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View this post on Instagram Check out the link in the bio for a downloadable PDF of the worksheet shown in this video! https://www.athleteswarehouse.com/ssa-success/ #softballstrong #softballswing #softball #fastpitchsoftball A post shared by Softball Strength Academy (@softballstrengthacademy) on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:44am PST Click here for a downloadable PDF of the worksheet shown in the...
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Before we start, I want to encourage every single one of you to keep reading. Even when it seems like this is just “another one of those articles” or it seems like it just doesn’t pertain to you. This topic is one that we must continue to talk about even when it is hard or...
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The game of baseball and softball has been studied extensively, especially in recent years with the boom of tracking devices entering the sports world. Most commonly investigated for hitters has been the measure of bat velocity (also termed swing speed). Anything from how this metric impacts the likelihood of a hit to what athletes can...
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As a performance coach, we focus so much on how our athletes move yet we don’t always get an opportunity to observe how the athlete responds to game-like stimuli. Due to this, I was provoked to dive into this deeper when an athlete of mine had every athletic tool necessary to be successful in their...
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April 10th, 2011. Sunday, mid-day. LSU Senior Brittany Mack is on the mound.  Not only is her drop-ball nasty, but she throws three different speeds and they all look the same out of the hand.  I was a freshman that year and had heard something about the LSU curse. For some reason in the last...
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Catching is painful; from the bruises to the ever constant joint pain, it stays with you long after you catch your last pitch. It is a brutal position that is physically taxing on the body. So, before I continue with this article, I want to make a point – HAVE YOUR CATCHERS WEAR KNEE SAVERS....
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Being injured isn’t easy. Ask any player, in any sport, who has dealt with an injury and they will probably all respond the same: It is one of the hardest challenges you can face as an athlete. Through this article, I can’t speak for every athlete that was ever injured, but I can speak for...
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10 Tips for the Next Generation of Softball Players Practice bunting every time you practice hitting. Some of the biggest situations you’ll find yourself in will call for you to get the bunt down. There’s no worse feeling than not being able to pull through for your team in that moment.  Learn how to run...
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Do you feel like you’re swinging hard but the ball is going nowhere? Is ‘warning-track-power’ your nickname? Do you feel like if you ever do get a hold of a ball it gets pulled foul? Then you may be suffering from a lack of backside power… In hitting, there are three main components to developing...
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Imagine if you knew every pitch that was going to get thrown to you before the pitcher released the ball. Would this make you more comfortable as a hitter? Picking pitches is slowly becoming a major part of the game of softball. Any advantage one team can gain over the other makes the path to...
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LINEAR SPEED VS SPORTS SPEED…. Before we start, it is important to understand we are using linear speed in reference to straight ahead sprinting as done in track and field.  Sports speed is in reference to every other sport there is that requires running or sprinting. Yes, there is a difference between the two and...
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  “Your coach doesn’t really determine your playing time. Your own choices do. Your attitude, your effort, your work ethic and more.”   I stumbled upon this while mindlessly scrolling on Instagram, like we all do late at night when we should be doing other things.  I scanned over it quickly and the word “effort”...
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“Unrecognizable teams have unrecognizable players.” I cannot tell you how many times I heard this statement during my time as a softball player at the University of South Florida. It takes a special individual to truly understand this statement. When you get to the Division I level, especially at a Top 50, sometimes Top 25...
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 Case Study: This hitter presented with some backward sway in the loading phase and excessive drift during the initiation phase of her swing. It was observed as the head or center of mass sliding forward throughout the course of the swing thus preventing a quick bat path from the end of loading to contact....
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“STOP DROPPING YOUR BACK SHOULDER”  No. Stop saying this, we are all better than this. Raise your hand if you’ve heard a parent or coach yell to their athlete, “Stop dipping your back shoulder!” It seems that if we correct the back should dip then all will be okay in the world. However, there are...
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Do you feel like you’re swinging hard but the ball is going nowhere? Is ‘warning-track-power’ your nickname? Do you feel like if you ever do get a hold of a ball it gets pulled foul? Then you may be suffering from lack of backside power… In hitting, there are three main components to developing power...
