The best drills in baseball

godwindrillCliff Godwin, Ole Miss

Played at East Carolina University; has prior coaching experience at UNC-Wilmington, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, LSU and Central Florida

“Here are a few drills our guys do every single day before they ever have a live pitch thrown to them:

1. Fungo swings- toss up the ball and hit 10-15 balls with a fungo to get loose. Try to hit line drives.

2. High tee drill series- set tee up away to start with and go “no-low half” where you’re eliminating the lower half where you’ve already taken your stride and both your feet are on the ground. You can either have your hands in a normal position or put them out on their front shoulder (front shoulder load).

The whole basis of the drill is to eliminate the lower half and produce three head-high line drives over the opposite-field infielder’s head. [Our players at Ole Miss] have to do three in a row and that’s what I really take pride in, getting our guys to do that, because anybody can produce one line drive and move on to the next step, but it’s not consistent. Once they do that, they take swings regularly off the high tee away and do three in a row there. Then we move the tee to the middle and finally to the inner half, repeating the same sequence: Continue reading

Karl Kuhn interview

karlkuhnCoaching journey…

Everybody takes a different path, and mine started right after playing at the University of Florida. I went back to my old high school in Gainesville and I coached there for two years. Then I went back to my old junior college, Valencia, and I coached there for a year. While I was doing that, I met Brian Reese, who had just gotten the job at Bethune-Cookman. He put me in touch with Randy Mazey, who was leaving Clemson after getting the head job at Charleston Southern. I was Randy Mazey’s first assistant at Charleston Southern for three years and we ended up winning a conference championship. Once we did that we both moved on and ironically enough, Brian Reese had left Bethune-Cookman for Arkansas-Little Rock. I went with him out there and we inherited a program that went 6-23, had seven pitchers on the staff and played at a city park. In seven years we kind of rewrote the record books at UALR, raised over a half-a-million dollars for a new field and one Thanksgiving, Brian and I actually put in a brand new AstroTurf infield ourselves. We were the jack of all trades.

Along the way, our basketball coach at UALR was Porter Moser, who played at Creighton around the same time Brian O’Connor played baseball there. I was going on a recruiting trip to Notre Dame and Porter told me to say hello to [O’Connor], and that’s how I met Brian O’Connor. We became great friends on the road, he helped me out with a couple players, and we actually played in the Notre Dame San Antonio tournament the year they went to the College World Series. He eventually got the head job at Virginia and called me up and I’ve been here ten years.

On drills…

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Tom House’s Velocity Plus Program will be a gamechanger in multiple sports

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????Our latest edition of Coaches’ Corner features longtime pitching guru Tom House and his latest innovation, the Velocity Plus Program. The program has made an instant impact on the baseball diamond and already has some of football’s biggest stars- Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Joe Flacco, to name a few- utilizing its methods. In addition to detailing how the Velocity Plus Program has resurrected the careers of pitchers who thought it was all over, this Q&A session with House also explores how the program has gotten overwhelmingly unprecedented results and what makes it so much more effective than others.

Inside Pitch: What observations led to the development of the Velocity Plus Program? Continue reading

Dueling Aces: Tom House & Alan Jaeger

While ‘defense wins championships’ is a common cliché that has reverberated throughout the sports world, it’s a virtual non-argument that it’s hard to do much in baseball without a deep and talented pitching staff.

With the emergence of a multitude of unique yet seemingly momentary training programs, two names remain firmly carved into the Mount Rushmore of pitching gurus: Tom House and Alan Jaeger.

House has spent the greater part of his life in the game as a major league player, a pitching coach, a researcher and a motivator. Jaeger has experience as a coach, a personal trainer, and a consultant.

House has Masters degrees in marketing and performance psychology. Jaeger has teaching-training backgrounds in Yoga, Zen and Taoism.

House is the founder and CEO of the National Pitching Association, which provides pitchers, parents and coaches with 3-D motion analysis, functional strength screens, mental/emotional profiles and nutritional assessments. Jaeger has penned his own mental training book, “Getting Focused, Staying Focused,” and produced a DVD, “Thrive On Throwing.”

House spent time as a volunteer assistant at Southern Cal. Jaeger has worked closely with the folks at Vanderbilt, Cal-State Fullerton, Oregon, UCLA, and the Texas Rangers.

Deep and talented pitching staffs? Look no further than these two. House has tutored Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Mark Prior, Robb Nen, and Kevin Brown in the past, along with countless others that are currently pitching professionally. Jaeger has worked with the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Dan Haren, Cole Hamels, Andrew Bailey, Trevor Bauer and more.

House is known as the “Father of Modern Pitching Mechanics,” while Jaeger aims to “merge the mechanics of the Western athlete with the insight of the Far Eastern mind.

Inside Pitch had the wonderful opportunity to catch up with House and Jaeger to get some of their thoughts on pitching.

Inside Pitch: Briefly describe your throwing program and the methods behind it. Continue reading