Monday, December 25, 2017

The “why’s” drive pitching success.

Pro Pitching Institute

Mind your Pitching.

Central to everything you do throughout your life, your body is driven to keep you safe by keeping your body in balance. Your mind continually monitors and repositions your body parts to keep your core upright and centered between your hips.

Balance beams mirror pitching.

As examples, think about how your body takes over your arm movements when you walk a balance beam, how when you go over a pebble when riding your bike your arms instinctively move your front wheel in the right direction or how when you walk down a flight-of-stairs and take a bad step how your arms reach out to keep your from falling over. Each one proves your subconscious monitoring system natural, before you can even think to make the adjustment, uses your arms to keep/get your body in balance.

Enhanced pitching performances.

Your instinctive drive to stay in balance doesn't just disappear when your motion demands you balance yourself on one foot. It's always there, but it's up to an Accountable Pitching Coach to use your drive to enhance your pitching performances.

An accountable Pitching Coach puts your body in harmony with itself and puts you in a position to make influential baseball people recognize how your sustainability will be an asset to his Team.

Skip Fast,
Alliance of Accountable Pitching Coaches
Chief Learning Officer
Web:
www.propitchinginstitute.com/pitching-alliance.html 
E-mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248


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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Accountable Pitching Coaches promote early rotation.

Pro Pitching Institute

Pitching rotation.

There’s only one way to make your throwing action into a spontaneous reaction to your lower body movements... rotate your lower body before your front foot hits the ground.

Pitching inefficiency.

With both feet on the ground, to get any hip movement, an Accountable Coach understands your throwing side shoulder needs to pull your back hip forward.  An Accountable Pitching Coach who sees this happen instantly recognizes, instead of your throwing arm reacting to your lower body movements, your independent throwing arm action makes you much less effective than you can be.

Effective pitching responses.

However, for an Accountable Coach to get your throwing arm to instinctively respond to your lower body gyrations, he positions your body to rotate before your front foot hits the ground.  By doing this, an Accountable Coach gives you one option… he’s forcing a spontaneous throwing arm reaction to bring your throwing hand through a surprisingly sustainable and very competitive release window.
Feel like you miss your target over the plate too often? Feel like your opponent controls you? Feel like you’re always working on your arm slot?  … then, to make your throwing action a spontaneous reaction to your lower body movements, spend a half hour with an Accountable Coach.

Skip Fast, Alliance of Accountable Pitching Coaches
Executive Director
Web: www.propitchinginstitute.com/pitching-alliance.html E-mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com

Cell or Text: 856-524-3248



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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Is your pitching bullpen plan productive?

Pro Pitching Institute

Pitching is like dominoes.

Routines mimic falling dominoes.  You begin with your first domino (an athletic position), you add a little energy (an action takes you out of your position) and all the dominoes fall (your body reacts).

Pitching practice.

With a well thought out practice routine, you walk away from each practice session knowing what position and movement produces better results than your present competitive level requires. Next, you take your practice routine into competition, see what you need to improve and use your next practice session to remove any competitive flaws.

A pitching misconception.

Most athletes waste their time thinking they can change the movements without addressing how they begin their movements. Such an approach organizes your practice sessions around a “feel”, not a process. “Feels” aren’t repeatable.  In competition, a “feel” isn’t something you do, it’s something you must rediscover.  

A routine is something you do, gives you a foundation to build upon and give you a platform to systematically improve your results.   


Develop a routine.

Develop a routine, you feel safe. become productive and come to expect the higher-level outcomes you see in practice. Your body operates at full capacity, you can relax while you excel and your motion tells everyone you’re ready to compete at a higher level than every other pitcher around you.

Skip Fast,
Director – National Coaching Network
Professional Pitching Institute

Web: www.propitchinginstitute.com
E-mail:
skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text:
856-524-3248

Copyright © 2017, The Pro Pitching Institute.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pitchers, get yourself ready for MLB attention!

Your pitching motion blueprint. 

