Wow… didn’t expect THAT to happen…

Yesterday I sent you a short “Coaching Youth Pitchers” survey…

Here’s a snippet from that email in case you missed it:

Do you work with young pitchers (ages 12 and below)?

I'm working on putting together some new HIGH-Value (and fr-ee) content for you... But first, I want to make sure it's something you can actually USE.

Please take 1-2 minutes (tops) to fill out this short survey:

Working With Young Pitchers Survey

Here's what you need to do:

  • Fill it out
  • Hit "Done"...
  • And I'll get right to work on the new guide or free video series

Simple... Your responses will dictate what I put together!

Thanks so much for your support!

Coach Phil

With the goal of giving you some HIGH-quality information you can put to use right away if you’re a youth baseball coach or parent.

Apparently this is something a LOT of you are interested in.

I’ve heard from over 130 of you so far (and the responses are still coming in)!

[h4]You even made me UPGRADE my survey software![/h4]

(Apparently I was limited to 100 responses, but you quickly blew right thru that #…)

Doh!!! Looks like I’m out $26 bucks this month… (note to self: switch to Google forms)

Oh well, a small price to pay for getting all of your feedback – your comments have blown me away!

And as far as what topic you want to cover (I threw out 4 options), the data backs up your commentary…

Basically, you’d like to see it ALL…

I got comments like, “The above was very hard as they are really all #1’s,” and “All topics from question 3 would be really good.”

You speak, I listen.

Just got back from the facility after shooting a slew of new videos for you…

More to come… stay tuned. 

Committed to Your Pitching Success,

Coach Phil

 

PS - Since this post was initially published, I've gone through ALL of the (close to 200) survey responses... And based on your input, I've put together a free resource to help you in your work with young pitchers (older pitchers, too).

CLICK BELOW for a FREE Youth Pitching Lesson Framework

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Download Your Free Youth Pitching Program

Rule #1 for pitching success this season:
[h1]Stay HEALTHY[/h1]

There’s no more helpless feeling than sitting the bench with a sore (or injured) arm. Believe me, I know this all too well. And one thing I wish I’d learned a lot sooner in my development as a young pitcher is the importance of a good arm care routine.

Too often, guys wait until it’s too late before they start taking their arm care seriously…

In fact, I was one of those guys… It took an elbow injury the summer before my freshman year at Northwestern for me to really COMMIT to a consistent arm care routine.

And if you’re a young pitcher, there’s a good chance your current arm care program falls into one of these three buckets:

  1. No Arm Care program whatsoever (and probably have never given it a second thought)
  2. You KNOW that Arm Care is important, but you don’t really know WHAT to do (or how OFTEN to do it)
  3. You already have an Arm Care program… But it’s so complicated and time-consuming that it’s nearly impossible to stay consistent with it

And I get it. I’ve been in each of these camps at one time or another…

Knowing WHAT to do, and finding the time and energy to STICK to it can be tough. Especially if you’re a kid who’s never been hurt – you’ve got enough on your plate without having to go through 45 minutes of boring, tedious exercises.

Well, what if didn’t have to be so tough?

I don’t care what level you’re at – if you’re 13 years old or 18…

[h1]Good Arm Care matters. Period.[/h1]

And here’s some GOOD news.

You can actually get in a really great Arm Care routine in a short amount of time without a lot of fancy equipment.

And today I’m going to show you how.

I’ve just put the finishing touches on a brand new, “No Excuses”, EZ Arm Care Program to help make your arm care easier and simpler than ever.

It comes complete with 3 Ready-To-Go Arm Care Routines that you can do at the field or on your own when you get home. 

[circle_list] [list_item]You’ll know exactly what to do…[/list_item] [list_item]When to do it…[/list_item] [list_item]And it won’t take all day or cost you a lot in extra equipment[/list_item] [/circle_list]

Plus you’ll get detailed video demonstrations and explanations of each exercise to walk you through it every step of the way.

Okay, so the next question – how much will it cost?

I thought long and hard about this.

$67?

It’s easily worth that. But I don’t want COST to stand in the way of you getting access to this information.

$47… Eh, still too high.

$27? This seemed right. But then I thought…

How ’bout FREE!

So that’s what I’m doing. Right now you can get access to this program for ZERO dollars.

Go Here To Claim Your  Free EZ Arm Care Program

I’m probably crazy for doing this, but that’s how strongly I feel about the importance of young pitchers taking their arm care seriously.

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The stuff in this program isn’t meant to be overwhelming. You won’t find 50 different exercises…

It’s designed to be no nonsense, get-in, get-out, get-it-done simple.

No excuses.

