1. I Believe pitchers will never truly understand what they’re being asked to do, until they can FEEL what’s being asked of them to do.
2. I believe the fastest way to ruin a young pitcher is by making him a pitcher.
3. I believe the fastest way to ruin mechanics is by teaching mechanics.
4. I believe in teaching movements you can FEEL, not mechanics you can’t
5. I believe arm speed transfers to the mound, arm strength doesn’t.
6. I believe weighted balls increase command quicker than velocity.
7. I believe you only know as much as the pitcher in front of you understands.
8. I believe a pitcher will never buy in until he knows you believe “in” him.
9. I believe its not failing if you learned how not to do it the next time.
10. ]I believe every pitcher is different, learns different and should be coached different.
11. I believe most mechanical flaws are a result of poor communication on the coaches behalf.
12. I believe coaching is communicating.
13. I believe the fastest way to succeed is learning by failure.
14. I believe coaches should talk less and listen more.
15. I believe until you can FEEL what’s wrong, you will never know what’s right.
16. I Believe every pitcher deserves the right to FEEL good about themselves.
17. I Believe coaches need to spend less time giving answers and more time asking questions.
18. I believe parents should praise the intent, and not the results.
19. I Believe the best players compete in Empty rooms when nobody is around, when nobody is looking and they won’t receive a pat on the back or acknowledgement for doing what has to be done if you’re to be the best you can possibly be.
20. I believe video analysis has created a generation of pitchers who over-think every single move they make.
21. I believe mechanics are not the reason pitchers struggle to throw strikes.
22. I believe the reason you can’t throw strikes is because you think it’s mechanics.
23. I believe intent is the clearest form of communication and that most of the mechanical flaws we see is created by the body/brain being unclear of what its to do.
24. I believe arm speed is instant, arm strength is not.
25. I believe the quickest way for a pitcher to learn to throw strikes is by practicing throwing balls… Because until you can FEEL the difference you will never know.
26. I believe long toss can be thrown in a closet.
27. I believe pitchers should focus on their personal strengths and forget about what everyone else is doing. They are not you. You are not them.
28. I believe that 99% of mechanical issues can be traced back to the eyes and feet.
29. I believe the type of breaking ball you throw is not your choice, it’s an arranged marriage.
30. I believe every parents and coaches should focus on what their kids do right, and not what they do wrong.
31. I believe more pitchers are Un-Made versus developed.
32. I believe until a player learns to Fail, he will never learn to succeed.
33. I believe the goal for any coach should be to teach the pitcher how to become his own coach.
34. I believe the difference between 85 and 95 mph is your ability to move more efficiently through the center mass and hip region.
35. I believe FEEL is the body’s native language. The body will respond to FEEL for good or bad.
36. I believe emulation of mechanics Is the fastest way to destroy natural ability.
37. I Believe the arm is at the mercy of the hips and the arm will follow whatever path the hips create.
38. I believe teaching pitching by positions is a total waste of time and its why so many pitchers are being setup to fail and constantly starting over.
39. I believe that most instruction focuses on the coaches’ strengths, and not the players.
40. I believe the best coaches eliminate the need for coaching.
41. I believe arm strength is only a small part of the velocity system because without the lower-half, it doesn’t matter how strong your arm is… Unless you plan on just throwing with all arm.
42. I believe teaching the change up to younger kids is one of the fastest way to slow down his velocity growth and kills movment patterns needed later in life for high velocity throwing.
43. I believe throwing is a pre-requisite to pitching and until you learn to throw, you have no chance of learning to pitch.
44. I believe you have to throw to pitch because you can’t pitch without throwing.
45. I believe most pitchers are wasting their time focusing on fixing the symptom and not the cause of the symptom.
46. I believe the reason so many pitchers lose velocity when they step on the mound is because they are over-thinking mechanics.
47. I believe most of the cues pitchers hear are linear and conflict with the movements required of a rotational spot, such as baseball and its why so many struggle with bad mechanics.
