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Throw and Catch – Two Essential but Under-Emphasized Skills in Youth Baseball

Throw and Catch Two Essential but Under Emphasized Skills in Youth Baseball By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E, FACSM If you go to almost any baseball game played by boys between the ages of 6 and 14, the one thing that is most noticeable, besides the inability of pitchers to throw strikes, is the inability […]

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Which is More Important Practice or Games?

Which is More Important Practice or Games?Practice or Games? By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E  “It’s strange to me too, but we’re talking about practice man, we’re not even talking about the game…the actual game, when it matters…We’re talking about practice. We’re sitting here, I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we’re in here

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Baseball Performance in Cold Weather Facts and Recommendations

Baseball Performance in Cold Weather Factsand Recommendations By Gene Coleman and Keith Duggar FACTS WARMTH:  Muscles perform better when they are warm than when cold. Warm muscles produce more force, strength, speed, power. Warm muscles move more efficiently with less energy expended. Muscles are less likely to be injured when warm than when cold There

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Athleticism What Coaches Want and How to Improve It

Athleticism What Coaches Want andHow to Improve It By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E All coaches from MLB, college, high school, travel, and rec league say – “Our players need to be more athletic.” Before you can begin to make players more athletic, you must understand what “athletic” means and what physical qualities contribute to

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Early Morning Team Workouts for High School Athletes?

Early Morning Team Workouts forHigh School Athletes? By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E Some coaches believe that 6:00 am team workouts are a good way to instill the values of hard work, determination, competition, team unity, and mental toughness and develop a common bond through “shared suffering. But, is this the best thing for teen

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The Effects of High Velocity on Players’ Health, Safety and Performance

The Effects of High Velocity on Players’Health, Safety and Performance By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E Research and reports by members of several MLB Teams indicate that the recent emphasis on pitching velocity has had negative effects on the health, safety, and performance of players at all positions, not just pitchers. Some of these effects

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Why Baseball Players Need Core Strength and How to Get It

Why Baseball Players Need Core Strength and How to Get It By Gene Coleman and Jose Vazquez For years players did sit-ups to develop a 6-pack. As coaches, we now know that a 6-pack has no meaningful place in sports. A 6-pack should be the by-product of an effective total conditioning program, not a primary

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