07
19
2018

A Look at Long Term Weighted Ball Research

Weighted balls continue to be a hot topic of discussion in baseball. We’ve written about weighted-ball research before, and with new research coming out recently, we felt it was time for another update. How We’ve Gotten Here Many years ago, a number of studies looked at weighted balls and how...

07
17
2018

Comparing Coaching Philosophies

Our methods for teaching hitting and pitching differ from most. While there are many different styles of coaching, even those who have seen or worked with such variety find that our methods stand out in a number of ways. We’ve previously discussed various reasons for why we use weighted balls and wr...

06
23
2018

Questions from Hitting Coaches

I get a lot of messages from players and coaches asking various questions, so I figured I’d answer some of the more frequent ones in the form of a short blog. Thanks for reading!  -Jason Ochart I want to start implementing Bat Speed Training/overload and underload training. Where should I star...

06
21
2018

A Closer Look at the Kettlebell Carry

Recently we released our first peer-reviewed study at Driveline Baseball, titled “Surface Electromyographic Analysis of Differential Effects in Kettlebell Carries for the Serratus Anterior Muscles.” Now, the title is a little long and perhaps challenging to understand specifically what we studied. S...

05
29
2018

Using Swing Plane to Coach Hitters: a Deeper Look

Swing plane is a commonly used, and certainly not a new, idea. Ted Williams famously discusses it in his book The Science of Hitting in 1971 and includes this awesome graphic. Swing plane is incredibly important, but the swing plane problem is much more complex than how it’s being discussed.  ...

05
23
2018

Youth Injury Series: Spondylolysis

In previous posts, we have discussed chronic overuse injuries to the upper and lower limbs. The last area of discussion in regard to common youth injuries is stress injuries to the lumbar spine. The main injury of focus is spondylolysis, more commonly known as a stress fracture or stress reaction, a...

05
16
2018

Youth Injury Series: Growth-Plate Injuries

Growth-plate injuries are among the most commonly reported injuries for youth and teenage athletes—becoming an issue for even 16 and 17 year olds.. Also referred to as Little League Elbow or Little League Shoulder, these injuries occur to an area of the body responsible for roughly 80% of growth to...

05
14
2018

Youth Injury Series: Introduction

It has been reported that around 25-million boys and girls participate yearly in baseball and softball combined, with that number on the rise. As the number of participants increases, so too does the rise in injuries for athletes participating in these sports. With increases in travel and select tea...