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My Secret Mission

Dear BioForce Faithful,

“Are you ok?”

“Haven’t heard from you in a few months.”

“What are you doing?”

All are valid questions. Questions I’ve been getting from many of you, and I thank you for reaching out. To keep my answer short and sweet, I’ve been on a mission. No, not the type where there are weapons and bad guys, but a baseball mission.

In recent months, we’ve had all sorts of challenges with computer hard drives, shopping cart delivery systems, and a few other unmentionables. And for those of you that we’ve struggled with on your orders, my apologies. We have fixed our challenges and are moving forward positively!

And my latest secret mission has been to create a different baseball experience.

And I’m about to announce the first step in that process.

I am looking for three volunteers to be part of my experiment. Three dedicated baseball players that are willing to put in the time and effort the next few weeks to improve their mechanics dramatically and quite possibly change their baseball career in ways beyond what they have dreamed of.

I am going to help these three players personally. And they can be located anywhere in the world. We are going to use our video evaluation and locker system to help you become your best coach. And you, as part of the BioForce Faithful, can help me. How?

By following this process along on the internet, asking questions, and encouraging these three young players along the way. I’ll explain more as we move along.

But first, here are my requirements to be considered one of the fortunate three:

1) First, you will need to have a digital camera to be able to video tape a swing, or pitching delivery.

2) Secondly, you will need to download my free video software with the link below.

3) Third, you will need to be able to connect your camera with your computer to be able to upload the clip via our software. Sorry, I can’t accept clips any other way for this exercise.

4) Fourth, I would like to have three short paragraphs on why you want to participate in the program and what you need the most help with on your hitting. No more than 200 words.

5) Next, let me know if you have access to a radar gun or not. Preference will be given to those who have access to a radar gun for training purposes.

6) Lastly, you will have to give me permission to post your videos on the internet. We will only use first names of the players and what city they are from.

Here is the video download link…..

http://tinyurl.com/bioforcesoftware

I am looking for good quality video clips. For hitting I need ONE swing from the front view (meaning looking at the player’s chest at address) and another from the umpires perspective. Please zoom in enough to see the entire body in the shot and it fills up most of the screen. But I need to be able to see the entire players body, heat, toes, and bat.

I will be accepting these clips between now and end of day on September 25th, so get busy filming!

I will start posting the videos on our Facebook page immediately after selecting the three volunteers. After that, I will be posting their progress on Facebook at lease once per week, for 5 weeks.

http://www.facebook.com/BioForceBaseball

What’s the winner get? More on that later. Can’t give it all away in one email.

In the meantime, you’ll be hearing from me either in writing like this, or with a video tip. Be sure to become a fan of BioForce Baseball on Facebook.

Keep Training Like a Champion Today!

Bill Mooney

Coach Bill Mooney

P.S. Don’t forget to download the free software at… http://tinyurl.com/bioforcesoftware

Dear BioForce Faithful, 

It’s been a little longer coming than I wanted, but we are ready to go with our video baseball pitching and hitting tips. 

My first one? Well, I’ve had a lot of emails and requests from readers how to use their own video clips from home to evaluate their pitching or hitting mechanics. 

So, I’ve put this video clip together using my video evaluation software and posted in on a page within the BioForce Baseball website. 

I’ve also included a couple of special offers on this page. You can download the free home version of our software and you can take advantage of an offer I made to the Jugs Sports customers for a video evaluation completed by BioForce. 

So, click on the link below and watch my tip on how to use video to help with your pitching mechanics and hitting mechanics. 

www.bioforcebaseball.com/jugs.shtml 

I’d love to hear your feedback or questions. Let’s get a dialog going on this subject! 

Train Like a Champion Today! 

Coach Bill Mooney 

P.S. Check us out on Facebook now! Type in BioForce Baseball and become a fan today! 

www.bioforcebaseball.com/jugs.shtml

Dear BioForce Faithful,

 

Do you ever sit on a bench at the mall and watch people go by? How about when you are waiting for a plane at the airport? Do you people watch?

 

I suppose you are like me and everyone else… we create assessments of people as they go by. “Gee, that person looks like they are in a good mood.” “That person looks like a lawyer.”  “That person probably shouldn’t be eating those French fries.” Am I the only one that does this?

