Before we begin our training, we must first find out WHAT we need to train. As one of my mentors, Ron Wolforth says, “In order to get where we want to go, we must first know where we are right now.” The first step in our training is to find out what constraints the pitcher has at the present moment.
First we conduct a head to toe physical analysis conducted by an Exercise Science college professor who specializes in athletic enhancement. We are looking for physical constraints which are limiting this pitcher’s ability to perform at his highest level.
Next we take a video analysis of the pitching delivery. Again, we are looking for movement constraints limiting the pitcher’s performance. We understand that no two pitchers in the history of the game have ever thrown a ball exactly the same way. We will not use a one size fits all method, we are looking for inefficiencies and movement constraints.
We will use a world class pitcher’s bootcamp workout to help the pitcher build a bigger motor. In other words we are going to add speed, strength, flexibility, mobility and power to key areas of the body to increase velocity and strength in the pitcher to make him more powerful and athletic.
The fourth step is designing a program the pitcher can use to help eliminate the constraints found in the physical analysis and the video assessment. We understand that this will need to be changed and improved as the athlete changes and develops. Strengths and weaknesses will be gained and lost in certain areas as his body develops and we will tweak the program as necessary.
And finally, but just as importantly, our fifth step is our mental training. We model our mental training after the program developed by Alan Jaeger. Many coaches often say they want mentally tough players, but do they ever teach them HOW to be mentally tough? We train the athlete in areas of visualization, focusing, blocking out distractions, positive self-talk, and overcoming adversity.
If you have the desire to attempt to eliminate your physical constraints, movement constraints, build a more powerful, athletic pitcher, and develop the mental skills to succeed at the next level…….YOU HAVE FOUND THE RIGHT PLACE TO TRAIN!!!!
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.