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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,

 

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