Sport Science: Johnny Damon Collision
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ABCA Searches For New Executive Director
Current Executive Director Dave Keilitz will retire in June 2014 after serving 20 years with distinction in that capacity.
The ABCA, which is based in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., is the foremost professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level.
It has over 6,600 members representing all 50 states and 23 countries. The purpose of the ABCA is to promote high levels of coaching, ethics, sportsmanship and integrity to the highest degree.
A copy of the ABCA Executive Director Position Specification can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.
Instructional Clinics Scheduled Across USA
The granddaddy of them all is the 70th annual American Baseball Coaches Association Convention which is slated for Jan. 2-5 in Dallas, Tex.
It is the world’s largest baseball convention and will feature approximately 30 clinicians for approximately 4,500 attendees.
An exhibit hall larger than a football field will have hundreds of baseball products.
Another unique clinic on tap is the Drop Down Coaches Clinic and Camp Dec. 14 at Mississippi State University which will be led by Bulldog pitching coach Butch Thompson (left).
He has lined up an impressive list of submarine and low sidearm Major League pitchers who will discuss how to throw in this style.
Memory Process For Baseball Skills Explored
These skills must be remembered by a complex process mislabeled muscle memory.
The memory is in the brain rather than the muscles. Players can improve this memory process
By adopting certain mental strategies that repeatedly reinforce the impulses sent from the brain to the muscles and the impulses returned to the brain from the muscles as feedback. In competition, 0.04% of the time is active or requires an adequate level of concentration.
In a two and a half hour game (i.e.9000 seconds), about six minutes (i.e.360 seconds) requires a hard focus or concentration by all players, except the pitcher and catcher.
Significant more time must be devoted to concentration because of the nature of these positions.
A critical aspect of coaching is to reduce distractions and train the mind to concentrate similar to reading for comprehension.
S.T.R.1.K.E. System Measures Pitcher Performance
MARTENSDALE, Iowa — I have always been very interested in the numbers behind baseball.
If you have read my other articles about QABs (Quality At-Bats), B.A.S.E.2., Quality Innings, A3P (After Three Pitches) and TPI (Team Process Index) in Collegiate Baseball, you probably have realized that my fascination lies within trying to measure the process for teams and to create systems that lead to winning ways.
I want to know what we must do to give ourselves the best chance on any given night.
S.T.R.1.K.E. is the next installment of Process Based Measurement within the 1-Pitch Warrior System.
S.T.R.1.K.E. is to a pitcher/defense what B.A.S.E.2. is to our offense. Again, we have talked about the significant impact the B.A.S.E.2. System can have on the outcome of the game if you get 3 of the 5 criteria.
What we wanted to do was develop something that was similar to that B.A.S.E.2. but for the other aspects of the game.
Even though I love B.A.S.E.2., it is one sided, all offense. We know that it takes more that just a great offense to win games.
What we (Coach Jon Fitzpatrick and I) came up with was a scoring system that is easy to remember for coaches as well as pitchers and players on defense.
Should Pitchers Run Long Distances?
HUDSON, Mass. — I despise distance running for pitchers (and the overwhelming majority of other athletes, for that matter).
While many pitching coaches are probably reading this and cursing my name already for going against the norm, I’d encourage you all to hear me out on this.
I have outlined nine reasons why distance running is not the correct course of action .
1. Immunity Concerns
As a strength and conditioning coach, my number one priority in working with athletes is to keep them healthy.
This refers not only to musculoskeletal health, but also general health. In an outstanding 2006 review, Gleeson wrote that “postexercise immune function depression is most pronounced when exercise is continuous [and] prolonged.”
In other words, distance running between starts is more likely to cause and spread sickness in your clubhouse than that tramp in the right field bleachers who wants to hook up with every guy in your bullpen.