Once you set your feet, your in-built urge to stay in balance reads your foot placements to determine (1) your body position at the top of your front leg lift, then your spontaneous urge to stay in balance uses (2) your body position at the top of your front leg lift to control your throwing arm path.

Eye-hand coordinated vs. Lower body driven pitching results. 

When you involve your urge to stay in balance too early in your motion, you lose your lower body and eye-hand coordination produces your results. You tend to miss your target over the plate much more frequently than MLB Pitchers who use their lower body drives your results.

Pitches drifting over plate. 

#1 MLB Starters miss their target over the plate much less frequently than other Pitchers. Not coincidentally, these #1 MLB Starters use their lower body to drive their superior performances.

Pitching Solutions. 

We use Facetime, Facebook Messenger and Skype to see your real-time reactions and give you ways to adjust your foot placements to better engage your lower body and become MLB ready.
The Minor League Pitchers who have asked for help and received promotions used this simple format to elevate themselves to prospects status within their respective organizations.
Skip Fast,
Director – National Coaching Network
Professional Pitching Institute
Web: www.propitchinginstitute.com
E-mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248


Copyright © 2017

The Pro Pitching Institute.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Who has the advantage… pitcher or hitter?

Pitcher have an advantage.

To have an advantage over the hitter, you use your lower body to place each pitch into your Catcher’s target. 
  • ·         No matter the grip or release, every pitch shows a fastball throwing arm speed, comes out of the same release window and goes into the Catcher’s target with extremely late ball movement
  • ·         Your Team bases their selection on movements and locations known to challenge the Hitter to make solid contact with your offerings and you produce.

Hitters control the Pitcher.

The hitter controls you when your easily managed starting position causes you to complete your front leg lift with your back shoulder off your target line.
  • ·         Your back-shoulder position forces you to hope your eye-hand coordination is enough to get you through each at bat.
  • ·         You try to throw pitches in specific locations, but, because you struggle to hit your spots, the most patient hitters merely wait to drive a pitch that misses over the plate.

Pitchers, want to be dominant? 

Ask us what simple adjustments to make that’ll instantly get you on the path to the dominance you’ve always dreamed of having.

Skip Fast,
Director – National Coaching Network
Professional Pitching Institute


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The Pro Pitching Institute.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hey Pitching Coach ... "what's wrong with you?"

Expectations vs. Actual Accomplishments

You expect your Coach to teach you “greatness”, to get you to pass the eye test and to produce higher level performances than your present level demands.

Every Coach sees the potential for and talks to your future “greatness”, but there’s a huge difference between your Coach seeing and talking about your “greatness” and your actual results.

Reasons are based in fact, excuses aren’t.

There’s always a fact-based reason your results don’t match your potential.  Because untrained Coaches won’t know these reasons, these Coaches have one option… blame someone/something else for you not doing as well as expected and doom the high-level success you’ve always dreamed you’d achieve.

To experience “greatness”, work with a Coach who won’t make excuses, is knowledgeable enough to correct any unacceptable trends and hold themselves accountable for your performances.

Our Pitching Solution

We’re putting together a network of exceptional Coaches who want every Student, no matter their age or skill level, to overachieve and who, once trained, are willing to take full responsibility for their Pitcher’s lackluster results.

Should any of this describe you, get in touch with me. I’ll train you how to teach “greatness” and, in the process, to manage a successful, yet profitable, local Pro Pitching Institute Chapter.

Skip Fast,
Director – National Coaching Network
Professional Pitching Institute


Copyright © 2017, The Pro Pitching Institute.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Stabilize your Baseball Pitching Performances

The Science behind your motion:

Your Base of Support. When standing on two feet, your base of support is the area between your two feet. However, with one foot on the ground, your base of support transfers from your feet to your knees.

Your Base of Support and Gravity.
When gravity pushes down within your base of support, your position is stable. When this line of gravity falls outside your base of support, your position is unstable. 
Your inner ear.
Anytime your line of gravity falls outside your base of support, your inner ear repositions your arms until you line of gravity moves within your base of support.