 

I doubt it.

 

What about your coach….or if you are the coach? What about you?

 

I’d like to share a couple of stories about my two boys during their baseball careers.

 

First, my oldest son Bryce, was pretty good during high school. After a great first game on JV as a freshman, the head coach pulled him up to varsity to pitch. This was at a large high school that actually made the playoffs that year, so it wasn’t a slouch team. Bryce was only 14 at the time. I didn’t think about the social ramifications of him playing with some 18 year olds. Oh well, he seems to be ok now.

 

What does this have to do with assessments? You can imagine a young, physically immature 14 year old playing with 18 year olds. He was small, ran slower, and didn’t have the power at bat like some of the other kids. But he could play.

 

What happened over the next couple of years was very interesting. His sophomore year, the coach let him hit a little, but not a ton. The coach pinch ran for him when he had the opportunity. But was it justified? I don’t think so, but I’m the dad and have my own filters. But does a .375 batting average sound too bad? That summer, Bryce got pulled in a tournament game as he was 6 for 10 in the previous 3 games with 9 RBI’s. At that point, the team scored a total of 11 or 12 runs. Yes, he had the bulk of the teams RBI’s.

 

Why was he pulled? I believe it was the coach’s filters toward him. His perspective of Bryce was that he was slow and didn’t hit well. He even told Bryce that after the series that he pulled him to put in a stronger hitter. The team was batting about .150 that series by the way.

 

The next year, his junior year, Bryce led the team in doubles and was one off for the home runs lead if my memory serves me. About half way through the season, Bryce asked the coach if he could steal him more. He told him he was too slow. After having enough of that, Bryce called him on the foot speed.

 

Bryce asked for a foot race with the team. So, after all the guys ran, he ended up being the second or third fastest on the team. What do you think happened? Bryce started stealing a lot more bases.

 

Do I fault the coach? Is he a bad coach? No. It’s just what happens. We all have filters about other people. It takes a lot to change the coach’s filter of you.

 

Another example is my younger son Craig. His freshman year in college went very well. Hi ERA was .150 I believe. Among the best of the returning pitchers. His strike out to walk ratio was very good too. The opponent’s batting average against him was very low as well. And he wasn’t given the garbage innings either.

 

Fast forward to the fall of his sophomore year. He fully expected to participate in a sophomore showcase to help players move on to larger colleges the next year. But when it came time for the showcase, he was the only sophomore pitcher to not be on the roster. He was crushed. He had been looking forward to that for a year. He was wondering why.

 

I encouraged him to talk with the head coach about his concerns and he eventually did. What was the coach’s response? He told Craig that his numbers last year weren’t very good. We all thought his numbers were excellent and looking at the year-end totals, they were very good. I asked him if he talked to the coach about his numbers, and he did not.

 

What was it then? Well, Craig isn’t the hardest thrower on the team. But he is one of the better pitchers on the team. Again, I think a coach’s filter may have been a factor in the decision to not put him on the roster. We’ll never know, but a lesson learned.

 

I encouraged him to go over his numbers last year with the coach to help change the filter. He is reluctant to do that. He wants to just come out this spring on fire like he did last year and try and “re-filter” the coach. It could take a long time to change the coach’s filter though without sitting down and talking about it.

 

If this is you, then I think that’s what you need to do though is “re-filter.”

 

It’s tough to change a coach’s perspective and opinion of you, but it can be done.

 

You do need to talk with the coach. Keep communicating with him. Make sure he is involved in your learning and progress.

 

And for you coaches that might be reading this… challenge your status-quo. Work hard to remove your filters.

 

Like President Reagan to Gorbechev, “Tear down this wall!”

 

Coaches, work on tearing down your filters. We all have them. You’ll be a better coach for it.

 

Please write to me and share your experiences with filters.

 

Until next time…

 

Train like a champion today!

 

Coach Bill Mooney  

 

P.S. Look for a special Christmas and Holiday special for our BioForce Online Academy video analysis. It’ll be an offer you can’t refuse.

Why am I talking about sleep? Well, recently I went in to see a nose doctor to get a blood vessel cauterized. I was getting too many nose bleeds. The blood vessel was to thin… at least something was thin on my body.