Now just a note. You WILL have to re-enter your email address to get access to the program…

It’s the only way I could weed out the uncommitted and make sure this program gets into the right hands without actually charging for it.

Get your EZ Arm Care Program now before I come to my senses.

Okay, that’s all for now.

Until next time…

Committed to Your Pitching Success,

Coach Phil

PS – Again, I’m not asking a single penny for the EZ Arm Care program… But if you want, you can help me out by spreading the word.

Just hit one of those Share buttons and send your friends to this page so they can grab their own Free Arm Care Routine before this offer goes away. 

Thanks, and blow ’em away!

 

KISS-imageOkay, let’s get right to it… At times, pitching can seem EXTREMELY complicated, challenging and downright confusing. But it doesn’t have to be…

There’s a popular acronym that really applies here, especially when it comes to actually competing between the lines.

K.I.S.S… Keep It Simple Stupid…

In today’s post I’m going to attempt to keep things “Stupid Simple” by sharing with you ONE thing that will have a bigger impact on your season than just about anything else.

…At least when it comes to your success on the mound.

Then I’m going to give you TWO super-simple, no-nonsense tips to make you use this knowledge effectively in the game. And just a headsup – these will seem like total no-brainer, obvious things…

But don’t be fooled.

Pitchers and coaches overlook this stuff ALL the time… and it ends up costing them BIG time.

Okay, so without further ado, here’s my ONE big “secret” for a successful season of domination on the mound…

Ready? Here goes: [h1]Avoid. Crooked. Numbers.[/h1]

Yup, that’s it. Not totally sure what I’m talking about? It’s something a pitching coach of mine preached all the time.

“You don’t get hurt letting up 1’s and 0’s… It’s those crooked numbers, the 3’s and 4’s.”

Put simply, we’re talking about avoiding the BIG inning. Giving up multiple runs…

Nothing ruins an otherwise solid outing faster. We’ve all been there.

You cruise through 4 innings and then give up a 3 (or 5) spot in the 5th.

Or maybe you give have a rough start and give up 4 in the first before settling down and giving up 1 run over the next 5 innings and lose 5-3.
[h3]That ONE bad inning is a killer![/h3]

It’s the difference between a great outing and a ho-hum, close-but-no-cigar performance.

And over the course of a season those add up.

Ask yourself this…

At the end of the season, if you look back at your lines/boxscores from each game, how much BETTER would your numbers be if you eliminated all the crooked numbers and replaced them with 1’s or 0’s?

How many more WINS could you have helped your team get?

How much lower would your ERA be?

It’s the difference between Maddux and AJ Burnett (among other things).

Maddux-Burnett

Burnett’s got  more dominant “stuff”… But Maddux mastered the art of avoiding the big inning. 

It’s difference between a line that looks like this:

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And one that looks like this:

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Seems simple, but it really is incredibly important. Avoiding the big inning can make or break an outing… and by extension, your season and CAREER.

Okay, I think I’ve hammered home the point enough… I can hear you saying, “Okay, I GET it already!”

So now what? Like anything, it’s not just what you know… It’s what you DO with what you know that matters.

So here are TWO super-simple tips to help you AVOID the big inning this season:

[h1]ONE: Get Ahead… and TWO: Don’t Give In[/h1]

That’s it. Almost sounds TOO simple, right? It ain’t… See, pitching doesn’t have to be this big, giant mystery.

And when pitchers get in trouble, it usually boils down to them messing up one (or both) of these two things.

Either they get stuck working behind in the count a lot…

Or they aren’t able to bear down and focus when they get in a jam.

For me, as a young pitcher, I had that second part down…

I knew how to pitch with my back against the wall and get out of a jam.

I THRIVED on it.

But there was a PROBLEM… I was always avoiding contact and pitching behind in the count… And getting myself in more JAMS as a result!

No bueno…

You go that well too many times, sooner or later it’s gonna bite you.

When I got SMART (for me, at least) and started focusing on “forcing contact” instead of trying to miss bats all the time, things got a WHOLE lot easier…

And it really is that simple.

[circle_list] [list_item]Attack the strike zone early.[/list_item] [list_item]Work ahead…[/list_item] [list_item]And don’t fold when the chips are down.[/list_item][/circle_list] Do those TWO things and not only does the game get easier, pitching becomes a lot more FUN. 

Okay, I think I’ll wrap it up there.

As Sean Connory used to say in The Untouchables…

“Here endeth the lesson.”

here-endeth-the-lesson

Until next time…

Committed to Your Pitching Success,

Coach Phil

PS – If you read this far, maybe you wouldn’t mind going one step further. If you liked this post, do me a HUGE favor… Hit one of those buttons to SHARE this post! (Your support is how the BetterPitching community grows)

 

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