Applying Science to Pitching:
Front leg lift and command.
Sustainable pitching results comes from the stable base you create at the top of your front leg lift keeping your lower body activity free to delivery every pitch into your Catcher’s target.

Recognizing instability.
You finish your front leg lift with your front knee behind your back knee and your inner ear uses your arms for balance and, instead of your lower body producing your results, you hope your eye-to-hand coordination gets the ball near your target.

The solution.
We would spend time adjusting to your current foot placements and back leg orientation to make sure you end your front leg lift in a stable position.

Skip Fast,
Director – National Coaching Network
Professional Pitching Institute


Copyright © 2017, The Pro Pitching Institute.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Forward momentum sends your pitching backwards

Science has a greater impact on your pitching than you realize.

The Science of Pitching

Your Inner Ear
Your inner ear triggers your “fight or flight” response that, the instant any movement works against the earth’s gravitational forces, gets your body back in balance.

Applying Science to Your Pitching

Driving off the rubber.
Your back-leg drive working against gravity tells your inner ear to trigger your “fight or flight” which uses your arms to get your body back in balance.  

Your stride into your foot strike.
Your “fight or flight” response continues to use your arms to balance your body.

Your foot strike.
Your “fight or flight” response uses your back leg to offset your forward momentum.

Your Throwing action and command.
The drag from your back leg on your throwing arm means you’ve lost control over your throwing arm path.

Your Pitching solution.

We teach our students how to lift their front leg and move into their foot strike without pushing against gravity.  From there, we let science force your “fight or flight” response to bring your throwing hand through very sustainable and consistently tiny release window.

Skip Fast,
Director – National Coaching Network
Professional Pitching Institute

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fear of Failure Creates Failure

Why Fear of Failure Creates Failure?

Science has a greater impact on your pitching than you realize.

The Science
Your Inner Ear
Your inner ear monitors your head alignment and, when not level, tells your body to use your arms to get your head back to level.
Sympathetic nervous system
Your sympathetic nervous system uses a “fight or flight” response to keep your body in balance.

How the Science Applies
Fear drives your actions
You fear of an unacceptable next pitch result becomes your lens to your world. Your battle for an acceptable next pitch moves you into "fight" mode.

You “fight” disconnects your sympathetic nervous system from the universal forces influencing the way your inner ear interprets your balance.  Your “fight” response doesn't care what you want to do, but your inner ear says to your body “we need to physically react."

Eliminate Fear
Every outing turns into a series of short-term emergencies.  Eventually, you start looking away from your “fight” response and begin looking toward “flight” response.  Your “flight” resolves the conflict between your “fight or flight” mechanism and the way your inner ear reads your movements.

Your “flight” takes you to a quiet place. During “flight”, you synchronize your movements to use natural forces to influence your inner ear to produce a totally spontaneous and very repeatable throwing action.

Guaranteed Success
By letting science drive your pitching plan, you’re guaranteed to seamlessly and effortlessly produce the high-level results you’ve been searching for all along.

Skip Fast,
Director – National Coaching Network
Professional Pitching Institute


Copyright © 2017, The Pro Pitching Institute.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Out-of- balance pitching balance

Science has a greater impact on your pitching than you realize.

The physical nature of “balance”.
A cylinder resting on one end is in “balance”, but push the top of the cylinder past its base and gravity tips the cylinder over.  

Gravity
Your inner ear constantly monitors your head alignment.  When your inner ear senses your head isn’t level, to get your head back to level, your inner ear instantly takes control of your arms.

How your body deals with your state of “balance” Front Knee
When your front knee comes even with or behind your bellybutton, you balance your weight over your back foot. To move toward your target, you do something to shift your upper body weight to the home plate side your back foot.

Disruptive Throwing action
Your weight shift tilts your head and forces your inner ear to use your throwing arm to get your head back to level. Only after you get your head back of level, which happens at foot strike, can you use your throwing arm to complete your delivery. Your throwing arm works by itself, expands your release window and means you to lose control of where your ball will finish.