Anyway, after a talk with the doctor about my nose, sinuses, etc, the next thing I know, I’m going in to get a sleep study at a local clinic. Weird.

I was reluctant at first, but after it was done, I was so glad I did the test. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I am now getting a great nights sleep and I’m full of energy the next day.

What I have learned along the way is how really important proper sleep is to every function of our body. From your brain, your immune system, the ability to handle stress, your mood, and a lot more. I’ve copied some benefits of good sleep below from a website on the subject.

Sleep and Concentration

When people do not have enough sleep, they cannot concentrate well the next day and have problems forming memories. Researchers believe that during sleep, neurons can shut down and repair any damage done during the day. Without these repairs, the neurons may not function correctly due to a buildup of waste products. Sleep also seems important for the formation of memories.

Growth and Repair

Important hormone production is regulated during sleep; in children, human growth hormone (HGH) is released during deep sleep. Insufficient sleep can affect hormonal balance in adults as well. Tissue repair also occurs during sleep, including repair to the daily skin damage done by UV light. Getting enough deep sleep will help your skin repair itself.

So, how does this relate to the youth baseball player? Well, all the repair from your workouts, competition, and whatever else you are doing happens during the quality sleep. If you haven’t repaired properly, then you will always be in a deficit. Not to mention you won’t make the gains with the workout you have done.

It’s like taxes, you make $100, and end up with $70 in your paycheck. You think, man, I’ve worked hard for the $100, I would like all the benefit.

You work hard in the weight room, or doing drills, or running, and you want all the benefit. Not getting proper rest will result in not getting all your benefit.

So, listen to your mom or dad, get your rest, eat right, and work out hard!

Until next time…

Train and Sleep Like a Champion Today!

Coach Bill Mooney

Dear BioForce Faithful,

 

Yesterday I was working with one of our more dedicated athletes. I’ve been working with Willie on his pitching and hitting for a couple of years now. He’s got an absolute beautiful left-handed stroke. During our hitting session yesterday, we had a great conversation about hitting and pitching mechanics. Or the conversation went more towards the absence of mechanics.

 

Over the years, I’ve made the typical coaching mistake by over-coaching mechanics. Let me explain….

 

Willie had an amazing spring and summer season for hitting. I believe he hit over 600. Yes, 600. And this wasn’t in a slouch league either. He absolutely crushed the ball against every pitcher. Fast pitchers, slow pitchers, junk-ballers…. All of them.

 

This fall Willie decided to play fall ball. Surprisingly, he flat-out struggled with his hitting. What was different? He stepped up from 8th grade ball to a high school fall league. The league used only wood bats. His struggles were popping up more often, ground out way too much, and striking out much more often then he ever had. Willie handled the frustration and disappointment well and is working harder than ever but was searching for answers. We hadn’t been together much during the fall, so I hadn’t had a chance to watch him.

 

Towards the end of his fall season, Willie met his new high school coach started working with him and other players from time-to-time. And what’s the first thing this coach and assistant started to do with his swing? Of course they went to do a wholesale change of his hitting mechanics. To say the least, this fall has been frustrating for Willie between the changes in the league, and the changes the coach was trying to make.

 

I had a day or so to think about our training session before meeting with my student. How as I going to approach his frustration? What should we work on?

 

My first thought was to try and get away from talking mechanics and get back to hitting.

 

So, my strategy on our session was to review what he accomplished last season then listen, ask questions, and let him come to some conclusions. I first asked him about his success this past spring and summer. Of course Willie’s eyes lighted up, and was very proud of his accomplishments. I then asked what changed during the fall. After some thought and a few stabs at it, he came up with a great answer, that the pitching was consistently faster, and the bat was different, and the coach wanted him to make some big changes in his mechanics.

 

And what did he and the high school coach do when he struggled? They attempted to put band-aids on the problem by shortening his stride, landing on the toe, staying back…. A ton of the old-school teaches. And it just cluttered his brain.

 

So what did we do?

 

We talked about the definition of pitching or hitting mechanics. Simply put, your body needs to work in a certain order, or sequence, the hit or throw the ball with consistency, power, and accuracy. That is mechanics. When your sequencing gets out of order, then you struggle.