48. I believe hip/shoulder separation is won or lost inside the first move.
49. I believe most pitchers would benefit by ditching the wind-up and throwing only from the stretch.
50. I believe contrast is the fuel that accelerates development.
51. I believe your results on the mound are a direct reflection of what you’re doing off the mound.
52. I believe that not all pitch counts are the same.
53. I believe the day you pitch should be the easiest day of your training cycle because you’ve prepared yourself.
54. I believe the human body’s #1 goal is to protect itself and it will go to great lengths to make it happen.
55. I believe most arm injuries can be traced back to inefficient movements found inside the hips.
56. I believe the hips are the #1 factor in arm speed and arm health.
57. I believe the body works as a system to produce and generate velocity… Sleep, nutrition rest, communication all play a vital role.
58. I believe a pitcher should focus on learning to throw the ball hard before being asked to throw strikes.
59. I believe teaching pitchers to get a longer stride is a sure fire way to kill any chance for effectively using the hips.
60. I believe anytime you have a small injury, ache or pain the body will compensate.
61. I believe mechanics start with the mind.
62. I believe the more you throw, the less risk chance for arm injuries… the opposite goes for pitching.
63. I believe throwing is a building up process and pitching is a tearing down process.
64. I believe the inverted W starts with the feet.
65. I believe the high elbows phenomena starts with the feet.
66. I believe pronation and deceleration training are a complete waste of time and the reason so many pitchers struggle to use their lower half and struggle with command.. They are focusing on something that doesn’t matter.
67. I believe most pitching online pitching coaches have never coached a single inning in their life.
68. I believe the lower body fixes the upper body.
69. I believe the fastest way to increase velocity is by sealing the leaks losing velocity.
70. I believe no two pitchers will ever have the same mechanics and no pitcher will ever make throw the baseball the exact same way twice.
71. I believe you could ask 20 pitchers what does stay back mean and you would get 20 different answers.. so why do we keep doing it.
72. I believe more pitchers should train barefoot because it sends valuable info to the brain.
73. I believe many if not most pitchers have poor hip proprioception and kinesthetic awareness.
74. I believe every pitcher is 100% different.
75. I believe video analysis ends up being nothing more than a beauty pageant which is scored by every different judge watching.
76. I believe the only pitching mechanics you shoud ever attempt to copy, are your own.
77. I believe no pitching coach should ever offer advice in the middle of bullpen.
78. I believe you should teach movement and not mechanics. You can FEEL movements, not mechanics.
79. I believe many pitchers struggle not with mechanics but with basic movement which prevent them from having good mechanics.
80. I believe the best fastball is the inside fastball under the hands, not the one down away.
81. I believe the hardest pitchers throw the hardest because they are the pitchers who try to throw the hardest.
82. I believe FEEL takes the thinking out of mechanics and allows the body do what it knows best.
83. I believe until you learn to trust what you feel, you will be forced to rely on everyone else’s opinion.
84. I believe most parents pay for someone to guess what’s wrong because their kids have never been taught to FEEL what’s right.
85. I believe that most bad mechanics are man-made and not god-given.
86. I believe muscle memory is a lie.
87. I believe the 10,000 hour rule is a lie.
88. I believe the reason pitchers won’t listen to their dad is because Dad won’t listen to them.
89. I believe quality trumps quantity.
90. I believe ‘this” throw is the most important one you make.
91. I believe the worst thing a pitcher could do is the same thing he did yesterday.
92. I believe most pitchers are pitching-mechaddicts
93. I believe there were Hall of Fame pitchers and hard throwers long before scientific studies, video analysis and pitching lessons.
94. I believe everything affects everything.
95. I believe the smallest adjustments make the biggest changes.
96. I believe most pitchers and coaches focus on what’s really not important.
97. I believe hurt is not sore and sore is not hurt.
98. I believe the reason so many pitchers don’t know the difference in sore and hurt is because they don’t’ throw enough.
99. I believe most pitchers are trained to not make their own adjustments because they’re always being told what to adjust.
100. I believe in taking the time to write down what you learned about yourself each day inside a journal.
101. I believe if it weren’t for Paul Nyman and so many others that have influenced my career… I wouldn’t know what to believe.
Trust what You FEEL!