The Solution
Use your movements into your front leg lift to keep your head level as you move toward the plate which turns your throwing action into a spontaneous response and gives you the command you need to succeed at the highest levels.

Skip Fast,
Director – National Coaching Network
Professional Pitching Institute

Web: www.propitchinginstitute.com
E-mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

You Have a “Go to” Position You May Not “Go To”?

You Have a “Go to” Position You May Not “Go To”?
You currently talk about “balance”, but, because your Body naturally drives itself in “balance”, merely talking about “balance” without managing your “balance” gives your Body no meaningful direction. Enter your “go to” position.
Your Body’s “go to” position… Your Body is in its “go to” position when your Shoulders/Hips are level and over each other and your Core is straight up and down. 
… and your body’s “go to” response. The instant you move out of your “go to” position, until you get back into your “go to” position, your Body stops listening to the way you want your Body to move! 
You can’t change your “go to” mechanism, but you can use your “go to” response to take you to the next level. You can spend hours trying to force your Body to generate more productive results, but, until you use your predictable “go to” responses to your advantage, the thought of getting your Body to move the way you want remains a work in progress.
Properly managing your “go to” response can make you dominant beyond your wildest dreams. By correctly managing your “go to” responses, with uncanny certainty, you can push your Body to produce a highly efficient, totally spontaneous and extremely repeatable throwing action.

Not accurately managing your “go to” mechanism…
- Keeps you from putting together good back-to-back-to-back outing.
- Causes you to spend hours fixing one thing only to realize you never fixed anything
- Forces your Team to overcome your disruptive “go to” responses.

If any of these career blockers describes you, contact me to discover how proven “go to” management instantly resolves your “go to” issues.

Skip Fast
Director – National Coaching Network
imlookingforapitchingcoach@propitchinginstitute.com
www.propitchinginstitute.com
856-524-3248
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The Pro Pitching Institute.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Successful Pitchers build their motion around their subconscious responses.

Consider the 4 ways your subconscious works.

1. To your subconscious, the only real thing is your present position.  
The good news is that you have complete and total control over your current body position.
2. Your subconscious only acts in the present.
Your subconscious only responds to your current body position.
3. Your subconscious always responds to the same positions in the same way.
Predictable subconscious patterns are built into your brain and, depending upon your current position, determine your future movements.
4. Your subconscious keeps your body in balance.
Your current position combines with your predictable subconscious patterns to determine whether, moving forward, you use your arms or your lower body for balance.

Use your subconscious to your advantage.

In pitching, as your front foot hits the ground, successful subconscious management uses your lower body balance to place all your weight to your glove hand side.

Predictably, with all your weight to your glove hand side, you give your subconscious one and only one way to equalize your weight… apply a rotational force (your hips) to a stationary object (your throwing arm) to use a spontaneous throwing action to bring your body back in balance.

Here's the great news.

As a natural byproduct of using your lower body for balance, without any conscious effort, your subconscious spontaneously produces pinpoint command, enhanced velocity, much later ball movement and, no matter your grip or release, your Opponent thinks you’re throwing a fastball.

Skip Fast
Director – National Coaching Network
imlookingforapitchingcoach@propitchinginstitute.com
www.propitchinginstitute.com
856-524-3248
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The Pro Pitching Institute.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Velocity Doesn’t Define You

All too often your pitching is defined by your velocity and not where your pitch ends up.

Sadly, People make instant conclusions about you as a Pitcher based upon your velocity. 

Even worse, Pitchers with lesser velocity and pinpoint command come to feel inferior to Pitchers who throw harder, but don’t know where their next pitch is going to end up?

You’re led to believe velocity is the end-all-be-all, but, once a hard throwing pitcher moves to the next level, they’re just like everyone else… they throw hard, they don’t know where their next pitch is going to end up and they let their Opponent control them.

Your Coach never visits the mound to tell you “You’re not throwing hard enough”.  His visits are always about command.

