5 years ago…

I’m sitting on my couch surround by the 50 or so, pitching journals laying on the floor in front of me.

I’m overwhelmed.  I’m frustrated.  I’m obsessed.

At this point in my Life, I’m facing an identity crisis… I’m bored to death.

The year was 2011 and I’d just recently left the college baseball game.  Typically, I would have been on the road recruiting or talking on the phone to some 17 year old kid.  Crazy to think but my entire livelihood up until this point in my Life, was predicated on the emotions and decisions of a 17-year old.

Stable?

I don’t think so.

The Life expectancy of college baseball coaches is like 62 years old.  (I just made that up.)

Anyways – it couldn’t be long.  Not with the stress the job brings.  I often tell people that coaching college baseball is a two-part job, and lifestyle.

  • Half the time, you are an over-the-road truck driver.
  • The other half… You are a day trader on the NYSE.

Your career, your pay check, your reputation and home life is volatile.  It’s inconsistent.  And whenever you’ve been at it for a while, it’s addictive.

Anyways…

That’s where my mind was at this point in my Life.

As I was sitting on the couch sifting through the endless journals filled with gibberish, random thoughts, incomplete sentences and diagrams only an extra-terrestrial could interpret… The thought hit me.

“I could put an end to all this confusion by going to visit Paul Nyman.”

After all, my Life and entire philosophy on pitching was rocked just a few months ago when I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with one of the top pitching minds, the game of college baseball has ever known in Tony Robichaux.

“Until a pitcher can FEEL what he’s being asked to do, he will never truly understand.”

(Little did I know, but three weeks from that date I would begin writing The Pitching Mechanics MasterMind System that would eventually turn the baseball instruction world upside down.)  Prior to the release of PMMS, the baseball world only talked about FEEL.

  • The coaching world actually believed:
  • Pitchers were either born with FEEL, or they weren’t.
  • You couldn’t teach FEEL, and the thought of teaching and developing pitching mechanics based on FEEL, had never been discussed.

However, all that changed in October of 2011 when I released the PMMS and before you knew it, the system was being utilized by over 100 NCAA college baseball programs.

So, here I was thinking of how I could make sense of this “pitching thing.”

  •  How could I better understand and apply the information that was all over the internet?
  • How could I make sense of the technical analytics and mechanical ‘nonsense’ that filled my email inboxes?
  • How could I make a better decision on who to believe?  Who to trust?

That’s when the thought karate chopped me in the Adam’s Apple…

Why not create a pitching clinic that would bring the ‘World’s Top Pitching Minds” to my front door?

Within a few minutes, I’d picked up my phone and filtered through the 100’s of coaching contacts inside and started writing down who I’d like to talk pitching with.

And in a matter of an hour, I had my list.

  • Butch Thompson – then pitching coach at Mississippi State University.
  • Tony Robichaux – Head Coach at Louisiana- Lafayette
  • Paul Nyman – Setpro.com and the man who literally changed my entire view point on what it really takes to throw a baseball.
  • Dave Serrano –  Head Coach at the University of Tennessee and fresh off the College World Series as the Head Coach at UC Irvine.

All in all, the list for the inaugural Pitch-a-Palooza was complete and by the end of the night?

I had commitments from each of the coaches comprising my Palooza wish list.

Next thing you know…

I’d sent out an email to my list of subscribers and low and behold, Pitch-a-Palooza was born.  It had went from a random thought on the couch, to a reality.

But -What really blew me away was…

Within 3 weeks of announcing the event, it sold out at 48 attendees.

A year later…

Pitch-a-Palooza swelled to 125 attendees…

Two years later:  

  • #Palooza15 sell out in less than 3 weeks…
  • Pitch-a-Palooza had grown from 48 attendees in its inaugural event to 213 attendees at #Palooza15

 

Without question, Pitch-a-Palooza has become the “Must-attend” coaching conference of the off-season.

“I’ve told every coach I know that Pitch-a-Palooza is the top coaching clinic of the off-season… It’s “The Must-Attend Conference of the year.” Butch Thompson – Head Coach – Auburn University

 

Last year, one of my good buddies and Palooza Speaker Alumnus, Matt Blake, said this…

For those of you who are unaware, this past weekend was the 3rd edition of Lantz Wheeler’s Baseball ThinkTank seminar called “Pitch-A-Palooza”. This annual event is held in Nashville and has included some of the world’s best baseball coaches/instructors/theorists, etc. and this year was certainly no different.

I might even go as far as to say that this was the best collection of baseball development minds over a 3-day span that I’ve been a part of in my short career. As much as “Pitch-A-Palooza” was the title, this was a master’s class in player development that really was the physical embodiment of “The Baseball ThinkTank”.

However, you want to know what I’m most proud of and what really separate Pitch-a-Palooza from every other coaching clinic…

  1. It’s not because it features the brightest minds in the game…
  2. It’s not because the room is filled by over 100 college and high school coaches…
  3. It’s not because MLB sends its team representatives, which included 7MLB scouting directors at #Palooza15
  4. It’s not because the information is literally years ahead of what you read today…

And…

It’s not because the Palooza lasts  4 days and includes late night discussions in the hallways and lobby until 4 am…

It’s because the Palooza Experience is a Celebration of Learning!

In fact…

You never know who’s going to show up, or what to expect.  (Last year, Alan Jaeger appeared and offered a meditation and breathing class for all those interested.

 

What Makes The Pitch-a-Palooza Experience Unforgettable Is…

  • The personal touch and the excitement and energy inside the room…
  • The electric energy, intelligent ideas, provocative thoughts and discussions in the room at all times…
  • The fact that everyone is treated equal and all attendees are on a first name basis … (There’s a rule at Palooza that you’re not allowed to refer to anyone as “Coach.”)
  • The networking and opportunity to meet and talk to the speakers and other attendees on a one-on-one basis…

But, most importantly, what separates Pitch-a-Palooza is the…

  • Speakers who are approachable to everyone in the room…
  • Contrast of ideas, philosophies and teachings where traditional thoughts on instruction and player development are questioned and challenged…
  • Unique topics and  every presenter on stage is a little different in his own way, outside the box and on the cutting-edge…

That’s what makes the Palooza Experience unlike anything you’ve ever attended before!

And…last but not least.

It’s why Pitch-a-Palooza will continue to sell out…

Cause’ if you’ve ever attended Palooza before, you’re going to be back.

Trust what you FEEL!

 

 

 

P.S: On Monday, I’ll be opening up Pitch-a-Palooza to the general public. Over the past two days, I opened the doors to previous attendees and the remaining allotment of the 250 available tickets, will be available to you.

Couple of notes:

  • You will only be allowed of max of 6 tickets.
  • The Thursday Night Bonus Session will be limited to 125 participants.
  • Palooza will be held December 2-4 at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN (Just outside Nashville, TN)
  • The Core Velocity Bonus Session will begin on Thursday, December 1st.