 

The underlying factor to this out of order sequencing is rhythm, tempo, and timing. We spent most of the session working on his timing and not talking about mechanics. I believe timing is different than mechanics. Especially if you are an accomplished athlete, your mechanics are probably just fine. Sometimes we get out of whack. Stay focused on your timing mechanism, not necessarily the mechanics of the swing.

 

So that’s what we did. And you know what? Willie stroked the ball all session….with a wood bat no less. We got rid of the clutter in his head, and focused on being on time. And what that means for hitting I’ll leave for another day.

 

So, what is your timing mechanism? Spend some time on that, and you will reap the benefits.

 

Train like a champion today!

 

Coach Bill Mooney

I received this great question from a high school coach in South Carolina recently. He asks about lifting and competing on the same days.

Here’s what Coach Elliott has to say…

“Hey Coach…I am Toby Elliott, the head baseball coach for Blacksburg High School in Blacksburg South Carolina. We have a teams sports class that some of my players are taking. It is basically a weight lifting class. From my understanding the lifting coach (he is a football coach at our school) is going to make players lift on game day (circuit training with light weight). Before I ask you your opinion as in to “corner” you for your opinion…I believe it is a bad idea. I have lifted weights all of my athletic career, even now at age 39 I lift five days a week, twice a day. I try to keep updated on the latest information, techniques, etc. Our program is a very competitive program. I worry about fatigue (if not early, at the end when momentum is crucial for playoffs or regions championship) and of course I worry about injury. I can’t see where it will actually help us win games, but I can see the potential of hurting us. I can’t dictate who should and shouldn’t b/c most are pitchers and the guys not starting may end up pitching relieve…I worry about refueling the body with the proper carbs/protein and recovery factors. I am not asking for them to sit….They can wipe down weights, spot other lifters, walk, I have some solo drills they could do, stretching, a number of things they could do and be graded on…What about the day after? Lower body only?…I understand the concept of going light during the season (to preserve muscle built during off season) What about days of bull pen work during practice? I am asking several people that I respect in the game of baseball and I need your thoughts before I go to the lifting coach, administration, and whoever else I need to go see to protect what we have built at Blacksburg. Basically what does your baseball team do….thanks…toby Elliott”

Coach, this is a great question. My short answer…don’t do it.

I feel you are correct in your judgment with the fatigue issue. I also agree with you that the off-season is the time to get into better shape. In-season, the player is trying to maintain.

Also, it takes time to recover from a great lifting session. More than a day. Especially with pitchers. I would say they should have two days of rest in their shoulder area before throwing heavily or competing. Probably even three days rest during the season.

I agree with you that working on some great flexibility exercises early in the day might be ok, but you still run the risk of fatigue as well as getting tight all over again.

I say game days are for competing. Off days are for recovery.

I wonder, does this football coach have the kids to a full workout on game days during the football season?

Coach Elliott, good luck with talking with the football coach and administration. Let me know if I can be of any help.

Remember, come from what they care about first. Then it should open up the conversation and they should ask what you care about.

Your players are lucky to have you as a coach.

I would also pay attention to the type of lifting they are doing. Traditional football lifting isn’t necessarily the best for baseball players.

Good luck and…

Train like a champion today!

Bill Mooney

I wouldn’t wish tendonitis upon anyone.

If you’ve never experienced this as an athlete, or pitcher, be thankful.

I’ve battled tendonitis a few times in my life, once in high school and college as a pitcher, more recently as an adult, playing in an adult baseball league of all things.

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I’ve talked a lot about moving fastballs, breaking pitches, change-ups, velocity, and control.

Today, I would like to answer a couple of questions from a BioForce Faithful, Tom S. and share a great story about his son. I hope he doesn’t mind I share this touching email I received a couple of days ago

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Coach tackles the frequency question

Dear BioForce Faithful,

Your questions really are the lifeblood of our online community and I thank you very much for them.

This week, a fellow BioForce faithful asked about how often you should do the pitching drills in our videos.

Here’s the email from Max…

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Why is it that the 1st and the 5th Innings are the Toughest on a Major League Pitcher?

Ever notice that? Many of the teams score in the first inning; the then the game gets a little out of hand in the fifth?

If not, watch for the trend this year.

Why does it happen

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