Your command comes in one of two forms.
  1.     Spontaneous Command - Command is a spontaneous consequence of the lower body position you create as you move toward your target. Ironically, a natural by-product of a delivery with lower body involvement is enhanced velocity, much later ball movement and, no matter your grip or release, your Opponent seeing a fastball arm speed.
  2.     Forced Command - Command is aiming at a target and hoping the ball goes into that target as you move your throwing arm around your head as quickly as you can.

For those of you who dream of pitching at the highest levels, instead of letting velocity define you as a Pitcher, ask me to teach you how to command your next pitch while I maximize your throwing arm speed.


Skip Fast
Director – National Coaching Network
imlookingforapitchingcoach@propitchinginstitute.com
www.propitchinginstitute.com
856-524-3248

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Pro Pitching Institute Coaching Network Guarantees Sustainable Success

The Pro Pitching Institute Coaching Network Guarantees Sustainable Success

The Pro Pitching Institute’s National Coaching Network
Like the Uber and Airbnb, the Pro Pitching Institute combines an innovative suite of Internet-based solutions with an elite network of Pro Pitching Institute-trained Master Coaches to solve the negatives associated with baseball pitching instruction.

How does our Network help Pitchers?
Every Pitcher has all the tools they need to realize sustainable success. The Master Coaches these tools together to form an extremely sustainable, very efficient and highly competitive delivery.

Our $10 a baseball pitching lessons decisively “fix” a Pitcher’s ball control, let Pitchers always give their Team a chance to win and turn a Pitcher’s mound time into some of the most memorable moments of their life.

We’re Looking to Expand our Coaching Network
The Pro Pitching Institute is expanding their Coaching Network with Coaches who recognize, but struggle to harness, the power of the recurring patterns they know exist within a pitching motion. The Pro Pitching Institute trains every National Coaching Network Coach to use these repetitive patterns to produce the unprecedented ball control that readily designates them as the top Pitching Coach in their area. 

Skip Fast,
National Coaching Network Director

Cell or Text: 856-524-3248

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Rotation without forward movement produces sustainability.



You never know when you’ll begin your throwing action - At the first sign of a forward weight shift, your subconscious uses your throwing arm to counterbalance your weight shift. Until your subconscious it senses your lower body is your center of balance, you continue using your throwing arm for balance. At the point where your body is back in balance, your subconscious frees your throwing arm to complete your delivery.

We don’t know of any Coach who knows how to teach a Pitcher to move down the mound and into their foot plant at the exactly same rate all the time. Even a fraction of a second difference from one pitch to the next translates to the Pitcher missing their last pitch release point by a ½ inch and their location by 3 inches.  Missing your target by 3 inches means, at the highest levels, the Pitcher gives their Opponent an opportunity to drive the ball.

You begin your throwing action at the same time all the time - Sustainability comes from using one rotation at the same time on every pitch that’ll force your subconscious to spontaneously take your throwing hand through the same productive path.

By teaching Pitchers to end your front leg lift using your lower body for balance, the Sustainability Network allows the Pitcher to rotate their body into their foot plant at the same point all the time which, to their body back in balance, uses their subconscious to spontaneously bring their throwing hand through the same tiny release window.

Sustainability comes from using a Pitcher’s throwing arm not for offsetting a forward weight shift, but to bring their body back to balance after they rotate out of your lower body balanced front leg lift.

Skip Fast,
Professional Pitching Institute
Sustainability Network Team Leader
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248

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The Pro Pitching Institute.

Monday, June 12, 2017

There is only ONE way to fix a motion.

What you see when you look at a motion are behaviors.

A “behavior” is a reaction to an action.

Your wasting your time trying to change a “behavior” by changing the “behavior”?

The Sustainability Network makes the behaviors you see more efficient, more functional and more sustainable by addressing the action causing the behavior you want to change.

In fact, when you know what to look for, the way you see your body behave tells you which actions you need to address.

Become a Sustainability Network Member today!!!

