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01
2020

Pitching Programming Series, Part 4: Plus Sets

Welcome to Part 4 of our programming strategies blog series.  If you missed Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3, you can check them out on our blog. Today’s topic is incorporating plus sets into your throwing programs. So what are plus sets? In the strength and conditioning realm, a plus set, or AMRAP (as man...

05
14
2020

Pitching Programming Series, Part 3: High/Low Method

Welcome to Part 3 of our pitching programming strategies blog series. If you missed Part 1 or 2, you can check them out here and here. Today’s topic will cover a programming strategy known as “high/low.” What is the high/low strategy? The late Charlie Francis popularized the high/low method in the 1...

05
04
2020

Pitching Programming Series, Part 1: The 2-1-2 Method

Have you ever worked with an athlete who struggled to see long term progress in developing velocity? I know I have! If you have ever experienced this problem, this blog series is just for you. The purpose of this blog is to educate coaches on implementing various programming strategies when athletes...

12
18
2018

Changing Shoulder Abduction

Integrating assessment data to help athletes is vital to what we do at Driveline. One piece of data that we occasionally see is pitchers with high elbow climbs. Today, we’re discussing what we see from a training-floor perspective and a biomechanical assessment. This will be a good example of how yo...

03
08
2018

Assessments, Data, and Individualization

Individualization is seen as a must have with training programs. While this is good, it doesn’t come without some misunderstandings. We’ve touched on some of those issues before, but it sometimes seems like people get confused by what individualization means in relation to sports. At times, individu...

12
28
2017

Pulldowns: The What, Why, and When

Though controversial pulldowns are a staple of our off-season program, we see them as vital pieces to train athletes to handle the stresses of pitching. But, like everything, they can be misunderstood when not done in the proper context. The What Pulldowns, otherwise known as Running Throws, Crow Ho...

12
21
2017

Plyo Velocity, Weighted Balls, and Replication

The benefit of science is that it continues to grow and develop. More weighted-ball studies have been published, and more will come out. So what we know about baseball training (weighted ball or not) in three, five, and ten years from now will be far more than what we know now. One thing that we don...

10
09
2017

Velocity-Based Training: Device Testing and Review

 Velocity Based Training – or VBT – has slowly been gaining popularity as athletes and coaches look for the most cutting edge methods to train their athletes. With VBT, instead of training for maximal strength, athletes train for maximal speed. In theory, this trains more fast-twitch mus...

09
26
2017

Training Cricket Bowlers with Over & Underload Implements

This is a guest blog post by Steffan Jones decribing how he uses over & underload implements in his training to teach his athletes how to be better cricket bowlers. Steffan can be found at his website cricketstrength.com and on Twitter @SteffanJones105 The pitcher equivalent in cricket is the bo...