have made it”, but in the wake of accomplishing my goal to become a strength and conditioning coach in professional baseball, I have...

There are five physical tools that pro and college scouts look for when evaluating baseball talent: 1) the ability to hit; 2) the ability to hit with power; 3) running speed; 4) arm strength; and 5) fielding ability. While it’s important to score high on most or all of these tools, physical attributes aren’t the...

It might be your son, it might be your daughter. It doesn’t really matter. In any case, you realize that you have a kid that has above average ability. Coaches start to tell you that your child has potential. People start talking about special select teams and year-round dedication to one sport. The big questions...

I am often witness to coaches carrying out their training sessions and preparatory camps for various sports. The coaches have a practice plan and, invariably, an ambitious schedule for what they want to accomplish in a session, day or week. There are always injuries. It is inevitable. Some are accidental (i.e. getting...

While we are long over the concept of “No pain – No gain”, there are a lot of athletes who aren’t achieving maximal performance or making the progress that they need to because they don’t fully understand the difference between pain and discomfort. Pain is your body’s way of letting us know that there is a...

The obvious answer is to get better. But the real question is, to get better at what? When I ask players “what do you want to improve upon?” Most of them give a generic answer like velocity, or command, or my mechanics. Then I probe a little further and realize that what they all really want is to move better. They want...

The best way to assess your pitcher’s mechanics is to get side view and back view videotape of the athlete. Many studies have been done on baseball pitching mechanics and hundreds of mechanical variables have been explored, but trying to correct too many points at once creates too much confusion in the athlete....

I truly believe your future is created by what you do today, not what you do tomorrow, or next week, or next season. That is the future. To impact that future, you must take action today. Change does not happen by chance, it happens by choice. So you must make that choice and Take Action Today! Remember, every expert...

“…true pilot must of necessity pay attention to the seasons, the heavens, the stars, the winds, and everything proper to the craft if he is to rule a ship.” (The Republic 6.488e). It is absurd to believe that almost 2,400 years ago Plato would describe how I should go about my role as strength and conditioning...

As a coach, you know that full buy in and adherence to the structured program in place is crucial to the overall development of your players. You also know that coaching is relational at its core. In order to build stronger relationships and improve communications with your athletes you need to understand their...