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Making small adjustments that will produce tremendous results.
It is imperative that an athlete learns to use a higher percentage of his body, as well as optimize the timing of all moving parts, to increase the output of power and minimize stress on his arm during each pitch. The number one priority at Complete Game is to avoid injury. No guarantees can ever be made regarding an athlete’s health, but avoiding a serious physical problem will not only give the player the best chance at staying healthy, his performance will NATURALLY increase. A sample of some the areas of Physical Mechanics to be studied and learned are:
- Achieving a proper balance point in both the wind-up and the stretch
- Utilizing the core of the body
- “Driving” through the target instead of “falling”
- The correct way to warm-up before a start and repair the body post-start
- Developing a well-located fastball
- Precise hand separation to decrease stress on the shoulder and increase explosiveness
- Controlling the runners on base without sacrificing velocity and control
- Proper grips to tighten spin and increase the life of the pitch
Gaining a psychological advantage over hitters to reduce the amount of stress on a pitcher’s arm, as well as increase his chances for success on the field.
The majority of pitchers from little league through high school are left guessing when it comes to pitch selection and pitch location. This often leads to higher pitch counts and early stages of fatigue. This guessing game also forces a pitcher to feel an increased need to develop alternate pitch choices.
One of the main reasons young pitchers resort to breaking balls is the absence of a well-developed psychological approach. At Complete Game, each pitcher, regardless of age, will learn and develop a strong game plan before they step on the field. A sample of some the areas of Psychological Approach to be studied and learned are:
- Reading hitters and quickly locating their weaknesses
- Changing speeds and eye levels of hitters to keep them off balance
- Learning the difference between a “purpose pitch” and a “waste pitch”
- Attacking the strike zone with movement to minimize pitch count
- Gain a better understanding of pitch counts and appropriate pitch selections
Developing a solid foundation to build a positive perspective and emotional response to adversity, both on and off the field.
In most cases, the mental game is more of a hindrance to an athlete’s growth than the physical component. Even the most physically gifted athletes never reach their true potential because of their lack of mental fortitude. Now students have access to a mentor who has a wealth of experience battling mental adversity on and off the field.
In order to achieve your highest level of play, controlling your emotional response to external outcomes is crucial. A sample of some the areas of Mental Strengthening to be studied and learned are:
- Handling success and failure in a mature way
- Build and maintain a positive perspective despite results
- Trusting your ability enough to throw with 100% conviction
- Setting realistic goals and developing a plan to attain them
- Move past focusing on the elements of the game that are beyond a pitcher’s control