Tips for strengthening your pitching motion from Coach Sean Taunt, who is an Associate Head Coach for the Pacific Lutheran University baseball team and the Director of Pitching for the Big League Edge performance development organization. Coach Taunt dives into how BLE first started over 15 years ago and what went in to building it into the national presence it is today. He gives us the history on their trademark piece of equipment, the VPX Baseball Harness. Using the harness, he tells us all about how feeling, rather than seeing, has really raised his players' skills to another level. Coach Taunt gives us some drills and circuits to improve your game and outlines how BLE sets itself apart from the competition.
Mike Falsetti is a former professional catcher and currently runs Catchers Capital (www.catcherscapital.com) where he helps young athletes develop their receiving, blocking, and throwing skills to be able to play catcher at the next level like he did. Hailing from the Windy City, Mike joins to guys to talk about his story and his journey to starting up Catchers Capital. He gets very technical when talking about his training regimens and his favorite drills and progressions that he likes to go through with his clients. You'll want to get out the pen and paper to take notes as Mike dives deep into arguably the most important position on the baseball diamond.
If you find yourself stuck inside your house for a couple weeks, why not use the time to your advantage and improve your basketball skills? The truth is you don't need a practice partner or anything more than a basketball and a little bit of space to improve your dribbling and handle. The following workout, brought to you in collaboration with The Scoring Factory, provides you with 26 different drills to hone your ball handling skills. You don't need a gym or a wide open space; at most you'll need a driveway, a hallway or a stretch of sidewalk. You can even do most of these drills inside your bedroom.
Professional basketball player Terrell Stoglin joins the Hustle crew to talk about his professional career and his unique training plan. After playing at the top tier of college basketball, Terrell went on to play overseas in a few different countries. Ever since high school, Terrell has hit the gym every day and hit 500 shots. Not "attempted", he has to MAKE 500 shots before he leaves the gym. He tells us how that practice has helped him succeed on the hardwood. He walks us through his journey, breaks down some distinctions between the leagues he has played in, and gives some tips to the younger athletes out there hoping to go pro one day too.
Coach Steve Dagostino of Dags Basketball joins the podcast to walk us through his training philosophy and how he really hones in on improving his client's shot and basketball IQ. Despite his size, Coach Dags was a 2-time Division Two All-American and played professionally for 6 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his clients and to this episode. He talks to us about his experiences and how he eventually grew that knowledge into his own training academy where he works with younger clients all the way up to NBA athletes. He also tells us about some of his favorite drills and why you need to constantly be getting reps in if you want to be the best in any sport you play.
Hannah Huesman is a Mental Skills Coach with the Philadelphia Phillies organization. She joins the guys to talk about her expertise and why mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to training. She walks us through her experiences, some success stories, and some drills you can try at home to better your mental health. Hannah dives into not just how mental skills training can help your game, but also how it can help you perform in everyday life.
Coach and Trainer Jordan Lawley joins us to talk about his experience growing his business and how he got to where he is today. Jordan trains all sorts of clients, including NBA players and celebrities, and even tells us some stories of who he's coaching for the upcoming NBA All Star Celebrity Game during All-Star Weekend. He takes us down memory lane and his experience breaking records at UC-San Diego then going on to play professionally overseas. He fills us in on some of his favorite training drills and what most younger players lack before even coming to see him.
NBA Skills Coach Reid Ouse has quickly become one of the top skill development coaches in the United States. In the past year alone Reid has worked with over 45 NBA & overseas players, as well as numerous College All-Americans and Top 100 High School prospects. He walks us through the intricacies of his specialty, footwork, and offers some drills that he likes to use to help his own clients improve their first step.
Here are five things you can do to reach your potential as a basketball player. Work hard enough and you’re guaranteed to have a better chance at making it through this year’s tryouts.
Rebounding is one of the most important skills in the game because it helps reduce the number of offensive opportunities that your opponent will get over the course of the game.
Here at Hustle, we focus on building the best basketball app out there, but we also want to help you make good decisions with the products you buy. That’s why we created this list to help you teach your kid to love basketball.
With the holidays right around the corner, it’s never too late to pick up the perfect gift for that special basketball fan in your life. From relatives, friends and teammates to coaches, or even coworkers, basketball themed gifts are fun and easy to give. Basketball season is in full swing, so there’s no more timely gift out there. So check out some of our favorite basketball themed gifts this year.
Nobody saw him coming. Oklahoma’s Trae Young had almost no buzz prior to the start of the 2017-2018 NCAA basketball season, but since delivering multiple 40-plus point games with an incredible shooting percentage, everyone is singing his praises. The star point guard is leading the nation in points per game and assists per game, while getting comparisons to Steph Curry for his shooting prowess and quick release. He’s also carrying his team to one of their best seasons in recent memory.
The mid-range jumper definitely takes a lot of work and the right mindset. But having this shot in your arsenal can make you a lot more versatile, it’s an easy way to get yourself shots, and it’s a lot more efficient than you may think
Training Tips from Professional Basketball Player Nick Novak
Fox Chapel high school basketball coach and statistician, Gabe Skrinjar, explains the importance of incorporating objective performance measurements into practice and game day routines.
One of the toughest parts of being a coach is finding the right drills for your kids. This is a mix of a drill that is easy to learn, easy to practice, and can be carried back onto the court at game time.
When it comes to being a better coach and coaching your team to be better players, there are a lot of different approaches you can take. There are clinics, or in-personal learning. There are online learning opportunities, both formal and informal. There are books and manuals on the subject. There are YouTube videos. And then there are apps.
Most professional baseball players take hundreds of swings every single day. Most professional basketball players take hundreds of practice shots every single day. There is no question that repetition of basic drills is effective. However, youth athletes are fundamentally different from professionals. Not many kids will be able to focus on a single drill over and over and over. For that and many other reasons, introducing drill variety is paramount as a youth coach. Using a variety of drills builds technique, keeps players motivated, makes practice more fun for kids, and ultimately will lead to a better experience for young athletes.
Besides the pitcher, no player in baseball touches the ball more than the catcher. Catching is often cited as the backbone of a solid defense. Youth catchers may face a tougher learning curve than other positional players due to the importance and the complexity of the position. Today, we will review how to select a catcher for your youth baseball team, the fundamentals of catching, some useful drills, and how young catchers can work with pitchers to call a great game.
Many baseball fans are familiar with the now infamous Tommy John surgery - a procedure to repair torn elbow ligaments common to baseball pitchers. For every Stephen Strasburg who has this medical procedure and goes on to have a great MLB career, there are thousands of young men and women who throw their arms out permanently at a young age. Pitching is extremely taxing on the arm and on the body as a whole. Youth coaches and parents of young pitchers have the responsibility to protect their players from unnecessary wear and tear.
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