STUFF PITCHERS SHOULD READ

Week of March 12, 2017

Each week we bring you articles about pitching development we don’t want you to miss out on. It’s stuff pitchers should read.

  1. 5 Mobility Issues Preventing a Consistent Release Point (by Mike Reinold, Champion Physical Therapy)
  2. Building Your Team’s In-Season Training Plan – Part III (by Ryan Faer, Driveline Baseball)
  3. Overlooked Uses for a J-Band – Part 1 (by Eric Cressey, Cressey Sports Performance)

STUFF PITCHERS SHOULD READ

Week of January 22, 2017

Each week we bring you articles about pitching development we don’t want you to miss out on. It’s stuff pitchers should read.

  1. Customized Mechanics: Lateral Power (by Graeme Lehman, MSc, CSCS, Tread Athletics)
  2. 4 Glute-Ham Raise Technique Tips (by Eric Cressey, Cressey Performance)
  3. Building Your Team’s In-Season Training Program – Part II (by Ryan Faer, Driveline Baseball)

STUFF PITCHERS SHOULD READ

Week of November 27, 2016

Each week we bring you stories and articles that we don’t want you to miss out on. It’s stuff pitchers should read.

  1. Mental Game: Mound Management (by Alan Jaeger, Jaeger Sports)
  2. Shoulder Mobility for the Squat (by Dr. Quinn Henoch, Juggernaut)
  3. Why Breathing Is The Bridge That Connects The Brain To The Body (by Lance Wheeler, Baseball Think Tank)

WORDEKEMPER JOINS PITCHING INSTRUCTION TEAM

Eric Wordekemper brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Tom Oldham Baseball staff as the current pitching coach at Creighton University. An 11-year veteran in the professional ranks, Wordekemper was drafted by the New York Yankees following the 2005 season, pitching at the A, AA & AAA levels for the Bronx Bombers.  Wordekemper pitched at the AAA level for the Yankees in 2006 (Columbus) as well as from 2009-11 (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre). Sidelined by Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2013, Eric returned to Creighton to complete his undergraduate degree (2015) in leadership studies. As Wordekemper worked to return to the professional ranks, Coach Servais saw an opportunity to help a former player as well as his current squad by bringing Eric on as an undergraduate assistant in for the 2014 season.

You can read more about Eric by visiting his bio page.

TRUSTING THE PROCESS

“If I was given eight hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first six hours sharpening my axe.” –Abraham Lincoln

I can still remember Spring Training like it was yesterday. Not so much the games, but the practices. Early morning conditioning in the desert followed by PFPs (Pitchers Fielding Practice). Day after day after day.

I remember thinking, “Ok. I got it. I can field a ground ball and throw it to first. Can we mix this up a little?” But, we didn’t.

We practiced the fundamentals over and over again until we could pick someone off of first with our eyes closed. Interestingly, though, the veterans didn’t say a word. They knew the drills were part of the process. They were at the highest level of baseball and they never stopped focusing on preparing for the season. In fact, they’d show up weeks before Spring Training started to get a jump start on their preparation.

Witnessing this helped me realize that you achieve success by trusting the process.

Trusting the process ultimately comes down to two things – preparation and patience. You must be prepared mentally, emotionally and physically in order to play your best baseball when spring rolls around. Patience is important because achieving your dreams doesn’t happen overnight and there are no shortcuts to success at the highest levels of baseball.

As you continue or begin your off-season development, remember to trust the process. There will be exciting days when you crush your personal records and frustrating weeks when you experience plateaus and question everything. Both are important and both are part of the process. Just keep working hard.

Grit: Why You Need It and How To Get It

University of Pennsylvania psychologist, Angela Duckworth, recently conducted research to better understand why successful people are…well, successful. Her research indicates that wealth, talent, or titles aren’t good predictors of success. What is? Grit. Grit is the ability to work hard for a long period of time toward a focused goal and keep moving forward in spite of challenges, obstacles and failures.

Duckworth says, “Grit is passion and perseverance for long term goals. It’s a marathon not a sprint.”

So if grit is so great, how do you become “gritty”?

I believe it starts with first understanding what you want.

Are you trying to make your high school team?

Do you want to become the Friday night starter at your college?

Are you focused on getting drafted in the top 10 rounds?

If you’re clear on what you want, you’re on the right path towards developing grit.  But, it’s not all about having lofty goals and dreams. You have to put some action behind it.

As author, Jon Gordon, puts it – You need to have a telescope and a microscope. Your telescope looks at the big picture – it’s your inspiration. The microscope looks at the details of your day – your habits.

Your habits as a player will be the best predictor of your success.

Do you show up late to practice?

Do you show up prepared?

Do you own your mistakes or do you blame others?

If you want to develop grit, remember the telescope and the microscope – inspiration and action – together they will set you up for success.

Take Action:

Write out your top goals for the upcoming off-season. Then right next to each goal write one thing you are committed to do every day in order to reach that goal.