My quest for developing a velocity enhancement and arm care program began when I watched my son play baseball and go through the recruiting process. I watched him watch his teammates get scholarship offers and all the while I overheard college coaches say they liked him and his make-up, but just wished he threw it harder.
My belief at the time was that throwing a baseball at a top velocity was all genetics. Either you were born to throw it at the top velocities or you weren’t. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Everything changed for me, my son and my coaching beliefs when I read an article on Trevor Bauer and the Texas Baseball Ranch. We went to Texas for a weekend camp and I was introduced to Ron Wolforth at the Texas Baseball Ranch. He taught me that although genetics does determine where an athlete starts, with the right training program and work ethic, he can learn to throw it with greater velocity and all the while have a stronger, healthier, more durable arm.
I began my private instruction in the summer of 2013. Since that time we have seen our athletes gradually increase their velocities and currently have 3 players just outside joining our 90+ MPD Club.
Randy Sullivan and Alan Jaeger have also influenced my teachings. Randy is the owner of the ARMory Pitching Academy in Florida. He has taught me the importance of a physical assessment to determine Functional Movement and Physical Anatomy Constraints. More importantly, he taught me exercises to eliminate or reduce those constraints. Alan taught me his renowned long toss program and his mental training program. I believe his arm circle, surgical tubing band routine and his long toss program are essential to developing a healthy arm. The mental training that we now incorporate into our training program is second to none thanks to Jaeger Sports.
As Coach Wolforth often says, “We believe that with deliberate practice YOU can be better tomorrow than YOU were today....and if you put enough tomorrows together....you can literally change the direction of your life. You can dream as BIG as your work ethic will allow.”
A special thank you to Ron Wolforth, Randy Sullivan, and Alan Jaeger for your contributions to our training program is far greater than you know.
Contact us at 1-855-LONGTOS or [email protected] to schedule your first lesson and start down the path of making your baseball dreams a reality.
Head Coach South Ripley High School
The experience was great, Dan does a great job communicating with the kids and parents in what he wants or expects. The mental part is a great thing for kids these days as we all know some have a different mindset than we use to have when we played.
I am very likely to attend another LTI event. It is a great program that is very focused on the improvement of players. I improved and I would like to keep improving.
Head Coach Shawe Memorial High School
There is more to baseball than just hitting, catching, and fielding skills. This brings kids into a whole different thought process about pitching and arm conditioning. Long Toss Indiana creates a new player that thinks more than just doing. Understanding what they are doing and why is paramount to getting that extra edge and excelling above the average.
Being an outfielder throwing long distance is something expected. So I feel like I can throw harder and faster because of this program.
Head Coach Seymour High School
It is first class. This is the best training I have seen for arm strength/arm conditioning and the mental side of baseball. The training is awesome, the communication is awesome and the passion for the game is evident in both Dan and Jason. Long Toss Indiana is going to take the players to the next level and I believe that it will improve whole teams due to the competition it creates. I know here at Seymour the players are talking about it every day. Players are asking each other what they threw the night before and it has created an atmosphere of improvement and wanting to get better. I think Long Toss Indiana is going to continue to grow and change the level of baseball in Southern Indiana and beyond.
My game has improved the most in pitching because Long Toss Indiana teaches how to finish your throw and how to throw it harder.