Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Youth

Long Toss Initiating Force from the Ground Up By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC-E, FACSM Regardless of whether you are a believer or non-believer in the practice of long toss for pitchers and/or position players, it appears to be here to stay. Most players use some form of long toss during the off-season, pre-season...

YOUTH SPORTS  “IF YOU DREAM BIG AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE YOU WILL END UP “ Advice from Jennie Finch to softball players of all ages Control What You Can Control You don’t have to let other people dictate how you feel or bring you down. Find something positive to focus on, because once...

YOUTH SPORTS Eating Before a Morning Baseball or Softball Game PBSCCS was recently contacted by a coach of a 13U team who wanted to know what he could do to improve team performance in morning games. He said that his players seemed to be dragging during morning games and wondered if there was something that they...

YOUTH SPORTS How to Make a Young Athlete Slow By Mike Boyle The PBSCCS recently received an inquiry from a mom who asked if her son should run cross country to get in shape for baseball? The following response was provided Mike Boyle, Co-founder of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. Mike was the strength and...

Throw and Catch Two Essential but Under Emphasized Skills in Youth Baseball/Softball By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E, FACSM If you go to almost any baseball or softball game played by kids between the ages of 6 and 14, the one thing that is most noticeable, besides the inability of pitchers to throw strikes, is the...

Sports Psychology: Dealing with the Perfectionist Dave Yukelson, Ph. D. I deal with high achieving perfectionists all the time, telling a perfectionist to relax or chill is usually not the best approach, it is not the way they are wired. I like to talk with athletes about Adaptive vs. Maladaptive perfectionism. One...

Youth Sports Five Simple Guidelines for Positive Coaching By Alan Goldberg, Ph. D. In an attempt to better serve the coaches, players and parents involved in youth and high school baseball, the PBSCCS periodically publishes information on factors that can affect conditioning and performance at these levels. Topics are...

Six Simple Reasons Why Athletes Fail to Meet Their Goals Why your athlete is struggling with their goals and how to find success Daniel Gould, Ph. D. – Michigan State University If your young athlete tends to lose focus partway through a season or fails to achieve their goals by the end of the season, they aren’t...

YOUTH SPORTS Games are Won at Practice USA Baseball With the 2022 baseball season just starting in some places and in full swing in others, PBSCCS contacted USA Baseball to see if they had information posted that would help improve practice sessions. The following explains the importance of practice in player...

YOUTH SPORTS Sumo Squat to Stand with Thoracic Mobilization Nate Shaw, ATC, RSCC and Scott Cline, PT, RSCC Arizona Diamondbacks Recently a 14U coach said “I know that my players need to stretch their hamstrings before they play, but early in the season the ground is often cold and/or wet. Is there an effective way...