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Who Do I look up to? Check out the worksheet attached to this page in order to begin developing bulletproof confidence. It is important to work your way through the worksheet from the top down – no cheating and going to the end of the sheet! First, pick out three people that you look up...
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ANTI ROTATION   It has become conventional wisdom that training the core is an essential part of every strength training program. From the world’s best athletes to the average Joe at your local gym, everyone is obsessed with training the CORE! But what is considered the core and how can it be trained optimally?  ...
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I would like to take this opportunity to remind our athletes and coaches of the importance of a proper warm-up.  With many of our athletes currently in season, we need to stress that warming-up, as part of a pre-game routine, is essential for both training and game days.  Athletes don’t only need to warm-up but...
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Just about every lesson we’ve ever coached or completed as an athlete has had some component of tee work and front toss work. Both of these exercises are common in pre-game warm-up routines from the little league level all the way up to the pros. So, what is the difference between each exercise? Before we...
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Quite the title, huh?   If you have any involvement in the sports science world, you are well aware that females have a higher incidence of ACL tears than males. In fact, women are 3-6 times at a greater risk for tearing their ACL than men. For years, researchers, coaches, athletic trainers, doctors, and professionals...
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Why are men typically stronger and faster than women? There is a multitude of differences between the male and female anatomy that account for strength, power, and endurance differences. However, where most people like to attribute these differences to gender alone, the main reason for these discrepancies is due to hormones and muscle mass distribution....
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5 Tips for Dealing with Adversity: Here are our 5 tips for dealing with adversity we utilize with our current athletes: 1. Fake it until you make it – I always heard great athletes say they were confident all of the time. I had a hard time relating to this feeling because I was struggling so much at...
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The following article will discuss our belief as to how an individual can learn how to: 1. GET HEALTHY: As the game of baseball has evolved a major point of emphasis for all pitching coaches has been how to increase velocity. Yet, as professionals, we should never focus on throwing harder if the athlete presents...
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This article is a review of a seminar in Boston, MA regarding improving pitching performance and injury prevention in pitchers. A Review by Cassie Reilly-Boccia What’s up AW geniuses. Recently Coach Brandon and I hopped in the car and drove up to Boston, MA to learn more about baseball pitching. If you know anything about...
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by Cassie Reilly-Boccia So many of us ask each other what we’re thankful for around this time of year. As I sit and reflect upon all I have to be grateful for, I can’t help but find my mind circling back to our family of athletes at AW. With this being on my mind, I...
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This article outlines 10 exercises for softball athletes to increase performance. Single Leg Landmine RDL Balance is a form of strength. Being able to complete a unilateral hinge movement while maintaining proper scapula stability will strengthen components necessary for a softball athlete to minimize the risk of injury in their sport. These unilateral movements will...
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This article has 5 drills that will improve your hitting in softball. Begin by facing the pitcher with both feet while having the upper body emulate the positioning of a normal stance for hitting in softball. Without utilizing the lower half, allow the hands to slide into the correct slot and drive through the ball to...
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PURPOSE: To explain the importance of strength training for a youth FEMALE athlete and debunk myths that still exist about women getting ‘bulky’ if they lift weights. POINTS OF EMPHASIS: Strength training can and will prevent injury for female athletes. How the perception of the female athletes is seen both in society and within themselves....
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3 Part Series: Why My Athlete Should Have Been Training Yesterday (1) Understanding Growth, Development, Maturation and everything in between. (2) How does Puberty and Athletics Intersect? (3) What Should My Athletes Training Program Look Like? Before delving into these complex transitions within a youth athletes life, I think we should take a moment and...
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by Nick Serio Purpose:  The purpose of this article is to discuss the differences between sport specific training and strength and conditioning training with the intention of becoming an overall better athlete and well functioning human being! Main Points: -“What is the true definition of “Sport Specific” exercises and movement patterns?” -“When and how often...
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