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16
2017

Scaling Velocity & Useful Spin in Offspeed Pitches

We still don’t know a whole lot about spin rate. While we certainly know more about how to use it under certain situations, we don’t know that much on how to develop better spin. Because of this, we are running smaller experiments to get a better idea of what to test and what to look for. The idea i...

11
08
2017

Pitch Grips and Changing Fastball Spin Rate

We still don’t know much about why pitchers can spin the same pitches differently, and we don’t know that much about ball flight either. But in working with a variety of pitchers on pitch development, we’ve seen some interesting differences in spin rate with our athletes. Some of these differences a...

11
02
2017

Reviewing Offspeed Pitches and Elbow Torque

With new research developments in other labs and our own facilities, we felt it was a good time to update our data set on offspeed pitches. Previously, we looked at offspeed pitches and were able to come close to replicating peer-reviewed research with the motus sensor. Essentially, fastballs were t...

10
26
2017

Changing Pitching Mechanics

There is sometimes disagreement regarding how to change pitching mechanics or if it can be done. Some coaches feel that mechanics are relatively set in stone; others see mechanics as something that can change but with difficulty. Luckily, more research has been done on this topic. Today let’s review...

10
03
2017

How to Run a Development-First Travel Ball Program

This post was written by Justin Barber who is the Director of Operations and Player Development for the Indiana Chargers, and Joel Mishler, Chargers Co-Founder and General Manager. The Indiana Chargers are in their 13th year of existence and have had 140 players move on to play college baseball from...

09
04
2017

Coaches Series: Driveline Fall Implementation

This article was written by former Driveline trainer and current Lake Erie Head Coach Cam Castro. Cam details on how to on-board both coaches and pitchers with Driveline’s programming and equipment at the college level (Twitter: @Castro_Turf) In the spirit of Jason Ochart’s recent post, Implem...

08
23
2017

Comparing Flat Ground to Mound Elbow Torques

This summer we wanted to research one of the more commonly implemented ways to practice pitching: flatground work. Flatground work is often seen as a less stressful way to practice not only mechanics but also work on command and offspeed pitches. We wanted to investigate this while using the motus S...

08
12
2017

How to Use the Motus Sleeve

We have been using the motusBASEBALL Sensor to great success over the last year, and it has been able to bring biomechanics measurement from the lab to the amatuer coach and player. Because of our success using the motusBASEBALL Sensor, we felt it would be helpful to provide some more information on...

05
24
2017

A Different Model for Cueing Pitching Mechanics

Today, we are going to focus on the communication side of teaching mechanics. More specifically, we’re going to look at why we don’t agree with how most coaches believe in teaching mechanics and explaining how we teach them. We don’t believe the traditional form of teaching mechanics is...