8 Exercises For Tight Hips, Recruiters Observing Parents In Stands, & Why MLB Hitters Are Obsessed With Launch Angles

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Here Are Our Top-10 2017 “Best-Of” Non-HPL Links Shared On Social Media (plus BONUSES)

I wanted to put together a 2017 year-in-review of the Top-10 links we shared on our Facebook fan-page.  How popular a post is depends on Shares, Likes, and Comments.  And I have over 27,066 Facebook fan followers, which is a big study group to judge the helpfulness of these links.

By the way, the following linked resources don’t include Hitting Performance Lab blog posts.  ENJOY!

 

#10 Most Shared Link in 2017

What should you do if…?

“Your child plays in a league that mandates minimum playing time for each player. Your child consistently plays the minimum amount, and never when the game is on the line. The same players always play more than the minimum and are in at crunch time. You don’t think this is fair.”

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#9 Most Shared Link in 2017

Like Physicist Dr. Alan Nathan told me, body mass isn’t the best indicator of batted ball distance, bat speed is.  If bat speed isn’t at top speed, then Ball Exit Speed won’t be either.  This is GREAT news because teaching bat speed is within the control of EVERY player, body mass?  Not so much.  CLICK HERE for original post.

 

#8 Most Shared Link in 2017

From the post:

“Throughout the recruiting process, [Chris] Collins, Head Basketball Coach at Northwestern University, says he observes parents in the stands to help identify the sort of environment the recruit grew up with. In the recruiting process, coaches should begin to notice if parents are supportive and positive, or negative while encouraging individualistic behavior that only regards their son or daughter rather than the entire team.”

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#7 Most Shared Link in 2017

From the post:

“These 8 movements take just a short amount of time, so you can add them in throughout your day to break up long bouts of sitting, or you can even use them as a warm-up to your regular training routine…Our hips are incredible structures that allow us to be mobile and strong and perform everything from the most mundane activities as walking to amazing feats of strength and power shown by the finest athletes.  Take the time to take care of your hips and your life will be the better for it.

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#6 Most Shared Link in 2017

One of the best quotes in this Wall Street Journal article?

“These self-made hitting gurus didn’t play in the big leagues, operate outside the mainstream and are convinced there is a better way to hit than what’s being taught at the major-league level. And they are rattling the baseball establishment.

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#5 Most Shared Link in 2017

From the post:

“Colt McCoy says this is because specialization limits the skills kids can learn, both motor and relationship skills, from playing multiple sports. Being on different teams gives kids an opportunity to learn and grow.  The other benefit of playing multiple sports is that you don’t get burned out. McCoy shares here that he didn’t know he was going to play football in college until his junior year in high school!  He continued to play basketball, golf, and other sports through high school because he liked being a part of different teams. McCoy strongly feels that when kids specialize at too young an age they miss out ‘on what sports truly encompass.'”

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#4 Most Shared Link in 2017

Many of you know how I feel about the ground-ball hitting approach.  I think the biggest push back from pro GB hitting coaches is because they have no clue how to optimize line drive Launch Angles in their hitters.  Do you have a hitter with above average speed?  Then why not teach him or her to drive the ball with authority too?  Gives them another tool for their toolbox.  Teaching a fast runner to JUST hit the ball on the ground is just plain lazy.  Be better than that.  When coaches aren’t growing, they’re dying.  Make hitters better.  Give them more tools.  CLICK HERE for the original post.

 

#3 Most Shared Link in 2017

Shameful conduct.  Bullies.  I feel bad for the young ladies on this team who were seen as guilty by association. CLICK HERE for the original post.

 

#2 Most Shared Link in 2017

How cool is this?!  From the post:

“Joe Jackson was at the Rangers’ Spring Training complex on Friday, and no, you did not somehow step into a time machine and travel back to the 1910s. It was Joe Jackson, the 24-year-old Minor Leaguer who, yes, is the great-great-grandnephew of Shoeless Joe Jackson”. 

CLICK HERE for the original post.  And our MOST SHARED non-HPL link in 2017 was…(drum-roll please)

 

#1 Most Shared Link in 2017

This video is well worth your time. George Springer’s dad was interviewed after World Series Game-7 ended, and after his son received the MVP award.  Great insight into what dad taught Junior growing up, even discussing a unique perspective to the stuttering challenges George Springer (son) grew up with.  CLICK HERE for the original post.

