Coaches Articles

Flexibility and Performance

Flexibility and Performance  By Nate Shaw, ATC, RSCC Flexibility involves more than sitting on the ground and pointing at your toes What is flexibility?  Flexibility is defined as the ability of a joint or joints to move through a full range of motion. If you are limited to bending over and pointing at your toes,…

May 21, 2022

Youth Sports – Eating Before a Morning Game

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…

May 17, 2022

YOUTH SPORTS – How to Make a Young Athlete Slow

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…

May 15, 2022

Podcasts

Interview with Jon Nazarko (Part 2)

Jon grew up in New England, and currently lives in Florida. He graduated from URI in 2014. He went on to work as an intern at URI until he accepted a seasonal strength and conditioning coach position with the Boston Red Sox as a MiLB Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2016. He returned to URI…

May 18, 2022

Interview with Jon Nazarko (Part 1)

  Jon grew up in New England and currently lives in Florida. He graduated from URI in 2014. He went on to work as an intern at URI until he accepted a seasonal strength and conditioning coach position with the Boston Red Sox as a MiLB Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2016. He returned to…

May 16, 2022

Interview with Michael Sadler

MiLB Strength and Conditioning Coach – Michael Sadler is beginning his fifth year with the Seattle Mariners. Michael’s first season was in 2018 with the Clinton Lumberkings (Low A affiliate) in Clinton, IA. In 2019, he was in Modesto, CA with the Modesto Nuts (High A affiliate). Last season in 2021, Michael was a part…

April 21, 2022

Interview with Derek Somerville (Part 2)

Derek Somerville is in his 8th season as a strength and conditioning coach in professional baseball including 2 seasons with the San Francisco Giants and currently in his 6th season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Derek is originally from Minot, North Dakota, and attended the University of Mary studying Exercise Science and competing in collegiate baseball….

April 6, 2022

Research

Youth Sports – Eating Before a Morning Game

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…

May 17, 2022

Five Simple Guidelines for Positive Coaching

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 selected from questions submitted by participants,…

April 10, 2022

Pitch Smart Risk Factors and Guidelines

Pitch Smart Risk Factors  In 2014, USA Baseball and MLB teamed up to establish Pitch Smart, a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for pitchers.  A primary goal of the Pitch Smart program was to help young players reduce arm injuries by…

February 4, 2022

RESEARCH REVIEW: Weighted ball training in youth baseball

Weighted Ball Training in Youth Baseball By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E and Regan Wong, PT, DPT, CSCS The current emphasis on pitch velocity at all levels of baseball has helped increase the popularity of weighted baseball training, i.e., throwing over weight (more than 5 ounces) and underweight balls (less than 5 ounces) in recent…

January 4, 2022

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