The Dirty Little Secrets Nobody Talks
About in Gaining Velocity for Pitchers….
How to Become a More
Explosive, Athletic, & Powerful Pitcher
Dear Baseball Enthusiast,
In visiting with the Former
Major League Pitcher and Pitching Coach, Brent
Strom, we asked him “What are professional scouts
looking for in baseball players?” His response was
immediate…almost without thought… “The first thing
we look for in a pitcher AND a position player is
‘speed…arm speed…bat speed…foot speed. For pitchers
in particular, we are looking for a live, dynamic,
loose, whip-like arm action. Bottom line, if the
young man’s arm isn’t explosive…even if he is great
at getting people out…he will never, ever get on our
The Truth Sometimes Sounds
But if You’re Smart…
Let’s take a look at the
significance of what he just said. In all frankness
and candor, if you aren’t SERIOUSLY developing and
enhancing your ability to throw harder…and
harder…and harder on a daily, weekly and monthly
basis…your already slim chances at professional
baseball evolve to almost zero. That probably sounds
harsh. But it is the truth. It is the reality of
moving up at almost any level in baseball.
In truth, if you have read
this far…instinctively you know what I just said is
true. You know that on a team of 12 year olds…the
one who throws the hardest will be treated
differently…he will be given more time to get lined
up…he will be given more chances to fail. Another 12
year old who is identical in every other performance
measure (strike %, ERA, BB/K ratio, Hits/ Innings
pitched etc.) but throws 8 mph slower…will be pulled
sooner… and will get far fewer chances to ‘right his
ship’ if he struggles. THAT is simply reality. Fair
or unfair, that is the way it has always been…and
that is the way it will always remain.
Time’ Insurance Policy: Velocity
Another truth: Every
pitcher…at every level will at times struggle
getting people out. For many softer throwers, this
time of struggle occasionally becomes a death knoll.
Meaning that if you…the softer thrower… struggle a
little bit …they may put you on the shelf
indefinitely…or until you ‘go away’. At the BioForce
Academy we recognize that velocity can be our
pitcher’s primary insurance policy.
If you are in the top 25% of
velocity for your age group…you will almost always
have a ‘job’. That doesn’t mean you can’t make it as
a softer thrower…Jamie Moyer, Randy Jones and Tom
Glavine have proved that you can…but the room for
error is exponentially smaller without good
velocity. People rarely will have enough patience to
see you through those absolutely inevitable periods
of struggle or needed development if you don’t have
something substantial coming out of your arm.
If you know velocity is
critical…& I know it is critical…surely other
baseball people also have to know it. Why then do
most instructors never seem to talk about how to
dirty little secrets nobody talks about velocity
Most instructors & lessons
givers certainly do realize that velocity is
critical…and although most would never admit it…they
really aren’t sure exactly how to improve it.
* To 80% of all
instructors of pitching, velocity is a mystical,
mysterious thing. When talking about improving
it…Most will say something vague and smacking of
profound wisdom like… ‘use his legs and hips
more…lift weights…get bigger…drop down…more over
the top…push off more…throw more long toss…etc.
The same old warn out clichés.
* Another 15% simply throw
up the white flag and try to talk you into the
fact that ‘velocity is genetic’…or ‘you can’t
teach speed’…or…sound like a Real Estate Agent
and say the key to pitching is ‘location,
And the Truth IS….
Velocity is indeed a very
complex component. Here are some facts about
Velocity is a composite of
many different variables…namely skill specific
strength, body part alignment, body part sequencing
and most importantly, body part synchronization.
With the right program we can address all of these
simultaneously. As a matter of fact…addressing them
simultaneously is by far and away the most effective
Velocity certainly has a
genetic component. But velocity also has a motor
learning component as well as a neuromuscular
component. Since we may never truly understand or be
able to quantify our true genetic potential…if we
truly wish to make significant gains in velocity we
must go to work on and trust in the other two and
disregard any estimates or limitations upon our
Many, many times our
preconceived, self-imposed limitations of what is
possible… IS THE PROBLEM. Simply put, we most often
get in our own way. We underachieve. We accept only
being a mere % of our true potential. And a lot this
starts with a “some just don’t have the genes to
throw hard” malarkey.
Velocity can be improved…and
IS being improved on a daily basis in a few select
places and by a few select people around the USA.
The BioForce Baseball Academy is one of those few
Velocity is by far and away
the #1 determining factor in whether a pitcher moves
up to the next level or not. It doesn’t matter if
that level is travel ball, HS, JC, Div I college or
from low A to Major League. The conversation between
coaches, scouts, pitching coordinators and GM’s
begins with velocity. Now is it the only factor?
Heavens no! But anyone who would suggest velocity
isn’t #1 is simply not being truthful.
Mooney, let’s just say everything you’ve said so far
is 100% true. So what do we do? Where do we turn to?
What are our options?
Let’s talk turkey! The average
pitching lesson in the USA consists primarily about
imparting upon the student the instructor’s
interpretation of what ideal ‘mechanics’ are. You’ve
seen it. “This is how I did it…or this is how Nolan
Ryan (fill in the professional model of your choice)
did it”… There are several problems with this
1) No two people agree on
exactly what ‘ideal’ mechanics are. Big problem.
2) Teaching ‘mechanics’
typically turns into teaching a personal
preference or a preferred style or form. Bigger
3) Teaching a preferred
style or form typically has nothing what so ever
to do with improving or enhancing the 4 major
contributors to velocity (strength, alignment,
sequencing and synchronization). Biggest
Bottom Line: Thousands
of Young Pitching Athletes ALL over the US who ‘look
better’ to the ‘eye’ of the instructor…(they should
look better to this person- look who taught him his
form)…BUT…BUT in a game…show no significant sign of
improved performance. What is Your Recourse…What are
BioForce’s “How to
Become a More
Explosive, Athletic, & Powerful Pitcher” DVD.
* At BioForce we don’t
teach a style or a form or a personal
preference. This old stale method of instruction
is why most NEVER throw 90mph.
* At BioForce we cut to
the chase. We spend all of our time working on
the 4 major contributors to velocity. We get
* Our unique reverse
progression throwing drills will help your motor
learning like never before.
* How do you improve
results? You measure them.
* At BioForce, we are all
about training your body specific to the
On this DVD, you’ll meet
Sean Cochran, Elite Athlete Trainer. He’ll show
you some great power training drills to help
build that explosive strength you need.
What does one BioForce
Parent say about their experience?
"I would highly
recommend the BioForce system to anyone that is
serious about reaching their pitching potential.
The instruction is first rate with an emphasis
on strengthening individual weaknesses. We are
so impressed with the program and instructors
that we drive 3 ½ hours round trip for the
opportunity to train at the BioForce Academy."
Father of BioForce Elite Program pitcher
Now, in our area, the typical
private lesson fee is anywhere from $40 to $70 per
half hour. With our DVD, you will receive almost a
full hour of instruction as well as many of our
results oriented drills and as a special bonus,
several explosive conditioning drills from Elite
trainer, Sean Cochran.
To get this much private
instruction and information with me and Sean could
cost you over $250. So, the $39.99 price of this DVD
is a small fraction of what you would typically pay
for this incredible information.
If you’ve ever wanted to
improve your pitching velocity…well here is your
chance. The time is now…
PS. Don’t buy into the fact
that others say velocity isn’t the answer or it
can’t be taught or enhanced. You know velocity in
and of itself is not the answer…but it sure helps.