And for the BONUSES…

 

BONUS #11 Most Shared Link in 2017

As many of you know, I love getting athletes to move better.  If we do that, then they’ll perform better. This is a great routine to help with stiff hamstrings, which surprisingly is what most of my hitters have!  CLICK HERE for the original post.

 

BONUS #12 Most Shared Link in 2017…ahem…I mean First Week January 2018

This was a recent popular January 2018 post, but I wanted to include it here.  Preaching the ‘Sticky Coaching’ gospel for parents.  CLICK HERE for the original post.

 

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I’m a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), the International Youth and Conditioning Association (IYCA), and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).I’m also a HUGE supporter of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

I’ve spent 11+ years in the corrective fitness industry, and have too many alphabet-soup certifications to bore you with.I also played four years of Division One baseball at Fresno State from 2000-2003.

It’s NOT how you study, but what you study that counts.I apply human movement principles (or rules), validated by science, to hitting a baseball and softball.
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5 Comments

  1. Weylan McAnally

    The Colt McCoy piece shows that Colt was being less than truthful about his high school sports activities.

    He went to the tiny Tuscola, TX high school (2A). That is why he was able to play multiple sports at the high school level. Even a very good athlete will have difficulty playing just two sports in most larger high schools. I was shut out of varsity basketball my junior and senior years (4A school) because participation in spring basketball practices became mandatory to make varsity. That shut me out because I played varsity baseball. Many schools will do the same for nearly every sport.

    Also, the bit about him not deciding on football is a joke. Colt’s father was his high school football coach. His father made him into a QB where he broke all 2A passing records for Texas. He was going to play football if anyone offered him a scholarship.

    I am a huge U of Texas and Colt McCoy fan, but that piece is just not truthful.

    • Joey Myers

      Weylan, I respect your opinion, but why would he lie about something like this? It’s not like PCA is paying him to spin a narrative. What a father wants and what a son wants are two totally different things.

  2. Rodney.Delong

    Joey,
    I personally loved the Gurus behind Baseballs quest for the Perfect Swing. I have always been a believer that you don’t have to be a great player to be a great coach or instructor. In fact, a lot of great players do not teach the game at high levels. Most are not students of the game and do not seek out better ways to do things. They know what they know and how they were taught to do things. They focused on the mental ques that were said to them as they were honing their skills in their playing days. I believe they would have been great, regardless of who taught them as long as they were given a solid foundation of acceptable swing mechanics. They are the 1 percenters. They are gifted athletically and they are born with great work ethic. These Gurus such as yourself, Antonelli, Bobby Tewksbary, Wallenbrock among others have started to figure it out. I introduced RVP, Don Slaught program to my oldest son and our high school coach about 12 years ago. I was told that there was no way to hit fastpitch softball with your elbows up and your barrel tilted towards the pitcher. I turned over my entire travel ball team of softball players, 11 in all, had little problems at the HS level and went on to win 2 state championships with a swing I was told would not work. That HS coach went on to win 4 state titles, and that other coach is now head coach at Austin Peay University. So here is to all the old timers out there who are set in their ways. It’s time to get with the program. If you say it is what it is, then verify it and measure the effects. My suggestion is to take advantage of technology and prove your methods. That’s what the Gurus do, and it only makes sense. Have a great day!
    Coach DeLong

    • Joey Myers

      Bravo Coach DeLong, and I agree! I had a conversation recently with a good friend talking about how professional hitting coaches in the MLB will have to change or else held to absurdity by the very hitters they seemingly coach. If they can’t get with the program, then the players will find someone who is. These “old dogs” will become irrelevant in the industry, and very scary – if you ask me – from a coach who was once a player, held high on significance. When that is taken away, it will be a nightmare. If you aren’t growing, then you’re dying. Keep up the great work Coach!

  3. Djura

    Yep… The new kids on the block are changing everything it seems… And Joey your a big part of this elite group bringing the real information to the rest of us… From my understanding, it’s the “body work” people… They are not only changing baseball but changing how we understand medical practice….and everything these body work people touch ( fields) they enlighten and fix…. After reading Thomas Myers’s book I fixed my body and what I experienced was and is mind blowing… The craziest thing is most people ignore these teachings… And when people ask me what did I do to get in such good shape… I don’t want to sound like I’m from Mars so I say… I just do my thing and stick to it… Anyway, thanks Joey directing me to the light…

    ~DM