As the year draws to a close, it’s always a good time to reflect, assess, and set some meaningful goals. And I’ve written before about the importance of setting goals, being self-motivated and dreaming big. And dreams and goals are important, no doubt about it. But here’s the thing:

[h3]Goals without Action are meaningless…[/h3]  
See, once you have those goals, then it’s about having a plan and taking the necessary action to make those goals and dreams a reality.

[circle_list] [list_item]Maybe your goal is to gain velocity this off-season. How do you plan on doing that?[/list_item] [list_item]Maybe you want to develop a more dynamic, consistent pitching delivery…[/list_item] [list_item]Maybe your goal is to get bigger and stronger…[/list_item] [list_item]Maybe you want to improve your fastball command…
[/list_item] [list_item]Gain a better feel for your off-speed pitches…[/list_item] [list_item]Or maybe it’s adding a new pitch to your arsenal (and getting that pitch game-ready by next season).[/list_item] [/circle_list] [h4]In some ways these things are all linked[/h4]  
A powerful, well-synchronized pitching delivery is a great start for maximizing velocity. But once you have that foundation, getting stronger and more explosive will help you put more force into the ground (and throw harder). A well constructed strength program will also address mobility issues, helping you move better, again improving consistency and velocity.

[h4]But in other ways your training needs to be specific[/h4]  
Just developing “good mechanics” doesn’t guarantee you’ll throw harder. Your training should be tailored to meet the desired end result. If velocity is the goal, you need to work towards that specific goal.

Follow a consistent throwing program. Set benchmarks. Track your progress.

If you want to improve your fastball command, again mechanics play a role, but there’s no substitute for time spent throwing to a target. And it’s not just “throwing strikes.” Work on throwing to a location. Break the strike zone up into quadrants. Spread it out and work on hitting spots off the plate. Up and down, in and out. If you get good at hitting targets outside the zone, you’ll improve your feel and your ability to hit your spots in the zone.

[h5]And let’s say you want to add a new pitch by next season.[/h5]

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Of course learning HOW to throw the pitch is important. But do you have an actual plan for developing it? Or are you just winging it…

For example, one of my high school pitchers is working on adding a good curveball by the spring season (he’s already got a good fastball/changeup combo). And a good curveball is a nasty pitch, but it can also be one of the toughest pitches to master. It takes time, patience and a solid plan of attack.

So he’s using this time of year to work on getting the feel for the pitch while keeping his throwing very light. He’s doing a lot of drill work and getting used to throwing with the right hand and wrist position so he’s getting the right spin on the ball. Then with that feel locked in, he’ll be able to hit the ground running in January and February as he starts gearing up for the season.

And it’s a process, but that good curveball is starting to take shape, and I have no doubt he’ll have that nasty hammer in his toolbox for attacking hitters next season. And a lot of what he learns in this process are things he’ll be able to use later for working on developing any pitch.

[h4]Dream big. Set goals. Take action.[/h4] [hr] PS – if you’re interested in the exact process you can use for developing a nasty Curveball, stay tuned… I’ve got something special coming soon that you won’t want to miss.

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