As a Network Member, you use the 5 Core Behaviors to point you to the one action that’ll improve a Pitcher’s effectiveness, execution and sustainability. 

Skip Fast,
Professional Pitching Institute
Sustainability Network Team Leader
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Elite pitchers focus on their motion, not their results.


When a pitcher’s results are unacceptable, they adjust their motion. Their motion’s efficiency, functionality and sustainability becomes only as good as their most acceptable last pitch result.
For any pitcher to distinguish themselves, they become more efficient than other pitchers, make their movements more functional than other pitchers and show greater sustainability than other pitchers. 
Pitchers who make efficiency, functionality and sustainability their goal are offered more next-level opportunities than pitchers who live and die by their last pitch result. 

Efficient – A pitcher’s organized and systematic movements waste no energy.
- Efficient pitchers use their front leg lift to produce lower body balance and their core rotation to trick your body into producing unbelievably exceptional results.

Functional – Rather than whether a pitcher’s motion looks right, the best pitchers design their motion to effectively use their core to produce their results.
- Pitchers with a core-driven approach magically produce next-level results and, because they realize they can’t produce better results than they do through their core-driven delivery, they stop trying to make their motion look the way someone else says their motion should look. 
Sustainable – The elite pitchers know how to maintain their results from one pitch to the next and from season to season.
- These pitchers use their efficient and functional core-driven responses to simply and systematically maintain their results.
I turn inefficient, dysfunctional and unsustainable arm-driven deliveries into an efficient, functional and sustainable core-driven motions.  Contact me to show the pitchers you know what I can do for them.

Skip Fast
Independent Major League Pitching Consultant
Pro Pitching Institute
skip@propitchinginstitute.com
856-524-3248

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ever wonder what differentiates an exceptional pitcher from everyone else... well, wonder no more!

Ever wonder what differentiates an exceptional pitcher from everyone else... well, wonder no more! 

A Core-Driven Motion - The answer is quite simple. Elite #1 MLB Starters and multiple year Cy Young winners use their lower body for balance.  Their lower body balance keeps their arms uninvolved with their balance and lets them use their lower body rotation to move their throwing arm into an exceptional and easily repeated release window.

A Common Arm-Driven Motion - Some correctable movement causes a weight shift.  To offset your weight shift, you use your arms for balance. Worst yet, using your arms for balance stops any lower body rotation, delays your throwing hand into release and signals your Team that you're extremely replaceable.


Pitching is a balance sport.
A lot of balance and a little effort defines your core-driven motion and results. The balance that produces a core-driven delivery occurs at the top of your front leg lift. At the top of your front leg lift, our 5 pitching competencies put your body in a position where gravity becomes a non-factor and your lower body becomes your primary source of balance. In fact, what separates your core-driven motion from any arm-driven delivery is your lower body balance. Our 5 pitching competencies focus on and teach you how to use your legs and hips for balance.
To elevate your arm-driven motion into core-driven delivery, ask for our help.
Skip Fast
Pro Pitching Institute
Major League Pitching Consultant
skip@propitchinginstitute.com
856-524-3248

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How to change your motion without changing your motion.

Your worst outcomes come from your working release point being different from your most competitive release point.

Physically, the motions where you experience a difference between these two release points means you used your throwing arm for balance.

Visually, with a disconnect between these two release point, means you see your pitch finish way away from your intended.

The way your body works, there's only one spot that causes you to use your throwing arm for balance... your initial foot placements.

By changing your foot placements, we eliminate you using your throwing arm for balance as much as you do, make your working release come through your most competitive release point more often and do all of the above without changing your motion.

By adjusting your foot placements, we make your worst pitches finish closer to your target, reduce the times your working release misses your most competitive release and do all of the above without changing the motion that got you where you are today.

When you change your initial foot placements for the better, you become competitive at the next-level right now!!!

L.A. "Skip" Fast
Independent Major League Consultant
Pro Pitching Institute
skip@propitchinginstitute.com
856-524-3248